Amongst the Alps, Switzerland is a dream destination for an unforgettable journey. The alpine pastures dotted with cottages and chalets, against a backdrop of towering snow-capped mountains, the placid turquoise waters of the lakes, and the impeccably run transit system - from trains to boats and cable cars to cogwheel railways - attract millions of visitors each year. Whether it is the magnificent natural attractions, summer and winter outdoor activities, amazing chocolate or luxury watches that appeals to you, Switzerland offers a dream vacation like no other.
This largest and most vibrant city has long been known as a transportation hub, financial centre and arts and culture capital where the methodical Swiss way of life meets hip activities and summer Street Parades. For history and culture enthusiasts, get to know Zurich, and Switzerland, at the Swiss National Museum, an outstanding example of 19th Century building style, and an architectural monument of national importance. Exhibits take visitors on a journey through the country’s history, from its prehistoric beginnings, through the Middle Ages and into the 20th Century. Zurich is also home to Europe’s largest church clock at St.Peterkirche and Marc Chagall’s famous stained glass windows at Fraumunster Church, both located by the Limmat River. On the opposite side of the river are situated a number of culturally important sites. For example, the 10th Century Wasserkirche, or “Water Church”, Grossmunster, the Romanesque style church with remarkable twin towers, and the Rathaus, Zurich’s town hall built with the perfect combination of Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo architecture. Zurich is also a shoppers’ paradise. The 1.4-kilometer Bahnhofstrasse is lined with luxury, brand-name shops, and if culinary delights are what you are looking for, explore the alleyways in Niederdorf, part of Zurich’s old town, which has been turned into a nightlife district.
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Legend has it that an angel with a light showed Lucerne’s first settlers where to build a Chapel and this is how Lucerne got its name ‘The City of Lights’. Lucerne has everything ‘Swiss’ -picturesque mountains, alpine villages, tranquil lakes, meadows full of Edelweiss, and luxury watch stores – and there are plenty of enjoyable activities. Take a boat trip on the 38 km long Lake Lucerne and get off at Weggis or Vitznau for a trip up to Mt. Rigi (free for Swiss pass holders), or opt for a cable car trip up to 2,070-metre Mt. Pilatus and come back down by cog-railroad. If that is not enough, take a 43-minute train to Engelberg and get on Titlis Rotair, the world’s first revolving cable car, up to Mt.Titlis for all kinds of different activities, from tobogganing and cross-country skiing to scootering and mountain biking. Or simply stroll in the old town, walk across the Chapel Bridge, a covered wooden bridge that is Lucerne’s iconic attraction, and gaze at the Lion Monument, one of the town’s best-known sights. You will surely want to discover even more of the city of lights.
Getting there: take a 50-minute train from Zurich Main Station.
As its name suggests, Interlaken is located between two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Apart from the crystal clear lakes nestled in the embrace of the Bernese Alps, which offer a wide choice of adventurous activities such as canyoning, white water rafting and paragliding, Interlaken is a starting point for many other world-famous destinations. Jungfraujoch, a 3,454m above sea level experience with views of the Aletsch Glacier in the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site of Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn; Grindelwald, a pretty alpine village where visitors can enjoy scootering, mountain car rides, and a flying fox; Lauterbrunnen, a pleasant alpine village that is the gateway to other famous attractions like Jungfraujoch and the lovely car-free village of Mürren; and the Schilthorn, a mountain peak best known for being a location of the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Also there are some great hotel spas to pamper yourself in after your exciting day out.
Getting there: take a 2-hour train from Zurich Main Station.
To many, the Matterhorn is the most familiar of Switzerland’s peaks. Its one-of-a-kind symmetrical pyramid shape, which rises behind the glitzy resort village of Zermatt, makes an instantly recognizable landmark. There is plenty to do and see around the Matterhorn, such as the Gornergrat, the 3,089-meter peak with a viewing platform offering a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn and 29 other peaks above 4,000 meters, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest ski slope which is open all year round, and the Matterhorn Museum featuring the historic development of Zermatt. There is also a music festival each year to mark the end of summer.
Getting there: take a 3-hour train from Zurich Main Station.
Lying along the shore of Lake Geneva, the Swiss Riviera stretches from Lausanne to Montreux and encompasses the ancient, sun-drenched Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts a picturesque view of the lake and the Alps on the other side. Travel back to medieval times at Chillon Castle, reachable on a paddle steamboat that crosses Lake Geneva from many spots like Villeneuve, Vevey and Montreux, then come back to Montreux to stroll along the lakeside promenades, see the Freddie Mercury statue, sip coffee in a sidewalk café, and soak up the street art and music scene.
The Riviera is also home to gastronomic delights, being home to a good number of Michelin starred restaurants. An affordable food tour in Lausanne is an interesting option to get a taste of the culinary treats of the region, and tasting a glass of Chasselas at a wine cellar in Lavaux is an incomparable experience.
Getting there: take a 2.5-hour train from Zurich Main Station to Montreux.
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