14 Feb 2014

Switzerland Tourism unveils timeless luxury

Unique in every sense of the word, Switzerland boasts a portfolio of incomparable offerings. Matthias Albrecht, director - GCC, Switzerland Tourism reveals some of the destination’s most exclusive and tantalising secrets.


Zürich’s new Thermal Baths & Spa offers secret pools from down in 100 year-old vaults, all the way up to the rooftop baths. Relax in soothing warm water in giant wooden vats – reminiscent of the barrels used in this former brewery – under an impressive barrel-vaulted ceiling. Thermal attractions here range from massage jets to bubble seats and loungers, a sequence of water massages, whirlpool baths and relaxation area with shallow-water zone. The main attraction however is the open-air pool on the roof of the former brew house, open year-round and offering breath taking panoramic views of all of Zürich and the mountains beyond. 


Lake Lucerne harbours a flotilla that consists of five nostalgic steamboats and 15 elegant salon motor boats. Together, these 20 boats ply the lake on various routes that add up to 38km, where passengers will be able to admire nature at its best: gently rolling meadows, idyllic bays, dramatic fjords and near-vertical cliffs. The boats connect famous resorts to hiking trails and cable car stations. An exhilarating excursion departing from Alpnachstad is the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. In Lucerne, Brunnen, Flüelen and Alpnachstad, passengers have the option to connect to international train routes.


The regions of Lausanne and Montreux-Vevey are amongst the most renowned in Switzerland for the art of entertaining. With regional specialities and gourmet menus, the cuisine on offer on the Vaud Riviera is as rich as it is creative. With more than 50 Toque- and star-rated restaurants, totalling over 600 points in Gault Millau and 12 Michelin stars, even the most demanding of gourmet enthusi-asts will be well and truly satisfied. 


The majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits, offer close-up views of one of the longest glacial flows. The Jungfrau railway travels from the heart of the mountains to Europe’s highest lying mountain station at 3,454m in altitude. From Kliene Scheidegg, the cog-wheel railway travels all-year-round through the tunnel and over the steep climb up to the Jungfraujoch. 


The trip from Zermatt to St. Moritz/Davos on the Glacier Express is a feast for all the senses as it is a gourmet ride on the Golden Pass Line from the Bernese Oberland to Lucerne. These panoramic routes are among the finest railway experiences to be had anywhere in the world – thanks to the epic vistas, and the gastronomic delights served in the dining car which make for pure pleasure in a stunning setting.