Flora Tsapovsky is a style, food, travel and culture writer, splitting her time between San Francisco and Tel Aviv. She’s got a pulse on what’s cool across the globe, and today shares her guide to Switzerland’s design scene.

It’s about time world travelers discovered Switzerland’s sophisticated, designer side. Known for its breathtaking nature and first-rate ski resorts, the centrally located country is also home to world-class architecture, iconic design and risk-taking dining set in unusual, Instagram-worthy spots. For a tasteful, exciting visit, the combination of cosmopolitan Zurich and quaint Basel, just an hour-long train ride away, is ideal; the former offers a chic big-city  vibe, while the latter packs a dazzling amount of culture, art and beauty into a small, history-filled and romantic locale.