TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Switzerland

Konark Bansal, Travel Writer, India

21 February 2018

From exploring the top of Europe to sailing around Lake Geneva, photographing Chillon Castle or passing by the spectacular Rhine Falls on your Grand Train Tour, you’ll soon realize why Switzerland is known to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world are there are endless fun activities. If you’re planning a trip there, be it the The Alps or all the great lakes in Zurich and Lucerne, here are the best things to do in Switzerland.

Wine tasting in Lugano

While Switzerland may not be as famous as its neighbouring countries for wine, still the wines that we tasted were pretty amazing.

There are even some pretty famous wine-making districts around the country from the UNESCO World Heritage Vineyards in Vevey to the warm, hills around Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Ian and I spent a few hours at a very small family run vineyard in Lugano called La Fattoria Moncucchetto.

Discover Switzerland’s oldest to

The city of Chur, located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, is officially the oldest town in Switzerland dating back over 5,000 years

Visiting Chur is one of the most unique things to do in Switzerland. The towns official language is German but the main language spoken here is the Alemannia Swiss German dialect. The old part of the town is very picturesque and 100% car free making a visit here even more enjoyable.

Cruise down the River Rhine

One of my favorite things to do in Switzerland was a morning spent cruising down the famous River Rhine.

We hopped on board in the town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland and watching in awe as the boat maneuvered, its way down the river with Switzerland to one side and Germany to the other. Was sort of like being in two countries at once.

Descend a mountain in a cable car

Whether you decide to take the cable car up the mountain or down, riding in a cable car is definitely one of the most fun things to do in Switzerland!

In the winter they’re obviously used by the masses to get to the top of the mountains before skiing or snowboarding back down, while in summer there a little quieter and can be used to get to the top of various peaks to admire the spectacular view from the top. As we had a 8-day Swiss Rail Pass, we were allowed to take some cable car rides for free such as the one linking Mount Rigi near Lucerne to Weggis at the lakeshore.

Go skydiving in Interlaken

Forget about Queenstown in New Zealand or Victoria Falls in Southern Africa, I can say with confidence that Interlaken is the new adrenaline-junkie capital of the world.

Whatever sort of crazy activity you can think of, be it skydiving, bungee jumping, paragliding, mountain biking, off-roading, quad biking and loads of others that i can’t begin to explain – they have it. It is also one of the most spectacular spots on earth to go skydiving – surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Alps. Check out Skydiving Interlaken for info on prices!

Get soaked by a waterfall

This might happen by accident but it will most definitely happen! One thing Switzerland has a lot of is powerful waterfalls.

we actually came across a few by accident and the one that we paid to get into was one of the most incredible waterfalls I’ve ever had the opportunity to visit. if you take the train to Lauterbrunnen and take the super-easy 1-hour hike to Trumpetbush, you will actually pass about two or three other waterfalls along the way.

Take in a Zurich sunrise

This wasn’t planned (we just happened to need to get up very early when leaving Zurich) but I highly recommend you set your alarm clock and explore this beautiful city as the sun rises.

It’s so quiet and peaceful in the morning, the light is at its best for photographs and the river is flat calm allowing for some stunning reflection shots. Looking for travel info about Zurich? Here’s 10 great things to do in Zurich.

Visit the Olympic Museum

While there are lots of fantastic museums in Switzerland, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is by far the best by a long shot.

Located in the Olympic City, the home of the founder of the modern-day Olympics and the International Olympic Committee, visiting this museum is both fascinating and exciting.

Perfect for all ages, this interactive museum takes you through the history of the Olympics, all about its founder and his life in Lausanne as well as a chance to see signed memorabilia from many of the past Olympic Games. You can take a photo of yourself holding the Olympic Torch from Rio and you can even try your hand at some Olympic Sports from athletics to shooting as well as playing games to test your balance.

Cycle around Zurich

Zurich is a very easy city to get around and despite being known as the banking capital of the world, it is in fact a very beautiful old city with a lot to see and do.

Full of excellent museums and attractions, renting a bike and exploring this city on two wheels is definitely the best way to see all of has to offer. Be sure to check out the giant clock face, Europe’s largest clock face at St Peter’s Church.

Watch the paragliders in Interlaken

It’s a real sight to behold and will ensure your photo of Interlaken have a pretty energetic background!

If paragliding isn’t in your budget it can also be fun to go the park in Interlaken to watch as hundreds and hundreds of them descend on the town, doing flips and tricks, landing mere meters from your comfortable park bench.

Zurich is a very easy city to get around and despite being known as the banking capital of the world, it is in fact a very beautiful old city with a lot to see and do.