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UK 100 Martigny. 88 Solothurn. 108 Vaduz. 121 Information for holidays. 96 Brig. 30 La Chaux-de-Fonds. Sierre. 80 Montreux – Vevey.Hockson Floin's Contents. 24 Geneva. 72 Bellinzona. 42 Lugano. 60 Winterthur. 84 Sion. 110 Zug. 106 Thun. Gallen. 10 Bern. 54 St. 122 Order of brochures. 48 Lucerne. Box CH-8027 Zürich 608 Fifth Avenue. Contents | 3 . 104 Schaffhausen. 92 Baden.O. 30 Bedford Street London WC2E 9ED. 16 Fribourg. 36 Lausanne. 94 Biel /Bienne. 76 Locarno. 102 Neuchâtel. Suite 202 New York. meetings and conferences in Switzerland. 141 Basel. Switzerland Tourism P. 98 Chur. 114 Moving experiences. 66 Zürich. NY 10020 USA Switzerland Travel Centre Ltd 1st floor.

where barges set off towards the North Sea. charmed by the romantic riverside atmosphere. the mood is decidedly relaxed and Mediterranean.Hockson Floin's Basel. as the city’s waterfront is affectionately known. The Dreiländereck (“Three Countries Further information: Corner”). Locals and visitors stroll along the promenade beside the Rhine. 4 | Basel . is also Switzerland’s key gateway for raw 81145 materials. Along the “Basel Riviera”. On the water.

The annual Art Basel fair attracts aficionados from all over the world. Basel | 5 .com Basel has the greatest concentration of museums in the country: more than forty in all. the Tinguely Museum. while one of the highlights of the thriving music and theatre scene is the AVO Session music festival in late autumn. +41 (0)61 268 68 68 www.Hockson Floin's Rheinbadhaus lido with view of the cathedral. the renowned Fondation Beyeler. devoted to the Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely. Among them are internationally famous names such as the Kunstmuseum Basel (Museum of Fine Art). and the Museum der Kulturen (Anthropology Museum). Basel Switzerland’s city of culture.basel. Basel Tourismus CH-4010 Basel Tel.

taking in a variety of artistic styles. worldwide – the landscape paintings of Vincent van Gogh.Hockson Floin's Rhine promenade. Musem of Fine Art. Feast for the eyes One reason for Basel’s evolution into a leading cultural metropolis is the existence here of the oldest public art collection in the world: the Museum of Fine Art. Going with the flow The Rhine promenade in the heart of the city is an urban idyll: strollers soak up the atmosphere along the broad river. . Old Town. In 2009 a new exhibition brings together – for the first time. enjoying the romantic views. admiring the fine buildings and the timeless architecture. Rhine ferries. too: they use only the current of the Rhine to propel themselves to and fro. And in a totally environmentally friendly manner. 6 | Basel Visit MySwitzerland.com/cities for the latest offers. lovers linger on the benches. A gentle trip in time Such exquisite harmony is rare: Basel’s Old Town is one of the most intact and most beautiful in Europe. four photogenic little ferries link the two sides of the city. and fitness fans tackle Basel’s favourite jogging route. you travel through the ages. with its picturesque rows of houses. As you stroll through the living community. Just like the old days Simply ring the bell and the ferryman is ready! As in postcards from 150 years ago.

Shopping. everything is within walking distance on the main streets and alleys. In spring. stylish and hip boutiques to chic department stores. is located on German soil but can be reached direct from Basel on bus 55. Vitra Museum. Basel | 7 . watches and jewellery Switzerland’s leading trade fair and conference city is always in the news. Art. The finest in design The Vitra Design architecture park. From small. Gehry created his first structure in Europe here. and Zaha Hadid her first work anywhere. It is also famous for its spectacular temporary exhibitions. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). from exquisite antiquarian bookshops to outlets selling renowned luxury brands. Art showpiece The Fondation Beyeler in the suburb of Riehen is regarded as one of the world’s most important art museums. The buildings are spectacular: Frank O. home to around 200 twentiethcentury masterpieces – especially from the classic modern period. with its renowned museum of interior design. Beyeler Foundation. the Exhibition Center Basel makes headlines across the world twice: the Art Basel fair is seen as the most important event in the sector. Streets ahead Shopping in Basel is a delight – and a wonderful way of exploring the city.Hockson Floin's World fairs. as is the watch and jewellery fair Baselworld. and Renzo Piano’s architecture.

and the whole city is resplendent under its festive decorations. 8 | Basel Visit MySwitzerland. Basel’s town hall on Marktplatz is easily the most striking building in the city centre. the shop windows are beautifully adorned. its colourful frescoed interior courtyard and its prominent tower. Town hall. as well as a special clientele: Johann Wanner’s traditional shop selling Christmas decorations numbers Queen Elizabeth II among its customers. Nearly 600 species of animal from all continents live here in spacious enclosures – such as the new Gamgoas lion compound. The enchanting Christmas market on Barfüsserplatz overflows with tempting variety. and is open to visitors. Fairy lights adorn the façades. affectionately known as “Zolli”.Hockson Floin's Spalenberg. has been one of the city’s most popular attractions since 1874.com/cities for the latest offers. Please step in With its red sandstone walls. . A wild adventure This eleven-hectare oasis of greenery in the heart of Basel. just after Basel joined the Swiss Confederation. The boutiques all have their own charm. It was built between 1504 and 1514. Zoo. Christmas market. Delightful strolls This Old Town quarter makes for lovely. leisurely strolls past grand façades and tiny shops. Spectacle for the senses Advent in Basel cannot be beaten for charm.

France and Germany meet at the “Three Countries Corner”. With its red sandstone walls. From the restaurant and bar to the lounge and garden. If you’re lucky. colourful roof tiles and slender towers. and the Italianinfluenced cuisine irresistible. Highlight in the Messeturm On the 31st floor of the Trade Fair Tower. it dominates the cityscape – and the cultural calendar. hosting top-class events. Dreiländereck.Hockson Floin's Cathedral. the lift stops and you step into a magical world all in red. Especially interesting: the buzzing Rhine port. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). where the nature. the chilled-out atmosphere endearingly casual. urban living is celebrated in relaxed style. Boundless border region Switzerland. in Basel’s nightlife scene Bar Rouge is known as the hotspot with top views. Basel | 9 . Particularly idyllic: a river cruise on the Rhine. Rendezvous with style At this former waterworks and pumping station. The views from the Pfalz terrace behind the cathedral extend way over the French border to the Vosges forests. the sun will be setting over the city in a blaze of colour. Far-sighted sanctuary High above the Rhine rises the cathedral. Acqua. the ambience is romantic in a stylish way. from which big barges set off towards the North Sea. culture and gastronomy of all three come together. Bar Rouge. But whatever the time.

of the fact that their Old Town. for example. the Bundeshaus. And. of course.Hockson Floin's Bern. embraced by the gently flowing Aare. but in fact they’re very proud: of the federal parliament building. Embraced by the river. stands on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites – not Further information: least for the six kilometres of medieval covered arcades. The Bernese may like to be modest. 10 | Bern . home to a delightful variety of tempting 8350 8 shops.

berninfo. The shopping opportunities are boundless. especially following the opening in October 2008 of the new Westside shopping and leisure complex.com Bern has everything that goes to make up a capital city. Alongside its fine medieval buildings – cathedral. After a visit.Hockson Floin's Water displays in front of the federal palace. clock tower and town hall – Bern is home to world-class modern architecture and design. explore Bern’s rich culture – or simply stroll through the Old Town. Bern Switzerland’s capital city. watching the world go by from one of the many cafés. Bern | 11 . +41 (0)31 328 12 12 www. Bern Tourismus CH-3011 Bern Tel.

Of the River Aare. with work by 38 artists. You change at the legendary Marzili open-air lido (free entry). Clock tower. All in the Aare In summer. Four minutes before the stroke of the bell a cock crows. walk upstream. The busy Bundesplatz in front is the setting for delightful water displays in warmer months. a procession of musical bears sets off on its rounds. and let the current carry you back down again. Federal Palace. Staying dry in the Old Town Six kilometres of medieval arcades lead through the romantic and bustling alleys of Bern’s Old Town. Construction began in 1852 and was completed in 1902.com/cities for the latest offers. with its trademark cupola. from the railway station via the Bundesplatz and down to the celebrated bear pits. Epicentre of Swiss politics The Federal Palace (Bundeshaus). .Hockson Floin's The arcades. All of which makes them one of the longest covered shopping promenades in the world. For whom the bell tolls Every hour passers by gather under the historic clock tower to watch its charming mechanical figures come to life. the best thing in Bern is to go with the flow. is the seat of Switzerland’s government and federal parliament. Marzili lido. to be precise. 12 | Bern Visit MySwitzerland. and a jester mischievously rings in the new hour in advance. The Marzili is one of the favourite rendezvous of the Bernese.

The view over the old town is terrific. 344 steps lead to the tower gallery. Bern gained a new. exquisitely worked sandstone figures. but its appearance is better still. its portal decorated with world-famous. the Einstein Museum is a fascinating tribute to his life and times. This is the largest exhibition in the world devoted to the great physicist. Shopping and living In October 2008. Cathedral. The complex. 64 metres up. is set in nature and forms a counterpoint to the nearby Old Town. and 28 kinds of rhododendron: this may sound like a fairytale garden. A fragrant oasis 223 varieties of roses. a shopping centre. Stairway to heaven Dominating the Old Town is the largest and most important late-medieval sacred building in Switzerland. this spacious park also offers glorious views of Bern’s medieval houses and the river below. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2).Hockson Floin's Rose garden. as well as throwing light on his ground-breaking theory of relativity. leisure complex and pool-and-spa facility (Bernaqua. Rendezvous with a genius A representation of the Milky Way leads into the world of Albert Einstein. Westside. Bern | 13 . world-class emblem: Westside. designed by celebrated architect Daniel Libeskind. Located high above the Old Town. Einstein Museum. 200 different irises. the largest in Switzerland) in one.

teacher and poet. yet up in seventh heaven… The mountain on Bern’s doorstep. as well as outdoor activity fans. It also makes a much-loved summit meeting point for gourmets. 14 | Bern Visit MySwitzerland. offering fresh air. making this one of the Switzerland’s most impressive places to eat. The columns and late-baroque vaulted ceiling create an almost sacred ambience. regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. the Gurten. Matte-Lift. spent half his life in Bern. Deep satisfaction The contrast is thrilling: you pass through a simple doorway and down some steps to find yourself in a vast underground dining hall. Up and down in style The trim historic lift operating between the cathedral terrace and the Matte district carries a thousand passengers a day. Still making waves Paul Klee. Up into nature Close to the city. Kornhauskeller. rises to 864 metres. This magnificent wave-like structure by the celebrated architect Renzo Piano houses an inspiring museum with more than 4.com/cities for the latest offers. musician.Hockson Floin's Paul Klee Centre. The “lift boys” – eight retirees – add to the charm of Switzerland’s only staffed lift. music and theatre lovers. . Gurten.000 works by the painter. and is affectionately known as the Senkeltram – the “plumb-line tram”. views as far as the Alps and fun for all the family.

MfK. inspiring and delighting visitors of all ages. between the quarters of Matte and Marzili. glass windows reflect the Old Town. Communication is everything The Museum of Communication (MfK) fully lives up to its name. Nightlife. Bern | 15 . Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). and divine aromas float up from the dining tables. As a result. has evolved from a tavern for fishermen and raftsmen into one of the city’s most romantic escapes. The Bernese Riviera The Aare gushes over the weir. Animal attractions The Dählhölzli zoo is making more room for its residents: it may be home to fewer species. The Schwellenmätteli. devoted to European wildlife. Hip clubs. this animal park. alternative party venues and musical variety make for an exceptionally varied nightlife in the capital. but they live in an ever more natural environment.Hockson Floin's Schwellenmätteli. Capital pleasures One of the characteristics of the Bernese is their sociability. The fun. power and dangers of the various forms of communication. stylish lounge bars. hands-on displays encourage children and adults alike to investigate and marvel at the possibilities. Dählhölzli zoo. has become a leader in animal welfare – and a visit is more enjoyable than ever. celebrated every evening anew in the many nightspots of the Old Town.

