Switzerland Chalets and Apartments: A small country packed with some of Europe's most stunning scenery, Switzerland is a favourite destination in both winter and summer. If you need holiday accommodation in Switzerland, the apartments and chalets offered on www.selfcateringhols.com may be just what you're looking for. We provide flexible, short-term rental of holiday properties throughout Switzerland, ranging from apartments near top ski resorts to rustic chalets in rural areas like Tecino and Vaud. Keep reading for an overview of the country, or see our detailed regional guides for information about which Swiss region is right for your holiday.
One of Europe's smaller countries at just 40,000 square kilometres, Switzerland nevertheless packs a punch that's hard to beat. When the Alps are covered with snow, this is one of the best spots on the planet for skiing, and in Spring Switzerland becomes a mecca for hikers and climbers. The stereotypes about Switzerland - that's it's coolly efficient, a chocolate-lovers dream, the watch capital of the world, and the most staunchly neutral country on the planet - are true, but they don't go very far in explaining the appeal of this gorgeous Alpine country.
The Swiss Alps are the country's biggest draw. Valais is the best-known region in the Alps, the place where you'll find resorts like Zermatt, Verbier and Portes du Soleil as well as the best snow skiing in Switzerland. Chalets and apartments here are nestled in the mountains and are within easy reach or even walking distance of the ski slopes. May through October, this land becomes the prime walking territory of Switzerland, and a chalet or apartment here will give you access to countless mountain trails.
Other popular mountain areas include Graub?nden, where you'll find resort areas like Klosters and St. Morzine, one of the most famous ski resorts in Switzerland. The chalets and apartments here are a stone's throw from the slopes. The Alpes Vaudoises are another option. Less known than the Valais area but just as beautiful, Vaud is great for cross-country or alpine skiing, snowboarding and, in summer, hiking and cycling.
Off the mountainside, head to rural areas like Ticino, a wine-growing region that often seems more like Italy (with whom it shares a border) than Switzerland. A chalet or apartment here is an ideal option for those who want to mix outdoor pursuits like boating on Lake Lugano with cultural activities like visits to some of the area's traditional castles.
Switzerland's cities, Geneva, Bern and Z?rich, show a completely different side of the country. These are the places to visit for museums and cultural attractions as well as great dining and nightlife.
The canton of Berne is the second largest of all Swiss cantons is divided into three areas - the Bernese Oberland in the south and is in the Alps; the Bernese Midlands is an agricultural and industrial area and includes the Federal Capital of Switzerland, Berne; and the Lake Region (Seenland) concentrated around Lake Biel. The Jungfrau Region, with its spectacular mountain scenery and the resorts of Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and M?rren, is in the Bernese Oberland. View Bern accommodation and mini guide...
Valais, Switzerland sits in the heart of the Swiss Alps and is home to some of the best ski resorts anywhere in the world. Zermatt, Verbier, and Saas-Fee are just a few of the storied ski resorts in the beautiful Alpine valley of Valais. In summer, Valais gives itself over to mountain climbing, challenging hiking, and spas. View Valais accommodation and mini guide...