Switzerland, Europe's mountain playground, is a classic tourist draw that remains consistently popular. Visitors from the world over travel here to ascend the slopes of the Alps, breathe the crisp air, and feel on top of the world. When they come down from the mountains, they find thriving, cosmopolitan cities that are steeped in history and culture. Expanded Coverage: The guide covers new hotels around the country and has an increased focus on spas and wellness. Fodor’s has also expanded our sports coverage in the Berner Oberland region—a mecca for adventure enthusiasts. Illustrated Features: Photo-rich features cover Switzerland’s top experiences. Choose the best scenic drive or train ride with Scenic Journeys; explore the wide range of winter sports options in the birthplace of skiing with Winter Fun; sip your way through lakeside vineyards with our overview of Lavaux vineyards; and pick your peak experience with our special feature on the Bernese Alps. Shorter spotlight features highlight the country’s top lakes and culinary flavors. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Each chapter in the guide has a planning section to help travelers plan their time and get around easily. Train travel times provide an overview of how long it takes to get from point to point in Switzerland. Hotel and restaurant Best Bets in Zurich and Geneva, plus neighborhood comparison charts, help travelers choose the best places to stay and eat for every budget and taste. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Switzerland offers savvy advice and recommendations from expert and local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.