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5 Things to Do in Switzerland

As one of the most developed countries in the world, Switzerland takes the top few ranks in terms of quality of life, economic competitiveness and human development. That aside, this amazing country is also home to ravishing landscapes — perfect for once-in-a-lifetime trips be it Alpine skiing, hiking or mountain biking around glacier-encrusted mountain areas.

Find yourselves scaling down world famous peaks and getting lost in contemporary culture as you embark on your Switzerland adventure. Check out 5 of our favourites to get started:

1. Admire the Majestic Matterhorn

Matterhorn

What’s Switzerland without skiing? Visit the skit resort in Zermatt, and you will find yourselves gliding down top-class slopes that are complemented with majestic views of the iconic, tooth-shaped Matterhorn.

If you’re not so much of an adrenaline junkie, there are other ways for you to admire the Matterhorn. You can make your way to the summit of the Rothorn via a short half hour cable car journey away from Zermatt. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular panoramic vista of the surrounding mountains along the way.

2. Cruise Along the GoldenPass Line

GoldenPass Line
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The GoldenPass Line is known to be a scenic route through Switzerland offering the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the country’s best scenery. You’ll be travelling from Lucerne to Montreux (or vice versa) over a five and a half hours long journey. During the ride, you’ll be passing through six Swiss cantons via three mountain passes. Enjoy the view of mesmerising landscapes along the way and feast your eyes on lakes, waterfalls and valleys that are complete with Swiss chalets.

As the GoldenPass is not a direct line, do take note that you have to switch trains in Interlaken and Zweisimmen. Here’s a tip — pack extra batteries for the road as you wouldn’t want to miss any photograph opportunities along the way.

3. Explore Swiss National Park

Swiss National Park
Image credit: Hansueli Krapf

The Swiss National Park happens to be the Alps’ oldest park. Founded in 1914, it is located in the canton of Graubünden in eastern Switzerland. The park covers over 170 square kilometres, with 80 kilometres of it dedicated to hiking trails that bring you closer to nature.

While you’re on the trails, keep a lookout for the park’s residents  — the ibexes, chamois, marmots, golden eagles and bearded cultures.

As part of conservation efforts, visitors are forbidden to leave the trails so as to preserve the natural state of the national park as much as possible.

4. Hike in the Alps

Swiss Alps

Hiking in Switzerland is without a doubt an unforgettable experience. Decked out with impressive trails, dramatic mountain peaks and quiet, off the beaten path valleys to explore, Switzerland is packed with surprises.You’ll be able to hike relatively easily thanks to clearly signposted pathways. Plus, there are numerous lifts and buses in the ski resort areas which helps you to navigate the area.

To better acquaint yourselves with the hiking trails, you can equip your smartphones with an app that consists of routes for the 32 hikes around Switzerland.

5. Learn About Cheese-Making in Gruyères

 Gruyères
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Who doesn’t love cheese? Be it melted cheese in a fondue, raclette cheese or raw cheese, Switzerland promises to never disappoint. Le Gruyère can be said to be the most popular and most famous of all Swiss cheeses. When you visit the medieval town of Gruyères, you can discover the art of cheese-making in La Maison du Gruyère. Plus, you can even try some of the cheese for yourselves.

Apart from the sensational cheeses, the town’s cobbled streets are beautiful to explore. Take some time to check out the traditional meringue and rich Gruyère cream, which is also a speciality of the region.

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