A trip to Switzerland will offer you some of the biggest adventures in food, culture, art, and the great outdoors. Snow-covered mountains, crystal-clear lakes, serene meadows, and charming towns, there’s so much to do and see!
But, to make it easier for you, we’ve narrowed down on a few things that you cannot miss out on when you’re in Switzerland:
Take A Hike
With well-marked trails and varied terrain, Switzerland is a mecca for hikers. The Zermatt Lake Trail is set along the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn, while the Swiss Path along Lake Luzern takes you through the country’s history. The Swiss National Park in Graubunden is great for spotting native animals like the ibex or marmot.
GoFro Tip: Download Switzerland Tourism’s free phone app that details 32 of the country’s hiking routes.
Join a Local Festival
Every Saturday from July to August in Vevey, the Marches Folkloriques features Swiss folk music, alphorn performances, crafts, and wine tastings. During the Foire de Martigny in Valais, Swiss wrestling, flag or stone hurling, or Hornussen (a local sport) attract a lot of travelers.
GoFro Tip: If in Switzerland around the last week of April, head to Appenzell to watch the open-air elections in the town square.
Retreat to a Quaint Village
Switzerland is full of quaint villages and smaller towns. Chateau d’Oex, a peaceful resort in the Lake Geneva region, is a great base for outdoor activities. Overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley are Wengen and Murren, offering access to the Bernese Oberland peaks. And quiet Gandria, on the shore of Lake Lugano, has winding alleys and Italian flair.
GoFro Tip: Do not forget to enjoy a colorful hot air balloon ride at Chateau d’Oex!
Gorge on Cheese
For anyone who is fond of fondue Switzerland is where you should go. The best fondue can be found in Fribourg all-round the year. The specialty there is a fondue made from Gruyere and Vacherin Fribourgeois cheeses, melted together with white wine, garlic, and cherry brandy. Other cheese dishes to try are raclette and alpen magronen (alpine macaroni and cheese).
GoFro Tip: Be sure to bring back home local regional varieties of cheese such as Sbrinz in Central Switzerland, Emmental in Bern, or Bundner Bergkase in Graubunden.
Suggested Read: Top Things to See in Switzerland
Sip Local Wines
White wine made from Chasselas grapes on the shores of Lake Geneva, Merlot from Ticino, or Pinot Noir from the Valais, Switzerland has some great local wines. In Vaud, take a walk through the protected Lavaux vineyards—the views of Lake Geneva from the steep terraces are breathtaking.
GoFro Tip: Most Swiss wine is not exported and is hard to find outside of the country so savor them while you can.
Indulge in Chocolate
In Switzerland, chocolate isn’t just for business, it is an art. The inventors of milk chocolate (you can thank the cows for that), Swiss chocolate is famous the world over. Once you’ve tasted the local chocolates here, it just might be difficult for you to eat any other chocolate! Calm your sweet tooth on a tour of Nestle’s Callier factory, or pick up some tasty bites as gifts or souvenirs.
GoFro Tip: Our favorite shops are Sprungli and Teuscher in Zurich, Martel in Geneva, and Poyet in Vevey.
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