Switzerland

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Switzerland, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Verbier

Skiing in Verbier

Verbier should carry a government health warning, something like ‘You come here at your own risk’. Risk of what! Well, your wallet for a start, then your health, then your ego.

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Autumn in Valais, Switzerland

Switzerland’s attraction in winter and summer needs no introduction, but during autumn, from October to mid-November, it’s a pretty special place to be too.

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On the Trail of Frankenstein in Geneva

It is 200 years since the publication of what is often known as the first gothic novel –  “Frankenstein”.  It was conceived by Mary Shelley in Geneva and much of the action takes place in and around here.

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Travelling the Bernina Express

The Bernina Express, a spectacular 75 miles of Alpine scenery from Tirano in Italy to Chur in Switzerland, is one of the World’s Great Railway Journeys. Michael Edwards steps aboard this spectacular ride.

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Hotel International au Lac

Maybe if E.M. Forster had stayed at the Hotel International au Lac in Lugano, Switzerland in those early years of the 20th Century, literary history may have been different.

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The Alpina Gstaad

As the train pulls into Gstaad, I get a glimpse of the Alpina, looking like a stately castle perched high above the town. The driver who meets me tells me that, although the hotel looks old, it only opened in 2012, built on the site of a previous property which had fallen into disrepair.

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