Things to do in Zurich
See the Stunning Lake Zurich
Visit the tiny island near the lake known as Lutzelau and try local Swiss cuisine like Rosti, butter-fried fish, cheese, and wine at the nearby cafes.
Price: Depending on the package that you choose, prices range between CHF 14-36, INR 1030-2648.
Take a Walk Down History to Old Town
See iconic landmarks like the twin towers of the Great Minster, Peter’s Church that has the largest clock face in the world, Minster of Our Lady, etc. The Old Town houses Bahnhofstrasse, antique stores, cafes, and the famous Giacometti Murals. This is also where the city’s classiest nightclubs and bars are located, perfect for a great end to your day.
Cruise the Skies in Uetliberg
Marvel at the Swiss National Museum
It offers a glimpse into aspects of Swiss culture, history, religion, and evolution. Seeing exhibits dating back to 4th-century like weapons, utensils, scrolls, furniture, paintings, etc. is one of the best things to do in Switzerland.
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Cruise the Limmat River
The boats have glass roofs for passengers to enjoy panoramic views. Definitely, one of the most amazing things to do in Switzerland.
Price: CHF 4.4, INR 324
Location: The cruises start and end at the Swiss National Museum.
Timings: The cruises are open from April-October. You can expect to spend around 1 hour. The boats cannot accommodate wheelchairs and don’t have washrooms.
See Exotic Wildlife at the Zurich Zoo
The areas are divided into the mountainous cloud forests, highlands, deciduous & dry forests, etc. There is a huge range of animals, birds, and reptiles like Llama, Brahma chicken, Pygmy goat, Bactrian camels, etc. The place is dotted with picnic areas and cafes, perfect for a great day out.
Dine at the World’s Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant : Hiltl
It serves over a hundred dishes in the restaurant and has a patisserie, bar, club, bistro, and even a cooking studio. Don’t miss to try ravioli, potato au gratin, house beers, Indian curries, and pasta.
Attend the Largest Techno Party at Street Parade
Since it’s beginning in the 90s, the parade has also adopted diverse contemporary music styles like Dubstep and House. The end of the parade gives way to ‘Lethargy’ a huge overnight underground party, attending which is one of the most fun things to do in Switzerland.
Visit the Expensive Shopping Street Bahnhofstrasse
One of the most coveted shopping zones in the world and also amongst the most expensive, Bahnhofstrasse never fails to strike with its opulent glitz and sophisticated charm. This street, stretching from Lake Zurich to Old Town, houses luxury brand stores of Burberry, Prada, Gubelin AG, Giorgio Armani, LVMH, etc. Don’t miss visiting Confiserie Sprungli, an 1863 chocolatier and café for its amazing desserts and coffees and it is one of the best things to see in Switzerland in May.
Location: The Street starts at Bahnhofplatz and ends at Burkliplatz.
Tips: You can easily spend 3-4 hours here. Check the website of Bahnhofstrasse for the individual timings of cafes and shops.
Enjoy the Beauty of Rhine Falls
Standing high at 75 ft and around 500 ft wide, Rhine Falls are the largest falls in Europe. It is a stunning sight to see over 600,000 gallons of turquoise green waters crash to form powdery white foam and mist.
The roaring sounds of the water are enough to make your heart throb. The most exciting thing to do here is to take a boat trip to the heart of the falls. One of the most exciting things to do in Switzerland is to attempt a climb to the centre of the falls.
Price: The admission fee from Schloss Laufen’s side is CHF 5, INR 368 for access to the viewing platform above the falls. The admission is free from the Neuhausen side. The boat ride costs CHF 8, INR 589.
Location: Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
Tips: The easiest way to reach the falls from Zurich is to take a train to either Neuhausen Rheinfall station or Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall station.
Take a Fun Tuk-Tuk Tour
Experience and explore Zurich in your own fun way as you take a tuk-tuk tour across the city. Accompanied by a friendly guide/driver, you can see all the attractions like the Great Minster, Old Town, the Swiss National Museum, St. Peter’s Church, etc. and get to know the story behind each of these. This eco-friendly way is the best way to soak in the beauty of the city and amongst the best things to do in Switzerland on a sunny day.
