|Lake Maggiore (Isola Bella)
In a part of Switzerland which has always been a magnet
for visitors on account of its warmth and Mediterranean light, Lake Maggiore has been attracting visitors for over 100 years.
The lake, which was a particular passion for Stendhal and other writers, seems to exert an irresistible fascination.
Here palm trees grow next to chestnuts. Within a
few kilometres you can leave behind the gentle shores of the lake with its lively towns and palm trees and discover the enchantment
of the majestic green valleys, leading up to peaks of over 3,000 metres with glaciers and breathtaking Alpine scenery, dotted
with little villages of stone houses hidden away in the chestnut forests, and traversed by rivers where the water is the colour
|View of Lake Lugano From Monte San Salvatore
The northern tip of the lake lies in Switzerland with two important towns,
Locarno and Ascona. Ascona is well known for its Jazz festival which is held at the end of June each year.
Whatever you do, don't miss the Borromean Islands - Isola Bella (see the baroque palace
and gardens), Isola Pescatori (popular for its fishing and lake boats) and Isola Madre (with its stunning gardens).
In Italy the lake is known as Lago
di Lugano or Ceresi. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake in the
south east of Switzerland, at the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is named
after the city of Lugano and is situated between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore.
63% of the lake is in Switzerland whilst the remaining 37% is
in Italy. Bathing in the lake is allowed at any of the 50 or so bathing establishments located along the Swiss shores.
|A View Of Morcote From Across The Lake
Morecote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino, situated
about 10 kilometres from Lugano.
With its characteristic small alleys, the arcades of old Patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, the lakefront position,
Morcote is considered "the Pearl of Ceresio".
Worth visiting is the beautiful terraced cemetery which overlooks
the lake. Many artists are buried here, among them Alexander Moissi (actor), Georges Baklanoff (Russian
baritone), Georg Kaiser (German author) and Eugen d'Albert (German composer and pianist).
|Cemetery Of Morcote
St. Moritz is located in the Upper Engadine valley on the Lake of St. Moritz in Switzerland. It is the part of Southern
Alps and situated at 5624 ft (1856 m) above sea level and explores wonderful countryside & lakes of the Engadin. The city
is surrounded by the magnificent peaks and has long-frequented mineral springs.
Its fair to say that most people will associate skiing with St Moritz, but don't be fooled, it has so much more to offer
must see event in St Moritz is White Turf, so if you happen to be at the apartment in February why not watch
the Horse Races of St. Moritz. The world famous White Turf,
is the modern-day horse racing meeting that is renowned far beyond the Swiss borders. Staged since 1907 in its firmly established
tradition, this year, too, White Turf offers a multitude of spectacular events.
White Turf is the fascination of the noble thoroughbreds from all over Europe that fly across the flattest racecourse
in the world, carrying international jockeys sporting the colours of prestigious racing stables. This is a sport
of the highest calibre, featuring the most important horse race of the winter season. www.whiteturf.ch
|White Turf at St Moritz
Snowkiting In St Moritz
By using parachutes to capture wind Skiers are able to propel their
skis or snowboards across the frozen lake Silvaplana near the ski resort of St. Moritz in Switzerland.
St. Moritz has 117 miles of trails meandering through the famous Engadine
valley and along the resplendent, glittery shores of St. Moritz Lake.
|Snowkiting In St Mortiz
Here it really does feel that time has stood still. Particularly
if you take the 45 minute ride through the stunning snow-covered scenery between Sils to Val Fex – probably the
most beautiful side valley in the Engadine – in a horse-drawn sledge, snuggled up under layers of warm blankets.
The only sounds to be heard are the gentle breathing of the
horses and the runners of the sledge gliding over the snow. Once there, enjoy the local delicacies and homemade cakes of the
Hotels Crasta and Fex and before setting off on the return journey, take time for a walk along the prepared winter trails
to the snow-covered Fex Glacier. This is just one of the many things to do in Sils.
Other activities can be organised in Sils including Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing,
Walking and Mountaineering. Its a beautiful place for sightseeing and the drive to Sils is magnificent. Its not
just about active sports!
|Horse-Drawn Sledge Ride
Walking In Switzerland
If you love scenery and enjoy walking then this region offers a variety
Local tourist offices in Chiavenna and across the Swiss border have a variety of informative maps
and itineraries for you to choose from.
|Note Location Of Nearby Chiavenna (Lower Left Hand Corner)