Hockson Floin's Fribourg. Magic of the Middle Ages. A stroll through Fribourg is a journey through time. And it is because of the large number of students here that Further information: the city’s many bistros are home to such a lively and engaging culture. It is largely thanks to the powerful Zähringer family that this proud city on the River Sarine has one of the largest integrated medieval urban centres in Europe. 111551 16 | Fribourg .

as well as between the French and German languages. Fribourg Tourisme CH-1701 Fribourg Tel. +41 (0)26 350 11 11 www. in German) builds bridges: between the Latin and Germanic cultures. Bridges also dominate the urban landscape: no less than 15 span the River Sarine.fribourgtourisme. Fribourg | 17 .ch Fribourg (or Freiburg. Apolline (built in 1147) to the wooden Pont de Berne (1653) and the metal. From the old bridge of St. they offer a variety of delightful walks. Eiffel-inspired Pont de Grandfey. Fribourg Switzerland’s city of bridges.Hockson Floin's “Pont du Milieu”. It is also home to Europe’s only bilingual university: just one example of the city’s special role.

picturesque squares and sculpted fountains. its clock tower was never completed for lack of money. City walls. This delightful railway is unique in Europe. After a climb of 368 steps you don’t mind – but you still enjoy. bridges and fountains. beside the river – even has its own language and culture: “Bolze”. . Lower Town. the view over the city roofs to the Fribourg Prealps. Picture-postcard pretty As well as churches and monasteries. the Basse Ville – the historic Old Town. Insight into the Middle Ages The Old Town. It is regarded as one of Europe’s finest examples of medieval architecture – thanks to more than 200 gothic façades and intact city fortifications with 14 towers.com/cities for the latest offers. The “Funi”.Hockson Floin's St. Gothic jewel Fribourg’s cathedral is an architectural masterpiece. stands on a rocky spur high above the Sarine. from a height of 74 metres. 18 | Fribourg Visit MySwitzerland. with its narrow alleys. A trip in time The nostalgic funicular – the popular “Funi” – has been shuttling between the venerable Lower Town and the modern city centre since 1899. You can travel to the depths of the city’s soul by funicular – the “Funi” – or on foot. for it uses waste water from the city as a counterweight to power the movement of the green carriages. According to legend. down historic flights of steps. Nicholas.

churches and chapels The official pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela also passes through the Fribourg Region.Hockson Floin's Espace Jean Tinguely. housing – among other exhibits – the largest collection of Swiss sculpture from the first half of the 16th century. is a playful and bizarre. located in the former tram depot beside the Art and History Museum. Urban golf course City golf is a playful cross between mini-golf and SwinGolf for groups and families. It is also famous for its archaeological finds. Way of St. Fribourg. all of which bear witness to the region’s great religious traditions. James. and the monumental sculptures in the museum garden. Fribourg | 19 . Romont – and past impressive church windows. It leads walkers through Tafers. Art spectacle for the senses The “Espace Jean Tinguely – Niki de Saint Phalle”. a ball and a starting map. crucifixes and chapels. Where art comes alive The Art and History Museum (MAHF) occupies three historic buildings. Equipped with a threesided golf club. City golf. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). striking and poetic homage to the city’s most famous couple: two extraordinary artists who had an enormous influence on Fribourg’s cultural life. participants set off to discover the historic treasures of one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Switzerland. Art and history. Crosses.

as do today’s finest organists – especially during the international organ festival. . A free leaflet. gives full details of the individual artworks. Art in the open air Good art need not be expensive. Gourmet delights Traditional cheese fondue may be the best-known local speciality. City tour.com/cities for the latest offers. Pérolles 2 was completed shortly into the new millennium. but Fribourg has much more to offer. University. attended by aficionados from far and wide. available in French and German. The Miséricorde complex was built between 1930 and 1940.Hockson Floin's Church music. Gastronomy. The composers Franz Liszt and Anton Bruckner played here. In Fribourg it costs nothing at all: 41 works by contemporary artists are located in public spaces and can be viewed free of charge. Twelve gourmet restaurants are listed in the celebrated GaultMillau and Michelin guides – while the large student population guarantees a great variety of cafés and bars. 20 | Fribourg Visit MySwitzerland. The city of organs The historic organs of Fribourg’s churches enjoy a magnificent reputation throughout Europe. Two languages – two styles The university is unique in Europe not just for being bilingual – both German and French are spoken – but also because of the two architectural styles that characterise it.

But the small town also delights romantics. time moves refreshingly slowly. Switzerland as a model railway “Chemins de Fer du Kaeserberg” is a new private model railway museum that is sure to thrill enthusiasts of all ages. in towns – yet with the latest infrastructure. Vully. Town of gentle pleasures At the historic small town of Murten. Horror fans. Murten. with its picturesque medieval hilltop heart and its fairytale castle. meanwhile. on show in the neighbouring castle.045 metres of track take visitors on a journey through an imaginary Switzerland on three levels.Hockson Floin's Kaeserberg. founded by the Zähringers. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). La Gruyère. glide by boat over to Mt. the country’s smallest winegrowing area – and enjoy regional delicacies in the charming restaurants. with accurate models of buildings and trains all to a scale of 1:87. flock to see designer H. Giger’s gruesome creations for the Alien films. by lakeshores. Fairytale castle – and aliens Of course cheese lovers are at home in Gruyères. That is the great strength of the region: unusual locations for meetings in nature.R. Meetings in nature. 2. Stroll along the only accessible town walls in Switzerland. Fribourg | 21 . A different point of view The unspoilt landscape around Schwarzsee is just one of many areas where everyone can benefit from an inspiring breath of fresh air.

In the workshop. +41 (0)26 651 90 55 www. Office du Tourisme Romont et sa région CH-1680 Romont Tel.Hockson Floin's Vitromusée Romont. chapels and other buildings containing masterpieces of stained glass by celebrated Swiss and foreign artists are linked by marked trails to be explored on foot. Meanwhile at the convent church of La Fille-Dieu. . themed exhibitions are regularly staged and creative activities laid on 38271 for children. Sacred art The gothic collegiate church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption is richly decorated with stained-glass windows from the 15th to 19th centuries. often busy with artists.com/cities for the latest offers.vitromusee. 22 | Vitromusée Romont Visit MySwitzerland. complemented by modern works by Alexandre Cingria. Tours and trails Romont and its region offer visitors the chance to see numerous fine church windows in their architectural context. It also houses a unique collection of works made by the verre églomisé technique of glass gilding. churches. Yoki and Sergio de Castro. More than 20 villages. visitors can learn Further information: about the processes involved.ch The castle of Romont is home to an exceptional collection of stained glass from the Middle Ages to the present day. The glory of glass. the British artist Brian Clarke has created a striking masterpiece of timeless sacred art. by bike or by car.

over 60 shops offer you a huge selection of fashion.zurich-airport.com . watches and other Swiss specialities. Here your purchases are exempt from alcohol and tobacco duties. accessories and cosmetics from top international brands along with chocolate. you can buy perfumes. liquor and tobacco products at unbeatable prices. In the passenger area of Zurich Airport. www. What’s more.Hockson Floin's Duty Free ZRH Take off to duty-free paradise.

Geneva’s heart. The fountain soars 140 metres above the shimmering blue lake. and the 10 9825 shopping and business districts. Famous fountain.Hockson Floin's Geneva. the Jet d’eau is to Geneva: much-loved emblem of the city. high above the south bank is the Old Town. near the point where the Rhone flows out towards the Mediterranean. Further information: as well as many restaurants. What the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. 24 | Geneva . On the north bank stand most of the large hotels.

by the lake and on the French border.geneve-tourisme.Hockson Floin's Jet d’eau. +41 (0)22 909 70 00 www. a longstanding humanitarian tradition and a multicultural social mix make Geneva the world’s smallest metropolis as well as the “capital of peace”. Genève Tourisme et Bureau des Congrès CH-1211 Genève 1 Tel. Geneva Switzerland’s world city.ch The European seat of the United Nations. Europe’s largest automobile fair. Geneva | 25 . the headquarters of the Red Cross. Idyllically located between alpine peaks and the ridges of the Jura. internationally minded Geneva also has a fine reputation as a venue for conferences and trade fairs – such as the International Motor Show.

a mighty jet of water that rockets 140 metres up into the blue sky above Lake Geneva. This fountain is of course one of city’s top visitor attractions – as well as the one of the most popular photographic subjects far and wide. Lake cruises. These small ferries are especially popular on hot summer days.000 delegates gather here. while around 3. And a delight for gourmets. security and the right to human dignity. From shore to shore The “mouettes” are shuttle boats that operate at ten-minute intervals.000 employees work at the site on a worldwide mission: peace. . to the days of the belle époque: a romantic cruise on a historic paddle steamer around the Petit Lac – as the narrow.com/cities for the latest offers. western end of Lake Geneva is known – is a wonderful. 26 | Geneva Visit MySwitzerland. Every year more than 20. Postcard panorama It is the undisputed emblem of the city: the “Jet d’eau”. big adventure A journey one hundred years back in time. Little lake. Jet d’eau. offering locals and visitors alike a pleasant and convenient way of crossing the lake. World without frontiers Anyone passing through the gateway of the Palais des Nations is entering international territory without borders. when a ride makes for a relaxing and refreshing excursion. nostalgia-inducing experience. too: bon appétit! Les Mouettes.Hockson Floin's United Nations.

This is amply demonstrated by the exceptional collection of the Barbier-Mueller Museum of objects from distant lands – ranging from sculptures. but the climb is well worth the effort: the panoramic views over the city and lake are unparalleled.5 million litres are produced each year. Peter’s Cathedral. Geneva’s liquid pleasures Right on the doorstep of the city begins the Geneva of the vineyards. the Jura. Also in a class of its own is six-tonne Clémence. Geneva | 27 . Although outside Swiss territory. Vineyards. Geneva’s local mountain To really see Geneva. lake.500 hectares of vineyards. masks and jewellery to ritual artefacts. Beauty from far and wide Aesthetics played a central role even in earliest human history. Best views guaranteed There are exactly 175 steps up the north tower of St. the Mont Blanc massif and as far as Annecy. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Pierre in French). For 2. dating from 1407. from 1.Hockson Floin's St. now 13. These are divided into three regions – a delight to explore on foot or by bike. Le Salève. the largest bell in the city. head for France – and take the cable car up the Salève. this mountain summit makes a popular outing – and offers a fabulous 360-degree panorama over the city. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Barbier-Mueller Museum.000 years a variety of wines have been made here. ornaments and fabrics. the Prealps.

museums and artists’ studios than in Geneva’s Quartier des Bains. This picturesque lido and leisure facility was built from wood in 1872. and completely rebuilt in 1932 on 448 piles. unique in Europe. Top institution is the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (Mamco). Where all Geneva meets When summer arrives in Geneva. which can be explored on a three-hour cruise. Today it is an institution – along with its hospitality. as well as one of the most beautiful. the Rhone is no Amazon – but it is still one of the longest rivers in Europe. Centre for art and design The density is exceptional: nowhere are there more galleries.Hockson Floin's Rhone river cruise. Built in the 18th century on command of the king of Sardinia by architects from Turin along Piemontese lines. of early modern urban development. A particularly scenic and picturesque stretch lies between Geneva and the Verbois dam. . A slice of Sardinia The township of Carouge is a superb example.com/cities for the latest offers. Carouge. home to the country’s most extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Pâquis baths. to this day it radiates irresistible Mediterranean charm and Italian style. water lovers from the age of one to a hundred gather at the Bains des Pâquis. 28 | Geneva Visit MySwitzerland. Wonderful waterways “Only” 812 kilometres long. Quartier des Bains.

In fact you could keep shopping until your legs give way… Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Narrow alleys full of life It’s a delight to stroll through the alleys of Geneva’s Old Town.Hockson Floin's Cern. 27 kilometres of acceleration Cern. but the true centre is the Place du Bourg-de-Four. Shopping. famous for its 27 kilometres particle accelerator. Old Town. boutiques and department stores are located around the elegant shopping streets of Rue du Rhône. A spirit of optimism Once its own commune. In the bars. 3. Peter may dominate the scene. students mingle with the inhabitants – people who have their roots throughout the world. The cathedral of St. Sweet temptations Everything a shopper could wish for… In Geneva. the European Organization for Nuclear Research.000 people work here. cafés and the beautiful Parc des Bastions. Geneva | 29 . chic boutiques and bistros. the Quartier de Plainpalais is now a cosmopolitan and lively part of the city of Geneva. with its art galleries. but their hearts here. the city’s oldest square. antique dealers. Rue du Marché and Rue de la Croix-d’Or. antiquarian bookshops. with 20 member states. and a further 6. Plainpalais. is one of the most respected centres of scientific research in the world.500 scientists participate in the experiments. most of the shops. Rue de la Confédération.

inspiring playful ornaments and decorated Further information: staircases that enchant visitors who take the time 30 6145 to explore the city up close. at the end of the 19th century. La Chaux-de-Fonds’s monumental fountain is a fine example of the city’s free spirit. Full of surprises. Here. artists and designers did not simply follow the European fashion for art nouveau but reinvented it as the “style sapin” (pine-tree style).Hockson Floin's La Chaux-deFonds. 30 | La Chaux-de-Fonds . Nature was the model.

