What could be more relaxing than classical music in the heart of the Alps? The Verbier Festival is one of the highlights of the summer calendar. Every summer for two weeks, Verbier plays host to one of the major, European music festivals. This year marks the 25th anniversary, where music lovers from around the world come together to enjoy music in the picturesque alpine setting of Verbier. From open air concerts to intimate recitals, the 1500m celebration has something for everyones taste. For two weeks it transforms Verbier with a buzz of classical music and culture.
In August, Verbier is transformed when the International Show Jumping competition sees the best horse riders from 20 different countries compete over 10 days. Entry is free and the arena draws international names such as the talented Laura Kraut and Robert Smith to compete against the stunning backdrop of the Combins mountains.
On the doorstep of Verbier, the Omega European Masters is one of the most prestigious golf competitions played on European soil. Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf-Club is indisputably the most spectacular course on the European Tour schedule. This internationally-renowned golf competition, played on the same course for the 72nd time in 2018, has seen players such as Spain’s Sev Ballesteros, José Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, South Africa’s Ernie Els and Britain’s Lee Westwood win the coveted trophy.
Verbier Festival: 19th July – 5th August 2018
International Showjumping Competition: 16th -26th August 2018
Omega European Masters: 6th-9th September 2018
“The combination of music and mountains is magical. I shall long cherish the memory of sipping champagne in the fresh mountain air during an intermission, basking in the afterglow of Bryn Terfel’s exuberant performance of Don Giovanni and watching the sun set over snow-clad peaks of the Combin massif.”
Gabriella Le Breton, The Daily Telegraph