Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Switzerland travel informationSwitzerland is without doubt one of my favourite countries in Europe.  I love the snow-capped alps, the sparkling lakes and the crystal clear rivers and I have a real affinity with the Swiss countryside. If you're more of a city-lover, Switzerland's cities are a blend of modernity and old-world charm. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the wonderful places I have visited in Switzerland.

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On my first trip to Europe many years ago, my boyfriend (now husband) and I did the obligatory Contiki tour.  The second destination on our whirlwind tour was Lauterbrunnen, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps.  From this brief visit a real love affair with the village has developed and we have returned on numerous occasions as there are so many things to see and do in Lauterbrunnen. It's probably our favourite holiday destination in Europe.

Images of snowflakes, twinkling lights and carol singers wrapped up in woollen hats and scarves spring to mind when I think of a white Christmas and if you spend the festive season in Switzerland you’re likely to see that and a whole lot more.

Quality. Efficiency. Beauty. Cleanliness.  These are words that spring to mind when I think of Switzerland.  But when searching for accommodation in Switzerland recently, another word jumped out at me.  Variety.

If you’re planning a holiday in Switzerland, you probably have cities like Zurich, Lucerne, Bern and Geneva already on your itinerary.  And if you’re a regular reader of this website, you’ll know that the village of Lauterbrunnen is one of my favourites, so you may have added that, too.

Hiking and cycling holidays in Switzerland

If I had to nominate the main reason I keep returning to Switzerland, it would definitely be the scenery.  The country is blessed with an abundance of stunning mountains, sparkling lakes, lush meadows and thickly wooded forests.  And the best way to experience Switzerland’s natural beauty is by bike or on foot.

With a landscape dotted with towering Alps, it’s not surprising that Switzerland is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. In fact, winter sports were invented in Switzerland in the 19th century. But with so many ski resorts to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

Breathtaking scenery and delicious gourmet experiences are two of the things that I always seem to remember from holidays past and with Switzerland boasting an abundance of both, it’s the perfect place to plan a gourmet driving holiday.

If a Grand Tour of Switzerland takes your fancy but you’re not keen on driving, why not discover this beautiful country by train?  With some of the most spectacular train rides in the world, it’s easy to explore the very best of Switzerland by rail.

From the first moment I arrived in Switzerland over 25 years ago, I was smitten by the beauty of the country.  In the years since, I’ve been fortunate to explore much of the country by car, train and coach and on each visit I’m blown away by the stunning scenery.