The birthplace of skiing offers so much more than slopes and chalets. From food and art, to beautiful lakes, mountain villages and old towns with medieval landmarks – this small country has it all.
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Here’s our pick of 10 things to see and do while you’re in Switzerland, along with some amazing images from Instagram:
Gorge on cheese.
A trip to Switzerland isn’t complete without cheese. Some of the best is in Fribourg, where Gruyere and Vacherin Fribourgeois are melted with white wine, garlic and kirsch. Other yummy dishes include raclette and alpen magronen (alpine macaroni and cheese).
Take in some contemporary art.
Switzerland’s home to some impressive collections, along with cutting-edge contemporary art. The medieval village of Gruyeres is a surprising art hub. Stroll around the 13th Century chateau for modern works, or pop into the Giger Museum for alien-like designs by H.R. Giger.
Indulge in chocolate.
The birth place of milk chocolate, in Switzerland chocolate-making is as much an art as it is a business. You can take a tour of Nestle’s Callier factory and pick up some tasty souvenirs. Other lovely chocolate shops are Sprungli in Zurich, Martel in Geneva, and Poyet in Vevey.
Go to the top of Europe.
At 3,454m high, Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest-altitude train station. The route to the ‘top of Europe’ covers 12km and climbs through a tunnel in the Alpine rock. The Sphinx observation deck at the top gives 360° views, and you can also see the Ice Palace and the Alpine research exhibition.
Explore the Cathedral of Bern.
The Cathedral of Bern (Das Berner Münster) is Switzerland's largest church from the late Middle Ages - the entrance has a stunning picture of the Last Judgment. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the 344 steps to reach the top of Switzerland’s highest church tower (100m).
Hike around the Swiss National Park.
The Swiss Natural Park in Zernez covers 169km² of mountains and woodland, and is home to a variety of wildlife such as large red deer, chamois, ibexes, and marmots. Take a hike around its trails and admire the breath-taking views.
Have fun at Fasnacht Spring Carnival.
This world-famous three-day carnival features colourful costumes and masks parading in the streets. The carnival starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday, and cafes and bars are open all night as confetti, sweets, and flowers are thrown to the crowd.
Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, this city is the third biggest in the country. You can find the world's tallest fountain, enchanting museums, and amazing restaurants here. And if you love alternative art, Geneva is a place not to be.
Climb the Matterhorn.
The most famous peak in the Alps, the Matterhorn in Zermatt, stands 4,478m high. Mountaineers flock here and attempt to conquer this difficult peak, but Zermatt also offers skiing and beautiful views. There are also non-sporting activities, good restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Witness Europe’s largest waterfall.
Near the town of Schaffhausen you’ll find Europe's largest waterfall. Nearby is the medieval castle, Schoss Laufen, which houses a restaurant, a youth hostel, and shops. And if you’re lucky enough to be here on Swiss National Day (1 August), there’s a fantastic firework display.