How Coronavirus Is Impacting Switzerland: Our Response

Lake Luzern with mountains in the background

Like most countries in the world, Switzerland has been affected by Coronavirus. At the time of writing there were over 25,000 cases and 1,000 deaths.

Here’s a simple summary of what has been going on here.

Covid-19 in SwitzerlandAnti coronavirus measures have been in place since March 16 and will be extended to April 26. These measures include a 

  • recommendation to all citizens to stay at home, especially the sick and elderly. 
  • A ban of gatherings of more than 5 people and social distancing at 2meters between people.  
  • The economy has collapsed and the government has brought in measures to support the economy.
  • An extraordinary situation is in place, resulting in a ban on all private and public events and closing bars, restaurants, sports and cultural spaces; only business providing essential goods remain open. Schools are closed nationwide.

Due to this situation, the government can take over certain powers from the 26 Cantons to impose measures. This is a first for Switzerland.  On March 25 Switzerland closed its borders and therefore only Swiss Citizens, swiss residents, those entering the country for professional reasons, and those transiting through can enter the country. The Swiss army has been mobilised to control the borders.

In addition, for the first time the Swiss army is deploying a hospital battalion to support other civilian hospitals; it can welcome 200 patients. To cope with the expected increase in the number of sick people, many cantons have also mobilised civil defence volunteers. 

Major cancelled events have so far included the Geneva International Motor Show and the Baselworld watch fair. Art Basel, originally scheduled for June, has also postponed the fair until September.

All top-flight Swiss football and ice-hockey games have also been called off, as have numerous local social, political and cultural events. The ice hockey World Championship, scheduled to start in Switzerland from May 8, has also been cancelled.

Economics Minister Guy Parmelin has warned that averting a recession will be extremely difficult despite the measures taken. The government said it wanted to help the economy “quickly and unbureaucratically.”

The Swiss stock market has been heavily hit by the panic over the virus.

The tourism and event industries also fear heavy losses. For March and April, Swiss hotels are expecting turnover to fall by up to 90%

As you can imagine the consequences for Typically Swiss Tour have been very bad with several tours being cancelled and no bookings for the summer period. Bookings still exist for mid-summer and time will tell if these tours actually take place. The good news is my product could be one f the lucky ones as and when the crises is over as I give private tours which due to health and safety fears could be more in demand than say, large bus tours.

In any case, Typically Swiss Tours is doing all that it can do to work on marketing so that is ready for the inevitable recovery.

Things to do in Lucerne (Luzern)

Bridge in Lucerne

If you are looking to visit a part of Switzerland that encapsulates the essence of this awesome country, then head to Luzern (also known as Lucerne). Spiritually, politically and geographically, Luzern is known as the country’s heartland and should definitely make it on to your list of places to visit.

Why choose Luzern?

Need we say more than sparklings lake vistas, historical gems from the Victorian era and tongue-tingling delicacies? Here are ten reasons a trip to Luzern is an absolute must.

1. Visit the Old Town

Located on the right bank of the river Reuss, spend some time exploring the historic core of Lucerne where you can admire the painted houses and medieval guildhalls.

A visit to the Old Townhall (the Renaissance Altes Rathaus) is an absolute must. Built in the 17th century, the ground floor boasts or stunning arcades ready to be explored.

2. Educate yourself at the Swiss Museum of Transport

If you are looking for places to visit in Luzern, we recommend Switzerland’s most visited museum – the Swiss Museum of Transport.

Ever wondered what Switzerland’s first diesel locomotive looked like? Take a trip here to find out. You will also take in 30 aircrafts as well as the autotheatre, which showcases a fleet of vehicles spanning eras. The cars are stacked on shelves, similar to what you might see in a toyshop – only much larger, of course.

If cars aren’t quite your thing, the museum is still worth a visit. Inside, there is an IMAX theatre (Switzerland’s first), an updated planetarium and, last but not least, a new Swiss Chocolate Adventure!