Tourisme neuchâtelois CH-2302 La Chaux-de-Fonds Tel. La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland’s city of watches. assembling tiny components under magnification into precise chronometers. La Chaux-de-Fonds | 31 . and the world’s most famous watch brands built factories that would meet the highest specifications for precision and safety.Hockson Floin's Monumental fountain. cold and dark winters encouraged many in this rural area to take up work in the warm indoors. the long. La Chaux-de-Fonds became the economic centre of the Neuchâtel region. +41 (0)32 889 68 95 www. The industry blossomed.ch The highest city in Europe owes its existence to the art of watchmaking. In the 19th century.neuchateltourisme.

32 | La Chaux-de-Fonds Visit MySwitzerland. Today La Chaux-de-Fonds is regarded as Switzerland’s best-preserved 19th-century city. is regarded as a pioneering work. Maison blanche.com/cities for the latest offers. straight lines In 1794 a fire completely destroyed the city. it was rebuilt in a coherent pattern. Two of his early buildings still stand here: the Villa Turque and the Maison Blanche. At Les Brenets. the River Doubs cuts into the labyrinth of the Jura Mountains.Hockson Floin's Watch museum. and covers the industry’s artistic. . and the world’s finest brands are manufactured here. a village on the French border. Clean. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret – alias Le Corbusier – revolutionised architecture. with its neoclassical style. River for romantics Twisting and meandering. Early work by Le Corbusier Born and brought up in La Chauxde-Fonds. In the spirit of the Enlightenment. social and economic aspects. The latter. creating a grid layout that is unique in Switzerland. La Chauxde-Fonds has been known as the birthplace of the wristwatch. Lac des Brenets. Cityscape. narrow lake lined with sheer cliffs – best experienced from one of the excursion boats that cruise as far as the magnificent Saut du Doubs falls.500 historic exhibits. The International Watchmaking Museum has more than 4. Home industry Since the 18th century. the river becomes a long.

Cosy comforts The oldest bistro in the city is also possibly the cosiest in the region. Today the restored structures are still driven by the power of natural watercourses. Café du Petit-Paris. in the long winter nights. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). As the Farming and Crafts Museum. it recreates the living conditions of the early pioneers: those first farmers who. the historic interior was rejuvenated and the façade refreshed. grandfather clocks and miniature mechanical automata. mixed clientele. Inside is a delightful collection of historic timepieces: an enchanting. became watchmakers. Yet the atmosphere is modern – and the café continues to attract and delight a lively. Beautiful times in the castle Somewhat above the town of Le Locle stands the Château des Monts. ticking world of priceless wristwatches. Farmhouse museum. Château des Monts. The first step is the hardest This impressive farmhouse built in typical 17th-century Jura style has many fascinating stories to tell.Hockson Floin's Col-des-Roches. The cave mills For four centuries the cave system in Col-des-Roches was used to house mighty underground mills. and the fascinating site retells the exciting history of the brave and inventive people of this region. During its renovation. La Chaux-de-Fonds | 33 . a glorious castle in the style of Louis XVI.

Ancien Manège. with its spacious enclosures. 34 | La Chaux-de-Fonds Visit MySwitzerland. and you will find the unusual architecture and decorated walls of this historic gem a delight – just like the cosy brasserie. . the Zoological Forest Park of PetitChâteau offers plenty of variety to families – and. modern Espacité tower. to ibex. it also houses the tourist office. Especially fascinating is the vivarium. the arts also enjoy an elevated status. Modern emblem In the heart of La Chaux-de-Fonds stands the striking. wild boars and brown bears too. otters.com/cities for the latest offers. Enter the inner courtyard of this former riding hall. Fine Art Museum. Artistic treasures In the highest city in Switzerland. Designed by the architect Jacques Richter. Hidden pleasures Like many buildings in this city. The Musée des beaux-arts displays Swiss and international art from the 19th and 20th centuries – including important works by local masters turned international stars.Hockson Floin's Petit-Château forest. crocodiles and other reptiles. a symbol of the city. the Ancien Manège does not immediately reveal its treasures to passersby. Wildly wonderful With its park and playgrounds. from Léopold Robert to Le Corbusier. Espacité tower. though. Visitors can take the lift up to the top and enjoy panoramic views over the city and its surroundings. with 250 snakes.

and the interior tempera paintings by Alfred Blailé.Hockson Floin's Théâtre de l’heure bleue. but locals simply call it “Le Pod”.000 metres above sea level. It leads for 1. Partly for its history. La Chaux-de-Fonds | 35 . Avenue Léopold-Robert.5 dead-straight kilometres from the centre out towards Le Locle. and its maple trees are trimmed at a height of precisely 1. A mini Champs-Elysées The city’s main street is named after the celebrated local painter Léopold Robert (1794–1835). Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). in which music plays a leading role alongside theatre. Crematorium. A gem takes centre stage This theatre is a national institution. Hôtel de Ville. to designs inspired by the neo-renaissance and Heimatstil movements. regarded as a masterpiece of the period. It is freely accessible to the public. Postcard-perfect It is the most photographed building in Le Locle: the town hall. The most beautiful example of this nature-fuelled vision is the crematorium. Particularly striking are Ernest Biéler’s monumental frescoes on the façade. partly because of its magnificent old auditorium. well known throughout Switzerland. it blossomed in a unique way in La Chaux-de-Fonds. restored in 2003 with great attention to detail – and not least thanks to its programme. Inspired by nature As the magically light art nouveau style spread in the early 20th century. built between 1914 and 1918.

conference destination and cultural centre. Strolling on a warm summer’s evening in the lakeside quarter of Ouchy. you can feel Lausanne is a city built for pleasure. whose Further information: influence extends way beyond Switzerland’s boundaries. But it is also the Olympic capital. you might say. Star appeal for connoisseurs. embodies 10 9827 the perfect symbiosis of business and pleasure.Hockson Floin's Lausanne. Lausanne. 36 | Lausanne . through parks oozing Mediterranean charm. a university city.

After all. there are delights to suit every gourmet. many of the greatest cooks work or have worked in Lausanne – not least Fredy Girardet.ch The tremendous variety of this city of sport. to the delicacies served at the Lausanne Palace (1 Michelin star. Lausanne Tourisme CH-1000 Lausanne 6 Tel. From the regional specialities served in the charming cafés of the picturesque Old Town with its narrow alleys and hip boutiques.Hockson Floin's Star sculpture in Ouchy. 17 GaultMillau points). Lausanne Switzerland’s gourmet city. +41 (0)21 613 73 73 www. Lausanne | 37 . crowned “Chef of the Century”.lausanne-tourisme. conferences and culture is also reflected in its cuisine.

Lesage and Hauser? The creators of the strange and fascinating pieces in the Collection de l’Art Brut are scarcely known. Lake Geneva cruises. one experience… From the “Petit Lac” (the narrowest stretch of the lake. Art at the highest level From treasures of the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. in a collection that is unique worldwide. for they produced their artworks in psychiatric clinics. the boats of the Lake Geneva fleet shuttle between sublime landscapes – and two countries. presents temporary exhibitions of the highest quality. Superlatives of sport Liberal use of evocative Greek marble helps bring the spirit of the Olympic Games to life here. The world information centre for the Olympic movement offers visitors an overview from the first summer games of 1896 in Athens to the present day – and a fascinating and interactive experience.Hockson Floin's Olympic Museum. This is outsider art. prisons and other hidden places.com/cities for the latest offers. between Geneva and Nyon) to the “Grand Lac” (between Lausanne and Evian) and the “Haut Lac” (Montreux to Thonon). L’Hermitage. 38 | Lausanne Visit MySwitzerland. International waters Three zones. housed in a fine patrician house from the 19th century. . Work from unfamiliar worlds Wölfi. to an exhibition of artwork by Christo and Jeanne-Claude… The Fondation de l’Hermitage. Aloïse. Musée de l’Art Brut.

amphibians and arachnids. More than one hundred species. Vivarium. World-class dance In 1987 the great choreographer Maurice Béjart settled here. along with their natural predators. are kept in conditions close to nature. and since its opening in 1985 has earned a tremendous reputation worldwide. The way to the wine There is no more comfortable way to experience the Lavaux. declared World Heritage by UNESCO. scorpions. the winegrowing area high above Lake Geneva. than on the “Wine Train”. Béjart died in 2007. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Housed in an elegant 18th-century villa. Musée de l’Elysée. lizards. crocodiles. but his thirty dancers continue to be celebrated as enthusiastically in Lausanne as they are in the world’s greatest venues – from the Paris Opera to the Bolshoi Theatre. and from Switzerland conquered the world.Hockson Floin's Wine Train. It rolls gently from Vevey to Chexbres. tortoises. Béjart Ballet. the Musée de l’Elysée successfully covers every facet of the art. Lausanne | 39 . All that creeps or crawls Snakes. The faces of photography This is one of the few museums in Europe that is devoted entirely to photography. bird-eating spiders… Lausanne’s Vivarium contains one of Europe’s largest collections of living reptiles. past sleepy villages and Switzerland’s most beautiful vineyards.

Along the route. The whole city celebrates You have to experience it for yourself: nine days of culture fever that grip Lausanne during July. ambitious. guided.Hockson Floin's Lausanne Roule. More than 120 free events in and around the Old Town make the Festival de la Cité one of the highlights of the year – and the perfect place for locals and visitors to celebrate summer side by side. enchanting installations by international landscape architects transform locations above and below ground into urban garden oases. . And thanks to the Lausanne Roule scheme. 40 | Lausanne Visit MySwitzerland. Jardin 2009. On a roll As part of Lausanne Estival. Urban oases “Above and below” is the theme along Lausanne’s new M2 metro line from June to September – and the name of the third “Lausanne Jardins” garden festival. the contest is friendly. Prix de Lausanne. themed cycle tours through the city are laid on once a week between June and August – free of charge. and guaranteed without great physical challenges. Springboard for talent They are between 15 and 18 years old. and eager to win the “Prix de Lausanne”. cycle hire is also free of charge for the day. highly gifted. Rule number 1: respect the others.com/cities for the latest offers. But while no holds are barred at this international ballet competition for young dancers from all over the world. Festival de la Cité.

Maria Mutola and Maurice Greene… The Athletissima. and now – after lengthy restoration – can be seen by the public once again: the south portal of the cathedral of Notre-Dame. today regularly attracts the greatest athletes and delights the public – just like the Lausanne Marathon. Lausanne | 41 . originally planned as a one-off event to inaugurate the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium 30 years ago. The painted portal. Carl Lewis. On the right track 22 stations. two dozen venues in Lausanne and Pully open their doors until the early hours to all who love good art – and unusual experiences.Hockson Floin's Chemin du Sport. too – make for a fun. “High mass” of culture A rare treat for culture lovers: on the “night of the museums”. This circuit on the Plaine de Vidy is also about Lausanne as capital of the Olympic movement. Numerous events – for young visitors. the so-called “portail peint”. one goal: the “Sport Track” established by the Panathlon Club with the support of the city and the IOC is a tribute to the values of sport. Marathon and Athletissima Edwin Moses. Sports events. with its wide variety of sporting facilities. Masterpiece of gothic art It has defied the ravages of time. lively and relaxed atmosphere. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). is a rare example of polychrome sculptures carved of molasse stone: a gothic jewel full of symbolism. Nuits des Musées.

