10 Reasons to Visit Switzerland


Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or looking for somewhere to rest and recuperate, Switzerland is the place for you. If you need more than the deep blue lakes, cultural cities, fondue and chocolate to convince you to visit this wonderland, then here are ten more reasons.

Reasons to visit Switzerland if you are an adrenaline junkie:

  1. Skiing, tobogganing and bobsleighing
  2. Visiting the largest waterfall
  3. Picturesque mountain hiking

Reasons to visit Switzerland if you are looking to rest and recover

  1. Enjoying hot springs and thermal spas
  2. Cramming charming chocolates
  3. Feasting on fantastic fondue and other cheeses

Reasons to visit Switzerland if you are looking for a unique experience

  1. Holidaying on a farm
  2. Exploring old villages and castles
  3. Experiencing Basel Fasnacht 
  4. Buying an authentic Swiss watch…in Switzerland

1. Skiing, tobogganing and bobsleighing

Switzerland has hosted the Winter Olympics twice now, making it the go-to place for any winter sports enthusiast. With 217 miles of ski pistes, you would be forgiven for spending your entire trip exploring the slopes.

For those looking for additional fun, Switzerland is the perfect place for tobogganing, snow-shoe trekking and bobsleighing.

Skiing is best between January and March.

2. Visiting the largest waterfall

When it comes to waterfalls, Switzerland doesn’t disappoint. Head to the Rhine Falls if you want to stand on top of the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Located between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich, this waterfall stands 75ft high with views offering impressive photograph opportunities.

While you are there, why not take to the water with a boat trip? Feeling the force of the waterfall up close is an experience not to be missed.

May or June are the best times to visit

3. Picturesque mountain hiking

Be sure to pack your hiking gear and camera because Switzerland offers immense panoramic views. Here are some recommended mountains to visit in Switzerland:

  • Mt. Pilatus
  • Matterhorn
  • Gran Paradiso

We recommend mountain hikes in the summer when the weather is less volatile.

4. Enjoying hot springs and thermal spas

If you are going to Switzerland with a partner, visiting the hot springs and thermal spas are an absolute must. From mineral-rich water to waterfall showers, you will definitely have a magical experience. Here are just a few of the multiple thermal spas and hot springs you can visit

  • Les Bains De Lavey
  • Paracelsus
  • Mineraldbad and spa

This experience can be enjoyed at any time of year.

5. Cramming charming chocolates

Surely nothing come closer to bliss then savouring Lindt chocolate in its birthplace? Not to mention you can also take part in a Lindt workshop.

If for some unknown reason Lindt chocolate doesn’t quite take your fancy, there are a multitude of other chocolate factories you can visit during your trip.

Chocolate tastes good any time of the year.

6. Feasting on fantastic fondue and other cheeses

Different regions specialise in their very own dishes, including a variety of cheese-based recipes. Here are a few of the tasty concoctions you can try in addition to fondue, which is a must itself!

  • Raclette
  • Tartiflette
  • Älplermagronen

Certain cheeses pop up at different times of the year, but you are sure to find something cheesy and delicious whenever you visit.

7. Holidaying on a farm

Whether you want to sleep on a traditional mattress or a bed of straw, holidaying on a farm is a wonderfully unique experience – and where better than Switzerland?

This is an experience perfect for families with children who have a soft spot for animals. From milking cows to riding horses, it is safe to say that these memories will stay with you forever.

Why not make this your ‘hotel’ and stay there for the entirety of your trip?

8. Exploring old villages and castles

If you love exploring different cultures, you will be spoilt for choice by the variety of historic villages and castles that Switzerland has to offer.

We highly recommend visiting the Old Town of Luzern, known as the centre of Swiss history and legend. Here are some ideas to get you started when visiting what is known by many as ‘true Switzerland:

  • Visit the Lion monument
  • Take a boat cruise
  • Visit a local badi

Every town and village you visit will have something special and unique to offer

9. Experiencing Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht is known throughout Switzerland as the three best days of the year. Expect a hand-painted, illuminated lantern exhibition, masks, drummers, music and fantastic costumes.

Travelling as a family? The second day of the carnival invites hundreds of children to take part.

Travelling as a couple or solo? There is so much to enjoy during this carnival that welcomes everyone.

Basel Fasnacht 2020 starts on the 2nd March and ends on the 5th

10. Buying an authentic Swiss watch…in Switzerland

We can’t really talk about Switzerland without discussing the watches. It is true that Swiss watches are so popular you can buy one from pretty much anywhere, but when you visit Switzerland, you have to at least browse the wide selection of watches.

Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega or Schaffhausen, if you are in the market for a new timepiece, you are in the best place to make an investment. Not to mention the bragging rights gained when buying a swiss watch in Switzerland.

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