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What You Should Know More About Switzerland

  • Travel Advice

    • Do not trust the strangers blindly.

    • Make sure you are always alert and aware.

    • Do not go to secluded places alone in the night.

    • Make sure you have a map handy whenever you are traveling to a new destination.

    • Acquire enough information before travelling to a new destination.

    • Do not drink more than you can handle.

    • Keep your passport safely.

    • Make sure you avoid traveling alone in the hidden trails.

    • If needed, hire a guide. Make sure that the guide hired by you is only from a registered agency.

    • Enquire about the availability of the room safe.

    • Do not get involved in any type of fights with the locals here.

    • Make sure you follow the traffic rules of the country if you have rented a vehicle.

    • If you are traveling in a public transport, do ensure that you have negotiated the fare before traveling.

    • Never film or shoot in any public place without taking a legal permission.

    • Keep touts at bay.

  • Drinking Law

    In Switzerland the legal age for consumption of wine and beer is 16 years and for the spirits is 18 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can't Afford to Miss?

    The Matterhorn

    Most iconic pointed peak of Switzerland, The Matterhorn is the Alps highest mountain. Bordering Italy, this legendary peak goes up to a height of 4,478 meters. The four steep faces of the mountain face in the direction of the compass points. Debut summit to the mountains happened in the year 1865 however this submit ended tragically with the death of four climbers during the descent. At present, several thousands of professional climbers come here for a hike every summer. On the base of this robust peak, nestles a beautiful village of Zermatt which is a renowned international resort with its quaint chalets, superior hotels and restaurants and horse drawn carriage rides. During the winter months, skiers can take a schuss down to about 300 km of the slopes. While in the summer months, activities such as tennis and swimming are popular along with adventure activities such as hiking, climbing and biking in the nearby mountains. Summer glacier skiing is another thing to do here.


    Jungfraujoch: The Top of Europe


    One of the most unforgettable ways to spend a holiday in Bernese Oberland is going on a train journey to Jungfraujoch which is the zenith of Europe with a scientific observatory and an observation terrace nestled at a height of 3,454 meters. Europe’s longest glacier, the Great Aletsch Glacier starts at Jungfraujoch. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the most popular Eiger Trail that commences from the Eiger glacier and goes up to the Alpiglen clings to the rocks at the base of the northern face. Other phenomenal walks that can be undertaken here include the Panorama Way to the south facing first slope that is the Gletscherschlucht along with the Öpfelchüechliwäg which is a high altitude walk that leads you from Holenstein to Brandegg. This trail passes through the fields of woodlands, flowers and alpine pastures. Those who are less active can take a ride on the cable cars and gondolas to beautiful view points over the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Another place to see here is the Grindelwald which is a majestic glacier village of the Jungfrau region. This makes for a great base for all the adventure lovers who come here exploring the surrounding mountains.


    Interlaken


    Situated amidst the Lake Brienz on the east to the Lake Thun on the west, Interlaken is one of the most popular summer holiday resort of Switzerland. In the heart of the town lies the Höhematte spanning over an area of 35 acres of open space. It is an exemplary of the urban planning. Enveloping the Höheweg are the cafes, flower gardens and hotels. From here you can experience the breath taking vistas of the mountains. The iconic peaks of Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger tower above the town and offer phenomenal opportunities for alpine adventures. Prime pursuits here include kayaking, Hiking, abseiling and climbing. Over 45 mountain railways, chairlifts, ski lifts and cable cars which transport the visitors to the nearby countryside. During the winter months, water sports lovers can enjoy skiing in the nearby resorts. If you visit during the summer months, you can partake in paragliding that launches from the Beatenberg Niederhorn   


    Lucerne


    A car free medieval old town, waterfront promenades, glistening azure lake enveloped by mountains, covered bridges, sun-splashed plazas, frescoed historic buildings and bubbling fountains, are few of the many highlights of Lucerne. It is a top spot for the tourists who swamp the place in the large numbers all round the year. Known for its music concerts, this majestic Swiss town lures the world famous conductors, orchestras and soloists to the Annual International Music Festival. Moreover, if you wish to partake in the leading concerts, you can visit the world’s number one concert hall, The Culture and Convention Center. Another popular tourist attraction of the city includes the Chapel Bridge that was built in the 14th Century. The prominent Lion Monument lies in a small park here.  History lovers can visit the Swiss Transport Museum that houses the exquisite variety of railroad, air and space locomotives. There is also a Planetarium here.  


