Switzerland holidays

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Why Switzerland

Switzerland lies in the "heart" of Europe and is a great place to start exploring the continent on Switzerland holidays. It is a relatively small country, with just over 8 million inhabitants and borders France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Liechtenstein.

Switzerland is a country that has a bit of everything...urban centers, cute villages, some of the best ski resorts in the world, navigatable lakes and an incredible landscape, leave your finger on the camera shutter button to not lose a moment. Some of the most popular cities include: Bern (the capital), Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Basel, Lugano, Lausanne.

Basel is a city divided between three countries, with suburbs in both Germany and France and is very close to the Black Forest.

Famed for its mountains and winter sports, Switzerland has many natural and urban attractions that deserve to be visited. The modern and artistic city of Basel, picturesque Bern, cosmopolitan Geneva and luxurious Zurich, the Swiss Alps and the Jungfrau region, jazz Montreaux or Neuchâtel castle are all reasons for a trip to Switzerland.

In the colder months of the year, this land famed for accurate watches, cows, stealthy bank accounts, and multifunctional pocketknives that give even the uncreative the versatility of MacGyver - a character from the 1980s TV series of the same name who could wreak havoc using chewing gum and a pair of shoelaces - a lot of tourists are eager to enjoy the cold amidst the charm of the Alps, with plenty of hot chocolate and fondue, in the warmth of the fireplaces. But it is summer that you have the opportunity to experience the four seasons all at once. While residents of Zurich take advantage of the hottest months to bathe in the clear waters of the Limmat River, in over 200 Swiss ski resorts the eternal snow peaks ensure sub-zero temperatures whatever the time of year. The fantastic rail network plays a fundamental role in this. Tourists embarks on trains in the heat of summer and disembark, with gloves, scarf, and teeth banging, in the mountains with the temperature below zero.

Climate

Holidays to Switzerland offer something for everyone year-round. The climate that predominates in Switzerland is the hillside but varies by region. The plateau located in northern Switzerland, between Lake Léman and Constance, features milder temperatures in winter and warmer summers than in the Alps. On the mountain, the climate varies greatly according to altitude and season: snowy summits throughout the year, mild temperatures at low altitude.

The climate in Switzerland is temperate with a wide range between mild summers and harsh winters. Below the Alps, the weather is warmer than in the North. Regarding climate, it is possible to divide Switzerland into four regions: the extreme south, the Alps, the central massif and the Jura. Temperatures vary between negative temperatures in mountainous areas and winter and mild temperatures during summer because during the Estadio the country is faced with an anticyclone whereas in winter there is a cold front coming from Siberia causing abrupt falls in temperature, especially at night.

How to Spend Your Switzerland Holidays

For those who want to know more about the destinations of the country prior to their Swiss holidays, we will list the most visited cities. Beginning with Bern, the country's fifth-largest city, this beautiful and charming municipality is in an excellent location for those who wish to visit other towns of the country such as Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, and Geneva.

The historic center of Bern, is called Old Town and is famous for its medieval architecture with arched streets and the widest covered commercial sidewalk in Europe.

Main tourist attractions:

Historical Center - Sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains and its medieval air make this city something unique.

Arcades - Thanks to arcades stretching all over the city, shopping is a delight, no matter the weather.

Zentrum Paul Klee - World's largest collection of works by artist Paul Klee; The cultural center designed by the Italian engineer Renzo Piano consists of a building formed by three sections in a waveform.

Bears' Moat - In the landmark that is probably the best known in town, bears can be seen eating carrots.

Government Headquarters - The Houses of Parliament are one of the landmarks of Bern, as well as being the seat of government.

Zurich is a must on a Switzerland vacation, with more than 100 art galleries and 50 museums dotted around the city, Zurich offers a unique mix of attractions, hundreds of luxury designer shops and a famous and extravagant nightlife make the city a "metropolis of experiences." The largest city in Switzerland also boasts a great location with wonderful views of the Alps.

Main tourist attractions:

"Kunsthaus" - The most important art gallery in Switzerland houses a collection of all important periods of European art - from the Middle Ages to the present.

Rietberg Museum - The museum houses non-European works of art, especially from India, China, and Africa.

Bahnhofstrasse – 1 kilometer street, with exclusive fashion boutiques, shops and street cafes that invite passers-by to relax and forget the weather.

Zurich Zoo - Its 11,000-square-foot ecosystem Pavilion, home to many hundreds of plant and animal species from the Masoala rainforest in Madagascar.

Historical Center - Art galleries, antique shops, and bookstores: for art connoisseurs. At night, the old part of the city is transformed into a neighborhood of great entertainment for the most eclectic of the general public.

Lucerne: Located on the shores of the lake, Lucerne is considered the gateway to Central Switzerland. Being close to the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn mountains, make Lucerne a great destination for adventure sports and ecotourists. Considered to be the most beautiful city in the country, its narrow, flowery streets combined with the strictly maintained organization and cleanliness by the government and population make Lucerna a must visit for anyoneon Switzerland holidays.

