Switzerland lies in the heart of continental Europe. Bordered by Austria, Germany, Italy and France, Switzerland shares the languages of all its neighbours. The landscape is just as varied. The green mountains, manicured towns, glistening lakes and impressive Alpine peaks are just a few reasons to take your holidays in Switzerland. A closer look will reveal a country that is not only scenic but also welcoming, with a large variety of activities on offer.
Holidays in Switzerland can be planned for any time of year. The climate varies considerably, depending on the time of year and region, but the Swiss know how to make the best of each season. All major cities have airports and are well connected by trains and buses that almost always run on time. Public transport in Switzerland is clean, safe and efficient, and visitors can count on information in more than one European language, including English.
Follow a well-signposted hiking or biking trail through bright green pastures and discover tiny villages hidden in the mountains. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of a mountain lake, ski down mountains covered in powdery snow or go on a train ride that will take you inside a glacier. Bigger cities like Geneva, Chamonix, Zurich, Berne or Lugano offer a wealth of art, architecture, shopping and Swiss cuisine. Holidays in Switzerland, if you're staying in the smaller towns and villages, can also offer a different kind of experience: listening to traditional Alphorn music or watching the colorful descent of cattle from high pastures, viewing Emmental cheese being made on a Swiss farm or letting your tastebuds run wild at the Benichon, a traditional feast celebrating abundance. Watersports enthusiasts would be well advised to visit one of Switzerland's famous lakes -- Lake Constance in the north, Lake Lugano in the south and Lake Geneva in the west.