Historic Hidden Gems

Discover a different side of Switzerland

These resorts may be less well known but come highly recommended for a Swiss holiday. They are all bursting with history. Chur is Switzerland’s oldest city, while Brig was an important trading point on the Simplon route across the Alps. Chur and Brig are both situated on the Glacier Express route, with the famous train connecting them in 4½ hours. The Eastern Switzerland resorts have charming centuries-old buildings and traditions, with St. Gallen boasting a World Heritage Site Abbey.


Holiday at the fascinating crossroads of the Alps

Stockalper Palace, Brig


This attractive old trading town offers a wonderful combination of fascinating history, a choice of scenic rail journeys and several beautiful alpine passes which you can visit for walks and amazing views. A day trip to the viewpoints of the Aletsch Arena region is highly recommended.
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Historic capital and gateway to the Glacier & Bernina Express



This historic town in the mountainous Graubünden area offers quaint streets now housing shops and restaurants. Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the wider region thanks to the excellent scenic rail connections including the Arosa Line and Bernina Express.
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Eastern Switzerland

Well kept secrets - a beautiful region with so much to enjoy

Traditional buildings in Appenzell


This delightful small town has a beautiful, pedestrianised old centre with historical buildings and plenty of cafés and restaurants. On your doorstep is the glorious Appenzeller countryside with its numerous cable car trips to walking trails with memorable alpine views.
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St. Gallen Cathedral

St. Gallen

St. Gallen is a lively town lying in the midst of gently rolling hills. It boasts a historical Old Town with attractive, painted merchant houses and the UNESCO protected Abbey district with its cathedral and fascinating library. Visitors can also take a day trip to the Rhine Falls or Lake Constance.
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The historic old town of Schaffhausen is famous for its proximity to the dramatic Rhine Falls and for its preserved, painted guild houses. While on holiday here, you could also visit the 16th century Munot fortress and enjoy boat trips along the river to Stein am Rhein and Lake Constance.
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