Switzerland

Switzerland Tour Packages from Kolkata

Switzerland, a mountainous Central European country can be called as a stylish tourist destination. It offers countless cultural adventures and experiences. Switzerland is a land of greenery, picturesque landscapes, chocolates and watches. It is known for its mountains, churches, green fields, landscapes, emerald valleys, glaciers and glittering blue lakes. This city provides ample opportunities for sightseeing, traditional folk entertainment, art, shopping and nightlife. The country is just breathtaking and everything is just as beautiful as a dream.

Tourist attractions in Switzerland

The best places that you must definitely visit during your Switzerland tour are:

i) Zurich

Switzerland’s largest city is a major tourist attraction with tons of museums, art galleries, history and culture. The city offers various activities like museums, churches, theatres, Lake Zurich, parks and outdoor activities. It’s a great place that offers quaint shops, cafes and galleries. Zurich also offers some of the best bars and nightclubs. Zurich will truly give you a breathtaking experience in your Switzerland holiday.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Zurich is between June and August.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Zurich. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Istanbul, Warsaw and Muscat etc.

Things to do in Zurich

  • Uetliberg- A Mountain in Zurich which offers scenic views, fun picnics and other adventure activities.
     
  • Swiss National Museum- Explore the largest collection of the culture and history of the country.
     
  • Altstadt-Visit the old town of the city of Zurich.
     
  • Grossmunster Church- One of the four iconic churches of Zurich is known for its Romanesque architecture.
     
  • Kunsthaus Zurich- One of the most popular museums in Switzerland, it includes paintings from Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and more.
     
  • Lake Zurich- It’s a famous spot for picnics, walks and even swims during the summers.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Zurich

  • Cheese Fondue- It’s a whole lot of melted cheeses mixed with different ingredients like mushrooms, herbs and tomatoes. Its served with bread and washed down with some white wine.
     
  • Zurcher Geschnetzeltes-It consists of slices of veal cooked with mushrooms, cream, onions and wine. It’s often served with rice or noodles.
     
  • Zurcher Eintopf- It is a hearty mix of pork, onions, cabbages, potatoes and carrots cooked in white wine.
     
  • Zopf- It’s a type of bread offered in Zurich. Before baking, the dough which contains milk, eggs, yeast and flour is coated with egg yolk which gives it a shine. The dish is often served in breakfast.
     
  • Raclette- It’s a melted cheese which comes with potatoes, onions, gherkins and pickled fruit.

 

ii) Geneva

Geneva is situated around the beautiful Lake Geneva, at the mouth of the river Rhone. The city is blessed with plenty of natural beauty. The city offers architecture, art, nature and natural beauty. Geneva boasts of its famous watch industry like the Horloge Fleuri and the Flower clock. It’s a very charming city to be included in your Swiss tour.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Geneva is during the summer months from June to August.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Geneva. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Dubai, Beirut, Moscow and Zurich etc.

Things to do in Geneva

  • Jet D’Eau- This 140 meters high water fountain jet is the most popular tourist attraction in Geneva.
     
  • The Geneva tour cruise- The cruise will show you beautiful and famous spots of the city.
     
  • The Flower Clock- The symbol of quality watches and consists of beautiful flower arrangements.
     
  • Mont Salve- The Mountain offers you a stunning view of Geneva.
     
  • Old Town- Explore the vintage style town of Geneva.
     
  • Palais des Nations- You can take a walk along the chambers or explore the beautiful gardens.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Geneva

  • Cheval- It consists of the horse meat, usually served dried and with cheese.
     
  • Alplermagronen- It’s a mix of macaroni which contains buckwheat noodles, potatoes, onions, small pieces of bacon and cheese.
     
  • Raclette- It’s a melted cheese which comes with potatoes, onions, gherkins and pickled fruit.

 

iii) Lucerne

The city rests beside Lake Lucerne, it’s no mystery why this place is loved by the tourists. History, culture and spectacular scenery are a perfect blend that will make you longing to extend your stay. The mountainous view, the lake side setting and the chilly weather all add to the aura of the city. You cannot miss this place in your Switzerland trip.

Best Time to Visit

The peak season to visit Lucerne is from June to September.

Flight Connectivity

You will have to take a connecting flight to Zurich via Istanbul, Warsaw etc. After that, you can take a car or train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lucerne

  • Chapel Bridge- Most famous attraction in Lucerne, it is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.
     
  • Old Town-Beautiful part of the city which still preserves some of its oldest structures, houses and fountains.
     
  • Spreuerbruecke-Other famous bridge in Lucerne which is built in the same wooden covered style.
     