Only strolling do you become part of this relaxed lifestyle.Hockson Floin's Lugano. chat 111586 and enjoy life. And do what everyone does here: eat. And if you don’t stroll. Lugano is a city for strolling. 42 | Lugano . You should take your time here. It’s only on a gentle stroll that you appreciate the charming day-to-day scenes played out before you in the delightful Old Town. Delightful dolce vita. at a little Further information: table. you should at least sit: in one of the squares.

lugano-tourism. Not just because of the special climate in which palms and olive trees flourish. the atmosphere is distinctly Mediterranean. +41 (0)91 913 32 32 www. And of course because of the people. and take more time to enjoy life than their neighbours do on the far side of the Alps. Lugano Turismo CH-6900 Lugano Tel. Needless to say. who blend Swiss efficiency with an Italian lightness of touch. Lugano Switzerland’s city of sunshine. but also because of the palazzi and villas so clearly inspired by the sunny south.Hockson Floin's Piazza della Riforma. the sun shines longer in Lugano… Lugano | 43 .ch Along Lugano’s picturesque bay between Monte Brè and San Salvatore.

and the tranquillity soothes the soul.Hockson Floin's Parco Ciani. the portal is regarded as a masterpiece of the Lombard renaissance. while the Museum of Cultures is devoted to the tribes of Oceania. The views extend across the lake to Monte San Salvatore. The structure is essentially romanesque. Estival Jazz has kicked off the summer season.com/cities for the latest offers. Threefold inspiration Three top-quality art museums in Lugano all make for fascinating visits. the centuriesold trees offer pools of shade. . Asia and Africa. Art museums. a postcardpretty idyll in the heart of the city. With an emphasis on contemporary performers. the Cantonal Art Museum houses many of Ticino’s finest treasures. the Ciani lies on the shores of Lake Lugano. Music is in the air For three decades. Estival Jazz. 44 | Lugano Visit MySwitzerland. it stages free concerts on the Piazza Riforma and other squares in Lugano. and in that time has evolved into one of Europe’s most prestigious open-air festivals. cherished interior is baroque. Place of peace One of the most beautiful parks in Switzerland. and its architecture is a fascinating journey through time. and the impressive. San Lorenzo. Renaissance meets baroque The Cathedral of San Lorenzo was first mentioned in the year 875. The Art Museum puts people and their feelings in centre stage.

all visitors can enjoy a modern ambience of simple. Jeux modernes Of course not everyone wins at this casino. And. Casinò. Lugano | 45 . On the fashion trail Via Nassa is to Lugano what the Bahnhofstrasse is to Zürich: a paradise for shopaholics and casual window shoppers alike.Hockson Floin's Via Nassa. from blackjack to chemin de fer. Most are by leading Ticino artists. it is regarded as Bernardino Luini’s masterpiece. indulge in all their favourite games. Maria degli Angioli. lies the Belvedere Garden. But it is by no means purely devoted to luxury boutiques: mouth-watering food shops and popular department stores also add to the appeal of Lugano’s top address. But instead of ostentatious kitsch or excessive luxury. now it is famous for housing the most important renaissance wall painting in Switzerland. and set up in this idyllic oasis of tranquillity. Belvedere / Lungolago. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). The sculpture garden Along the Lungolago. Showing the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ. understated elegance. the lakeshore promenade between Lugano and Paradiso. Masterful passion This church originally belonged to a Franciscan monastery. They were bought by the city in 1977 after an exhibition. He also painted a beautiful Madonna and Child here. in this refreshing setting. S. home to 14 celebrated sculptures.

46 | Lugano Visit MySwitzerland. Monte Tamaro. The summit of emotion You cannot help but be moved when you step into the chapel of Santa Maria degli Angeli. cog trains scale famous mountain peaks. which extend into Italy. Switzerland as model example More than 120 important Swiss castles. The delightful lakeshores. the extraordinary work of the architect Mario Botta. From the summit of Monte Brè (925 metres).Hockson Floin's Lake Lugano. But this is an understatement. as you soon notice on any boat cruise. the views extend over Lake Lugano. Around them. there are idyllic footpaths. As a bonus. Swissminiatur.500 metres of track. and an adventure park. Monte Brè. 18 trains travel on 3. Panorama on the doorstep The ride up on the funicular is an experience in itself. but 25 times smaller. and historic boats glide over lakes. . forests and pretty stone villages as far as Italy. palms and chestnut trees. And you are overwhelmed when you leave it – by the views over the whole of Ticino. Following any of the fine footpaths is a real treat – but then so is simply sitting quietly and taking in all the beauty. enjoy a Tuscan climate that nurtures a lush vegetation of olives. The Tuscany of Switzerland The lake is also known locally as “Lago Ceresio” – lake of the cherry trees.com/cities for the latest offers. churches and other buildings are found in the grounds of Swissminiatur in Melide: true to the original.

dozing on the shores of Lake Lugano. A place for romantics The former fishing village of Gandria is still a feast for the eyes. and painted. Here he wrote his most famous works. as well as sublime views from the summit – not least to the romantic village of Morcote. Today this outstanding museum takes visitors through the important phases of the Nobel prizewinner’s life. On writing and painting Hermann Hesse spent the last 43 years of his life in Montagnola. Hesse Museum. while the Hermann Hesse Trail leads to his favourite places. and enchants them along its Olive Tree Trail to Lugano. the Bernina and the Italian Apennines. It offers a variety of classic hikes.Hockson Floin's Monte San Giorgio. A mountain of walks Monte San Giorgio. San Salvatore. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). City emblem You could even say it stands for Lugano: San Salvatore. On the funicular you quickly reach the summit – and breathtaking views of the whole alpine chain. Small and picturesque. Lugano | 47 . won UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003. the distinctive mountain towering 912 metres above the bay and the city. as far as Monte Rosa. it delights visitors with fresh fish. intrigues them with its Customs Museum (this was once a smugglers’ village).097 metres. reached by boat from the foot of the mountain. which towers over Lake Lugano to a height of 1. Gandria.

even passengers dining in the first-class salon put down their silver cutlery to marvel at the views.Hockson Floin's Lucerne. 10 9845 48 | Lucerne . When the steamship Uri sets off from Lucerne’s harbour basin and glides out onto Lake Lucerne. Further information: historic and scenic highlights than from on board one of the lake’s five historic paddle steamers. It would be hard to enjoy in a more stylish way the region and its cultural. Full steam ahead.

the Chapel Bridge. But also centuries-old sights. such as the most-photographed subject in Switzerland.Hockson Floin's KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne) Switzerland’s city of lights. It has everything one could wish for in a city: a picturesque lakeside setting against an impressive mountain backdrop.luzern. Lucerne | 49 . in a way.com Lucerne is. And of course top-quality museums. Architectural gems. the essence of Switzerland. theatres and festivals – of which the Lucerne Festival in particular enjoys an international reputation. Luzern Tourismus AG CH-6002 Luzern Tel. for example. +41 (0)41 227 17 17 www. such as the striking KKL Luzern by avant-garde architect Jean Nouvel.

conferences and cuisine of the highest standard. Pilatus. is to make the “Golden Round Trip”. But all of the other boats in the 20-strong SGV fleet also ply the lake connecting historic sites – as well as opening up a host of possibilities for excursions and round trips. Lucerne’s emblem.840-seat concert hall is one of the world’s finest.132-metre Pilatus.Hockson Floin's KKL Luzern. Full steam. fine style There is no more stylish way to experience Lake Lucerne than on one of the five belle-époque paddle steamers. climb the mountain on the world’s steepest cog railway. Everything under one roof Fine prospects all round: the Grand Casino Luzern. You sail by steamship from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. the casino offers a wide range of live performances and superb cuisine. 50 | Lucerne Visit MySwitzerland. stages à-la-carte entertainment in a stylish setting. . A mountain of thrills The most impressive way of experiencing the 2. Grand Casino Luzern. located by the lake on Europe’s longest waterfront promenade. Lake Lucerne. The interior is devoted to offering culture. As well as gaming tables and slot machines. and glide back down by cable car and gondola to the waiting bus.com/cities for the latest offers. the 1. Culture in every respect The architecture alone is breathtaking: Jean Nouvel’s showpiece structure with its elegant projecting roof is a masterpiece of urban construction.

1 for photos Built in the 14th century as part of defences to protect the city from foreign intruders. The still and moving stone The celebrated American writer Mark Twain called it “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world”. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). The Zytturm is also home to the city’s oldest clock. Musegg Wall. dating from the year 1535. Good prospects How about touring the comfy way? On the small City Train you experience the City of Lights from a completely new perspective – in compact form over 40 highly entertaining minutes. Its 34 metre-high Water Tower is said to be the most photographed monument in Switzerland. stand nine defiant towers. The most important sights are described in a choice of eight languages – whatever the weather. Lucerne | 51 . Three of them – the Schirmerturm. String of towers Along the Musegg Wall. City Train. constructed from 1386 as part of a ring of fortifications around the city. Many visitors today feel the same way when they see the dying lion.Hockson Floin's Chapel Bridge. Zytturm and Männliturm – now positively welcome visitors. No. the Chapel Bridge now exerts a magical attraction over visitors from all over the world. Lion Monument. carved into the rock to commemorate more than 700 Swiss soldiers who fell at the Tuileries in Paris in 1792.

Lucerne Festival. for it brings the development of transport. Rosengart Collection. let alone visitors. Transport Museum. as well as paintings by more than 20 other artists from the impressionist and classic modern periods. find hard to resist. No. Rightly so. 52 | Lucerne Visit MySwitzerland. An exclusive feast for aficionados and newcomers to classical music alike. Other highlights: the IMAX cinema. 1 in Switzerland Getting people moving: the Swiss Museum of Transport is the most visited museum in the country. mobility and communication thrillingly to life for visitors of all ages. traders from the surrounding region offer a host of seductive delights – which locals.Hockson Floin's Market on the Reuss. the planetarium and the Swissarena. Heavenly sounds Simply in a class of its own: the Lucerne Festival cycle – which consists of three separate festivals held in spring. The best from the region Every Tuesday and Saturday the picturesque banks of the River Reuss burst into life. orchestras and soloists from all over the world.com/cities for the latest offers. summer and autumn – attracts the finest conductors. Picasso’s second home The outstanding Rosengart Collection brings together large bodies of work by Pablo Picasso and by Paul Klee. At the flower and food market that takes place between 7am and 1pm. . A must for art lovers and anyone interested in culture.

This luxury boutique hotel from the creative workshop of the celebrated architect Jean Nouvel is only rivalled – in design terms – by the first-class Hotel Astoria. light international dishes at Les Artistes. offers top-quality hotel service in a historic building with period décor. and personal atmosphere: the Schweizerhof. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). the Radisson SAS Lucerne offers refined four-star comfort in the heart of the city. Lucerne | 53 . Palace Luzern. Radisson SAS Hotel. Schweizerhof Luzern.Hockson Floin's Hospitality & Design. Top-class architecture A hotel is not just a hotel. the railway station. certainly not in the case of “The Hotel”. from the star architectural team of Herzog & de Meuron. the Restaurant Galerie serves exquisite lake fish and seafood. Charm of the belle époque Distinctive and distinguished… The Palace offers tastefully renovated rooms dating from the hotel’s founding more than a century ago. and many other delights. sophisticated gourmet cuisine. inspired by the spirit of the south. Just a stone’s throw away lie the Old Town. at the Jasper restaurant. individuality. The fashionable bar regularly stages top live events. The festival hotel Character. the KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne) and the lake. family-owned for five generations. In the heart of the city Contemporary design and a sophisticated atmosphere: behind its stylish glass façade.

This Further information: is home to 140.000 documents including thousand-year-old manuscripts – as well as the most 10 9785 beautiful rococo interior in Switzerland. 54 | St.Hockson Floin's St. as well as symbol of the city. Gallen. Gallen’s entire abbey district as World Heritage. World-class culture. Heart of the whole complex. Gallen . is the baroque cathedral with its abbey library. when it designated St. Such a wealth of treasures deserves protection: a conclusion reached by UNESCO in 1983.

Gallen The Swiss city of books.Hockson Floin's Abbey library. The city’s central location in the Lake Constance region makes it an ideal base for a host of excursions. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus CH-9001 St. the delightful city located between Lake Constance and Appenzell in eastern Switzerland. the unrivalled quality of its embroidery soon brought wealth and prestige. St. blossomed as far back as the Middle Ages into a European centre of culture and education. St. St. Gallen.gallen-bodensee. its smart boutiques and cosy cafés.ch St.st. Today the pretty. car-free Old Town charms visitors with its brightly painted oriel windows. Gallen Tel. +41 (0)71 227 37 37 www. Gallen | 55 .

Its story is told in the Textile Museum.com/cities for the latest offers. with their “City Lounge” project – making art an experience for all. Street art with a difference A red carpet for people out on the street: the celebrated Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist and the architect Carlos Martinez have given an extra covering to a (new) part of the Old Town. Pelican and Swan Windows. the capital of embroidery. Monumental and magnificent It is the symbol of the city: the baroque cathedral with the abbey library. with its comprehensive library. they tend to show a figure with its tongue sticking out… Textile Museum. Stadtlounge. City of oriels. home to countless treasures as well as the most beautiful rococo interior in Switzerland. Colourful – and curious Animal attractions: the 111 beautifully preserved oriel windows on the historic houses of the car-free Old Town are not only strikingly ornate. cars and benches included. The entire abbey district in the heart of the medieval Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as far back as 1983. A richly embroidered story St. 56 | St. Gallen. For some reason. .Hockson Floin's Abbey district. but also have imaginative names – such as the Camel. is also the spiritual home of lingerie – of which the main decorative element is of course the embroidery that has been produced here for hundreds of years. Gallen Visit MySwitzerland.

