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Southern Switzerland
Travel Guide

Valais

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.

Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt
Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt
4.5 out of 5
Bärengasse 1, Andermatt, Uri
The price is $255 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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4 out of 5
Lungolago G. Motta, Locarno, TI
The price is $305 per night from May 10 to May 11
This family-friendly Locarno hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Casino Locarno and Piazza Grande. Falconeria Locarno and Pinacoteca ...
4.3/5Excellent! (488 reviews)
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Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
4 out of 5
Via Carona 27, Paradiso, TI
The price is $366 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in the heart of Paradiso, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Modern Art and Lake Lugano. Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection and LAC Lugano ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (334 reviews)
"Excellent hotel, very well located in the upper part of Paradiso, a few minutes walk from the lake. Great view (the lake view room is more expensive, but worth it!). We had full board due to the pandemic, but the restaurant is good. Our room was large and well appointed with a balcony. Don't miss ..."

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Peaks Place
Peaks Place
4 out of 5
Via Uletsch 1, Laax, GR
Located near the slopes, this Laax aparthotel is in the mountains, within a 10-minute walk of Laax Ski Area and Laax Ski Resort, and close to winter sports such ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"Nice place. Offering transport to the slopes. Good that its a petrol station nearby to uy bread etc. Location and quality in the room is great!"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

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OVERLOOK Lodge by CERVO Zermatt
OVERLOOK Lodge by CERVO Zermatt
4 out of 5
64 Riedweg, Zermatt
The price is $178 per night from May 6 to May 7
Situated in Zermatt, this apartment building is steps from Zermatt–Sunnegga Funicular and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. St. Mauritius Church and Matterhorn Museum ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Nice view for Matterhorn
"The view from the room facing Matterhorn is fantastic. The pick up service from the train terminal save us the hassle of lugging our luggage bag up the steep slope. They also provide transport to the train station. Overall stay was pleasing! 👍"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

OVERLOOK Lodge by CERVO Zermatt
Matthiol Serviced Apartments
Matthiol Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Wiestistrasse 32, Zermatt
Situated in Zermatt, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zermatt-Furi Gondola and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Mountaineers Cemetery and St. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
"Simply a stellar view just far enough above town to be very private but close enough to be in the middle of everything., well appointed"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Matthiol Serviced Apartments
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