Price: CHF 46, INR 3392
Location: The pick-up point is the Swiss National Museum.
Tips: You can expect to spend around 2 hours. Tuk Tuks are enabled to include pregnant women and specially-abled people.
Soak in a Thermal Spa
Here you can enjoy the warm bubbling water surrounded by stone vaults that are centuries old or at their rooftop soaking in the beauty of a Swiss sunset. You can choose from a Turkish bath, Irish-Roman bath ritual, hammam, and a range of massages.
Things to do in Interlaken
Cruise on the Beautiful Lake Thun
Though it’s a small lake, Lake Thun is one of the most beautiful lakes in Interlaken to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise. You will see some amazing views of towns like Spiez and Oberhofen and their ancient castles, Roman churches, and lakeside cafes. The highlight of this cruise is seeing the stunning views of the Alps that accompany you throughout, and is one of the best things to do in Switzerland. You can opt to cruise on the historic 1906 Blumlisalp streamer that runs twice daily here and it is one of the famous things to see in Switzerland in May.
Price: A round trip will cost around CHF 43, INR 3163.
Location: The Lake lies between the towns of Thun and Interlaken.
Tips: Lake Thun cruises are only held between April to mid-November. A full-length cruise takes around 2 hours. Meals are served on most of the cruises at an extra charge.
Enjoy a Paragliding Adventure
Combine seeing the impressive Swiss landscape with the adrenaline rush of floating in the sky- this is an experience that you shouldn’t miss at Interlaken. You will see unforgettable views of striking-blue Interlaken Lake, Jungfrau Mountain, and the town area on your flight here. Paragliding definitely tops the chart of things to do in Switzerland.
Price: Prices range between CHF 140-160, INR 10,230-11,770.
Location: The flights start from Beatenberg.
Tips: The paragliding excursions last for 90 minutes. People over 125 kg are not allowed on the flight.
Enjoy Views from Harder Kulm
Harder Kulm is the highest viewing platform, at around 4300 ft, that offers sweeping views of Lakes Thun and Brienz, and some of the most majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps like Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger. The ride to the viewpoint is equally interesting. A 100-year-old funicular railway transports you from Interlaken to Harder Klum. There is a charming castle-style restaurant with a sun terrace at the top for you to enjoy a delicious local meal under the beautiful skies and sunshine, one of the best things to do in Switzerland.
Location: Berner Oberland region, Switzerland.
Tips: The trains operate only between 10th April-1st November. They run every 30-minutes.
Enjoy the Sulwald Night Sledging Experience
Thinking of what to do in Switzerland at night? Interlaken tops the charts when it comes to exciting adventure sports in the whole of Switzerland, especially at night. Besides skiing, hiking, and skydiving, it also offers an amazing once in a lifetime night sledging experience.
At Sulwald village, you can rush down a snow sledge under the cool starry nights with silhouettes of the Alps in the background. Top the experience with a warm fondue dinner after the ride.
Price: Price per adult CHF 63.77, INR 4691
Location: Sulwald Village.
Tips: You can expect to spend around 4 hours on this activity. You can rent winter clothing and trekking shoes at the Outdoor Interlaken Main Office. The activity is open only for children above 9 years. The weight limit for adults is 125 kg.
Enjoy Rafting on Simme River
Simme river rafting offers fantastic Grade IV white water rafting experience for all the adventure lovers. Simme is located in one of the most scenic regions of Interlaken and your rafting trip will offer you stunning views of the snow-capped Alps and the lush countryside as you navigate the choppy waters and swirling rapids, one of the most adventurous things to do in Switzerland.
Price: CHF 130, INR 9600
Location: The trip departs from Interlaken and Boltigen.
Tips: A single rafting trip takes approximately 2 hours. Children below 10 years cannot participate. The adult weight limit is 125 kg. Carry your own swimsuit, & towels.
Take a Train to Jungfraujoch The Highest Railway Station in Europe
Your Swiss trip doesn’t end without visiting this famous ‘Roof of Europe’, one of the best things to do in Switzerland with family. Your train ride will take you through the fascinating rocky and icy Alps to reach this underground train station located at around 11, 300 ft. above sea level. From the station, you can take an elevator to the summit of the Sphinx peak to see the Aletsch Glacier and other mountains. To reach here, you can take trains from Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen, and Lauterbrunnen.
