Traveling to Switzerland can be a lot of fun since it is a combination of at least three different cultures. Switzerland is surrounded by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria to the east. The Swiss have been known to be very friendly; no matter what language they speak and are extremely helpful. The country has just about everything you may want to do, and has many different attractions. Here are some of the top things to do while in Switzerland.
Something you should have in your itinerary no matter what is a visit to the Alps. The Alps are a border between Switzerland and Italy, so it is easy to get some authentic Italian cuisine but still be able to enjoy all that the Swiss Alps have to offer. There are many small mountain towns that have lots of shopping for gifts and genuine Swiss treasures. If you like to hike, there are plenty of hiking trails that will take you on a scenic journey. When you get to the top of the mountain you can make your way back while taking advantage of the slopes there by either skiing or snowboarding. Of course, others may choose to zip line part of the way down. If you are true adrenaline junky, you can also go hang gliding through the Alps so you can take in the beautiful mountain side from a bird’s eye view.
For those of you who are somewhat of a history buff, or just enjoy learning something new, then there is plenty for you to do. There are all sorts of old castles, churches, towns, and museums to visit that will give you a great history lesson. Learn about some of the smaller towns that have the old walls that used to be used to block out enemies from entering their city. Perhaps you would much rather learn about how they make their Swiss Chocolate so creamy, or you want to find out where Gryère cheese comes from. There are several factories throughout the country so that you can not only learn where these delicious treats come from and how they are made, but you can also do some taste testing while you are at it.
Of course, there is no way you can go to this country and not sight see. Just about every place you go is breath taking. Many people say that the colors are so much more vibrant and rich than you would have ever thought they could be. Having a view of the mountainside, lake, or the rest of the town will make you think you are in a dream that you don’t want to wake up from. There are also plenty of festivals and events that you can go to and experience if that’s how you sight see.
If you decide to go to any festivals, tours, factories, or museums, be sure to check their hours and dates of operation. Also, look into any transportation you may need while you are visiting. Planning ahead can help you in the end so that you know what that you will be able to do and see what you want. However, there are many people that like to be spontaneous while traveling, and that’s perfectly fine in Switzerland. You may want to look into getting traveler’s insurance since that can help you with canceled reservations or tickets, even help you out if your miss your train or lose your luggage.
Switzerland has just about anything and everything you can think of. When you visit this country you get to experience at least 4 different cultures in one place, and you can do almost anything that sounds like fun to you. If you like to be active, you can go on hiking or walking trails, go skiing, or go zip lining. Perhaps you want to keep things slow, then you can always enjoy a nice dinner and a local restaurant while people watching, visit a museum, or simply ride the rails. Switzerland is a place that would be great for a person traveling alone, a couple on a romantic getaway, or a family on vacation.