Even though Switzerland is known for being one of the most expensive countries in the world, it hasn’t deterred visitors to embrace this scenic European country first hand. Whether you happen to be an experienced or rookie backpacker on a shoestring budget, Switzerland is still worth seeing. For advanced and inexperienced travelers it is the perfect starting point for their continental travels, as it happens to be centrally located in the heart of Europe. For the experienced, it will be a fun challenge to see the country on a budget. For the inexperienced, the place provides a welcomed change to the hustle and bustle of more chaotic cities.
Interesting enough, the country lives up to almost all its stereotypes. Wealth aside, the infrastructure is well organized making it straightforward to travel around, and with the Alps at its doorstep there are plenty of breathtaking landscapes.
Stunning nature and lively cities
Because of its seemingly untouched landscape, some regions do stick out. If this is what you are after then pay a visit to, “Berner Oberland“. Roughly translated as Bernese Highlands, it is located around the central province of Bern. There is certainly a lot to discover when sightseeing in Berner Oberland as the region is known for its incredible scenery and is highly popular for sporting activities such as hiking. It is considered by many to be one of Switzerland’s most beautiful regions, which is why it is a must stop for anyone passing through.
While its unique terrain is a major attraction, backpackers and younger travelers are equally drawn to Switzerland’s lively and well-renowned cities. Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern and Lausanne are Switzerland’s largest cities, offering plenty atmosphere, a glittering nightlife and worldly charm, while still having the cosiness of smaller towns.
Zurich, as the nation’s largest city and financial hub is highly recommended most guide books. Geneva, on the other hand, being the headquarters of many international organisations, offers an active nightlife and a unique mix of people. Both have something to offer its visitors, all while being idyllic and organized.