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Peak Transfer | Best City Breaks in the Alps
6th November 2016

Best City Breaks in the Alps

There is nothing quite like a city break to fulfil that travelling urge and make long lasting holiday memories. However, if you are you looking for a city break with a difference this winter then why not try mixing it with a charming alpine atmosphere to boot. We at Peak Transfer cannot think of anything better than great city life than great city life combined with striking mountain backdrops and perhaps a touch of skiing! Combine the delights of exciting city sightseeing with an adventurous trip to the mountains just a stone’s throw away. So whether you’re planning a quick weekend break or seeking last minute spontaneous deals there is an abundance of culture, gourmet and shopping to be discovered with a city break in the Alps.

Intriguing history, distinctive architecture and strong cultural identities make each city unique, so which of our alpine city breaks will inspire you this winter?


Geneva has fantastic travel connections with many national and low-cost airlines running multiple flights daily, making it great even for a short weekend break. Geneva is situated on the expansive Lac Léman (a.k.a. Lake Geneva) and surrounded by the Alpine mountains on the French-Swiss Border. A hub for international banking and diplomacy hosting world wide recognised institutions such as the United Nations, World Health Organisation and the Red Cross.

Geneva has fantastic shopping and culture making a perfect city break

Here you will also find suave designer boutiques showcasing high end fashion, exquisite jewelry pieces and fine watchmaking prowess. Shopping (or window shopping), cafe hopping and gentle strolls around the many immaculate botanical gardens can be great fun here. However, for something rather novel we would definitely recommend booking into one of the free guided tours at CERN (located on the city outskirts) for a thoroughly fun and mind blowing educational day out. Of course the typical sights such as the Jet d’eau, flower clock and old town’s are not to be missed.


For those not particularly interested in shopping and would rather swap composed cosmopolitan chic for romantic traditional charm then you cannot beat Annecy. Again with excellent travel routes just 40 minutes by road from Geneva International Airport and varied transports options including trains, bus’ and private transfers it if perfect for a quick city break. The picturesque fairytale city of Annecy also known as the ‘Venice of France’ features a historical old town where cobbled streets and ancient characterful architecture are fringed with the crystal clear waters of the entwining canals and adjoining lake surrounded by the Alps.

Annecy Lakeside

All the atypical pastimes such as exquisite shopping, fabulous wining and dining opportunities are catered for, as you would expect in a city. But that as it may Annecy has a few hidden gems just waiting to be explored. For the adventurous you can partake in the many sports offered including paragliding, paddling and cycling. Or perhaps a romantic stroll along the poetic promenade and over the Pont des Amours (lovers bridge) is more to your taste? Either way the Lake definitely takes centre stage in Annecy. However, the Château d’Annecy and Palais de l’Isle are a close second. Steeped in culture and history it is well worth taking the time to visit these stunning impressive historical monuments dating back to the Middle Ages today hosting a local history and art museum.


Talking of of the Middle Ages another beautiful alpine city not to be missed is Switzerland’s ironically laid back capital city of Bern. With the Aare River at its feet and the snow peaked alps in the distance you will find the 12th century medieval architecture perfectly preserved in the delightful old town district which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right. Berns biggest attraction is the ornate medieval Zytglogge clock tower where visitors congregate to watch its revolving figures twirl at four minutes before the hour followed by the traditional chimes. The clock tower rumoured to have supposedly help inspire Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity whilst settled in Bern.

Peak Transfer recommend a Bern City Break this winter

The charming cobbled centre is aesthetically pleasing with is historical statues, beautiful fountains and with the longest sheltered shopping promenades in Europe at 6 km long boasting boutiques, bars and restaurants it can be enjoyed no matter the weather conditions.

Those looking to sample regional delights can appreciate the local markets selling local produce or get to the area better by taking a stroll along the Bernese Rivera. Artistic treasures can be found in any of the artisan boutiques or the art powerhouses scattered across the stylish and welcoming capital.

Magical Christmas Markets in Bern

Bern surprises at every turn with its excellent museums, vibrant social atmosphere, and new controversial 6,000m Bearpark  making it truly unique, which all goes to show that there’s more to Bern than bureaucracy.


Standing beside the powerful Salzach River you can’t help but admire the stunning scenery, and striking skyline surrounding you. From the fresh alpine river to the elegant domes and spires of the baroque architecture and the imposing clifftop fortress framed perfectly by the mountains beyond. Normally overshadowed by Austria’s capital Vienna, Salzburg is a more than worthy alternative that offers wonderful food, pristinely pruned parks, impressive architecture and oozes culture.

Salzburg is a Fantastic Winter City Break

Those interested in the arts can take advantage of one of the city’s bustling arts scene. Whilst the local museums host special exhibitions,the art held dearest to the hearts of the locals is of course music. Being the birthplace of famed composer Mozart Salzburg honour and preserve the memory of the composer displaying his childhood instruments in the local museum and abundance of concert halls that uphold musical tradition all year round.

Once you have explored the Cathedrals, museums and concert halls you can get to know Salzberg a little better by discovering treasures hidden in authentic shops down quiet little lanes and welcoming bars and restaurants to refuel and socialise after your days activities. If you like Christmas, you’ll love Salzberg glorious Christmas market.

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