Switzerland Tourism

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Turn, turn, turn... Here’s how it looks in Switzerland when autumn goes and winter comes. Did you know, researchers at @lifeatkings in the UK have found that autumn colours – like the gold of the leaves on these trees in the Engadin – can ward off stress and depression, and lift your mood? So it’s good that @engadin.stmoritz is one of the Swiss regions with the fewest foggy days, according to a study by @ethzurich. But enough of all this research. Come on, what are you waiting for? Head for the Engadin, where you’ll find scenery straight out of a picture book and the Swiss National Park, giving you a fascinating insight into the plant and animal world. There’s also the fresh mountain air and snow-covered peaks to enjoy. Thanks for the wonderful photo, @rthommenphotography.
"The Swiss Stairway to Heaven": that’s a nice description by @mindz.eye , who took this great shot on Pilatus, the mountain overlooking @ilove_lucerne. Standing here on a clear day, you get a fantastic view of Lake Lucerne and as many as 73 Alpine peaks beyond. Amazing, isn’t it? How to get there? Well, it depends where you’re starting from. You can take the world’s steepest cog railway, which has a maximum gradient of 48%, from #Alpnachstad to Pilatus. Or if you prefer to travel by gondola, we recommend the new Dragon Ride aerial cableway, which carries you flying straight to the summit: the ride from Fräkmüntegg takes just three-and-a-half minutes. But whichever you choose – cog railway or aerial cableway – we can tell you it’s definitely worth the trip! Thanks for the photo, @mindz.eye.
As you know, red and white are Switzerland’s colours 🇨🇭. But they’re not just the colours of our flag – you’ll find them in our scenery too, as you can see from this beautiful shot by @sebastianmzh. The photo shows the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct, covered with the first snow of the season. Beautiful, isn’t it? At 36 metres long and 65 metres high, the viaduct is the biggest and most imposing structure on the 63-kilometre #AlbulaLine , part of the @rhaetischebahn. The line runs from Thusis @graubuenden to the spa town of @engadin.stmoritz – over an incredible 144 bridges and through 42 tunnels and galleries. No wonder it’s revered as one of the most spectacular narrow-gauge railways in the world.
The great outdoors – right on the doorstep of the city. Believe it or not, this picture was taken just a few kilometres outside @aarauinfo. And that’s not unusual for Switzerland. Not only will you find plenty of green spaces within Swiss cities themselves, you don’t have to travel far to get out into nature itself – so you can easily combine your city break with an excursion to the surrounding forests, meadows and mountains. In this photo by @dimitri_w , you can see the landscape around Oberhof in the canton of @aargautourismus.
A pyramid in the middle of @valaiswallis. The Dent Blanche is an awesome mountain, rising 4,300 metres above the @myvaldherens. The green Alpine valley is renowned for its many local traditions, which are still going strong. For instance, it is home to the famous black Hérens cattle, which are used in cow fights. It’s a spectacle that you won’t see anywhere else. And don’t worry: these cow fights are quite natural and essentially harmless. Thanks for the photo, @followusoutside
What happens here when it rains? Don’t worry: the Diesse Tower in @neuchatelville does have a roof – it’s just that you can’t see it. The impressive tower is in the heart of the old town of Neuchâtel, which lies on the shore of the eponymous lake. If you love culture, you’ll find the tower is a real treasure trove, with its art works and galleries. There are plenty of discoveries to be made in the surrounding area, too. Neuchâtel Castle is one imposing landmark, situated on a rocky outcrop and with a fantastic view of the lake. The Collegiate Church, another unmistakable feature of Neuchâtel, is also close by. And if you are looking for something a little less grand but equally interesting, take a stroll down the city’s streets and alleyways, where you’ll find wonderful little cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Thanks for the photo, @federico_magini
This road is one of the most beautiful in the world – and that’s a scientific fact. In 2015, car rental firm Avis developed a formula for calculating which routes are the best in the world for driving, based on factors such as the number of bends and the scenery. The Fluela Pass from @davosklosters to Susch in @graubuenden is ranked right up there in fourth place. So, when we say it’s a sensational road, we have the evidence to prove it! It runs for 28 kilometres through the Alpine landscape, past lakes and through forests, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. And it’s also part of the Grand Tour of Switzerland – the 1,600-kilometre Swiss road trip. Thanks for the photo, @silvan_widmer
Is it a castle? Is it a manor? No – it’s a historic hotel. But don’t go rushing off to book a room, because you can’t actually stay there. Which makes it all the more intriguing... It was built as a private villa almost 120 years ago and was given the evocative name of Villa Engiadina. The idyllic location and splendid architecture are certainly part of its charm, but what is really fascinating is the building’s history. It was once part of the Hotel Waldhaus Vulpera. Never heard of it? That’s hardly surprising, as it stopped taking guests decades ago. But the legend of the Grand Hotel lives on. It used to be a major Swiss mountain tourism destination – and was one of the most renowned and monumental Belle Epoque hotels in the world. Nowadays, you can still wander the trails around @engadinscuol and Vulpera. It’s well worth the trip: not only is the area steeped in history, the scenery is amazing too, as @matsview shows in his photo.
