Switzerland

By Everett Potter Is the Baur au Lac the best hotel in Switzerland? I’ve stayed in most of the country’s finest properties and a strong case can be made that this 175-year-old hotel with its own manicured park overlooking Lake Zurich in the heart of that city is just that hotel.

  By Everett Potter. Photos by Gayle Conran. One of the happiest places in the world at this moment must be the small city of Vevey along the northern shore of Lake Geneva in the Swiss Canton of Vaud.     For nearly one month, this city of fewer than

Story & photos by Paul Clemence It is that time of the year, when the art and collectible design clique descends on the Swiss town eponymous with the world leading art fair, Art Basel (which opens today),  to see the latest offerings the exclusive galleries have for them. The sheer

By Michael Kiefer Among the lesser-known entries in Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks is a sketch for a perpetual-motion machine powered by the hot air from a single Italian tour guide. They can talk forever. Every church, every piazza, every village is the most be-you-ti-ful in all of Italy. Then follows a

High Style in the Ski resorts of Flims & Verbier By Everett Potter Every winter, avid European snowboarders head to the linked Swiss ski areas of Flims, Laax and Falera for some of Europe’s best terrain parks and an Olympic caliber half pipe, a south-facing sunny location and some 220

By Everett Potter If you asked me to distill the essence of Switzerland into seven and a half hours, I would tell you to book a ticket on the Glacier Express. Starting in the ski town of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and ending in the legendary lair

By Ann Abel As European ski resorts go, it’s hard to say that any one country has the best. Is the piste better in France or Italy? Are the hotels more luxurious? Not really. But what Switzerland has that its neighbors do not is whimsy. There’s a lightheartedness that verges

By Everett Potter This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Grand Hotel du Lac, an 1868 dowager set along the shores of Lake Geneva in the quiet Swiss city of Vevey. Across the lake are the snowcapped Dents du Midi, the most noteworthy peaks in this part of the French

By Steve Jermanok With a fantastic network of trail and huts, and a long history and appreciation of running, Switzerland is a trail runner’s dream. Mountain runners have been weaving their way along alp paths for decades, and are practically exalted here. Few people know these trails better than Doug

By Everett Potter I typically travel to Zurich a couple of times a year, but I often spend no more than a night or two. The reason is that the city is a gateway destination before I go on to hike, ski or explore a new corner of Switzerland. Yet