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Grüezi and Welcome to Switzerland
An Insider's Guide

Switzerland may be small but we are blessed with diversity. Most think of mountain tops wrapped in eternal snow, but we've got a little of everything:

  • The Swiss Riviera with its palm lined avenues between Montreux and Geneva;
  • Italian "dolce vita" in the sunny Ticino with its Mediterranean climate;
  • Pristine alpine meadows full of wildflowers in the spring and bell-carrying four legged guests in the summer;
  • Delightful cities and medieval towns;
  • Numerous refreshing mineral baths and health resorts;
  • The Engadin with its special light that brings contrasts alive and attracts artists for centuries;
  • Remote valleys with picturesque villages where life hasn't changed much over decades;
  • A unique and a diverse architectural heritage;
  • And, well, OK, our ski slopes are hard to beat!

Being a land of contrast, the scenery is visually sensual just about everywhere. Age old traditions are kept alive, languages and habits differ from region to region, even village to village. And, there's no country better organized for taking hikes. Hands down:-)

Murten seen from the town fortification, a perfectly preserved medieval town The Niederhorn Gondolas above Interlaken and Beatenberg Part of the Bernese Alps seen from Beatenverg Swiss Alpine Traditions - the coming home of the cows from the Alpine pasture Oberhofen Castle on Lake Thun - The museum shows the history of previous occupants Cows grazing in the Kander Valley, Bernese Oberland A row of colourful houses along the River Aare in Thun A farmhouse in the Bernese Oberland, loaden with geraniums in summer The dividing of cheese, a ceremony celebrated in the Justis Valley View to the village of Bos-cha and the Engadin Alps in Graubünden Part of Soglio, an ancient village in the Bregaglia Valley in Graubünden Lago Maggiore and the village of Gerra in the Canton Ticino Doors and facades in Ardez, the village known for its colourful sgraffiti The medieval village of Stein am Rhein and Castle Hohenklingen Nothing beats a cruise on Lake Thun - beauful views all-around The picturesque bay of Spiez on Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland Basel fleamarket on Barfüsser Square The medieval university and bilingual town of Fribourg The ancient village of Grimentz in the Val d'Anniviers, Canton Valais Ernen in the Goms Valley, also known as the music village, Canton Valais Schaffhausen, Switzerland's northernmost city, with its colourful decorated houses, located on the River Rhein Skiing at its best on Madrisa in Klosters, Canton Graubüunden Cresta in the remote valley of Avers in Graubünden The Lavaux vineyards on Lake Geneva, Switzerland Very distinct houses of Appenzell Saint Ursanne, another medieval village of Switzerland, located in the Canton Jura

Get the inside scoop and travel deep into the heart of Switzerland!

I will lead you to winter hot spots and summer playgrounds. But mostly I will lead you to places where we, the Swiss, find adventure and relaxation. There are still a few stunning but uncrowded and unspoiled pockets that don't always make it onto the big travel sites or into guidebooks.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you around. I don't promise unbiased advice, but I hope I can spark your desire to discover "my" Switzerland!

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