The town, the mountains, the lake and… Guggi! Who or what is Guggi? OK, admittedly you may not have heard this name very often, but it’s one you should remember. It’s the name used by Zug locals for their mountain viewpoint. The way up into the hills starts behind the general post office, just a few steps from the historic old town @inlovewithzug. Although the climb is a small one, it is certainly worthwhile. From here you can enjoy a phenomenal view of Zug and the defence towers, as well as the castle, Zytturm and churches - and beyond... The view opens onto Lake Zug with the Alps on the horizon. With a little luck and a sharp pair of eyes you can even see as far as the Bernese Alps. Here’s another tip: Pay a visit to the Guggi in the evening at sunset - an experience as phenomenal as the view itself. Thanks a lot for the lovely photo, @alexandrabilisi!
Here comes the sun! This region is characterised by sun and light, as you can see in this fabulous photo by @_ma_hu. To be precise, the photo captures Lumbrein, a village in Val Lumnezia, the biggest of the side valleys of the Surselva @surselvatourism in @graubuenden. The name says it all. The so-called “Valley of Light” is characterised by a dry climate and plenty of sunshine. For around 20 kilometres it weaves its way through the mountains of @graubuenden. The noise and dust of traffic is far, far away. There are no trains here, just a narrow road, where you’ll spot a PostBus now and then. This is is precisely what makes it a wonderful retreat where you can relax and escape from everyday life. The village of Lumbrein is just one of may small communities. The pretty alpine terraces enjoy a mild climate with little rain Lumbrein’s attractions include various churches and chapels, the Lumerins Tower and the Casaulta Tower. Thanks for the photo!
Welcome to Norway! Norway? No, of course not! Although this photo looks a lot like a Norwegian fjord at first glance. What you’re actually looking at is the Gigerwaldsee, a reservoir measuring around three kilometres in length @swissheidiland in the canton of St Gallen. Hemmed in by rock walls, the long lake is located at 1335 metres above sea level in the Calfeisen Valley. It is fed by a number of rivers, including the Tamina. Something that you will definitely not find in a fjord environment in Norway is mountain cheese or tasty alpine sausage ;-)... These are just some of the delicious foods served at the St Martin Restaurant in the village of the same name at the end of the lake. It seems as if time has stood still in the former Walser settlement and you feel like you are walking through an open-air museum. The village really does consist of just seven buildings. These also include the restaurant, which only opens from the end of May to the end of October. In other words, you still have the chance to take a short journey through time. Thanks a lot for the great photo, @_marcelsiebert!
The early bird catches the worm! Sunrises in Switzerland can be quite enchanting, as this example shows on the Chasseral @jura3lacs! The rising sun bathes the 1605 metre high summit in a rose-gold glow warm light and makes the highest point of the Swiss Jura seem even more magical. Incidentally, the peak is part of the nature reserve of the same name and nestles between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland. @carim_jost captured the moment in this photo taken on the ridge at sunrise. A hike to the summit is certainly a real highlight. Up here you have a great view of the Vosges and the Black Forest in Germany, as well as a vista that encompasses Lake Biel, Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Murten and the entire Swiss Plateau. Another highlight for you to enjoy is the delicious local speciality food served in the region’s typical métairies. These small alpine farms produce their own cheeses and a circular hike from métairie to métairie will provide ample opportunity to sample their wares. The perfect reward for a morning climb. Thank you for the great photo!
For many people the “Swiss Maldives” are among the most exciting places in @ticinoturismo: Lavertezzo in the Verzasca valley! The number of bathers who flock here in summer is an indication that this is no longer a secret. But can you blame them? Visitors are attracted by the magical green waters of the Verzasca, the river seen here in this beautiful photo by @manuela_palmberger. Like liquid jade, the dazzling green river wends its way through the Verzasca Valley, past cliffs and over boulders polished smooth. Lavertezzo is home to one of the best known river ponds, similar to a natural whirlpool. But that’s not the only highlight. Make sure to include a stop-off in Lavertezzo itself. After all, let’s be honest: what could be more romantic than to enjoy a delicious risotto in a grotto set among the stone houses of this Ticino “picture postcard village”? ;-) Thank you for the great photo!
