Escape with us to greener pastures, where waterfalls tumble, lakes dazzle in outrageous shades of blue, and gondolas carry your family within yodeling distance of glaciated peaks. You'll even sleep in the shadow of the Eiger's north face. And you won't quite believe what you see. An altitude-induced mirage? Just another moment of alpine bliss in Switzerland.
1 Savor fresh mountain air amid glaciers, meadows and pristine lakes Commute the Swiss way: by chairlift! Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, its crystal waters surrounded by limestone cliffs capped with snowy peaks and hanging ice Ready for a cold beer or cup of hot cocoa? Refreshment awaits at a traditional alpine hut.
2 Pedal through a serene valley, taking in the quintessentially Swiss scenery —from cheerful flower-laden chalets to milk cows adorned with leather collars and brass bells Ride past turquoise Lake Thun en route to Interlaken Hop aboard a cogwheel train bound for Grindelwald An alphorn serenade: music to a cow's ears and perhaps yours too Enjoy decadent fondue paired with regional wines.
3 Admire the famed Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau towering above the emerald-green landscape Hike from First Peak to Bachalpsee, one of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes Continue to the enclave of Bussalp or let loose on an exhilarating descent by Trotti bikes into Grindelwald Valley Ready for a Swiss classic? Hike among giants on the impressive north face of the Eiger Trail, one of Switzerland's most famous trails.
5-6 Bike into Meiringen Valley past countless waterfalls, including Reichenbach Falls, the seven-tiered cascade made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he chose it as the location where Sherlock Holmes staged his own demise Bike along Lake Brienz and kayak in its turquoise waters Amble along the lake's shore to the charming town of Iseltwald.