Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

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Switzerland travel
is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. I fell in love with Switzerland on my very first visit over 30 years ago and it’s a country I return to at every opportunity.


Everywhere you look in
Switzerland, beauty is all around you.  From towering mountain peaks that are snow-capped even in summer, to crystal clear lakes, well-preserved medieval cities, lush alpine pastures and charming villages, Switzerland has it all.


I adore Switzerland and I really hope you will visit and fall in love with Switzerland too!


To help you get started
planning a trip to Switzerland keep reading to find lots of information on things to do in Switzerland and the best places to visit in Switzerland.  


Need suggestions for your Switzerland travel itinerary? I’ve got that covered, along with
Switzerland travel tips and handy things to know if you plan to visit Switzerland in winter or experience a white Christmas in Switzerland.


Ok, so let’s get your
Switzerland vacation planning underway!

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Where to go in Switzerland

Deciding exactly where to spend your Switzerland holidays can be hard as there are so many beautiful towns and villages to discover.  It will also depend on what style of holiday you are looking for.


The
best places in Switzerland to spend Christmas may be different to those that you head for to go summer hiking when you visit the Swiss Alps, for instance.


To help you determine the
best places to go in Switzerland, you’ll find some suggestions in my blog articles below.


Cities in Switzerland

Which are the best cities to visit in Switzerland? I love:

  • Lucerne - Famous for its medieval covered wooden bridge and the nearby peaks of Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Titlis and Mt. Rigi, Lucerne is a beautiful city which makes a perfect base for exploring further.  

  • Bern - The Swiss capital is a friendly city built in a bend of the River Aare. A definite must-see is the Zytglogge. 

  • Zurich - If you are flying into Switzerland, Zurich will probably be your gateway to the country.  Allow time to explore the Old Town, the twin towered cathedral and wander along the River Limmat which flows into Lake Zurich.  

  • Geneva - This cosmopolitan city on the border with France is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and within easy reach of some stunning alpine resorts. 


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Towns and villages in Switzerland

To really appreciate the spectacular scenery the country has to offer you need to leave the cities and head to the countryside.  It’s here you can breathe in the crisp alpine air, walk amongst lush fields and enjoy a look at what life in a smaller Swiss town is really like.


There are so many charming towns to visit it can be hard to choose
where to visit in Switzerland so hopefully I can help!  

  • Lauterbrunnen - One of my favourite places to go in Switzerland, this beautiful village also happens to be the starting point for some of the top things to do in Switzerland  

  • Interlaken - Perfectly located between two sparkling lakes and at the foot of the Swiss Alps   
     
  • Grindelwald - This popular resort town offers a host of fun things to do all year round but particularly during the warmer months

  • Lake Thun - Take a cruise on Lake Thun and stop off at the lovely town of Spiez, Oberhofen Castle and then stroll around Thun

  • Zermatt - Views of the mighty Matterhorn will take your breath away

  • Appenzell - For a look at rural Switzerland at its finest, head to Appenzell

  • Gruyeres - Chocolate, cheese and castles are the theme of any visit to this charming Swiss town


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Switzerland travel itinerary ideas

Your Switzerland itinerary will largely depend on how long you plan to spend in the country and whether you prefer to visit cities or smaller towns and villages (or a combination of both), as well as your mode of transport.


The following itineraries are a good starting point and can be shortened or lengthened to suit your needs.


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Winter holidays and Christmas in Switzerland


Zurich in winter


More Switzerland travel suggestions

 

Read on for links to all my Switzerland travel articles .......

 

 

If you’re planning on spending a few days or even a few weeks in the Lake Lucerne region, then it is well worthwhile considering purchasing a Tell Pass.   The Tell Pass is an all-inclusive travel pass which provides unlimited travel via train, bus, boat and cableway across the Lake Lucerne Region thereby avoiding the inconvenience of having to pay for transport as you go.  This Lucerne visitor card also provides some great discounts across a range of attractions in the region.

 

For the ultimate 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss Skyline, a Schilthorn excursion is a must! From the summit, which has an altitude of 2970 metres, visitors get an extraordinary panorama of the of Jungfrau region with views of more than 200 mountain peaks including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

If your Switzerland vacation includes three or more days in the Bernese Oberland region, which includes Interlaken, it is worth considering purchasing a Regional Pass Berner Oberland.

If you’re planning any Switzerland travel, particularly if you are planning to travel Switzerland by train, you most likely have come across the Swiss Travel Pass for tourists.  The Swiss Travel Pass is an all-inclusive Swiss travel pass which not only allows you to travel via the Swiss rail system, but also provides entry into a range of attractions and travel on buses and ferries as well.

Whether you’re treating yourself to a weekend break or including it as part of a longer European holiday, there’s nothing like a luxury getaway to Zermatt recharge the batteries.  Zermatt offers plenty to do in both summer and winter and if it’s a little bit of luxury you’re after, this is the place for you. 

Nestled between a backdrop of towering mountains and a sparkling lake, Lucerne (called Luzern in German) is one of Switzerland’s most visited cities. Offering a host of things to see and do, Lucerne makes a wonderful holiday destination in which to spend a few days.

The quaint historical town of Gruyères, Switzerland, is located at an elevation of 82 metres at the top of a hill with stunning views of the Saane Valley. The sloping hillsides of the surrounding valley enfold the town in calming hues of blue and green, with wild greenery at every turn. 

Visiting the Jungfrau mountain aboard the Jungfrau train is a must-do experience but tickets to reach the Jungfraujoch don’t come cheap. With this in mind, if you have more than one day to spend in the Jungfrau region, you might find it better economically to purchase the Jungfrau Travel Pass which also includes excursions to a number of other mountains in the area.

Images of snowflakes, twinkling lights and carol singers wrapped up in woollen hats and scarves spring to mind when I think of a white Christmas and if you spend the festive season in Switzerland you’re likely to see that and a whole lot more.