No trip to Switzerland is complete without paying a visit to Europe's biggest waterfall, the Rheinfall. Located right on the border between Switzerland and Germany, it is often called the Niagra Falls of Europe. Formed more than 15,000 years ago due to certain tectonic shifts, the falls have now gained popularity among those visiting Switzerland.
Hundreds flock to the falls each summer when the increased water inflow creates mesmerizing cascades that the visitors can enjoy from up close. Right in the middle of this magnificent waterfall stands a sturdy rock that has withstood the test of time.
You can choose to either take a boat ride along the Rhine river till the rock formation or simply marvel at their magesticity from the numerous trails and the viewing platforms constructed for this very purpose. One such popular lookout is the Känzeli viewing platform, from where you can take in the beauty of the falls and sometimes even feel the fresh spray on your face.
The fact that it is very accessible adds to its popularity. Situated between the villages of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen/Dachien, the Rheinfall sees thousands of visitors each year. It stands at a breath of 150 meters, with the water falling at a rate of 23 meters per second.
From it's azure lakes to snow-capped mountains, Interlaken has a lot to offer! The old heart of the town, its centre is dotted with buildings that date back centuries. You can walk past old hotels, quirky cafes and chocolate making workshops here. Just like the rest of Switzerland, Interlaken also has an enviable variety of cheese that you must try. As far as culture is concerned, Interlaken has loads of it, including ancient musical instruments, colourful traditional dresses and local food. If you are lucky, you will be able to have a glimpse into all of these on a walk through the town.
If you love nature and would love to go on hikes and treks on your trip to Interlaken, then you have landed at the right place. You can catch one of over 45 cable cars that leave from Interlaken and get off at a different destination, allowing you access to hundreds of trails, summits, cliff-fronts, caves, waterfalls and more! There are trails that would take you through old villages, trails that run along Lakeshores and trails that go up the mountain tops. Whether you are here to enjoy the luxurious holiday destination of the Victorians or want to get your heart pumping with some amazing adventure sports, Interlaken has everything.
You can stand at the highest point of the continent or float down rivers, you can enjoy a private spa by a lake or glide through the air. Its beautiful landscape is steeped in history, myth, and legend and you will find everything from dragons to castles and old convents here. Interlaken has something for everyone!
Discover the jewel in the crown of central Switzerland which is the only glacier in the area that is accessible to the public. The ski area at Mount Titlis comprises over 80 km of pistes with slopes of varying gradients that can accommodate skiers at any level of proficiency.
Famous for being one of the highest accessible points in Europe, Jungfraujoch lies at a height of 3,463 meters above sea level. This iconic destination in Switzerland is a must visit for the state of the art rail ride, some of the most spectacular views, and lovely ice sculptures at chilling temperatures.
In the old village area, there are as many as 30 ancient buildings including granaries that depict the traditional way of living of mountain communities. This area also has a beautiful ancient church, Mountaineer’s cemetery, and a museum dedicated to mountaineering. The village streets are dotted with cafes with flower-lined walls in typical Swiss style. It is an amazing experience as you tuck into delicate pastries, cheese, and coffee while looking onto the Matterhorn, looming just miles away.
Travellers from all over the world visit Gornergrat, the sun-drenched observation deck that offers one of the finest views of over 38 thirteen-thousanders and 14 glaciers including Monte Rosa, Matterhorn, and the Gorner Glacier. The ride to this deck, in a glass cable car, is as exciting as the destination itself. This is where Europe’s highest hotel, the Kulmhotel Gornergrat, is located. No visit to Zermatt is complete without venturing into the breathtaking mountainside. Zermatt is one of the few places in Switzerland where you can get up close with wild Ibex and visit a village consisting entirely of igloos. This is the place where you can get direct access to miles of pristine skiing pistes and paragliding points. Zermatt is also one of the places that offer unforgettable dining experiences.
Whether it is authentic Swiss mountainside cuisine in rustic cafes, or award-winning restaurants serving hearty meals with the most exquisite of ingredients, or having a meal in a sky-high gondola ride while enjoying the sunrise or the moonlight, the choices here are endless. Zermatt, due to its location, enjoys extremely pleasant weather throughout the year. In summers, the days are cloudy and the temperatures average at around 22°C. The winters are long and harsh, with snowfall almost daily.
Located in central Switzerland, overlooking Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus is counted among the top hiking destinations in the world. You can enjoy some of the most amazing sights from here in the Swiss Alps especially if you hike up to Tomlishorn, one of its most beautiful peaks.