Pastures, plateaus and lakes: that’s Val di Campo. This mountain valley, also known as “Val da Camp”, has made it into the Federal Inventory of Landscapes and Monuments of National Importance – and no wonder. The valley can be found in @graubuenden and is a real delight for hikers. The Sfazù to Sfazù trail in particular is regarded as one of the great Poschiavo hikes. There is no access by car without a permit, but you can easily reach Val di Campo and Sfazù by PostBus during the summer. Fun fact: the valley, around seven kilometres long, is bordered on three sides by Italy. In the far part of the valley you will find several mountain lakes, the largest of which is Lago da Val Viola. A little way below, in an enchanted hollow surrounded by trees, is Lago da Saoseo, which you may have heard about. The lake is also renowned for being a strikingly vivid blue – and there are various myths to explain its magical colour. Take a trip to the region and you are sure to be spellbound, too. Thanks to @giovi.papa for the great photo!
What a view! Thanks, @imeshari, for this fantastic aerial shot! But Spiez in @madeinbern doesn’t just look stunning from the air: it’s incredibly photogenic from any angle. Nestled between vineyards and hills, on the shores of Lake Thun, Spiez offers every activity you could wish for. Interested in history? Then take a journey into the past by visiting the magnificent mediaeval castle with its thousand-year-old castle church. Or are you into sports? Then you should definitely head for Lake Thun, where you can do a spot of windsurfing or sailing. There are plenty of sports activities in the surrounding area too, including hiking, tennis and mini golf. Alternatively, you can take it easy with a stroll along the lakeside promenade and a relaxing boat trip on Lake Thun while you decide what you would like to see in Spiez. 😉 Thanks so much for the great picture!
Thanks to its unusual rock formations, the Alpstein massif in @appenzellerland is revered by geologists as the most beautiful mountain range in Switzerland. A scenic high-altitude hiking trail will lead you along the southernmost “rib” of @hohenkasten. You can reach the start of the trail easily by taking the cable car from Brülisau. At 1,800 metres above sea level, you have a superb view over Lake Constance, the Rhine valley, the Vorarlberg Alps and the hilly Appenzell region. The hike takes you via Saxerlücke, pictured here in this stunning shot from @mawellmaxen, to Bollenwees. During the hike you will come across 20 orientation panels telling you how this mountain chain was created. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover fossils, eroded structures, folds, fissures and subterranean draining lakes.
The little mediaeval town of Murten on the south-east bank of Lake Murten @jura3lacs has hardly changed over the years: the picturesque alleyways of the Old Town, pleasant shady arcades and of course the accessible ring wall, which remains largely intact, mean that when you visit, you feel you are stepping back in time. And of course the city walls make for excellent photo opportunities –. either as part of the picture or as a vantage point for a shot of the town😉 You can learn all about the 6,000-year history of the town and region at the Museum Murten. Once you’ve paid it a visit, you should definitely take a stroll along the beautiful lakeside promenade. This mood here is particularly idyllic in the evening, when the sun is setting – with a stunning view towards Mont Vully and over Lake Murten. If you’re feeling more energetic, you can cycle around the lake in around two hours. Thanks @emmif23 for a wonderful picture – straight from the middle ages!
This is Europe’s biggest waterfall, with the highest volume of water rushing through. And as you can see, the Rhine Falls look spectacular from the air, too. 😉 The @rheinfallofficial at @schaffhauserlandtourismus. Over a breadth of 150 metres, several hundred cubic metres of water plunge into the depths at a rate of 23 metres per second. In the middle of it all stands a mighty rock that has withstood the elements for thousands of years. You can reach the rock by taking a circular tour of the Rhine Falls. During the tour, you can get right up close to marvel at this amazing display of natural power. Meanwhile, situated on the banks of the Rhine are the castles of Wörth und Laufen. You can visit them by taking a river boat – or, if you’re feeling intrepid, you can even hire a canoe. Either way, you’ll enjoy the crossing. Thank you @drones_addiction, for this fantastic aerial shot!
