Best Time to Travel:
It really depends what you want to do while you’re in Switzerland in order to determine when you should go. If you’re going to ski, winter is obviously the best time. The spring and fall are great, with mild temperatures that highlight the country’s beautiful landscape.
All of the best sites to see in Zürich are in Old Town. You’ll see things like Lindenhof, which is the historical site of an ancient castle, as well as many beautiful churches like Grossmünster and Fraumünster. Both of these churches house elegant stained glass windows and ornate carvings. The Zürich Museum of Art houses some brilliant pieces and is one of the most significant art pieces in all of Europe. Zürich also has an abundance of stunning parks, including a Botanical Garden and a zoo! Just outside of the city are prehistoric settlements that are being restored by the government. These are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are truly a look into prehistoric life.
Festivals happen quite frequently in Bern, including film festivals. Since the town is mostly built around medieval structures, this city looks ancient. Quirky tidbits from that time still remain, like the Bärengraben, a bear pit located near the River Aar. There are still a few bears living there, and are in collaboration with the Dählohözli zoo. While you’re there, you can’t miss the Zytglogge, a medieval tower and clock. This clock is ancient, built in the early 1200s, but it still keeps perfect time.
Zermatt is located in the shadow of the Matterhorn. This quaint little ski town is perfect for those who want to mountain climb, ski, or even just relax in the lodge. What’s cool about Zermatt is that in order to prevent air pollution (which would obstruct the view of the Matterhorn) the entire town is a combustion-engine car free zone. Almost all the cars that are there are electric and only for commerce, making the town super quiet. Biking is ideal in Zermatt, and quite fun! Take the ski lift or cable car up to see some truly stunning landscapes.
For art lovers, Geneva is the place to stop. Not only are museums abundant, but also their classical music is simply amazing. Catch a concert at Victoria Hall, and you won’t be sorry. The interior will blow you away before the performance even begins. Place du Bourg-de-Four is a favorite spot among locals. This city square is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and fountains. Right nearby is St. Pierre Cathedral, a centuries old cathedral with stunning views from the tower. You can see the whole city from up there.
Jet off to Paris or Rome or even Berlin for a few days. Switzerland is located smack in the middle of Europe, making it ideal for country hopping.
Need a little more adventure in your life? Climb the Matterhorn! At almost 15,000 feet, the Matterhorn is ideal for the avid climber.