Switzerland is known for its world-class skiing, but there are also many authentically Swiss activities to experience away from the slopes.

One of Switzerland's most adorable emblems is the Saint Bernard, with its big droopy eyes and barrel hanging around its thick neck. At Champex, in the Valais area, young and old alike will enjoy a 1h30 ride with two St. Bernards pulling their sleigh. Call the tourism office at +41 (0)27. 783.12.27 for more information.

The Joux Valley is famous for another Swiss symbol - the watch. Olivier Piguet opens his workshop to one or two guests, no more, for one or two-day lessons on how to take apart, clean, oil, and reassemble a watch. The price, starting at CHF440, includes lunches prepared by the master watch maker himself.

Switzerland is known for its luxurious spas, less so for it cinema, but Loèche les Bains brings the two together for a unique cinematic experience, complete with snacks. During several weekends, the thermal resort invites you to spend three hours in their thermal bath while watching some recent releases. Admission costs CHF27 per adult and CHF19  for children under 12. Call toll free 0800 83 99 00 for more information.

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