Best Scenery & Food in Switzerland

Switzerland is a country on everyone’s bucket list. Yet it’s hard to explore without insider knowledge. I’ve seen it as few outsiders can, through the eyes of my Swiss husband and his family and friends.

Lake Geneva Vineyards - Best Food & Views in Switzerland

I love Switzerland’s chocolate, cheese, and crisp white wines, farmhouse stalls and outdoor food markets. And, like everyone else, I love its breathtaking chocolate-box scenery. From the Alps to the lakes, wherever there’s great views you can bet great food and wine are nearby. Here’s where to find some of the best food and views in Switzerland.

Bernese Alps, Switzerland - Swiss Food & Wine Tour

Alps Bernese Oberland (Bern)
The Swiss Alps are the most awe-inspiring sight in a lifetime of travel, I still find it hard to believe that any mountain chain can be this high. I love glimpsing the Alps from a distance, and waking among them as you do at the rustic Griesalp Hotel at 1400m with the 3661m Blüemlisalp looming above it.

Sunset Over Lake Geneva - Best Food & Views in Switzerland

Lakes Lake Geneva (Vaud)
I love the terraced vineyard towns above Lake Geneva (especially Saint-Saphorin pictured above) with their gorgeous views and delicious white wines. Some of my best food memories are fondue at Café Tivoli and lunch at Café de Riex. I adore strolling the cobbled streets of the old town of Vevey and visiting Charlie Chaplin’s statue on the lake front.

Valle Magia - Best Food & Views in Switzerland

Valleys Valle Maggia (Ticino)
Switzerland’s valleys are as special as her mountains. And my favourite is long, green, steep-sided Valle Maggia in Italian-speaking Ticino. It’s dotted with picturesque stone buildings, some of which house traditional grotto restaurants, like La Froda overlooking a wonderful waterfall.

Albula Pass & Albula Hospice - Best Food & Views in Switzerland

Passes Albula Pass (Graubünden)
Visit Switzerland in summer to drive over wonderfully winding high mountain passes, such as the Albula Pass in the remote north-east. Stop for a bowl of gerstensuppe (Swiss barley soup) at the Hospice, then drive on to the spectacularly-located village of Soglio where you’ll eat pizzocheri at Stüa Granda and stay at Hotel Palazzo Salis.

Medieval Murten Ramparts - Best Food & Views in Switzerland

Medieval Towns Murten & Gruyères (Fribourg)
Many Swiss towns have well-preserved fortifications and old town walls. Climbing the ramparts surrounding the historic old town of Murten is one of my favourite Swiss pastimes (with lunch at Adler afterwards). Hilltop Gruyères, with its fondue restaurants and kitsch-but-cute souvenirs is another favourite for the best Swiss scenery and food combination.

Updated 24 Feb 2024

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What Other Travellers Say

Janet (Tamworth, NSW, Australia)
Janet (Tamworth, NSW, Australia)
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Just back from the most amazing trip to Emilia-Romagna with Roberta. Not only the home of Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano & Balsamic Vinegar, but scenery to die for and more quaint and exciting restaurants and cafés than you ever imagined. And Roberta is just the person to help you discover and enjoy them! Her knowledge of the history of the region and its wonderful cuisine know no bounds and all added to the excitement of the trip. It was faultless - well organized and lots of fun!
Deb (Belconnen, ACT, Australia)
Deb (Belconnen, ACT, Australia)
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Wow, what a tour – I learned so much! Awesome fun traveling through Emilia-Romagna experiencing first hand some of the produce I've worked with over the last couple of years cooking with Roberta's recipe kits – the family are reaping the benefits now. If you're thinking of joining Roberta in future years get ready for an amazing experience.
Mark (Elizabeth Bay, NSW, Australia)
Mark (Elizabeth Bay, NSW, Australia)
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My wife and I recently joined Roberta's Emilia-Romagna tour. We enjoyed all the temptations offered and learned a lot about that part of Italy, especially its food and wine culture. What was most impressive was Roberta's local knowledge of people and places. The planning and effort she put into making the whole experience seem effortless was remarkable.
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