Price: CHF 218, INR 16,000
Location: The station is located below the Jungfraujoch col in the Bernese Oberland region.
Tips: The Jungfrau Railway is open throughout the year. The average time of this journey is 2 hours.
Take 19th-Century Schnyige Platte Cogwheel Train Excursion
Schynige Platte is a plateau, in the northern part of the Jungfrau region that offers stunning views of the Jungfrau Mountain. The journey to reach the plateau is a huge attraction in itself. You need to take a 50-minute ride on a traditional 19th-century cogwheel train that offers beautiful views. You will see almost all the peaks of the Bernese Alps like Finsteraarhorn, Schreckhorn, and Jungfrau and huge flowering gardens. Don’t miss attending a free Alphorn concert held at lunchtime.
Price: CHF 64, INR 4694
Location: The train departs from Wilderswil at Interlaken.
Tips: The train will only run between 30th May-25th October 2020. One-way duration is around 52 minutes.
Skydiving from Helicopter
If helicopter skydiving has always been on your bucket list, then Interlaken is the place to be! What will be a better backdrop than the Swiss Alps to experience this thrill of a lifetime? As you jump from 14,000 ft. from a helicopter, you will see some stupendous up-close views of the glacial lakes and peaks like Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch.
Price: Prices for tandem skydiving start from CHF 450, INR 33,042
Location: The meeting points are at Lauterbrunnen Railway Station, Hauptstrasse, and Interlaken OST Station.
Tips: Children below 14 years are not allowed. Flyer’s weight must be below 105 kg. Bring your own jackets, water, and snacks. You will be provided with goggles, gloves, and jumpsuit. The best time to skydive is between October to May.
See the Myth and Magic of St. Beatus Caves
There is an interesting legend that says that a mythological creature took shelter here in the 6th-century and never left! The caves offer beautiful views of the Thun River, enjoying which is amongst the best things to do in Switzerland with family.
Cost/Price: Per adult- CHF 18, INR 1324
Location: 3800 Beatenberg, Switzerland.
Tips: You can expect to spend around 1 hour at the caves. The path inside the caves is slippery and narrow. The caves are open from mid-March to mid-November every day from 9:45 am to 5:00 pm.
Try Kayaking in Lake Brienz
Thinking of what to do in Switzerland on a sunny day? Paddling on the blue-green waters of Lake Brienz is the perfect way to spend an afternoon away from the crowds. The only sound that you will hear in this peaceful place is of your paddle swishing through the waters as you soak in the beautiful scenery of the Bernese Oberland. The waters are calm, great for a self-propelled boat.
Price: CHF 108, INR 8000
Location: Near Brienz Village, north of Interlaken.
Tips: This is a beginner level activity. Carry your own bathing suit and towels. You can spend 2-3 hours here. Wear sunscreen, caps, and drink plenty of water.
See the Stunning Grindelwald
A village that mirrors the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland, Grindelwald is a 19th-century resort town is a must-visit. Its streets are dotted with wooden houses with slanting roofs and windows adorned with colourful flower pots. It has charming cafes, cheese shops, chocolatiers, bakeries, and watch shops.
There are plenty of things to do here for everybody right from carriage rides, golfing, and tennis. For the more adventurous, there are exciting options like flying fox, First Bag Jump, cliff walking, gliding, etc.
Location: Eastern part of the Bernese Oberland, Jungfrau.
Tips: The best time for visiting is between early May-late October.
Things to do in Geneva
Cruise on Lake Geneva
This moon-shaped lake with its shimmering glacier-fed waters is the largest amongst all the lakes in Switzerland. The lakeside, because of its remarkable beauty, has been the home to people like Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury, etc.
And there’s no better way than to take a cruise to get close up views of the wildflower trails, estates, and lush thickets while listening to the intriguing stories behind them.
Cost/Price: Prices start at CHF 54, INR 3965.
Location: The Lake lies between south-western Switzerland and south-eastern France.
Tips: You can expect to spend around 2 hours on this cruise.
