Whether it’s in Geneva, Zurich or up in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland is blessed with tons of activities and excursions. The kind of outdoor experiences that will leave you craving a bit of Swiss cheese and chocolate afterwards.
Here are the top 5 experiences that are a must when you visit Switzerland:
1. Hiking the Aletsch GlacierThe Aletsch Glacier is the longest of the glaciers in Europe Alps, and is popular for sightseeing and hiking. There are cable cars and lifts climbing available at Bettmeralp, Fiesch and Riederalp from where you get the majestic views of the Aletsch Glacier.
Hiking is especially popular in the summer when the weather is warm, and hiking along the Aletsch Glacier, you are treated with beautiful views of the Valaisian and Bernese Alps.
The most popular route for hiking here starts from the Bettmersee Lake from where you have to take the trail northeast at Biel. Soon after you arrive at a huge bend in the Biel trail, you get views of the Swiss Alps and the Glacier along with the stunning mountain of Matterhorn. From here, you would need to follow the trail to Moosfluhm from where you can descend to see the Aletsch glacier through the Aletsch forest. There are also cable lifts available from Moosfluh that you could take.
Make sure you are properly equipped with hiking gears as the path can be quite slippery at times. Hiking with a guide is also recommended.
2. Marvelling in the Majestic Matterhorn, ZermattThe mountain Matterhorn is one of the top reasons why Zermatt is very popular tourist attractions. Hiking up the mountain is an adventure that many tourists prefer, you could either hike up alone or choose to go on a guided tour. There are also cable cars that help you enjoy the majestic views of the Swiss Alps while the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is deemed to be the best out of all. Make sure you don’t miss experiencing it.
The Glacier Palace is another interesting palace made of ice and full of ice sculptures. It is the best place to visit to have fun with your family and friends.
Zermatt is also highly popular for snow activities such as skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and many more, thanks to its enormous and wide range of ice slopes. Being a car free village, Zermatt assures you are refreshed with the fresh mountain air. In summers, the wild flowers make the place more pretty.
3. Boat riding at Geneva LakeGeneva Lake is the second largest Alpine lake in Europe and boat rides here is a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of cities. A boat ride to the Chillon Castle, is particularly popular in Geneva.
Sunsets and sunrises by the mountains surrounding the lake are a delight to watch, and the place is all you need to enjoy a brisk morning walk or a lazy evening stroll with your loved one. The resort town of Montreux is very popular among tourists.
4. Camping at InterlakenInterlaken offers a plethora of activities for tourists, out of which camping by the Lake Thun is one of the most popular ones. Surrounded by the gorgeous Jungfrau mountains, camping at this place brings you closer to nature. Boating by the Lake Thun, adventure sports such as paragliding or taking cable cars to Harder Kulm are ways to soak in the beauty of the place. If you are looking at buying tents, check out this list of family tents we have curated based on our personal experience.
5. Explore the culture at ZurichZurich is the city you would want to visit if you had the time to visit only one city in Switzerland Being the cultural hub that it is, the various museums, art cafes and restaurants make the place lively. The Swiss National Museum is popular for its chateau architecture that you shouldn’t miss. Hiking by the Uetliberg mountains, and skiing at the nearby Alps are also other tourist options.
SummarySo, that’s it guys! If you visit Switzerland, make sure to include these in your agenda and check them off, as any trip to the beautiful country would be incomplete without these!
Have you experienced any of these in Switzerland or are you planning your next trip there? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear your experiences. 🙂
Have fun and most importantly stay safe 🙂
Mark Bennett is an American writer and traveler, whose major inspiration has been camping with his father ever since his childhood. He aims to visit 75 countries before he’s 30. You can also follow his adventures on his site Outdoorily.
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