Outdoor opera With Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco” attracting an audience of more than 13. Heinz Tesar. with his daring office block. The city builds for the future Their bold constructions make for a thrilling architectural tour: Herzog & de Meuron.Hockson Floin's Modern architecture. Today the Dreilinden ponds with their art nouveau facilities make up one of the most beautiful natural lidos in Switzerland. and served for firefighting. Museum Quarter. like pearls on a necklace. whose “Mussel”. Gallen Festival. three ponds were created above the city at Dreilinden. Also worth a visit are the History and Folklore Museum. Gallen | 57 . the mills in the Steinach gorge. Also on the programme: “Dance in the Cathedral”. and concerts of early music. They mainly supplied the bleaching works. caused a sensation in the city and beyond. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2).000 over 12 days. St. Art and culture. Gallen Festival 2008 was a huge success. St. with their impressive Helvetia building on the Rosenberg. among other buildings. At their head is the Art Museum. and Santiago Calatrava. Gallen’s favourite swim In 1610. Three ponds. the St. Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah” should do the same in 2009 (June 26 – July 11). cheek-by-jowl No less than ten museums are found side by side in the Museum Quarter. and the Natural History Museum. St. with masterpieces of Western art spanning more than 500 years.

Paths through history The best way of getting to know St. Tàpies. Giacometti. (Con)temporary art Around 200 tons of extra sand are brought into Rorschach on Lake Constance for this event in midAugust. But the idyllic location on the sunny side of St. Laboratory of the present This is no ordinary museum: rather. 58 | St.Hockson Floin's Sand Sculpture Festival. These are not just about the city’s glittering past and its magnificent heritage. lectures and performances. Gallen Art Hall. the exciting architecture and the works by Miró. Guided city tours. . The high art of education Of course it is primarily about study and research. Gallen Visit MySwitzerland. The lobby also serves as a popular venue for discussions. Gallen’s Kunst Halle (“Art Hall”). Gallen is to join one of the guided city tours. Gallen) a big draw for art fans. Gehr. It is also hugely popular with spectators – not least because of the summer party atmosphere at the festival venue. University. Bill and other famous artists also make the HSG (University of St. At St. Gallen. works are put on show and opened up for debate at the same time. Oertli. They are above all about stories.com/cities for the latest offers. of people that lived and live here – and of course about the wishes of those on the tour. which attracts the leading sand sculptors from all over the world. a forum for contemporary art in all its facets. St.

Rorschach. Altenrhein Market Hall. as is the extraordinary market hall in Altenrhein. St. Gallen | 59 . you could easily imagine you were by the sea. the Nature Discovery Park. Gallen’s local mountain. is also the symbol of the Lake Constance region. sweeping lines. and leave romantics lost for words. This mountain is tops St. Chocoholic heaven In the little town of Flawil. or lingering in one of the attractive garden restaurants.Hockson Floin's Choco-Land. Strolling along Rorschach’s lakefront promenade of an evening. devotees can learn how fine chocolate is made. before tasting the products. Close by. and more… Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). There’s also a factory shop. From its 2. the Maestrani factory welcomes sweettoothed guests to Schoggi Land (“Choco-Land”). Architectural extravaganza Gilded onion domes.502-metre summit. glowing colours. Small port on Lake Constance A sight for sore eyes: the sunsets on the southernmost bay of Lake Constance are legendary. the vast panoramic views take in six countries. shaded walkways… The unconventional architecture of the idiosyncratic artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is unmistakable. the Säntis. other top experiences await – a visitor dairy on the alp. Along an 80-metre visitor gallery and via video terminals. countless footpaths. colourful tiled columns. And a big draw for the public. Säntis.

with a library. historical and sociological museum of applied photography. bistro. 799 6 6 lounge and shop. 60 | Winterthur .Hockson Floin's Winterthur. Together with the Swiss Foundation of Photography it runs an all-round “Photography Further information: Centre”. and as a cultural. Photography in focus. seminar rooms. The Fotomuseum Winterthur serves as an art gallery for contemporary photography. as a traditional museum for works by 19th and 20th century masters.

And an abundance of greenery.Hockson Floin's Photography Centre. Winterthur offers a cornucopia of culture. its buzzing Old Town and its energetic live music and comedy scene. +41 (0)52 267 67 00 www. Winterthur Switzerland’s city of art. Winterthur | 61 .winterthur-tourismus. Winterthur Tourismus CH-8401 Winterthur Tel. Winterthur’s reputation as the “garden city” is a result of the pioneering town planning of the interwar years.ch With its world-renowned art collections and monuments. too: for the spacious parks and gardens give Switzerland’s sixth-largest city a seductive blend of big-city grandeur and small-town closeness to nature.

Hockson Floin's Villa Flora. The particular appeal of the venue is down to a combination of top-quality entertainment. including important bodies of work by Liotard.com/cities for the latest offers. Vallotton. City Church. A laughing matter Winterthur’s Casino Theatre. Swiss and Austrian artists from the 18th to 20th centuries. supported by a group of prominent live comedians. Füssli. 62 | Winterthur Visit MySwitzerland. Symbol of the Old Town First mentioned in a document in 1180. Reinhart Museum. Matisse and Rouault. the City Church with its mighty twin towers dominates Winterthur’s Old Town to this day. Especially noteworthy in the interior are the organ dating from the late romantic period and the vast wall paintings by the Bernese artist Paul Zehnder. Hodler. fine cuisine and special events. has evolved into something of a national institution. the setting intimate: Villa Flora. Jewel at the city garden A fascinating collection: the Oskar Reinhart Museum “Am Stadtgarten” contains around 600 paintings by German. Anker. Casino Theatre. former home of the collectors Hedy and Arthur Hahnloser. cabaret artists and other performers. The focus of the collection is painting by Fauvist and Nabi artists including Bonnard. Böcklin. . Waldmüller and Liebermann. Masterpieces in the living room The collection is world-class. Friedrich. houses mainly modern French artworks.

Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Feel the force Here science is easy to grasp – literally. It was built in 1869 of sandstone. Sulzer Area. is regarded as one of the most important historicist buildings in Europe. Temple of democracy Winterthur’s City Hall. At the only Science Centre in Switzerland. Shopping. and playing strictly allowed. climbing. everything revolves around experiencing things yourself. the largest connected pedestrian area in Switzerland. Touching is strongly encouraged. hundreds of hands-on exhibits are waiting to be discovered and explored. Europe’s largest alternative-sports hall (go-karting. skateboarding…) is already open.Hockson Floin's City Hall. costing 150 million francs. boutiques. impressive Corinthian temple front and projecting flight of steps. with its colourful mix of specialist shops. a cinema complex and supermarket are to be built. A new city quarter rises up Following the departure of heavy industry. the vast Sulzer Area is being reborn. Browsing unlimited Ideal for a stroll: located in the heart of Winterthur is the Old Town. restaurants and department stores. with its monumental proportions. Winterthur | 63 . 300 apartments. Technorama. to a design by the German architect Gottfried Semper. Offices. At Technorama. Especially recommended for gourmets are the various weekly markets. cafés. business space.

Recently arrived in the Wildlife Park are a pair of wolves. lynx. City Halle. Altogether some 60 animals can be observed in a virtually natural setting. complete with artist studios. wild boar and other species live in spacious enclosures offering a high standard of animal welfare. Villa Sträuli. such as hidden fountains in secluded back courtyards. These offer a unique space for warm hospitality and artistic exchange. but also has a few surprises in store – including glimpses of lesser known spots. Bruderhaus Wildlife Park. The architecturally impressive former industrial building from the 1930s also makes a popular location for special events. “Melissa” and now “Alapilio” is the City Halle. .Hockson Floin's Sightseeing. This tradition is being kept alive at the villa’s stylishly renovated facilities. for thinking aloud and quiet contemplation. The two-hour tour not only covers the most important sights. A heart for musicals The venue for “Space Dream”. Artistic exchange Villa Sträuli has always been a place of cultural encounters. Face to face with wolves At the Bruderhaus Wildlife Park. 64 | Winterthur Visit MySwitzerland. home of the Think Musical Company – and headquarters of Switzerland’s musical scene. deer. A guide in your ear A multimedia audiovisual guide lets visitors explore Winterthur’s Old Town independently.com/cities for the latest offers.

More than 10. Garden suburbs.Hockson Floin's Kyburg Castle.000 visitors make the International Short Film Festival the biggest in Switzerland. Journey to the Middle Ages Operate a crane on a medieval building site. history not only comes alive. be a guest at court. it gets right under your skin – which makes the 800-year-old fortress a fabulous outing for the whole family. Winterthur | 65 . the Water Trail. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Or on a leisurely bike ride – along the Industry Cycle Trail. nature is only ever a short hop away. Short but sweet A good short film can be anything – but not longer than 30 minutes. A delightful way to experience it is on a walk along one of the themed paths – such as the Vineyard Trail. But a renewed appreciation of traditional values – and especially the protection of the historic terraced housing developments of the garden suburbs – won the city the Swiss Heritage Society’s prestigious Wakker Prize in 1989. or the Forest and Glacial Rocks Trail. walk (if you dare) through the grisly torture chamber… At Kyburg Castle. Short Film Festival. Greenery on the doorstep From Winterthur. for example. which has become one of Europe’s leading platforms for the medium. And it has to stand out – especially in Winterthur. Pure nature. Award-winning town planning Winterthur almost lost its reputation as the “garden city” in the 1960s.

the Fraumünster. with its celebrated Chagall windows. with the largest clock face in Europe. This idyllic scene can be admired from the popular Further information: Limmat passenger boats. Peter’s. 66 | Zürich . Idyll on the water. and the mighty Grossmünster with its twin towers. as well as from the Quai10 9805 brücke spanning the river.Hockson Floin's Zürich. You might think that Zürich’s most beautiful churches stand on the banks of the River Limmat simply to pose for photos: St.

Bars and restaurants play an important role: with food. Zürich | 67 . For in Zürich. Zürich is also a shoppers’ paradise and a metropolis of the arts. people have high expectations of life. For the seventh year in a row. Zürich Switzerland’s trend-setting city. +41 (0)44 215 40 04 www. even beyond its borders.zuerich.com Zürich sets trends that soon spread across the country. as with everything. the consulting group Mercer has ranked Zürich as the city with the highest quality of life in the world. Zürich Tourismus CH-8021 Zürich Tel. home to legendary nightlife. the quality is there to be seen and enjoyed.Hockson Floin's View of the River Limmat and Old Town.

The view here extends over the roofs of the Old Town and the Limmat. Lindenhof. The first section. along the east bank of the River Limmat. Lined with exclusive fashion boutiques and stylish grand hotels. The sound blends with the splashing of a fountain. The perfect idyll Under the lime trees. Formerly a Roman customs station. Another important and impressive stained-glass window. . Bahnhofstrasse. The heart of the city Between the main station and the lake. is by Augusto Giacometti.Hockson Floin's Old Town. Heaven for shoppers Zürich’s elegant Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.000 years. 68 | Zürich Visit MySwitzerland. bars. stretches the Old Town. cinemas and antiquarian bookshops line its narrow alleys. Fraumünster. the Lindenhof (“Lime Court”) is now Zürich’s most idyllic viewpoint. the charming Niederdorf.com/cities for the latest offers.4 kilometres from the main station and through the landmark Paradeplatz before ending in style at the shores of Lake Zürich. it leads for 1. dating back 2. Boutiques. The Heavenly Paradise. pétanque players roll their boules on the gravel. is a delightfully multicultural nightlife area. this is primarily because of the worldfamous series of stained-glass windows in the choir by the painter Marc Chagall. Chagall’s magnificent windows This former convent church is one of the emblems of Zürich.

