The Gornergrat (3'089 m) is one of the places you must have visited once in your life. The mountain panorama and the unique view of the Matterhorn remain unforgettable.
The panorama is considered one of the most beautiful in the world: Monte Rosa massif with the highest Swiss mountain (Dufourspitze, 4'634 m), overlooking the second largest glacier in the Alps, the Gorner Glacier, as well as 29 mountains over 4'000 m are high. And everything within reach, including the Matterhorn.
Thanks to the magnificent panorama and the glacier, which once reached the valley basin, Grindelwald attracted its first guests from the late 18th century, predominantly Englishmen. The actual breakthrough of alpinism took place in the middle of the 19th century. Local mountain guides ascended the summits of the region with English tourists. The first ascent of the most difficult alpine Eiger took place in 1858 (north wall only in 1938).
With the construction of road and railway line the journey to Grindelwald towards the end of the 19th century became easier, now also the winter tourism began. In 1908, the first cable car of the Alps was built on the Wetterhorn. And in 1912 the railway via Kleine Scheidegg reached the Jungfraujoch; Even today, the "Top of Europe" is the highest railway station in Europe and a world-famous destination in the eternal snow and ice.
In 1871, Europe's first mountain railway reached the striking vantage point. Two cogwheel trains - from Vitznau and from Arth-Goldau - drive today to the Rigi Kulm with the Gipfelhotel. From Weggis the aerial cable car reaches directly Rigi-Kaltbad. The peak view of 13 lakes, the Alps and the Black Forest, inspires guests from near and far. By the way: The Rigi is fully integrated in the Swiss Travel Pass.
360 degree panorama on the summit, steam specials, mineral bath & spa Rigi Kaltbad.
Principality of Liechtenstein
Anyone who comes to Liechtenstein can feel the special atmosphere in this lovingly small and sovereign state between Switzerland and Austria. The 160 square kilometers of the Principality form a beautiful patch of earth that extends from the world of experience of the Rhine Valley up to the beneficial nature of the Alpine area at 2500 meters above sea level. The cultural, natural and culinary-romantic Liechtenstein promises moments of happiness for body and soul.
Traditions, living customs and fascinating art treasures tell stories of the exciting history of land and princely houses. The last German-speaking monarchy consists of eleven communities with 35,000 inhabitants. It is in the truest sense of the word manageable and bears the name of a distinguished princely family, which resides at Vaduz Castle.
Among the fantastic Ticino valleys, the protected Verzasca valley is one of the most exciting: at the very least for romantics, especially for adventurers.
This magical bright green of the Verzasca: Like liquid jade, the water seeks its way through the washed out rocky landscape. In Lavertezzo, it flows under the picturesque double bridge Ponte dei Salti: those who hike the river will find stone beds, natural whirlpools and on the Sentierone to Brione 17 works of art. Anyone who does not go swimming here is to blame. A more romantic environment for immersion will hardly be found.
An ascent was still very rare. The cabins of the steepest funicular in the world adapt to even the most extreme inclination. Thus, the passengers are always on a horizontal surface. But there is still plenty of time to enjoy the comfortable journey, as the 743 vertical meters have already been overcome in four to seven minutes.
Embedded in a charming alpine landscape at the foot of the Fronalpstocks is the village Stoos on the same sunny plateau at about 1300m. Stoos can be reached by the steepest funicular in the world via Schlattli (from Schwyz to Muotathal) or from Morschach by aerial cable car. For families with children, the small town with its hotels, apartments and group accommodations is an ideal holiday destination.
Sonogno, the farthest village in the Valle Verzasca, has preserved its characteristic townscape with old houses and alleyways. On the Piazzetta is a typical residence of the Verzasca Valley, the former Casa Genardini, now the seat of the Val Verzasca Museum. In the immediate vicinity is an old bread oven, which is still in operation today. At Casa della lana (House of Wool), manual workers process sheep's wool into handmade products. In the upper part of the village, a fresco depicting the Last Judgment can be admired on the wall of a farmhouse. The picture was painted in the 18th century by an unknown artist.
In the summer months from May to October, once a month there is a market for local food and handicrafts on the village square.
Idyllic bays and dramatic, fjord-like rocky slopes, deep blue, crystal clear water and in the background snow-covered mountain peaks - all this can be seen with the shipping company of Lake Lucerne (SGV).