Explore the Charming Geneva City
Geneva is one of the most loved cities in the world. Known for its welcoming warmth, multicultural fabric, its world-famous watchmakers, and the stunning landscape, the choices in this city are endless. The Old Town area has the ancient Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Place du Bourg-de-Four, and numerous boutiques & cafes. See the enormous water fountain Jet d’Eau, explore the flea market at Plaine de Plainpalais, and the 18th-century Carouge for its Italian architecture. The city has over 1800 restaurants from over 30 countries.
Location: The city lies near the south-western tip of Lake Geneva.
Tips: Make use of the Geneva Transport Card provided to hotel guests to save on commuting.
Explore Geneva in Hop On Hop Off Bus
The ancient architecture, old-world charm of the old town, and the electric atmosphere of the new Geneva need to be savoured leisurely and what’s a better way than a Hop on Hop off bus. See world-famous attractions like the Broken Chair Sculpture, Mon-Repos Park, Statue Sissi, UN Offices, Cathédrale de St-Pierre, and the pristine Lake Geneva.
Price: CHF 32, INR 2350
Location: The pick-up point is generally Quai du Mont-Blanc.
Tips: You can listen to on-board commentary in the language of your choice. The buses cannot accommodate wheelchairs.
See the World-Famous Jet d’Eau
Geneva’s most famous landmark is this 500 ft. fountain that never ceases to amaze anybody. Not many people know that this stupendous feat was actually a fluke and was born of a technical problem in 1886! What started, as a 100 ft spout now is the most-loved attraction here. It pumps over 500 litres of water in the air per second. Interestingly, a worker needs to switch on the fountain each morning for it to function!
Location: Quasi Gustave-Ador, 1207 Geneva.
Tips: Timings: 9:00 am to 11:15 pm. The opening of the jet depends on the weather conditions.
Explore the Romantic Chillon Castle
Located on a tiny island between Villeneuve and Montreux, this dreamlike castle was built in the 12th-century by Savoy rulers to control the trade route to Italy. Walking within the stone walls, seeing the Byron-carved Perspex screen and dark passages bring alive images of its violent captures, imprisonment of monks, and power tussles lasting for centuries. The castle has inspired poets like Victor Hugo to Alexandre Dumas who have penned romantic writings inspired by the rich history of the castle.
Price: CHF 12.50, INR 918
Location: Avenue de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux.
Opening hours: November-February: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
October-March: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
April-September: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Hike to Salève Mountain
Known as Geneva’s ‘home’ mountain, it is one of the best-loved sites for those who crave nature and adventure. The summit, standing at 4524 ft., can be reached by several hikes ranging from easy to steep. You will be treated to spectacular views of Geneva city, Monts Jura Lake, and Mont-Blanc, which is the highest mountain in Western Europe.
Location: The Mountain is located on the France-Swiss border, easily accessible in 20 minutes from Geneva.
Tips: The hike, depending on your speed, takes around 2.5 hours to reach the summit. Keep yourself informed about the weather conditions. Watch out for shooting stones and don’t leave the marked paths.
Learn Particle Physics at CERN
CERN or the European Organization for Nuclear Research is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, famed for the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and God Particle theories. This is also where the World Wide Web was born. You can tour the legendary alleys and see where some of the experiments are performed narrated by AV guides. Don’t miss exploring permanent exhibitions like Universe of Particles, Microcosm, and Globe of Science and Innovation.
Location: Espl. Des Particules 1, 1211 Meyrin, Switzerland.
Tips: The tour lasts around 2 hours. This doesn’t include visits to the underground area.
Paddleboard Across Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva is ideal for paddleboarding, not only because of its calm & placid waters but also the magnificent scenery around it, best savoured from the waters. Boards are spacious enough for small children to sit in the front as the older ones paddle, making it one of the most exciting things to do in Switzerland with family. The best beaches on the lake to enjoy paddleboarding are La Plage Du Reposoir, Tropical, and Plage De La Savonnière.
Cost/Price: CHF 15, INR 1103
Location: The Lake lies between south-western Switzerland and south-eastern France.
Tips: Paddleboarding is done between May to September.
