We all love travelling and enjoying places and their flavour. Every travel destination has its own unique features and we should know about them. Here is a list of things you should know before visiting Sweden. If wish to enjoy snow then late November to March is best time for visiting Sweden. For Mid Night Sun visit Sweden in Jun or July.
Summer in Sweden is comfortable with temperature going upto 30 degrees and rest of the time it is mild to cold, keep your clothes ready according to you time visiting Sweden.
1. Swedish people are very friendly and it is well known fact all over the world. In this coffee loving nation you will be welcomed with a warm heart. Though Swedish people are very helpful remember to stay in queue in front of the ticket counters, they love to stay in line with patience.
2. You need to have valid passport and visa to enter Sweden. Generally it takes 7 to 15 days to get visa application processed. For tourism normally they issue 15 days stay and for business up-to 30 days. So before you visit Sweden check visa requirements as per you country of citizenship.
3. The import of national and foreign currency into Sweden is not limited. It is forbidden to export food products (except tea and coffee), animals and plants without special permits, drugs and doping agents, mobile phones that do not meet the requirements of the Swedish telephone network, weapons, flammable and explosive substances and objects cannot be taken out without special permission.
4. The telephone network is very developed and modern in Sweden. You can call every corner inside the country and outside the country from a regular city payphone.
5. For registration of discounts and exemption from taxes upon departure, a passport is required. Domestic tax is refunded to tourists from non-EU countries for goods purchased at stores participating in the Tax-Free Shopping scheme. So keep that in mind and keep the bills handy for claiming refunds!
6. Sweden is very neat and clean country. People here are very careful about maintaining cleanliness. While visiting Sweden you should take good care about littering. Do not throw any kind of waste item in wrong place, you may be penalized if caught.
7. Sweden has a very cautious attitude towards alcohol consumption. A glass of alcohol, drunk after work, is clearly condemned by others, so alcohol consumption is generally accepted only on holidays, weekends and during the holidays. Keep a tab and consume alcohol according to the local culture! Definitely if you are a tourist and visit local bars or pubs you are easy to go. Enjoy!
8. Sweden has an international five-star hotel classification. The cost of living in hotels of all classes is very high, and annually prices are rising quite noticeably (up to 10%). Lower prices – in private guest houses. Weekend rates are usually 30-45% lower. In all hotels there is a whole range of additional benefits, and almost always the cost of breakfast is included in the payment for the room. Settlements for accommodation are usually made when leaving the hotel. Check relevant online booking options for comparative rates available and it will save some of you money that you can use to travel more.
9. Tipping is officially accepted only for taxi drivers for good service (the cost of services is already included in all accounts), but usually no more than 10%. It is a custom in Sweden to simply leave change amount or round up amount as tips.
10. Mains voltage 220 V., 50 Hz. Sockets and plugs comply with EU standards. So before you pack your chargers make sure it is compatible with EU standards before visiting Sweden.
Switzerland is a glorious country, which will impress you greatly ! The magnificence of Alps, calm and cozy little towns, picturesque landscapes, crystal clear lakes, etc. all will take you on a virtual ride of heaven. Cities of Switzerland are memorable too being closely related to the world history. Here is the list of best places to visit in Switzerland if you have short vacation plan.
Travelling Geneva – Switzerland
Geneva has numerous attractive tourist spots other than these that constitute a long-list. It possesses everything from beautiful pictorial parks to elegant sculptures and therefore, every tourist falls in love with this place even in their first visit. Moreover, this city has been regarded as the “peace capital” of Switzerland. While moving around you will experience fabulous transportation facilities at every step.
Jet d’Eau: This is the famous water fountain known to pump water 130m into the air and usually gives a spectacular view at night.
Palais des Nations: Earlier it houses the League of Nations and now is an interesting palace for the tourists because of its historical importance. The elegant assembly hall as well the gallery of art, etc. are popular among tourists.
Lake Geneva: The city is situated in the west side of this lake. Tourist specially prefers this for water-sports like sailing and yachting.
Eaux–Vives Mansion: This is the restaurant with historical significance launched around 1900, and formerly known as the Plonjon Mansion.
