Switzerland is a small landlocked nation sitting at the heart of Europe. But don’t let its size fool you, for this country has more than enough on offer to compete with its larger neighbours. Switzerland’s picturesque mountains, stunning lakes, emerald valleys, expansive greenery are so picture perfect they appear to have been plucked from a postcard. To add to this the country is home to an excellent culinary scene, and rich history so you will never be without anything to do. Combine all of this with the diverse culture, set around four languages, and you’ll quickly realise there isn’t any country in the world quite like Switzerland.
Putting together our top five list of things to do was tricky because Switzerland offers so much. But we managed to narrow it down.
Try the Chocolate
No doubt Swiss chocolate is a rival to Belgium for the world finest. A trip to Switzerland isn’t complete without trying some. Popular local brands include Lindt, Teuscher, Sprungli and Laderach. Chocolate workshops are a great way to learn more about how it’s all made and experience a little bit of it for yourself.
Take a Train Jungfraujoch
Jungfrauoch in Bernese Oberland is the highest railway station in Europe sitting 3,454 metres above sea level. At the station there is an observation deck; a perfect place to take a picture and enjoy the splendour of the surrounding mountains.
A lesser known canton in the north east of Switzerland that embodies the countries cultural traditions and customs. The region is home to several charming villages nestled amongst endless rolling green hills. The village of choice for most is named Appenzall, here you’ll find colourfully painted houses, quaint parish churches, historic monuments, a lively village square and traditional swiss cheese.
Stroll the GoldenPass Line
A scenic train route through Switzerland and a great opportunity to see some of the country’s iconic scenery. The journey between Lucerne and Montreux will take you through six cantons via three mountain passes. You’ll pass idyllic lakes, waterfalls and valleys. Just remember that the journey isn’t direct, and changes will be required at Interlaken and Zweisimmen.
Go on a cruise
This one may come as a bit of surprise given that Switzerland is landlocked however it’s worth noting the country is home to thousands of lakes. Lake Lucerne, is arguably, the best for a cruise. It’s surrounded by striking snowy peaks and there are several cruises operating throughout the year. The cruises include on board restaurants, show evenings and open decks.
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