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World’s largest skiing destination Portes du Soleil located centrally in the Alps between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc is a favorite spot for winter sports. Skiers from world over arrive during the peak winter days to make the most of this sport in the snowy region. There are over 12 resorts in this area where you can choose to book your stay and enjoy the scenic beauty around. Besides winter sports, there are also a number of activities open during the summer season. Visit the website for bookings.
Throughout its history, Nyon Castle has been used for many purposes. Originally an administrative building in the House of Savoy, it has since been a courthouse, prison, and now a beautiful museum that offers visitors a little bit of everything from history to portraiture to a permanent exhibition of fine Swiss porcelain that was created in the municipality of Nyon between 1781 and 1813. Completely restored as of 2006, visitors can view the entire building floor-by-floor, beginning in the basement then working their way up, passing old prison cells, as well as wonderful art and architecture along the way.
Set on a gentle knoll and wrapped by endless fields of manicured vineyards, the impressive Castle of Aigle is located in the heart of the Chablais Vaudois. It was built in the 12th Century, was later owned by the Government of Bern and houses a restaurant and museums. The Vine and Wine Museum showcases used over the years in wine-making. Interactive exhibits also show how wine is made. There is also the Wine Label Museum with wine labels collected from various countries, dating from the early 19th Century to the mid-20th Century. With strong roots in the local wine industry, the wines produced here are acclaimed as some of the best in Switzerland.
One of the oldest and most serene chalets in Switzerland, the Grand Chalet dates back to the 18th Century but in 1852 it was turned into a classy hotel. It is one of the most popular landmarks in the village of Rossiniere and is situated on a small hill right above the center of Gstaad, offering an amazing view over the valley and the mountains. The architecture of the chalet is a testament to the ancient era of the village. The Grand Salon inside the building hosts popular exhibitions and concerts, showcasing the cultural heritage of the region.
This museum is dedicated to H. R. Giger, the brains behind special effects highlighted in the popular movie Aliens. The museum has the same glum and creepy atmosphere that one finds in all the typical Alien movies. The interiors of the museum were designed by Giger himself, and these intricate designs feature details reminiscent of both a spaceship and a medieval fortress - a style that stands in stark contrast to the otherwise pristine and quaint environment of the city of Gruyères. Giger was born in Chur, a Swiss canton in the east, and was known for his work as a surrealist painter and special effects designer, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award for his work on Alien. Giger was also admitted to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013 for his surreal artwork, which he published in several collections, including Necronomicon and Necronomicon II. The museum houses much of Giger's work. Those who are uncomfortable with the slimy and unnatural world of aliens and outer space creatures should probably prepare themselves before going inside the H.R Giger Museum.
Perched atop a small hill with the mighty Swiss Alps in the background, the Gruyères Castle forms a picturesque fairytale like image. Built in the late 13th Century, the castle has been passed down through a number of noble families but has been remarkably well preserved throughout all these years. A Swiss heritage site today, it attracts a number of visitors every year due to its rich historical heritage and beautifully manicured hedge gardens. Today it is home to an art museum with paintings by notable artists like Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and many others. A number of temporary exhibitions, cultural events and music festivals are also regularly organized at its premises.