Just a few steps away from the main railway station, the cupola of the Parliament House rises above the city of @ilove_bern. The Parliament House is the seat of the Swiss government – one of the world’s first modern democracies. It also offers a range of entertainment and event opportunities for locals and visitors alike. Bern was chosen as the Federal Capital of Switzerland in 1848. The doors of the Parliament House are usually open to visitors, and if you’re lucky you might bump into one of the seven members of the government. The Parliament House regularly welcomes groups for a guided tour of the premises. And it turns out that it is much more than “just” the seat of the Swiss government. With its terrace and the Bundesplatz square, it attracts plenty of visitors, offers great photo opportunities and is an ideal meeting place for people of all ages. Did you know, for instance, that in summer on the Bundesplatz you can cool off by one of the 26 fountains that represent the Swiss cantons? In addition, you can learn all about the Federal Capital’s fascinating 150-year history by taking the “1848 – Bern as capital city” tour. As you walk the streets of city, you might even get a fantastic shot like the one here by @cemerk85 – thank you!
With views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, which form the Alpine peaks of the Bernese Oberland, and the deep-blue Lake Thun, Beatenberg in the canton of @madeinbern is one of the most beautiful vantage points in the region. Just ten kilometres by road from @myinterlaken, Beatenberg is the ideal base for excursions and hikes. Here you’ll find high moors and karst fields of national importance, not to mention tiny mountain huts with sensational views of the Bernese Alps. If it’s a relaxed walk you’re after, you can take the Beatusweg from the Waldegg district to the village centre. The four kilometre-long play and adventure trail relates the legend of Holy Beatus, patron saint of Beatenberg. Thanks for this lovely photo, @anabeleta!
North of the mountain of Säntis is the quaint region of @appenzellerland with its uniquely undulating landscape. The town of Appenzell is the political, economic and cultural centre of Appenzell Innerrhoden, the smallest Swiss canton, and counts around 7,000 citizens. You can while away many an hour strolling around the car-free town centre, admiring the picturesque streets and the houses with traditional painted exteriors. You can then visit the Appenzell Museum in the town hall to find out more about the town’s history and culture. The region also offers unique cultural features, such as folk music and dances, farming traditions, such as seasonal cattle processions, and a wide range of hiking routes in the beautiful Alpstein area. Thanks, @rschoutens, for the amazing picture!
In a world of its own: The Vallée de Joux @jura3lacs, nestled between two chains of the Jura massif, offers raw, unspoilt nature. If you’re lucky, you might witness a similarly imposing sky above the valley and the Lac de Joux as @greg.lcrx did. The lake at 1,000 metres above sea level is the largest body of water in the Jura massif. It’s perfect for a refreshing dip, and its frequent winds attract windsurfers and sailors. You can also treat yourself to a cooling boat trip. The Vallée de Joux looks back on a 300-year tradition of watch-making. A regional railway line skirts the lake, crossing pine forests and Jurassic moors on its way from Vallorbe to Le Sentier and Le Brassus, all of which have been strongholds of Swiss watchmaking for nearly 300 years now. Thanks for this atmospheric photo!
Do you know which is the oldest town in Switzerland? @todaywetravel.de has taken a beautiful picture of this idyllic town. It is @churtourismus in the canton of @graubuenden! Chur is surrounded by imposing mountains. In summer, Chur is the starting point for some great hikes and vineyard tours in the Bündner Herrschaft wine-growing region. The town of Chur itself with enchant you with its historic buildings, such as the 800-year-old cathedral, and its winding streets. It looks back on over 5,000 years of history. On a tour of the town, you’ll find out lots about the past, including gruesome facts from civil wars and more pleasant facts from times of peace. Chur is still a trading centre and the capital of a large region. Discover the enchanting town for yourself and visit its countless shops, its museums and its theatre. The numerous restaurants, bars and art galleries give the completely car-free old town a Mediterranean feel. Thank you for the great picture!
