Switzerland - a small, alpine country, associated mainly with watches, chocolate, pocket knives and horrendous prices. However, at least once in your life it is worth the expense of spending a vacation there. Switzerland is an ideal travel destination through and through. Beautiful, almost fairy-tale landscapes, excellent tourist infrastructure and well-preserved monuments make it impossible to get bored there.
Although at first glance Switzerland is incredibly well organized, it must be remembered that as a state it is a very complex entity. It consists of 26 cantons, 143 districts, and 2,222 communes . Additionally, it has four official languages - German, French, Italian and Romansh. This makes Switzerland an interesting proposition for people who value diversity. While exploring this country, it is worth spending time on the local mountain areas, in particular around Zermatt , where you can admire the famous and very characteristic Matterhorn peak. If you want to go sightseeing, go to Zurich , Geneva or Basel .
What to visit in Switzerland?
If you like sightseeing, Switzerland is the perfect choice. First of all, because you will find there many perfectly preserved monuments from various historical periods. From medieval castles (eg. Vaud on Lake Geneva) to slightly more contemporary structures, to modern architecture. You will be able to admire the latter in particular in Geneva . A huge number of interesting museums are waiting for you in Basel (there are about 40!). It is also worth visiting Bern , picturesquely situated on the Aare River, or Lausanne - the only Swiss city with a metro line.
Nightlife in Switzerland
Switzerland is unlikely to be a good destination for partygoers. Mainly because the Swiss themselves are not known for any special love for boisterous games. Yes, in most large cities you will find pubs or atmospheric bars. However, if you want to dance and really go crazy, go straight to Zurich . This is where the best and biggest clubs all over the country operate. In winter, a lot is also happening in the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland, such as Davos or Zermatt.
National parks in Switzerland
Switzerland is primarily the Alps . Their jagged peaks inspire both admiration and terror. However, this country is associated not only with mountains. Switzerland is also lakes . Lake Geneva, Constance, Zurich and Maggiore are among the largest. Staying in water climates, in Switzerland you will also find one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, which is located next to the town of Shaffhausen.
Active recreation in Switzerland
I must admit that Switzerland is a dream destination for all skiers and snowboarders. First of all, because the local ski resorts offer the highest world standard. So here you can count on a modern network of lifts and perfectly prepared slopes. Interlaken is one of the most picturesquely situated Swiss winter resorts with 200 km of slopes. The famous St. Moritz also deserves attention. There you will find 350 km of ski slopes, located within three different glaciers. For skiing / snowboarding, it is also worth visiting Zermatt , located in the shadow of the Matterhorn.
Off the trail in Switzerland
And although it would seem that most places in Switzerland are crowded with tourists, there are several cities or towns where foreign visitors do not come too crowds. If you are looking for peace and quiet, be sure to visit Spiez , which is located on Lake Thum. Numerous vineyards, a castle and a historic church create an idyllic setting. It is also worth visiting Sankt Gallen . There is a library in the abbey in which 170,000 documents are kept. Experience a typical Italian Mediterranean atmosphere when visiting Lugano , and one of the largest Swiss castles can be found in Gruyeres .
Aktywnie w Szwajcarii
Jeśli lubisz aktywnie spędzać czas, nie tylko zimą, to w Szwajcarii też będziesz miał co robić. Kraj ten słynie z ogromnej ilości szlaków pieszych i rowerowych. Dzięki nim dotrzesz do licznych, niesamowicie widokowych i pięknych miejsc. Świetną bazą może być Grindelwald, wokół którego poprowadzono 300 km tras trekkingowych. Znajdziesz tu również niesamowite punkty widokowe, jak choćby First Cliff Walk. Wspinacze natomiast w szczególności upodobali sobie okolice Zermatt.