Well known for its Alps, watches and chocolate, Switzerland has something for everyone. The Swiss Riviera is the place to go for spas, glamour and lakeside relaxing. While Interlaken is the capital of action and adventure. The transport system means travel around Switzerland is easy and comfortable and you can go from one side of the country to the other within a few hours. Summer is the best time to visit Switzerland as you can still skill on the higher peaks on the Swiss Alps yet down by the lakes you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.
#8. Party on a lake
The clean clear water of Lake Zurich is begging to be explored. Hire one of the funky pedal boats, complete with onboard water slide. Grab a picnic, a box of beers and head out onto the lake for the day. Pedaling around the lake is a great way to see Zurich from a different point of view. It is also gives you a cool little platform to have a lake party on. Take some drinks, music and snacks and spend the day chilling and perfecting your somersaults and bombs
#7. Visit Freddie Mercury
Montreux is the Jazz capital of Switzerland. Positioned on Lake Geneva, you can see all the way across the water to the French Alps. Every July, Montreux hosts a lakeside Jazz festival with the best vibes. You have to pay for tickets to the big gigs but the rest of the festival is free. The bohemian mix of markets, food stalls and music combined with the waterfront setting is the ultimate summer experience. Freddie Mercury used to frequent the festival and even recorded “Jazz” there. To commemorate his love for the town this is a huge statue of him on the waterfront.
#6. Head to the Matterhorn
One of the highest mountains in Switzerland has a lot to offer. Base yourself in the town of Zermatt and try some traditional Swiss food like fondue. If you are there in August check out the Swiss food festival. From Zermatt you can catch a cable car up to Glacier Paradise. Due to its height it is possible to ski and snowboard all year round. If you visit in summer give the snow tubing a try or on the lower slopes check out the kick biking and dirt scooters.
#5. See Bears in Bern
The Swiss capital is famous for its big brown bears. The bear park is built right on the side on the Aare river and sometimes you can even see them taking a quick dip in the water. Originally the bears lived in a sunken pit which is still there to view but nowadays the bears live in a more natural environment. After you visit the bearpark take a break at the Altes Tramdepot next to the park. It has a great brewery and a big deck where you can relax next to the river with a pint.
#4. Get Active in Interlaken
Interlaken is Switzerland’s outdoor playground. A mecca for adrenaline junkies, Interlaken is all about skiing and snowboarding in winter. In summer the options are endless. Canyoning, white water rafting and wakeboarding are some of the water sports on offer. If you don’t want to get wet then check out the paragliding, bungee jumping or hand gliding. Hiking, mountain biking and glacier trekking are on offer too if you want to keep your feet on the ground. Interlaken is also famous for its spas so relax after an action filled day in one of the spas or saunas.
#3. Go Old School
Lucerne’s medieval town walls and old town take you back in time. Spend a day wandering around the town and exploring its history. There are two covered bridges that span Reuss river, with the Chapel bridge being the most famous. From there you can take a day trip out to Lenzburg Castle, one of the areas oldest castles. It even has a tower and a dungeon. Lake Lucerne also had pedal boats, kayaks or a great boat trip you can take to see the alps.
#2. Take a train to the top
Switzerland has the highest train station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch is know as the top of Europe and at over 3000 meters high up on a mountain you can see why. To get there you can catch the unique cogwheel train all the way from Interlaken up Jungfrau, one of Switzerland’s highest peaks. At the top there is an ice cave to explore as well as the magnificent views over the alps. Try out an authentic Swiss style snowshoe hike or you can ski or snowboard.
#1. Visit the Rhine Falls
Head to Schloss Laufen and check out the largest waterfall in Europe. The Rhine river crosses through six countries, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland. The best way to experience the falls up close is by boat. Take a short trip from one side to the other or take a longer tour around with food depending on your budget. After your boat ride check out the old town and wander along the river next to the falls before visiting Laufen Castle.