If you are planning to spend a vacation in Switzerland, rest assured the Swiss mountains will be ready to welcome you among the open spaces, charming villages and breath-taking vistas. Whether you are planning to ski, hike, or simply relax in a romantic chalet, this Alpine wonderland boasts a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. With a multitude of places to visit in Switzerland, you want to plan your trip around your favorite activities and the sites that you’d like to see the most.
Experienced mountaineers or people with a good level of physical fitness may wish to flock to the most famous peak of the Alps: the majestic Matterhorn in Zermatt, standing 4,478 meters high. Licensed mountain guides extremely familiar with the area, will help you conquer the challenging peaks and enjoy the exhilarating views. A 2.5-hours glacier hike will take excursionists to Breithorn, a 4,000 metre mountain. Here, Mount Blanc appears almost near enough to touch, while thousands of meters beneath lies the largest summer ski area in Europe.
Those enamored with history will love the 13th century Chillon Castle nestled between the shores of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Worth visiting is the castle’s famous prison, the Hall of Justice, the Duke’s Chamber and Saint George’s Chapel. Not to miss is also the Cathédrale de St Pierre in Geneva, boasting Romanesque architecture in all its splendor. From there, you can travel to Berne, an incredibly preserved old town full of impressive scenery, and delectable restaurants and bars.
With over 31,070 miles of trails to explore, hiking aficionados have unforgettable scenery at their disposal. Wild flowers, castles, lakes, chalets, snow-capped mountains and wildlife offer almost perfect postcard backgrounds. Fill up your back pack and hike the Faulhornweg for panoramic views of the Jungfrau, Sentier de Chamois (the Chamois Trail) for s glimpse of ibex and chamois on the rocky slopes and Lauterbrunnental for memorable sights of the world’s largest glacial valley. Hiking is Switzerland is almost hassle-free with a well-linked system of mountain huts and hostels scattered throughout.
Of course, you cannot leave Switzerland without savoring a famous Swiss chocolate bar. If you are hiking, skiing, or simply enjoying the postcard vistas, a square of velvety milk chocolate will leave you energized and appreciative of what the Swiss cows can do for you. Zurich is the heart of chocolate production with several factories and stores. Chocolate lovers have several places to visit in Switzerland: do not miss Zurich’s Truffe, Schrober and Merkur chocolate boutiques.
Historical sites, charming villages, unforgettable vistas and miles of trails, there are lots of places to visit in Switzerland for long lasting memories. This land of contrasting scenery and thrilling adventures is definetly worth at least one visit in a person’s lifetime. If you’re going to be backpacking through Europe, Switzerland is definitely one place that you don’t want to miss.