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What do you envision when you think of Switzerland? Is it skiing on the majestic Alps? Or maybe it is world-class chocolate and wooden ticking clocks that you think of. If you’re planning a trip to Switzerland, here are some other activities and sights that you should consider indulging your senses with:
Go On A Hike
With there being well over 60,000km of hiking trails, Switzerland is truly a hiker’s paradise. You can find trails that are for every level of fitness and that vary in length. You can hike an alpine route, a mountain trail, or even go across the country by foot. When you hike through Switzerland, you’re able to then truly take in all that the country has to offer, like panoramic flower-filled valleys and villages filled with rich history and tradition. MySwitzerland has a great guide to the 32 most enjoyable hikes that is definitely worth a look if you’re super keen.
Try An Alpine Park
Alpine Parks are certainly not for the faint of heart. These parks offer some of the most daring attractions in the whole country, from ziplining from tree top to tree top to blood boiling suspension bridges. There are also some great obstacle courses that are fun for the whole family.
Enjoy The Water
Despite Switzerland not actually being close to any sea, there are still a number of areas where you can enjoy swimming, water sports, and even go for a cruise like in Seedorf, the Ticino, Weggis, and the Swiss Riviera. These crystal clear lakes and tame rivers offer travellers the ability to unwind and have a good time, whether that be floating on your back, in a kayak or on a ferry.
Perhaps it’s not as famous for shopping as, say, Paris, London or New York, but in Zurich you can find anything your heart could possibly desire, especially the world class chocolate and fine wine shops – perhaps a designer Swiss watch if you have shedloads of spending money! If you run out of cash while you’re over there, Travelex, in its omnipresence, has branches all over Switzerland and you can reserve Swiss Francs online and pick them up from the nearest Travelex to you.
To truly get the full scope of the gorgeous landscape that is Switzerland, then you’ve got to get high up in the sky. Depending on how brave you are, you can get a great view of the land by sky diving, hang gliding, or parachuting from one of many spots in this idyllic country. For those of us who may not be overly interested in free falling from great heights there are a number of chair lifts and cable cars that are available for tourists to take to many of the magnificent mountaintops. Otherwise you may opt for a romantic hot air balloon ride, or a breathtaking “Alpenrundflug” via helicopter.
Feast On True Fusion Cuisine
Switzerland is known as being the “culinary melting pot” of Europe, with many of its dishes being the perfect fusion of German, Austrian, Italian and French cuisine. Depending on the village you visit, you’ll be able to find some delightful local specialities that are completely different from the foods found just miles away in other neighbouring villages.