La Rosarie: It means Rose Garden and is beautifully formed with many excellent sculptures.
The Reformation Museum: Situated in the famous Maison Mallet, this museum signifies the relation between Geneva and the reformation movement. It consists of a number of rare pieces of books, ancient manuscripts, engravings as well paintings that will surely satisfy the history lover tourists. The Maison Mallet is itself a tourist attraction being related to 18th century.
Zurich – Switzerland
Cultural traditions of Zurich are very rich. There are many interesting museums and galleries, theaters to visit. Do not forget to explore lovely and beautiful parks. In the old town, you will find the most famous places of Zurich. Not only the monuments and buildings, but also the disposition of the city is worth your attention.
Zurich is a very picturesque city, and it has many things to show you. The old town with its medieval past will remain in your memory for long. Explore this city fully and you will feel its unique spirit, which hopefully will make you return to Zurich once again!
Places to explore in Zurich
Swiss National Museum: This museum looks impressive; built with medieval Gothic elements. It is full of valuable exhibits, which reflects the rich culture and history of Switzerland.
Grossmünster: This cathedral is very famous and old. Long time ago in this beautiful as well Romanesque church, Ulrich Zwingli has begun the protestant reformation. Note to yourself to climb the tower, in order to see the breathtaking view of the city!
Augustinergasse: It is one of the oldest and the most beautiful streets of this city. Most of the houses (though they changed a little of course) were built in the Middle Ages and can be seen still with oriel windows and with walls painted in nice colours. Take a walk through this picturesque street and remind the old lovely times.
Rietberg Museum: If you are a fan of the arts, come and visit it; you will be fascinated! Collections from countries from all over the world (Japan, China, India, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola and others) are preserved in this museum.
Zoological Garden of Zurich: Visiting Zoo is always a great idea! Zurich has a modern zoological garden which has become home for many exotic animals from many countries. You will love it!
Fraumünster: This church is very old and built in Romanesque-Gothic style. The five Chagall glass-stained windows will capture your attention the most. Every window has its own lovely colour, name and story. Other beautiful things are frescoes of this church.
In Lugano, you will find lovely Mediterranean-style old town, museums, green blooming parks with sub-tropical plants and amazing landscape. The atmosphere of this city will slow you down and make you enjoy the moment ! Many streets are pedestrian-only; it is really great to explore the city on foot. Elegant historical buildings, churches, squares and arcades are precious adornments of the old town.
Places to explore in Lugano
Monte San Salvatore: Get in the funicular and go up 912 meters to see the wonderful panorama of Lugano! I guarantee, you will remember this splendid beauty for long.
Parco Civico Ciani: Blooming botanical garden, with century old magnificent trees and fragrant flowers; located by the Lake Lugano. Feel the beauty of nature and enjoy your every walk in this exquisite park.
San Lorenzo Cathedral: Built in a Renaissance style with lovely frescoes this cathedral will add even more memorable moments of a beautiful city.
Hesse Museum of Montagnola: Little and cozy museum for the Hermann Hesse, who was the writer and son of Ticino. Visit it and have a great time.
Santa Maria Degli Angioli Church : Romanesque style church, built during the 16th century reveals all its beauty inside the building. It was divided into two parts – one for people and the other one for priests. Unique frescoes are beautiful embellishments and captivating.
The Cantonal Museum of Natural History: You may also visit it and find out the natural heritage of Ticino. You will be able to explore wonderfully made environmental reconstructions, also animals and plants, rocks, fossils, minerals and many more interesting things.
The Alprose Chocolate Museum: You just cannot miss it if you love chocolate! Rich documentation and wide variety of exhibits tell the old sweet story of chocolate and make this museum really exceptional.
Monte Tamaro: This place is very popular among tourists and offers you an unforgettable view to the mountains. Do not forget to visit it!
There even greater places to visit in Lugano, like The Tassino Park, Piazza Riforma, Zoo al Maglio, Swissminiatur, Monte Brè, St. Lawrence Church and others. It is a good idea to do the shopping via Nassa and Pessina streets. Enjoy the opportunities that the Lugano Lake offers for you and have a great time. Lugano is always waiting for you to come back!
