LGBTQ+GAY GETAWAYS JAPAN FOODIE ADVENTURE
STEPPING OUT IN SWITZERLAND
Switzerland has long been a progressive country that champions diversity and individual rights, and it's also very gay friendly. Sophisticated LGBT travelers come for the welcoming atmosphere, glorious lakes, and majestic mountains. Our custom itinerary includes the welcoming cities of Zurich, Geneva, and Lausanne, taking in both the region's natural wonders along with its art and architecture highlights.
Hand picked Havens: Widder Hotel Zurich, the city’s most unique property crafted by 10 medieval houses fused with ancient stone, vibrant art and 17th century frescoes.Mandarin Oriental Geneva is an Historical Heritage landmark, the former Hotel du Rhône, the first luxury hotel built after World War II. Reimagined by designer Adam Tihany, it’s an Art Deco gem with subtle, Asian accents.
Trip HighlightFestivals Year Round
The Swiss calendar is crowded with LGBT festivals and celebrations—Arosa Ski Week in the winter, Zurich's Pink Apple Film Festival in the spring, and Gay Pride events in the summer. We can make arrangements for any of these popular events.
Day 1Zurich's Art Scene
Start your visit to Zurich with an art & architecture tour of the city with an art historian and private docent. Among the stops will be the last work by Switzerland's most famous architect, the Heidi Weber Museum–Center Le Corbusier, as well as the Kunsthaus and the Landesmuseum. After you have had your fill of culture, walk along the Bahnhofstrasse, the city's famous shopping street.
Day 2Zurich West
Zurich West was long an industrial area but in recent years it's transformed itself into one of the city's most exciting neighborhoods, home of open air cafés, dining, and clubs—gay, straight, and mixed. Spend a day, and evening, exploring this part of Zurich with our suggestions for the coolest stores and the hottest restaurants.
Day 3Beyond Zurich
One of the most appealing aspects of Switzerland is that pristine nature is never far away. We can arrange for a car and driver to take you to sites like the Walensee, seen here, or the historic city of St. Gallen, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Baroque Abbey of St. Gallen. Both are less than two hours from Zurich.
Day 4To Winterthur and Back
Just to the north of Zurich, Winterthur is home to a unique art collection. Oskar Reinhart was born into one of the town's wealthiest families, and he began to collect art when he was just 22, in 1907. Eventually his purchases would form one of the world's most important collections of 19th-century French art, the Museum Oskar Reinhart, which he left to the Swiss people at his death. Your guide will get you to Winterthur and back with time to explore more of Zurich, before you continue on to Geneva on Day 5.
Day 5To Geneva and Lausanne You'll depart today for Geneva and Lausanne, either by car or a more leisurely trip by train. In either case, there will be time to stop and explore some of the historic cities along the way, like Bern, Switzerland's capital—and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geneva and Lausanne offer a heady mix of both age-old history and contemporary arts, culture, and a gay scene. And both cities sit on stunning Lake Geneva.
In Geneva you'll find a historic city that manages to be both charming and elegant at once. Explore the medieval Old Town, walk along the lakefront with its views of the iconic Jet d'Eau, cross the Mont Blanc bridge, and smell the flowers in the vibrant Jardin Anglais. A fifth of Geneva is public parks, but the Jardin Anglais is the most popular of them all with its outdoor sculptures and meticulous landscaping.
A university town and cultural center, Lausanne is a city of students and entrepreneurs as well as the home of a vibrant gay scene. You can visit museums like the unconventional Musée d'Art Brut dedicated to outsider art or attend the Bejart Ballet, though leave some time to see the enormous 13th-century cathedral. When you are ready to check out Lausanne's LGBT scene, start at the Avenue du Tivoli, lined with popular bars and cafes.