3. Take in the Rosengart Collection

The 20th-century art dealer Siegfried Rosengart was acquainted with many modern painters. He and Angela (his daughter) acquired what is known as one of Europe’s richest collections of modern art and includes hundreds of pieces from the likes of:

  • Picasso
  • Paul Klee
  • Chagall
  • Matisse
  • Monet
  • Miró
  • Fernand Léger
  • Braque

The museum was opened in 2002 by Angela, and you can expect to see over 300 pieces when you visit.

4. Indulge at the Aeschbach Chocolate Factory

If you are looking for something a little more indulgent then add a visit to the chocolate factory to you list of things to do in Lucerne. An easy ten-minute journey, a trip to the Aeschbach Chocolate Factory involves learning how the chocolate is produced, sampling their delicacies and potentially creating a chocolate bar of your very own.

5. Feel mesmerised at Mount Pilatus

This mountain reaches over 2,000 metres high and is immersed in folklore. It is known to locals as ‘Dragon Mountain’ after stories dating back to medieval times warned that the peak was inhabited by dragons.

If you are visiting Mount Pilatus during summer, invest in a Golden Tour (Goldene Rundfahrt) and begin your adventure in a paddle steamer. From there you will ride the world’s steepest cogwheel railway and jump on the ‘Dragon Ride’ aerial cableway, before descending the mountain via a gondola cableway. Whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with your family, this is sure to be an unforgettable day out.

6. Pay a visit to the Lion Monument

If you are looking for something a little different to do in Luzern, head to view a monument of a dying lion carved into the old sandstone quarry.

This evoking monument was designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved by Lukas Ahorn in the early 1820s. The lion is a representation of the Swiss Guard who died protecting Louis XVI during the French Revolution in 1792.

The symbolism doesn’t stop there, the lion lies on top of a broken shield depicting the French royalty’s fleur-de-lis and in the background, there is a shield with the Swiss coat of arms.

7. Take a dip in Lake Lucerne  

This peculiarly shaped body of water is known to locals as the Lake of the Four Cantons and is a welcoming day out for everyone.

Enjoy a dip surrounded by epic mountains and stunning views before strolling through local neighbourhoods, which were reconfigured in the 1880s; taking full advantage of the spectacular landscapes.

8. Take in the Musegg Wall

The Musegg Wall had to make it onto our list of things to do in Lucerne. This breathtaking site consists of a city wall broken up by nine towers. The walls and towers were constructed towards the end of the 14th century as a defence to protect the city.

You can access four of the towers, including Zytturm which also holds Luzern’s oldest clock dating back to 1535. You may notice that it chimes exactly one minute before all of the other clocks in the city, this is in honour of the clock’s age. Listen out for it.

Any of the four towers you choose to climb will offer spectacular views of Luzern, including the lake.

9. Visit Chapel Bridge

For history lovers, a visit to Lucerne’s emblem is a must. Chapel Bridge is the world’s oldest standing truss bridge, dating back to 1333.

Extending for 200 metres, there are ceiling pediments and 17th-century paintings that showcase Luzern’s historic events. Take it all in with a history lesson like no other.

Sadly, a fire in 1993 burned down most of the bridge. What remains of this historical masterpiece is now covered for protection.

The adjoining tower stands 35 meters high and is older than the bridge by approximately 30 years. Unfortunately, you can’t climb the tower but you can enter the ground floor where there is a souvenir shop.

10. Enter the Hofkirche and Jesuit Church

The Hofkirche church is a must for history buffs. After the original basilica burned down in the 17th century, the new church was erected during the Thirty Year War. Very few churches were built north of the Alps during this period, making this a ‘must-see’ during your trip.

Constructed in the style of the late Renaissance, the church does still hold elements from the original basilica. This includes two towers and some ornamentation inside.

Once you have had your fill of the Hofkirche, head over to the Jesuit Church to make a day of the activity. Here you will see a beacon of the Counter-Reformation in the Baroque style. The church was designed by Austrian and Italian architects and was constructed throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, before being consecrated in 1677.

