Switzerland is a country which is fabled for its stunning natural beauty. Mention its name and what comes to mind instantly are the mighty peaks of the Alps, images of which have been made famous in countless movies, books and honeymoon albums. Lush green valley floors, alpine meadows carpeted with flowers and crystal blue lakes complement these magnificent peaks.
The sound of cowbells and chime of cuckoo clocks represents its heritage. A network of trains, lake ferries and cable cars interlace Switzerland’s cities and tourist destinations. These include some of the most highly rated scenic routes in the world. Switzerland offers a bounty of delights making it one of the top destinations to visit at least once in a lifetime.
Switzerland, officially known as the Swiss Confederation, is a country located in Central Europe divided into 26 sovereign cantons. Surrounded by land on all sides, Switzerland is spread over an area of 16,000 square miles consisting on picture postcard cities, tall mountains, glaciers, lakes and valleys.
It is one of the wealthiest counties in the world with low unemployment, high GDP, strong economy, skilled labor and high-tech manufacturing. It is also the headquarters of leading financial organizations, science and educational institutions, international organizations like United Nations, WTO, Red Cross and much more.
The city life in Switzerland is stunning, especially during the months of June, July and August. Walk into a roadside patisserie and feast on some freshly baked macaroons cakes and flaky buttery French croissants, enjoy street musical performances, explore interesting nick-nacks at local flea markets or simply take a stroll by the lake lakeside. Switzerland has something for everyone.
Nestled amidst the mighty Alps on the northern side and Lake Geneva on the southern, Switzerland shares its international borders with France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. Due to its strategic location, Switzerland has been an oasis for travelers. Hence, Swiss socio-cultural traditions bear striking resemblance with its neighboring countries, especially France, Germany and Italy.
With its diverse landscape, natural beauty and vibrant culture, Switzerland has so much to offer that one is spoilt for choices. The three largest cities of Switzerland, Zurich, Bern and Geneva, are a must visit.
All three cities sum up the essence of the country as they provide a harmonious blend of the modern and traditional. Take a walk through the old town exploring churches, cobbled streets, parks and museums or a boat cruise on Lake Geneva whiling soaking yourself in Swiss culture.
Switzerland is a store house of natural beauty. Take a train ride up the Alps while enjoying the beautiful countryside. Train rides on the Golden Pass Line, Glacier Express and St. Bernina Express offer spectacular views of the rolling hills, green valleys and the snowcapped mountains.
One can also indulge in varied outdoor activities like Skiing on the high slopes of Zermatt, St. Moritz, Grindelwald and Wengen. Engelberg-Mt. Titlis can also be a choice for skiing. Hang gliding is a common sight when you look up in the districts of Interlaken, Oberland and Ebenalp. In case your heart yearns an ariel view of this beautiful country, hang gliding is recommended.
Switzerland houses some of the most beautiful crystal lakes in the world. Some of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland have developed on the shores of Lake Geneva, Lake Lucerne, and Lake Thun. These lakeside towns are bustling with activities. You take a boat cruise on Lake Geneva or simply around lake Thun.
Finally, there is a pleasant surprise awaiting all chocoholics in Broc, the Cailler Chocolate Factory. If that is not enough you can indulge in some of the best quality cheese paired with premium wine while touring through Switzerland.
he largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is a treasure trove of experiences. From bustling streets with high street fashion brands to grand medieval architecture, waterfront promenades to meandering lanes of the central Altstadt and steeple churches, Zurich has it all.
Due to its convenient location and vibrant lifestyle, Zurich is always buzzing with tourists. It is often preferred as one of the most comfortable European cities. If you happen to visit the city in mid-August you can also witness the Street Parade, one of Europe’s most celebrated and wildest street parties. If your heart craves for a truly happening nightlife scene then Zuri-West is the place to be.
The southern end of the Canton of Bern is popularly known as Bernese Oberland. You can find diverse landscape in a small area ranging from snowcapped mountains to hiking trails, mountain villages to cogwheel trains. Interlaken and Grindelwald, located within the Bernese Oberland area provide easy access to Jungfraujoch.
