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Vacations in Switzerland
Where the Swiss Unwind

To choose the best of the best for your vacations in Switzerland can be a constant battle. Each guidebook lists top experiences and must see attractions, especially for the time-pressed traveller that wants 'to see it all' in the shortest time possible.

Oeschinensee in the Kander Valley
One of the most romantic and beautiful spots in the Swiss Alps - Lake Oeschinen

This guide though is geared toward visitors who bring a little more time for their vacations, want to go deeper, see, and experience a region more thoroughly.

Each region offers a little something different, but whatever area you choose, you can't go wrong. Of course, it all depends on your preferences and what you want to do and experience during your holiday.

The whole of Switzerland is undeniably beautiful. Villages and medieval cities look as if they've escaped a storybook. History rich heritage sites and a landscape carpeted with farms, vineyards, sparkling lakes, forests, and a wreath of some of the highest mountains in Europe compete with each other.

Switzerland's scenic beauty has drawn visitors to its peaks for more than 150 years, and traders crossed the mountains long before that. The result is an extensive road and rail network that enables visitors to discover each corner of the country in great comfort.

What is where?

I hope this map will help you plan your vacations in Switzerland. A mouse-click will bring you to the region you want to know more about. Right now it looks a little barren, but I will add more and more information over the next few month.

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Vacations Switzerland by Region Regional Vacation Spots


The largest Swiss Canton and one of the best ski regions. The canton of bridges, viaducts, tunnels, 150 valleys, 615 lakes, and 937 mountain peaks will award you with a holiday to remember.

  • Chur and the Rhine Valley
  • Prättigau between Landquart and Klosters
  • Davos
  • Surselva
  • Val Lumnezia
  • The Valley of Vals/Valser Tal
  • The Valley of Safien/Safiental
  • The Lower Engadin
  • Val di Poschiavo
  • Val Bregaglia (Bergell)

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The tiny principality with the big secret: The family resort of Malbun.

  • Malbun

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Heidiland, and Glarus

"Heidiland" consists of Sarganserland, Walensee and parts of Graubünden.

Glarus is maybe one of the smallest cantons, but it offers a surprising diversity of experiences. Heard of Schabziger? The Tectonic Areana?

  • Bündner Herrschaft with the villages Malans, Jenins, Maienfeld and Fläsch
  • The Heidi Village above Maienfeld;
  • Wellness Resort Bad Ragaz with Tamina gorge and Calfreisental
  • Weisstannental
  • Flumserberg
  • Walensee region
  • Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Central Switzerland

The Lake Lucerne region is most likely on every travellers wish list. I can't blame them. The regions is breathtakingly beautiful with glittering lakes, lush meadows and snow covered mountain peaks.

  • Lucerne, the City of Light
  • Rigi range
  • Mount Pilatus
  • Stansstaad, Kersiten and Bürgenstock
  • Beckenried and Klewenalp
  • Hiking the Swiss Path to historic sites (theme trail)
  • Stans and Stanserhorn
  • Schwyz, Brunnen and Fronalpstock region
  • Engelberg and Titlis
  • Giswil, Mörlialp and Sörenberg
  • Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve

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Thun Region and Bernese Oberland

This is probably an area that everybody has heard of. The Jungfrau Region is a well known destination, and perhaps on everyone's wish list. While this is truly a stunning area, don't miss out on the lesser known corners of this jewel of a region.

The historic old and elegant castle city of Thun is the gate to the Bernese Oberland. Open air musicals? Cruising the lakes? Hiking the back country? Endless choices.

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St.Gallen, Appenzell and Bodensee Region

The university city and textile centre St. Gallen provides easy access to Appenzell - steeped in tradition - and the Bodensee Region (Lake Constance), a fabulous summer playground.

  • The cities of St. Gallen and Appenzell
  • The Upper part of the Toggenburg and Säntis mountain
  • Bodensee Region (Lake Constance)

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Schaffhausen to Kreuzlingen

Cruising the Rhine or biking and hiking through sunny vineyards. Well-preserved medieval cities and towns with timber framed houses.

  • Schaffhausen and Rhine Fall
  • The romantic town of Stein am Rhein
  • From Schaffhausen to Kreuzlingen
  • Flower Island of Reichenau (Germany)

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I think one gives Basel, also called Switzerland's Cultural Capital, way too little credit.

  • The city of Basel

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Wide open spaces, romantic river scape, ideal for horse lovers and Alaska-like dogsled adventures.

  • Saignelégier and the Jurassic Mountains (Franches-Montagnes)
  • Delémont and Saint Ursanne
  • The Swiss Water Trail along the Doubs

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Fribourg and the Three Lake area

Renowned for its Swiss watch industry. Beautiful lakes embedded in a natural and cultivated hilly landscape. Medieval towns and cheese making traditions.

  • The Three Lake area and the cities of Biel, Neuchâtel and Murten
  • Ligerz and its wine caves
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its International Watch Museum
  • Val de Travers, the natural amphitheatre and the Greeny Fairy
  • Fribourg region

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Swiss Riviera and Canton Vaud

The name says it all!

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Claims to be the sunniest Swiss canton :) Switzerland's largest wine growing region is warm enough to grow apricots. Absolute hiking and ski paradise, and known for its mineral waters and health spas.

  • Monthey and St. Maurice Region with Val d'Illiez
  • Martigny with Col de la Forclaz, Val d'Entremont, and Val Ferret
  • Sion with Haute Nendaz, Val d'HĂ©rmence and Val d'Hérens
  • Sierre with Val d'Anniviers and Grimentz
  • Leuk and Leukerbad area
  • Lötschental and Faffleralp
  • Visp with Saastal; Unterbäch and Moosalp; Grächen
  • Brig and Goms

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Looking for a Mediterranean feel? Look no further. You won't be disappointed.

  • San Gottardo and Schöllenen Ravine, Urseren Valley (Canton Uri)
  • Bellinzona and Moesano (Valle Mesolcina, Val Calanca - Graubünden)
  • Locarono region with Verzasca Valley and Centovalli
  • Lugano and its hinterland

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