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Take France, Italy and Germany's best bits, mix them all together and you'll soon see why people return to Switzerland again and again. If you love the great outdoors head straight for Switzerland's snow-capped Alps, rippling mountain-framed lakes near Geneva or the winding meadow trails of Zurich. Or relax in picturesque towns sipping coffee and people watching on historic squares.

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Switzerland is a nature-loving land with two-thirds of the country covered by the Alps. You'll find unspoilt forests wherever you go and pristine lakes in central Switzerland, around Lucerne. Head south-west towards Geneva for French-speaking Switzerland and south for Italian flair. The rest is mainly German-speaking, including Zurich and capital Bern. Everywhere you'll find flower-decked picture-book villages with colourful local traditions.

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City breaks in Switzerland

Explore the towns along the fertile lowland strip between Lake Geneva and Lake Constance –go west and you'll find Geneva and east will lead to Zurich. Between the two you can visit the 12th-century moated Swiss capital, Bern, for a science lesson at the Einstein House or to snap the medieval city-symbol Zytglogge clock tower. Or find Basel packed with art museums.

Things to do in Switzerland

Visit the River Rhine's oldest Roman ruins of Augusta Raurica near Augst. Catch ferries across Switzerland's crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, narrow Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne, tucked between soaring limestone mountains. Further south climb the High Alps for some of the world's best-known ski resorts including St Moritz. Or stick to Switzerland's lush green meadows listening to sound of trickling streams.

Skiing in Switzerland

Well-known for its superb snow conditions and synonymous with luxury, Switzerland has some of the best resorts in the world.

With iconic mountains like the Matterhorn and sumptuous resorts like St Moritz, alongside brilliant skiing for every level, it is easy to see why it is a favourite with the elite of Europe.

Davos

Davos is the highest ‘town’ in Europe, which happens to also be one of the largest ski resorts too. There are five ski areas surrounding this winter sports haven, including the Jakobshorn and Rinerhorn peaks. Jakobshorn is very popular with snowboarders, and the nearby Pischa area is great for families as the slopes are fairly easy to navigate for beginners. Après ski is large and varied, with some superb bars and outstanding restaurants. Davos is also home to one of the most decorated ice hockey teams in Europe, so a trip to a game comes highly recommended.

Davos ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season November to late April
Piste area 320 km
Resort height 1560 m
Lifts 56
Runs Total 85
Beginner 20
Intermediate 35
Advanced 30

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Grindelwald

Sat in the shadow of the majestic Eiger’s north face, Grindelwald reminds visitors of a Disneyesque Alpine village. With beautiful baroque churches and the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site – the Jungfraujoch – this is spectacular place to ski. Ideal for intermediates and more advanced beginners, wide blues and sweeping reds cascade down the mountain towards the resort. Grindelwald is a well-kept secret and as such is accordingly quiet on the slopes. Après ski is good, with gourmet restaurants serving up Swiss classics and a great selection of bars to while away the hours.

Grindelwald ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 213 km
Resort height 1035 m
Lifts 44
Runs Total 75
Beginner 24
Intermediate 36
Advanced 15

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Saas Fee

A picturesque village in the heart of the Swiss alps, Saas Fee has snow-sure conditions throughout the season due to most of its runs being above 2500 metres. In Saas Grund you’ll find long and empty slopes perfect for beginners and children, while progressive skiers can find more difficult skiing on the glacier above the resort. The Felskinn route offers some excellent powder skiing for the experts, alongside some steep black mogul runs. Après ski is brilliant, with a good selection of bars and restaurants – don’t miss the traditional Swiss Fondue for an unforgettable night out.

Saas Fee ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season November to April
Piste area 100 km
Resort height 1600 m
Lifts 22
Runs Total 48
Beginner 18
Intermediate 19
Advanced 11

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St Moritz

St Moritz is recognised as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world, with the rich and famous visiting each winter. But you will also find some superb skiing. Nestled in the Upper Engadin, you will find sublime nature at your ski-tips, with long blues and difficult reds sweeping down the valley to the resort. St Moritz has three separate ski areas, bringing in a massive 350 kilometres of piste, and some excellent off-piste. Experts will fall in love with the Diavolezza and Lagalb areas. Off the mountain, you will find some gourmet restaurants, chic bars and a vibrant night life.

St Moritz ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 350 km
Resort height 1170 m
Lifts 55
Runs Total 229
Beginner 57
Intermediate 136
Advanced 36

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Verbier

The most famous resort in the 4 Valleys ski area, Verbier has one of the best après ski scenes in Europe. Add to this great skiing and difficult snow parks, and you will find a younger, more vivacious ski set than your average Swiss resort. More than 410 kilometres of perfectly groomed pistes in and around Verbier provide a challenge for any type of skier or snowboarder, plus the off-piste here is spectacular. Switzerland’s renowned snowfall and its relatively high position allows for a long season, so you could be skiing well into May’s bluebird days.

Verbier ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to May
Piste area 410 km
Resort height 1500 m
Lifts 85
Runs Total 100
Beginner 35
Intermediate 55
Advanced 10

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Zermatt

A breathtaking resort at a high altitude, with a massive ski area and a traditional village atmosphere, Zermatt sits at the base of the Matterhorn. Known for its advanced skiing, experts are well placed to enjoy the snow-sure conditions and difficult slopes, including the spectacular Tiefbach descent. That said, there are some brilliant red runs for the intermediates, with awe-inspiring views of the iconic Matterhorn. The resort is also known for its glamour, with bustling bars, gourmet bistros and even some chic boutiques to get your retail fix. Those in the know go to the Michelin-starred Heimburg restaurant for a spectacular evening.

Zermatt ski facts
Nearest airport
Ski season December to April
Piste area 360 km
Resort height 1620 m
Lifts 54
Runs Total 147
Beginner 31
Intermediate 91
Advanced 25

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