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Exploring cuisine in Swiss towns

Take a day trip to eat out in these charming Swiss towns

These restaurants offer distinct local cuisine not far from well-known Swiss attractions. Take a day to experience all that these luxurious spots have to offer.

Villa Aurum in Rapperswil

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Arrive in Rapperswil by boat from Zurich and you’ll get the full effect of its old town beauty, complete with a castle on a hill. Just outside the huddle of the Altstadt is this genteel 19th century villa where delicious dishes are served in elegant surroundings. Local ingredients predominate and the garden is perfect for summer dining in the shade of a spreading chestnut tree. Exemplary service and extraordinary cuisine from Silvia Moser and Walti Merz. www.villaaurum.ch

Damien Germanier in Sion


With its twin hills topped by castles, Sion makes for a great day out. It claims to be Switzerland’s oldest town, though such history is somewhat lost at this restaurant. It is the epitome of contemporary chic, as if lifted from the pages of an ultra-hip interior design magazine. The food is equally minimalist in presentation, saving the drama for the flavours and textures. www.damiengermanier.ch

Emmenhof in Burgdorf


Most Swiss towns have a historic centre but few are prettier than Burgdorf, with a mighty hilltop Schloss crowning the whole ensemble. Down in the modern part of the Emmental town is an unassuming restaurant, currently run by the fourth generation of the Schürch family. The simple décor and the exceptional cooking are a winning combination of both traditional and modern. www.emmenhofburgdorf.ch

1 Villa Aurum
2 Damien Germanier
3 Emmenhof