The Swiss Alps are the highest and biggest mountains in the whole Europe, spread over the Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein and Slovenia. It covers 220,000 square km area. Length is about 1200 km and width ranges from 150 km from 250 km. They are mainly divided into two parts – Eastern and Western Alps. The north side of the mountains is drained by the Inn river, Rhine and Rhone. South side is drained by Po river. The highest summits are always covered with snow and ice.
The highest peak of Swiss Alps is Monte Rosa (4634 m); the others are Dom (4545 m) and Matterhorn (4478 m). High in the mountains there are popular ski resorts like St. Moritz, Zermatt, Davos, Grindelwald and others. Tourists love to come here and enjoy winter sports. There are also special train lines, like Golden pass line and others, which goes through the mountains, valleys, forests, little villages and lakes, opens the true beauty of Switzerland and the Alps. In almost all the resorts there is an opportunity to go up in the mountains by the funicular and see this magnificence closer. Usually there are many interesting activities to try and places to see in the Switzerland resorts. Mountains are used in the best way in order to attract tourists from all around the world.
Montreux – Switzerland
In Switzerland, by the Lake Geneva, surrounded by the breathtaking Alps, lies a town called Montreux. The beauty of this resort town has always attracted people from all over the world.
Climate in this resort town is very mild, Mediterranean-type and thus cypresses, pines and palms, etc. grows here. You will find many lovely parks adorned with colourful flowers and sculptures. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels by the coastline which is beautifully planted with palm trees. Cultural life is very active in Montreux. Jazz festival; various concerts are arranged often.
If you want to relax, wide variety of spas, beauty salons are at your service. Not so far from Montreux, there are two nice skiing resorts; you may visit them during winter. In summer, Lake Geneva is great for cruises, bathing and water sports.
Places to visit in Montreux
Château de Chillon: Near the shore, on the rocky island stands this charming castle. It was built in 10th century. Before centuries, it was a prison; nowadays, Château de Chillon is a museum.
Rochers-de-Naye: You may take a hike and reach the peak of this mountain in 2 or 3 hours. Believe me, the breathtaking view which opens from there is worth your efforts.
Golden Pass Line: This railway line is the most beautiful in the whole country. Lakes and valleys, mountains and cities will open in front of you. You will be amazed!
The Alimentarium Food Museum: The museum explores all the aspects of nutrition, cooking, food and does this in a very unique, interesting and exciting way. Exhibits of the museum depict food of the future, present and the past.
Flower Festival: If you will have a chance to be in Montreux during May, take a part in colourful, blooming and fragrant Flower Festival. It is only one day festival, so do not miss it.
Old Town Museum : It was established for tourists who are interested in Montreux history and development. Visit the old town museum and find it all out.
Jazz Festival: In July, this festival takes two weeks. Not only jazz, but also blues, soul, African, Brazilian music is performed during the festival. Singers and musicians plays and sings non-stop all day and night!
Montreux is a resort town where you can have an unforgettable holiday. Have fun and come back next year!
Interlaken – Switzerland
Between the Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, surrounded by the three magnificent mountains – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, lies a unique and famous resort town of Switzerland –Interlaken. This town has become well-known for its beauty in 19th century and its popularity is still growing. Even Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Felix Mendelssohn liked to travel here, in the mountains. Interlaken is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland.
In the northern part of the resort town, you will find many cafes, restaurant, hotels, casinos, shops, etc. There is a big, blooming park in the south, from where the charming view to Jungfrau mountain opens. Also, Interlaken is a great starting-point for various excursions and hikes. In such a way, you can explore this unique part of the land and have an adventure !
If you do not want to go on foot so far, get in the train which will take you up in the mountains. It will take you to the Europe`s highest station, in Jungfrau mountain. There is also a skiing resort, Grindelwald. You may visit it during winter, as it is really not so far from Interlaken.