A lake full of love! In Swiss German, they call it the “Härzlisee”, which means “heart lake”. If you look at its shape, you’ll see why. It is a particular favourite for families. Around it runs the Kitzelpfad, literally “tickle path”. Walk the path barefoot, and you will feel the sensation of the sand, wood chips and pebbles on your soles. It’s a lovely way to have your feet massaged… and your toes tickled. Despite – or perhaps because of – the colder weather right now, the short circular walk is fun and easy for the little ones. And there is a restaurant right by the lake where you can have a drink and a bite to eat. Getting here couldn’t be easier: just take the cable car and chair lift from @engelberg.titlis. Or you could always walk up – and then cool your hot feet with a stroll along the tickle path when you get to the top. Thanks for the photo, @carolinepirskanen
A spectacular autumn scene: @beatenberg on Lake Thun, shrouded in wreaths of mist and almost hidden from view. And there’s something else that makes this spot in the @madeinbern region a great get-away. Right beneath the village are the @st.beatushoehlen. Inside the caves, you can follow safe, well-lit paths into the mountain for about one kilometre. The caves are open until mid-November, when they close for winter, so if you want to take a walk into the underworld, now’s the perfect time. Thanks for the great photo, @swissmountainview
A holiday resort of stars and mills! In this beautiful photo by @petit_angelus , you can see Val d’Anniviers and its 4,000-metre peaks. More precisely, you are looking out from Saint-Luc, a village located on the side of the mountain. Why stars? Here, you can visit an observatory, a planetarium and a planetary path. And what about mills? As you know, people have always built mills to grind grains for food. Val d’Anniviers and Saint Luc were no exceptions. But in the past, people didn’t trust their neighbours as much, so every family here had its own mill. The village still has five mills, which you can visit. There is also a “Bread Trail” that leads you to each of the historical mills – you can even bake your own bread in the village bakery. Thanks for the photo!
Bern, Baby, Bern! @saidnefzi took this amazing photo from Bern’s famous Rose Garden. From up here, you can catch a unique view of the old town of @ilove_bern as well as the loop in the River Aare; Bern’s local mountain, the Gurten; and if you’re lucky, the Alps. The blossoming cherry trees are also really eye-catching – both in spring and autumn. The Rose Garden isn’t just a perfect place to take a photo… did you know that it’s also one of the most popular parks in Bern? With its magnificent view of the old town, as well as its lily pond, sculptures and numerous rose bushes, it’s the perfect place to unwind for a few hours. A surprising fact is that it used to be a cemetery! In 1765, the area was used as a graveyard – and was known as “the rose garden cemetery”. In fact, its name has nothing to do with the roses that currently grow there, but is due to all the roses laid on the graves. Since there weren’t many green spaces in the city back then, many residents enjoyed visiting the cemetery. In 1877, the cemetery was closed and the area was instead used as a park. Regardless of its history, this beautiful spot is worth visiting, even to enjoy amazing views like this!
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