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Hotel and restaurant in town. Discovering the beautiful sights of Geneva starts at the Hôtel de la Cigogne, a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of Geneva’s business centre, only a few steps from the old city, the lake and the cultural district. On place Longemalle, the gilded swan overlooking the door sets the tone of a hotel in which all rooms are different and have been entirely redesigned in a young and dynamic spirit. In culinary terms, you can take a delicious break right in the city centre and sample gourmet treats, now also on the terrace. ... Learn moreless
Since 1994, when MAMCO (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain) was opened, the Les Bains quarter has gradually transformed into an incredible laboratory of contemporary art. Take a stroll past the windows of the many galleries which have opened in this now-trendy area. Three times a year, the Les Bains neighbourhood association organises a special preview event involving all of these avant-garde galleries, known as "La nuit des bains".
Leave the motorway on the right and take the road which runs along the lake from Montreux to Geneva. The beauty of Lake Geneva is enhanced by the Alps, and this view is unique in the world.
This landscape is at once splendid and unexpected. Between Montreux and Lausanne, the terraced vineyards of Lavaux slope towards Lake Geneva, endowing the landscape with unique light and shading. After Vevey, take the vineyard road towards Chexbres. Stop off in this charming little village to visit the restaurant-lounge Le Deck, whose unobstructed view of the lake is spectacular. Cultivated since the 12th century, the vineyards were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The white wine produced here is a real treat for the palate. Enjoy responsibly before continuing your journey…
Hotel and restaurant in town. On the shores of Lake Geneva, close to Lavaux with its terraced vineyards, which have been listed as world heritage site by the Unesco, this timeless hotel offers a unique universe, which celebrates the past of this grand historical residence and combines it with subtle contemporary flourishes. An intimate and serene setting, a fine gourmet cuisine at the restaurant “Les Saisons”, local inspirations at the restaurant “La Véranda”, a terrace with a panorama view of the lake at the “Marina”, an outdoor pool and the "Dr. Burgener Switzerland Care & Spa", all offering moments of pleasure and relaxation. ... Learn moreless
This old fortress probably dates back to the 11th century. Known for having been at the centre of an illustrious battle between the soldiers of Charles the Bold and the Swiss army in 1476, the château has had a succession of unusual incarnations over the last two centuries. It housed a barracks, then a tobacco factory, before being (partially) converted into a car museum. Today, you can admire the impressive collection of weapons and armour as well as the collectable cars. Don’t miss Greta Garbo’s Rolls-Royce or Winston Churchill’s Austin Cambridge Saloon.
The route from Oron to Yverdon via Moudon is a very beautiful country road. After the Sainte-Croix Pass, enjoy the series of bends and the wide valleys. Located in the little town of Châtel-Saint-Denis, this restaurant is known for its superb fondue. You can get fondue made from pure Vacherin Fribourgeois cheese, or half-and-half (the cheese is produced in the region). On fine days, the terrace becomes a meeting place, where locals, tourists and bikers sit and admire the scenery. You are sure of a warm welcome. Sarah Colliard took over the business from her parents in 2009, keeping the same recipes and adding her smile.
Hotel and restaurant in town. Located in a historic mansion built in 1862, the hotel Beau-Rivage is a haven of peace on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. An ideal starting point to discover the cultural riches of the millenial city and the enchanting scenery around Neuchâtel, the cradle of Swiss watchmaker know-how. Cuisine based on local produce can be savoured at the restaurant “O’Terroirs”, with a panorama view of the lake and the Alps. And do not miss our traditional absinthes. You are very close to the picturesque city of Neuchâtel, whose beautiful yellow sandstone buildings made Alexandre Dumas write that the “city was like a town carved in butter”. ... Learn moreless
This little town, of less than 5000 inhabitants, is considered to be the world capital of music boxes. In 1875, the Paillard company employed more than 600 people here. CIMA (Centre International de Mécanique d’Art) houses a unique collection of these little boxes whose melodies have been lulling us to sleep since 1796. The automatons, music boxes and singing birds will take you straight back to childhood.
A dozen artisans in this small region continue to distil this famous plant, which is both bitter and highly scented. Banned from sale for almost a century (permission to distil it again was not granted until 2005), this drink has become an attraction once more. Tours including tastings are available, and there is the possibility of custom distilling according to old recipes. You are certain to see a sign advertising the "Green Fairy" at the side of the road.
You can continue the journey as far as Le Noirmont, where you will find not only the splendid Relais & Châteaux of Georges Wenger, but also a charming little bistro, right beside the lake. Here you are in the middle of nowhere, on the border between Switzerland and France.
Andermatt is the largest of three villages in the Urseren Valley. It is located at the intersection of roads leading to the Oberalp and Furka mountain passes. But above all it is the setting for a veritable parade of bikers, come to brave (or enjoy) the Gotthard Pass…
Opened in 1959, this surprising museum is devoted to transport in all its forms. Help yourself to a scooter to move around the various buildings, where you will discover the history of rail, road, air and sea transport in a fun and interactive way. A journey which takes in over 3000 objects, and about 20,000 m² of exhibition space.
This is one of Switzerland’s most impressive landscapes. Connecting the cantons of Uri and Ticino, the Gotthard Pass is accessible by road between June and October (depending on snowfall). From Andermatt, a relatively straight road leads to the little village of Hospental, before giving way to a succession of sharp bends and turns leading to the summit, the Hospice and the very beautiful high-altitude lake, located at a height of 2108 metres. Although the traffic may sometimes be heavy, the road remains superb. At the summit, the old cobblestone Gotthard road leads down to Airolo, 13 kilometres lower down the valley. A small museum depicts the history of the pass and the role it played in the creation of the Swiss Confederation, as well as its exceptional location between Switzerland and Italy.
