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 .......

 

 

With some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and a first-rate railway system that other countries can only hope to replicate, Switzerland is the ideal country to explore by train.  The Swiss Railway System traverses the length and breadth of the country often passing through tunnels that have been dug through mountains and over viaducts that tower over the valleys below.

Switzerland is one country that needs no enhancement. It’s a land of beauty wherever you look. From crystal clear lakes to snow-capped peaks, fast-flowing streams to flower-filled fields, Switzerland is firmly ensconced as one of the most beautiful countries I have visited.

The Swiss region of Appenzell, about an hour and a half's drive from Zurich, is cuteness with a capital C. With its rolling green hills - home to thousands of cows - the area is well known for its production of Appenzeller cheese but the little villages and towns that dot the region are worth a visit in their own right, and none more so than the town which also bears the name of Appenzell. Here are six reasons to visit Appenzell.

Sometimes when you go on holidays you share one of those moments with your fellow travellers that forever remain in your memory. For my family, our 2008 holiday to Europe produced one such moment that we talked about for years. In fact, so prolific was this memory that when the opportunity arose to repeat it in 2013, we couldn't grab it quick enough! 

The Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus) is located on the shores of lovely Lake Lucerne. The museum is home to a huge array of all forms of transport including trains, planes, cars, ships, cable cars and much more. Also on site are a Planetarium and an IMAX theatre and a display of communications equipment.

Dating back to the mid-17th Century, Lucerne's Jesuit Church was the first large Baroque church built north of the Alps in Switzerland. The first cornerstone for the church was laid in 1666 and the twin-towers with their 'onion' domes are now are prominent feature of Lucerne. The church's position on the River Reuss right near the Chapel Bridge makes it a much-visited place and with good reason - the interior really takes your breath away.

Just an hour from the centre of Zurich, the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) is the largest waterfall in Europe. At 150 metres wide and 23 metres high, a huge volume of water passes over the falls every minute.  In summer, the average flow of water is an amazing 700,000 litres per second! 

The capital of Switzerland is often overlooked as a destination in its own right by Australians, but as my visit to the city last year proved, there is plenty to see and do.  Evelyn Lafone, Director Australia and New Zealand for Switzerland Tourism, hails from just outside Zurich and she shares her Insider Secrets with us.

As the world headquarters for the Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee, World Health Organisation and the European seat of the United Nations, Geneva is a truly international city. Situated on the border of France and Switzerland, Geneva is a mix of both countries and most residents are bilingual in both German and French, and often many other languages as well. In fact, with so many international organisations housed here, there's barely a language you won't hear!