All the quaint stereotypes are true – cheese, chocolate, clocks, obsessive punctuality – but there’s much more to Switzerland than this. The major cities are cosmopolitan and vibrant, transport links are excellent, and the scenery takes your breath away. Switzerland is diverse and multilingual – almost everyone speaks some English along with at least one of the four official languages.
The most visited Alpine area is the picturesque Bernese Oberland, but the loftiest Alps are further south, where the Toblerone-peaked Matterhorn looms above Zermatt. Of the northern German-speaking cities, Zürich has tons of sightseeing and nightlife and provides easy access to the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Basel and the capital, Bern, are quieter, each with an attractive historic core, while Luzern lies in an appealing setting of lakes and mountains. In the French-speaking west, Geneva and Lausanne are at the heart of Suisse-Romande. South of the Alps, Italian-speaking Ticino seems a world apart, particularly the palm-fringed lakeside resorts of Lugano and Locarno.Read More