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Switzerland

Where Alpine tradition sits alongside a diverse, contemporary culture.

Although cheese, chocolate and clocks are synonymous with Switzerland, there is so much more to this diverse country; cosmopolitan cities, excellent transport links, and scenery that takes your breath away are just some of the highlights of contemporary Switzerland. Whilst renowned for its mountains (Alps in the south, Jura in the northwest), the country also features a central plateau of rolling hills, beautiful plains and shimmering lakes. With four official languages, Switzerland is intrinsically more culturally diverse than perhaps any other European country. To the northeast you will find the Swiss-German speaking part of Switzerland, to the southwest the laissez-faire style of living attributed to the French, in the southeast sunny Italian-style piazzas and at the heart of it all, breathtaking mountain landscapes and traditional Alpine villages.

Home to several international airports including Zurich, Geneva and Basel as well as a fantastic railway network, centrally located Switzerland couldn’t be easier to reach. From medieval Bern, chic Geneva, Germanic Basel and trendy Zurich, Switzerland’s cities are a hub of bold architecture, innovative restaurants and world-class modern art. Not far from the cities are the famous lakes, the most well-known being Lake Geneva, Lake Zurich, Lake Brienz and Lake Lugano. Whether you wish to unwind on the glittering lake shores, take a boat trip or walk or cycle along the perimeter, the lakes provide a splendid setting for a relaxed holiday,

As the birthplace of winter tourism, it is no surprise that Switzerland is also home to some of the world’s best ski resorts

Varied terrain, spectacular scenery and some of the world’s greatest mountains, including the Matterhorn and Eiger, along with 57 other peaks over 4,000 metres high and multiple glaciers are located here. Framed by snow-capped mountains, picture postcard villages are filled with cosy log cabins and luxury ski chalets providing the perfect mix of tradition and style.

Whether you are a family looking for child-friendly slopes or are an expert skier searching for fresh powder, Switzerland certainly has it all. For unique scenery and superb skiing head to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn, a resort sure to lure you back year after year. Favoured by world-class athletes, Verbier is as famous for its nightlife as its skiing whilst Gstaad and St. Moritz are glamorous retreats favoured by those who love to shop as much as they love to ski. Davos and Klosters share a sweeping network of ski lifts and slopes whilst Crans Montana and Saas Fee are ideal for families. Andermatt has earned its place in the hearts of freeriders and whilst under the radar at the moment, a luxury redevelopment means it won’t remain that way for long.

Leo Trippi
Magazine
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RESORT GUIDES

Issue 13 15/3/2019 The ultimate guide to Gstaad
All you need to know about this glorious winter & summer destination is here in our ultimate guide.
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RESORT GUIDES

We celebrate five inspirational female icons who have inspired and empowered women on and off the slopes.
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EDUCATION

Experience the most iconic alpine passes and mountain roads in the Swiss Alps behind the wheel of your chosen supercar.
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LIFESTYLE

The best chalet's of their kind in the beautiful village of Zermatt.
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CHALETS

Tips and tricks to help you prioritise the beauty essentials to leave you feeling relaxed, revitalised and rejuvenated on the slopes.
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LIFESTYLE

Issue 11 29/1/2019 What to pack on your ski trip
Associate shopping editor Anina Hee from PORTER magazine brings us the latest trends on what to pack for your ski trip.
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LIFESTYLE

Don't wait until the summer to get your festival fix. Bands are ready to rock the pistes in the Alps this Spring.
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EVENTS

With the Alps revelling in another fantastic season, half term is the ideal time to hit the slopes with your family.
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CHALETS

Andermatt's 1.6 billion makeover into a luxury ski resort is finally coming to fruition this season
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RESORT GUIDES

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