What to do in Switzerland
Switzerland beckons with a wealth of unforgettable experiences. Immerse yourself in nature hiking in the Alps, where the iconic peaks of Matterhorn and Jungfrau await with breathtaking vistas. In Vaud, explore picturesque vineyards and indulge in wine-tasting sessions amidst stunning landscapes, while Gruyères and Broc offer a chance to savor delectable Swiss chocolates and cheeses.
Embark on one of the world’s greatest train journeys aboard the Glacier Express, traversing 291 bridges and 91 tunnels to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Alps. The panoramic views and fine dining along the way will leave you in awe.Read More
Best activities to do in Switzerland
Switzerland has a huge range of outdoor pursuits, culture, and food to enjoy. We’ve put together a few must sees and dos to make your planning easier.
Hiking in the Alps
Hiking in Switzerland is really a must, with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring rains that showcase dramatic mountain views and remote valleys. Even for long distance treks one can hike for days on end without a sleeping bag, tent, or even food thanks to the well-linked system of mountain hits which offer comfortable beds, hot showers, and tasty meals. For those who are looking for something more relaxing why not stay in one of the many car-free villages high in the mountains, like pretty Mürren, this gives you a head start to the summit but there are always many easy hikes straight from the door of your hotel.
Wine tasting in Vaud
While Switzerland may be more famous for chocolate and cheese, it’s also a top spot for sampling fine wines, most of which you’d never be able to try anywhere else – Switzerland hardly exports any of its wine. The canton of Vaud is one of the best destinations for tasting, with Lavaux Vineyards being it’s most famous. Terraced vineyards lie between Montreux and Lausanne, providing a breath-taking setting for a sipping all easily accessible by both train and car.
Ride the Glacier Express
Appearing on almost every ‘greatest rail journeys of the world’ list ever written, the Glacier Express is a must-do for anyone traveling to Switzerland. The 7.5hr journey across the mountains starts in the alpine village of Zermatt with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and finishes in the St. Moritz, the most elegant holiday resort in the country. Along this stunning route, you’ll visit the Rhine Gorge and Oberalp Pass, as well as countless viaducts and tunnels, high mountains, lush grassland of wildflowers, and pretty Alpine villages.
Be sure to upgrade to Excellence class and enjoy a guaranteed window seat with a 360° view, and a refined regional 5-course menu with accompanying wines.
Taste the World’s Best Chocolate
Another mist-try is Swiss chocolate. Maison Cailler in Broc is one of the world’s oldest factories, offering a sweet adventure through the history of chocolate, from cocoa ceremonies of the Aztecs to the latest innovation as well as a tasting of an incredible variety of flavors. Max Chocolatier in Lucerne offers tours that include the chance to make your own too!
Visit Beautiful Interlaken
One of the most popular mountain resort towns in the country, Interlaken is incredibly scenic tucked between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, offering breathtaking mountain and lake views along with outdoor adventure. Three of Switzerland’s most famous peaks, Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger soar above, providing wonderful vistas and outdoor adventures with everything from hiking and climbing to paragliding and world-class skiing in the winter months.
Take in Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva sits along the Swiss and French border, tucked between dazzling snow-capped peaks. Of the city of Geneva at the far southwest of the lake, is Jet d’Eau, a fountain and famous landmark that sends water nearly 500 feet into the air. Along the shores of the lake are picturesque gardens, parks, promenades, and even vineyards! One of the best views can be enjoyed from Lausanne on the northern shore with the Alps towering in the distance.
Ride the Bernina Express to Italy
The Berinia Express offers an unforgettable train ride from St Mortiz, through the breathtaking snow-capped mountains to the palm tree lined streets of Tirano in Northern Italy. You’ll get a panoramic view over untouched landscapes, including the Easter Alps’ highest mountain, Piz Berniba, at over 13,120 feet high, along sparkling glaciers, frozen lakes (even in summer), and dramatic gorges. The train also travels over 200 bridges and through more than 50 tunnels. This is truly one of the great rail journeys of Switzerland, if not the world.
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