In this newsletter, the Grand Tour of Switzerland takes us over Switzerland’s most dramatic mountain pass roads through spectacular landscapes full of contrasts.
The route leads from the picturesque Graubünden region to sunny, Italian-speaking Ticino – the perfect spot for enjoying La Dolce Vita, Swiss-style. Despite the almost Mediterranean climate, the natural wonders of the Alps are close by: mighty glaciers and traditional villages in the Valais await you after a thrilling drive along scenic mountain pass roads full of twists and turns. The whole route leads through glorious Swiss scenery that will enchant you from beginning to end.
The journey is the goal – on our Grand Tour of Switzerland.
Alex Herrmann Switzerland Tourism, Director Americas
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Palm trees and other Mediterranean plants give this town a special charm. Enjoy an ice cream on the shores of Lake Maggiore, stroll through the picturesque alleys of the Old Town, explore the magical Maggia valley: just some of the insider tips from Mario Timbal, manager of Locarno’s celebrated film festival.
The wild and beautiful Binntal, a side valley of the upper Rhône, is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, known for its minerals and gems. It’s one of the most unspoilt valleys in the Alps and well worth exploring – not least for the lovingly preserved villages and hamlets.
These welcoming hotels are all located in the heart of Switzerland’s greatest outdoor playground: the unspoilt natural landscape. You’ll find a wide variety of activities on their doorstep, from mountain biking and hiking to rock climbing and swimming in Alpine lakes. Take your pick to create your perfect adventure break!
Swiss International Air Lines is offering additional non-stop frequencies from the U.S. to Switzerland from its Chicago gateway and, as of July 4 through Aug 23, additional flight from its San Francisco gateway. The national carrier of Switzerland is known for its hospitality and excellence onboard.
This tasty recipe unites the section of the Grand Tour between Ticino and the Valais in one traditional dish. The sunny Ticino region is home to the most northerly plantations of risotto rice in the world, while Switzerland’s only cultivated saffron comes from the village of Mund. A marriage made in heaven!
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You’ll have your own personal travel guide for the Grand Tour always at hand thanks to the new waterproof map from Hallwag, Kümmerly+Frey. Pictures and text in four languages make this map your ideal companion. Hot tip for the summer: enjoy a 20% discount up until 15 July 2015 by using the code STHKF2015.
Lucerne–Lake Lucerne Region Central Switzerland is celebrating 200 years of tourism and hospitality – with a giant floating water lily on Lake Lucerne. This original venue will host a series of concerts, theatre performances and other thrilling events throughout the summer.
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