You can take a cog train ride to tour near the mountain on a clear day. Besides the train visitors can also get there on a cable car or a gondola. Moreover, there are hikes organized during summers and sports activities like skiing, snowboarding, etc. take place during winters at Mount Rigi.
Passing the lazy afternoons in its many gardens placed on the foot of the mountain Monte Bre is common here. October, being the autumn season, makes it warm enough to stay on the lake when the soft sun rays light up the alleys.
Activities to do:
Hiking, cruising the lake, shopping, Monte bre hiking trail, visiting museums and sights of palm trees.
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One of the top things to do in Grindelwald is to visit Jungfraujoch which has an ice palace known as “Frozen Wonderland”. Jungfraujoch also has 3 ski areas: Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen, Bod Mirena and Grindelwald First.
Activities to do:
Skiing, visiting frozen wonderland(ice palace), sledging and cliff edge walk at Jungfraujoch.
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The abbey of St. Gallen, a significant landmark in the town, has been added to UNESCO world heritage list in 1983. The mind-blowing architecture of this building represents the most crucial period, starting with the high middle ages. Being full of attraction and entertainment, the city of St. Gallen is one of the beautiful places to visit in Switzerland in October.
Activities to do:
Visit wildlife park, vineyards, abbey library and buy chocolates from a famous chocolate factory.
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Just like other peaks, the ropeway is the best option to reach on the top. With all these activities, Schilthron also offers skyline walks in winters, making it one of the best places to visit in Switzerland in october. Being surrounded by ice and snow, skiers and mountaineers are familiar with this place,thus making it popular among the people who live in snow-free areas.
Activities to do:
Piz Gloria(rotating restaurant), skyline walk, skiing and hiking.
The shores of the lake are dotted with small medieval towns and Romanesque churches to enhance the elegance of the lake. The nearby town also called Thun, houses a 12th century castle which possesses elegant Swiss architecture. You could witness this from the middle of the lake while taking the most suggested cruising trip in the lake.
Along with the 12th century castle, you could witness the 15th century Spiez Castle in the south of the lake. All these features make this lake one of the prominent paradises on the earth. In fact, the beauty of the place was so enthralling that a 19th century painter painted a huge scene of the lake which is kept in the Schadau Park.
Not only cruising, you could also enjoy jet skiing, speed boating, swimming, hiking on the nearby Alps, and many more water sports in the lake. By offering so many recreational options to its visitors, the place becomes a favourite of the tourists and locals alike.
The most famous attraction here is the 10th-century Basel Minster known for its architecture heavily influenced by Roman and Gothic architecture. Almost as a symbol of its diversity, near the church, stands the striking 18th-century Jewish synagogue. The city is a haven for those who love nature and the outdoors. Basel Zoo, the oldest and the largest in Switzerland, houses over 600 species of rare animals like Indian Rhino, Flamingo, African elephants, and panthers. The sun-drenched city of Basel is the cultural epicentre of Switzerland. This is the most vibrant of places in the country famed for its festivals, art events, concerts, and open-air cinemas. Due to its location on the French and German borders, it is a melting pot of people, languages, and cuisines. It is known as the ‘city of museums’ and has over 40 museums that house world-famous galleries, collections of paintings and artworks.
Some of the best museums to visit are the Basel Toy World Museum, Antiques Museum for Egyptian artefacts, and Basel Museum of Ancient Art. The people of Basel love to celebrate and welcome everybody to the amazing carnivals held here throughout the year. These carnivals are an absolute riot of music, satirical performances, hand-painted lantern processions, and parades by pipers & drummers in colourful costumes. Basel remains rainy throughout the year with overcast skies. The summers are comfortable with July being the hottest month. The winters are freezing with January being the coldest month. The temperatures fall below zero often accompanied by snowfall.
Forested by hills of Faulhorn and Schwarzhorn, the lake projects an amazing scenic magnetism. Also recognized as the turquoise gem, Lake Brienz is brighter and intense than any other lakes in Switzerland. The colour of the lake is turquoise because of the waters coming from the glaciers of the Lütschine and the river Aare carry small particles of the sediments into the lake.
With the deposition of the particles in the lake, a magical effect is created and is amplified to a greater extent as the lake is well maintained. Tourists at all times love to come to Lake Brienz because of its calm and still nature. The lake reflects the clear skies and the surrounding mountains, which makes the surrounding scenic.
You would also find a number of castles and vineyards on the shores of this lake, which entices the tourists to take part in a number of water-based activities and even hosts a number of music festivals all over the year. If you have not paid a visit to this beautiful lake in Switzerland, then why not take a trip to this amazing place with your loved ones and witness the magic of the enchanting environment.