What We Love
- The jagged peaks and glaciers of the Alps—best enjoyed from a ski chalet with a hot cup of glühwein and sizzling raclette.
- The city of Lucerne: just about as close to being in a fairytale as one can get.
- Taking a first class train through vehicle-free Zermatt.
- Via cog rail, summit Gornergrat, 10,170 feet, to behold the views of the Gorner glacier, Matterhorn, and Monte Rosa.
- Enjoying champagne and caviar at the world’s glitziest mountain resort, St. Moritz. Not to miss: the annual White Turf horse race on ice.
Things To See & Do
- Stroll through Lucerne, seeing Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), an excellent example of late-Renaissance architecture.
- Trek the alpine meadows and rocky peaks of the Mont Blan massif.
- Take in the beautiful Lake Geneva from Chateau de Chillon, an oval-shaped 13th-century fortress full of courtyards, towers, and grand halls.
Cross into northern Italy to Lake Como. Just thirty miles north of Milan, Bellagio is the picturesque town on the shores of the serene lake rimmed by snowcapped Alps. Visit Villa Balbianello, arguably the most striking villa in the world, followed by lunch in the little-known lakeside village of Varenna, with its small cluster of houses, piazzas and a 10th-century church—the oldest on the lake.