Switzerland is only a little dot on the world map when compared to other nations. Nevertheless, everybody knows about Switzerland and their world-famous chocolate. But it isn’t just the chocolate that has earned Switzerland a high ranking. The country, its government, its cities, the transportation system, the educational system and so much more is so well organized, making Switzerland a very accessible travel destination and enjoyable country to visit.
Switzerland travel destinations
Switzerland is so small, but yet there is so much to see. You can drive from the French border across Switzerland to the Austrian border in just under three hours. What are the best cities to travel to in Switzerland? Find out below!
Zurich to Basel
Upon arrival in Zurich it is only an hour by car or train to beautiful Basel. It is one of the cities that still has lots of medieval history to tell. The University of Basel, built in 1460, is the oldest university and located in old town.
From Basel you can head south towards the French part of Switzerland. Lake Murten (Murtensee) and its town Murten with its medieval look is worth a stop to taste some good wine, eat some flavourful cheeses and just enjoy the beauty surrounding you.
From Murten you can head east to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Stop by the famous Bärengraben (bear park) and the Bundesplatz (capitol plaza). Once you head outside of Bern you will notice its towering mountains near Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. If you are into hiking and mountain biking you could probably spend days if not weeks there. From there you are not far away from Interlaken, where you can enjoy a lot of outdoor activities such as skydiving, kayaking & bungee jumping, and its nearby gorgeous scenery of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Joch, three very famous mountains. Driving up to the enchanted village of Grindelwald gives you the opportunity to be as close to these powerful and echoing mountains as you can.
Ascona and Locarno, Switzerland
But lakes and mountains, sausages and cheese fondue and expensive watches isn’t everything Switzerland has to offer. To the south you will enter a region with a small touch of Mediterranean climate. The locals call it Ticino and its official language is Italian. The towns of Ascona and Locarno, situated at the edge of Lake Lago Maggiore, depict sidewalk restaurants, Italian ice cream shops, Italian fashion boutiques, and simply a relaxed atmosphere. Looking across the lake over to Italy, you will see colourful villages nestled within green hills. Heading over to Luino (Italy) by boat and visiting their famous street market is truly an adventure.
From the Ticino area you can head north to Chur, Switzerland oldest city. This takes you over the famous Saint Bernardino Pass. From Chur to Zurich it is only about an hour. Zurich is a very busy town but definitely worth a visit. Actually one has to see Zurich because it is so different from other Swiss cities. Take a walk along the shores of Lake Zurich, enjoy a meal at a lake-side cafe or simply discover the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse. You will find world-famous fashion designer stores, Swiss banks, restaurants, jewelry stores and much more.
These are some of the best Switzerland travel spots. If your luxury vacation destination has left you with a lot money to spend, then this is the place where you can spend it all. Zurich is a very expensive town from parking all the way to food. But Switzerland in general is an expensive place to visit. Nevertheless, Switzerland is a great travel destination to see and discover.