Grand Tour of Switzerland A road trip to discover and rediscover Switzerland

Issue: 1/2018
See the sunrise on the Matterhorn once in your life. Stroll through the vineyards and the historic wine-growing villages of the Lavaux region, or conquer the cobble-stoned Tremola road on the south side of the Gotthard Pass.

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a spectacular travelling experience – and a concentration of all things Swiss.

It is, in fact, THE road trip through Switzerland. With its beauty, variety and compactness, Switzerland is the ideal travel destination for such a journey.

 

 

Click on the pictures below to visit the MySwitzerland website with the excellent Grand Tour interactive map and start planning your trip today! 

 

Experience every aspect of Switzerland through the Grand Tour

Whether you are looking for natural beauty spots, for exciting adventures, for gourmet experiences or for urban landmarks, the Grand Tour has it all. It will make you fall in love with Switzerland.

On the Grand Tour of Switzerland, the journey is the reward. This tour takes you on a trip of 1,600 kilometres through the most beautiful regions of Switzerland. You'll see how diverse, multifaceted and spectacular our country is.

Navigation is effortless, thanks to over 650 signposts along the clockwise route of the Grand Tour. Travelling clockwise is recommended due to the signage in this direction (which also simplifies driving in cities with one-way streets!).

 

Grand Tour signpost

Take the Lavaux dream route and discover idyllic vineyards, picture perfect villages against the breathtaking views on Lac Leman. You can accompany a wine maker for half a day, work in the vineyards, visit the wine cellars and, of course, taste it. Cheers and bon voyage!

 

Lavaux, Lake Geneva Region

Truly remarkable, the Grand Tour of Switzerland takes you to the most enriching of Swiss experiences. The road trip will take you to the most impressive mountains in Switzerland as well as the trendiest big-city neighbourhoods.

You'll visit top restaurants and small, familyowned ones, and see both grand museums and urban art on street corners. Destinations are carefully chosen and are anything but standard. Take the dream route and prepare to be amazed!

 

Find more inspirational experiences and tips at MySwitzerland.com/expatsYou can also send an email to expats@switzerland.com or call 0800 100 200.

 

Highlights for adventure lovers

Check out the Viamala Gorge in Graubünden, after you have done the ‘James Bond style' bungee jump from the Verzasca Dam. You won't regret it!

Highlights for urbanites

The Grand Tour maps out the hottest neighbourhoods in major cities. Züri West is waiting for you: pay a visit to Frau Gerold's Garten in summer and chill in the shade of its urban garden. Lorraine in Bern is full of cozy, artsy cafes. Bring your favourite book and enjoy your cappuccino.

Highlights for culture enthusiasts

Head to Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny to see the two Rodins and a spectacular Brancusi among many others. If you need a break from conventional art, check out the Urbane Kunst association in Basel. They represent passionate street artists and organise various events and workshops.

Make sure you also see these beautiful sights as well:

 

Lake Thun, Berne

 

Morcote, Lugano

 

Gotthard Pass

 

Lavaux, Lake Geneva Region

 

Photo credits: Photo spot in Affoltern, Emmental © Switzerland Tourism/Martin Maegli; Grand Tour Route Map © Switzerland Tourism/Hallway Kümmerly; Lavaux, Lake Geneva Region © Stephan Schacher/Switzerland Tourism; Lake Thun © Switzerland Tourism/Martin Maegli; Morcote © Switzerland Tourism/Nico Schaerer; Gotthard Pass © Switzerland Tourism/Nico Schaerer. Road trip, Lavaux © Switzerland Tourism/Stephan Schacher.

Author: HELLO SWITZERLAND EDITORIAL TEAM

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