Things to do in Lucerne
Cruise around Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne is one of the most astonishing natural attractions in Switzerland with its varied landscape of lush forests and famous mountains like Fiji, Klewenalp, and Pilatus. Boat cruises are offered to let travellers soak in the beauty of this mystical lake. You can opt for salon motor vessels or historical paddle wheel streamers. Make your cruise more interesting by combining it with a walking tour to see Lucerne City or opt for a dinner cruise to taste amazing Swiss cuisine on-board.
Price: Depending on the package that you choose, the prices start from CHF 27, INR 2018.
Location: Pick up point: Pier 7, Schweizerhofquai, Lucerne.
Tips: The cruise lasts for around 1 hour.
Take a Day Trip to Mount Pilatus
Want to know what to do in Switzerland for a day trip? Look no further than a trip to Mt. Pilatus for varied exciting experiences. This trip includes a gondola ride and a cable car ride to reach the summit of the mountain, standing high at around 7,000 ft. After you’ve enjoyed the stunning alpine views from the top, take the world’s steepest cogwheel train to take a relaxing 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne.
Price: CHF 144, INR 10,600
Location: Around 3 kilometres from Lucerne city.
Tips: This day trip will take around 5-6 hours. The Lake Lucerne cruise is available only between May & October depending on the weather.
Walk on a 6 Century-Old Chapel Bridge
This 650-year-old bridge is one of the most famous landmarks of Lucerne City. This incredible wooden structure, spanning across 560 ft., is even visible from the air. The bridge threads through Lucerne Theatre, St. Peter’s Chapel, and the Water Tower on each of its edges.
The thatched roof structure, with its flower-laden walls, houses an art gallery, rooftop paintings, and a vantage point to catch a beautiful sunset. This is one of the most photographed spots in the city with amazing medieval era undertones still evident.
Location: The Bridge is built on the Reuss River in Lucerne City.
Tips: The best time to visit the Bridge is early morning or evening to view the sunrise and sunset.
Take a Chocolate Tour at Swiss Museum of Transport
The Swiss Museum of Transport is so much more than what its name suggests. It decodes fascinating phenomena like weather changes, the structure of our earth, mobility, media, etc. and makes them interactive through cutting edge VR technology.
You’ll see models of railways, snowblowers, cars, etc. dating back to the 18th-century. The highlight of the museum is the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, one of the best things to do in Switzerland that takes one through a delicious journey of the history of chocolates. There is even a Lindt chocolate boutique inside. Catch operas, ballets, and films at the Filmtheatre here.
Price: Prices start at CHF 16, INR 1177, depending on the experience that you choose.
Location: Lidostrasse 5, Lucerne 6006.
Tips: The museum is open 365 days a year. Summer timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and winter timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is specially-abled accessible.
See Mt. Rigi’s Stunning Panorama
You can expect nothing but the most amazing experiences when you are visiting Mt. Rigi, often known as the Queen of Mountains. In this trip you will experience almost all the modes of transport possible amidst stupendous scenery- a coach ride along the Lake of the Four Cantons, an aerial cable car ride, and Europe’s first-ever mountain railway up to the summit (5905 ft.). Spend time soaking in the surroundings of turquoise-green lakes, lush meadows, and steep rock faces.
Price: Summers- CHF 117, INR 8609.
Location: Schwyzer Alps, Central Switzerland.
Tips: You will spend around 9 hours on this day trip.
Take an Exciting Cable Car Ride at Mount Titlis
Mt. Titlis massif is a breathtaking ten-thousander of the northern Susten Pass ranges. It ranks high up on the bucket list of people and why not! This dream-like place is reached by the world’s first revolving cable car ride. Cruising high up in the sky, you will see sharp rocky edges, overhanging ice boulders, and snowed crevasses. Once you reach the top, you will be treated to an unforgettable Swiss wonderland-like landscape.
Price: CHF 70, INR 5135
Location: Near Titlis Valley station.
Tips: Live commentary is provided during the ride. You can expect to spend 4-5 hours.
Things to do in Zermatt
Enjoy the Thrills at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
A 15,000 ft. high massif that translates to ‘peak in the meadows’ tops the bucket list of anybody visiting Switzerland. Visiting the Glacier Paradise, an all year round ski ground, here is one the best things to do in Switzerland with family for incredibly interesting experiences like seeing the world’s highest glacier palace, located 15-metres below the ground, with ice slides and crevasses.