    Lake Geneva


    Europe’s largest Alpine Lake, the Lake Geneva, bestrides the Swiss French border and sits at the shore of the most popular cities of Switzerland. On the foot of the Lake Geneva, a world renowned Montreaux Jazz Festival is conducted annually in Montreaux usually in the months of June or July. Another attraction here is the Jet d'Eau. It is fountain that shoots the water 150 meters into the air.


    Chateau de Chillon, Montreaux


    Near Montreaux on the shores of the Lake Geneva lies the Chateau de Chillon. This beautiful landmark of Switzerland has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Prominent luminaries like Jean Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron and Victor Hugo have written about this architectural treasure. The place was once the bastion of the 12th century Dukes and Counts of Savoy. The most popular highlights here include the the Gothic underground rooms, Great Halls, the Chapel and the scenic views of Lake Geneva. It is adorned by a number of 14th-century paintings. There is a bedroom here that is occupied by the Duke of Savoy and is adorned by the medieval murals.


    Bern


    Nestled in a beautiful location and perched on the River Aare’s peninsula, this Swiss Capital exudes the old world charm. The city’s medieval old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take a stroll along the cobbled street to best explore this city. Tourists who come here can explore the tallest cathedral of Switzerland located here. Bern boasts of several phenomenal museums making it a great spot for art lovers. One of the best galleries located here is the Zentrum Paul Klee which houses the world’s largest collection of art by the famed artists. Another must see attraction here is the Bern Museum of Art. If you enjoy shopping, visit the markets that are held at the Bundesplatz. Families can also cherish a visit to the Bear Park.


    Zurich


    The largest city of Switzerland, Zurich, is a major transportation hub. It is often a starting point for the tourists who plan a holiday to Switzerland. This city is situated at the north western edge of the Lake Zurich straddling the river Limmat. This opulent banking capital of Switzerland boasts of a rich line up of the cultural treasures. It is indeed one of the best places to start your walking tour where you can pass through the abundant galleries, quaint shops and cafes. One of the finest shopping strands of Europe, Bahnhofstrasse is brimming with designer stores that stock jewelry, watches and fashion clothing.


    The Rhine Falls


    Sprawling 150 meters, the majestic Schaffhausen’s Rhine Falls are the Central Europe’s largest falls. The most suitable time to visit the Rhine Falls is during the months of June and July. During these months, the mountain snow melts and the falls swell in volume. A great thing to do here is boating which will let you enjoy the excellent views of the falls.


    Swiss National Park


    Swiss National Park has been in existence ever since the 1914. Located in the Engadine Valley, this national park is the oldest reserve of Alps. Enveloping over 170 square kilometres of the flower dotted hollows, limestone crags, mountain pine shrubs and forests and fast flowing rivers, the park is a great attraction for the nature lovers. Over 5000 species of wildlife can be found here including the fox, marmot, chamois, ibex and red deer. More than 100 species of birds can also be found here.


  • What You Will Like There?

    Hear 4 Different Languages


    In Switzerland, you can hear 4 different languages from the locals – French, Italian, German and Romansh depending on where they live. Moreover, most of the people of Switzerland are also fluent in English. For the tourists visiting Switzerland, language definitely is not a barrier. Moreover, you can also experience the different cultures when you travel around the country. How often do you get to experience that on a holiday?


    Food


    Every region of Switzerland boasts of its own specialties in food. Some of the prominent dishes that can you relish on here include the Saffron Risotto commonly available in the Italian speaking region here, Landjager commonly available in the German speaking region here and Raclette commonly available in the French speaking region here. Besides these, there are some dishes that are eaten across the country. These include the cheese fondue and rosti that are eaten across the country. These can be found in almost every restaurant that caters to the foreign tourists.  