Happy birthday, Switzerland! Today is Swiss National Day and how better to celebrate it than with a great photo like this one from @valentins__photography! This was taken in a particularly idyllic spot – Vitznau. Nestled at the foot of the Queen of the Mountains, @mountrigi, in a bay on Lake Lucerne, the holiday destination of Vitznau is a popular starting point for excursions around Lake Lucerne. But to be honest, all eyes are of course on the famous mountain overlooking the town, the Rigi. 😉 A mere 30-minute journey in the historic cog railway (the first in the world) will take you from 435 metres above sea level to the peak at 1,798 metres above sea level. Much-loved by hikers, the mountain offers spectacular views. From the top, you can enjoy breathtaking vistas of 13 lakes, the Alps, and the entire Swiss Plateau. On a good day, you can even see all the way to Germany and France. You might also spot the Swiss flag hanging from a majestic cliff in the distance.🇨🇭 😋
Do you know where the gateway to the Bernese Oberland is? It’s the town of Thun at the northern tip of Lake Thun @madeinbern. The first settlement was built here around 4,500 years ago. You can see archaeological findings from prehistory and early history, as well as medieval objects and uniforms, in the tower rooms of Thun’s castle. This mighty fortification, whose tower dates from between 1180 and 1190, was built by the Dukes of Zähringen. Pride of place goes to the 12th-century knights’ hall. The castle is the majestic centrepiece of the historical old town, which straddles the River Aare about a kilometre from the shores of the lake. Other sights in the old town include the Stadtkirche church with its tower from around 1330 and the town hall. You’ll also find numerous restaurants and cafes in the old town itself. The banks of the Aare are ideal for a cycling trip, which is a great way to get to know part of the town. Thanks to @amir_asani13 for the great photo!
#Pfingstegg is the place to go for a breath-taking view from @grindelwald_eiger. Here you can enjoy unique views of the entire valley, as well as some great food. The spacious terrace of the Pfingstegg mountain restaurant boasts a magnificent view of Grindelwald and the area beyond the valley. Things are a little more sporty on the summer sleigh run. This is a very special way to enjoy the view. You can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour on the 736 metre run. Evening sleigh rides are also an option until October, the perfect way to bring a group outing to a close. You can combine awe-inspiring views with a delicious meal on a Skydinner cable car ride - it’s difficult to imagine a wider vista than from Pfingstegg. ;-) Thanks for this fantastic photo, @swissmountainview!
Welcome to “Aquae Helveticae”! Don’t know where that is? This is the name given by the Romans to a city associated with bathing ever since. We’re talking about Baden. @stadtbaden is just 20 minutes from Zurich and the airport. The town was named with good reason. Something you can’t see in this great photo by @visualmoment.ch: this is where the richest thermal springs in the whole of Switzerland originate from 18 sulphur sources at a temperature of 47 °C. The town’s spa resort area is an oasis of peace with numerous spa facilities in the various spa hotels. Goethe, Nietzsche and Dürrenmatt have all taken the waters here in Baden. But besides the rejuvenating waters, the pedestrianised old town also offers you a rich cultural diversity with historical defences and civic buildings, as well as several theatres and high-profile museums. For example, the Langmatt Foundation is one of the best art collections in Switzerland. Here you can admire priceless paintings and furniture from the era of the impressionists, while families will enjoy a visit to the Swiss Children’s Museum, where you can discover exhibits from 300 years of childhood. So, no matter whether your visit takes you to the thermal waters or to museum, you should definitely allow plenty time for relaxation and discovery ;-)
“Big things sometimes come in small packages!” This saying certainly applies to Glarus: it may be the smallest canton capital in Switzerland but it has more than its fair share of mountain splendour. The holiday region of @glarnerlandtourismus sits between the mountains at the foot of the Glärnisch massif. Not far from here is the region of Klöntal, which you can see in this photo by @raegi. The mountainous valley is rich in natural beauty and you’ll find nearly everything to make the hearts of hikers, mountaineers, cyclists and amateur geologists beat faster - including a sensational view of Lake Klöntal. Speaking of the lake: According to the history books, the Russian general Count Suvorov escaped to Glarus with his army in 1799. Rumour has it that the Russians sank their war chest in Lake Klöntal. It hasn’t been found (yet) … but maybe you’ll try your luck when you visit :-)
Authentic Engadin houses, an impressive castle and magical moorland scenery - The cultural landscape of Scuol-Tarasp @engadinscuolzernez seems to comprise one scenic and architectural highlight after another! The area is particularly good for bike tours. Technically the round trip around Vulpera is classified as of medium difficulty, making it ideal for leisure cyclists and family outings. The highlight of the tour: you will pass beautiful old Engadin houses, sulphur springs and moorland scenery. These are also worth seeing if you prefer to take things more sedately and prefer to walk. As @noberson shows us in his impressive photo, even in the early morning before the mystical fog begins to clear the landscape around Tarasp is a must-see. You should also plan another stop-off at Tarasp Castle. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle towers majestically on a cliff above the village of the same name, creating a fairy-tale atmosphere.
