Switzerland – the name conjures up thoughts of some of the world’s highest peaks, incredible skiing, mountain towns that are the rich and famous’ playground, luxurious watches and clothing, and the world’s finest chocolates.
I visited Switzerland a few years ago on a group tour throughout Europe. Before I’d even left my home I knew I was most looking forward to spending a few nights in this stunning country.
The most beautiful places in Europe: Switzerland
There are several great places to stay – Zurich, St. Moritz, Bern, Geneva, Zermatt, Interlaken etc, but Switzerland is one of the few countries in which you truly cannot go wrong. Stay anywhere and see anything and I guarantee that you will have the trip of a lifetime and photographic evidence to prove it.
Fun fact – the cable car at Mt Stanserhorn now has a roofless upper deck! I’d like to say I would ride on the upper deck, but ehhh that sounds terrifying!
For many years, Switzerland was my answer to the question “what’s your favorite country?” My answer largely came from my experience at Mt Stanserhorn.
The day I took the cable car up was just a bit chilly, a little windy, and only partly cloudy. At the top of the mountain, I could see down to the valley and village below…oceans of green. The only thing I could hear was the faint ringing of the bells that adorn the cows and goats. It was so utterly peaceful that I never wanted to leave. That memory is forever etched into my mind.
Switzerland Quick Tips
- Don’t forget your passport (obvi) and visa if needed
- The Swiss Franc is the national currency
- Mountains, mountains, mountains
- Best time to visit will be the summer, but that is the busiest and most expensive. Ski season is between December and April
- Primary language is German so be a good traveler and learn a few basic words – hi, how are you, thank you, please etc
Switzerland Bucket List
- Aletsch Glacier- The largest glacier in the alps – to the tune of 23 km!
- Eat fondue- obviously, needs no explaining!
- Eiger – a 13,000-foot mountain because, why not?
- Jungfraujoch – a saddle at 11,000 feet connecting two parts of the Bernese Alps
- Lake Geneva- crescent-shaped lake sandwiched between Switzerland and France
- Matterhorn- the 10th highest mountain in Switzerland at an elevation of 14,700 feet…the tenth highest!
- Schilthorn- take the 30-minute cable car ride up to the peak and enjoy breakfast at 3,000 feet!
Have I convinced you to visit Switzerland?
Did you really need any convincing?
Has anyone been to Switzerland or done any of my bucket list activities?
Comment below and let me know!