The cinema lounge here screens films about the Swiss mountains. At the viewing platform, you can see around 38 four-thousanders and 14 glaciers. Indulge in traditional Swiss cuisine at the award-winning restaurant and pick up souvenirs and wines at the shop here.
Price: CHF 72, INR 5298
Location: Klein Matterhorn, 3920 Zermatt.
Tips: Admission to the Glacier Palace and Cinema Lounge is free if you have a Swiss Travel Pass.
Enjoy the Sun at Sunnegga
Sunnegga, standing at an altitude of around 7500 ft., is known as a paradise for families for the sheer number of exciting activities that it offers- for the young and those young at heart! The summit, overlooking incredible views of the Matterhorn, is a great place to enjoy the famed Swiss alpine beauty.
You can see hundreds of marmots at specially designated watching stations and enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Don’t miss visiting Lake Leisee for a swim or a rafting session. Enjoying a barbecue here or dining at the sun terrace of the restaurant at the summit, is one of the best things to do in Switzerland.
Location: Postfach 378, 3920 Zermatt.
Tips: Use a funicular to reach the summit for an interesting twist to your climb. There are no overnight accommodation facilities available here.
Try Skiing & Snowboarding
Thinking of what to do in Switzerland to make your trip more adventurous and exciting? Zermatt, the highest ski area in Switzerland, is a natural choice for adventure enthusiasts to enjoy snow sports.
It is the highest, largest, and the most stunning resort in entire Europe and has its own 200 kilometres of pistes (snow trails). It is popular for its mellow slopey terrain that is perfect for beginners and experts both. The snow conditions are great and the views that you see are absolutely amazing.
Price: Prices start from CHF 61, INR 4480 (depending on the chosen package).
Location: the best spots are Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Cervinia & Valtournenche in Italy.
Tips: The natural snow cover is the best from November-end to April-end. For the rest of the year, you need to rely on artificially made snow.
Soak in the Views at Gornergrat
Switzerland is dotted with strategically created vantage points to let travellers soak in the spectacular natural beauty. Located at around 10,100 ft., Gornergrat is a must-visit. This sun-drenched viewpoint offers one of the finest views of Monte Rosa (the highest peak in Switzerland), Gorner Glacier (2nd largest glacier in the Alps), and the Matterhorn in all its stunning majestic glory.
What’s more, Gornergrat houses Kulmhotel, which is Europe’s highest hotel, an astronomical observatory, and souvenir shops. You can even see wild ibex here in summers. In winter, see the igloo village and visit the highest sledging slope in the country. One of the best things to do in Switzerland with family here is to enjoy the ‘Wolli and the climate detectives’ game.
Location: Valais, Switzerland.
Tips: You can expect to spend around 2 hours here.
Enjoy Panoramic Swiss Views at Brienzer Rothorn
Brienzer Rothorn is the highest peak in the Emmental Alps range, standing at height of 7708 ft. The summit offers undulated views of the Bernese Alps, the shimmering blue waters of Lake Brienz, and expanses of the world-famous Central Swiss area.
What’s more, the journey to reach the top is equally fascinating! You will travel via an 18th-century steam engine passing through mountains, forests, meadows, sharp rock faces, and water streams.
Price: CHF 270, INR 19,825
Location: Bernese Oberland.
Tips: The steam train operates only between June-October. The journey takes around 2 hours.
The Great 5 Lakes Walk
Swiss lakes are known for their pristine beauty and charm and this 5-lake walk will take you through the best of those. The five lakes included in this walk, one of the most charming things to do in Switzerland, have varied landscapes and phenomenal beauty.
You will pass through lakes of the Grunsee, Moosjisee, Leisee, Stellisee, and Grindjisee. Each lake promises to enthral with its unique landscape that changes from sandy to rugged to shores full of rare flowers. The best attraction is the reflection of the humongous Matterhorn in the lake waters.
Location: The walk generally starts from Blauherd.
Tips: The walk involves a medium level gradient. You can expect to walk for 2.5 hours over 10 kilometres. The best time for this is between June-October.
