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Switzerland and Liechtenstein : Michelin's recommendations


Although it is sometimes looked down upon by its European neighbours, Switzerland is nevertheless a fascinating place for all who visit it. It has a high standard of living and beautiful landscapes, and the Swiss have a well-developed civic sense and are closely attached to their land and traditions. With four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh), the Swiss have also learned about being tolerant of others. Lots of people dream of moving here!
People are drawn to Geneva for its almost Mediterranean climate, its many activities, beaches and shops. The capital city of Bern, which lies halfway between Basel and Lausanne, is known for its beauty, easygoing lifestyle and the medieval buildings that earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. And let’s not forget Zermatt, Verbier and Saint-Moritz, well-known ski resorts for the international jet set.
Switzerland boasts an amazing variety of natural beauty. In just a few miles you can go from snowy passes to valleys covered with vineyards and apricot trees, such as in the canton of Valais, famous for its wines made from Petite Arvine, a little-known grape variety. Its well-preserved landscapes are covered in forests and meadows, with scores of traditional farms and villages that are often tastefully restored. And of course the Alps occupy over 70% of the country, making it an impregnable fortress!
Switzerland is also a dreamland of costumed bell ringers, horn players and Alpine meadows where they make delicious cheeses like Gruyère and L’etivaz!

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Switzerland and Liechtenstein : Must-see towns and regions

  • Basel

    Basel, Switzerland's third largest city in terms of population, is a real cultural heavyweight. Its 30 museums, its university, which is Switzerland's oldest, and its pronounced taste for contemporary...

  • Berne

    Berne is the seat of the Helvetian Federal authorities and of several international organisations, and is located in a steep-banked meander of the Aare, facing the Alps. Its old medieval town, rebuilt...

  • Geneva

    Geneva is very close to the French border, being located at the south-west end of Lake Léman, in an outstanding setting which has been carefully preserved. The city, built either side of the Rhône, is...

  • Interlaken

    Interlaken is a Bern Oberland tourist resort that is as lively as a capital city in summer. From the 12C onwards, the old Augustine abbey grew "between the lakes" of Thun and Brienz and Interlaken now...

  • This popular resort is the highest served by a rack railway in Europe. Jungfraujoch, in a magnificent high-mountain setting, offers unforgettable views, notably from the Top of Europe Restaurant's exc...

  • Lugano

    The "Queen of Ceresio" stretches to the end of a harmonious bay framed by the wooded Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore. Lugano faces south and is a health and tourist resort that is particularly popul...

  • Lucerne

    This famous tourist resort lies at the northwestern end of Lake Lucerne. The Old Town is built against the mountainside where there are remains of fortifications. The first fishing village grew when t...

  • Zürich

    Situated in the north of Switzerland on the banks of the Sihl and the Limat, on the side of the lake bearing the same name, Zurich is beyond any doubt the country's principal city. It is the main indu...

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