Whatever your taste, there is plenty to do when you visit Luzern. Why not take the hassle out of planning your trip and book a tour with us?

Things To Do In Basel In One Day

Basel Town Hall

Why visit Basel?

When it comes to planning your trip to Switzerland, we highly recommend spending a day in Basel. There are so many treasures to discover including the 11th-century Cathedral and the Rhine.

Whether you are simply taking a stroll through the picturesque city or taking in stunning artwork in one of the many popular museums, you will want to add a trip to Switzerland’s third-largest town to your to-do list.

Top 10 places to visit in Basel

Basel is nestled at the tripoint between the Swiss, French and German borders and is extremely popular for its art and culture. To help you make the most of your trip, we have collated ten fun things to do in Basel to suit a variety of tastes.

1. Rheinfelden and Feldschlösschen brewery

Dating back to medieval times, Rheindelden boasts of multiple city defense towers and city gates. Cross one of the bridges to get to an island in the Rhine that forms part of the German Rhinefelden.

End your day of exploring by visiting the Feldschlösschen brewery, which has daily tours, to enjoy one of the country’s most popular beers.

2. Kunstmuseum Basel

If you enjoy drinking in as much art as possible then The Kunstmuseum will definitely be your cup of tea. It houses Switzerland’s richest and largest collection of artwork.

Just a few of the famous artists you can expect to find include:

  • Konrad Witz
  • Van Gogh
  • Rembrandt
  • Monet
  • Hans Holbein
  • Cézanne
  • Bruegel the Elder
  • Manet

There is even an entire room dedicated to Picasso.

3. Basel City Hall

For a feel of the culture, join citizens and tourists with a visit to the daily market. Savour delicious local produce including some of Switzerland’s culinary specialities.

The City Hall was constructed in the 16th century and is certainly eye-catching, with a multitude of symbols to look out for including the Old Swiss Confederacy’s 12 coats of arms.

Wander through the arch into the captivating courtyard to see the statue of Basel’s roman founder, which was sculpted in 1580.

4. Augusta Raurica

An easy 5 miles to the south of Basel, the Augusta Raurica is one of Switzerland’s national treasures. This is the country’s largest Roman ruins, dating back to 43BC.

Several temples and the open-air theatre have been restored, making it an interesting place to visit during your trip to Basel.

5. Altstadt

Visit Basel’s Old Town to experience an array of uncommon Swiss national heritage sites, with some of the oldest buildings dating back to the 14th century. Take in the stunning architecture and walk the same streets as historic figures such as the 16th-century theologian and humanist, Erasmus.

Make sure you visit the following during your trip:

  • Münsterplatz, the city square
  • Petersgasse, known for its irregular townhouses
  • The jovial monkey fountain

6. Museum Tinguely

On the right bank of the Rhine sits a museum for Tinguely, the kinetic sculptor.

His eccentric machines are interactive and can be enjoyed  by children and adults alike, allowing this museum to claim a spot on our list of fun things to do in Basel. Pull levers and push buttons to see the machines whir to life, chronicling Tinguely’s career in an unforgettable way.

Be sure to experience the Grosse Méta Maxi-Maxi Utopia, which was one of Tinguely’s final pieces and consists of electric motors, wooden wheels and pulleys.

7. The Rhine River

Whether you want to swim within the challenging currents or rest in the shallow waters, the Rhine River is a popular stopping point creating a resort sort of atmosphere.

The Rhine River is based outside the city and is the perfect spot for watersports, sunbathing and summer-time barbecues.

8. Basel Minster

If you are interested in historic architecture, the Basel Minster church is worth visiting. With 60-metre towers, pinkish-red sandstone walls and a stunning pattern roof, it truly is a sight to behold.

Soaked in history, a lot of the architecture dates back to the 14th and 15th century. The main portal was dismantled in the Reformation but the Gothic archivolts are still in place, boasting of angels and prophets, kings, roses, a rendering of Abraham and more.

