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Switzerland is one of the world’s best places to be born, live, and be happy – Switzerland was ranked the world’s happiest country in 2015, and came second in 2016 (after Denmark) out of 156 countries. 

From snow-capped, thin-air mountain peaks to cold, rocky rivers beneath, Switzerland gifts outdoor adventurers with bracing challenges. From silent cafes, stores and comfy accommodations in alpine villages to time-honored landmarks in the capital of Bern and cultural series places, monuments and historical landscapes in Geneva and Zurich, the tiny, critical country at the core of Europe is a magnet for travelers of all ages and interests from all over the globe.

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The best things to do and attractions YOU need to visit in Switzerland

  • The Geneva Water Fountain
  • Rigi 
  • Lion Monument
  • Chillon Castle
  • Mount Pilatus
  • Jungfrau
  • Mount Pilatus
  • Rhine Falls
  • Lake Zurich 
  • Zytglogge
  • Swiss Museum of Transport
  • Eiger
  • Jungfraujoch
  • Titlis
  • Lake Thun 
  • Bernina Express 
  • Lion Monument
  • Lake Brienz
  • Fraumünster Church

Switzerland’s scenic views are amazing. The clichés are here: quaint rural homes, tumbling waterfalls, sparkling lakes, soaring peaks and, of course, cows. Cities and towns offer you picture-perfect medieval centers and parades and festivals. Trains end through the hills and, everything runs, nicely, like clockwork to finish this particular tourist fairytale.

Our favorites tours and attractions in Switzerland are the following:

The Chocolate Negative of Zurich
The Grimsel Canyon
River Rhine ”Europe’s biggest waterfall.” 

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Tours and experiences to have in Switzerland: Jungfraujoch: Round Trip to the Top of Europe by Train

Standing on the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest-altitude railway station, 3,454 metres over sea level, you can feel with your very first step that this is a world that is different. 

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe is the best place in Europe to find a world of snow and icehockey. The cogwheel railway travels to Europe’s highest railway station every day. The view and experience platform at 3454 meters over sea level unites in a location that amuses people of the Alps: a majestic backdrop of snow, ice and rock with.

You’ll be able to exchange the voucher for a ticket in Interlaken Ost, Jungfraujoch or Lauterbrunnen train stations or travel the other way around. The train departs every 30 minutes and the departure time is freely selectable. Once at the top, simply follow the signs to the excursion and you will not miss any stresses. The tour requires approximately 2 hours.

There are also restaurants on Europe’s Top and a Snow Fun Park in summer , therefore calculate 6 to 8 hours for the trip.

Experience Highlights 

  • Experience ice and snow year round at the highest train station in Europe
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Aletsch Glacier and into Italy, France and Germany
  • Discover a world of ice in the Ice Palace, where the walls and the floor are ice
  • See the Alpine Sensation, the moving walkways that take you on an exciting, multimedia-staged trip through the pioneering era of the Jungfrau Railways

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Tours and experiences to have in Spain: Andalusia and Barcelona 7-Day Package Tour From Madrid

Experience the diverse cultures of Spain on a 7-day tour of several regions that are distinct, and learn about the influence of the Moors in Seville, Granada and Cordoba. Discover Valencia and Barcelona’s vibrant coastal resorts, driving through mountains and the magnificent Mediterranean shore along the way.

Day 1: Madrid to Cordoba — Sevilla Depart Madrid, and drive by comfortable air-conditioned coach during the magnificent countryside of La Mancha to Cordoba. Spend some time exploring Jewish Quarter and the town’s renowned mosque, before continuing for dinner and an overnight stay in the 4-star Hesperia Sevilla in the Andalusian city of Seville.

Day 2: Seville This morning a local guide will lead you on a tour of Andalusia’s most vibrant city to see the sights and sounds of the radiant park of Maria Luisa, the mosaic walls of the Plaza de Espana, and also the world’s largest Gothic cathedral at Seville Cathedral. Take at a Santa Cruz barrio that is typical and enjoy the day at leisure.

