Southern Switzerland

Travel Guide
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Visit the upscale ski resorts, trek across the snow-capped mountains and learn about the mixtures of cultures in this eclectic region.

Southern Switzerland is a largely rocky area with snowy Alpine mountains and quaint villages in the valleys. The primary languages and cultural influences vary across the region, with pockets of German, French and Italian communities and traditions. Make your way across the country for a sense of its unique range of cultures in Western Europe.

Travel to the slopes of the many exclusive ski resorts in the Alps. Visit the valley city of Pontresina and ride aerial lifts to Diavolezza/Lagalb Ski Resort or a funicular to St. Moritz Ski Resort.

Explore the Jungfrau protected area and ascend to the Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory. Head west to the charming village of Zermatt, gaze up at the iconic Matterhorn and hike on the 10-day Matterhorn circuit through Italy and Switzerland.

Go to the country’s Western French-speaking Alpine region and the famous ski resort of Verbier. Travel north to nearby Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000 ski region, which has a bobsled rail track, a bridge connecting two peaks and dogsledding.

Note that the ski season runs from around November until May, depending on the resort and its snow-creating facilities. Otherwise, the temperature varies dramatically according to altitude, with most places receiving natural snow in winter.

Among the region’s largest cities is the scenic lakeside community of Lugano. Enjoy its pleasant micro-climate, with palm trees and charming boulevards beside Lake Lugano. Appreciate the city’s Italian influences with trips to the Cantonal Art Museum, the Casa Camuzzi and the Palazzo dei Congressi. Visit the San Lorenzo Cathedral and note its intricate rose window and impressive interior.

The region comprises the southern half of Switzerland, which is mostly rocky. It borders France and Italy. Fly to the international airports of Lugano, Zurich or Geneva and get around by rail. Visit the northern half of the country for Zurich and Bern and go to the western section for Geneva.

Southern Switzerland is an intersection of Western European cultures spread across the picturesque peaks of the Alps.

Where to stay in Southern Switzerland

Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection
Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection
3 out of 5
Bodmenstrasse 21, Zermatt, VS, 3920
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $185 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3-star ski hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a golf course. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (655 reviews)
"Best location good breakfast good staff"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection
H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno
H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno
4 out of 5
Lungolago G. Motta, Locarno, TI, 6601
The price is $210 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Locarno. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (604 reviews)
"Really good hotel. Centrally located, close to the lake but very little noise at night - despite our stay coinciding with the annual film festival. Breakfast was excellent, with lots of choice. Staff were wonderful and very helpful. Room was clean and well equipped."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
4 out of 5
Via Carona 27, Paradiso, TI, 6900
The price is $250 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Paradiso. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (417 reviews)
"Its a great location close to all."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
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Hotel Apartement La Perle
Hotel Apartement La Perle
3 out of 5
Untere Mattenstrasse 25, Zermatt, VS, 3920
The price is $184 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (166 reviews)
"Very simple and comfortable stay. Having a shared balcony area was a pleasant enhancement as well."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Hotel Apartement La Perle
Naco Aparthotel & Spa
Naco Aparthotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Spissstrasse 44, Zermatt, 3920
The price is $225 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a sauna. Popular attractions Matterhorn and Tour Monte Rosa are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Had a fantastic view and is in a very convenient location that is close to everything. Was able to receive a free upgrade as well. Staff was extremely kind and helpful, highly recommend."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Naco Aparthotel & Spa
Andermatt Alpine Apartments
Andermatt Alpine Apartments
5 out of 5
Gütschgasse 6, Andermatt, Uri, 6490
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Andermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, a free ski shuttle, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (76 reviews)
"It’s a nice modern property with a great kitchen for cooking in It’s a bit white and echoes a lot! Good 15 minute walk to the town with lots good food choices Food on-site good as well"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Andermatt Alpine Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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