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Monday, June 20, 2016

The best honeymoon destinations in Switzerland

Snow-capped mountain peaks, romantic alpine villages, world-class spas, verdant vineyards with cosy wine cellars and a lot of chocolate, - these are the perfect settings for Switzerland Honeymoon Packages. You will be spoilt for choice trying to choose a destination as the country is full of charming and romantic places that are ideal for honeymooners.

Lautherbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen 

The Lauterbrunnen Valley is famous for its 72 striking waterfalls. It has inspired many poets and artists throughout the centuries: composers such as Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, and writer JRR Tolkien were all inspired by the dramatic landscape of the valley. The most spectacular are the Staubbach Falls near the village of Lauterbrunnen cascading from the height of almost 300 metres. Small villages dotting the valley are perfect for those looking for a tranquil getaway. Pack a picnic basket and head to a lush Alpine meadow. 

The Swiss Riveria

One of Switzerland’s most popular romantic destinations, the Swiss Riviera on Lake Geneva provides everything for a luxurious honeymoon. Long walks along lakeside promenades, lake cruises on belle époque paddle steamers, train rides through the famous Lavaux vineyards for wine tastings, visits to Vevey, the chocolate capital of Switzerland to gorge on sweet delights. You can choose to stay in one of the plush hotels on the lakeshore or in a charming guesthouse in the vineyards.

Lake Geneva
Château-d'Oex

For an unforgettable adventure, head to the picturesque historic town Château-d'Oex, home of the famous International Ballon Festival. You can have a romantic hot air balloon ride to admire the splendid views over the Alps. The landing location is never certain, which only adds excitement to the adventure. 

Château-d'Oex
Bernese Oberland

With its fairy-tale like landscape, spectacular mountain peaks and more than 800 lakes, the Bernese Oberland offers romantic setting for a honeymoon all year round. In winter, you can snuggle up by a fire in an Alpine chalet sipping a hot chocolate, devouring rich fondue or hop in an outdoor hot tub. In summer, you can hike to a remote Alpine lake for a refreshing dip and a picnic.


Photos via Flickr by: Noel Reynolds, Kurt Zwahlen, Ricardo Hurtubia.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What to do in the canton of Jura

The north-western Canton of Jura has numerous attractions that keep visitors busy and happy: history, outdoor activities, excellent food, - there is something for everyone’s taste. It is the perfect location for unique Switzerland Honeymoon packages!

Visit ancient towns

Delémont, the capital of the canton, is a delightful gem of a city. Packed with galleries, museums, historic buildings it is surrounded by stunning forests and mountains. The city is also home to the Wenger knife factory, the genuine Swiss Army pocketknife. The second largest town in the canton, Porrentruy is dominated by a magnificent historic castle and has many architectural gems, churches and chapels dating centuries back. Another stunning town stepped in history is Saint-Ursanne with its beautiful 12th century collegiate church and pretty streets.

Saint-Ursanne
Enjoy the outdoors

The Canton of Jura is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts:  there are many trails for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Nature lovers can enjoy exploring the Doubs Regional Park, the Caves of Réclère and centuries-old trees in the canton’s dense forests. Near Châtillon you will find the Chêne des Bosses, one of the oldest oaks in Europe.

Jura Mountains
Learn about the watch-making tradition

The Jura area is where the best Swiss watchmaking tradition lives. Apart from the famous brands located here such as Rolex, Omega, Tissot and Swatch there are many factories where you can see how the Swiss watches are made. There are several fascinating museums dedicated to the history of watchmaking in the region.

Tête de Moine Cheese

Tasting the regional cuisine 

The Jura is home to some delicious traditional food. The exquisite Tête de moine cheese has been made here for almost 900 years. Local craft butchers produce delicately flavoured Saucisse D'Ajoie sausage. The region several vineyards that produce good wine and traditional distilleries that make excellent fruit liquors. In November, the small village of Chevenez celebrates the Feast of St. Martin where visitors can taste a plethora of traditional hearty pork dishes.

Photos via Flickr by: Patrik Tschudin, Pascale Jaquet & Olivier Noaillon, Yves Merckx.