Do check out for hand gliding and paragliding options. You can witness some of the best ariel views of the beautiful countryside in this area.
Located in Sothern Switzerland’s Valais canton, Zermatt is known for the highest ski slopes and hiking trails. This quaint mountain town is the gateway to Matterhorn. Since Zermatt is a car free zone, one can take a leisurely walk along the main street, Bahnhofstrasse, while browsing through boutique shops, hotels and restaurants.
Zermatt also proudly boasts Switzerland’s first electric cogwheel train, the Matterhorn Railway Gornegrat-Bahn, established in 1898. A 33-minute journey through pristine white peaks and picturesque valley offers occasional glimpses of the Matterhorn peak. A visit in the months of April-May when the snow is fresh is a visual treat.
Tucked away in the western borders of Switzerland is the capital city of Bern. Situated on the banks of River Aare, the quaint town traces its history back to the 12th century. You can merely walk through Bern’s UNESCO listed old town center to view tall sandstone buildings, Renaissance fountains and the iconic clock tower of Zytglogge that was installed in 1530.
Next up, try your fitness levels with 400 odd steps climb at Bern Cathedral. The view on top is mesmerizing. You can also spot the snowcapped mountains at a distance.
Bern is also the home of Switzerland’s second largest historical museum and the oldest museum of fine arts. Join hands with your partner and witness some of the finest artworks from the 15th century.
Geneva is a compact, classy and cosmopolitan city where every 2 out 3 people living in the city have come from abroad. This is no surprise given that Geneva is the headquarters of many international organizations of political, social and scientific importance such as Red Cross, United Nations and CERN.
At the heart of the city sits Lake Geneva into which flow two rivers which meander through the city districts. The city is bounded by the Jura Mountains on all sides. Choose from the many scenic boat rides and cruises of varying lengths to enjoy a quiet ride on Lake Geneva. If not, simply walk down Geneve Plage or sit on the shores of Lake Geneva and enjoy spectacular views.
The best time to visit Geneva is in summer, especially in the first two weeks of August which mark the Geneva Festival. The first day of August is celebrated as the Swiss National Day - the city holds one of the world’s largest fireworks displays that night. The fireworks last over an hour with the mountains providing the backdrop and the waters of Lake Geneva mirroring the spectacular fireworks display in the sky.
Go skiing on the mighty Alpine slope
Soak yourself in rolling green meadows, natural beauty and snow-covered mountains while touring through the countryside on St. Bernina Express
Indulge in some sinful decedent treat directly from the makers at the chocolate factory in Broc.
Satiate the adventure sportsman within you while negotiating with the powerful wave of Lake Geneva. Go paddle boarding
Try your hands at quintessential Swiss artifacts and authentic home cooked delicacies at summer flea markets of Plainpalais or Carouge in Geneva, Lausanne market or Puces de Nyon in Nyon
Walk into a local patisserie and bite into a crispy flaky pain au chocolat
Go for hang gliding or paragliding for breath-taking ariel view of the Interlaken region
When in Switzerland, cable car rides are a must
Go hiking in the innumerable mountain and forest trails of Switzerland
Feel the cool breeze while sipping on hot coffee sitting on the deck of a boat. Enjoy boat cruises on the crystal blue lakes of Switzerland.
The Rhine falls located near the German borders at Schaffhausen is a must visit in Switzerland. The most favorable time for a visit here is during the months of May, June and July. During this time the snow melts and the water doubles in volume. Take a boat cruise for a closer look and thrilling experience.
Top of Europe: Jungfrauoch is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Switzerland. The train journey from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg via Wengernalp is breathtaking and an experience in itself.
Jungfraujoch marks the beginning of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Great Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe. Jungfraujoch can be reached via Bernese Oberland Railway that can be boarded from Grindelwald.
The 2-hour journey through the lush green Swiss countryside is sure to transport you to another world.
