Still thinking where to go this year? Switzerland is the place to go! And here are 5 reasons why you should visit Switzerland.
1. Tour inside a natural post card!
You can find higher mountains, bigger lakes, denser forests in many places in the world, but why you should go and visit Switzerland is because this amazing country has many of these natural wonders in a relatively small area. Every photo you take is a potential post card! Switzerland is home to 208 mountains over 3,000 meters high and up to 3000 lakes. That’s plenty of hiking and adventures for activity lovers from skiing to sailing and swimming. What makes the Swiss Alps particularly popular is the ease of accessibility through a network of trains, funiculars and cable cars that enables you to reach almost any point even if you are not a mountaineer.
On top, Switzerland contains some of Europe’s best and biggest: the highest railway station in Jungfrau ( called top of Europe for a reason), the biggest lake: lake Geneva or lake Leman, the largest plain waterfall on the European continent: the Rhine falls, the largest glacier in the Alps and all of Europe: the Great Aletsch Glacier, & the longest suspending pedestrian bridge(in the world!) in Randa. That’s on top of several iconic landmarks such as the infamous Matterhorn near Zermatt and the Schilthorn where James Bond shot one of his movies! If you are into adventure you can take a paragliding trip over some the key Swiss valleys or for the less adventurous ones a hot air balloon trip or a helicopter ride is highly recommended.
2. Sweet Switzerland: the land of chocolate!
Switzerland is globally known for its high quality chocolate with several renowned labels. About 200 tons of chocolate were made in year 2017, between the 18 Swiss chocolate companies. That’s a lot of chocolate! The Swiss residents definitely are chocolate lovers eating approximately 10kg of chocolate annually. It’s in Switzerland where milk chocolate was invented more than 100 years ago! Several of the big companies such as Cailler or Lindt, not only produce and sell but also they amplify the experience for visitors via a guided tour through their museums. When you visit Switzerland, going more local is highly advised, you can try the best chocolates in the world by visiting some of the local but well known chocolatiers and why not even indulge yourself in a chocolate making experience!
3. Say Cheese! Say Cheers!
Emmental? Gruyère? Switzerland is home to 450 varieties of cheese, ranging from soft to extra hard. The Swiss make it even more distinctive by giving it hard-to-pronounce names like Sbrinz, Mutschli, Formaggini, and Tomme Vaudoise. The Swiss even can solidly prove how fantastic their cheese is: out of 2,615 cheese varieties from 22 countries in 89 categories, the Swiss captured the first prize in 2014 at the World Championship Cheese Contest and was a runner up in 2016 and 2018. The Swiss love for cheese is obvious also in making a national dish out of it. Fondue is basically melted cheese eaten natural or with different flavors, definitly you should try some while visiting!
More than just cheese? The medieval village of Gruyère not only gave its name to the famous cheese type, but also tops a dreamy landscape and hosts a fantastic castle that is a no miss to visit!
If you want to taste Swiss wine then you definitely need to visit Switzerland! The reason is simple, only about 2% of Switzerland’s wine leaves the country! The Swiss produce about 200 million liters of wine per year and consume almost all of it themselves. During spring, several vineyards open their doors simultaneously on a designated weekend (Caves Ouvertes) and invite guests to taste their wine for free! There you can enjoy a sip(s) of wine overlooking fantastic scenery of the vineyards and lake Geneva. A no miss is visiting the Lavaux region vineyards, an UNESCO Heritage gem, touring in between the villages and contemplating on a heavenly view of the vineyards covering the mountains and touching the lake!
4. Watch the clock!
One of Switzerland’s most known and luxurious products are…as you know… watches! A product of Swiss love for precision, unmatchable handscraftmanship and ultimate luxury. It’s thanks to the Swiss that we have the handiness of clocks on our wrists. When Calvinists banned jewellery in 1541, goldsmiths and jewellers in Geneva brainstormed the invention of watches, as a functional timepiece was acceptable. Since then, it has proven to be one of the most successful industries of the country. The museum of Patek Philippe in Geneva is a fantasy to the eye and a big story teller of the history of watches. Want to make your own Swiss watch? Why not join a workshop where you learn and produce your own masterpiece?
5. Reach anyone, anywhere: a multilingual and well- connected country!
Switzerland has such a diverse population, and has declared four national languages: French (20 %), German (64%), Italian (7%), and Romansh (a bit over 1%). As it’s quite fine that nobody is expected to understand everybody, you can feel comfortable as a foreign visitor or resident speaking your own language or being offered several language options to connect with.
As to distance and transportation, you shouldn’t definitely worry about that. The Swiss transportation system works as a Swiss clock! All cities, villages and towns are connected through a meticulous railway, tram and bus network. A bit expensive but always on time, and you can always benefit from half price cards, day cards or other offers. Additionally, being in the center of Europe and part of the Schengen Agreement, it is easy to visit Switzerland as it is openly connected to Europe through direct fast trains such as to Paris or Milan or to the world through several international airports such as Geneva, Zurich or Lugano.
A memorable and marvellous time is awaiting you in Switzerland!