Switzerland is a mountainous country in Europe recognized for its ski resorts, lakes, and influential cities such as Geneva and Zurich. It’s a very popular destination in the winter months, especially for its characteristic landscapes with its snowy peaks. Traveling to Switzerland is traveling to a place full of natural beauty and luxury.
Many cities in Switzerland have medieval neighborhoods, with representative monuments such as the Zytlogge clock tower in Bern, and the wooden bridge in Lucerne. This country is also famous for its ski centers and hiking trails. Moreover, Swiss financial industries are key, and Swiss watches and chocolate are famous all over the world.
Its capital, Bern, is one of the most charming cities in Europe. It’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it’s not for less, since it has a large number of historical corners that tend to enchant visitors quickly. This beautiful city has 6 kilometers of arcades located in the largest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in all of Europe.
Bern has a large number of parks full of picturesque vegetation, especially for the number of flowers you can see. So much so, that you can visit parks dedicated to one type of flower such as the Rose Garden. Besides, in this city, there's a wide variety of businesses and shopping malls that tourists always love because of the way these mix with the classic architecture of the place.
There’s more to see in Switzerland than Bern, and one thing that people always talk about when traveling to Switzerland is its architecture. A trip to this place is an exciting journey through various eras of architectural history, including medieval and classic. All the buildings you see while walking Swiss streets mirror the rich history of this country, including its modern present.
You can evidence part of this fantastic architecture in some castles, such as the Chillon Castle in Veytaux or the Castle of Lucarno. Although, the castles that tend to impress the most are those of Reichenau (in Reichenau-Tamis) and Schadau Castle in Thun, especially for their charming locations with many flowers and gardens.
Fortresses, churches, and even monasteries are other examples of how Swiss architecture can be so impressive. You can plan a trip to the Munot Fortress and Old Town in Schaffhausen, or the Capuchin and Gunpowder towers in Zug. You can also visit the churches of Santa María Delle Grazie in Bellinzona or the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Lausanne. That's not to mention other beautiful monasteries like the St. Gallen Abbey District and Bern Cathedral.
But beyond architecture, if there’s something you cannot miss in Switzerland, it’s the Swiss Alps and everything related to the mountainous beauties of this region. An example of this is Jungfraujoch, which is often called the "Summit of Europe" in tourist literature. This place is a mountain pass between the Mönch and the Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps. It’s part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Interestingly, in this location is the Jungfraujoch station of the Jungfraubahn railway, which at an altitude of 3,454 meters is the highest railway station in Europe.
Continuing with this region, you also have to visit the Jungfrau, the highest peak of the mountain range of the same name. The other two famous peaks in this place are the Eiger, with its famous north face, and the Mönch with a height of 4,099 meters. To the south of the Jungfrau peak, you can locate the Great Aletsch Glacier, which with its length of almost 24 km and an area of 118 km² is the largest and longest in the Alps and Europe. Another mountain that you can visit with pleasure near this region is Eiger, at a height of 3970 meters above sea level.
If you want to spend a vacation full of places to ski, then you can visit Titlis, a mountain of the Uri Alps, which is located on the border between the cantons of Obwalden and Bern. It’s the highest summit of the range north of the Susten Pass. Remember that Switzerland has more than 200 ski regions, including winter sports resorts. As you can guess, the snow-capped peaks in Switzerland captivate not only skiers, but also snowboarders, tobogganers, and even trekkers.
Other examples of mountains to ski and enjoy snow sports are Crans-Montana, Rigi, and Mönch, to name a few.
As you have already read before, hiking and trekking is another habit in Switzerland, because its landscapes can take your breath away due to the majesty of its mountains and how charming its nature is. That’s why you can also give yourself a break and relax with a tour to Lake Oeschinen, which contains calmer activities such as fishing. Or you can also enjoy an escape to Blausee, a small alpine lake located in the territory of the Kandergrund village in the Bernese Oberland. You can't miss Lake Saint Moritz either, especially since it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of poppies and other lovely flowers.
To end an exhausting day of hiking and scenic views, it may be your turn to indulge in Swiss cuisine. In this place, cheese and chocolate are mandatory. In Switzerland, you can enjoy delicacies such as Appenzeller cheese, Emmental, and Sbrinz. You can also try other delicious food such as Bratwurst, Zopf bread, Rösti, Apfelstrudel, and Brisket. Of course, don’t forget to try at least 5 varieties of Swiss chocolates like its dark chocolate, its raisin chocolate, its milk chocolate, its chocolate fondant, and Swiss chocolate with nuts.
Remember that much of the gastronomy and luxuries of Switzerland can be found in Zurich, Lausanne, and Geneva.
Zurich is a global banking and financial center located north of Lake Zurich. It has picturesque avenues like those of the central Altstadt, and on each side of the Limago river, you can see reflections of its pre-medieval history. Lausanne is a city located on Lake Geneva, in the French-speaking region of Vaud. It’s home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum. As for Geneva, it’s a beautiful city surrounded by the mountains of the Alps and the Jura, so it has good views of the spectacular Mont Blanc. Also, Geneva houses the UN headquarters for Europe and the Red Cross, making it recognized as a world center for diplomacy and banking.
Of course, don’t forget that to travel to these destinations you must have a valid passport and other important travel documents such as the Health Declaration. Without these documents, it’s very likely that you won’t be able to enter Switzerland unless you are a citizen of the Schengen area.
The Health Declaration is an essential document that allows you to enter certain countries without complications. We recommend taking this into account when planning your trip to Switzerland. You can use iVisa’s website to confirm the information and at the same time apply for the document.