Another immensely popular tourist attraction is Mt. Titlis that sits atop the tiny yet pretty mountain town of Engelberg. Engelberg is easily accessible by train.
Most hotels and tourist attractions are closely connected and are within a short walk from the station. The town also has its own bus network that ferry tourists to different tourist locations and provide station pickup and drop.
Mt. Titlis can be reached via 2 cable car rides through the high mountains. The second leg of the journey to Mt. Titlis is a thrilling ride on Titlis Rotair. The ride fells like one is moving through the clouds.
Once on top, one the enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of miles of eternal snow.
Geneva is the home to the second largest UN office known as United Nations Office of Geneva (UNOG). One can go for guided tours provided by the UN office, interact with a UN expert and get a closer look at UN affairs.
If you are a science enthusiast then CERN is the place for you. Once again, located in one of the most happening towns of Switzerland, CERN is the seat of nuclear research and particle physics.
Go for a visit at CERN to marvel at the scientific inventions and researches. A visit to CERN is free but beware of long queues. Book your spot well in advance to make the most of it.
By the way, did you know that the pillar of modern-day existence, the world wide web (www) was invented in CERN?
This medieval castle located on the banks of Lake Geneva near Montreux has inspired artists and poets for centuries. The chateau was built by the Romans to guard the crucial road through the Alpine Passes.
Currently it is owned by the state of Vaud and is classified as Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance.
Frequent boat rides to Chillon are available from Montreux. A 40-minute ride on Lake Geneva through the picturesque Swiss valley will take you to this 12th century castle. Immerse yourself in in the 14th century paintings that adorn the castle or simply walk around the Gothic underground rooms.
On warm summer day one can even walk or cycle through the well-paved hiking route between Montreux and Chillon. Remember to carry your comfortable walking shoes.
The serene and calm beauty of the Swiss countryside won the hearts of many luminaries. One such luminary who gave his heart to Switzerland was the celebrated English legend Charlie Chaplin.
Charlie Chaplin led a life of self-imposed exile is Vevey for more that 25 years where he breathed his last. Chaplin’s house Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey is now a museum known as Chaplin’s World.
Chaplin’s World provides a detailed visual documentary on the life and works of Chaplin and is extremely popular amongst tourists.
Another summer attraction on the banks of Lake Geneva is the Montreux Jazz Festival. The two-week long festival that pulls crowd from far and wide is known for legendary performances and great music. Enjoy some great performances while shopping at the various stalls especially set up for the festival.
Make sure take picture with Freddie Mercury’s giant bronze statue installed by the lakeside. This British Rockstar too fell in love with Swiss serenity and recorded his last album here.
Switzerland Honeymoon Destinations
They don’t call Switzerland paradise on earth for nothing. While the whole of Switzerland is stands for love, peace and serenity, there are a few places that are particularly favorite with newly-wed couples.
Interlaken: With its snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys and calm forest trails, Interlaken is one of the most fascinating Swiss destinations. Walk into the mountain trails or take a cable car ride while enjoying some quality time with your soulmate.
Geneva: Geneva maybe a populous city with less of natural beauty when compared to other Swiss locations it’s a great choice for honeymooners. Geneva lake front is lined with luxury hotel that boast excellent views of the lake and Mont Blanc. It also houses a host of high street fashion brands and fabulous restaurants. Couples can enjoy some world class cuisine, shop and stroll on the promenades.
Zurich: Zurich makes it to this list for reasons more than one. Couples love to walk around the meandering lanes in the old city, soak in the warm summer sun by the scenic waterfront and finally have a rocking time at the happening party scene in Zuri-West
St. Moritz: The charming Swiss village is known picture perfect scenery and magnificent resorts and pulsating landscape. If you are looking for a quiet yet fabulous honeymoon in laps of nature, St. Moritz is the place to be.