Things to do in Bern
Explore the Rustic Old Town
One of the most charming towns in the whole of Switzerland, the Old Town has remained mostly unchanged since it was established in the 11th century. The place, with its arched houses, castle-like buildings, Renaissance-era fountains, arcades, and cobbled streets, has a very romantic medieval charm in its every nook and corner.
Due to this, it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. Don’t miss to see the Clock Tower, the Prison Tower, Cathedral, and the streetside cafes. Try fresh bread and pastries at the local cafes here.
Location: Kramgasse 40, 3011 Bern.
Tips: You can spend 3-4 hours here.
Pay Homage to Paul Klee
This is an amazing place dedicated to the 18th-century Swiss artist Paul Klee and his artworks around expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Not only does it act as a repository of thousands of his works, but it is also a focal place for enabling research and communication about the importance of his art. It regularly holds exhibitions to showcase collective works, musicals, and events like Open Studio and PiQasso to inculcate the love of art amongst children.
Price: CHF 20, INR 1472
Location: Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3000 Bern.
Tips: Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Step Back in Medieval Times at Bern Cathedral
Bern Cathedral is one of the most striking buildings in Switzerland. One can see its 100-metre high tower from miles away as it rises majestically on the skyline. A symbol of peace, art, culture, and worship, people from all over the world visit the cathedral to see its medieval-era Gothic charm, its stained glass windows, and rich interiors.
It regularly holds concerts, choir performances, and art exhibitions. The cathedral’s highlight is its watchtower that gives amazing views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. If you’re lucky, you’ll even run into Jimmy Flitz, the resident mouse of the spire who even has his own bed!
Price: Tower entry: CHF 5, INR 368
Location: Munsterplatz 1, 3000 Bern.
Tips: The cathedral is open every day.
Swimming in the Aare
You’re a swimming aficionado and don’t know what to do in Switzerland? The longest river within Switzerland, Aare’s shimmering turquoise green waters are perfect for taking a long cool dip in the summers.
Bernese people love this activity so much that it’s even mentioned in the UNESCO list of traditional Swiss activities! Swimming in this river is much more than just being in waters. It is a sightseeing tour in itself as you cruise across amazing places like the Houses of Parliament, Old Matte district, Botanical Gardens, etc.
Location: Some of the best swimming spots are Marzilibad, Eichholz, and Muri.
Tips: The River has sharp and fast-moving water currents. It is best suited for experienced swimmers.
Marvel at the Oldest Clock Tower - Zytglogge
Swiss history of watchmaking goes back centuries and a visit to this clock tower reaffirms Swiss obsession with precision and timekeeping. Established in the 11th-century as a master clock for Bern city it is said that this clock helped Einstein shape his theory of relativity. Inside, you can see the still functioning machinery, wooden beams, and stonewalls enveloped in a medieval atmosphere.
There is a viewing platform atop the tower that overlooks magnificent views of the city and up till the Bernese peaks. Don’t miss seeing the most fun thing here that happens every hour. As the hourly hand strikes, mini dancing figurines of bears, roosters, and the cheeky fool appear, constantly delighting visitors for centuries.
Price: The tour costs around CHF 20, INR 1495.
Location: Bim Zytglogge 3, 3011 Bern.
Tips: The 1-hour tour starts at 2:30 every day (summers).
Visit the Famous Rose Garden
You love flowers and don’t know where to go or what to do in Switzerland to see a beautiful garden? Nobody can imagine that this tranquil and impressive garden was initially a cemetery till the late 18th-century.
You will find acres of lush greenery interspersed with the fragrance and colours of thousands of roses, cherry blossoms, and rhododendrons. Anywhere that you look from this garden, you will look onto striking views of the Alps and the Bernese Oberland. There is a reading garden inside, perfect to spend time with a book. Enjoy delicious authentic Swiss food at the restaurant inside. Don’t miss seeing the resting place of the celebrated artist Paul Klee here.
Location: Alter Aargauerstalden 31 B, 3006 Bern.
Tips: Opening hours: 9:00 am to 11:30 pm.
