A Peak Travel Experience
Central Switzerland, the region surrounding beautiful Lake Lucerne, is the heart of this charming country. Historically speaking, this is where the Federal Charter of 1291 was signed, which was a key component to the formation of modern-day Switzerland. History buffs can view the document and many other exhibits at the comprehensive Bundesbrief Museum in Schwyz.
And geographically, this is where you’ll find the green rolling hills that lead to the jagged snow-capped peaks from the picture books — not to mention Lake Lucerne itself with its elegant swans. Nestled above the lake’s eastern shore, the village of Morschach is an ideal basecamp from which to explore the entire area.
To the south, nearly at the Italian border, the town of Locarno claims Switzerland’s warmest weather. Sure, you’ll still be able to partake in wintertime snow activities, but don’t be surprised by the palm trees and other more Mediterranean foliage that line the city streets. Locarno’s highlights include the famous Piazza Grande — perfect for a day of shopping (Swiss chocolate!) — and picturesque Castello Visconteo, home to an archeological museum and an impressive stock of goblets.
Must-Do: Whether you’re staying in Locarno or Morschach (or another Swiss bucolic town), you’ll be virtually surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks. Take full advantage by skiing and snowboarding during snow season and hiking when the temperature rises.
Eat: In and around Ticino — the southern Swiss canton with deep Italian roots — polenta and braised beef might be even more popular than the country’s famous fondue, especially during chilly winter months.
Day-Trip: Plan a full day of shopping and sightseeing to one of Europe’s great cities, either Milan to the south or Zurich to the north, from your comfortable countryside accommodations.