Schynige Platte near Wilderswil: It is a mountain railway line, which connects Wilderswil and fragrant gardens of wildflowers in Schyringe Platte. During the journey, you will be able to admire the impressive landscape of this land consists of lakes, mountains, forests and rivers that will open their beauty in front of your eyes.
St. Beatus Caves: If you are a fan of caves, untouched nature and its beauty, this activity is really for you. One kilometer journey offers you an impressive view of halls, stalagmites, stalactites and waterfalls. This exciting experience will be hard to forget!
Jungfrau Tourism Museum in Unterseen: The museum tells a 200 years old story about the Interlaken region, its experience, being a famous resort. The development of travel is presented in a very entertaining and interesting manner.
Harder Kulm: It will take about ten minutes to take you to the top and both lakes, towns, everything will be visible. This fabulous view will remain in your mind for long. Also, there is a wild animal park near the station, try visiting it too.
There are many more places to visit and things to do in Interlaken. Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn, Heimwehfluh are just a few of them. Have a nice time in Interlaken!
Food has remained an integral part of great travel stories of all time. we have listed Top 10 Bars and Restaurants in Zurich taking suggestion from locals:
Kick off your food adventure at HILTL restaurant the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. Founded in 1898 with more than 500 dishes and a buffet service. After eating here you could easily switch to a vegetarian lifestyle for the rest of your life. You pay here based on the weight of your plate!! For advance booking information visit their website or call +41 44 227 70 00.
Da Capo one of the better places in the city with solid juicy steaks and many other food to taste! Apart from serving delicious food they have a bar for few drinks. For more information call +41 44 217 15 50 or visit website.
Switzerland is also known for their incredible chocolate. I recommend Läderach is one of the best in town and they offer free samples! Call +41 44 210 11 60, to see the full catelogue visit their website here.
If you are in Zurich during street food festival enjoy food from all over the world! Nigerian chicken, Afgani food, Tibetan dumplings and so on…..Don’t forget to taste some takoyaki, deep-fried octopus balls. In the second week of September you can enjoy this festival, there is no entrance fee to join the festival.
For dinner check out 25 Hours a fancy-looking restaurant with quality dishes and a cozy atmosphere. This is an in-house restaurant inside a residential hotel. You can also stay here. Call +41 44 577 25 25 for booking.
Widder Hotel in Zurich hotel which has this wide view of the city from which you can easily spot Zurich’s three iconic churches Grossmunster, St. Peter Church and Fraumunster Church. Call +41 44 224 25 26 or visit Widder Hotel website.
Thach – Serving awesome food freshly prepared, good portion and prices are average comparing to the city prices. Thach remains crowded most of the time so do not forget to call +41 43 243 37 27 orvisit website for advance booking.
Top Bars In Zurich
Zurich is the most expensive city in the world thus a night out could set you back quite a few bucks. But with this new Zurich night life guide I’ll make sure you’ll spend your money wisely.
After dinner give a visit to the basement which houses the Widder Bar. Enjoy some drinks, this bar is considered the best cocktail bar in Zurich with over 250 malt whiskies. Make sure to also try out one of their wacky cocktails.
Frau Gerolds Garten is the coolest outdoor bar in Zurich. Here you can mingle with locals hippies and even businessmen. Les Halles another great place to mingle while having a few drinks play a few games and mingle with a few friends prior to hitting the nightclubs.
Nietturm Bar not an ordinary bar it’s a very cozy lounge but can be very hard to find located on the rooftop of a giant event theater with a panorama view of Zurich. Usually people start and go out here around 2 o clock it’s really crazy Swiss have a lot of stamina.
Helsinki Club the most laid-back bar in Zurich a happy crowd friendly atmosphere and cheap drinks made this place definitely worth visiting. Here you will meet the real locals.
Step it up a notch at club Hard One with a $35 cover charge it’s a bit pricey. Mostly music here hip hop rap and R&B. A beer here will cost you $17.
Maag Music Hall -for special events and Supermarket for German techno with their $40 covered charge and a huge line of people I was quickly turned off but hey if you like techno music this is your spot.
