Take a walk around any city in the beautiful country of Switzerland during the holidays and you are bound to encounter spiced wine, twinkling lights and a seasonal outdoor market. The Swiss just know how to do winter, and these three towns celebrate the season exceptionally well:
Lucerne is a historical city of medieval charm set aside a river with distant mountain views. The river streams into the Ruess and spotlights the original bridge built in the 1300's, still partially in tact and open to walk on. With a great restaurant scene, Lucerne is a must-visit and only 45 minutes from Zurich by train.
This town is the launchpad for all that the Swiss alps have to offer. From here you can go onto explore high society ski life in Gstaad and St. Moritz. Interlaken is amazing because of the 3D mountainscape seeping in from every street corner. The clarity almost looks fake, because you're so close! Interlaken has some higher-end shops so it's fun to experience the scene. Hop on the train from Lucerne or Zurich, it's a quick ride!
Zurich gets overlooked as a destination to explore in Switzerland. The old part of town is unbelievably charming, and only 15 minutes from the airport. Frau Gerolds Garten transforms into a winter wonderland complete with a pop-up yurt restaurant to fulfill all your hygge dreams. Or try Italian at Ristorante Toscano (pictured right).
Visit Switzerland this winter to recharge on cozy, quiet winter-vibes. I would love to help plan your trip, so don't be a stranger! Reach out to me for hotel and transportation recommendations. And whatever you do, don't miss out on cheese fondue.