Other Things to do in Switzerland
Take a Cable Car Ride Around Lake Constance
Lake Constance’s shoreline is shared by 3 countries- Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. The best way to see the beauty of this idyllic location is by a cable car ride. There are several ride options available that will let you see the best views of the stunning European scenery- be it the alpine peaks, geological stone parks, emerald-green meadows, glaciers, etc.
The best time to enjoy the surroundings is during the golden sunset hour or on a full moon night when the snow-capped peaks glimmer in silvery moonlight.
Price: Around 16 Euros, INR 1257.
Location: Cable car rides start from Osterreich, 6900 Bregenz, Austria.
Tips: The cable cars run throughout the year.
Visit a UNESCO Vineyard at Vevey
This strikingly beautiful place is famous for producing the most delicate wines on the planet. Stretching between Lausanne and Vevey-Montreux. The Lavaux Vineyard was carved out of a glacier, which even decided the composition of the grapes and the resulting taste of wines here.
Amidst the lush hills and panoramic views of Lake Geneva, there are old wine cellars run by old families and beautiful shaded areas for tasting that lend onto beautiful views of vineyards stretching for miles.
Price: CHF 49, INR 3600.
Location: Near the shores of Lake Geneva, Market Square of Vevey.
Tips: You can explore the vineyards over an easy 10-kilometer walk.
Learn Cheese-Making at La Maison Du Gruyere
Travellers, who love fine things in life like Swiss cheese, must visit this place. La Maison was established in the 11th-century as a cheese production unit and now not only introduces people to Swiss cheese but also runs a famous restaurant.
Sign up for a cheese-making tour and learn about the basics of this art right from how to choose the right pasture, process, ageing, and consumption tips. You get to take back the cheese that you make here to remind of this amazing experience.
Price: CHF 59, INR 4340
Location: Pringy, Place de la Gare 3, 1663 Gruyeres, Switzerland.
Tips: Each session lasts for 35-40 minutes.
Opening hours: June-September- 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
October-May- 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
Take a Boat Trip at Lake Constance
This Lake is where the borders of three countries, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, meet. It is the largest lake in the region with over 270 kilometres of shoreline that offers stupendous views of the surrounding alpine beauty.
You have amazing boat trip choices here- choose from a catamaran cruise, a historical last remaining steamboat, or a solar-powered boat. You can choose from speciality cruises like Whiskey & Wine cruise, Fondue cruise, and Murder Mystery Dinner that are held throughout the year.
Price: Prices range between CHF 35-55, INR 2575-4047.
Location: Cruises depart from ports like Romanshorn & Rorschach (Swiss side) and Lindau & Friedrichshafen (German side).
Tips: One trip takes around 45-minutes.
Ride the Scenic Bernina Express
Considered to be the most scenic ride in Switzerland, the Bernina Express will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery that you will ever see. You will pass through mountainside scenery dotted with snow-capped mountains, lush valleys & meadows to be replaced with palm trees and a Mediterranean scenery in the Poschiavo Valley.
The 76-mile route passes through the Rhaetian railway lines, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is dotted with 196 bridges and 55 tunnels.
Price: Chur to Tirano: CHF 63, INR 4625.
Location: The train runs between Chur & St. Moritz in Switzerland to Tirano in northern Italy.
Tips: Travelling the full stretch between Chur to Tirano is optional. The fares vary according to the season. November-February is the cheapest season. The journey time is approximately 4 hours.
Eat at James Bond Restaurant
Piz Gloria, popularly known as the James Bond Restaurant, is located at the 9744 ft. high summit of Schilthorn. What featured, as a research institute 1969 Bond film was later established as a restaurant by the film’s production team.
You reach after a 32-minute aerial cableway ride through the spectacular Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. The revolving restaurant cruises past more than 200 peaks per revolution. Don’t miss trying James Bond Spaghetti, Escalope of salmon, Sausage wheel, and Indian Dals. See the Bond Cinema for behind the scenes glimpses from the film and the 007 Walk of Fame.
Price: Buffet meal per person CHF 29.5, INR 2170.
Location: Schilthornbahn AG, Hoheweg 2, 3800 Interlaken.
Tips: Breakfast: 8:00 am to 11:00 am, Hot meals: 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, and small menus: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.