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Krone Regensberg is an impressive house, rich in history yet perfectly contemporary. In the village of Regensberg, it stands like a natural fortress perched on the sloping vineyards of the Jura Mountains. Solid wood floors and dry stone walls structure the spaces. In the nine suites, handcrafted materials, along with the pieces from the furniture collection, produce a comfortable and modern decor. The attention given by Marion Ernst, the Maître de Maison, adds to Krone’s charm and intimacy. At the restaurant, the sophisticated menu is nourished by influences from around the world and made all the more delicious by the stunning views over the Swiss Alps. ... Learn moreless
The Emma Kunz Grotto sits in the Ancient Roman quarries of Würenlos and is where culture meets wellness. This is where artist and well-known healer Emma Kunz (1892-1963) discovered the healing stone AION A. Reputed to help heal all sorts of inflammation, people make pilgrimages to the rock to find calm and inner peace.
From the medieval Schipfe district to the banks of the river, Zurich promises a cosmopolitan culture-rich city where life is good. Art lovers will appreciate the collection of modern art at the famed Kunsthaus Zürich. And fans of electronic music will be in heaven at the Street Parade, the world’s biggest techno festival held on the shores of the lake. Feel like a trip to this urban culture hub? How could you resist a few runs down the ski slopes less than an hour away?
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Since 1840, water from the hot springs has flowed through the veins of Palais Bad Ragaz, a palatial and historic retreat that is the centrepiece of Switzerland’s thermal heritage. At the foot of the Eastern Alps, this spa resort is as majestic as the panorama. Marble, granite, vast ceilings, large spaces and huge pools of spring water honour the prestigious array of treatments. Enjoy the benefits of a regenerating cure, relax in one of the many baths, sauna or steam room, or opt for the privacy of your own luxury suite. These princely comforts are crowned by the gourmet offerings at the typical Swiss restaurant Zollstube and at Restaurant Igniv by Andreas Caminada, whose delicate bites are to be shared like so many of the other savoury experiences. ... Learn moreless
Sitting at the foot of Pizol Mountain, Bad Ragaz is a resort known for thermal spring treatments. Ever since the first wellness center was built there in 1716, the city has lived up to its curative promises with waters that run at 37°C (98°F) from the Tamina Gorge.
Experience the story of Heidi, the little heroines in Johanna Spyri’s children’s book published in 1880. The walk takes about an hour along a marked trail that winds between mountains and fields as you visit key locations from the little girl’s tale. You can begin and end your journey at the top station on the Pardiel gondola. A wonderful family excursion!
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
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.
Opt for route 560 which runs alongside the pretty Melezza river to reach the Simplon Pass from Locarno. You will go through the villages of Bernardo, Intragna and Malesco… in Italy, before returning to the Valais. Superb!
At an altitude of 2005 metres, the Simplon Pass is a biker’s dream. The location is splendid and the road is very fast. On 1 May every year, the pass is the setting for a blessing of motorcyclists. Several thousand bikers come together in a very festive atmosphere. And the priest is a biker too!
Set at a height of 2048 metres, this mountain restaurant is one of the favourite meeting places for Harley Davidson fans. This might be because there is a table dedicated to the famous American motorcycle brand. In the kitchen, the owner, Amadé, prepares incredible "biker steaks", rösti and macaroni cheese. A place that is as simple as it is magical.
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. On the Matterhorn in Zermatt on the Swiss-Italian border, Chalet Schönegg has the charming feel of properties found high in the mountains with raw materials and wood given pride of place inside. Its cosy atmosphere is conducive to relaxation, much like the panoramic view of the mountains in the surrounding area that inspires calmness and peace of mind. Zermatt is a paradise for hikers with more than 400 kilometres of hiking paths through fir trees. When you want to unwind, the Uncorked restaurant serves sophisticated but unpretentious cuisine alongside an 80 strong wine list; the Metry family has been producing its own wine for some four generations. ... Learn moreless
In this restaurant, the (local) cuisine holds its own against the incredible view of the turquoise waters of a high-altitude lake. You must try the toasted cheese, the Anniviers sausage cooked in marc of Dôle and the homemade apricot and rosemary tart… A little slice of paradise, less than fifteen minutes by Harley from the village of Grimentz (watch out for the post bus which connects the two!).
From Leukerbad, the road goes down towards Inden, through the village of Rumeling, before turning to the west. At this point you ride along a spectacular precipice. This stretch of road is as memorable as it is short.
More than just a foundation, this is a splendid space in the heart of the forest of Martigny which puts on very beautiful temporary exhibitions. You can discover works by Van Gogh, Manet, Degas, Modigliani, Gauguin, Picasso and many more. The permanent collections feature works by such varied artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Henry Moore, Bourdelle and Arman. It also houses the ten masterpieces of the Louis and Evelyn Franck Collection, a very nice Gallo-Roman museum and a collection of old cars. Classical music concerts are also held here, and Cecilia Bartoli is a regular visitor.
Zermatt is known for its 360 km (220 miles) of year-round ski slopes and it’s home to one of the world’s most famous peaks, Matterhorn Mountain, rising to an elevation of 4,478 meters (14,692 ft). Shaped like a pyramid, it is Switzerland’s most iconic mountain and one of the most photographed!
At 3,089 m (10,285 ft) Gornergrat has a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains that opens before your eyes. A special treat in summer is seeing Matterhorn reflected in Riffelsee Lake. Get there on the Gornergrat Bahn, European highest cog railway train. Whether you’re there in the winter or summer, it’s always an adventure.