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Book your holiday to Switzerland and discover a beautiful land of dramatic snow-capped peaks, shimmering mountain-framed lakes and enchanting towns and villages.
Get comfortable in cosy wooden chalets with sweeping alpine scenery, or take a walk on the sun-kissed shores of Lake Geneva. A holiday to Switzerland guarantees stunning scenery that does not only draw poets and painters, but offers the energetic, a chance to explore the great outdoors. Enjoy a host of sporting activities and miles of pretty walking trails or relax and take in the views of the spectacular landscape on a cable-car ride.
The land of four languages, Switzerland is diverse in terms of tradition. Admire the medieval alleys, houses and churches that span over a century in the enchanting towns and villages. See the glorious Chillon castle, set against the backdrop of the surrounding Alps and discover the dark secrets of the past it holds.
Save time for the Zytglogge Tower and watch the famous mechanical clock of strike the hour. See the beautiful and historic Swiss capital of Bern, still unchanged for five centuries and take in the beauty of the turquoise waters of River Aare as it flows around the city.
Set between Germany, France, Austria and Italy, you’ll be spoilt for choice for cultural activities. Each of these regions boasts its own cuisines too, from semi-dried sausages from the German-speaking region, to fondue from the French part of Switzerland. Stroll through these cosmopolitan cities and medieval towns and sample Swiss chocolate, wine cheese and eye-catching architecture.
Complete your holiday in Switzerland and make a trip to the spectacular Bernese Oberland, where you’ll discover its famed jaw-dropping scenery.
Visit Switzerland in wintertime and take in the delights of a lakeside spa-town, and all the colour and charm of a festive fair. Few countries radiate the magic of wintertime more than Alpine paradise.
Join a tour of Switzerland with Newmarket Holidays and take in the natural wonders and historic towns and cities of this beautiful country.
With remarkable mountainous scenery, there are almost limitless opportunities to explore the great outdoors, from walking and hiking to skiing and canopying. But that isn’t all that Switzerland has to offer; explore the cities’ contrasting contemporary character, the towns’ medieval charm or tranquil lakes. Although a small country, there is plenty to do on your holiday in Switzerland.
There is so much more to Swiss food than the traditional image of fondue and raclette, though both these cheese dishes must be sampled at least once during your holiday in Switzerland.
Swiss cuisine – especially in the French-speaking cantons (Chateau d’Oex lies in the Canton Vaud, but just a short distance along the valley from German-speaking Canton Bern) – is heavily influenced by Gallic flair, and of course, being an internationally acclaimed destination, Switzerland offers dishes of every possible hue, to suit all tastes and pockets.
Dining need not be expensive, since many places offer all-you-can-eat buffets – try the Department store or supermarket restaurants for great-value and high standards, for example. Soups are plentiful, as are cold meats (including air-cured beef) and a whole variety of salads. Switzerland is also home to Rösti – delicious waxy potatoes, grated and fried. Try this filling dish with a bratwurst or a plain fried egg.
Swiss beers are excellent, while the local wines, from grapes grown on the sun-blessed slopes of the Rhone Valley above Lake Geneva, are one of the country’s best-kept secrets – very little is exported – and in particular dry, fruity Fendant white and the full-bodied red Dôle should be appreciated. In the land which almost invented chocolate, desserts are a passion, perhaps followed by a local Schnapps – try an Gentiane, made from the delicate purple Alpine flower, or a pear Williamse, another favourite from the Valais.