Zürich | 69 . On distant cultures Switzerland’s only museum devoted to non-European cultures has an internationally renowned collection of works from Asia. Thanks to its hip clubs. Kunsthaus Zürich. on the vast site of a former paper factory. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). A spectacular new extension that opened in 2007 beside the historic main building more than doubled the exhibition space. Africa. culture and cuisine – and manages to blend sophisticated elegance with cosy charm. stylish and packed with variety. Chic. a whole new urban quarter came to life: Sihlcity. Zürich West has evolved into the city’s leading nightlife zone – and doesn’t rest until dawn. fine cinemas. Dazzling shopping district In 2007. fashionable restaurants and the Schiffbau cultural complex. The finest in art The temporary exhibitions at Zürich’s Kunsthaus (Art Museum) attract worldwide attention. But the topquality permanent collection is also internationally famous: ranging from the 15th century to the present. the Americas and Oceania. Where night becomes day The former industrial area around Escher-Wyss-Platz today runs to a very different rhythm.Hockson Floin's Sihlcity. this highly original complex combines shopping and cinemas. Zürich West. it includes dazzling groups of works by Edvard Munch and Alberto Giacometti. Rietberg Museum.

Nature trail in a rainforest Zürich’s zoo has long been one of the city’s most visited attractions. the cruise boats on the lake. head down on foot or.Hockson Floin's National Museum. Boat trips. The history of Switzerland The Swiss National Museum is home to the country’s largest collection of Swiss cultural artefacts. Built beside the main station in 1898 in a combination of styles – following the historicist tradition – the museum is reminiscent of a fairytale castle. Gliding over the water At Bellevue the lake empties into the River Limmat. Over the roofs of Zürich It is the favourite recreation area of the people of Zürich.com/cities for the latest offers. lemurs and birds from Madagascar. Uetliberg. The two features dominate the city. A narrow-gauge railway takes you up. Following set trails through a large tropical hall. and for the past five years has offered an extra draw: the Masoala Rainforest. dating from prehistory to the present. . visitors walk through a world of chameleons. just as entertaining. yet comes as a surprise to many visitors: the 871-metre Uetliberg boasts views over the lake and the roofs of the city that are simply breathtaking. in winter. 70 | Zürich Visit MySwitzerland. Zürich Zoo. which flows right through Zürich. and what better way to experience it than from the water? Options include the riverboats Felix and Regula and. by sledge.

it has developed over recent years into one of Europe’s leading ensembles. Opera House. Zürich | 71 . With around 100 musicians. Dining with tradition With their colourful ornamentations. The concert hall’s acoustics are world-famous. and the Women’s Baths are. the Zürich Opera House has a history full of highlights.Hockson Floin's Lake and river lidos. Zürich’s river and lake lidos turn into fashionable and wonderfully atmospheric clubs and lounge bars. By day they revert to venues for swimming. Its unmistakable atmosphere has made it a favourite among the international opera-going public. once again. Wondrous transformation It even happens to the venerable Women’s Baths on the Limmat: in the evening. Part of its appeal is due to Heinz Spoerli’s prestigious ballet company. Sweet sound of success The Tonhalle Orchestra is Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra. For many years they have welcomed not just members of the traditional craft guilds. reserved for female guests… Guildhalls. The public’s favourite As the venue for numerous premieres and first performances. Zürich’s magnificent historic guildhalls are a much-loved feature of the city. Tonhalle. but also gourmets: nearly all the guildhalls are home to renowned restaurants. and continues to win plaudits under its prestigious leading conductor David Zinman. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2).

72 | Bellinzona . Switzerland’s city of castles. Sasso Corbaro and Montebello have museums that tell of the days when 111585 strategic Bellinzona was heavily fought over. The largest of the three castles. was restored in 1991 and can be reached Further information: from the Old Town by lift.Hockson Floin's Bellinzona. and part of UNESCO World Heritage. Castelgrande. Today the “Tre Castelli” are the symbol of the Ticinese capital. Bellinzona’s fortifications were built in the late Middle Ages as a barrier across the valley.

Anyone venturing beyond the city walls. Bellinzona Strolling through time. meanwhile. artefacts and traces of the city’s long history are not only to be seen in the castle museums and at the Villa dei Cedri.ch A walking tour through Bellinzona opens up new horizons.Hockson Floin's Castelgrande. For the monuments. +41 (0)91 825 21 31 www. discovers examples of outstanding contemporary architecture.bellinzonaturismo. Even on a simple stroll through the Old Town one encounters them. magnificent gardens and countless idyllic spots by the River Ticino. Bellinzona Turismo CH-6500 Bellinzona Tel. Bellinzona | 73 .

74 | Bellinzona Visit MySwitzerland. and make plans for the weekend – while their infectious enthusiasm rubs off on visitors. and de Dragon. Charming meeting point There’s a light-heartedness in the air that everyone can feel… At the Saturday Market in the Old Town. Villa dei Cedri. Slow is beautiful The Piazza Nosetto with the town hall is the heart of the magnificent Old Town. for example. with woodcuts by Félix Vallotton. Contemporary artists are also featured. The collection of graphic art is particularly interesting. Epic and graceful Decorating a large wall running across the church is a vast fresco that brings a spontaneous decorative gracefulness to the elegance of renaissance painting. painted between 1495 and 1505.Hockson Floin's Old Town. Around the Via Teatro. . Santa Maria delle Grazie. and the Piazza Governo. wrought-iron balconies and inn signs from long ago. The Crucifixion in the centre is framed by 15 scenes from the Life of Christ. flea-market stalls and café terraces. locals stop to chat among the vegetable displays. one can discover beautiful town houses. Between reality and symbolism This aristocratic villa from the 19th century showcases artists whose work moves between realism and symbolism: Giovanni Segantini. too. A slow stroll is well worth the effort! Saturday market. stone gateways.com/cities for the latest offers.

Carnival is celebrated here in extravagant style. multimedia exhibition about the colossal project and the Gotthard region. Built out of material excavated from the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. street theatre. Dufour’s defensive towers Visitors passing through Camorino encounter these curious cylindrical structures. Tunnel vision Visitors can experience the longest railway tunnel in the world at the fascinating Gotthard South Infocentre in Pollegio. traditional carnival musicians at every corner. Monte Carasso. A project of the future Learning from nature: that is the goal of the Curzútt-San Bernardo Foundation on Monte Carasso above Bellinzona. Celebrating on the street One subject dominates conversation in Bellinzona in February: Rabadan. At a time of great poverty. and plenty of music and dancing through to the early hours. Young people are involved. Fortini della Fame. Alp Transit.Hockson Floin's Rabadan carnival. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). hence their name of “hunger fortresses”. Walkers also enjoy this tranquil spot. with its fine views and the little church of San Bernardo. with riotously colourful processions. it houses a cuttingedge. 500 unemployed people were taken on to build them. They were erected in 1854 as part of General Dufour’s line of defences against the Austrians. developing a sensitivity for history and the landscape. Bellinzona | 75 .

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Switzerland’s festival city.
Locarno’s International Film Festival sees the latest movies screened at the most elegant of venues – while the main prize, the Golden Leopard, is one of the most coveted cinema awards in Europe. But Locarno isn’t just about film. The popular open-air “Moon and Stars” music festival in July repeatedly attracts top international Further information: stars – turning the Piazza Grande into the world’s 111588 most beautiful concert hall.

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Film festival at the Piazza Grande, Locarno

An ideal climate.
Ente Turistico Lago Maggiore CH-6600 Locarno Tel. +41 (0)91 791 00 91 www.maggiore.ch The Piazza Grande may be the heart of Locarno, but it is not the only attraction in the city with Switzerland’s mildest climate. Magnificent palazzi in the upper town house priceless art collections; the old arcades offer tempting shopping, the shores of Lake Maggiore encourage relaxed strolling. High above stands the pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso, with fabulous views. Locarno’s Mediterranean atmosphere is best enjoyed on foot, by bike – or on eco-friendly Segways or electro-bikes, available for hire.

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Castello Visconteo.
Perfect backdrop The atmosphere in this castle on the edge of the Old Town is magical. Built in the 12th century, it was long the residence of the Visconti family from Milan. Equally enchanting are the fine halls and a magnificent 15th-century inner courtyard that is often used as a setting for gala evenings.

Piazza Grande.
World stage The Piazza Grande, focus of international attention during all manner of events such as the famous film festival, is also the gateway to the charming Old Town. And it makes a delightful setting for sipping an espresso, enjoying the sun and admiring the elegant façades.

Swift and scenic Ultra-modern and super-swift: in just five minutes, the cable car from Orselina to Cardada/Cimetta (1,340 metres) carries passengers up to spectacular mountain views. Like the base and summit stations, it was designed by the celebrated Ticino architect Mario Botta, and inaugurated in 2000.

Monte Verità.
The hills of Utopia At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of free-thinkers founded a movement here of “liberation from all bonds”. Today Monte Verità (“Hill of Truth”) is known as a European centre for esoteric philosophies, and under new direction is once again becoming a haven of free thinking.

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Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). A matter of the heart Falling in love with the Maggia valley is easy: 700 kilometres of footpaths lead through beautiful. Even rare subtropical plants flourish here. Valley of delights The best-known photographic subject in this wild and romantic valley is the double bridge at Lavertezzo. past 40 clear mountain lakes. new. Lifestyle village This picturesque village on Lake Maggiore was once so trendy that a car was named after it: the Opel Ascona. where the Verzasca has carved natural plunge pools in the rock. high up. thanks to the special microclimate – and perhaps because even they think that the island is paradise… Valle Verzasca. wild forests and unspoilt side valleys. Isole di Brissago. Further down. Alpe Odro offers traditional. Floating gardens The setting is heavenly. Locarno | 79 . Ticino’s botanical gardens are an explosion of exotic flowers. thrill-seekers bungy-jump James Bond-style from the dam. and. The resort seems to be returning to the limelight: among the five-star hotels. On the larger of the Brissago islands.Hockson Floin's Ascona. Valle Maggia. hip restaurants and clubs are opening and flourishing – such as Ecco and Seven. at the end. authentic charm. Mario Botta’s acclaimed chapel in Mogno. the charming sculpture schools at the beginning of the long valley.

sang an enchanted Freddie Mercury. 80 | Montreux – Vevey .Hockson Floin's Montreux – Vevey. The promenade leads all the way to the legendary Further information: jazz festival. A piece of heaven. founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs – and now so popular that it would be impossible to 8841 imagine Montreux without it. Could this be the path to happiness? The lake promenade between Montreux and Vevey is said with good reason to be the most beautiful in Switzerland: “This must be heaven”.

with its magnificent belle époque hotels. Montreux – Vevey Tourisme CH-1820 Montreux Tel. In between lie 15 kilometres of palm-lined lakefront to stroll along. former home of Charlie Chaplin.Hockson Floin's Jazz Festival.montreux-vevey. Such is the Swiss Riviera.com To one side lies chic Montreux. the country’s most beautiful vineyards. and in the background. unassuming Vevey. venue of the celebrated jazz festival. to the other. and headquarters of the multinational food manufacturer Nestlé. +41 (0)848 86 84 84 www. and a culture much influenced by the winemaking that has set the gastronomic tone here for thousands of years. Montreux Switzerland’s cities of wine. Montreux – Vevey | 81 .

82 | Montreux – Vevey Visit MySwitzerland. Lavaux. Saphorin. Fairytale castle on Lake Geneva Emperors. Shopping. and even inspired Freddie Mercury: “This must be heaven”. Market in the Old Town Vevey’s Old Town comes to life early on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. popes. as the market traders set up their stalls. Dézaley. princes and poets: once. that UNESCO recently declared these magnificent slopes a World Heritage Site. Today the fabulous medieval lakeside castle with its breathtaking scenic backdrop is open to all – and a visit is a truly historic experience. everybody who was anybody met at Chillon. . the chic boutiques slowly awaken… Lake promenade. for centuries the seat of the counts of Savoy. And anyone strolling along the lakeshore of a warm summer’s evening.com/cities for the latest offers. Meanwhile. Epesses: wine lovers roll these names adoringly around their mouths as they extol the fabulous situation of the Lavaux. one of Switzerland’s largest connected winegrowing area. between the palms and colourful flowerbeds. feels they have found a little piece of paradise. A heavenly stroll It is said to be the most beautiful lake promenade in Switzerland. No surprise. Sun-blessed vineyards St. fresh fruit and vegetables on offer. and the first locals appear and let themselves be beguiled by the colourful flowers. he sang.Hockson Floin's Château de Chillon. then. fine sausages and cheeses.