Main tourist attractions:

Kapellbrücke (Bridge of the Chapel) - One of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe, a landmark of Lucerne, devotedly reconstructed to its original design after a serious fire.

Lucerne Convention and Culture Center (KKL) - Brings together a large concert hall, convention center and art museum under its imposing roof.

Swiss Transportation Museum - One of the most diversified museums in Europe, dedicated to transport and communication, and the most frequented in Switzerland. It has its IMAX cinema.

Lake Lucerne - The scenic excellence of the lake can be explored in the many different boat trips provided by steamboats with paddlewheels and motor boats.

Pilatus, Rigi, Stanserhorn - Mountains ideal for walks, accessible by cable cars, providing panoramic views of the regions around Lucerne that look more like true retouched photographs.

Interlaken: As the name suggests, is a city that stands "between two lakes" Thun and Brienz, both of an intense blue color. Each side bathed by a river has earned a name: Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost, sought after by adventurers, one of the favorite destinations of those who visit the region is Jungfraujoch, a path that takes tourists to the highest train station in Europe with a backdrop Composed of three mountains: the Eiger peaks with 3,970 meters in height, Mönch with 4,099 meters and Jungfrau with 4,158 meters.

Main tourist attractions:

Schynige Platte near Wilderswil - Nostalgic railroad with frame, fascinating views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, alpine garden with about 500 species of plants and some possibilities for trekking.

Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn - Racked tours to the highest train station in Europe and the cable car leading to the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria: two priceless mountain experiences of the Bernese Oberland.

Harder Kulm - The cable car takes passengers to the symbolic mountain of Interlaken, providing a fantastic view of the resort and the whole region of Jungfrau. For children, the alpine wildlife park, near the valley station, provides a great experience.

Heimwehfluh - The nostalgic funicular that allows transportation to the observation terrace, with restaurant, toboggan run suitable for any climatic condition, a model of the railway and extensive recreation area.

Jungfrau Tourism Museum in Unterseen - The regional tourism museum exhibits 200 years of travel in the Jungfrau region.

St. Beatus Caves - 1 kilometer of lighted limestone caves with stalactites, impressive galleries and waterfalls accessible by boat, car, bus or on foot, on the historic pilgrim's path.

St. Moritz: St. Moritz is a small town located on the "roof of Europe" and surrounded by the Alps, is famous and popular for its ski resorts. In the warmer months, the place hosts sailing competitions and water sports for the whole family. For colder climes, but without snow, golf, electric bikes and mountain ridges above are enjoyable activities. The thermal waters ensure recovery after sports efforts. The city has already hosted the Winter Olympics and has as its language German and Italian, due to its nearness to the Italian boundary. It receives about 200,000 tourists per year, mainly in winter. Main tourist attractions:

Segantini-Museum - Devoted to the painter Giovanni Segantini who spent the last five years of his life at Engadine.

Bernina Express - Train ride with panoramic views of the most beautiful railways in Europe.

Muottas Muragl - Stunning viewpoint overlooking the lake region of Upper Engadine.

Piz Nair Wall - ski resort situated in one of the highest points of Switzerland.

Wherever you choose to go on your holidays in Switzerland your are sure to have memorable sights and experiences.

Where to Stay

We all know the fight is to find a good and cheap hotel, especially in a tourist city, especially on Switzerland vacation. So it is always great to have some tips to save when it comes to booking a hotel. Therefore it is important to count with the help of a tool to compare rates and reserve the best offers.

Check out some of our picks of where to stay on Switzerland holidays.

When to Go

The summer, which runs from June to September, offers the best climate for outdoor activities - except for those looking exclusively for winter sports. The high season takes place in July and August when accommodations are often crowded and tourist attractions too. The best times for holidays in Switzerland will be the months of April, May, and October.

The ski season in alpine resorts begins in mid-December and ends in the middle of April when the snow begins to melt.

How to get to Switzerland

Direct flights to begin your holidays to Switzerland are operated by by the national carrier Swiss from most large-scale destinations. The alternative options are Air France, British Airways, Iberia, KLM, And TAP.

The Zurich International Airport is directly connected to a train station which takes you to the center (trains depart every 10 minutes to the central station) and other cities in the country.

Planning your Swiss holidays

For you who want to know more about the destinations of Switzerland, we list the most visited cities. Beginning with Bern, the country's fifth-largest city, the beautiful and charming municipality is in a great location for those who wish to visit other cities of the country such as Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, and Geneva.

It is worth noting, not much much comes cheap in Switzerland, so you should be prepared to budget accordingly.

Holidays in Switzerland should be made up of at least one city from each geographic region, so you see the mountain, see lakes and valleys.

Conclusion

Remembered for its chocolates, purses, pocketknives and cuckoo clocks, the wonderful little Switzerland harmonizes landscapes of snowy mountains and blue lakes, modernity, and urban life. Its architecture with more than 2000 years of history and its delicious gastronomy attract tourists from all over the world who wish to experience what it's like to live in a first world country.

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