For a trip to Central Switzerland, a boat trip on Lake Lucerne is simply included. Be it a cruise with lunch on the modern MS Diamond or a romantic ride on the antique paddle steamer at sunset.
The many offers of the SGV offer a suitable ride for everyone. The central Swiss mountains can also be explored by boat. By boat from Lucerne to Vitznau, from there to the rack railway and drive up to the Rigi, to enjoy the view over Lake Lucerne just a little later.
One of the most impressive trough valleys of the Alps between gigantic cliffs and peaks. With 72 tossenden waterfalls, imposing valley endings, colorful alpine meadows, lonely mountain inns and railways on the Talschultern the Lauterbrunnenvalley is one of the largest natural spectacles in Switzerland.
"Loud fountains" - the very name of the village and valley indicates that this landscape is unique: the landmark is the Staubbach Falls, which plunge almost 300 meters into the depths of an overhanging rock face, one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who visited the valley in 1779, was inspired by the thunderous waters to his "song of the spirits over the waters".
At the foot of the Matterhorn lies Zermatt, whose tourist development is closely linked to what is probably the most famous mountain in the world. The car-free resort has retained its typical character and offers almost unlimited excursion possibilities.
The location Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the midst of a large hiking and skiing region makes it one of the most attractive holiday villages ever. The ski area comprises 54 lifts and lifts and 360 km of slopes. The area "Matterhorn glacier paradise" is the largest and highest summer ski area in Europe. Numerous national teams practice here in the summer.
The Blausee is located in the Bernese Oberland municipality Kandergrund at an altitude of 887 meters above sea level. The deep blue mountain lake is one of the most famous mountain lakes in Switzerland and as Fotosujet, fishing area or destination equally popular. The lake is embedded in an almost magical, protected forest area between Kandergrund in the north and Kandersteg in the south. A little east of the Blausee lies the village Mitholz. The mountain lake is relatively small with a length of about 100m and a width of about 70m.
Since the lake is fed by underground springs, its water is crystal clear and you can usually see the lake bottom, although this is more than 12 meters under water. Above-ground drains are not visible, although the Kander only about 50m west flew past the lake. Restoration and accommodation facilities can be found on the north shore of the lake in the "Hotel Blausee".
Maienfeld in the Bündner Herrschaft inspired the poet Johanna Spyri to write her novels about Heidi. In the Heidi village, the story of the small, happy and nature-loving orphan girl comes alive at the original sites.
Johanna Spyri (1827-1901) created with her Heidi books a still widespread romantic and nature-related image of Switzerland. Translated into 50 languages and printed in as many millions copies, visually translated into documentary, feature and animated films, the story of the little girl Heidi is a classic of children's literature.
The Heidi village in Maienfeld transports visitors from all over the world into the origins of the children's story. The Heidi Trail leads through the idyllic landscape to the Heidihaus and the Heidialp, and the original Heidi souvenirs from the village shop make for wonderful memories.
Nestled between hills and vineyards, dominated by the beautiful castle, Spiez invites you to linger on Lake Thun.
Above the lake there is a magnificent panorama from the Niederhornkette to the Bernese Alps. The mild climate and the many sunny days contribute to the high quality of life. Many popular destinations in the Bernese Oberland and Valais can be discovered from Spiez.
As a starting point for winter sports you are in Spiez just right. Within an hour you can reach most of the popular winter sports resorts in the Bernese Oberland.
In summer, a visit to the Spiez open-air and seaside resort, a boat trip on Lake Thun or simply a walk along the beautiful lakeside promenade ensure a restful night.
Engelberg is located 25 kilometers south of Lake Lucerne in a wide high valley at about 1'000 m above sea level. The surrounding mountains dominate the 3,239 meter high glacier and mountain Titlis and the 2,600 meter high Hahnen. They guarantee snow protection in winter until well into spring. Also recognized as one of the top 10 ski resorts in Switzerland, Engelberg is known for its varied ski and freeride area. In summer, on the other hand, everything revolves around hiking, mountaineering, climbing, biking and golfing.
Engelberg itself captivates with its individual and original character. The Benedictine monastery founded in 1120 still has significant influence on the village world. The monks still live, work and teach there. Witnesses are also the remaining houses from the Belle Epoque. In combination with the cozy Swiss flair, the special architecture gives the monastery village its very own charm.