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1/5/2018
What to see and do in Switzerland
What to see and do in Switzerland

With its beautiful Alpine landscapes, dynamic culture and reputation for embracing the new, Switzerland is truly a country like no other. With four official languages and bordered by France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, a visit here is sure to be wonderfully diverse.

Magnificent Switzerland

Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or wish to immerse yourself in city life where historical architecture is met with modern living, Switzerland has something for everybody. Known for being one of the most developed countries in the world, and with the cities of Geneva and Zürich ranked highly for the quality of life they offer, it truly is a beautiful place to experience.

From the awe-inspiring Matterhorn, the breath-taking Mount Rigi and the serene Lake Geneva and Lake Luzern, Switzerland's natural allure draws thousands to the country each year. Pack your hiking boots, hire a bike or try your hand at skiing or snowboarding, exercise is made fun here.

Art is everywhere too, with a range of unusual galleries, new-wave bars and cultural venues waiting to be explored. In Geneva, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain should not be missed, while Zürich is home to a thriving network of clubs and drinking spots if you want a lively evening.

Visiting Switzerland

If you are interested in visiting one of Switzerland's main cities, the easiest way to travel is by air. There are seven commercial airports in the country, with Zürich Airport, Geneva Airport and EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg being the three largest.

Across Switzerland there is also an excellent rail network, and it is the recommended form of transport for exploring the country. Tickets can be purchased from multi-lingual kiosks, to make getting around as easy as possible.


One of the most popular destinations, St. Moritz is reachable by train from Zürich or Milan in three hours. Located in the Upper Engadine, it is also easy to get to from Italy, Germany or Austria. Please be aware that any visitors travelling by car must have snow chains or a 4x4 if snow has fallen.

If you plan on staying at the world-class Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz or Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly Kempinski staff before you make travel arrangements – they will be happy to help you plan your journey.

Switzerland's cuisine

There is much more to Switzerland than chocolate and cheese, but there is also no denying the country is famous for these two food items for good reason. A dish not to be missed is, of course, fondue - the Swiss version is often served in a large pot with garlic bread and possibly olives, and it is perfect for sharing. But where should you sample the dish? The otherworldly El Paradiso in St. Moritz and Café Bon Vin in Geneva are often named some of the best.

The rösti is another popular savoury dish, originating as a breakfast food commonly eaten by farmers based in Bern. Simple yet delicious, it consists of grated potato fried in either oil, butter or fat and then seasoned for taste.

While in Switzerland, visitors should also try papet vaudois (leek with potatoes and sausage) and zurcher geschnetzeltes (a national dish in Zürich of veal and mushrooms).

Must-sees

Switzerland is full of many natural wonders and unique sights, both old and new. No matter where you visit, you will never run out of things to do.

Take a trip to the breath-taking Matterhorn

A sight you will never forget, the 14,692ft Matterhorn is one of the highest summits in Europe. While only the skilled can climb it, cable cars are readily available. Simply looking up at its towering peak, however, is easily worth the trip.

Visit Lake St. Moritz

If you find yourself near luxurious St. Moritz, do not miss majestic Lake St. Moritz. Depending on when you visit, it can be the perfect place for a relaxing picnic or a hub of activity - throughout the year various events take place, including polo matches and 'White Turf' horse races. Every year, the lake freezes from December to May and horses have raced across the ice since 1907.

Explore Old Town Geneva

Geneva is a beautiful city, full of life and embedded with history. A trip to Old Town should be your first activity, here you will come across many iconic sites - from St. Pierre Cathedral to Place du Bourg-de-Four - and a collection of intriguing galleries, shops and restaurants. If you happen to visit on the weekend before the 12th December, you can even walk down the Passage de Monetier - it dates back to medieval times and it is only open one weekend a year!

CERN and the Large Hadron Collider

If you are interested in physics, a visit to CERN - the home of the Large Hadron Collider among many other things - will blow your mind. The world-famous laboratory is actually open to tourists, and to get there you simply need to take a short tram ride or taxi ride from Geneva.

Discover Chillon Castle

Located on the eastern end of Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is an undeniably magical sight. Whether you visit in winter or spring, it is a must-see for anyone near the area. The castle is known for being one of Switzerland's most visited historical sights, and the first written record of the building dates way back to 1005. If you are a lover of literature, you might recognise it from Lord Byron's poem The Prisoner of Chillon.

Planning the trip of a lifetime to Switzerland? Whether you wish to escape to St. Moritz or immerse yourself in the lively culture of Geneva, Kempinski can make your visit even more special. For more information, or to arrange a booking, contact our staff in St. Moritz and Geneva, they will be able to answer any questions and queries you may have.

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