At club Mascotte we had the most fun. Cover was 35 bucks and bears 14 with a young high-energy crowd house music top 40 chart great lighting and awesome sound system. This place is awesome definitely a club you should check out.
HIVE considered the best club in the city cover here is 35 bucks. It has two floors Techno and Tech house a beer here will set you back 12 bucks.
Keep handy this list of Top 10 Bars and Restaurants in Zurich while visiting the city.
It is well known Switzerland is covered by thrilling Mountains and breathtaking Lakes. A tour to Switzerland remains incomplete without mountains. Especially when some of the most beautiful mountains can be explored within very short time. And they are nearby to each other. Here is a list of 10 best mountains to travel in Switzerland and can be covered easily while in Switzerland.
This pyramid shaped legend is one among the most iconic beauties of Switzerland. Matterhorn is also sitting in the most beautiful place well known in Zermatt, Switzerland. With so many glaciers around it seems Matterhorn is the King of them. Mountain lovers from around the world visit Switzerland to enjoy heavenly view of Matterhorn.
Matterhorn is not only famous for its ravishing view; it is most favourite place for various adventure activities. It is a hiker’s paradise but you need to know hiking and need professional guidance to reach the summit. Hiking Matterhorn is quite tough, if you do not know hiking that is not a deterrent in enjoying the view. There are many small trails for hiking you can choose one of them and can hike up to a certain point as you are capable of. Else you can enjoy the glamorous king from any of the lake side below the mountains. Around Matterhorn you can take gondola ride, cruise at lake or other activities of your wish.
From Geneva or from Zurich you can take train or bus to reach Zermatt. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach. Hotel and restaurants are easily available for stay and food.
Do not forget to cross Charles Kuonen Bridge on foot. Passing through the valley at 80 meter height from ground and 500 meter long, you are going to take pride of this walk.
2. Monta Rosa
Neither Eiger nor Matterhorn is the highest mountain of Switzerland. At 15200 feet Monta Rosa is the highest peak of Switzerland. If you are skilled enough mountaineer then from Zermatt or from Saas Fee you can start to explore Monta Rosa. If not going for the summit then we can go to the Monta Rosa hut which is the base of Monta Rosa and spend a night there. It will be a thrilling journey to remember.
Monta Rosa has 10 peaks and part of the mountain is in Italy. If you are not sure about the route, guided tours are available and essential equipment’s are there on rental basis.
For several reasons a day trip to Pilatus is excellent choice. Just beside Lucerne and we can reach from Kriens by cable car or taking a cogwheel train from Alpnachstad. Certainly the cogwheel trip is recommended as it is infamously famous for being the steepest railway in the world. In the journey you will enjoy the natural beauty in between the rock walls.
At mount Pilatus you can opt for the Astronomy Excursion that gives you a chance to experience and know the stars in the sky in a better way. The view is surprising as you are going to look through professional telescope.
From Kriens take a gondola ride to reach Pilatus.
Rigi has been famous and favourite European tourist destination since 18th century due to its unique location. Tourism flourished in this region when Vitznau-Rigi Railway construction was completed in 1871. Arth-Rigi Railway made it further popular after its completion in 1875. Since then various leisure activities have been offer to keep tourists engaged and the list of adventure and other activities are growing day by day.
In winter people love to ski here on the 14km long stretch of skiing space. Dog sledging, ice skating are also popular among other winter sports. Rigi is referred as hiker’s paradise for its near 100km hiking path and several hiking trails. Century old steam rail journey and paddled steamer tour on Lucerne is things that can be enjoyed and the beauty of Swiss Plateau is wonderful.
5. Mount Titlis
This 3000 meters high mountain has several view points. From Lucerne taking a cable car we can reach on the top of Titlis in 45 minutes. In the last section there is a revolving cable care that gives view of all around. Take the Ice Flyer and you can see the glaciers from very close.
At Lake Trübsee you can enjoy rowing, there are several glacier cave to explore, mountain biking and hiking in the summer is great option to enjoy the Alpine destination. For riding funicular or cable car you can take Swiss Travel Pass/GA travel card from the station itself. Near Lake Lucerne lots of restaurants and hotels available for stay and food.