Day 3: Seville to Granada — After breakfast, depart for Granada, and see the unbelievable Alhambra on arrival. Founded one of the Nazari Palaces and monuments of the Generalife, and discovered the best manifestation of art. The Moorish rulers’ former palace and harem contains. An optional trip to the caves as well as the opportunity to attend a typical flamenco show. Check in to the 4-star Meliá Granada Hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 4: Granada to Valencia — Depart Granada after breakfast and traveling during the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Views of the towns of Guadix, Baza, and Puerto Lumbreras en route to the Mediterranean resort of Valencia. Upon arrival, check in to Tryp Oceanic Hotel or the 4-star Silken Puerta Valencia.

Day 5: Valencia to Barcelona — Investigate one of the liveliest cities in Spain, with free time at leisure to find Valencia’s mix of old and new. Go to the City of Sciences and Arts to see Santiago Calatrava’s buildings, or wander the Old Town’s historic streets. Depart for Barcelona mid-morning, and drive up the Balearic Sea’s shore. Check into the NH Constanza Hotel on arrival.

Day 6: Barcelona — After breakfast, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Barcelona’s historic areas. Go to pay a visit to the Olympic stadium, and enjoy scenic views of the city below. Take at the monument to Christopher Columbus from the port, and roam the streets of the Gothic Quarter. The day is free to explore at leisure. Visit a number of the Gaudi buildings of L’Eixample, such as the Sagrada Familia, or even the apartments of Passeig de Gracia. An optional night tour will take you down a number of the town’s broad avenues to see monuments and fountains floodlit for the evening.

Day 7: Barcelona to Zaragoza — Madrid Leave Barcelona, and drive throught the varied Aragon landscape. Enjoy some free time to explore sights such as the cathedral and Aljaferia Palace and find an extraordinary mix of Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Proceed at the conclusion of your excursion solutions to Madrid.

Experience Highlights: 

  • Explore Andalusia’s most historic monuments in Cordoba, Seville, and Granada
  • Enjoy the views of the vibrant coastal cities of Valencia and Barcelona
  • Learn about the Moorish rule and influence in Iberia at the Alhambra
  • Wander the medieval streets of Barcelona’s Barrio Gotico
  • Discover Zaragoza’s mix of Islamic and Romanesque architecture
  • Take time to explore the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia
  • Go to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world
  • Drive through the magnificent countryside of La Mancha
  • Experience the passion of flamenco at an optional flamenco show in Seville

Explore Andalusia’s sights and learn about the Moors’ influence on Spain on a 7-day tour of Andalusia. See the capital of Catalonia on the Costa Brava. Discover a rich Iberian civilization as you see more, and much Seville Granada.

Travel to Switzerland 

Travelbook Explorers Community Top 10 Favorites Experiences: 

  • Visit the Alps — by train, funicular, cable car or on foot, skis, snowshoes or dog sled
  • Relax at a centuries-old Roman spa
  • Take a day pass at The Cathedral of Bern
  • Indulge a wine tasting experience inside a glacier atop Klein Matterhorn
  • Rising above it in a hot-air balloon
  • Explore the Château Chillon and following Lord Byron’s footsteps
  • Go to the Swiss National Museum
  • Explore the Monte Rosa
  • Visit the Swiss National Park
  • Plan a trekking at the Crans-Montana

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SWITZERLAND — YOU WILL LOVE TO TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND BECAUSE…

Swiss love museums — the Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world —  they consume a record of around 11kg annually. Chocolate is a Swiss export; in 2015, Switzerland exported almost 115,500 tonnes of chocolate using 18 chocolate businesses. They have also invented techniques such as conching and tempering to perfect the craft of chocolate making.

Albert Einstein developed his famous formula E=MC2 in Switzerland he developed his theory of relativity while studying and living in Bern. 

Switzerland boasts some of the world’s most famous inventions:
Velcro,
Cellophane,
The Swiss Army Knife,
Absinthe,
The potato peeler,
Helvetica font,
LSD,
Muesli,
Edible chocolate gold, and;

Milk chocolate to name a few. 