Make sure you wear the right shoes if you are planning on tackling the narrow spiral stairway for fantastic views of Basel and the Rhine.

9. Basel Historical Museum

With four locations, the Basel Historical Museum (HMB) definitely makes our list of ten of the best things to do in Basel.

A few of the riches you will find here include:

  • Works from the Cathedral treasury
  • Stained glass and coin collections
  • Altars and tapestries
  • A work by Konrad Witz

10. Fondation Beyeler

When looking for places to visit in Basel in one day, we recommend travelling to the Fondation Beyeler. A mere six kilometres outside Basel, this is an art collection you won’t want to miss.

The plethora of artwork on display includes paintings by:

  • Picasso
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Lichtenstein
  • Francis Bacon
  • Pollock
  • Monet
  • Warhol
  • Cézanne

Whatever you decide to do during your trip to Switzerland, a visit to Basel is sure to be an enjoyable day.

Things To Do In Bern

Properties in Bern

In addition to a wide variety of activities and experiences to suit every taste, many people flock to Switzerland’s capital to take in the gorgeous sites. Bern has a stunning Old Town with most of its core dating back to the 15th century. 

10 Best things to do in Bern in a day

Bern, with a quaint 130,000 citizens is an amazing place to visit; with stunning gems to discover around every corner. From cobbled streets to 15th-century buildings and expansive arcades, you can easily fill a day in Switzerland’s capital city.

If you need any more reasons to visit Bern, here are ten activities you can experience.

1. Visit the Paul Klee Museum

This modern museum houses one of the early 20th century’s most influential artists. The museum was opened in 2005 and is designed as an oscillating wave, a piece of art in itself. The Paul Klee Museum now houses his entire collection, including childhood sketches as well as his Surrealist, Cubist and Expressionist pieces.

If you have visited the museum before and are considering returning, you will be pleased to know that the temporary shows change regularly; so you are sure to experience something new.

2. Spend some time in the Old Town

Sadly, a fire burned most of the city in 1405, which led to the old wooden houses being replaced with tall sandstone buildings. These are, however, still a breathtaking sight to behold and well worth a visit.

Why not try and spot all of the Renaissance fountains within the centre? There are 11 in total.

One of the defining characteristics are the arcades that weave through the Town and are home to a variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

3. Take a dip in the Aare river

Whilst the idea of swimming in the Aare may seem a little worrisome in the spring and summer months, if you travel south of the Altstadt you will find a perfectly safe place to dip your toes or even go for a swim.

4. Visit the Zytglogge

The Zytglogge tower is located in the Old Town and was built towards the end of the 12th century. Whatever time of year you choose to visit Bern, a popular experience is a trip to this tower to take in one of Switzerland’s oldest clocks. Installed in 1530, you can watch the clock’s charming figures come to life; moving in sequence every hour.

You can even book a tour of the tower where you can watch the show behind the scenes. We recommend booking in advance as the tour numbers are limited.

5. Drop by Bern Cathedral

In addition to one of Switzerland’s oldest clocks, Bern is also home to the country’s tallest cathedral. Built gradually throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, the spire reaches 100 metres high. Climb over 400 stairs for a spectacular view of snowy Alps in the distance.

The cathedral’s amazing views don’t stop there. Inside, you can see one of Europe’s matchless groups of Gothic sculptures: Last Judgement.

After soaking up this amazing set-piece, make your way to the 16th-century stunning stained windows and carved choice stalls.

6. Picnic in the Rose Garden

Near BärenPark, on high ground and with a wonderful view of Bern’s Old Town, is the city’s rose garden. Join families, couples and friends as they picnic surrounded by beautiful flowers.

The first of the garden’s roses were planted in 1917 and is best enjoyed throughout spring and early summer where you will enjoy:

  • 223 species of roses
  • 200 iris species
  • 23 species of rhododendron
  • A pond graced with lilies

7. Stop off at Einstein’s house

Seeing where Einstein lived  (1903 – 1905) easily made it onto our list of places to visit in Bern. Einstein lived here during his employment at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, sharing his space with his wife and son.

