Live Better with Bonviva Discover Switzerland: The Best Travel Tips from Bonviva

Discover Switzerland: The Best Travel Tips from Bonviva

Treat yourself to a break from everyday life and discover wonderful places in Switzerland. For instance, the metropolis of Zurich, the Mediterranean Ascona on Lake Maggiore, or the romantic Zermatt in Valais. Bonviva, together with American Express, has put together the best hotel and excursion tips for singles, couples, and families.

Regardless of whether you are traveling alone, with your children, or as a couple, Switzerland has so much diversity to offer. The perfect starting point for a short trip or a relaxing vacation.

Zurich – Metropolis in the Heart of Europe

The city on the river Limmat offers the ideal combination of urban life, eclectic nature, and inspiring culture. The dynamic metropolis attracts visitors from all over the world. Over 50 museums and 100 galleries attest to its diversity. Lake Zurich, the view of the Alps, and all sorts of opportunities for relaxing create a very special atmosphere.
In the old town, the small streets and picturesque squares invite discovery. To learn more about the city's 3,500-year history, the best idea is to take a tour through the Niederdorf. For everyone who loves a beautiful panorama and wants a view of the city, an excursion to the nearby Uetliberg is just the ticket.

Hotel Tip: Storchen Zurich

The five-star Hotel Storchen is an ideal base to discover Zurich. In the center of the old town and wonderfully quiet, it offers all the comfort one could wish for. The redesigned rooms also have wonderful views of the river Limmat or the old town of Zurich.

Excursion Tip: The Urban “Kreis 5”

The west of Zurich shows the city as it truly is – the former industrial district has been growing rapidly in recent years: At Viadukt, you will find a market with delicacies from all over the world. Under the arches of the railway bridge, there are small shops. At the end of the Viadukt, you will also find the Freitag Brothers tower made out of old shipping containers. You can climb up the tower on a secure staircase and enjoy the view of Zurich or browse in the outlet store at ground level.

Extra Tip: Höllgrotten Caves

Approximately 30 minutes from Zurich by car, you will find the Höllgrotten caves. Deep beneath the Earth, huge dripstone caves with colorful stalagmites and stalactites were formed – a true work of art.

Ascona on Lake Maggiore: Mediterranean Feeling in Ticino

Today, the once inconspicuous fishing village is regarded as one of the places where you can enjoy la dolce vita. The mild climate and the Mediterranean vegetation, the mountains in the background and, most importantly, Lake Maggiore make for perfect relaxation. The waterside is considered one of the most beautiful elegant promenades on the Lake.
Hospitality is taken seriously here. In addition, the area has received the "Family Destination" label and offers many opportunities for leisure and entertainment for the whole family.

Hotel Tip: Castello del Sole

The hotel Castello del Sole is perfect for both solo travelers and families. A children's playground, playrooms, and the two donkeys, Figaro-Lindoro and Rosina, eagerly await little guests. From July to August, the Club Ragazzi offers its own program. In the meantime, parents can let themselves be pampered at the luxurious SPA & Beauty. Relaxation for the entire family.

Excursion Tips: Eagles, Culture, and Nature

  • A flight demonstration at the Falconeria is an experience for both young and old: you will see falcons, eagles, owls, vultures, and storks flying freely close by. 
  • At the Castello Visconteo in Locarno, the entire family can search for the castle ghosts – and learn interesting facts about the history of the place. In addition, the second floor has a children's library.

Extra Tip: Golf and Mini Golf

Ascona not only has a year-round golf course, it also has traditional mini golf that provides fun for the whole family.

Zermatt: Time for a Romantic Weekend

At the foot of the Matterhorn, 1,610 meters above sea level, is the picturesque village of Zermatt. A first-class ski resort with an exclusive shopping mile – and a unique old town, the Hinterdorf. The stalls, granaries, barns, and houses made of larch wood are mostly built on stilts: a picturesque scene that begs to be photographed.
In the heart of the Alps, ski and hiking fans are not the only ones getting their money's worth; a trip to Zermatt is also a delight for culture enthusiasts and foodies.
Incidentally, the village has been closed to private automobile traffic since 1931. Cars can be parked in the neighboring village of Täsch. Shuttles will bring you safely to your hotel. You can also arrive by train.

Hotel Tip: Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort

At the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, you can let yourself be pampered from head to toe. Each of the six chalets has its own spa area with sauna, sanarium, outdoor whirlpool, and much more. The Cervo stands for exclusive quality and tangible hospitality.

Excursion Tips: Nature, Romeo and Juliet on the Gornergrat, and the Glacier Palace

  • There are many ways to explore the nature around Zermatt: There is a hiking trail network of 400 kilometers; mountaineering is also possible. In Europe's largest summer ski area, you can snap on your skis and glide down the slopes. 
  • Culture enthusiasts also get their money's worth here in the middle of the mountains. Inspired by Gottfried Keller's "Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe," the writer and director Anna Livia Richard has transferred the subject matter into the past world of Zermatt's farming families. This is an open-air theater experience.
  • The Glacier Palace will enchant you with sparkling ice crystals and glittering ice sculptures designed by ice artists.

Extra Tip: The Thermal Baths at Brigerbad

The Brigerbad is a wellness oasis for body and soul with seven unique worlds of bathing, warm outdoor pools, a giant slide, inside thermal baths, a spa with a hammam, a sauna, a grotto, and wellness treatments.

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