The Jungfrau region has always been accessible for a weekend ski break with easy rail links from Zurich and Geneva but this winter season it’s become even quicker to reach the mountains with new flights routes into Bern-Belp airport.
The classic Swiss ski resort has undergone a transformation ahead of the 2014-2015 winter season. With everything from hotels to restaurants having gone under the knife, there’s never been a better time to head out this firm favourite.
New England may have made a business out of its autumn foliage – there are websites and tour operators dedicated to watching the trees turn golden hues – but it's a long way for Europeans to go to simply admire leaves, which is why it's good to know it's not essential to cross the Atlantic to enjoy this annual phenomenon.
‘The hills are alive’ in Andermatt this summer. Lush, mountainous backdrops, foaming waterfalls and hauntingly still lakes offer the perfect setting to satisfy the intrepid explorer, hiker and cyclist, and at its epicentre is the The Chedi Andermatt.
The Chedi Andermatt has launched a new package in partnership with The Glacier Express and the Mont Cervin Palace Hotel in Zermatt.
Recently Swiss laws were changed and working conditions for overseas workers in Switzerland were enhanced. This has seen a majority exit of the mass market British chalet tour operators from the Swiss slopes.
If the closest your lips have been to ice is in a G&T, it's probably time you got off your bar stool... Ice climbing is fast growing in popularity - there's even an ice wall in London's Covent Garden! - and Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina is making it easy for you to get started by offering an ice-climbing package for beginners and families this winter.
Overlooking Lake Geneva, Dorchester Collection’s Le Richemond is the ultimate place to indulge in the invigorating outdoors Swiss lifestyle. Le Richemond offers the chance to rest and re-energise whilst ensuring guests are able to make the most of their time in Geneva and experience an unparalleled level of luxury in order to return home fully renewed.
2014 is certain to be the year when our love affair with the bike notches up a gear. With the Tour de France Grand Départ starting in Yorkshire, the public’s renewed enthusiasm for cycling is set to continue.
This autumn, the Engadine valley is introducing several new walking trails through the autumn leaves where hiking shoes are not obligatory.
This summer, a golfing holiday to the world-famous Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is all the more appealing thanks to the opening of the £8-million Kulm Spa St. Moritz, where golfers can indulge themselves with a personal training session designed specifically for golfers, a signature Alpine herb stamp massage to ease tired muscles after a challenging round of golf or a long soak in the outdoor hot tub with panoramic Alpine views.
This year it’s time to take a holiday to a whole new level thanks to the Jungfrau VIP Pass. This entitles unlimited travel on the magnificent Jungfrau Railways network, uniting seven spectacular mountain transport systems in the very heart of Switzerland.
TV dinners, computer games and hours spent social networking are killing the family unit, according to Eduardo Ramos, one of three Belgian businessmen behind `Montagne Alternative’, a TV-free zone in the Swiss mountains, offering an alternative way for families to holiday this summer without TV’s, wi-fi and electronic gadgets.
Verbier is a haven of activity into the summer with the traditional alpine features mixing with exhilarating activities.
As another year beckons, thoughts turn to the familiar ritual of half-heartedly drawing up New Year’s resolutions. Make 2013 the year to travel and make resolutions you actually want to keep by shaping your travel plans to inspire you to succeed.
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