Feel inspired standing in the same space where the genius changed the way the universe is understood through his Annus Mirabilis papers.

8. Taste cheese at Emmental Cheese Dairy

Lovers of cheese will feel at home in Switzerland. Once you have enjoyed as much fondue as you can, visit Bern to savour the world’s most famous cheese at the Emmental Show Dairy.

Have you ever wondered how the holes appear in the cheese? Discover the answer at the show dairy, which is open every day of the year (and has been since 1989). Watch as 8,000 litres of milk is transformed into cheese every day and perhaps even try your hand at cheese-making yourself.

As with the other experience mentioned in this post, book your tour to avoid disappointment.

9. Visit the bear enclosure

The bear has been an emblem of Bern dating back to the 12th century. It even has an enclosure housing three bears near the Aare river and the Old Town.

Bears have been ‘kept’ in Bern since the 16th century (at least) but were moved to their new enclosure in 1857. A new, more modern space was opened in 2009 featuring two enclosures and a river for the bears to enjoy.

10. Stop by Swiss Parliament

When visiting Switzerland’s capital, a trip to the Swiss Federal Assembly is a must. As one of the world’s oldest democracies, the Bundeshaus was constructed towards the end of the 19th century.

Outside you will find a fountain with 26 jets, symbolising the country’s Cantons.

Book well in advance if you want to step inside for a tour. This extremely popular experience, led by a knowledgeable guide will pass on a wealth of information surrounding the history of federal government, including some myths surrounding its founding.

Whatever time of year you visit Switzerland, be sure to include the amazing city of Bern in your plans.

 

Best Places To Visit In Switzerland – How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trip

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If you are spending 5 or more days in Switzerland, you may be wondering how to get the most out of this stunning country. Whilst it may feel like a good amount of time to go exploring, there are so many places to visit and things to do that you will still be spoilt for choice.

Rather than worrying about fitting everything in, researching train timetables and calculating if you will have enough time to visit everything on your Swiss bucket list; why not invest in a multi-day guided tour?

Switzerland offers an assortment of awesome views of stunning mountains and lakes, a range of delicacies to savour and unique experiences to enjoy. However, it is not the cheapest place to visit. When you opt for a guided tour, all of your food and travel are included, which means you can spend more time enjoying yourself and less time keeping an eye on your finances. All you need to do is book your accommodation.

So, without further ado, here are our suggestions for guided multi-day tours to make your time in Switzerland even more enjoyable.

How to spend 6 days in Switzerland

Explore the east of Switzerland with this multi-day tour. This tour will take you through the following places:

  • Luzern (also known as Lucerne)
  • Chur
  • St Moritz
  • Lugano
  • Locarno
  • Andermatt

What you will experience during your 6 days in Switzerland

Each day is packed with activity. You will be soaking up the architecture, savouring tasty chocolate treats, wandering through shops and taking in picturesque lakes. 

Switzerland’s oldest city

The charming town of Chur is Switzerland’s oldest, so you can expect to find it steeped in history. The town offers a variety of galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Switzerland’s highest town

The multi-day trip includes a visit to Davos, Switzerland’s highest town. Here, you can enjoy splendid mountain views and breathe in that clean, crisp mountain air.

The highest cable car

You can’t travel to Switzerland without taking a trip in a cable car. So why not make it the highest cable car in Graubunden followed by a delicious lunch in the Panorama Restaurant?

Chocolate delicacies to savour

The chocolatiers at Alprose create 6,000 tons of chocolate treats every year and there is a museum dedicated to these tasty morsels. Take in the history of the brand and hit the chocolate shop to stock up on gifts for your loved ones – don’t forget a tasty treat for yourself.

This is just a taste of the places you will visit and the things you will do during your 6 days in Switzerland. Find more information and book here.