Sunsets like these make us fall in love with Switzerland all over again! What do you think? The #Stanserhorn in the canton of @nidwalden_com and at the border to @obwaldentourismus not only offers you the chance to enjoy wonderful sunrises and sunsets, as captured by @maximiliangierlphotography in his photo, it also offers a fantastic panorama of the Alps and the lakes of the Swiss Plateau. Even the trip to the top is impressive. First, you’ll journey back a little through time, as the original old-timer funicular railway from 1893 offers a touch of nostalgia. Ascend from Stans to the middle station. There you board the futuristic CabriO cable car, which will take you to the summit - a truly unique experience with the wind in your hair, incomparable views and the feeling of being in an open-top car on the roof of the train. Once at the top, you should take the 30-minute summit tour, where you will encounter marmots halfway up, as well as the enjoying the opportunity to see the world around you from the “Rondorama” summit restaurant. Thanks a lot for this great photo!
Right on the border with Germany, on the bend in the Rhine in eastern Switzerland and not far from the Rhine Falls, you will find Schaffhausen in the northernmost corner of Switzerland. Schaffhausen @rheinfallofficial owes its existence to the @schaffhauserlandtourismus, as a transfer point was required for the movement of goods that would avoid the impassible rapids. A car-free paradise, the old town of Schaffhausen is considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in Switzerland for its many bay windows and beautifully painted facades. The fortress of “Munot” towers above the mediaeval town centre. Fact: The circular fortifications were built according to plans drawn up by German artist Albrecht Dürer. Visible from miles around, the town’s landmark offers a broad view of the entire region and - as can be seen in this photo by @justlovemytravel – the vineyards, the river and the town itself.
The photo by @een_wasbeer has a real mystique with the beautiful facades rising high above the Rhine at dusk. A sense of mystery also pervades a tour through the old streets in @baselwitzerland. For example, on a tour with night watchman Rudolf. You can accompany him on a ramble through Basel’s legendary “Little Venice”. During the tour of the city by night you will learn all about long-forgotten figures and events and hear an unhappy love story. Well, have we whetted your appetite for exploring the highways and byways of Basel? If you’d prefer to spend the day drifting through Basel, then you should make your way down to the Rhine. In summer you can float down the river and through the city. There are various entry and exit points along the riverbank - a completely different way of seeing the sights :-) Thanks for the fabulous photo!
When we look at this photo by @adislittlecity only one question occurs to us: How come we’re not sitting on this steamer, navigating the waters around this beautiful moated castle? Of course we can’t answer that question, but we’re happy to tell you how you can do it: Namely, by taking a refreshing trip on “Lac Léman” - as the French call Lake Geneva - including a visit to Château de Chillon. You can explore the crag-bound castle @montreuxriviera either on your own or as part of a group. The #Lavaux region – which is also a @unesco World Cultural Heritage site – and the castle on the shores of Lake Geneva provide the perfect place for a stroll. Once you’ve got there, you’ll sooner or later you’ll head for the water for a trip on the “Haut Lac”, when you’ll travel in style. The @can_switzerland (Lake Geneva’s shipping company) operates eight 19th century paddle steamers that are bound to take you back in time on a cruise along @montreuxriviera. Thanks for the great photo!
Three good reasons to head for the mountains! Ftan offers flowering meadows, idyllic village sights and a fabulous panoramic view of the mountains. The little village of Ftan in the canton of @graubuenden brings together all the benefits of @engadinscuolzernez as you can see in this lovely photo by @dominik_taeuber. Ftan nestles between the Engadin Dolomites and the Silvretta mountain peaks. This holiday region has preserved its own character, as well as keeping its natural surroundings intact, and has plenty to offer for refreshing excursions in the hot summer months. Something truly special awaits you at “Engadin Bad Scuol”. Here you can enjoy a bathing ritual lasting several hours, including a stimulating soap and brush massage in Switzerland’s first Hiberno-Roman baths. Relax and and recharge your batteries against this magnificent mountain backdrop. Would you ever have expected this on first glance at this photo?
