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Roger Federer reveals his top travel experiences in Switzerland

Legendary tennis champion Roger Federer has long been at the peak of his game. Now he’s chasing peaks of a different kind as a high-profile advocate for his native country Switzerland.

As a new brand ambassador for Switzerland Tourism, Federer is rediscovering the extraordinary natural beauty of his homeland, the Swiss Alps, idyllic lakes, boutique cities and chocolate-box villages.

Here he gives us an exclusive insight into some of his favourite travel experiences, destinations, resorts and restaurants as well as places he still wants to explore.

With Switzerland officially open to Australian visitors, now’s the time to explore this majestic alpine country.

Video: Watch Roger Federer’s invitation to Switzerland with actor Robert de Niro below.

Relax at Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz

Like every elite athlete, Federer knows the power of recovery, and one of the most relaxing ways of recharging after a day’s skiing is a dip in a thermal bath.

One of his long-time favourites, Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz is regarded as one of the most healing and beautiful aquatic spas in Europe.

A haven for mind, body and soul, Tamine Therme elevates the spa concept to new heights. Discover more about its world-class therapeutic features here.

Bad Ragaz lies in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at the foot of the Pizol. Today it’s a wellness resort with world-class hotels, thermal baths and golf courses.

The warm (37°C) healing waters bubble up from inside the mountain in Tamina Gorge in nearby Pfäfers. Read more about Bad Ragaz, winter in the region and an array of exciting events.

Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz
Tamina Therme © Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz offers Switzerland at its best

The jewel in the crown of Bad Ragaz is the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, located in the foothills of the Alps in Eastern Switzerland, an hour’s drive from Zurich.

One of Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical health resorts, it consists of two five-star establishments: The Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites and Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz.

A Federer favourite, the complex boasts exclusive spa facilities and medical expertise in the renowned Medical Health Centre and Clinic Bad Ragaz. Find out more about Switzerland’s finest medical health clinics.

There are eight restaurants to choose from (with four Michelin stars and 76 Gault&Millau points between them), two golf courses, and the must-visit Tamina Therme thermal spa.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz © Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Top chef dishes on his award-winning restaurants in Bad Ragaz

Leading Swiss chef Sven Wassmer heads up two restaurants in Bad Ragaz: Memories, with two Michelin stars and 18 Gault&Millau points, and verve by sven.

“Memories is basically a living room,” he says. “We, the chefs, cook in the open kitchen and our guests are able to observe every move while we create their next plate.”

“My focus lies in the ingredients and their flavors,” he adds. “Interacting with our guests, telling them about the produce and providors as well as being able to observe their reactions is magical.”

verve by sven is all about positivity, healthy eating and authentic Swiss cuisine.

Memories Restaurant
Memories Restaurant © Andre Meier

Enjoy a day trip to neighbouring Liechtenstein

Just 30kms and 30 minutes by car from Bad Ragaz is Liechtenstein, a small but exquisite sovereign state between Switzerland and Austria.

Traditions, customs and fascinating art treasures recount the rich history and culture of the country.

The last German-speaking monarchy comprises 11 municipalities and only 38,000 citizens. It is compact in the truest sense of the word, and bears the name of a dynastic family that resides in Vaduz Castle.

View a map of Switzerland here.

Malbun, Gorfion Familotel
Malbun, Gorfion Familotel © Martin Walser

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