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5 Reasons To Visit Switzerland

Updated: Jan 2

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I’m sure Switzerland is high on your bucket list if you haven’t visited it before. Even if you have, you’re no doubt itching to get back to one of Europe’s most beautiful countries and explore new areas of it. There are many fantastic historical attractions and cities to visit in Switzerland. But if you’re more of an outdoorsy type of person, you certainly won’t have far to travel to be met with breathtaking mountain views and glistening lakes. It’s one country in Europe that has something for every type of traveller.


The best time to visit Switzerland really depends on your weather preference, so for our upcoming trip to Switzerland we’ve chosen to visit in October so that we can explore its cities and enjoy its beautiful landscapes in a comfortable climate. This will be our first time visiting Switzerland so we’re very excited to see what the country has to offer. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Switzerland this summer:


1. Food in Switzerland

A pot of cheese fondue with potatoes being dipped in it.
Fondue

Raclette, fondue, Swiss chocolate, rösti. My mouth is watering just thinking about all of it! One of our big reasons to visit Switzerland is for the food. We’ve been to a couple of countries that border Switzerland, like Germany and Austria, so we know what to expect with some of the dishes. But there is so much more to try! There’s nothing better than sampling traditional food in different countries, and Switzerland is famous for quite a lot of things.

2. Historic Cities in Switzerland

A historical street in Switzerland lined with flags and a tower sitting at the end.
Bern

Even if you prefer to be out in nature, you can’t visit Switzerland without visiting at least one of its beautiful historic cities. Zurich and Bern are two big reasons to visit Switzerland. Zurich is known for being the industrial and commercial centre of the country whereas Bern is the ancient capital of Switzerland and still retains much of its old-world charm. Having been to neither cities before, we’re excited to explore their streets.


3. Swiss Train Journeys

A red and white train passing through the mountains in the summer.
Train journey in Switzerland

After watching countless documentaries about people going on luxury train tours in Switzerland, I knew I had to go on at least one during my first visit to the country. There are a lot of unique train journeys in Switzerland to go on, and each one offers incredible views either along lakes, among valleys, or between mountains.


4. Swiss Mountains

A view of a valley between snow capped mountains in Switzerland.
Mountains in Switzerland

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Switzerland are the mountains. So if you’re not into skiing, what could be better than sitting in the warmth of a train as you pass by some of the tallest and most beautiful mountains in Europe? If you visit in the warmer months like we will be, a trip to Kandersteg to visit the nearby lakes and hit up some of the many hiking trails in the mountains comes highly recommended.


Alternatively, many tourists enjoy visiting Zermatt in the summer too. It's a beautiful mountain village in Switzerland that sits very close to the Matterhorn.


5. The Lakes in Switzerland

A glacial lake surrounded by mountains and pine trees.
Lake Oeschinen

Mountains and lakes are fairly synonymous in Switzerland, and during the warmer months you can take full advantage of the crystal waters and go for a swim to cool down. While many people head to Lake Geneva or Lake Lucerne, Lake Oeschinen is considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain lake in the Alps. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so a trip here is the perfect blend of history and nature. Luckily, Lake Oeschinen is on our Switzerland itinerary!


There are, of course, many more reasons to visit Switzerland, which I’m sure I’ll come to realize once I visit the country itself. If you have any tips on things to do while we’re in Switzerland or food to try, please let me know in the comment section below. And remember to follow my adventures on Instagram as well and stay connected!


 

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