As one of the smaller countries in Europe, Switzerland might often get overlooked when it comes planning a short (or long) getaway. It’s also pretty expensive, even compared with the rest of Europe. However, you shouldn’t let this deter you from visiting this beautiful country. If you’ve got some extra pocket money and looking to do some traveling in a unique location, then Switzerland should be at the top of your list. It has some of the most beautiful scenery, ancient history and culture, and it’s really accessible by airplane. On that note, since the trip’s going to be expensive anyway, you might as well splash out — what could be more Swiss than arriving in style on a private jet?
Still not sold? Take a look at some of Switzerland’s unique selling points below.
Perhaps you’ve seen the Matterhorn before. It wouldn’t be surprising considering it’s one of the most photographed mountain peaks in the world. It’s a large, pyramidal peak in the Alps, with a summit of 4,478 meters, making it one of the highest summits in Europe. The mountain is iconic in that its almost symmetrical and its four faces face the four points of the compass. If you’re a keen climber, then summiting the Matterhorn is a must. But if the idea of scaling those step, snowy faces don’t appeal, then you can admire its majesty from a distance in the towns of Zermatt or the Breuil-Cervinia in Italy.
The lakes and the landscapes
Pretty much everywhere in Switzerland looks great enough to be a postcard, and this is especially true when you venture out of the city into the countryside. Switzerland’s sweeping, undulating fields are seconded in beauty only by the pristine, crystal lakes that seem to be at the foot of every mountain. It’s an unparalleled landscape that draws serious and casual hikers from all over the world who wish to walk its switch-backed plains and take a dip in the lakes in the height of summer. It’s also the perfect place to drive through if you’re thinking of a summer road trip.
Lakes and landscapes aside, Switzerland also features some stunning European architecture and some of the most beautiful cities in the world, such as Zurich and Geneva. Having at various times in history been occupied by the Romans, Germans and the French, means that Switzerland has an eclectic of building styles including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Skiing and other snow sports
With temperatures regularly dropping to subzero levels in the winter, it’s no wonder that Switzerland is one of the leading locations in the world when it comes to skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. This is also due to the mountainous terrain which comprises most of the country. You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to which slopes you’d like to hit; there are numerous slopes for all different levels, meaning you can pizza or French fry until you build up your confidence, or speed with the other demons competing in a race, the choice is yours!
Chocolate, cheese and fondue
When your fun on the slopes is done and you’re dusting snow off your front, that’s when it’s time to indulge in the Swiss’ fabulous cuisine. Like the multi-cultural architecture of Switzerland’s cities, its food is similarly inspired by the many different countries that border it. Many of the dishes are also variations on potatoes and cheese owning to Switzerland’s farming history. However, that doesn’t mean the food is boring. Two of the most famous dishes — fondue and Raclette — are made with molten Swiss cheese, and are great social meals to eat with friends and family. And of course, no visit to Switzerland could be complete without sampling the vast range of chocolates which Switzerland has become world famous for!
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