For a country as small as Switzerland, it contains many of Europe’s best small and medium-sized cities, excellent for managing on foot for a day-trip, or longer. From the UNESCO heritage medieval capital of Bern to the zig-zag streets of Basel, the financial stronghold of Zürich, or Geneva’s diplomatic center, all are excellent representations of architecture, history, and culture.
A grand tour, by train or auto, across the northern plain of Switzerland can take in all of these cities and more – like the lake towns of Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne or Lugano. Legendary hospitality reigns in the Swiss metropolitan areas, with historic 5-star luxury hotels, smaller but equally service-oriented boutique properties, or even world-class spas and resorts just outside the city centers. Add a few days on either end of your mountain escape to explore the urban side of Switzerland.