Switzerland is easily a tourist’s paradise
This tiny European country is by far the most visited country in the world – for many reasons. Right from the word go you will be captivated by its pristine beauty and post-perfect landscapes. Here, you don’t need a filter for your Instagram pictures either.
It is small, yes, but there is so much to do and see here – and even if you are short of time, you will quite easily see and experience a lot, thanks to its fantastic transport system. You will be whisked from one place to another in no time at all.
So, where do we start?
Remember that Switzerland is a tourist Mecca and has distinguished itself from the rest of Europe and is still not over-commercialized. That in itself is a reason to go, we might add.
No language problem here
So, the Swiss speak four languages, so that is one question answered. French, German, Romansch and Italian is what you will hear here, depending on which area you are in. Otherwise, there is always English. So, you are sorted.
Enjoy Swiss cuisine
Depending on which region you are in, you will have the chance to taste the cuisine. Like for example, you will taste Saffron Risotto for the Italian-speaking, Raclette for the French-speaking region and Landjager for the German-speaking part. But rosti and cheese fondue are eaten across the country and are almost always included in restaurants catered to foreign visitors.
No one does chocolates like the Swiss. Period. Melt-in-the-mouth chocolates of the finest quality can be had here. Only you can stop yourself from going overboard with chocolate-indulgence. Of course, they make great souvenirs as well – who wouldn’t like a gift of the finest, right? We suggest you drop into one of the 22 chocolate factories around the country…
Love Toblerone? You’ll love Matterhorn
Why do we say so? Well, for the simple reason that Matterhorn, Switzerland’s iconic mountain is stamped on your favourite chocolate brand – Toblerone. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see the actual mountain while you are here?
Take scenic train ride
Yes, we said it. Even if you don’t do anything else, just take a train ride, preferably the Glacier Express (the slowest express train in the world), starting at Zermatt going all the way up to St Moritz. You will go through so many climatic variations – it’s like seeing the best of Switzerland in 8 hours! High mountains passes, valleys, and everything you can possibly think of, you will see here.
Postcard perfect pictures
Like we said earlier, here you do not need to pause and snap – you just snap and it is a perfect picture. Of course, you don’t need a filter either. Every picture here will be the envy of your friends, trust us! Mountains or glacial streams or flowers on the roadside – everything adds to that magical quality in your pictures.
If you are seeking adventure, then you are in the right place. Trekking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding – its right here in the mountains of Switzerland. For something different – give canyoning which means you can start at one end of the canyon and reach the other end by walking, climbing, jumping, swimming and abseiling – or all the above. This does make for some serious adventure options. You can go sailing on Lake Geneva as well.
Land of Castles
One of the most well-known castle of Switzerland, the Chillon Castle is a must-see for travellers, and it is not difficult to see why when you take in the glorious view of the 11th century castle against the backdrop of mountains. Lord Byron, inspired by this castle, penned his famous “Prisoner of Chillon” after visiting this castle on one stormy night. You can arrive here by train or via the ferry boat on Lake Geneva. Nothing beats the joy of arriving at this foreboding castle sitting on the edge of the lake.
Largest Waterfall in Europe is here
The glorious Rhine Falls (a short distance from Zurich) is an amazing sight. The largest plain waterfall in Europe, it is easily accessible by car, bicycle and train. Take an exciting boat ride through the falls to right under the falls. Get off on the little island in the centre and walk up to the top to get the best views of the falls.
The highest point of Europe
At Jungfrau, you will be standing on the highest point of Europe! From here what you see will blow your mind like nothing else will. In fact, to arrive here, you will pass by some dreamlike villages, perfect for story books…like we said, Switzerland is a paradise on earth.