    Swiss chocolates


    We all love Swiss chocolates, don’t we? Swiss chocolates are a favorite of many. They make for the perfect souvenirs as well. You can opt from a variety of brands, each of which has a long standing history of producing quality chocolates. Some of the brands to prefer include Chocolat Villars, Callier and Suchard. Dedicated chocolate lovers can plan a visit to any one of the 21 chocolate factories that are spread all across the country. Don’t forget to visit the Maestrani Chocolate Factory, which is a 150 year old chocolate factory located at St Gallen.


    It is safe


    Europe is largely infamous for its notorious ways with a horde of pick pockets, snatch thieves and gypsies. Contrary to that, Switzerland ranks 7th globally on the parameters of security and safety. You can take a stroll along the streets without worrying about thefts.


    Hop Onto A Scenic Train Ride


    You can explore the glorious sceneries of Switzerland by undertaking long journeys by train. Here traveling by rail is quicker than traveling by coach. It is also easy to use and cheaper than the flight. Moreover, here you get to relax, sit back and enjoy the view. You can opt for one of the tour packages that will lead you to the scenic rail routes such as the Bernina Express and Glacier Express.



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  • When is the best time to visit Switzerland?

    The best time to visit Switzerland depends upon the activities you would like to do during your holiday.

    • If you want to go sightseeing and enjoy the panoramic views of the lush green and floral landscapes and the various festivals, then the summer months of June to September are the best.
    • If you want to enjoy snow sports like skiing, ice-skating or snowboarding then the winter months of December to March are the best.
    • If you want to get the best of both seasons- summer and winter then the autumn months of May to October are advisable.

  • How to reach Switzerland?

    Switzerland is one of the most well connected countries in the world. Here’s how you can reach Switzerland.

    By Air: The Swiss International Airlines connects Switzerland to over 73 countries across the world.  Switzerland has international Airports in all its major cities: Zurich, Geneva, and Basel. There are several direct flights from India to Zurich that nearly takes 7 hours to cover. You can also take direct flights to Paris and Milan and then fly to any of the major Swiss Airports.

     

    By Train: Being the most central lying countries of Europe, Switzerland is well connected with trains arriving all over Europe. The french Swiss high speed rail runs from France to Switzerland. There are hourly Intercity Express Trains from Germany to Zurich. Besides these there are night trains like CityNightLine and EuroNight to Basel, Geneva, and Zurich from Hamburg, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Belgrade, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Amsterdam, and Barcelona.

     

    By Road: The popular tourist destinations in Switzerland is easily accessible by road. The popular routes are from South Germany to Zurich and France to Geneva.

  • Do I need a visa for Switzerland? How does one get a Switzerland visa?

    Yes, you need a visa for Switzerland. You require a short stay tourist visa to Switzerland if you intend to stay not more than 90 days. An application form is to be downloaded and submitted to Embassy of Switzerland at New Delhi. The documents required for the visa application includes two latest Passport Size photos, passport valid for at least 3 months beyond return date and minimum 2 blank pages, travel medical insurance, flight and hotel itinerary specifying the entry and exit dates, bank statement of last 6 months specifying sufficient monetary funds, Income Tax Return, Non-objection certificate from University/School/Employer, and a cover letter stating the purpose of Visit. The visa takes a minimum of 15 days to process and includes a fees of INR 4500 with INR 1350 as service tax.

  • What is the currency of Switzerland and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc (CHF). You can exchange your currency at any Swiss bank, currency exchange desk at Swiss Airports, major hotels and main railway stations. However, avoid currency exchange at airport desks and hotel lobbies. They are the easiest options but charges higher fees and gives you a poor exchange rate. Check whether your home banks have partnership with banks in Switzerland. It is advisable you to use their ATM to get the best Mid-Market Exchange Rate. Exchanging your currency at exchange bureaus is also a good option but withdrawing cash directly from ATM is a quick and better option. Also it is wise to withdraw a large amount in one of two go as opposed to withdrawing it in several smaller amounts and paying the fees for it.

