Set firmly in the heart of Europe between five countries, Switzerland has an astonishing cultural mixity. Every canton has developed its traditions, inspired by its neighbours and the Swiss character imbued in calm and serenity. Cosmopolitan? Yes, but also fundamentally independent! Backed by a tradition of neutrality and pacifism, this magnificent country where the Jura and Alps meet seems almost immovable, as if suspended in time.
Bringing a new harmony to the medieval ramparts, baroque palaces and wooden bridges of the surrounding towns, the landscape of Lake Lucerne now includes an ultramodern glass and steel music box by the French architect Jean Nouvel. It reflects all the facets of central Switzerland, its crown of Alpine peaks, its shimmering palette of blues, its patchworks of greens. A spectacular theater and the showcase of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In the summer, the faces of music lovers light up with the first sounds of the tuning violins. A Wagner opera is just the thing to exalt the iridescent highlights of the lake, its romantic fugues caressing the voluptuous curves of the nearby mountains, massive outcroppings of limestone and vertiginous ridges with evocative names…
“The sun strikes your head from above, but then there’s another one, striking your back from below. That makes two: the one in the sky, emanating from a single, unified point, and the one below, which is broken into scattered pieces, because there is water bouncing back the light and hurling it towards the shore. That makes two suns shining together — which is why they have such good wine.” Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz immortalized the Suisse Romande in prose with the same power as Paul Cézanne’s palette in his depictions of Provence. Each sentence seems to retrace roots that grow from deep within this land. Its people, its vineyards, lakes and mountains are omnipresent. Like the high limestone hills caressed by the wavelets of Lake Biel. Along its western shore, at the foot of the Jura Mountains, dozens of different grape varieties thrive on the steep terraced slopes.
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. A first spa hotel, called Bad Lenk, had been built at the end of the 17th century, downstream of the richest Alpine sulphurous source, Balmen. Today, this spring is an integral part of the architecture of Lenkerhof gourmet spa resort which is a magnificent hotel, with an extensive range of well-being treatments. The “7 sources beauty & spa” is named after the spot where the river Simme rises and draws its inspiration from its flowing water. It offers true rejuvenation in natural timber and stone surroundings. This hotel provides, amidst fabulous landscapes, the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer whatever the season. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In a postcard setting with unbelievable views of snowy peaks, Le Chalet d’Adrien seems to cling to the mountain. It overlooks Verbier, one of the most charming Swiss mountain resorts. An unrivalled ski paradise in winter, and mountain pastures for magnificent hikes in summer. Matching wood panelling and fabrics, antique furniture, books and objets d’art scattered around in a homey way combine to create a charming, cosy atmosphere from which the pristine beauty of the landscape can be enjoyed. The pool looking onto the mountains, and the Spa by Sisley are an invitation to well-being. The restaurants feature the culinary flavours of nearby Italy and Valais products and wines. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in a village. Imagine a candy-cane balanced atop a scoop of vanilla, which is delicately positioned on a disc of chocolate. Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne are both the tightrope walkers and choreographers of gastronomy. Their cuisine at the Auberge du Lion d'or is characterised by superimpositions and refined lines, as harmonious as those of Lake Geneva, where you can take a stroll before dining within clear view of the Jura. There is no limit to the artistic feats of these Chefs. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. Ticino, Switzerland, is blessed with a balmy climate, stunning scenery and the infinite pleasures of “la dolce vita”. It is a land of lakes and mountains, fabulous food, fine wines and endless leisure pursuits. The elegant Villa Principe Leopoldo is situated on the “Collina d’Oro”, with stunning views over Lake Lugano Bay and the mountains. The villa is characterised by its strong Italian spirit and Mediterranean style, accommodating spacious rooms and suites. The gourmet temple Restaurant Principe Leopoldo offers a cuisine that reveals authenticity, passion and respect for its ingredients, not forgetting tradition and territory. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Personal commitment, passion and high quality standards are our guiding principles. A new regional and authentic cuisine offers a variety of culinary delights. The warm Swiss-Austrian hospitality of this property, already recognised by an award during the first year, will captivate you. The hotel is located in the centre of Klosters, very close to Davos. Spacious suites and rooms will allow you, both in the summer and winter, to enjoy a wide range of activities: hiking, ski, golf, tennis for all kinds of stay. Just make yourselves at home and let us take care of you. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. La Pinte du Vieux Manoir nestles on the banks of Lake Morat, with its memorable sunsets. Its guestrooms are stunning: the ‘Glass Diamond’, a glazed lakeside room on stilts perched, almost hovering, amongst the tree tops, and the ‘Lake House’, every bit as original and exclusive. Franz W. Faehs’s eclectic cuisine is served in La Pinte du Vieux Manoir, a cosy, warmly lit restaurant. This region, in the heart of the canton of Freiburg, the Three Lakes and the Jura, is home to all that is special about Switzerland: lakes, mountains, chocolate, cheese and watches. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Schlosshotel Chastè is brimming with character and set in particularly peaceful surroundings, at the foot of Tarasp Castle in the Engadin, a region renowned for its national parks and stunning mountain landscapes. This former farm turned into a modern and comfortable inn, managed by Daniela, Rudolf and Gian-Andrea Pazeller, embodies all that is gentle about Switzerland: the warmly welcoming living and guest rooms are panelled in Alpine pine in traditional fashion. The spa offers a variety of regenerating saunas. Its inventive cuisine is served with superb wines from the cellar in bright, friendly dining rooms. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. This hundred-year-old mansion proudly overlooking Lake Constance has rediscovered its former glories through meticulous renovation and some modern features. August Minikus and his wife combine their talents of chef and sommelier to offer a unique experience in a welcoming setting. The dishes are composed as works of art and wines are expertly paired with the menu. The guest rooms can be accessed by a glazed lift. In the Esprit Lounge lovers of smoke and spirits can savour a cigar. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Castello del Sole, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is one of the largest hotel estates in Ticino. It is an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of an expansive park and a bird reserve. The authentic architecture of a southern manor house, refined details like the seating in the park, the private beach on Lake Maggiore and the delightful inner courtyards all contribute to a sense of well-being. The two suite pavilions with the luxurious junior suites and suites are the stuff of which dreams are made. In the restaurant Locanda Barbarossa, the chef delights guests with his Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. Total relaxation is guaranteed in the exclusive spa of 2 500 m². ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. A wonderful mountain landscape provides the backdrop to this beautiful inn, which has retained the typical style of the Engadine over its 450 years. The new buildings blend in harmoniously, with their modern lines clad in natural wood inspired by the surrounding pine and larch forests. The spring-water organic pool is located on a small plateau directly in front of the hotel. This peaceful, silent and hospitable spot is the work of a family, the Cadonau, whose members have, for several generations, coupled their complementary talents perfectly to each other. Whether hotelier, cook, or carpenter, what is most important to them is to focus all their efforts on the guests to offer elegant comfort, a warm welcome and fine cuisine based on fresh seasonal ingredients. The result constitutes a graceful, well balanced framework and thus creates a wonderful harmony. Chef Dario Cadonau learnt his craft in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Switzerland and Germany. He is able to propose 3 culinary moods, from hearty mountain specialties to gourmet restaurant classics with a different surprise menu every night . ... Learn moreless