The Poets’ Path. Where words work wonders The benches along this trail have stories to tell. walkers stroll from bench to bench. quotations. Alimentarium. experiment. Chocolate train. A first-class experience Explore Switzerland’s sweeter side… The Chocolate Train carries you exclusively in first class. pioneers of milk chocolate.Hockson Floin's Rochers-de-Naye. and great fun for children – who can cook up the perfect menu plan at the “computer restaurant”. and try their own hand at cooking in the “kitchen-lab”. either in belle époque Pullman cars from 1915 or in modern panoramic carriages. finding inspiration in verses. Fascinating for adults. from Montreux to Broc – and into the world of Cailler-Nestlé. On the Poets’ Path between Montreux and Vevey. reached via a tunnel through the mountain. Vevey’s Food Museum. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Boundless views Set your sights high… A breathtakingly steep cog railway climbs from the palm-lined shores of Lake Geneva up into the kingdom of the marmots at Rochers-de-Naye 2. eat: at Alimentarium. The finest views are from the panoramic restaurant in the rock wall. and short extracts of work by poets and thinkers.045 metres). and everything one sees here suddenly takes on a new meaning. Montreux – Vevey | 83 . everything revolves around nutrition. Nutrition as adventure Discover.

meanwhile. is much appreciated by 79971 those in the know.Hockson Floin's Sion. This is Sion. Sion .ch You can see them from far off: the two towers of the ruined castle Tourbillon and the fortress of Valère reaching up into the sky.sion-region. +41 (0)848 848 027 www. City of castles. The wine from the surrounding vineyards. 84 | Sion Valère Castle. Nestling below the two rocky outcrops is the charming Further information: medieval town centre. Sion-Région Tourisme CH-3960 Sierre Tel. located in the heart of the region. the oldest city and the economic centre of Valais.

Historic Old Town “La Balade découverte” is a signposted tour that offers an excellent way of discovering the history-filled Old Town with its castles. but it remains distinctly young at heart. Old Town. with exhibits including ecclesiastical artefacts. Discovery tour. Siders . furniture.Hockson Floin's Gastronomy. anyway. Treats with a local flavour A raclette in a medieval vaulted cellar restaurant. lively squares. “brisolée” (roast chestnuts with cheese) at an authentic inn – and a glass of wine from the region… Gastronomy is valued highly in Sion. a Valais platter in a garden hostelry. Sion | 85 Weingebiet. weapons and uniforms. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). and history – the latter located in the Valère fortress. But appearances are deceptive: the city with its four magnificent castles may be medieval. tempting shops and restaurants. Switzerland’s oldest city This city is in need of support. Or so it appears. fine arts. Museums. devoted to natural history. historic monuments. The essence of the region Fascinating museums cover various aspects of Sion and the Valais. Among them are the three cantonal museums. when you see the picturesque centre snuggling up to the outcrops of Valère and Tourbillon. As is quality – easily verified at any tasting in a wine cellar.

86 | Sierre Château de Villa. Indeed. Sierre-Anniviers Tourisme CH-3960 Sierre Tel. one of Switzerland’s largest connected winegrowing area produces the best wines far and wide.ch Sierre enjoys more hours of sunshine per year than any other Swiss region. Switzerland’s city of vines. perhaps. Further information: One reason. that the celebrated poet 111589 Rainer Maria Rilke came. cherished by enthusiasts and gourmets alike.sierre-anniviers. saw – and stayed. then. that vines flourish around the “City of the Hundred Hills”.Hockson Floin's Sierre. Sierre . as the Romans called Sierre. It is no surprise. +41 (0)848 848 027 www.

regularly stayed at the Hôtel Bellevue. the Pfyn. Cultural life also blossoms here – from open-air events such as the Tohu-Bohu Festival and the Feu au Lac to the Sismics comic festival and the Rilke Festival. Today his memory lives on at the Rilke Museum and at the Rilke Festival. Sierre | 87 . Alive and thrilling Conditions in sun-blessed Sierre are ideal not only for winemaking (the Vinea wine fair provides proof of this every year). on the other the granite massif of the Valais Alps. world-famous writer and adoptive Valaisan. between them. Pfyn Forest. now the town hall of Sierre. Wines to move you A Vineyard Trail runs between the two wine museums – one at the Zumofenhaus in Salgesch. Final home of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926). and spent his final years living in the Muzot tower. Rainer Maria Rilke. with 19 GaultMillau points. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). located above the city. A treasure to cherish On one side lie the calcareous Bernese Alps. the other at the Château de Villa in Sierre.Hockson Floin's Gastronomy. The Pfyn-Finges Region with its Natural Park offers the ultimate in eco-tourism: a pure experience of nature. The latter’s cellar serves 500 varieties of Valais wine. Culture city. also unrivalled – gastronomically – is Sierre’s Didier de Courten. the Rhone flows through the largest pine forest in Europe.

which of course 8893 means “eleven” in local dialect. eleven historic fountains. Ursen is the symbol of Solothurn. The cathedral of St.Hockson Floin's Solothurn. Altogether. and eleven tow. “Öufi”. The mysterious eleven. Solothurn has eleven churches. eleven bells and a flight of steps divided into three sets of eleven.Further information: ers. 88 | Solothurn . and one of the reasons why everything in this city revolves around the magic number eleven. But just one brewery. For the building has eleven altars.

sculpted statues and historic towers – a delight to explore on leisurely strolls or admire from the atmospheric street cafés.Hockson Floin's St. warm light. Ursen Cathedral. with its soft. Mild summer evenings. are best enjoyed at one of the idyllic river bars on the River Aare. meanwhile. The alleys of the Old Town are scattered with magnificent buildings.solothurn-city. thanks to the elegant legacy of French ambassadors over the centuries. Solothurn | 89 . Region Solothurn Tourismus CH-4500 Solothurn Tel.ch By early evening. visitors have invariably fallen under the spell of Solothurn – known as Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque city. Solothurn Switzerland’s baroque city. +41 (0)32 626 46 46 www.

The Film Festival attracts top names in the Swiss film and media sectors. and famous for its eleven churches. Important collection Thanks to generous bequests.com/cities for the latest offers. blending Italian grandeur. draws opera fans and classical music lovers from far and wide to the “ambassadors’ city”. eleven towers and eleven fountains. The Classic Openair. Culture city. French charm and down-to-earth SwissGerman tradition. and includes important works by the local artist Cuno Amiet that mark the transition from art nouveau to the modern period.Hockson Floin's Old Town. the famous astronomical clock and dial were added. In 1545. Ever since. this museum houses one of the most valuable collections in the country. literature and opera Culture sets the pulse of the city. Film. 90 | Solothurn Visit MySwitzerland. the Grim Reaper has marked each passing hour by turning over his hourglass. The picturesque Old Town with its impressive grand façades is car-free. along with the moving figures. Hour of the Grim Reaper Solothurn’s clock tower was built in the 13th century and is the oldest structure in the city. Clock Tower. while the Literary Festival is also nationally important. Fine Art Museum. Charm and grandeur Solothurn is regarded as Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque city. . Emphasis is on Swiss art of the 19th and 20th centuries. meanwhile.

under the impressive old wooden bridge in Büren. whenever the city is under fog. Up here. with its rich interiors. Solothurn’s Krumme Turm (“crooked tower”) and St. This idyllic gorge. Solothurn | 91 . Above the clouds Solothurn’s local mountain and favourite recreation area rises to 1. north of Solothurn.Hockson Floin's Waldegg Castle. through the lock in Port – until. Verena gorge. is a popular excursion for local people as well as for visitors. Aare cruise. Waldegg Castle is the most beautiful and extensive. Ursen Cathedral come back into view… Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Weissenstein. families and hikers are in seventh heaven. its lush gardens – and the longest baroque façade in Switzerland. on the first and highest of the ridges of the Jura – and above a sea of clouds. Even today a hermit goes about his devout work here. with its chapels of St. Summer residence Of all the country seats of the Solothurn patriciate. on the way back. outdoor activity fans. Two tree-lined avenues lead up to the elevated former summer residence of the Besenval family. Martin and its hermitage. Past the nesting storks in Altreu. River trip to the storks A trip on the River Aare is a delightfully relaxed and varied experience. stands a hermitage. Verena and St. Place of peace and inspiration In the stillness of the Verena gorge.280 metres above sea level.

Hockson Floin's Baden. and which made this small city on the Limmat into a lively spa. the Grand Casino. They all wallowed in the thermal water that bubbles out of 19 springs here at 47 °C. Today the city’s bathing Further information: quarter is an oasis of tranquillity. bars and event venues 10 9767 buzz with activity. while higher up. +41 (0)56 200 87 87 www.baden. Then came Goethe. 92 | Baden Theaterplatz. Baden . theatres.ch The Romans were here. Info Baden CH-5401 Baden Tel. Nietzsche and Dürrenmatt – and everyone else from the region. City of variety.

Villa Langmatt now houses an important collection of French Impressionist art. including works by Renoir. The Limmatsteg is a prime example of classic steel construction. Cézanne and Monet. stylish and atmospheric setting. waiting to be explored… This museum houses 20 rooms that bring the history of childhood to life. From home to museum Formerly home of the descendants of the industrialists Sidney and Jenny Brown-Sulzer. But what was once a transformer building is now an event space offering superb acoustics in an original. A new connection A cable ferry once linked the two communities of Baden and Ennetbaden. Trafo Centre. Children’s Museum. in its place today stands a strikingly elegant footbridge that spans the Limmat with an effortless lightness. The Trafo Centre also has the ideal infrastructure and facilities for theatrical events and parties. Themes covered range from toys and games to family and upbringing. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). and fits superbly into the river landscape. Langmatt Museum. Music in the industrial quarter Electricity has always been in the air here. Baden | 93 . A fun way to learn A chamber of wonders. school and the media – with plenty of opportunities for hands-on experimentation. sport. The magnificent grounds are used as an event venue – and a rendezvous for picnics.Hockson Floin's Limmatsteg.

Hockson Floin's Biel/Bienne. Biel/Bienne also has plenty 8748 to offer to outdoor activity fans. While the modern city extends down to the lake.ch Switzerland’s only officially bilingual city is known as Biel to German-speakers and Bienne to French-speakers: a linguistic status that makes for a very special charm. Biel .biel-seeland. +41 (0)32 329 84 84 www. the intact Old Town with its 15th-century gothic church Further information: nudges up against the hill. As the gateway to the Three Lakes Region. City with time. Tourismus Biel Seeland CH-2501 Biel/Bienne Tel. 94 | Biel/Bienne Old Town.

The “museum mile” The Centre PasquArt is known as one of Switzerland’s most beautiful art museums. Lake Murten and the River Aare. it has inspired thinkers including Goethe. Magical moments The Taubenloch is one of the most popular outings in the Biel/Bienne region. Lake Neuchâtel. The best way to explore is on one of the excursion boats. Source of inspiration Street cafés. A world of its own located between the modern city and the villas on the slopes of the Jura. it is dominated by water – and characterised by idyllic nature all around. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Biel/Bienne | 95 . the Neuhaus Museum. Landing stage. And it is not alone: its neighbour. Gateway to a watery world This is known as the Lakes Region for good reason: with Lake Biel. medieval house façades… The Old Town of Biel/Bienne has retained its charm over the centuries. Pestalozzi and Rousseau. Wild.Hockson Floin's Cultural quarter. Taubenloch gorge. the gorge is wonderfully refreshing on hot summer days – and in winter delights visitors with its fairytale ice creations draped over rocky overhangs. Alongside. promises fascinating and varied insights especially into the art history of the region. the Schwab Museum displays archaeological treasures. which depart from the city’s landing stage. romantic yet easily accessible even for families. watch shops. Old Town.

96 | Brig Old Town. +41 (0)27 921 60 30 www. but also paved the way for Brig to become an international transport hub. Brig Belalp Tourismus CH-3900 Brig Tel.Hockson Floin's Brig.brig-belalp. Brig . City at the Simplon. The patrician houses in the Old Town are overshadowed only by the Stockalper Castle. Today Brig is an ideal base for explor111512 ing the many hiking areas all around. he not only created the first alpine crossing suitable for vehicles. Further information: one of the most important baroque palaces in Switzerland.ch When Napoleon built a road over the Simplon pass.

Much of it went into the Stockalper Palace. which has told the fascinating story of the pope’s guards. opened 2006. trundles cheerfully past the sights. Simplon Express.Hockson Floin's Stockalper Castle. This fact is celebrated at a museum. Home of the “King of the Simplon” Alongside salt and ore. stress-relieving water. Super-size water fun The biggest and the best: Brigerbad is home to the largest outdoor thermal baths in Switzerland. Adults love relaxing in the soothing. Sometimes it lays on extra rides: Valais PostBus offers special excursions at reasonable rates. then straight through Brig and off to Naters: the Little Simplon Express. On the little blue train Once around the Stockalper Castle. the largest 17th-century secular baroque building in Switzerland. 500 years for the pope Little Naters holds a national record: no other commune has supplied more Swiss Guards to the Vatican over the past 500 years. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Kaspar von Stockalper initially traded in mercenaries – earning himself a large fortune. as well as a fine campsite. while children of all ages enjoy the thrilling adrenaline-fuelled descent down the 182-metre water slide. Its garden is popular with bookworms as well as for romantic rendezvous. Brigerbad. Brig | 97 . the quaint tourist train in royal-blue livery. Swiss Guards. located in the old military fortress above Naters.