Ticino: From dreamy castles and cobblestone streets to delicious food and warm Mediterranean vibe, Ticino located in the southernmost canton of Switzerland is the perfect honeymoon destination, especially in summer. The months of April, May & June come alive with a fragrant cool summer breeze. You can feel the air touching your senses while you emerge yourself in the essence of deep blue lakes and snowclad mountains.
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Day 1Arrive at Zurich, the largest and most compact city of Switzerland. Begin your day with a scrumptious Swiss breakfast comprising of delectable Swiss Cheese, Rosti and some butter croissants. Spend the day at a leisurely pace exploring the cobbled streets of the old town, pick up a coffee from a roadside cafe or stroll along Bahnhofstrasse, Europes largest shopping district. Satiate the shopaholic within you with some fine fashion jewelry, apparel and luxury watches. As evening draws in, head to experience Zurichs most happening nightlife scene at Zuri West.
Day 2Take an early morning train to the Rhine Falls where a spectacle awaits you. Take a boat trip up the Rhine for a closer look at the falls and mostly importantly feel the adrenalin rush as the boat sways to the waves of the falls. Post lunch at a local restaurant take a train to Lucerne via Zurich. Spend the evening in the car free medieval town of Lucerne exploring the frescoed historic buildings, covered bridges and waterfront promenades. Finally Zurichs iconic 14th century Chapel Bridge provides for some excellent photo opportunities.
Day 3Next morning board the iconic Lucerne Interlaken Express and experience one of the loveliest train rides Golden Pass line. This is a 2 hour long journey of pure bliss through lush green meadows dotted with dairy cows punctuated by picturesque hamlets and occasional glimpses of the snowcapped mountains. Next up is another mesmerizing train ride from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch with a quick transfer at Kleine Scheidegg. Finally, you are at Jungfraujoch Top of Europe where a breathtaking view awaits to fill up your senses.
Day 4Spend this day at the picturesque mountain town of Engelberg that also serves as the gateway to Mt. Titlis. Take an early cable car to the top and soak yourself in a panoramic 360-degree view of the high Alpine range. The gentle gradient of the glacier and comfortable access provides favorable conditions for the aged and kids.
Day 5Next up in store is the city of Bern, capital Switzerland. An early morning stroll down the banks of River Aare and a walk around Berns old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is sure leave you refreshed and energized. Dont miss the flea markets at Bundesplatz and the Rose Garden in the old city.
Day 6After breakfast get ready to hit the tracks once again to the twin cities of Vevey and Montreux. The ride to Vevey will take you through miles of pristine beauty by the deep blue waters of Lake Geneva. Once in Vevey make sure to visit Chaplin House to know more about the legend. Post the visit, spend a sunny afternoon at Lavaux vineyards as it serves the areas largest selection of vintage wine. And if that is not enough, pair the wine with Swiss cheese, various cuts of meat and some delectable dark chocolate. Post lunch take a trip to the next town Montreux for a summer flea market experience. You can hike to Chateau de Chillon at a leisurely pace in the laps of blue lakes and Swiss Alps. And if you are too tired for that, you can always avail the 40 minute boat ride available between Monteux and Chillon.
Day 7On your last day of stay in Switzerland spend time in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city Geneva. Since its your last day you might want to soak yourself in the Swiss lifestyle, walk around the lake, catch up on some shopping or even enjoy some world class food. If not then you can hop on to a local bus and take a ride to the United Nations, old town or even the Geneva church. The iconic 150 meter high Jet d Eau, a large fountain in Lake Geneva and the flower clock in the lakeside promenade provide for excellent photo opportunities.
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What is the best time to go to Switzerland?
April to October is the best time to visit Switzerland.
How many days are enough in Switzerland?
Switzerland is a beautiful country with natural wonders that mesmerize a traveler. If you want to travel at leisure, then plan a holiday for 10-12 days. But the minimum time needed to explore the country is a week.
What is the most beautiful place in Switzerland?
Switzerland is filled with beautiful places. Some of the most beautiful places are Lucerne, Bern, Interlaken, Lake Geneva, and more.
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