Towering Switzerland is the iconic peak of Alps’ highest mountain—the Matterhorn. Standing at 4,478 meters high, the Matterhorn is the symbol of Switzerland. What was once deemed as an impossible climb is now a world-famous mountaineer’s dream. The first ascent of Matterhorn was in 1865, made by a team of seven people—including the persistent English mountaineer, Edward Whymper—and two guides. Currently, about 3,000 people summit annually, and the Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. As beautiful as the Matterhorn may be, not everyone has $6,700 and a week’s time to spare to climb the mountain. There are, however, a few ways to enjoy the beauty of the Matterhorn, one of which includes staying in one of our holiday chalet rental—Chalet Grace. This luxury vacation rental can accommodate up to 14 people, and even has an outdoor Jacuzzi. Our 5-bedroom Chalet Grace has four balconies and an outdoor terrace in which you can privately admire the stunning snow-capped Matterhorn and Zermatt, the ski resort at the foot of the mountain wherein another one of our vacation home rentals, Chalet Elbrus, is conveniently located.
Another attraction that exhibits the Swiss beauty is Lake Geneva—Europe’s largest Alpine lake. Located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, the lake is situated on the north part of the Alps, and it offers fun activities for visitors l ages. With pleasure boats, private boats, and passenger ferries, Lake Geneva enables visitors to go boating. From June to September, the waters of the lake are reasonably clean and tourists may swim in it and the 116 public beaches surrounding it wherein most of the entrance fees are free. For adventure seekers, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, and water skiing can be availed at Lac Léman. You may also cycle and hike on the paved roads around Lake Geneva, and, if you are up for a longer ride, you may visit the UNESCO-listed vineyards at Lavaux. Around June to July, Montreux, a traditional resort town, hosts the famous Montreux Jazz Festival at the foot of the Alps. Winter sports at Lake Geneva is also something to watch out for. During winter, when Lake Geneva freezes, the lake forms a huge ice skating rink wherein you make skate for free. Skates can also be rented for a small fee, and you may skii in the Jura Mountains and the Alps during the season.
Perched on a peninsula of the River Aere is the capital of Switzerland, Bern. Referred by the Swiss as their Bundesstadt or federal city, the postcard city has many charms that tourists may visit, one of which includes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, the Old City. Accredited since 1983, the well-preserved medieval town is built on a narrow hill surrounded by the river called Aare in which the tallest Swiss cathedral—the Bern Münster—and other churches, bridges, and Renaissance fountains are located. Another point of interest in Bern is the Rose Garden located in Alter Aargauer Stalden. Locally called the Rosengarten, this garden is a mecca for flower lovers. With more than 223 rose, 200 iris and 28 rhododendron varieties and a water lily pond, the Rose Garden is easily one of the most beautiful parks in Bern. The Museum of Fine Arts Bern is also one of the must-sees of the city. With a large artwork collection, the museum is home to the works of Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Hodler, and Adolf Wolfli. It is the oldest art museum in Bern, and its collection has over 3,000 paintings and sculptures, 48,000 drawings, prints, photographs, videos, and films. Other attractions of the city include the Zytglogge, the six-kilometer shopping arcade called Lauben, the Zentrum Paul Klee wherein the largest art collection of Paul Klee is exhibited, and the family favorite Bear Park.
The largest city of Switzerland is also a must-see place when you visit the country. Located at the northwestern end of Lake Zurich, Zurich is the Swiss financial and cultural capital, and it is often mistaken as the capital of Switzerland. Just like Bern, Zurich also has an old town called the Altstadt. The Alstadt is composed of 19th-century architectures and cobblestone lanes wherein shops, galleries, and restaurants are erected. Being the historic heart of the city, Altstadt is one of Zurich’s major attractions. Another top attraction of the city is the Bahnhofstrasse at Zurich’s main downtown. Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most expensive and most exclusive shopping areas in the world, and shops in the strip include Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co., and Tissot. The Kunsthaus Zurich and the Rietberg Museum are good for some urban art tripping in Zurich. The Kunsthaus Zürich houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland. The art collection in the museum ranges from Middle Ages art to contemporary art, and it mainly focuses on Swiss art. The Rietberg Museum, on the other hand, mainly focuses on non-European art with its collection of works of from China, India, and Africa. Other attractions of the city include the Zurich Zoo, the Swiss National Museum, the Uetliberg Mountain, the Grossmunster, the Fraumunster, and the Lake Zurich.
For an authentic Swiss experience, try our luxury vacation rentals at All Luxury Apartments for a hassle-free vacation in this beautiful country. We offer vacation home rentals that would fit a range of location, budget, and duration of stay. With a number of accommodation choices, ranging from condominium rentals to luxury chalets, All Luxury Apartments can provide Swiss vacation home rentals—be it short term or long term—that would suit your needs.