What comes to mind when you think of Switzerland? Usually, things like chocolate, clocks and flying down a snow-covered mountain will spring to mind first.
But after the snow has gone, the landlocked country is still there and has plenty to offer during the summer months.
With luscious green mountains (once the snow has cleared), idyllic villages and vibrant cities, Switzerland is perfect for a summer holiday with a difference. But where should you visit on a trip to the country?
Switzerland is full of beautiful towns and cities, but Lucerne is one of the best. Located in central Switzerland, the city sits on Lucerne Lake and is surrounded by picturesque mountains.
Stunning views can be found pretty much everywhere in Lucerne, but the city has much more to offer than just natural scenery. You’ll also find traditional architecture, excellent shopping and plenty of culture.
The town of Verbier is known as one of the best ski resorts in Europe, but the town really holds its own in the summer too.
With 400km of hiking trails, 200km of mountain bike piste, as well as paragliding and climbing, the fact that there is no skiing doesn’t mean there is a shortage of extreme sports in Verbier.
Stretching between Switzerland and France, Lake Geneva is one of the largest in Western Europe and has a wealth of must-see destinations around its shores.
But one of the best has to be the Château de Chillon, a 1,000-year-old castle at the eastern end of Lake Geneva. The castle comprises more than 100 different buildings that have been gradually connected over the years, and is one of the most breathtaking buildings in Switzerland.