15 October, 2019
Like something out of a chocolate advert, Switzerland's eye-watering backcountry unfolds in a patchwork of ice-capped ridges, pine forests, edelweiss-speckled meadows, and cow-dotted fields. It ranges from the sheer-cut faces of the Bernese Alps (the Eiger, the Jungfrau) to the jagged summits and ski fields of the Uri Alps, offering unforgettable adventures aplenty. But before you hit the trails and pistes, you might want to linger in the cities. Cheap flights to Switzerland from New Zealand are likely to land in Geneva, Bern, or Zurich. They've got prestigious international institutions, architecture museums, and old towns filled with medieval churches and cute cafes.
The Engadin Valley is one seriously handsome corner of the Swiss Alps. It's got the glitzy ski resort of St Moritz, which sits amid pine forests, rocky peaks, and gleaming lakes.
Lauterbrunnen is a paradise in the depths of the Bernese Alps. It's got wispy waterfalls, sheer-cut cliffs, glacier-topped mountains, and medieval villages ringed by pastures.
Something amazing is happening at CERN. Here, the Large Hadron Collider is offering insights into the world of sub-atomic physics. It's a must-see for science lovers in Geneva.