Originally called Helvetia by Julius Caesar, Switzerland is one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers and the Swiss also consume more chocolate than any other country in the world. Switzerland is a small nation, but its tourism is huge and for a good reason- its glaciers and soaring Alps dominate amongst the best places to visit. The place also houses a beautiful countryside, castles, stunning turquoise lakes, amazing mountain peaks and more in every direction. These are amazing all the time of the year and the lakes are perfect for ice skating all around the year for hiking and biking along the snow-covered mountains and roads. If you too want to experience this country, then there are houses for rent in Switzerland, so that you can enjoy your daytime excursion, and have peaceful nights.
So let’s check out the places that you should visit:
It is the country’s iconic peak and is also one of the highest mountains in the Alps with a height of 4,478 meters. Its 4 faces are turned towards the four directions of the map. Climbers come here each summer for mountain climbing. There is a small but charming village at the foot of this peak called Zermatt which is a famous international resort that features horse-drawn carriage rides, small but trendy chalets as well as highly rated hotels and restaurants. To maintain this aura of calm and peacefulness, along with the pure air quality; the village has banned motorized vehicles. In the summers, biking, hiking, and climbing are popular pursuits along with glacier skiing. But during the winter, most tourists focus on skiing.
The train journey to the Jungfraujoch, also known as the ‘top of Continental Europe,’ is one of the most famous experiences tourists opt-in Bernese Oberland. This is because it has an observation terrace along with scientific observatory, which is perched up at 3,464 meters. The longest glacier in Europe, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, begins in Jungfraujoch and it is called the Great Aletsch Glacier. You can opt to go on the Eiger trail walk which is located from the Eiger glacier station to the Alpiglen. But there are other walks to enjoy as well. This includes the Panorama view to the First slope; as well as the Gletscherschlucht and the Öpfelchüechliwäg which is a high altitude trail that goes from Holenstein to Brandegg, through the beautiful fields of flowers, woodlands, and pastures. But if you would much rather take things easy and enjoy a relaxing vacation then we would suggest going for the gondolas and the cable car rides to have a look at the popular viewpoints in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
If you are here for adventures, then this scenic glacier village located in the Jungfrau region makes for a great base from where adventures can be undertaken. This is because it is nestled into the base of the stunning snow-capped mountains and is also one of the nation’s oldest and popular resorts. What’s more is the tiara-shaped Wetterhorn, which is located above this alpine valley along with the north face of the Eiger. We would suggest going at Faulhorn, which is located at 2,681 meters and offers amazing views of the place.
As you might have guessed, it is nestled between two great lakes Lake Thun in the west and Lake Brienz located in the East. This is more of a summer holiday spot and is located in the center of the town called Höhematte, which is an urban planning marvel in itself with 35 acres of free open space. The Höheweg is surrounded by hotels, flower gardens, cafés, and the main boulevard offer panoramic views. If you are looking to get some winter activities in then you will not be disappointed as the peaks of Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger offer opportunities for climbing, hiking, kayaking as well as abseiling. In the winter, skiers can opt for going snowboarding and takes to the skies through paragliding in the summers.
This medieval old town boasts of a sparkling lake which is surrounded by mountains, bridges, historic buildings which are frescoed, waterfront promenades and the whole area is car-free so as to not pollute it. All these features make it one of the top tourist spots. But a soothing atmosphere isn’t all this region has to offer as it is also famed for its music concerts and conductors, soloists and orchestras attend its yearly International Music Festival.
One of the most famous landmarks of Lucerne, this deserves a mention on its own in this list. Built in the 14th century, the lion monument lies in here that honors the untimely but heroic deaths of the Swiss Guards during the attack on the Tuileries during the French Revolution. People who are keen to know the culture and history of Switzerland will also surely enjoy visiting the Swiss Transport Museum, where exhibits range from various forms of transport that include space and air travel, planetarium as well as railroad locomotives.
Switzerland is known as a neutral political state and yet is one of the most financially stable and prosperous ones. Its natural beauty and the subsequent upkeep are a statement towards the ethos, upon which this country was built. With hospitable people, beautiful locations and clean air to breathe in; your vacation will also be a once upon a time experience.