Switzerland gives you a true taste of the high life, in both senses of the phrase. It's prosperous, efficient and melds German, French and Italian culture with stunning scenery, to beguiling effect. Its highest peak, Dufourspitze (in the Valais region), spears 4,634 metres skywards. The Swiss Alps run through Valais, the Bernese Highlands, Central Switzerland and Graubünden – incorporating Geneva, Berne, and Zurich – and are winter and summer sport havens.
If you're an outdoor action lover, don't miss Interlaken; find out how Zurich is throwing off its previous reputation as just a finance hub; keep your head in the clouds at Zermatt (the resort at the base of the Matterhorn); wander wine country in Lausanne. Whatever you do, you'll be tempted to try a little more Gruyère, make one more downhill run, take a final trip to Teuscher, see what's just around the next bend – anything – to make your stay a little longer.
Best time to fly – Switzerland weather
Summertime – July and August – is high season in Switzerland, when walkers, hikers and cyclists come from everywhere to make the most of the breathtakingly beautiful alpine trails. Winter is also one of the most popular times to visit, with the ski resorts and Christmas vibe in full swing. In general, the cheapest time to fly to Switzerland is from mid-October to early December, when all goes quiet at the ski resorts, while in terms of weather, spring is a perfect time to visit.