Best of Switzerland in 5 days

Book a 5-day tour to explore the South of Switzerland. Your tour will include visiting the following places:

  • Luzern (also known as Lucerne)
  • Andermatt
  • Zermatt
  • Montreux
  • Bern

What you will experience during your 5 days in Switzerland

This tour offers flexibility for you to make the trip your own. Options include cheese and chocolate factories, mountain rides, historical towns and lake visits.

Visit a glass factory

Working glass factories use the art of glass blowing to create wine glasses, vases and even Christmas tree decorations. You can watch the artists at work and experience a range of exhibitions such as listening to glass sing.

Take in the view of Rhone Glacier

One of the many amazing sites you will take in during your 5-day tour includes the Rhone Glacier. A stunning view in winter and summer, this is the largest glacier in the Urner Alps.

Mountain rides

Rather than walking to the Gornergrat, Klein-Matterhorn or the Rothorn, why not travel by gondola? There are a variety of travel options to take you from peak to peak. Alternatively, if you are itching for a hike, this is the place to do it.

Chocolate or cheese anyone?

Once you have had your fill of exploring the town and taking in the views at the lakeside, you have the opportunity to visit a chocolate or cheese factory. Whatever takes your fancy, you can learn all about your snack of choice as well as trying a treat or two yourself.

Explore Bern

Our visit to Bern offers a day free to explore Switzerland’s capital. From picnicking in the Rose Garden to visiting the bears or watching one of Switzerland’s oldest clocks come to life; you can do as you please in this intriguing city.

If you like the idea of a 5-day Swiss tour that offers flexibility, find out more and book here.

However you choose to spend your time exploring Switzerland, we are sure you will have a wonderful experience creating everlasting memories.

5 Things To Do In Zürich

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Whether you are in Switzerland for a day, a week or a couple of months, it is safe to say you will never be bored. If Zürich isn’t already on your bucket list then you definitely should add it.

Why Visit Zürich?

Zürich is ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live, so any time spent in this fascinating city is more than worth it. Situated perfectly on Lake Zürich as well as at the foot of the Swiss alps, this city caters to every holiday taste. You can explore by yourself or book a guided tour to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.

Best things to do in Zürich in one day

If we have piqued your interest then reading on will only continue to do so. In addition to visiting the stunning historic Old Town, savouring delicious chocolate and fondue, gaining enrichment from the museums (art, watches and Fifa to name a few), listening to soul-enriching opera and taking in the stunning architecture, there is so much to fill your day with.

In addition to the experiences mentioned above, here are five  things to do during your trip.

1. See the Gerold Cunchi Umbrellas

A fantastic meal is not the only thing you will experience when you visit the Gerold Cuchi restaurant. There you will find a wonderful umbrella display hanging above the patio. There are 50 umbrellas in total, all with a different design.

2. Visit a thermal spa

Visiting the Thermalbad & Spa Zürich is an absolute must. Historically an old brewery, you have a choice of relaxing in a wooden tub, enjoying the rooftop pool or going the whole nine yards with an Irish-Roman spa ritual. Nothing sounds quite as idyllic at that.

3. Hit the street parade

If you happen to be travelling in August, you won’t want to miss the famous street parade. Known in Zürich as the biggest party of the year, you can celebrate freedom, tolerance, generosity, peace and love amid awesome techno music.

4. Savour the taste of flaming beer

Zeughauskeller is an extremely popular beer hall known for its extensive selection of delicious sausage with a flaming beer called Eidgenoss, which is prepared at your table. This is an extremely popular choice for tourists, so you may want to book ahead of time.

5. Take the Rein tour

We have definitely saved the best for last. You can’t visit Zürich without seeing the Rhein Falls, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Book a full day trip that stops off at the Lindt chocolate factory and the Old Town before heading to the waterfall. For those brave of heart, you can also enjoy a boat ride below the falls.

 

10 Reasons to Visit Switzerland

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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.