What comes to mind when you think about Switzerland; chocolate, cheese, skiing the Swiss Alps, or its iconic distinction as a peace loving neutral country? Well Switzerland is all that and more. Not only is it a beloved and admired winter sports mecca but its natural wonder, history, people and progressive planning make it a top travel destination winter, spring, summer and fall.
No matter the season there are options for nightlife, art, culture, festivals and adventure. It is also known for world class shopping, spa and relaxation, picturesque views and gourmet dishes of German, French and Italian roots.
Snow capped mountains and glaciers are the quintessential view of Switzerland for many. This is for good reason, the Ski World Cup is held in Wengen (Jungfrau Region) every year. For winter sports lovers a ride down the highest slopes of the Alps in the Canton of Valais is sure to be on the bucket list.
Stroll along the beautiful lake promenades found in each corner of the country. Lugano, in the canton of Ticino, is known for its lake shore, city strolling and distinct Mediterranean flare. Take a lake cruise to the Brissago Islands to peruse the botanical gardens and see the early spring blooms.
There are tons of options for summer fun as well; from water parks, wild life parks to festivals. Some of the most popular events are the Montreux Jazz Festival and Omega European Masters held in July and the Lucerne Festival in August-September. Switzerland is also a popular destination for river cruises. In particular Basel, on the Rhine River, is a popular starting and ending point.
Switzerland abounds with fine vineyards most notably in the Lavaux Region overlooking Lake Geneva. Vineyard tours and tastings are a must when visiting, especially during the fall harvest. Hiking the mountains and valleys of areas such as Graubunden and Ruinaulta, the Swiss Grand Canyon, is simply inspirational. No matter the time of year a train ride on one of Switzerland’s scenic routes (Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Golden Pass or Wilhelm Tell Express is a feast for the eyes.
Not only does Switzerland have activities for every season, they also cater to every lifestyle and travel personality. They have great offers and savings for families. Look for the “Families Welcome” seal indicating the establishment offers services such as play areas and organized activities. For the lovers of history there are also 11 UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites throughout the country including the entire old town of Bern with its labyrinth of medieval arcades. In addition, many of the towns and cities have pedestrian only districts making them great for exploring.
Do you want to learn more? Switzerland has an informative tourism site that is easy to navigate. Do you want planning assistance from a professional travel consultant? Boundless Views Travel Company offers planning sessions with a certified Switzerland adviser.
Are you from Switzerland or have you been there? What is on your must do list?