This is Europe’s top point – highest train station in Europe. This alpine viewing destination is 3454m high and situated between Mönch and Jungfrau. Only way to reach this point is the cogwheel train. At Jungfraujoch you will be ascending further by taking a lift to Sphinx observatory. A 360 degree view from this observatory is something people cherish in their mind for many years.
At Ice Palace you can see sculptures made of ice, between the Observatory and the Ice Palace there is the moving walkway that is with music, lights and images. Just venturing out in the snow you can view Grosser Aletsch glacier and mountains around. Apart from skiing, sledging you can visit the Snow Fun Park. At the end give a visit to Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven here you can learn how Swiss chocolates are made. Hungry? Restaurant Bollywood is waiting with a huge list of Indian cuisine that you can taste here.
Mountain Schilthorn can be a half day tour and easily reachable from Mürren by taking a cable car. If you are movie lover you must have seen “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service“? Schilthorn was the hideout of the villain and in the movie the mountain was called as Piz Gloria. People still call Schilthron as Piz Gloria. A multimedia show is what you can enjoy here at Bond World 007.
A steel path on the vertical rock allows you to take a walk name The Thrill Walk and the Skyline Walk where you can see around with excitement from partly hanging terrace! You can have you meal at the revolving restaurant. Do not forget to take gears like shoes, sun-glass, gloves from the rental shop for this tour.
8. Glacier 3000
In the east of Montreux, Glacier 3000 is mainly famous for both winter and summer adventure activities. From Gstaad take a cable car ride and reach Glacier 3000. You can enjoy a snow bus ride or dog sledging or a ride on the alpine coaster. Apart from those you can take a Glacier Walk.
There is a restaurant that you can reach by the Glacier Walk, Refuge l’Espace serves delicious foods. After having your meal you can take a walk on the suspension bridge over the snowy mountain peak.
From Stans village a funicular train and a cable car ride will reach you to Stanserhorn. The two decked cable car CabriO gives more opportunities to take awesome pictures from the upper deck. From top of Stanserhorn you can see Lucrene Lake and Pilatus Mountain in the north and in the south is Bernese Alps. Several hiking trails starts from Stanserhorn.
If weather is good you can go for paragliding or book Hang Gliding Tandem flight that takes you to fly over the lakes like a bird. If you are in a relaxing mood either you can seat in the revolving restaurant enjoy the panorama view or at the “lazy zone” take a chair to enjoy the view around sitting on the chair.
10. Schynige Platte
Schynige is a plateau in north to Jungfrau region and near to Interlaken. From Wilderswil a cogwheel train will take around 50 minutes to reach Schynige. On the journey the view on both sides of the trac is most wonderful. After getting down from the train Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are in walking distance.
Lots of things to see you can start from Swiss flower & panorama trail from the station itself. Hundreds of different flowers at the Alpine Garden, a steam train to Brienzer Rothorn where you get extraordinary view crossing meadows and forests. The rocks, sharp ridges, valleys all are worth to give a visit to the Swiss Alps.
The heaven on Earth does not have only beautiful Cities and snow covered Mountains. Switzerland has some of the most beautiful villages in the world. The villages are special in their own unique way. Here are Ten most beautiful villages to visit in Switzerland.
Taking a gondola from Grindelwald reach Schwarzhorn, lots of adventure is waiting for you! Take a Cliff Walk here, the breathtaking beauty is just impossible to ignore. There is a metallic walkway along with the cliff here you will enjoy view of peaks, rocky path, Alpine landscape and a waterfall. If you want to feel the thrill then take The First Flyer ride, it is 800 meters long and going to give you sheer pleasure with 84 km/h speed.
People who love hiking and climbing are well know to Eiger Trail. This 6 km long trail will reach you Eiger’s north point. Here you will see ropes fastened on the sides of the way to support climbers. You will reach Alpiglen Station and see around you from 1600 meters high.
