Switzerland is one of the crown jewels of Europe. Let’s take a look at how to organize a trip to Switzerland!
When it comes to planning a trip to Switzerland, there are certain words you’ll see a lot.
Jungfrau, Zermatt, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zürich, Zermatt… It sounds like you should go to all of these places, but there are so many that you need to choose and focus your itinerary.
We’ve put a lot of effort into creating an itinerary that minimizes spending time for traveling from one city to another and maximizes the time you can spend actual time in the places.
1. Swiss villages without cars
If there’s one thing I always recommend when traveling, it’s visiting a car-free Swiss village. You might be wondering how people get around without cars, the fact is that they get around in small electric vehicle. If you want to build a new house in a town, for example, it’s hard to get permission because there are so many regulations. And even if you can, it takes much more time than usual to repair or build because you are able to only use the small electric vehicle. The slow pace of change is what travelers love about the country. For travelers, it’s a whole new feeling.
You don’t have to look back and consciously keep an eye out for cars, and kids can run around happily as long as you watch out for the occasional electric car.
Here are three towns we recommend
It’s popular because it’s a replica of a fairy tale village, and you can go there in any season and see something completely different. Walking around this small village, you’ll be mesmerized by the scenery, and you’ll be mesmerized again by the beautiful houses. It’s a very relaxing place to walk through. You can’t go to Mürren and not visit Schilthorn. Don’t be disappointed yet even if you cannot find any unique restaurants While you are in Mürren, Schilthorn is home to the world’s first 360-degree restaurant. Grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat here. The restaurant spins slowly so you don’t get dizzy once you’re seated, and it’s great to eat with a beautiful view.
Zermatt is known as a ski resort and a town with a great view of the Matterhorn with its spiky peaks. As a world-class holiday destination, there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and things to see. When you get off at the Zermatt station, you’ll often see more electric cars than Mürren picking people up and taking them to their hotels. A glacial valley runs through the middle of town and you can see tons of stars at night. The one downside is that it takes at least two and a half hours to get around from major cities like Zurich, Interlaken, Lucerne, Geneva, and Bern. Within the small country of Switzerland, this is considered quite long.
The town is located at a high enough altitude that you can ski 365 days a year. If you go by rental car, you’ll have to be careful when driving as there are a lot of curves. If you go by public transportation, you can take a comfortable bus ride to get there. It has a similarly small fleet of electric cars, or you can walk. There are plenty of hotels with wellness programs, and many Airbnb rentals have saunas. There are also plenty of hikes and activities to enjoy.
2. The highest train station in Europe
The Jungfraujoch station is home to the highest train station in Europe. Many people think that the Jungfrau is the highest mountain in Europe, but in fact the highest mountain in Europe is Mont Blanc at 4,807 meters. In comparison, the Jungfrau is 4158 meters, a difference of 649 meters. However, the Jungfrau is also home to the highest train station, making it one of the easiest to get to for beautiful views. When you arrive at the Jungfraujoch station, you’ll see an endless expanse of white glacial terrain. The Aletsch Glacier, the longest known glacier in Europe, is at your feet.
3. Most famous peaks
One of the most famous peaks in Europe, and one of the most famous in the world, is the Matterhorn. The sheer cliffs and towering peaks are awe-inspiring, with an indescribable power that can’t be described in pictures. It’s right on the border between Switzerland and Italy, so skiing near the Matterhorn often means crossing the border into Italy if you go wrong. You might think you’re traveling all the way to Zermatt just to see the peak, but once you’re there, you’ll be like, “Now I can see why.”
4. The #1 Most Popular Activity in Switzerland
When traveling in Switzerland, it’s easy to spot paragliders soaring in the sky. While it’s great to see them from the train, it’s even more beautiful to experience paragliding in Interlaken. As you may have seen on TV, YouTube, or Instagram, paragliding is one of the most popular activities in Switzerland. Paragliding is definitely a must-do!
We hope you enjoy your trip in Switzerland and see you in Interlaken!