The Great Outdoors of Switzerland: From Quaint Villages to the Mighty Alps — 10 Things to See
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Switzerland is dotted with picture-perfect lakes and villages amidst the pristine white peaks of the mighty Alps. A curious mix of the quaint quarters, historical landmarks and exciting ski resorts and hiking trails, the country is perfect for a great family holiday.
There is plenty to see both in the picturesque cities and scenic countryside. It is the perfect place to explore history and soak in all the natural beauty.
Here is a list of the top 10 places that are a must see during your holidays in Switzerland!
Begin your journey in Zurich, the banking capital of Europe and the world. Despite its wealthy opulence, it remains a charming city with its simple and peaceful life. You will never tire of visiting its museums and the high-end shopping places on Banhofstrasse. At the same time the coloured cobbled streets and splendid ancient churches of Altstadt will awe your senses!
Next travel to chic Geneva enjoying the lavish and flawless exteriors, plush global headquarters, luxury hotels, jewellers, boutiques, restaurants and rich chocolatiers. However, behind this ultra-modern façade remains hidden the attitude and high-voltaic energy of the neighbourhood bars, the Les Grottes and the Quartier des Pâquis.The old town by the Rhine nestles the antiquity of St. Pierre Cathedral, the massive Jet d’Eau fountain and L’horlogefleurie or the Flower Clock. Of course you cannot give Europe’s largest lake a miss when you are in Geneva. Walk down its shores and soak in the ethereal beauty of this enchanting city.
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The Swiss capital Berne is a quiet destination that you must not miss out. A medieval old town with its bold architectural heritage is a beauty to
savour. The Old City of Berne was founded in the 12th Century and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The city is home to structures that trace back the different architectural epoch and is enriched by the 15th century arcades and some 16th century fountains. The meandering Aare lends the old town its quaint little shape retaining its ancient flavour.
Situated between Zurich and Berne, party-loving Lucerne is a stunning waterfront town still stands tall with its amazing grace with its first chapel as indicated by an angel! The well-preserved Altstadt city is a mix of awe-inspiring mountains connected by bridges and sprinkled with candy-coloured houses. Built on the lake of the same name, the city is packed with marks of Apline traditions that you will love to explore.
Apart from the well-known towns and cities there are unending natural bounties in the forms of lakes and mountain peaks that you cannot give a miss. The Subterranean lake of St Leonard is one of them. As the biggest underground water body of Europe, you should take a boat ride on it to feel what it is like being in Switzerland.
Chateau de Chollon
Chateau de Chillon is a collection of 25 buildings and 3 courtyards reachable by boat from Montreux town. Home to some of the most ancient and historic buildings, the 4th century water fortress, Chillon Castle is sure to mesmerize you.
Move onto Zermatt, Switzerland’s most famous mountain peak situated on the border with Italy. It is a typical Alpine village with chalet restaurants and ski resorts famous for its carriage rides. Capture the most gorgeous mountain views from here or the nearby Gornergrats..
You cannot but visit Davos, one of Switzerland’s exotic ski resorts. It is a haven for both experienced enthusiasts as well as excited beginners. With Klosters and St. Moritz in the east, Davos is best place to enjoy the favourite national sports – skiing.
Move onto the quaint northern villages for the perfect break on the Alps. The Canton Appenzell is a collection such picturesque villages with brightly coloured houses situated on rolling green valleys and meadows with the Santis peak as the backdrop.
The Jungfraujoch or the Jungfrau Region is the most adventurous part of the Apline world. The three big glacial monoliths of Jungfrau, Monch and Eigertower overlook the winding mountainous paths and through the rolling green of the meadows. There is much to see around in the region and the panorama is unforgettable!
Make your pick as you move through the tiny mountain country as there is so much to see. Experience gastronomic treats and gorge on the local coffee and ganache-filled pastries.
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