If you’re researching Switzerland holidays, you’ll soon discover that they offer a perfect balance between activities and relaxation. To help you get the most out of this unique mix, I’ve created a list of recommendations for Switzerland’s most spectacular experiences!
1. Tour the vibrant city of Zurich
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is a great place to start your trip. Founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago, the city is home to some amazing ancient sites: from castles to cathedrals and even an ice palace! For the art-lovers amongst you, discover a host of museums and galleries that showcase works from Vincent Van-Gogh, Claude Monet and even Pablo Picasso. After a day of soaking up the local culture, enjoy some authentic cuisine from one of the many restaurants (psst! try the cheese fondue!).
2. Climb the Matterhorn
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3. Tuck in at the Funky Chocolate Club
A trip to Switzerland wouldn’t be complete unless it involved some chocolate indulgence. Head to Interlaken and get messy at one of the Funky Chocolate Club’s workshops! There, you’ll learn the best tips and tricks of the yummy trade, creating your own masterpieces in the process!
4. Visit a movie set
[responsive-image id=’2598′ align=’right’ caption=’Through the eyes of Bond: view of Jungfraujoch from Piz Gloria’ alt=’View of Jungfraujoch from Piz Gloria’]Take a train up to Europe’s highest mountain station on the Jungfraujoch, famously known as a shooting location for a James Bond Movie. Take some time to relax in the panoramic revolving restaurant, named Piz Gloria, which featured in the film and rotates a full 360 degrees in just 55 minutes. From here you can enjoy views of the Eiger summit and maybe the odd Martini, shaken not stirred of course. For the adventurous would-be 007, why not try a spot of glacier climbing?
Stay at: Jungfrau Campsite (12 km from the Jungfraujoch)
5. Sail across Europe’s largest underground lake
Head to St Leonard for your chance to explore 300m of subterranean wonderland by boat – talk about a magical day out. Take a guided tour to find out more about the history and geology of the cave system, right in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Keep an eye out for fresh-water trout in the crystal clear waters.
6. Ski at Saas Fee
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Get your skis on and take to the slopes at Saas Fee, a traditional mountain village that is totally car-free – great for the safety of the children. The resort is covered with snow almost all-year round, making it a perfect spot for a snowball fight followed by hot chocolate in the onsite restaurant. Just the thing for warming up those snow hands.
7. Relax at Leukerbad’s hot springs
After all the excitement, take some time to kick back and enjoy some well-earned pampering time at Leukerbad – the largest spa in The Alps. Complete with hot springs and thermal baths, this is a great place to rejuvenate, and let’s be honest, is there a better place to admire the surrounding scenery than from a Jacuzzi?