I spent 6 weeks in Switzerland last year and it caught me completely off guard – I’m not sure what I was fully expecting but what I found was an amazing little country which has alot to offer year round.
Despite lacking a coastline I was pretty content with the amount of amazing things it’s got packed into it – and there was more than enough to keep me occupied for my entire stay and longer! I was lucky enough to partner up with MySwitzerland for the duration of my stay too and their site proved invaluable for making the most of my time there.
So here’s my Top 10 Things to Do In Switzerland
- Hit the slopes
Personally this was one of my favorite things to do in Switzerland! With a whole heap of amazing ski slopes all along the Swiss Alps you’re spoilt for choice. I hit up two spots – Flims Laax in the Graubünden region and also Zermatt in the Wallis region. Both catered for beginners and seasoned powder junkies alike and it’s a great way to get outdoors and soak up the clean mountain air.
- Visit a chocolate factory
Switzerland is famed for it’s epic chocolate and a visit to one of the countries many chocolate factories is a great way to give into your cravings! I checked out the Callier factory in west of the country – and not only did I learn heaps but they had a HUGE tasting room. Needless to say I felt a bit sick after that part of the tour!
- Go for a hike
Everywhere in Switzerland is drop dead gorgeous and there’s no better way to explore than on foot. Whether you’re wandering along the river in the centre of Zurich. taking in the sites and sounds of Lugano Lake or leaving the skis behind for a walk in the mountains stretch those legs out and enjoy a stroll.
- Indulge in some photography
And while you’re wandering around don’t forget your camera! Everywhere in the country is postcard perfect and the photographer in you will be spoilt for choice! Here’s some of my best shots from around Switzerland
- Get your adrenaline fix in Interlaken
Who says you have to head to Australia or New Zealand for an adrenaline fix? Interlaken is the place to hit up for everything from paragliding to bungee jumping or white water rafting. It’s year round too so whether you before sun or snow you’re sure to have a good time and get your buzz on
- Cover all 4 corners
At only 15,000 square miles and sandwiched between a number of countries Switzerland has absorbed alot of culture from it’s neighbors, and language too. After a short train journey you can find yourself immersed in Italian, French or German influence – from architecture to food.
- Visit the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn is reportedly the most photographed peak in Europe and it’s a majestic mountain to see in person. The small ski town of Zermatt sits in it’s shadow and is a great place for snow dwellers, with access to both the Swiss and Italian side of the slopes. It’s a super chilled out vibe with electric cars only and a whole heap of bustling bars and restaurants.
- Tuck into some traditional dishes
Food is one of my favourite things when it come to traveling and Switzerland didn’t disappoint. A traditional potatoe rosti is a personal favourite (especially with egg and sausage!) but you can’t leave without sitting down to a social meal of cheese fondue either – I’ve never consumed so much dairy in a single sitting.
And it would be rude not to sample to chocolate version either!
- Enjoy a scenic train journey
Swiss trains are a treat to travel on – spacious, clean and winding through some spectacular landscapes, they’re worth the money simply for the views! If you want to go all out you can jump on the famous Glacier express, the slowest express train in the world! The 7 hour journey has full panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular views from Zermatt to St Mortiz
- Have even more fun in the snow!
With a whole heap of snow in the winter time there’s no shortage of cold weather fun!
Build and igloo, hit the ice rink, grab a sledge or even have a wander inside a glacier, so if you want to take it easy or jump in two feet first winter in Switzerland is a right treat!
Still not convinced?! Well check out this video to give you a sneaky peak into what lies in store in the land of chocolate and cheese!
This post brought to you by MySwitzerland (with video provided by GoViral). All opinions are 100% mine.