The great lakes
Stretching across Switzerland's border with France, Lake Geneva is Central Europe's largest lake. From Geneva's harbour to the Vaud Riviera around Montreux via the Lavaux vineyard near Lausanne, its Swiss shores are hugely popular with holidaymakers. Over on the other north-eastern side of the country, Lake Constance borders Germany and Austria and is also a popular holidaying spot thanks to its undulating landscape with views over the Alps. Visitors can enjoy beautiful cruises between picturesque towns and villages such as Rorschach and Gottlieben. The shores of Central Switzerland's Lake Lucerne are reminiscent of fjords, and offer up opportunities to stroll and hike along mountain trails that lead up to the surrounding peaks: the Rigi or Mont Pilate, for example, are incredible viewing points for breathtaking views over the lake. Lake Maggiore is another classic Swiss lake, and a little southern enclave on the border with Italy. On its shores, the soft air of the Mediterranean blows through the tourist towns of Locarno and Ascona.