  • Lowendenkmal-Located in the park in Loewenplatz, it is a famous carving of the dying lion onto a rock by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
     
  • Swiss Transport Museum- It is an extensive exhibition of all modes of transport.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Lucerne

  • Roasted Flour soup- It is made from butter, flour, beef stalk and grated gruyere. It’s a heavenly dish which is served brown and roasted.
     
  • Polenta and braised beef-Polenta is wholesome cornmeal, cooked as a thick porridge in a cauldron over a fire. It is accompanied with braised beef which is prepared in wine sauce.
     
  • Tartiflette-It is a blend of sliced potatoes. It is cooked with potatoes, reblocon cheese, lardons and onions.
     
  • Alplermagronen- It is a variety of macaroni cheese, cooked with pasta, cream, potatoes and cheese. It is served with stewed apple, bacons and fried onions.
     
  • Nusstorte- A dessert, comprising of short crust pastry, caramelized sugar, cream and chopped walnuts.

 

iv) Interlaken

Interlaken is one of the oldest, best known and the most popular summer holiday resorts in Switzerland. There are plenty of things to do in Interlaken. There are many sports available for the adventure lovers like sailing, windsurfing on the lakes, parasailing, horseback riding and tennis. It is the fantastic base for seeing the best of Switzerland’s magnificent scenery while enjoying the comforts of a lakeside resort.

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Interlaken is from June to September.

Flight Connectivity

You will have to take a connecting flight to Zurich via Istanbul, Warsaw etc. After that, you can take a car or train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

  • Harder Kulm- Take a spectacular view of the Interlaken and the lakes from Harder.
     
  • Hohematte Park- A park with Scenic Mountain views offering grassy space for relaxation.
     
  • Schynige Platte- It’s a small mountain ridge which gives panoramic views of the Alps.
     
  • Lake Thun- It is a lake which is covered by mountains and is known for its Romanesque Churches.
     
  • Lake Brienz- You can rent kayaks, row boats and pedalos to explore the lake on your own.
     
  • Touristik Museum- The museum includes bicycles and lake steamers, historical carriages and vehicles.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Interlaken

  • Buffalo Mozzarella- A Mediterranean food, a type of cheese which is a famous food in Interlaken.
     
  • Rocket salad- It is made up of thinly sliced pancetta, onions, mixed nuts, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.
     
  • Spring roll-It consists of the flour dough which is stuffed with vegetables like onions, cabbage which are mixed with spices.

 

v) Montreux

Situated on the Eastern shore of Lake Geneva, it is one of the finest resort towns in the area. The town has attracted an impressive list of visitors and has cultural attractions as well as sporting activities to offer. From the lake to the mountains, Montreux offers a postcard landscape and makes it a worthy place to visit.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Montreux is from June until September.

Flight Connectivity

 You can take connecting flights to Geneva via Dubai, Beirut, Moscow etc and then a car or train to Montreux.

Things to do in Montreux

  • Chateau de Chillon- Most visited historical building, explore the interiors of this medieval castle.
     
  • Montreux jazz festival- Enjoy the diverse and renowned musical performances in this festival.
     
  • Promenade-It flaunts a variety of lovely blossoms during springtime.
     
  • Lavaux Vineyards-Wander through the beautiful vineyards and enjoy the magnificent views and taste the famous lavaux wine.
     
  • Water Sports- Adventure lovers can enjoy swimming, hiking, canoeing, waterskiing, sailing and more.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Montreux

  • Birchermuesli- A mix of rolled oat flakes, fruits, nuts, lemon juice and condensed milk.
     
  • Bundnernusstorte- Short crust pastry with a filling of caramelized sugar, cream and chopped nuts. It is served with a cup of coffee or tea.
     
  • Cheese Fondue- It’s a whole lot of melted cheeses mixed with different ingredients like mushrooms, herbs and tomatoes. Its served with bread and washed down with some white wine.

 

An itinerary of Switzerland

Here’s a Switzerland itinerary for your exclusive holiday:

Day 1: Arrival at Zurich. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Zurich.

Day 2: Arrival at Interlaken by train. Check in to the hotel. Visit Harderkulm. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 3: Full day tour to Jungfraujoch. Experience ice palace and more. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 4: Breakfast. Day free at leisure. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 5: Proceed to Mt. Titlis by car. Experience Titlis Glacier and more. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 6: Arrival at Montreux by train. Visit Chateau de Chillon. Overnight in Montreux.

Day 7: Breakfast. Visit Gstaad. Overnight in Montreux.

Day 8: Transfer to Zurich by train. Visit Rhine Falls. Overnight at hotel in Zurich.

Day 9: Breakfast. Transfer to airport to fly back home.

 

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