Switzerland’s Gotthard tunnel is the longest in the world — measuring 57km in length, situated 2.3km beneath the Alps, it’s 7km longer than the Channel tunnel between England and France. It took 17 years to complete and it is also the world’s most expensive tunnel. You can travel between Lugano and Zurich and promote the Rhine-Alp corridor that stretches from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, crosses Germany and joins the port of Genoa in Italy.

Swiss love museums — in Switzerland museums play an integral part in Swiss culture, with museums bringing more than one million people per month, although more than half are obtained by 49 institutions. In 2017 the Korean statistics office published figures there were 1,111 museums in Switzerland, nearly all (367) being regional or neighborhood, followed by art (171), technical (140) and historic (126) museums.

Art museums would be very popular, attracting 3.3 million visitors. However, while the most well-known museums receive more than 50,000 guests yearly, fewer than 5,000 individuals are attracted by almost 75 percent of museums , with every village statistically with a museum. While Italian-speaking Ticino has the museum density most museums are in German-speaking Switzerland. Many museums are publically funded, with nearly half predominantly. 72 percent of the population visited a museum, gallery or an exhibition. 

Switzerland and the Vatican are the only two states in the world to have a square flag — the Swiss flag is a red square with a white cross in the middle.

Switzerland’s Aarau railroad station holds Europe’s second largest clock face — measuring 9m in diameter, just the railway station clock at Cergy, France is larger (10m). St Peter’s Church in Zürich also has the most significant church clock face in Europe, measuring 8.7m in diameter. Swiss teachers also get the highest annual salary, averaging USD 68,000 (EUR 61,430), out of 30 OECD countries, according to The Efficiency Index.

Switzerland has 208 mountains over 3,000m high — with 24 of them over 4,000m. The highest will be Monte Rosa (Dufoursptiz) at 4,634m, situated on the Swiss/Italian border.

Coffee in Zurich, Switzerland is the most expensive in the world — costing an average CHF3.65 (USD 3.65) from the Coffee Price Index 2016, together with Copenhagen, Basel, Bern, and Geneva rounding out the top five respectively. Whenever the Company created Nescafe in 1938 Switzerland was also the origin of instant coffee. 

Swiss are pioneers in introducing bobsleigh, tobogganing, and luge as a competitive sport to the world. 

Swiss scientists are currently contributing research in using LSD to treat illness and pain.

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SWITZERLAND Travel guide: things to do, see and FAQ includes

What entry requirements apply to Switzerland?

If your country of origin is within the Schengen Area, you do not need a visa to enter Switzerland as a tourist. Different visa regulations apply to all other countries. If you need a visa, it is essential to plan your visa application sufficiently ahead of time.

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Identity document and visa regulations by nationality

Where can I get a map of Switzerland?

Geographical maps of Switzerland and selected regions or cities are available in bookstores, tourist shops, petrol stations, post offices, rail stations and airports. The Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) offers an online map of Switzerland with some interesting functions. If you’re travelling with a smart phone, we recommend apps such as Google Maps. They allow you to download a map of Switzerland and then use it offline as well.

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Map of Switzerland

How much can I expect my daily budget to be?

It’s difficult to give a specific figure because all travellers have their own individual needs and interests.

A Switzerland Tourism survey shows that visitors spend an average of CHF 100 to 200 per day on meals and accommodation in Switzerland (excluding outbound and return travel).

Can I use euros to pay in Switzerland?

All major department stores, many shops, businesses, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops accept euros as payment. However, your change will be given in Swiss francs. 

We advise you to withdraw Swiss francs at a bank ATM or to pay with an EC card or credit card.

How can I find special offers from hotels?

If you would like to benefit from seasonal discounts or last minute offers from Swiss hotels, you can contact the Switzerland Travel Centre (tel. 00800 100 200 29, e-mail info@myswitzerland.com).

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There are plenty of campsites in impressive natural surroundings and lakeside settings. The selection is therefore extensive.

There are plenty of campsites in impressive natural surroundings and lakeside settings. The selection is therefore extensive.

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