This city occupies one of the most beautiful natural locales imaginable on the shores of a pristine alpine lake, surrounded by forests and dizzying snow-covered peaks. Lucerne’s mixture of renaissance and medieval architecture and its relaxed continental ambience have established this little alpine settlement as one of europe’s major tourist destinations. The imposing silhouette of mount pilatus stands watch over the city and everywhere you look, switzerland’s magnificent mountain scenery meets your gaze and inspires wonder.

Its irresistible combination of pastoral beauty and wild mountain grandeur have ensured interlaken’s status as one of switzerland’s most popular tourist attractions for over a century. As its name suggests, interlaken is positioned between two lakes – brienz and thun – both the focal point for summer sports and transport links. They are also officially two of europe’s cleanest lakes, replete with fish.

The town of montreux nestles in a sheltered lake geneva bay, surrounded by vineyards, and set against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered alps. The long, flower-bordered lake promenade that links vevey and montreux all the way to chillon castle makes for a lovely stroll. Several of the houses along the lakeside road, including the magnificent montreux palace hotel, date from the belle epoque period.

This is the dominant city in the french-speaking canton of vaud and one of switzerland’s most important cultural centres. Perched above lake geneva, the city has, over the centuries, attracted such literary giants as voltaire, byron and dickens. It was here, in fact, that ts eliot wrote his masterpiece, the waste land.

Switzerland’s third largest city has a very cosmopolitan populace, thanks, in no small part to the several international organisations that call this city home: the who, the un, the red cross and the ilo. Geneva boasts a stunningly romantic setting, lapped as it is by lake geneva and surrounded by mountains. For all its size, the city is as pretty as a postcard.

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