98 | Chur Old Town.ch Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland. City with style.churtourismus. it has plenty to Further information: tempt the most cosmopolitan visitor: chic boutiques. Chur .Hockson Floin's Chur. and well worth discovering. 10 9768 and much more. Chur Tourismus CH-7001 Chur Tel. yet looks firmly to the future – witness the striking pieces of modern architecture. stylish lounge bars. magnificent galleries. And although it cherishes its living traditions. The capital of the holiday region of Graubünden boasts a rich history. +41 (0)81 252 18 18 www.

in a décor inspired by the grisly creations of H. Chur’s cathedral is seen as one of the country’s most important monuments. with baroque spire. Ferdinand Hodler. its huge weekly market and 800-year-old cathedral.000 works that bear witness to the region’s – and Switzerland’s – rich creative output from the 18th century until today. The artist and Oscar winner (for the film “Alien”) was born in Chur in 1940. skeletal chairs at the bar. was added in 1600.R. the sacrament house and carved high altar are late-gothic. not to mention striking modern creations by the celebrated architect Peter Zumthor. Alien atmosphere This nightspot in the industrial area is no museum – but it is much more than an ordinary watering hole. the Giacomettis and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Art Museum. St. Southern charm Chur may be the gateway to the Graubünden mountains. A star offering Graubünden’s fine art museum is home to some 6. tempting boutiques. Giger. built between 1150 and 1272. Mariä Himmelfahrt.Hockson Floin's Old Town. Guests sit on black. A jewel reborn Recently reopened after restoration. Giger Bar. Highlights include important works by Angelika Kauffmann. At its heart is a late-romanesque basilica. yet the Old Town has an almost Mediterranean feel – with its atmospheric corners. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). The tower. Chur | 99 .

Goethe and Liszt are among many who could not resist – seduced by the delights of a region blessed with enough sunshine to produce apricots. asparagus. City of cultural delights. admiring sculptures by Swiss artists such as Hans Erni – 81146 followed by a visit to the many tempting galleries.com Rousseau. Martigny . +41 (0)27 720 49 49 www. Office de Tourisme de Martigny CH-1920 Martigny Tel.martigny.Hockson Floin's Martigny. 100 | Martigny View from the vineyards over the town. Modern visitors are just as charmed by the wealth of art on show. A good way Further information: to begin is with a walk around the city. sweet chestnuts and fine wines.

In 2006. a Gallo-Roman museum. St. Martigny | 101 . past thundering waterfalls. Back to the Middle Ages In solitary splendour high above Martigny stands the castle of La Bâtiaz. Rich collection The reputation of the Fondation Pierre Gianadda rests primarily on the top-quality international art exhibitions it regularly stages – devoted to artists such as Picasso. The foundation is also home to a sculpture park. Bernard Museum. deep gorges and within sight of the vast glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif. in less than two hours… Since 1907 this narrow-gauge railway has offered passengers a spectacular journey: up the Trient valley. a museum opened in Martigny devoted to the cuddly creatures and to the legendary dog Barry. Where Barry lives on The hospice at the Great St. Bernard pass is regarded as the home of the eponymous breed of dog. Matisse.Hockson Floin's La Bâtiaz Castle. Frequently the site of fierce fighting. lords and ladies of the castle… Gianadda Foundation. Inside. it was burned down twice. Today it offers a sensational view over the Rhone valley. Through a wild wonderland To Europe’s highest mountain. he is said to have saved more than 40 lives. it’s cosy and warm… Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Gauguin and Van Gogh. Mont Blanc Express. while its tavern serves medieval menus to budding knights. who died in 1814: famous throughout Switzerland. and much more. Manet.

life feels more relaxed in Neuchâtel.neuchateltourisme. tempting passers by to linger and taste the delights 8350 6 on offer… 102 | Neuchâtel Old Town. City of tranquillity. +41 (0)32 889 68 90 www. for example. or the almost Mediterranean atmosphere.ch It could be the lakeside location. The city is happy to take things gently: on the long lakefront promenade.Hockson Floin's Neuchâtel. but whatever the reason. or at the colourful market held three times a week on Further information: the Place des Halles in the heart of the Old Town. Neuchâtel Tourismus CH-2001 Neuchâtel Tel. Neuchâtel .

Great fun for children. Where history comes alive Reliving the history of Neuchâtel: at the Laténium archaeological museum and park. with its dramatic castle and collegiate church. museums. Boat cruise. is one of the most beautiful in the country. Beyond doubt is the fact that the Old Town. passing en route some 3. lively squares and pedestrian areas. picturesque villages. “the writer” completes whole sentences. maybe also the many cafés. vineyard-covered slopes in the background: a ride on one of the nine boats that ply Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Murten is a delight. Laténium. The lightness of being Perhaps it is the location between lake and mountains that makes life so pleasant. Three lakes. Jaquet-Droz collection. visitors stroll from the days of the Neanderthals to the Middle Ages. the ride. many wine villages Deep-blue waters. especially through the Thielle or the Broye canal. the brilliant watchmaker and creator of world-famous mechanical automata. unforgettable. for example. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). “The draughtsman”. The atmosphere is unique. Neuchâtel | 103 . draws portraits of Louis XV and a dog.000 archaeological artefacts displayed in the fascinating and spacious museum.Hockson Floin's Old Town. Lifelike automata Highlight of the Art and History Museum is the group of three moving figures by Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

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City of oriels.
Schaffhauserland Tourismus CH-8201 Schaffhausen Tel. +41 (0)52 632 40 20 www.schaffhauserland.ch 171 oriel windows adorn the alleys of Schaffhausen’s Old Town – looking out of houses with names such as “At the sweet corner” or “At the higher happiness”. The emblem of this little city, however, is the Munot, the medieval hilltop fortress in the heart of Schaffhausen. The view from on top Further information: is well worth sampling, as is the local wine – and of course a visit to the famous Rhine Falls, the mightiest 8895 waterfall in Europe.

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Big names, big works The giant “Hallen für Neue Kunst” on the banks of the Rhine are the leading museum for the “New Art” that changed the development of art in the Western world around 1970. They display large-scale installations by American and European artists, including a two-storey sculpture by Joseph Beuys.

Allerheiligen Museum.
The full picture This museum housed in a former Benedictine monastery in Schaffhausen’s picturesque Old Town combines archaeology, history, art and natural history to offer a fascinating all-round experience. The 1,000-year-old cloister, meanwhile, is the largest open to the public in Switzerland.

Night-watchman tours.
Stories after dark Shadows flee, steps ring through the alleys of the Old Town: the atmosphere is perfect for the nightwatchman’s stories. Some are hairraisingly horrifying, others amusing; but this alternative glimpse of the city at night – and into its history – shouldn’t be missed.

IWC Museum.
Perfection in miniature One of the world’s most famous watch brands stands for Schaffhausen just as the Eiffel Tower stands for Paris: IWC. Since June 2007, the manufacturer’s main building has been home to a small and stylish museum with 230 selected exhibits that reveal a passion for the art of watchmaking. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Schaffhausen | 105

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Thun Tourismus-Organisation CH-3600 Thun Tel. +41 (0)33 225 90 00 www.thun.ch The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rise majestically over the lake. Across it glides a paddle steamer, watched by the castle that keeps a lookout over the city from its high rock. Many visitors have found inspiration in Thun – including Goethe, Brahms and Heinrich von Kleist, who wrote “The Broken Jug” here in 1802. Thun still bewitches visitors Further information: today, as they stroll through its charming Old Town 83525 with its distinctive elevated pavements.

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The centrally located. trains regularly leave for Interlaken. the pubs and inns ooze charm. the main street with its raised pavements charms newcomers. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. stylish and charming For most visitors. it’s a case of love at first sight.5 metres high and 38 metres long. the alleys and streets are transformed into a colourful market. and can be admired in the magical grounds of Schadau Castle. traffic-calmed quarter of Bälliz has a delightful range of boutiques and shops as well as cafés.Hockson Floin's Old Town. Pure nature. It is the oldest surviving work of its kind in the world. Thun’s fairytale castle with its four corner pinnacles dominates the late-medieval Old Town. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Shopping delights Here shopaholics as well as casual browsers are in for a treat. Bälliz. Marquard Wocher sat on a high terrace in the heart of the Old Town and painted a detailed and intimate panorama of Thun. Wocher Panorama. Gateway to the Oberland From Thun you can reach the nature-filled Bernese Oberland in no time. Gstaad and Adelboden. Spiez. Thun | 107 . Elegant boats ply the waters of the lake against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. 7. while buses make easy day trips to the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn. Beyond the rooftops sparkle the snowcapped peaks. 360 degrees of Thun In 1810. Small.

+423 239 63 00 www. 108 | Vaduz Vaduz Castle. offers a great deal in a compact space. City of the Prince. Liechtenstein . however. Vaduz. the fascinating Goethe Trail to explore. remains Vaduz Castle. award-winning museum of fine arts. perched high on a 79986 rock.tourismus. Emblem of Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein Tourismus FL-9490 Vaduz Tel.li The Liechtenstein capital. A superb. and a busy calendar of fun Further information: events to participate in. traditional inns to sample. a charming new pedestrian area to stroll around. where the princely family lives to this day.Hockson Floin's Vaduz. for example.

and see the geographical centre of the country. Malbun lies just 20 minutes from Vaduz. from which road distances were first measured in 1864. housing an outstanding exhibition of work by international contemporary artists as well as the Prince’s priceless collection. Vaduz | 109 . on the walking tour around the heart of the village. and influences from all over the world. A fascinating overview The Liechtenstein National Museum documents the principality’s cultural development. The country at a glance An impressive multimedia display shows the essence of this tiny country on a giant screen at the tourist office. history comes thrillingly alive – along the Walser Legends Trail. and the castle. making this small country what it is today – with princely rule of course playing a central role.000 years of settlement. The interior is equally spectacular.Hockson Floin's Liechtenstein Centre. Excursions into history A variety of adventures await visitors throughout the small principality. National Museum. Visitors can buy much-sought-after Liechtenstein stamps and other souvenirs. 8. Triesenberg–Malbun. and in the Walser Museum. nature. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). In Triesenberg. for example. Museum of Fine Art. its façades reflecting the Old Town. An artwork for works of art The gleaming black cube of the Museum of Fine Art is unmistakable. have left their mark.

Zug . +41 (0)41 723 68 00 www. 110 | Zug Old Town with clock tower. the horizon turns blood-red. lingering on the lakeshore and sitting at a street café to watch 8627 the world go by.zug-tourismus. Zug Tourismus CH-6304 Zug Tel. and all eyes turn to a show of colour that is said to be as spectacular as any sunset in Switzerland. Equally charming is the historic centre of Zug.Hockson Floin's Zug. best experiFurther information: enced by strolling its narrow alleys. City with prospects.ch Even the residents of Zug never tire of the sunset… When the sun goes down over the lake.

Zug | 111 . Paths to happiness Hare. Let there be light When evening falls in Zug. A soft play of light. making the building appear to float and stopping passers by in their tracks – just as the artist James Turrell intended. forested Lorzentobel valley. gentle as a warm breeze from Lake Zug. revealing a passage into a colourful world of small subterranean lakes. blue and green. fox and deer: three local animals have given their names to three wonderful family walks up on the Zugerberg. the most beautiful sunsets in the country. with the famous Zytturm (clock tower) – is also the cultural. Or call us on our free international numbers (see page 2). Höllgrotten caves. bathes the façade in shades of red. leading through protected natural areas with a rich variety of flora and fauna – and breathtakingly beautiful views. Zugerberg. social and gastronomic heart of Zug. the mountain suddenly appears to open up. the station begins to glow. Heavenly underworld In the midst of the wild. stalagmites and stalactites. Jewel by the lake The historic centre of the city – the area around Kolinplatz. But these “hell caves” do not live up to their name: a visit is a heavenly experience. This is where people come to experience something special – for example.Hockson Floin's Old Town. Altogether there are 80 kilometres of marked trails here. Railway station.

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