There’s a reason Switzerland is my favorite country (so far!) Chocolate, stunning scenery, adorable houses, clean, great chocolate, it’s a safe country, things run on time… and did I mention chocolate?
It’s not just for skiing. If you’re going to visit a quintessential Swiss ski chalet town, Zermatt is it. Take the cable cars up the mountain and if the weather permits, visit the Glacier Paradise (there was a snow storm when I visited early May – unusual weather for that time of year but still something to keep in mind when planning what time of year to go if you really want to see it)
Read more: Guide to visiting Zermatt, Switzerland
The capital may be small but it’s UNESCO listed i.e. it has lots of pretty old buildings and cute houses!
Don’t miss the main street Kramgasse
Don’t fall asleep on any Swiss trains – there’s something different each time the train pops out the end of a tunnel!
Europe’s biggest waterfall is close to Zurich and worth a visit (can go there and back on a half day tour).
Still worth a visit even if it’s cloudy
This is not the waterfall (it was too hard to get photos and I didn’t want to get my camera wet) but the valley around Trummelbach has tons of waterfalls too:
Cute little town to stretch your legs between Bern and Lucerne (make sure you venture a little further to Interlaken and Grindelwald too!)
The water is much more blue in person!
Chateau de Chillon
Even the scenery driving along the highway is pretty!
Such a contrast from snow everywhere:
To lush green
And plenty of tunnels!
Don’t miss the chocolate aisle in the supermarket
My favorite brands were Swiss Alps, Ambrose and Frey
And the food stalls at the local markets
How long do you need to visit Switzerland?
I did an organized tour (combined with Austria). All up it was about 2 weeks with a week in Switzerland. Normally I wouldn’t do organized tours as they can be rather restrictive however I really liked this one. Saw almost all of Switzerland by road and rail. Definitely recommend an organized tour if you’re worried about driving (although everything seemed to be well sign posted and there’s really only a few main road routes). Plus Switzerland is very expensive so group tours can save you money.
I did the best of Austria and Switzerland tour with Globus. Not sponsored by them, I’m just telling you if you’re curious. I get frustrated reading travel blogs and they rarely tell you what company they used for what unless they’re getting paid to do so.
Anyway, Switzerland is my favorite country I’ve been to so far – definitely put it on your bucket list if you haven’t already been!
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