  • What are the things to do in Switzerland?

    From food, art, outdoor adventures to sightseeing and fun activities, there are so many things do in Switzerland.

    • Tour the delightful old Gruyères cheese factory, Gruyères
    • Meander the H.R. Giger museum, the museum dedicated to Alien movie franchise, Gruyères
    • Stroll through the worldly landscapes of spooky and unusual stone formations at Hell Grottoes, Baar.
    • Take a ride to the top of Mt. Bürgenstock in the tallest outdoor elevator of Europe, the Hammetschwand Elevator, Ennetburgen.
    • Visit St Beatus cave at Beatenberg, famous for the dragon-slaying saint who once lived there.
    • Walk amidst impressive machinery at Cern, world’s largest and most expensive physics lab, Meyrin.
    • Hike to the Toblerone Line, a long line of cement defensive wedges named after the famous chocolate bar, Toblerone at Gland.
    • Visit the Frog Museum in Estavayer-le-Lac.
    • Marvel at the natural wonder of the notorious Reichenbach Falls, Schattenhalb.
    • Walk on the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps, Trift Bridge, Gadmen.
    • Visit the Pegasus Small World Toy Museum to see a vast collection of strange and enchanting toys dating back to the 1890 at Aeugst Am Albis.
    • Visit the centuries old Leuk Charnel House at Leuk.

  • What is the local food of Switzerland? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Switzerland is famous for its chocolates and cheese. The local fare of switzerland comprises of a cheese fondue, Rösti, Älplermagronen and Birchermüesli. Here is a list of best places to taste this food.

    • Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, Zurich
    • Rosti, Bern
    • Fondue, Lucerne
    • Basel-style roasted flour soup, Basel
    • Raclette, canton of Valais
    • Tartiflette, Geneva
    • Leckerli, Bern
    • Vacherin Mont D’Or, Jura Region
    • Polenta and braised beef, Ticino
    • Papet Vaudois,  canton of Vaud

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Switzerland?

    The Swiss Public transport system is the best public transport to commute around Switzerland. It is fast, reliable and efficient and considered one of the best and safest in the world.

    • The swiss federal railways or SBB offers a range of options from one day pass, single fare tickets, multiple trip cards, to half-fare pass and swiss pass that takes you almost everywhere around Switzerland. The information and timetables are well organised and available online.
    • Apart from these, trains, trams, buses and boats run around Switzerland. It also has extensive cycling routes.
    • Public taxis run within and across cities but they are expensive.

  • What is the local language in Switzerland and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Switzerland has four local languages which includes German, French, Italian and Romansh. 65-75% of Swiss citizens speak Swiss German or Romansh.

    Here is a list of some of the most common phrases in Romansh that will help you communicate with the locals.

     

    Hello- ah-leg-ruh

    Thank you- Grazia Grazia fitg Engraziel

    Good Morning-  Bun di

    Good Evening- Buna saira

    Please- Per plaschair

    Sorry-  ma displacha

    How much is this? -Con cuosta quei?

  • Which are the best shopping places in Switzerland and what are they famous for?

    Switzerland is famous for its chocolates and Swiss watches. It has an enormous choice of shops  ranging from hip backstreet boutiques to fusty vintage stores. Here is a list of some of the best shopping places in Switzerland.

     

    • Craft Market in Bern famous for exclusive hand-made craft items and handmade souvenirs.
    • Flea market in Geneva: Swiss Chocolate Chalet in Interlaken famous for delectable bars, pralines and truffles.
    • Bürkliplatz Flea Market in Zurich famous for second-hand jewellery, records, clothes, rare antiques and ceramics.
    • Markt Bern in Bern famous for Gifts, leather, shoes and clothing.
      Läderach in Lugano famous for Divine chocolates.
    • Einzelstück in Zurich famous for Artsy objects imported from 30 countries across the world.
    • Marché à la Place de la Palud in Lausanne famous for original handmade Swiss arts and crafts.
    • Siber & Siber in Zurich famous for exquisite fossils and gemstones.
    • Septième Étage in Geneva famous for designer women’s clothing.
    • Keramik Ruth in Chur famous for polka dot teapots and hand thrown pots.
    • La 3ème Main in Geneva famous for Designer items and accessories for travellers.

