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April 21, 2019by Road link trips

 

Switzerland is a small country, but there are plenty of things to do in Switzerland. It’s a place with big mountains, big culture, and big opportunities for travelers.

Ski in the shadow of the Matterhorn


At the ski resort of Zermatt, you can wind your way down top-class slopes with excellent views of the iconic, tooth-shaped Matterhorn. For those not wanting to take to the snow, there are other ways to admire the Matterhorn. By heading to the summit of the Rothorn, a short 30 minute cable car journey away from Zermatt, you’ll be treated to a spectacular panorama of the surrounding mountains.

Take a Boat Ride on Lake Geneva


Geneva is an international city that’s known for its role in the United Nations and the International Red Cross. But the city itself is also full of lovely parks and some really interesting sights to see. One of the best ways to get to know Geneva is to take a boat ride out on Lake Geneva to experience it from the water. This is one of the largest lakes on the continent, and it offers amazing views of the surrounding cities and towns, as well as the Alps and Jura mountain ranges which are great for skiing and hiking depending on the season. It’s also fun to explore the Canton Vaud wineries because there are many vineyards that surround the lake.

Relax and enjoy the views on the GoldenPass Line


The GoldenPass Line is the scenic route through Switzerland and it offers the chance to glimpse some of the country’s best scenery. Slow and leisurely at around five and a half hours long, the journey takes you from Lucerne to Montreux (or vice-versa) through six Swiss cantons via three mountain passes (including the Brünig Pass) and landscapes complete with lakes, waterfalls and valleys dotted with typical Swiss chalets. The GoldenPass isn’t direct and you have to switch trains in Interlaken and Zweisimmen. Make sure your camera is fully charged as you’re going to want to snap plenty of pictures.

Go Boating on Lake Lucerne


Another lake worth visiting during your time in Switzerland is Lake Lucerne. This region is in the German-speaking part of the country and is incredibly beautiful. The city of Lucerne is also known for its Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. Come here for picture-perfect postcard views and a lovely charm that will make you fall in love with Swiss culture. Consider taking a boat cruise on a historic paddlewheel steamer or salon motor vessel to really experience this lake. It’s a perfect way to send a mild summer’s day or evening with the lights of town making the water glisten with magic. You can also combine a boat ride with a walk along the Swiss Path to learn about the history of the country.

Discover the origins of the universe at CERN


CERN, on the outskirts of Geneva is something not to be missed. It’s not every day that you’ll get to see the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particular accelerator that stretches out in a 27 kilometre ring under Swiss and French territory. If the accelerator is on, for obvious reasons, it’s not possible to visit. But the Microcosm, the Globe and the fascinating “Universe of Particles” exhibition are worth visiting to learn about the people behind the LHC and its mind-stretching experiments. If you want to take a guided tour it’s best to book as far in advance as possible, as they can fill up quickly.

Explore Old Town Bern, Bern


The Old Town part of the city of Bern, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is definitely a great place to visit when you plan a trip to Switzerland. Here you’ll find the Munster, which is an iconic Gothic cathedral and a beautiful town hall. While in Bern, you can also see the Zytglogge, which is a famous clock tower with puppets. This is also an ideal area for travelers who love to shop for souvenirs, gifts, and personal items to take back home. Other top things to do here include the weekly market and Bear Park, which celebrates the city’s animal symbol.

Taste some of the world’s best Swiss chocolate


Train to become a maître chocolatier in Kilchberg, visit Maison Cailler in Broc, one of the world’s oldest chocolate factories and explore Zurich and learn the story of Lindt chocolate. All of this and more is possible in Switzerland, the home to some of the world’s finest chocolate treats.

Go Boating on Lake Lucerne


Another lake worth visiting during your time in Switzerland is Lake Lucerne. This region is in the German-speaking part of the country and is incredibly beautiful. The city of Lucerne is also known for its Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. Come here for picture-perfect postcard views and a lovely charm that will make you fall in love with Swiss culture. Consider taking a boat cruise on a historic paddlewheel steamer or salon motor vessel to really experience this lake. It’s a perfect way to send a mild summer’s day or evening with the lights of town making the water glisten with magic. You can also combine a boat ride with a walk along the Swiss Path to learn about the history of the country.

See Rhine Falls


The largest waterfall in all of Europe is Rhine Falls, which is near Schaffhausen and in the northern part of the country. Here you can watch the falls from a viewing deck and see the falls drop at least 150 meters down. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even rent a canoe and head out on the water. You can even reach the castles of Wörth and Laufen by boat from this area. There are boat tours offered by local companies to get you closer to the falls, and these tours typically last about 10 to 30 minutes and operate between April and October.

Take a hike in the Alps


Hiking in Switzerland is an experience you are likely never to forget. In its small area, Switzerland is packed with so many impressive trails, dramatic mountain peaks and quiet, out-of-the-way valleys to explore. Thanks to clearly signposted pathways and in the ski resort areas, numerous lifts and buses, it’s easy to navigate your way around. If you’re looking to go out and about for longer than a day or two, it’s a good idea to check out the Swiss Alpine Club which runs a series of huts dotted around the country for decent prices. There’s also an app with routes of 32 hikes around the country.

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