A Scenic Escape To The Magical Alps: Things To Do In Stunning Switzerland
Everyone has once dreamed, planned or even conspired for a Swiss holiday. Just like a star, Switzerland commands the attention of the eager traveler, is rather extravagant in its tastes and boasts of unspeakable beauty. Everything extracted from this wonderful country carries the luxury with it– Swiss chocolates, Swiss watches, Swiss cheese. Home to the Alps, the Swiss landscape has been the magical setting to many stories, from children’s favorite Heidi to Mary Shelley’s Gothic monster, Frankenstein; this alone should give you the sheer variety of views and things you would encounter here. No Switzerland itinerary can boast of having seen it all, but like everything Swiss, it can boast of quality over quantity.
The Swiss railways promise comfort with great views of the running landscape from your window. Various lines connect almost the whole of the country. Buses and boats are also great options. To make your journey easier, you can book the all-encompassing Swiss Travel Pass by Switzerland Tourism that gives you access to any kind of public transport in the country.
Places to visit in Switzerland: Zurich (Day 1 & 2)
The most desirable city in the world, the most livable city in the world and the birth-point of art and music movements, Zurich’s multiple identities have coagulated brilliantly into one multi-dimensional, vibrant and chic city. It’s fast-paced life, lively night scene and more than 100 art galleries and museums, have all come together to make sure this city becomes the very first experience of the Swiss traveler. In fact, so great is its fame that it is often misconstrued as Switzerland’s capital (over its actual capital, Bern). No Switzerland Itinerary gives Zurich a miss.
Note: Get a ZurichCARD as soon as you reach here. It will give you access to the city’s railway system and some of its museums, trams, cable train and boat services.
Amazing things to do in Zurich
1) Enjoy a Relaxing Boat Ride on Lake Zurich
2) Enjoy the Aesthetics of Contemporary Art
You are likely to stumble upon a gallery on every street, but you should specifically look for the Kunsthaus, Kunsthalle or the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst.
3) Enjoy an Evening of Opera
Opernhaus Zurich has an in-house opera, theater and ballet group that put up some popular performances in its elaborately built Opera house.
4) Cycle around the city
Zurich has the coolest service of renting out bikes for free! Take one and wheel off to some of its historical landmarks or just enjoy its routine beauty.
5) Welcome to the city of Chocolate
From rummaging through chocolate shops like Confiserie Sprungli and Confiserie Teuscher to taking chocolate tours around the city, the Swiss Chocolate is a dream come true.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN ZURICH
Zurich to Geneva: The Golden Pass Line
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Traveling between these two places can be made much more fun if you head to Lucerne, which is around an hour away from Zurich and hop on the Golden Pass Railway which will take you through exquisite views of Lucerne, Interlaken, Zweisimmen and Montreux. The Golden Pass is one of the most recommended railway journeys on a Switzerland Itinerary. From Montreux, you can take another train which will take you to Geneva in about an hour.
Places to visit in Switzerland: Geneva (Day 3&4)
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Describing Geneva as the world center for peace (headquarters to both the United Nations and the Red Cross) is somewhat an oxymoron. The bouncing, zipping, swishing, racing nerve of the city can infuse energy even in the laziest of tourists. The second gem of from places to visit in Switzerland list, Geneva outdoes its diplomatic image with its warm and welcoming markets, museums and natural landscapes. If you are looking for a good time, it doesn’t get better than Geneva.
Amazing things to do in Geneva
1) Find Treasured Souvenirs and more at the Plainpalais Flea Market
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2) Take a Day Trip to Mont Blanc – the Highest Peak in the Alps
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3) Chill at Bains des Pâquis
Swim, Laze around, take a massage or enjoy some brunch; sloth is hardly a sin here.
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4) Tour the United Nations’ Headquarters
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5) Gaze at some classical and tribal art at Barbier-Mueller Museum
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Places to visit in Switzerland: Zermatt (Day 5)
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Zermatt is a small snowy village at the foot of the gigantic Matterhorn peak. It’s a humble and quiet destination away from the glitz of Zurich and Geneva. To be honest, this is a sort of a stand-by on your Switzerland Itinerary; a resting place before you, once again, get swept off by the vivaciousness of St. Moritz. Apart from being home to snow adventures and breathtaking views, Zermatt is also the starting point of the Glacial Express – the almost unmissable experience of Switzerland tourism.
Amazing things to do in Zermatt
1) Take a ride from the highest cable car station in Europe: Matterhorn Glacial Paradise
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2) Trek to Gornergrat
The view of the Gorner gorge is more than to die for!
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3) Visit the Enchanting Glacial Palace
A chance to see ice sculpture 15-meters inside a glacier!
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ACCOMMODATIONS IN ZERMATT
- Zermatt La Vallée
- Apartment Haus Brunnmatt I Zermatt
- Ferienwohnung Zermatt
- Baccara Zermatt
- Haus Fleckstein Zermatt Wohnung Karibu
Zermatt to St. Moritz: The Glacier Express
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This is undoubtedly the most loved train journey in the world. It is also a slow journey, about 7 hours that takes you across the wild, snow-covered Alps. It starts from Zermatt crosses Davos and drops you in St. Moritz. This is your railway journey of a lifetime!
Places to visit in Switzerland: St. Moritz (Day 6 & 7)
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The international ambassador for skiing, St. Moritz has become synonymous with the adventure, charm, thrill and the smothering beauty of the Swiss Alps. The point of origin for winter adventures, this alpine town has invited enthusiastic tourists, mad adventurers and pro-athletes and treated them with gorgeous mountain slopes and frozen lakes. Its resting beauty is complimented by its sophisticated infrastructure of some of the most luxurious and prime ski resorts, hotels, restaurants and galleries. Adventure and luxury know no better place to reside than in the cradle of the Alps, here in St. Moritz.
Amazing things to do in St. Moritz
1) Go Skiing and Beyond
You can oblige to the natural cliché of the ski resort or go for the adventure less taken with ice skating, kite skiing, curling, tobogganing, ice sledging etc.
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2) Enjoy Alpine views from Piz Nair
One of the most beautiful peaks in the area with an operating cable car service and snowy terrains that once hosted the Winter Olympics.
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3) Get Inspired at the Serangtini Museum
The 19th-century Swiss artist, Serangtini is much celebrated for his realistic paintings of the Swiss landscape. The museum hosts his largest collection of artwork in the world.
4) Walk through Local History at Engadine Museum
Takes you from the modern to the prehistoric past of the local culture.
5) Enjoy the Calm of St. Moritz Lake
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ACCOMMODATIONS IN ST. MORITZ
To be continued….best places to eat while in Switzerland