Usually associated with Switzerland as a holiday resort are romping places for tourists such as Zermatt and St. Moritz, where moneyed gentry celebrates “après-ski“ against the backdrop of blue skies and snow-covered peaks. But the touristic jewel in central Europe has more to offer than a cliché.
Adelboden-Lenk, for example, a popular region in the southwestern canton Bern. The health and bathing resort is the highest located parish found in the Simmental valley at all. Considered “a hikers’ and skiers’ paradise“ it offers everything both summer and winter tourists enjoy. A wide palette of activities, in conjunction with a beautiful scenery, earned Lenk its reputation as a top Swiss resort.
Celebrities seeking refuge from mass attention surely appreciate the Berner Oberland, too. Wispile, Eggli, and Wasserngrat are the skiing areas around Gstaad, which is popular for its quietness – and for its glacier. Therefore, number one attraction of the Gstaad Mountain Rides is the world’s highest toboggan run. It offers a fast-paced, still silent sledging with curves, ripples and adventurous jumps.
Swiss Holiday Regions – Skiing and Snowboarding
Flims, Laax, and Falera are three villages in the canton Graubünden – a must for nature lovers and geologists, too. The area has reams of scenic miracles to behold, the Rheinschlucht (“Swiss Grand Canyon“), for example, or Lake Cauma, renowned for its unrivalled Blue. Besides its skiing pistes, the area is famous for odd events such as menhir-festivals or alpine hot-air balloon rides.
Last but not least, Engelberg is another of the number one resorts. Though offering a multitude of activities, too, its main attraction is Titlis, part of the Urner Alps. With 3238 metres of altitude, the peak is the highest within a 20 kilometres long mountain chain and one of the most popular regions in central Switzerland. Sadly, under the effects of the proceeding climate change, its small glacier gradually melts away.