Home of adventure activities, Switzerland has plenty to explore. From the steep trails in the Matterhorn region to the views of the Mt.Pilatus and winter hikes in the Alps, Switzerland is where adventure lovers should head to. Make note of these top things to do in Switzerland and get in touch with Pickyourtrail to get your tour planned!
1. Zermatt – No Cars and a lot of Skiing
Zermatt has some of the best mountain resorts in Switzerland. It lies on the foot of the Matterhorn mountain and offers unlimited excursion areas. The region of Zermatt is also a car-free zone. Housing a huge hiking and skiing region, witness some national skiing lessons when you are here. The main street, Bahnhofstrasse has a variety of boutique shops, cafes and hotels. To indulge in some ancient traditions, take a walk in the Zermatt village area. The Matterhorn Museum has information about the history of Zermatt village.
2. Lake Zurich – Pedal for fitness
Strolling somewhere close to Lake Zurich? Don’t stop there! Grab yourself a pedalo and challenge the waves of Lake Zurich to settle for some fun filled work out. The views offered at Lake Zurich would be something you can cherish for a lifetime! Check out the Alpamare in Pfäffikon, which is Europe’s largest covered water park. The islands of Ufenau and Lützelau near Rapperswil have some sunshine where you can warm yourself a bit. For historical sites, visit the Baroque church in Lachen. Chocolate lovers can make their way to Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory which is also very close to Lake Zurich.
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3. Zurich – Shopping! Partying! Sightseeing!
Zurich is in heart of Switzerland, precisely on Lake Zurich’s northern shore. The varieties in leisure activities will attract you for sure! Important sights in Zurich include the Old Town, Grossmünster church and Bahnhofstrasse. Culture addicts can make a trip to The Rietberg Museum and The Museum of Art. For nature lovers, Uetliberg mountain or a boating trip to Rapperswil would do good. Adding to this, the city is fashion conscious and you will be in awe when you check out the top brands in handbags, dresses and accessories. If you are a party animal, brace yourself for some nightlife scenes at the Kaufleuten where this is no official opening or closing time. Fans of the Eighties music can tap their way out at the Mascotte; the oldest club in the city.
4. Mount Pilatus – Time for some Atmospheric ride
Your trip to Mount Pilatus would be fantastic for sure and it is definitely one of the top things to do in Switzerland! What to know why? For starters, the weather would be a blend of little sunshine and some good amount of snow. To soar up the mountains you can either take the cable car or a gondola ride. Once you reach the top of the mountain, build some snowmen or do the butterfly impression on the snowy grounds maybe? We’d advise you to get some warm clothing, as the Pilatus region might get a bit cold towards the evening and extra bottles of water to keep yourself hydrated when you are at the higher altitudes would also help.
If you are lucky, you’ll get to notice the alpine salamanders during your trail to Tomlishorn. They would substitute for the tiny black dragons for sure. Take a trip to the visitor centre for a little bit of shopping. You also have many cafes in and around this area where you can treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate.
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5. Basel – Music and Art addict’s cave
Fan of history and museums? Think no more! Basel is your place to be! Basel, Switzerland is renowned for its cultural traits. It is also home to the gorgeous Old Town, modern architectural must-visits like the red sandstone townhall, Gothic cathedral or some natural beauties like The Rhine river, Merian Garten and The Zoo Basel. Check out the wonderful collections at the Basel Art Museum and Fine Arts Museum Basil for sure. This city also has many musical theatres where you have the symphony & chamber orchestras taking place regularly. During the evening time, go for a stroll at the Botanical Gardens. You have the cherry trees lined up at the countryside of Basel and several parks on the banks of the Rhine. Germany and France are soo close to Basel’s border that you can throw coins to and fro! Get more details on Germany and France trips here!
6. Lausanne – Vineyards and gaming arenas
Picturesque would be the right word to describe Lausanne. The town is built on three hills and its vineyard-covered slopes overlook Lake Geneva. To provide the perfect scenic competition you have the Savoy Alps on the opposite side rising from the French lakeshore. Lausanne is beautiful with small alleyways leading to cosy cafes and boutiques where you can shop a bit. The varied collections of marginal art at the Fondation de l’Hermitage, Beaulieu Castle, and the all-time famous Musée de l’Elysée photo museum, would definitely keep the art lovers delighted. A visit to Lake Geneva would obviously feature in your Switzerland tour package. Lausanne is also called as the Olympic capital and is home to the Olympic Museum and Olympic committee as well.
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