Things to do in Switzerland
Switzerland is renowned for breathtaking mountains, stunning lakes, and rich chocolate, but did you know this is also the perfect destination for an adventure? Yes, whether you rent a car, sleep in a cottage, go hiking in Interlaken or indulge in a luxury rental in Switzerland, there are so many things to do. With that said, here are some of the most exciting attractions and points of interest across the Swiss nation:
1. Visit the jazz capital of Switzerland
Unbeknownst to a lot of people, Montreux is known as the jazz capital, and a visit to this vibrant town is one of the best things to do in Switzerland. Located next to Lake Geneva, this beautiful town hosts a jazz festival every July, while also paying homage to the late, great, Freddie Mercury. It is rumoured that the late singer used to visit the festival time and time again, and he even recorded the aptly named song ‘Jazz’ while he was in the area.
The jazz festival is perfect for everyone, no matter your taste in music. From dazzling shows, to live music played close to the waters, the festival welcomes musicians from all over the world who are set to delight you with their music, whether your love jazz or you’re experiencing it for the first time.
Whether or not you are a fan of the great Freddie Mercury, his statue on the waterfront of Lake Geneva is an awesome sight as you gaze out onto the lake with the French Alps in the distance.
2. Indulge on a local wine tour
Switzerland may be famous for chocolate and stunning scenery, but this cultured country is also known for delectable wines. Sample Pinot Noir from Valais, enjoy a spot of Merlot from Ticino, or sip on a white wine which was made from the grapes found close to the shores of Lake Geneva.
While there is such a huge variety on offer, there is also something quintessentially special about tasting wines that were produced in the local area, so why not take this opportunity to indulge in some local culture? With a fresh flavour and deep tones, many of these wines are unique making a local wine tour one of the best things to do in Switzerland.
Remarkably, Switzerland is not famous for producing wine outside of the country as they do not export, but the quality and flavour is truly unique and needs to be sampled. In fact, once you have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines, it will help you appreciate the scenery more as you take a walk through the vineyards in Lavaux, Vaud, next to the ever impressive Lake Geneva.
3. Make your way to the Matterhorn
Thought to be the highest mountain in the country, a trip up Matterhorn is certainly one of the most adventurous things to do in Switzerland. While this will please hiking and mountain enthusiasts, it is also particularly appealing for those who love to snowboard or ski.
Catching a cable car from Zermatt, the scenery is quite spectacular as you enjoy the ride up to Glacier Paradise, where winter sports are enjoyed all year ‘round, whether you find yourself there in the middle of winter or the height of summer.
Ski your way through crisp, pure white freshly fallen snow that finds its way onto the mountain no matter the time of year or maybe even try a spot of snow tubing, a relatively new way to enjoy the snow. Either way, you can look forward to a bite to eat in a beautiful setting before taking a ride on the kick bikes that add even more adventure to this hugely exciting destination.
4. Cave into your cravings for chocolate
It would be wrong to fly all the way to this fascinating country without indulging in the most enticing of things to do in Switzerland; eating chocolate. Yes, the country that invented milk chocolate is home to some delectable delights that will leave you wanting more.
Interestingly, the chocolate sold in Switzerland is typically and luxuriously crafted adding a touch of elegance and glamor to dishes that are so often under appreciated. With many different treats on offer, you may find it hard to choose between them, but you can always go back for a little more and take some home when the time comes.
If sampling the local delicacies is not enough, why not make your way to the Callier factory run by Nestle, and sign up for one of the excellent tours which offer an amazing insight into the process. The factory itself is so stunning it looks like something out of a musical, and the outlet shop is the ideal place to grab a few bargains, something which is hard to do when it comes to most other things to do in Switzerland.
5. Go hiking in Interlaken
If you maybe sampled a little too much irresistible chocolate, why not burn the calories off as you go hiking in Interlaken? Known as an outdoor playground and one of the more romantic things to do in Switzerland, this charming area is also home to many different sporting events throughout the year. Arrive in winter, and enjoy a spot of snowboarding and skiing, or come to Interlaken during the warmer months and try your hand at hand-gliding, glacier trekking, or even bungee jumping.
Jump on board and embark on a whitewater rafting adventure as you venture into turbulent waters or try a spot of canyoning and rappel your way across the water instead.
With that said, if you really are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, Interlaken is certainly the place to be, but if you simply want to relax and unwind, you can also head to the spa for a massage, or two.
6. Take a train to the Jungfraujoch
The Jungfraujoch is the highest train station in Europe, and locally it is known as ‘The top of Europe.’ More than 3,400 feet high, and with breath-taking views, the Jungfraujoch is also home to an ice cave, which is well worth exploring.
As part of your list of things to do in Switzerland, we recommend taking a gentle train journey up to the train station, and stop awhile as you look out over the Alps. With trains heading to the mountain and back every day, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take a trip to a remarkable train station that connects two mountain peaks. The views are tremendous, whatever the weather is doing, and no matter what time of day you are there. Head to the Jungfraujoch, and back again so you can experience a train journey unlike any other, anywhere in the world.
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