Are you familiar with the Ibergeregg? This mountain pass in the canton of #Schwyz is a must for all cycling enthusiasts. A trip over this small but beautiful pass is worthwhile, but requires strong legs and healthy hearts. The reward for reaching the pass is a panoramic view of the Mythen peaks. These two mountains are particularly beautiful in the evening light, as this photo by @nedjat_nuhi_photography shows.
Thanks to @ferienregionuri for this photo of a breath-taking view, taken in the canton on Uri. For an unbeatable five “Stutz” (the local slang word for the Swiss franc) you can take the cable car from Seelisberg to Alp Weid. During the exciting ride, a vista will open up that encompasses Seelisberg’s Seeli lake, and Lake Lucerne. If you feel in need of exercise and want to get higher above Alp Weid, you can start the hike to Niederbauen Kulm from here. With a little luck you might also see ibex, chamois and deer on the way.
In the canton of Schwyz, in the heart of historic Switzerland, you’ll find @einsiedeln_ybrig_zuerichsee. Situated in the high alpine highlands, this place is not just popular with hikers. #Einsiedeln is also the most important place of Marian pilgrimage in Switzerland and a destination for dedicated pilgrims. The imposing centrepiece is the 18th century baroque abbey. The monastery complex itself, with its “Black Madonna”, looks back on a good thousand years of history. A guided tour of the monastery offers fascinating insights into the history of the Benedictine abbey. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the abbey’s baroque library, which is otherwise not open to the public. Thank you for the great photo, @doeeme
We couldn’t resist sharing this great photo with you – thanks to @mixyourshot for this picture of Aescher-Wildkirchl mountain hotel! A well-known inn in the Alpstein region, @appenzellerland has received an honourable mention in the pages of National Geographic magazine, gaining it a permanent place in the list of popular holiday photo locations. But whatever - this is a beautiful and unique place. It also has a pleasant restaurant serving delicious food, so the trip is already worthwhile just for the view and the cuisine. It is also the perfect place for a stopover on one of the many hiking trails the Alpstein region has to offer.
Freddie Mercury is not the only one who fell in love with Montreux because of its daffodils. @giampaolo.lombardi also couldn't ignore how beautiful the daffodil fields are in full bloom and took this great photo of Lake Geneva, which is hiding behind all those flowers. If you want to wonder at this spectacle for yourself, come in May or June and take your pick of medium-difficulty hiking routes through fields of daffodils. Thanks for the great photo!
Have you visited the Chnorren before? Taking a hike on the Chnorren in the canton of #StGallen is well worth it. The views from the ridge are awe-inspiring enough, as you can see in this photo from @alpine_treasures, and the hike will take you up and over a steep, rocky but impressive south ridge. Nestled between Churfirsten and the Alvier region, this area is more than a maze of hiking and climbing routes. The cyclists among you will find paradise on Flumserberg in summer time. And what better way to end a strenuous day of hiking or cycling than with a refreshing dip in Walensee. Thanks for the photo!
Welcome to the Pays-d’Enhaut valley! Home to the authentic village of Rougemont. The village certainly enjoys a long history: #Rougement church was built by monks in the 11th century and remains a real gem of roman architecture. There was even once a monastery, and the church, which is a protected historical monument, and adjoining castle are built on its foundations. If that's not enough history for you, the people of this region have been farming and creating local crafts here for over 1,000 years. Plants and animals typical to the Alps thrive in this vast landscape, as you can see in this photo from @mountains_rocks.
How about a visit in the sunniest town in Switzerland? Boasting the Tourbillon and Valeria castles, Sion is unmistakeable, even from afar, as this photo from @marcoschnyder shows. By the way, the castle church of Valeria hides the world's oldest playable organ. These castles may be the hallmarks of the capital of @valaiswallis, but the 7,000-year-old city has plenty more to catch the eye. Numerous monuments in @sionmaville and the many museums invite you to come and visit to see for yourself. And thanks to Switzerland's largest bus station, it takes no time at all to get out into the charming Valais side valleys to enjoy all sorts of hiking – for example through a vineyard. Sion is situated in the heart of one of Switzerland’s most important wine-growing areas. Fendant, a white wine from the region, is particularly popular and coveted. Thanks for the great photo!
