Mountain Vistas

Swiss mountain panoramas are gargantuan, magnificent, soul-soaring. The only requirement to venerate these astonishing vistas: a clear blue sky.

Eiger, Jungfrau & Mönch Switzerland’s big trio; hike from Grindelwald/Wengen or take a cable car to Kleine Scheidegg for close-ups.

Matterhorn Ride Zermatt's Gornergat Bahn or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to admire the unfathomable trigonometry of Switzerland's icon.

Aletsch Glacier Shimmering 23km-long glacier that's best seen from Bettmerhorn or Eggishorn in the Upper Valais.

Schilthorn Enjoy a 360-degree view of 200 peaks stretching from Mt Titlis to Mont Blanc in France.

Jungfraujoch An uplifting lookout on 4000m peaks, the Aletsch Glacier and the Black Forest beyond.

Monte Generoso The 1704m summit offers a vista of the Italian lakes, Alps and Apennines.

Männlichen Incredible views of the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys reached via Europe’s longest cable car.

Art Museums

There's far more to Switzerland than chalet farmsteads with red geranium blossoms and milk churns on a bench waiting to be filled. Exhibit A: this stunning array of art museums.

Fondation Beyeler, Basel Switzerland’s best collection of contemporary art.

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern The Swiss answer to the Guggenheim.

Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny Picasso, Cézanne et al.

Sammlung Rosengart, Lucerne Blockbuster Picasso collection.

Fondation Pierre Arnaud, Lens Dazzling architecture and gallery, on a lake shore near Crans-Montana.

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva Installation art in a 1950s factory.

Sammlung Oskar Reinhart am Römerholz, Winterthur All the modern masters, on a country estate.

Stiftung Langmatt, Baden Wild-card choice in a homey mansion with relatively unknown pieces by famous artists.

Castles & Abbeys

A smattering of fairy-tale castles and abbeys enhances Switzerland’s natural photogenic looks. Perched on hills or snuggled on the water’s edge, they're in picture-perfect settings.

Chillon Follow the Floral Path from Montreux to this huge stone castle on Lake Geneva.

Thun No schloss (castle) in Germanic Switzerland is as fairy tale as Thun’s red-turretted beauty.

St Gallen This grand abbey safeguards an extraordinary rococo library.

Bellinzona Unesco-listed trio of medieval castles in Italianate Ticino.

Sion Bewitching pair of 13th-century châteaux on rocky outcrops above vines.

Müstair Unesco treasure: Carolingian and Romanesque abbey frescos.

Baden Schloss-hop in a region straight out of Arthurian legend. Favourites: Lenzburg, Wildegg, Habsburg and Hallwyl.

Chocolate

No country is more synony­mous with chocolate. More than half of all Swiss chocolate is consumed by the Swiss, making this the obvious place in which to savour it.

Chocolate Train Ride in a belle époque Pullman car from Montreux to a chocolate factory.

Funky Chocolate Club, Interlaken Get messy making your own chocolate (and gorging on it) with the fun team here.

Schokoland, Lugano A spin through the history of chocolate and tastings.

Maison Cailler, Broc Create the chocolate bar of your dreams during a hands-on workshop at this chocolate factory.

Villars Chocolate, Fribourg Factory-price chocolate made from rich Alpine Gruyère milk and hot chocolate with chocolate shavings.

Verkehrshaus, Lucerne Funfair-car ride through the world of chocolate.

Café Sprüngli, Zürich Cafe and chocolaterie that's been the epicentre of sweet Switzerland since 1836.

Milk Bar, Verbier Legendary cafe in a chic ski resort with some of the country's finest hot chocolate.

Family Travel

Switzerland’s Alpine playground ticks off activities for all ages. But kidding around isn’t only about kipping with the cows. Urban Switzerland woos kids with some catchy museums too.

Verkehrshaus, Lucerne Fly a plane or to the moon at the Transport Museum.

Col du Grand St Bernard Cuddle and walk St Bernard dogs.

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein Zip down Carsten Höller’s whimsical 38m-long corkscrew slide.

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt Slide on ice in a glacial palace and snow tube at 3883m.

Saas Fee Feed wild marmots and shoot down the mountain on a scooter.

Gstaad Loop-the-loop Alpine Coaster, husky rides and guided llama and goat hikes.

Swiss Knife Valley Museum, Brunnen Build your own souvenir Swiss Army knife.

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern Interactive art exhibits and workshops.

Alimentarium, Vevey Cookery workshops.