When most people think of Switzerland as a holiday destination, their mind conjures images of skiing in the alps, exploring fairytale villages covered in snow and curling up next to a fire with a bowl of fondue. And while few places can match Switzerland as a winter destination, what sometimes gets overlooked is how beautiful it is in summer.

If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the cold this winter, Switzerland provides the perfect set-up for a European jaunt. For 10 reasons why, scroll through the gallery above.

What are your thoughts? Have you been to Switzerland before?

*The writer travelled courtesy of Switzerland Tourism.

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