Already perceived as a safe haven from eurozone problems, Switzerland, pictured top, has recently imposed strict limits on second-home owners. This has deterred some new developments, but led to a surge in demand for properties that already have the relevant planning permission. Mark Warner Property’s sales rose more than 100 per cent in 2013. The country’s other attractions, including stunning scenery and a stable economy, are going nowhere.
On the market: Units in a new ski-in, ski-out development in Grimentz in the Val d’Anniviers, from £110,000 with Mark Warner Property