Switzerland Holiday Guide

Switzerland Tourist Information

Switzerland is renowned for its excellent skiing facilities, beautiful peaks, clocks, tidy historic cities and of course its divine chocolate. Although often characterised by its snowy mountains, the country has many lakes and plains ideal of outdoor activities other than skiing. It is a popular tourist destination during the Summer months too as many of the famous alpine villages offer a different kind of holiday without wintersports but with beautiful scenic walks and coach tours.

Sitting snugly at the end of Lake Zürich the capital city Zürich is dotted with green parks. The maze of alleyways within the old town conceals the city's many ancient 16th and 17th century squares and buildings. Tourists can enjoy a stroll down the famous Bahnhofstrasse, which lies directly over the infamous Swiss bank vaults. Aspiring artists should head to the Museum of Fine Arts to be inspired by some of the nation's beast displays of artwork.

Regal Geneva plays host to some 200 international organisations and is home to some of the country's best museums. Try the International Red Cross and Red Crest Museum, the Horology Museum and the Museum of Art and History, to mention just a few. In the city centre lays the Gothic and Romanesque-styled Cathedral St Pierre, which stands majestically near the Place du Bourg de Four square.

If you're after stunning alpine scenery, head to the Jungfrau region around Interlaken. The splendid peaks of Mönch, Jungfrau and Eiger can be hiked but for those less energetic there are plenty of cable cars waiting to pick you up. Head to Zermatt or St Moritz for some of the best skiing in the world.

Charming and scenic Lucerne is a lovely place to visit while the medieval town of Reuss has been well-preserved. Here you can visit many remaining 15th century buildings and bridges. From historic Bern, visitors can reach the imposing 12th century castles of Schloss Thun and Schloss Oberhofen.

It is always advisable to take out adequate insurance when going on holidays, and if you are planning on skiing don't forget to ensure that the sport is covered in your policy. Medical emergencies tend to be extremely costly, but even if you are not skiing it can still settle your mind to know that you are covered. In all cities there is a risk of crime and theft and being insured will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your time away.