Take a train from Kleine Scheidegg it will take you to Jungfraujoch saddle at 3454 meters high this is world’s highest railway. After some time you will reach on Top of Europe, marvelous glacier and peaks like Mönch and Jungfrau 4000 meter high. Go further for Sphinx Observatory, the awesome 360 degree view from here you can see Vosges in France. Do not miss Ice Palace here.
Grindelwald–Männlichen cable car ride is not just famous for being 3rd longest of its kind in the world. You have to feel it yourself the dazzling rocky mountains covered by lush green nature gives it a different level of charm. The cable car starts from Grund station and it is a 30 minutes journey.
How to Reach – From Zurich Airport you can reach by 3 hours train journey or else take a car for a 2.5 hours journey.
Attraction – In late June to July end entire range remains covered with millions of wild flowers or in winter you can enjoy skiing at its best.
Decorated by mother nature Wengen is a picture like village in the canton of Bern. The countryside is full of greenery and snow-drenched floral fairy-tale. A must visit place for perfect holiday
Reach Schilthorn from Murren by gondola. Gorgeous Schilthorn will marvel you with views of 20 glaciers and 40 mountain peaks on a sunny day. Here at Piz Gloria you can watch a show at the Bond world museum a simulated flight showing Bond’s adventures. Here you can have a meal at the revolving restaurant. At Murren village also you will find number of restaurants and shopping outlets.
Take a train from Wenger to Lauterbrunnen and another two short cable car ride and you reach the Paragliding point. A 15 minutes paragliding here hovering over the mountains that you will remember forever.
How to reach – Best way to reach Wengen is either taking a train from Interlaken or a bus. It will take around 20 minutes.
This beautiful small village is just by the Lake Lugano. It won the title of nicest village of Switzerland in 2016. Not only for beauty but also because of its historical importance Morcote is a popular tourist destination. Some important places to visit like Paleari Palace, Torre del Capitano and Ticino Poster Museum. This lakeside village has many more to offer. Ascend further and you can see Santa Maria del Sasso and on the way to it you can see a beautiful waterfall and few chapels. Do not miss Scherrer Park.
How to reach – Morcotes comes under day trip activities while you are travelling Lake Lugano. You can visit more such interesting places keeping Lugano as base.
Between two most beautiful lake of Switzerland Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, Interlaken is most favorite among tourist travelling Switzerland. There are plenty of places to explore inside the town as well as its close vicinity. You can go for a guided tour or you can visit yourself. Population of this small city is nearly 14000 only.
What to do – Hundreds of things to do and see here in Interlaken. For adventure you go for Canyoning, Rope Swing in the Canyon, Hiking, Bungee jumping, Kayaking or River rafting.
Where to Eat – There is no dearth of good restaurants serving foods from all over the world. You can hop into anyone of them.
In the heart of Swiss Alps and just around 800 meters height this alpine village will make you fall in love with it. Surrounded by towering mountains, green fields and nestled by 72 waterfalls this valley village is surely a place to explore. Isn’t it amazing to go to sleep or getting up hearing to the sound of water on the rocks? Stabbauch Falls is the highest free-falling in Europe. Another important waterfalls is Trummelbach Falls in side subterranean caves which is largest in Europe and the falls is sum of a series of ten waterfalls. You can reach subterranean caves by taking a bus or take a stroll of 30 minutes.
Along the streets in Lauterbrunnen you will find shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants. You can have your meal of a cup of coffee or just buy souvenir. There is a supermarket a good place for hangout.
How to reach – From Interlaken it will take 20 minutes to Lauterbrunnen.
This cliff-side village is in Bernese Oberland and just near to Interlaken. This small village has only 150 residents approximately. Switzerland is full of beautiful places, but Gimmelwaldis quite different. No I am not saying it is not that beautiful, it is beautiful. Simple life style of the people here is the most amazing thing and different from other places in Switzerland. Take a walk in the village path after evening, under open sky full of start and mild breeze I hope you will find a new you inside.
Take cable car to reach this village. Hotels and restaurants available for stay and food.
On the enviable Lake Thun, interpolated by Swisss Alps and hillside vineyards in the backdrop Spiez is a resort village. Romanesque church, Castles, Water sports, Hiking, Lake cruise all of them made the village more attractive to tourists.