The Mythen region in the heart of Central Switzerland is quick and easy to reach from any which direction. Lying between #Schwyz and @einsiedeln_ybrig_zuerichsee, the #Mythenregion is full of diverse hiking and climbing routes. For example, the hike on the Grosser Mythen is a true highlight, and you will be rewarded at the peak with an impressive 360° panorama. Your breath will be taken away by the views at night time too, with a backdrop of the Milky Way like the one in this photo from @lukas.schlagenhauf . The many Alpine farms in the region mean you will be spoiled with culinary delights at any time of year.
Handeckfall Bridge is as impressive as it is breath taking, as seen in the photo here from @simone_agliati. At 1,310m above sea level, this suspension bridge in @grimselwelt hangs 70m above the river, offering a spectacular view of the waterfall, as well as an ideal way of getting to Hotel Handeck. Back in 1850, the world-famous traveller Karl Baedeker had already declared the waterfall, along with Hotel Handeck, as a sight worth seeing. This remains unchanged in 2019.
Beatenberg in the Bernese Oberland @madeinbern has a unique view of the Bernese Alps and their peaks. Lying above the deep-blue Lake Thun, the best feature of Beatenberg is its location. From the sun terrace, the panorama of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks is particularly amazing. Just 10km by road from Interlaken, Beatenberg is the ideal base for summer-time excursions through the upland moors and karst formations. You can even take the cable car to Niederhorn, at 1,950m above sea level. In Spring, the landscape transforms into a sea of crocuses, as you can see in this great photo by @japhotographie.
Do you know where the world's oldest playable organ – built in 1430 – is? The Valère basilica in Sion. The medieval urban landscape of @sionmaville is watched over by Notre-Dame de Valère, a pilgrimage church perched on the Valère rocks, and Tourbillon Castle, a former bishops' palace from the 13th century. The old town is just as captivating, with architecture and buildings from different eras that you simply have to see, such as the 15th-century Sion Cathedral, featuring a Roman tower that dates back to the 12th century. Construction of St Theodul church began in the Late Gothic period and was finally completed two centuries later. The town hall, built in the Renaissance style, has a stone staircase featuring Roman inscriptions. The astronomical clock in the town hall tower is particularly eye catching. Thanks for the photo, @lioneljacquier.
One hiking route, one emerald Alpine lake and plenty of mountain huts to rest awhile. We are going on a hike with @andrestummer. A light half-day tour follows the shoreline of Sämtisersee, in the Alpstein in @appenzellerland: barely 10km long with a total ascent of no more than 500m, yet the views are still breath-taking. Fun fact: If you can't face the final kilometres, rent a scooter and enjoy the 3-km downhill run from the mountain inn. What more could you want?
Did you know that @mylausanne has the most vineyards of any city in Switzerland and sits on beautiful Lake Geneva. Lausanne is also the Olympic capital, with a @unesco World Heritage site and museums that are steeped in history. The heart of the city is full of small, typical wine bars and shops selling artistic handicrafts. And one of the most beautiful Gothic monuments reigns over the old town: the Lausanne Cathedral. In his picture, @davideor94 has put the focus on the steel railway bridge.
Discover the park-like landscape of the @arosalenzerheide Alpine valley, lying at an altitude of 1,500m in @graubuenden, as pictured here in this great photo by @reto.mllr. The region boasts the perfect conditions for cyclists, hikers, culture vultures and families. A mountain peak with a view, fragrant meadows and the crystal-clear Heidsee invite you to relax. Dare to ride some pretty exciting descents on over 300km of bike trails, before finishing a day of action with some refreshing aquatic sports. The Dirt Royale, a new and unique racing format that will take place from 21 to 23 June, will determine – and of course crown – the cyclist with the best comprehensive skills.
The gateway to the Bernese Oberland @madeinbern. With the mighty Alps on its doorstep, idyllic Thun, which lies on the shores of an eponymous lake, really is the entrance to a majestic mountain landscape. Yet the town itself is much more than a mere passageway and has a lot to offer. The picturesque old town, its imposing castle and perfect spots by the water invite you to stay awhile. Actually, the water has a lot more going for it than its beauty: at Scherzigschleuse, which crosses the river Aare, you can surf and canoe. The water here whirls and swirls, creating the perfect conditions for white-water action. Thanks for the great photo, @pixelpann
Think pink! Snowy winter lingers a while longer in the high-lying regions. But we don't mind one bit when it creates such great reflections and colours. @phil_suarez photographed the sunset in the Habkern region, north of Lake Brienz. Sparsely populated, this spot is an excellent base for excursions in the middle of nature. Hiking to the Augsmatthorn is particularly worthwhile for an amazing view of the surrounding lakes.
