Books about Switzerland

Rick Steves Switzerland
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Rick Steves Switzerland

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Switzerland.

This book guides you through bustling Zürich and charming Luzern, colorful with flower-bedecked bridges. Crisscross the mountains on cable cars, trains, and hiking paths. Find an alpine retreat in the cliff-hanging village of Gimmelwald. Marvel at the Matterhorn, relax in Lugano, and take an unforgettable swim in Bern. Cruise Lake Geneva and savor the cozy small-town atmosphere of Appenzell. After a day of sightseeing and hiking the Alps, treat yourself to a glass of local wine, cheese fondue, and delicious Swiss chocolate.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in cities, villages, and resort towns. You’ll learn how to plan scenic rail journeys, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Switzerland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ski through fresh powder in the Swiss Alps, listen to cowbells while enjoying a picnic in a mountain meadow, or feast on fondue in Gruyeres; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Switzerland and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Switzerland Travel Guide:

Colour maps and images throughout
Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, alpine villages, architecture, sports, landscapes, cuisine, wine, and more
Over 70 local maps
Covers Geneva, Lake Geneva, Vaud, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Jura, Basel, Aargau, Mittelland, Bernese Oberland, Valais, Central Switzerland, Zurich, Northeastern Switzerland, Ticino, Liechtenstein, Graubunden, and more

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photography, and illustrations of any guide.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland is your in-depth guide to the very best of Switzerland.

Whether you’re on the hunt for alpine scenery, folklore and music, or local festivals and markets, our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide will be your partner on an unforgettable visit to Switzerland. Take day trips around the countryside; enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, or snowboarding; or simply take in the idyllic countryside and stunning views of Lake Geneva. Packed with insider tips, our guide to Switzerland includes the best hotels for every budget and the most fun places to take children and experience the best that Switzerland has to offer.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland

Detailed itineraries and “don’t miss” destination highlights at a glance.
Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
Area maps marked with sights.
Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland truly shows you Switzerland as no one else can.

Fodor's Switzerland (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Fodor’s Switzerland (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of Switzerland, including the majestic Swiss Alps, charming villages and lakeside vistas, and Zürich’s cultural riches. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.
MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Lake Geneva to the Matterhorn
PERFECT HOTELS for every budget
BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes
GORGEOUS FEATURES on train rides, hiking, and fondue
VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save
INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts
COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip

National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland
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National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland

From bustling Zurich to the Swiss capital of Bern, from the Matterhorn in Zermatt to the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in the south, National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland guides you to the better- and lesser-known sights of this pristine European country. In between, you’ll discover the cultural and natural treasures–including hundreds of museums, architectural masterpieces, parks, and lakes–Switzerland has to offer.

Among the special features of National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland are sidebars detailing experiences throughout the country, to make sure that you get to know the culture, and the people, inside and out. You can learn about Swiss watchmaking in Biel, for example, make your own Swiss chocolate at a culinary workshop, and find the best local designers’ clothing in Zurich. Insider tips, in addition, provided by an array of National Geographic experts–photographers, writers, and grantees who have spent significant time in Switzerland–direct you to favorite restaurants, festivals, and other information that only locals know. Guided walks and drives are always a popular feature in our guides, and in National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland, these include a drive across the famous Great St. Bernard Pass, a hike through Appenzellerland and the Lake Constance region, and a walk from Sugiez to Môtier through the countryside during grape harvest.

To top it off, an extensive Travelwise section at the back of the guide provides hand-picked hotels and restaurants, tour recommendations, and a glossary that covers must-know words.