Switzerland just might be the most beautiful country in Europe, especially in the summer. It may be a small country but tourism is anything but minuscule. People from all over the globe visit Switzerland for its breathtaking scenery. Wondering where to go to Switzerland? Here are a few recommended stops for your itinerary, including accommodation and activity suggestions.
Geneva is probably the most common arrival airports for travelers coming to Switzerland, so there’s a high chance that you will be at least transiting via Geneva at some point in your itinerary. Located in Lac Leman, despite its large size Geneva is still one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Geneva is a place where chocolate lovers can rejoice since you are able to find chocolatiers all over the city, as well as a multitude of tours themed around sampling the best Swiss chocolate you are able to discover. Other than that, Geneva is famous for its museums, its mouth-watering fondue, and stunning lake and mountain views.
Things to do in Geneva
The best method to explore Geneva is on foot. Take a walk around the historic city and be awed at all the beautiful architecture and all the watches you probably cannot afford. Do stop into some of the different chocolatiers and try some of Switzerland’s finest.
A regular must-see in Geneva is the Jet D’Eau, a huge water fountain shooting water up 140 meters in the air on Lake Geneva. It’s astoundingly beautiful at night when it’s all lit up. The Palace of Nations, which is home to a huge branch of the United Nations, is also frequently added to itineraries of those who visit Geneva.
Day Trips and Tours in Geneva
- If you’re eager to check everything there is in the Swiss bucket list in one go – trains, mountains, cheese, and chocolate – you can’t miss a full day tour to Gruyères. Learn about chocolate making, Swiss cows, see how cheese is made in Switzerland, indulge in fondue and get to experience a ride in the Golden Express, one of Switzerland’s most famous trains.
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- A traditional steamboat ride on Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman) is one of the most popular things to do in Geneva. You can combine this with a city tour to experience all of it in one go.
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- If you are interested to visit a bit of France, Geneva is also very close to Chamonix which is at the foot of Mont Blanc as well as the town of Annecy. Both can be done as day trips from Geneva.
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Tour to Annecy link: https://goo.gl/2Da17A <
Where to Stay in Geneva?
Hotel: Geneva Hostel
Booking.com review: 8/10 based on 5879 reviews
Hotel: Ibis Budget Geneve Petit-Lancy
Booking.com review: 7.7/10 based on 1973 reviews
Hotel: The Mövenpick
Booking.com review: 8.2/10 based on 1560 reviews
Zürich spans the gorgeous Limmat River, which makes the old architecture even more appealing. Zürich is also the most cosmopolitan city throughout Switzerland, so you’re able to find different types of international cuisines in case you’re tired of fondue.
Zürich is one of the entry points to Switzerland, so if you find yourself transiting there, you’ll likely want to explore the city for at least a day before going out and seeing more.
Things to do in Zürich
There is a lot to do in Zürich, from taking a walking tour of the Old Town, strolling down the shopping street of Bahnhofstrasse, exploring the beautiful churches of Fraumünster and Grossmünster, or going to some of the best museums in the country at a discount using a Zürich Pass .
As the biggest city in Switzerland, Zürich is a wonderful place to base yourself while making day trips to gorgeous mountains and lakes in the countryside.
Day Trips and Tours in Zürich
- Rhine Falls is been called Europe’s biggest waterfall solely based on the sheer power of its rushing water, and not its width or height. It’s extraordinarily beautiful and an absolute force of nature. You are most likely to see the beautiful town of Stein am Rhein, one of Switzerland’s most gorgeous small towns.
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If you want to see some more picturesque mountains, you can take a day trip to Liechtenstein, which is one of Europe’s smallest countries. Take the train from Zürich to the Swiss border town Sargans. You then catch bus #11 to Vaduz, the tiny mountainous capital of Liechtenstein.
- Appenzell is a cute Swiss town that is very easy to take a day trip from Zürich. You are able to see where they make Appenzell cheese, shop chocolate, and learn about Swiss tradition and culture.
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Where to stay in Zürich?
Hotel: City Backpacker Biber
Booking.com review: 7.6/10 based on 2279 reviews
Hotel: The Motel One Zürich
Booking.com review: 8.8/10 based on 4785 reviews
Hotel: Park Hyatt Zürich
Booking.com review: 8.8/10 based on 278 reviews
Interlaken is a city between two lakes (hence the name), Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. Both are beautiful, especially Lake Brienz since it’s the same color turquoise as the Insta-famous Lake Louise in Canada.
Interlaken is commonly known as the adventure sports capital of Switzerland. You will find activities like paragliding and skydiving offered almost everywhere.
What to do in Interlaken?
Since Interlaken is a mecca for thrill seekers, you should save some room in your budget to try at least one adventurous splurge. Whether it’s paragliding between the lakes of Thun and Brienz taking a speedboat through one of the stunning lakes, or even skydiving over one of the most breathtaking parts of Switzerland, there are lots to do in Interlaken that’ll get your heart racing.
If you aren’t the adventurous type and would rather keep your feet on the ground or have a tight budget, no worries – there’s still plenty to do and see in Interlaken. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Funky Chocolate Club take a walk to the top of Harder Kulm, or rent a kayak or paddleboard on Lake Brienz.
Day Trips and Tours in Interlaken
Jungfraujoch is probably the most popular day trip from Interlaken because it’s the highest train station in all of Europe and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s known as “The Top of Europe”, and has wonderful viewing areas, an ice palace you can hang out in (even in the summer), and beautiful views of the Jungfrau region and its well-known mountains.
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Interlaken is very close to a few beautiful castles. Check out the stunning Thun Castle, or see the even more breathtaking Oberhofen Castle on the edge of Lake Thun.
Spend a day in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the center of the Bernese Alps. Take a wonderful round trip by train, cable car and railway to areas of Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, and Schilthorn to the places where the 1969 James Bond was filmed.
Tour Link: https://goo.gl/ZEkJMo
Where To Stay in Interlaken?
Hotel: Balmers Backpackers Hostel
Booking.com review: 7.9/10 based on 1629 reviews
Hotel: B3 Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Booking.com review: 9.3/10 based on 104 reviews
Hotel: Royal St. Georges]
Booking.com review: 8.2/10 based on 717 reviews
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If you’re not residing in Switzerland and planning to visit for their beautiful cities, it’s highly suggested to get roaming data. It’s important to constantly be connected to the internet to locate these places with your GPS and also for your info.
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