Exceptional Experiences: Switzerland

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Spend the afternoon doing some alpine hiking.

Swiss Treats

From James Bond to Alps Four-Wheeling

UNESCO World Heritage site, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces.
Chillon Castle on the shore of Lake Geneva.

Channel your inner 007 during lunch at the Piz Gloria
revolving restaurant, made famous in the James Bond film "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service." The restaurant, which sits atop the 10,000-foot-high Mount Schilthorn, offers jawdropping views stretching from the Jungfraujoch to the Black Forest in Germany and Mont-Blanc in the French Alps. Sip a martini “shaken, not stirred” before visiting an interactive exhibit showcasing scenes from the Bond movie. Your ride aboard Europe’s longest aerial cable car offers its own thrills.
Lake Geneva
Enjoy a private wine tasting in the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built along precarious hillside terraces stretching nearly 20 miles along the lake, the vineyards are framed by deep green forests and snow-capped peaks. Along the route, you’ll stop to explore Laussane’s Old City, the lakeside resort of Ouchy and Montreaux, and the storied Chillon Castle.
Spend a delightful day with the Ming family at their remote farm
, located at an altitude of 4,500 feet in the heart of the Alps. Patriarch Alois or his son, Beat, will greet you in the village of Lungern for a four-wheel adventure through the rural Swiss countryside. Upon arrival at the family’s humble farmhouse—which has neither electricity nor running water—you’ll meet the rest of the clan and help them with various household duties, including making fresh Swiss cheese in front of the fire. Then you’ll sit down to a delicious lunch of typical Alpine cuisine, including a cup of Swiss Coffee Schnapps.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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Making cheese over a fire.