Switzerland was the first country I visited outside my home of England when I was just 12 years old. Since then, I have been to this clean, mountain oasis in the centre of Europe many times to visit family, friends and of course, to go skiing.

I’m lucky enough that my father lives in the capital of Switzerland, Bern, which is a beautiful UNESCO world heritage city, in the top ten of cities to live in the world. Bern, along with much of this part of Switzerland is a german speaking city, with excellent parks, gothic style architecture, covered walkways with a wide variety of great shops. Bern has a large Zoo and a bear enclosure, the animal after which the city was named. The river Aare runs through the centre of Bern and has carved a huge gorge into the land. Several bridges cross this chasm with fantastic views over the old part and small waterfall. There is a mountain on the outskirts of Bern, the Gurten, which has a big festival in the summer.

Bern is a great jumping point to visit the rest of Switzerland too, which itself is very small. Switzerland has a first-class railway system SBB, which can take you almost anywhere. Lucern and Interlaken are two great towns situated on lakes, which are just a short trip away from Bern. One of the most famous features of switzerland is the Alps, which run right through the central and southern areas along the borders with France, Italy and Austria. From Interlaken, you are a short trip to Grindlewald and the famous Eiger Mountain. The Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau are probably three of switzerlands most famous mountain, as well as the pointy Matterhorn in the south.

Switzerland photos