Switzerland is packed with natural beauty. Wherever we go, we are surrounded by rolling hillsides, glistening lakes, and monumental mountains, and still, we forget to pause and cherish and explore our extraordinary home as our busy everyday lives take over. Does that strike a chord? Then we might have just the perfect remedy...
It’s time to hit the open road and re-connect. Here are 3 discovery road trips that will make you want to screech your car to a halt and shout pure joie de vivre into the world.
Gotthard – Ascona – Vallemaggia – Ascona – San Bernardino, 336km
This route through Ticino, Switzerland's sunniest region, is reminiscent of Italian flair and combines altitude with coastline. Surmount the Gotthard pass via the historic Tremola road and continue onward until Ascona, Switzerland’s lowest-lying municipality at 196 m a.s.l. and best known for its promenade along Lago Maggiore starring the 5-star Hotel Eden Roc. The drive continues with winding roads through Vallemaggia to finally reach the Lago del Sambuco where one can enjoy magnificent views before heading back to Ascona via a brief but picturesque detour into Italy. For the way home, opt for the San Bernardino and make sure to stop at the Swiss Lachs fish farm for some alpine salmon. View route on Google Maps
Basel – Pichoux Gorge – Chasseral – La Chaux-de-Fonds – Yverdon-les-Bains, 250km
Country roads and unique stopovers make this route through Jura one of a kind. From Basel you’ll take the highway only for a short distance before delving into adventure beginning with the Passwang road, a light warmup for what lies ahead. Once you’ve crossed into Jura, the Pichoux Gorge known for its towering boulders and a popular photo spot is next on the list. The drive continues to Chasseral, the highest summit in the Bernese Jura, although you might want to take the marked detours for some offroad driving or a stopover at the cheesery Maison de la Tête de Moine. Craving more traditional craftsmanship? Then the TAG Heuer museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds is where you’ll be heading from Chasseral (pre-registration required) before taking a leisurely drive to Yverdon-les-Bains along Lake Neuchâtel where you can enjoy some well-deserved rest in the Grand Hôtel, if you please. View route on Google Maps
Zurich – Bad Ragaz – Lenzerheide – Julier Pass – St. Moritz, 318km
The density of breathtaking roads is among the highest in the canton of Graubünden. This route explores the mountainous terrain. The official start is in Zurich, although you may opt to set off from Zug for the journey to Bad Ragaz. Once in Bad Ragaz, the drive continues with a detour to Lake Gigerwald before heading back on oneself to Lenzerheide to experience some mountain village idyll. For a bite to eat, stop at one of the farm shops or the restaurant Forellenstube to enjoy fish freshly caught in the nearby mountain lake Heidsee. The Julier Pass, one of the most famous Swiss alpine passes, is next and reaches 2,284 m a.s.l. As it can get busy, get there early for maximum driving fun. On your way to St. Moritz, you’ll also drive the noteworthy Maloja Pass with sections of it leading through forest. Make sure to stop and explore Soglio, a small mountain village with stone houses and famous chestnut cake. View route on Google Maps
Now with potential routes sorted, what about the car? Well friends, what if we told you that we’ve got your dream car ready to go! Porsche Centre Zug has given us a 10 percent discount for their Porsche Drive Rental service (code “ZUG4YOU” valid until 31st of March 2023). Rent a Porsche of your choice from just a few hours up to a day, a weekend or a week, and hit the road in comfort and style. The team will be happy to assist you with model recommendations, more routes and even have a Spotify playlist at the ready too! More information and booking available here