Switzerland has long been recognised for its stunning mountain scenery and healthy lifestyle. For hundreds of years people have visited the Swiss mountains for their health and now it has been recognised, according to the 2017 Best Countries Report, as the top place to live in the world.
According to a survey of more than 21,000 people from 36 countries, Switzerland ranked high in citizenship, quality of life and entrepreneurship, all qualities that make for a nation of neighbourly and welcoming people and the kind of peaceful life that those who are considering overseas retirement seek out.
Once you have visited, fallen in love with the country and decided to make your home there, you will be faced with the tricky task of choosing the best place in Switzerland to live.
Switzerland is not all about mountains and alpine meadows; Swiss cities are bustling and cosmopolitan and have a lot to offer but are still set in scenic locations. From the capital city of Berne with its stunning mix of history and modern shopping experiences to the winding back streets and picturesque views of Basel, in Switzerland you are never too far from the mountains.
Of course, most people who choose to settle in Switzerland want to live as close to the ski resorts as possible. Switzerland offers myriad idyllic ski villages and Champéry is one of the best examples. With immediate access to the Portes du Soleil, one of the worlds largest ski resorts, Champéry can offer winter and summer sports of the highest standard and to suit all ages and abilities. The climate in Champéry is warm with annual average temperatures of 6.6ºC, but like any mountain location, there is also rain to consider. Champéry has an average annual rainfall of 1135mm.
Climate aside, Champéry offers a sample of the very best of that Swiss quality of life. Aside from the world-class skiing, the sports and leisure facilities in Champéry rival those of any European city. The Palladium Sports Centre has swimming, fitness classes, ice skating, curling and wall climbing on its sports menu and when you have had enough exercise you can wander along to the Therms Parc Val D’illiez and relax in the warm thermal waters. If you love the snow but fancy some time off skiing, there are opportunities to snowshoe or just take in the views at the top of the cable car.
When you are in Champéry, it feels as though you are cut off from the rest of the world, but in fact Champéry has good transport links with train access to Geneva Airport and 46-minute train connections to the new flight schedules from Sion.
Champéry offers great possibilities for those who wish to settle there and enjoy its delights on a more permanent basis. Properties are available to buy or on long-term rents and both are great options. Another aspect of Champéry life to consider is the possibility of having a concierge for your property. That way you can lock up and leave whenever you want, without needing to worry about any issues that might arise while you are away.
Whether you are looking to retire to Switzerland or just take a life break, Champéry is a great option for fresh air, year-round sports and that relaxed Swiss approach to life.