Ten of our favorite family-friendly spots, each brimming with activities and set against exceptionally intriguing and scenic backdrops.
Travel can provide experiences that are so powerful they prove transformative. Here are Andrew Harper's indelible travel memories from last year.
The Matterhorn is only the 10th-highest peak in Switzerland, but it is arguably the most dramatic. Here are three classic viewpoints.
The Swiss Alps are crisscrossed by a web of hiking trails that caters to virtually every level of fitness and affords spectacular views of mountain panoramas.
Dotted with tiny villages and ancient stone houses, the Lower Engadine is peaceful and unspoiled, a small fragment of Europe where modernity has yet to intrude.
Andrew Harper visits "absurdly beautiful" Switzerland and reports back on his favorite scenic hotels in Geneva, Lucerne, St. Moritz, Zermatt and more.
Switzerland's Glacier Express features glass roof panels through which to view idyllic Alpine villages, old wooden chalets and blue-green rivers.
The pre-Impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner made a series of visits to Switzerland, and few artists have captured it better.
For the December 2016 issue of the Hideaway Report, Mr. Harper travels to Switzerland and Vancouver, where he discovered eight new luxury hotels.
Mr. Harper constructed a two-week itinerary designed to focus on two of Switzerland's major lakes and its most spectacular mountain scenery.
Stretching from the Mediterranean coast of France to close to the Adriatic Sea, the Alps traverse eight countries and cover more than 80,000 square miles.
Tourism began in the pretty Swiss town of Andermatt in 1872 with the debut of the Grand Hotel Bellevue, which attracted visitors to central Switzerland with the promise of clean, invigorating Alpine air during summer and sleigh rides through the snow in winter.
Since Italy is around 20 miles from Andermatt across the mountains, there is a recognizable Italian influence on the menus of many restaurants.
Boston-born Dan Loutrel was a boatbuilder back home in Massachusetts before his love of skiing brought him to Andermatt in 2003.
The seven-hour, 181-mile trip aboard the Glacier Express is an irresistible excursion from Andermatt. The train runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz, crosses 291 bridges, goes through 91 tunnels and ascends the 6,670-foot Oberalp Pass.
Winning hotels from the 2014 Andrew Harper Grand Awards in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and France.
This month's issue of the Andrew Harper Traveler features Montreux on Lake Geneva, Switzerland (as well as the Dents du Midi mountain range beyond), which happens to be the locale that inspired the classic novel "Frankenstein."
I tend to be skeptical about guidebooks, which are often written by people who haven’t set foot in the places they’re describing because of a shoestring budget. There are honorable exceptions, however.
Switzerland remains one of the great jewels of Europe today, its awe-inspiring mountains and valleys interspersed with charming towns, pristine lakes and picturesque vineyards.
The Alpina Gstaad opened last weekend following a $337 million, four-year renovation.
The Ritz London "Although it seems like an old-fashioned choice, especially with so many smart options in London, The Ritz never disappoints and has always been a standout hotel for us...
Many travelers enjoy only a brief experience of Geneva en route to the French Alps or the Swiss heartland. This is a shame, because it is an elegant and cosmopolitan city that offers the visitor a lot more than just exquisite watches. One of the world’s capitals of diplomacy, it has the largest concentration of United Nations offices outside of New York. It is also a major financial center. And its setting at the western end of Lake Geneva, surrounded by vineyards and with the high Alps as a snow-covered backdrop, is lovely in every season.
Some of our favorite art museums in the United States and Europe have recently opened some fascinating special exhibitions, ranging from retrospectives of monumental Impressionists to assemblages of Mayan masterpieces.