Fly into historic Bern - the Swiss capital - and spend a few hours soaking up the historic atmosphere of this medieval city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The best views are from the Rose Garden above the Bear Park and the 101m high cathedral tower, where you can gaze down on the old town, with its bars, boutiques and cabaret stages.
Art fans will enjoy the Zentrum Paul Klee, with the most comprehensive collection of works by the Swiss/German artist. Albert Einstein’s former home provides a glimpse into the life of the physics genius.
If you don’t feel like a busy city day - don’t worry - you can always escape to River Aare, which is so clean that swimmers drift along enjoying views of the Houses of Parliament as they go.
Head south towards Lake Thun, the gateway to the Bernese Oberland and home to a thriving music festival every July and August. Skirting round the south banks, you get your first glimpses of the breathtaking lakes and mountains scenery the area is so famous for.
We’ll return to Lake Thun later, but for now turn away from the lake at Spiez and journey towards your stop for tonight, Landgasthof Ruedihus.
The Swiss chalet, the Ruedihus is packed with country charm, from crocheted tablecloths to antique pine furniture.
A 250-year history in hospitality means you’ll be warmly welcomed, whether you’re staying in the main house or in the ‘romance pergola’ - a private chalet, complete with four-poster bed.
The heart of the hotel lies in the cosy restaurant where cheese fans will be in heaven: both raclette and fondue are specialities.