  • What are the adventures sports to do in Switzerland?

    With its high mountains, white spotless snow and fierce rivers, Switzerland seems more like a playground. It provides ultimate sporting opportunities especially in the winter and Autumn months of September to February.

    • From kayaking and canoeing, parasailing and paragliding to skydiving and snowboarding, Interlaken is a paradise for adventure seekers. For someone not too keen on extreme sports, Switzerland offers Waterfall boat tours, hiking trails and cable rides too. A mix of snowboarding and wind sailing, Snowkiting is the latest to join the bandwagon.
    • Whether you are a beginner or advanced rider, Switzerland has something for everyone. Dozens of resorts and private tour operators offer activities in Summer too that includes the likes of Bungee-Jumping, Zorbing, Canyoning, Flying Fox, Zip line, River Rafting and Hand-gliding.

  • What are some romantic experiences in Switzerland for honeymoon couples?

    • Take a cable car ride to the top of Matterhorn
    • Take your lover to an iconic road trip at Furka Pass
    • Stroll hand in hand around amazing monuments in the beautiful old town of Lausanne.
    • Gift your other half a luxury Swiss watch from boutiques in Zurich.
    • Romance in front of the Rhein Falls.
    • Spend some time admiring the beauty of the city beaches of Zurich.
    • Go for a Romantic dinner in a panoramic cabin at Mt Rigi under a starlit sky.
    • Roam the cobblestoned streets of Gruyeres and explore the floodlit castle.
    • Indulge in a thrilling adventure of some cross country skiing at Interlaken.
    • Romance the old school way in horse carriages at the Matterhorn.

  • What are the unesco world heritage sites in Switzerland?

    Here is a list of UNESCO world heritage sites in Switzerland.

     

    • Abbey to St. Gall
    • Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair
    • La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning
    • Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
    • Monte San Giorgio
    • Old City of Berne
    • Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
    • Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
    • Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
    • Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
    • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
    • Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona

  • How is the nightlife in Switzerland and which are the best places to enjoy it?

    For a country where the bars doesn't close until the sun comes up and the legal drinking age for liquor is only 18, the strong party scenes are a must attend. Switzerland has a colourful nightlife with Zurich having the best of bars and pubs. Take a look at some of the best places to enjoy the Switzerland nightlife.

     

    • Les Docks, Lausanne- Go wild with a crowd of about 1,000 (room capacity) and dance to the beats of edgy international bands, young singer/songwriters and cult bands in an intimate setting.

     

    • D! Club, Lausanne- A popular nightspot in Lausanne, D! Club has an impressive line up of DJs and Live Acts and hosts private parties and events.

     

    • L’Usine, Geneva- Featuring local unsigned bands to International DJs, L'Usine’s eclectic mix of music ranges from Jazz, Electro, punk, rock and pop and boasts of several concert spaces.

     

    • Hinterhof, Basel- Hinterhof is an enormous party house with a huge dance and bar complex and a roof terrace.

     

    • X-Tra Concert Venue and Nightclub, Limmatplatz - Known for hosting city’s most popular parties like Rollschuh Disco' (bring your roller skates), Lollipop Party, and Gothic 'More than Mode’.

     

    • Hive, Zurich- Zurich’s most popular electro-clubbing bringing big names like Mike Skinner.

     

    • MAD, Lausanne- Located in Lausanne’s trendy Flon district, the four dance floor and five levels of this vibrant nightclub features local, Swiss and International DJs.

  • How far is Geneva from Zurich and what are the options to commute?

    Geneva is at a distance of approximately 276.8 km from Zurich. To reach Zurich, you can consider taking a train or a flight. These are super-fast, convenient and easy and none of them takes more than 3 hours to reach. About 30 trains depart from Geneva’s Cornavin station every day to arrive at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. You require a Swiss pass and it takes approximately 2h41m to reach Zurich from Geneva. You can also consider taking a flight to Zurich from Geneva. There are about 10 direct flights from Geneva to Zurich everyday. If you wish to travel by road, you can take a car sharing service called Bla Bla Car. It is cheaper than taking a flight however you need to plan ahead of travel.