You can get the best view of nearby places from the tower of Castle Spiez. There is a flower park near the Church where you can spend some time. The castle is family friendly and fun activities are there for kids.
How to reach – A train or bus from Interlaken will take maximum 20 minutes to reach Spiez.
Crans-Montana is premier location for skiing away from the urban life. If you wish to enjoy some relaxed time away from city chaos then this is the perfect destination for you. Most of the time this small town remain clam except Golf OMEGA tournament and Caprices festival in August and Spring respectively.
Apart from skiing you can enjoy dog sledding, bowling, ice skating and cable car ride. Many retail shops are there selling boutiques and other gift items.
At the bottom from Sierre you can take a funicular or a bus to reach Crans-Montana. For food you have options of bistro restaurants and cafes. If you wish to party then you have some local bars available where you can have drinks of your choice.
St-Saphorin is famous for its vineyards! This small historic village is part of UNESCO World Heritage. Cobbled lanes, colourfull small houses, Church all make the village a vibrant place to visit. We would recommend Vinorama wine tour and you can watch the wine making process. Take a tour of Riex and Grandvaux down to Lutry this route parallel with Lake Geneva is most beautiful experience. Do not forget to give a visit to Lac de Bret one of exotic lake near St-Saphorin.
You can take bus Montreux to Saint-Saphorin route that will reach by 40 minutes. From Lausanne both bus and train service available it is a short journey. Number of hotels and restaurants are there where you can stay or have food.
As Switzerland is mostly encompassed by mountains of various sizes, adventure sports like hiking, ice skating, paragliding, sledging are very popular here. Here are 7 Best places for Hiking in Switzerland and most favourite destination for hiking lovers.
Matterhorn is most favourite among hiking enthusiasts. It is near border of Italy and most majestic peak in Europe. It takes around 10 to 12 hours to reach the peak and you will need all professional equipment here. Matterhorn was first climbed by Edward Whymper nearly 150 years ago. June to September is favourable time for hiking.
Bachalpsee is in the Jungfrau region and is known for being famous among skier, mountaineers and photographers. Bachalpsee is also very popular to tourists due to it’s stunning beauty. Hikers have choice of easy to hard trails to choose from Jungfrau. It takes around 6km hike and considered to be easy. Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken and Grindelwald are favourite bases for exploration.
It will take around 2.5 hours train journey from Interlaken to reach the base. It is one of the costliest and popular summit in Switzerland. If you are not going to hike then take a train ride to Jungfraujoch it will be a journey worth enough for the spectacular view. Do not forget to check out Aletsch Glacier.
4. Mount Titlis
Mount Titlis is in the Uri Alps region and easy to climb. There are hiking routes that takes short routes of one hour to three hours. The easiest route is from the north side. Mount Titlis is 3000 meter high and best time to visit is spring and summer. Mountains are prone to snowstorm, before visiting please check weather report.
5. Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus is medium to hard to hike and it is in the Lucerne region. You will find a lush green trail to the peak. Either you can walk or take the cogwheel lift to go easily to the top. You can hike from Alpnachstad or take a gondola from Lucrene. Mount Pilatus is considered one of the best places for hiking in Switzerland. Once at the top you have many trails to explore several peaks leading to mesmerizing view.
Monch – being one of the biggest and hard to hike mountain Monch is 4170 meters high. Monch is in Bernese Alps region and a favourite mountain to rock climber. You have five routes to choose from, take professional guides help to climb. As Monch is nearby to Jungfrau and Eiger and both of them are famous, several hotels and resorts available to stay.
Schwarzhorn is going to give you a 360 degree view of the nearby places and it will take prior hiking experience. The hiking route is nearly 8.5 km and you can get gears on rent. To reach Schwarzhorn you can take First gondola. The gondola starts from center of town to the First which is a vast basin area. If you wish to hike and reach here it will take 3 hrs hiking. Please note last gondola down is at 6 pm sharp.
Please note- hiking in snowy mountains requires some level of necessary training and expertise. If you do not have prior experience it is good to consult a professional for help before you start hiking.