Surrounded by France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy, Switzerland takes up the heart of Europe. More than 60 percent of the country is mountainous and the Alps, Europe’s highest mountains, occupy the central and southern parts of the country. The Alps make Switzerland a truly three-dimensional country. From the air or from the valleys, they are spectacular. There’s Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) and the Matterhorn near Zermatt, the Eiger overlooking Grindlewald, the Jungfrau, the Weisshorn and the Wildspitze to name just a few peaks. With its many Alpine passes, Switzerland has sat at the mountain crossroads of Europe for thousands of years. The inheritance of several different cultures can be seen in ancient Roman roads and amphitheaters; in monasteries and chapels built for pilgrims; and in Renaissance and Baroque art. The nation was founded over 700 years ago, with a vow of mutual aid among three “forest” cantons. Now, 26 politically sovereign cantons make up the modern federative state called Switzerland.
Cultural life in Switzerland is as rich and varied as its countryside, feeding on the fertile friction between the four official languages and cultures - German, French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland also features an astonishing mix of traditional and contemporary elements and manages to keep a happy balance between preserving its cultural heritage and allowing new impulses to bring about change. Witness, for instance, the large variety of museums - about 930 different ones in all - that range from the internationally renowned institution to the regional or local showplace.
Suggested Switzerland Discoveries
- SELF DRIVE PROGRAMS - The tours listed here, are the suggested self-drive itineraries covering different regions and highlights. This is probably the best way to discover Switzerland, as a car allows you to be mobile at all times, to stop whenever you want and visit to your heart’s content! A limitless number of itineraries, including accommodation and fully insured car rental, is possible, as you can combine any of the different regions and cities to create “your own” program.
- CLASSIC TOURS - There is such a wealth of variety within this small country, this is the charm of Zwitzerland. From historical old towns and castles to rugged peaks sprinkled with spectacular waterfalls and mighty glaciers. Because of its unique geographical location withing the Alpine ranges at the heart of Europe, everything in Switzerland is at a short distance in the scenic countryside. Our itineraries are designed to show you as much as possible still allowing you time to explore on your own.
- SKI PROGRAMS - Switzerland offers a ski trip wonderfully unlike anything you have ever experienced before and everywhere you spot skiers descending the Alpine slopes with the enthusiasm of children who have found a new toy. And the trails are not the only attractions: there are medieval castles speckling the horizon, sleigh rides to distant hamlets, and après-ski that is uniquely European.
- CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS - As specialists on this destination, we can prepare “the” specific itinerary you desire with the exact services you need. If you would like to have “your own” itinerary, contact us and advise us of all your requirements