  • What are the top castles to visit in Switzerland?

    Switzerland is home to some breathtaking and spectacular castles with many of them being listed as the Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance. Here is a list of top castles to visit in Switzerland.

     

    • Spiez Castle, Schlossstrasse, Spiez
    • Castello di Montebello, Bellinzona
    • Château de Chillon, Veytaux
    • Tarasp Castle, Scuol
    • Tourbillon Castle, canton of Valais, sion
    • Rapperswil Castle, Rapperswil-Jona
    • Castelgrande, Bellinzona
    • Thun Castle, City of Thun, Bern
    • Burgdorf Castle, Burgdorf
    • Vufflens-le-Château, Vaud
    • Oberhofen Castle, Oberhofen
    • Munot Fortress and old town, schaffhausen
    • Rolle Castle, Rolle
    • Water Castle Hagenwil, Amriswil
    • Schloss Crest, Region Genf
    • Ruin of Belfort, Brinzauls
    • Wildenstein Castle,Veltheim
    • Schöftland Castle,Schöftland
    • Lenzburg Castle,Lenzburg
    • Liebegg Castle, Gränichen
    • Rued Castle, Schlossrued
    • Ruins of Freudenau Castle, Untersiggenthal

  • Which are the top waterfalls of Switzerland?

    From snowy mountain peaks to crystal clear lakes, Switzerland is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Here’s a list of top waterfalls of Switzerland.

    • Rhine Falls-Schaffhausen, largest waterfalls in Europe
    • Engstligen Falls-Adelboden
    • Giessbach Falls-Brienz
    • Reichenbach Falls-Meiringen, place from where Sherlock Holmes plunged to death.
    • Sterenbach Falls-Amden
    • Staubbachfall-Lauterbrunnen
    • Trummelbach Falls- Lauterbrunnen

  • Where can I trek with Llamas in Switzerland?

    What better hiking partner than a Llama? Llamas makes for an excellent travel companion, are aware of their surroundings and they enjoy new sights just like you. To trek with Llama, take a Llama trekking tour to Jungfrau Region.  Explore the beautiful countryside with a National Forest Llama Trek or the natural scenery of Switzerland’s sunny parlor on a Llama farm at Ticino. Go for a Llama trekking in Malcantone. Out of the many places to enjoy an outdoor hike with Llama, a Llama trekking in Schindellegi offers you beautiful options to trek the countryside. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the Glarus Alps at Braunwald on a Llama and Alpaca Trekking. Alternatively you can go Llama trekking in Interlaken region, Canton of Bern, Bernese Oberland, and zurich’s wine growing region.

  • Which are the best boat trips to take in Switzerland?

    The best boat trips are:

     

    • Lake Lucerne Panoramic sightseeing cruise
    • Boat trip from Zurich to Mt Rigi
    • Lake Geneva Cruise
    • Boat tour to Interlaken
    • Lake Thun and Lake Brienz Cruise
    • Steamer boat cruise from Geneva
    • Lake Zurich sunset boat Tour

  • What are the most famous museums in Switzerland?

    Switzerland is renowned for its one-of-a-kind Museums. Here is a list of some of the most famous museums of Switzerland.

     

    • Swiss National Museum, Zurich
    • Olympic Museum, Lausanne
    • Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
    • Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne
    • FIFA World Football Museum, Zurich
    • Rietberg Museum, Zurich
    • Ballenberg, Hofstetten bei Brienz
    • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva
    • Kunsthaus Zürich
    • Stiftung Rosengart, Lucerne
    • Beyeler Foundation, Basel
    • Swiss Science Center Technorama, Zurich
    • Basel Paper Mill Museum, Basel
    • Bern Historical Museum, Bern

     

    • Chaplin's World, Corsier-sur-Vevey
    • Watch Museum of Le Locle
    • Museum of Communication, Bern
    • Zürich Tram Museum, Zurich

  • Which are the most famous lakes of Switzerland?