“Sönd Willkomm” – welcome! This is how Appenzeller residents greet their guests in @appenzellerland. Experience the very essence of this hospitality by Lake Seealpsee in the Alpstein mountains. The shores of the lake are home to two restaurants, so you can even test the hospitality twice. :-) And from the lake, hiking routes stretch ahead in every which direction: to Aescher, for example, a spectacular restaurant perched on a vertical cliff face, or to idyllic Meglisalp. If you're feeling particularly fit, continue to the summit of Säntis @saentisbahn, for unbelievable panoramic views. Thanks for the great photo, @oliiiphotography
Don't be shy, come closer! Look how close the Swiss mountains are to our cities. Ok, maybe @pixelwind2018 played with the camera lens a little in this photo but still. From our capital city, Bern @ilove_bern, pictured here, you can reach the massive Alps seen in the background in under two hours by train. And these aren't any old Alps… but the three world-famous peaks Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland @madeinbern. So come here for the whole package: an urban lifestyle and wild nature. 🙂
Did you know that Switzerland is home to the largest waterfall in Europe? The Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen spans 150 metres across with, believe it or not, a summer flow rate of 600,000 litres of water per second. To see the natural spectacle up close, take a short boat trip to the island in the middle of the Rhine Falls. True to the motto “at the heart of the action”, you can sense the waterfall's wild power here, which is pleasantly refreshing in summer. The @rheinfallofficial and its surroundings have been recorded in the Federal Inventory of Landscapes and Monuments of National Importance since 1983. Thanks for the great photo, @ottocarlin
Do you know where to find the largest church bell in Europe? No? It hangs in the St. Peter church, @visitzurich. The exact same church – shown here with @storchenzurich in the foreground – that inspired this photo from @cemerk85. Five bells hang inside the oldest parish church in Zurich. The largest weighs over 6,000kg – without its clapper! But the clock also boasts some pretty impressive numbers. Its face alone is almost 9m across. The church was used as a lookout tower for fires until 1911.
An explosion of colours! The sun wishes us well and is saying good night in a sea of colours... oh, and about that sea: the water you can see here is no sea, but the wonderful Lake Geneva. The houses on its shores are part of the @montreuxriviera promenade. What do you need to know about Montreux? For one thing, the city is mad about music. Come and discover this for yourself at the legendary @montreuxjazzfestival, which takes place this year at the end of June. The surrounding mountains are also home to a particularly marvellous spectacle of nature: daffodils in bloom! But hurry, the pretty flowers only bloom in May – and are all the more beautiful for it. Thank you for the great photo, @__ernesto_ca__
Italy? Not here! It's Gandria in Ticino @ticinoturismo. This small village is part of Lugano @luganoregion, lying east of the city. Nestled between craggy cliffs beside the lake, time here seems to stand still. This lovely little village has hardly changed for decades. A modest total of 200 residents call these traditional houses their home. A few restaurants also lie hidden away on the narrow streets. The simplest way to get here is by foot from Lugano... or why not take a boat over the lake? As the temperatures get warmer, a trip here won't only mean diving into nostalgia, but diving into the lake too! Thank you for the great photo, @vickarellaaa.
What a lump! The Dufourspitze is a majestic mountain – so much so, in fact, that its peak is the highest point of Switzerland. The mountain rises an incredible 4,634m above sea level in the @valaiswallis Alps. The Dufourspitze also partly belongs to Italy, meaning it helps mark the border. These parts are home to many more mammoth 4,000-metre peaks, known collectively as the Monte Rosa massif. By the way, we recommend the Monte Rosa Hut to any mountaineers out there, particularly if you need a base for your adventures on @zermatt.matterhorn. Set against a jutting mountain landscape, the ultra-modern chalet is in extreme contrast to its surrounding nature. If a strenuous mountain hike doesn't appeal, enjoy the best view of the mountain (and the hut) from Gornergrat, just like @peterweyphotography did.