Switzerland is renowned for beautiful landscapes, with mountains and lakes that offer sports and relaxation in every season. In winter, the slopes offer excellent skiing and other snow activities. In summer, lakeside chalets and mountain trails are a superb place to breathe fresh mountain air in a bracing, scenic atmosphere. Hiking and mountaineering enthusiasts enjoy thousands of miles of rocky terrain and forested walking trails, with plenty of sunshine to keep the spirits high.
Switzerland’s historic cities—including Geneva, Zurich and Berne—boast fine architecture, artistic and cultural events, music and film festivals, and modern transport networks that run on time. Also noteworthy are the excellent Swiss restaurants and the vibrant nightlife in big cities and mountain resorts.
With a congenial atmosphere throughout the country, Switzerland has been charming visitors for centuries. They come for both tourism and business, as Geneva and Zurich host many international companies and organizations. French, German and Italian are the national languages, and English is also widely spoken.
Our “hometown” village of Leysin is set in a beautiful Alpine resort, with breathtaking views across the Rhone Valley.
The town dates back to the Middle Ages and is now a thriving tourist resort and a center of international education. More than 1,200 students call Leysin their home-away-from-home. The Swiss Hotel Management School offers world-class education in hotel management. The Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland provides Japanese high school students with the opportunity of experiencing the European international environment. Winter sports include skiing, snowboarding, skating and ice hockey. In summer, the magnificent mountaintop setting satisfies adrenalin seekers with such adventure sports as parapenting, mountain biking and rock climbing. Those who want a more relaxed time can wander the mountain hiking paths and trails, appreciating the untouched wildlife.
Leysin is located near countless cultural destinations in the heart of Europe. Trains from the Aigle station to France, Italy and Germany bring Leysin close to Europe’s capital cities. Locally, Montreux, Vevey and Lausanne offer big-city attractions less than an hour away.
Quick facts about Leysin:
- Population of 4,000
- Primarily French speaking with English widely spoken
- More than 40 restaurants and shops
- English-speaking cinema
- Four English-based international schools
- Climbers, hikers and bikers from around the world
- Two public professional sports facilities
- Ski gondola located in the center of town
- Only 30 minutes from Lake Geneva
Connected to the European rail system