    The beautiful lakes of Switzerland adds to the picture perfect landscapes of this scenic country. Here is a list of some of the most famous lakes in Switzerland.

     

    • Lake Geneva, Geneva
    • Lake Lucerne, Central Switzerland
    • Lake Lugano, Ticino, Lombardy
    • Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland
    • Lake Constance, Northern Edge of the Alps
    • Lake Zurich, Zurich
    • Lake Brienz, Berne
    • Oeschinen Lake, Bernese Oberland
    • Lake Maggiore, Ticino
    • Lake Walensee, cantons of St. Gallen and Glarus
    • Lake Blausee, Bernese Oberland
    • Lake Neuchâtel, Omandy
    • Lake Lungern, Obwalden
    • Lake Riffelsee, canton of Valais
    • Lake Biel, Jura Region

  • Which are the best hiking trails of Switzerland?

    The landscapes of the Swiss Alps is such that it supports great hiking trails.

    • The Eiger Trail, Grindelwald
    • Olive Trail, Lugano
    • Harder Kulm, Interlaken
    • The Eiger Trail, Grindelwald
    • Blumental Panorama Trail, Murren
    • Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Lutry
    • Eichhörnchenweg, Arosa
    • The Faulhornweg hiking trail, Grindelwald
    • Lauterbrunnen-valley-to-murren hike, Berner Oberland
    • Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps.
    • Schwarzsee-Zermatt hike, Canton du Valais
    • Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Sementina
    • Lake Lucerne Hiking, Lucerne
    • Oberdorf- Hasenmatt hike, Oberdorf.
    • Grachen - Hannigalp - Saas Fee, Canton du Valais
    • Zurich-Forch-Zürich, Kanton Zürich
    • Grosse Scheidegg, Grindelwald
    • Engelberg Hike, near Holzhostat
    • Rheinfelden – Basel Hike, Basle-Ville
    • Riehen- Klein- Basel, in Riehen, Basel-Ville

  • What are the top places to ski in Switzerland?

    Switzerland has some of the most dramatic mountain scenery making it one of the best places to ski. Here is a list of top places to ski in Switzerland.

    • Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland
    • Gstaad/Saanenland, Bernese Oberland
    • St. Moritz, Eastern Switzerland
    • Davos, Swiss Alps
    • Snowfields of the Gotschna-Parsenn and the Madrisa, Klosters.
    • Zermatt, Valais canton
    • Murren, Lauterbrunnen Valley
    • Arosa, Schanfigg Valley, Graubünden
    • Verbier, Valais Canton
    • Wengen, Bernese Oberland
    • Laax, Graubünden
    • Jungfrau Region, Bernese Oberland
    • Andermatt, Urseren Valley, Swiss Alps.
    • Engelberg, Central Switzerland
    • Saas-Fee, Swiss Alps.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Switzerland

    Here are few tips Thrillophilia has to offer to make your stay in Switzerland enjoyable and fuss free.

    • Instead of buying a single ticket every time for travel, get a single Swiss pass to travel for an entire month.

     

    • Drink from Public Fountains. The water is clean and fresh and saves you $5 per every bottle you would buy.

     

    • July to August is the peak travel period. Visit before or after the peak period when the prices are low and the weather is moderately nice.

     

    • Summer in the Alps are very hot and dry. Pack a sunscreen along to avoid sunburn and suntanning.

     

    • The major four languages spoken are German, Italian, French, and Romansh. Try picking up common phrases from each language to help you communicate well with the shopkeepers and locals.

     

    • Instead of splurging on expensive store brands buy your chocolates from the extensive chocolate aisles Coop and Migros that sell inexpensive store brands.

     

    • There is no system of happy hours in Switzerland. Keep a check on your alcohol intake if you are not too keen on spending on drinks.

     

    • Book your train tickets in advance to save large on train travel fares.

     

    • Reclaim the VAT and ask for a tax free shopping cheque if your purchase meets or exceeds CHF 500.

     

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