Skiing in the mornings, hiking in the afternoons. The following day, a train to the city to visit a contemporary museum and enjoy fantastic cuisine. And the day thereafter, maybe a day trip to France, Hungary or the Czech Republic? All this is possible in the Central European DACH region, i.e. Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All these countries have outstanding security and infrastructure, allowing easy travel. Their central location in the heart of Europe makes them perfect starting points for excursions to neighbouring countries. These are only some of the reasons to buy a holiday home in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. In the following, you will find out what awaits in the German-speaking heart of Europe apart from the classic tourist attractions, and what needs to be considered when investing.
A holiday in Austria, Germany or Switzerland is not only of interest to travellers who value security - the three countries also have much to offer off the beaten track. The cities abound with cultural treasures such as the beautiful old town of Geneva, multiculturalism in Berlin, outstanding cuisine in Vienna as well as countless opportunities for going out. There is no room for boredom, the cities are dynamic, cosmopolitan and in constant motion. There are also many other cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland apart from Berlin that are well worth a visit, for example historic Dresden, Gmunden in Austria and the picturesque town of Lugano.
If you prefer nature or an active holiday instead, there is something to be found for every taste. Germany also has many other interesting places to offer besides the big cities. Beautiful holiday destinations in Germany for nature lovers include the North Sea with its unique mudflats, the Harz Mountains and Saxon Switzerland with its superlative hiking trails.
When speaking of active holidays, we also need to mention skiing holidays in Austria. The many well-developed ski resorts in Austria attract over 40 million visitors each year. But it is not only the winter holidays which make living in Austria so attractive. A holiday at an Austrian lake such as Spechtensee is possible all year round. Here is an insider tip on one of the most beautiful places in Austria, far removed from the ski and snowboard slopes: Enjoy the pleasant Salzburg alpine summer with fresh mountain air and theme hikes. Mountain pastures especially for children make this an ideal family holiday destination.
Switzerland, too, is known for its fantastic ski slopes and mountains. But there is much more to discover away from the classic tourist attractions. Lausanne, for example - a booming city that is home to many start-ups and creative minds, which has a noticeable impact on the mentality. The dynamic atmosphere of the city is authentic, a lot is happening here and will continue to do so in the years and decades ahead. Having a holiday home in Switzerland would allow you to return regularly to the places you love and experience the development of the cities first hand.
Apart from the classic travel destinations which attract millions of local and international visitors each year, Germany, Austria and Switzerland also have many other regions that are well worth discovering. The potential of the DACH region has not yet been fully tapped, which makes these three countries ideal destinations for buying a holiday home. Consult our online guide to find out what needs to be considered when investing in property, especially if you are a foreign investor.