48 Hours

City Breaks: Switzerland

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Geneva

    Geneva Europe, Switzerland

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Switzerland’s second city is more than a banking hub. Settle down by the lake with some local wine and quality cheese then watch the jetsetters go by, says William Cook.
  • Lucerne

    Lucerne Europe, Switzerland

    Travel Time

    1hrs 40mins

    Queen Victoria fell for this Swiss city’s Alpine air, shimmering lake and medieval Old Town. And, says Alicia Miller, that was without trying the fondue and chocolate…
  • Lausanne

    Lausanne Europe, Switzerland

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Keya Modessa explores this picturesque lakeside city in Switzerland, where the old medieval town sits alongside an idyllic waterfront with captivating views of the Alps.
  • Basel

    Basel Europe, Switzerland

    Travel Time

    1hrs 40mins

    Straddling the French and German borders is a quaint Swiss city bursting at the seams with museums, galleries and a vibrant annual carnival, says Alicia Miller.
  • Bern

    Bern Europe, Switzerland

    Travel Time

    3hrs 10mins

    Undeniably picture-perfect, with its endless arcades and imposing medieval architecture, Switzerland’s capital sparkles under a December dusting of snow, writes Alicia Miller.

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