There's no Alpine experience quite like Switzerland, with the Alps' dramatic snowcapped peaks, historic castles, emerald green valleys, and quaint medieval villages, you may forget all about the adventurous skiing that awaits you.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Switzerland has four national languages. That is, German (especially in North, Central, and Eastern Switzerland), French (Western Switzerland); Italian (Southern Switzerland); and Romansch (in Southeastern Switzerland). English is also widely spoken.
Swiss franc (CHF)
To Zurich, about 8 hours from NYC, 12 hours from LA, and 10 hours from Dallas
When To Go
You'll find the best weather (and the largest crowds) in July and August, when temps range between 65 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit, though June and September are also good times to go (temps are just a bit cooler). Of course, expect freezing temperatures on the slopes.
What To Do
Enjoy world-class skiing:
There's no place to ski quite like the Swiss Alps. Make your way to Zermatt, and while there, ride up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise in the highest cable car in Europe for the best views in the country. After a long day of skiing, find a cozy lodge to warm up and cuddle in.
Ride the glacier express:
After you're skied out, take a ride through the untouched mountain valleys by mountain railway. Or ride the SBB train to Broc, home of the Nestle factory; swing through Montreux to see the Chateau de Chillon (the most notable castle in the country); then eat your way through Gruyeres and its many cheese factories.
Located just north of the Alps, Zurich is a metropolis set amongst lush mountains and the blue River Limmat. There, you'll find a plethora of arts and culture -- Zurich is home to 20 museums and 100 galleries and houses some interesting examples of design and architecture, including the Fraumünster church houses and stunning Chagall-designed stained glass windows.
-- Myatt Murphy and Anja Winikka