Visiting Switzerland is like crossing a postcard. A popular destination especially in winter, the snow and its famous ski resorts in the world, Switzerland is a place of relaxation. Switzerland is a continuous contrast of rivers, lakes, trees, huge mountains, cities and districts of medieval enchantment, jewelers and banks. Everything is tidy and clean. We preferred to know the rural Switzerland, its most traditional villages and its nature.
We visited the lovely city of Lausanne. If you think a Swiss town the first impression that you will have in mind will be: watch stores everywhere, clean streets, order, fountains and round wonderful. It's all true, but Lausanne has something more as it's ups and downs bring you to areas of the city where you can enjoy a beautiful view and the medieval history of the city is still very present and visible. In the afternoon we reached Thun looking for a campsite.
Thun is a beautiful medieval town on the edge of the lake from which takes its name, right at the point where the Aare River continues its path and flows into Lake Geneva. The city, is impeccable as all those we have seen in Switzerland, and is a small island in the middle of the Aare and its historical center extends over it and the North Shore, where there is also a castle on top of a hill that oversees the entire population.
The ideal introduction to Thun is drifting from its streets and bridges, through streets that remind you of past ages. We visit the elegant Town Hall Square (Rathausplatz), the fifteenth-century city hall, the Metzgern hotel, the oldest brick building in Thun and KRONE, and views of the castle and its surroundings, in particular street Obere Hauptgasse, where shopping and entertainment are located on two levels: a basement and another on a sort of terrace of which you can climb to travel the road from another perspective.
We contemplate the Aare River, its wooden bridge with its locks to control the water level, and the best panoramic views of the city from Mühlegässli square, with peaks Stockhorn, Niesen and Niederhorn in the background. Thun Castle was built in the late twelfth century and enlarged in the fifteenth century.
It has an impressive roof and five storeys in which houses the Regional Historical Museum. Inside they are also celebrated concerts and other public events. From its corner towers is has one of the best views of the city, the lake and surrounding mountains. Another point of interest is the cathedral of the city, whose octagonal tower dates from around 1330, although the nave is a building of 1738. Inside it is interesting to see the chapter house, the table of the Eucharist and the pulpit, both in Renaissance style.
In this city apply two habits (at least those we have seen) very particularly related with the river. One is to ride in front of the gates of the closed bridge, attached to ropes tied to its railings and the second is to jump into the water from one of the bridges and be carried away by the current finally to exit from one of the accesses to the lower river.
Thun preserves much of its medieval charm and is a great place to shop. Its shops are not limited to luxury items, as happens in Interlaken, or to amuse as encountered in all the cities in the region. In the Bälliz street, which cuts across the small island, we found all kinds of shops and for all budgets.
After spending the morning at the Blausee, before going back to our chalet we visited the castle of Spiez, along with that of Oberhofen , it is one of the most famous postcards of Lake Thun. Both the castle, is the nearby Romanesque chapel are built on a rocky peninsula pointed shape which goes into the lake, and this form we owe the name of the town, as it aims in German translates as Spitze.
It seems that the first church built in this place dates from the eighth century, but the current building date to the Middle Ages (late fourteenth century) and was a fortified church to control the traffic of the main communication routes around the lake. Originally, the castle was a wooden tower of the XIII century, built to protect the church, but with the passage of time has gone by expanding and strengthening. The current stone tower, 39 m high and with a roof with four slopes, dates from the seventeenth century. The castle was renovated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, until it reached its present late Baroque style.
We recommend to take a tour inside the castle and its surroundings, including the gardens are very well cared for. Moreover, from there you have good views of the woods along the lake up to the northwest and in which there are various paths to cross on foot, on the lakefront, on the beach of Spiez and Lake Thun, the Niederhorn mountain that is behind the lake and the Alps can be seen to the south. Currently, in the ground floor of the castle there is a wine bottling plant built in the region, also famous for its vineyards.
It is situated between two lakes and as the name suggests, it is in the midst of mountains and hills that plunge into the water and its beauty is directly comparable to its exclusivity. After visiting Thun, we return to Interlaken, for the north shore of the lake. We stopped in Oberhofen, a village on the shore of Lake Thun itself that stands out for its impressive castle.
Probably one of the most picturesque sites in the region of Switzerland and one of the most photographed castles for its grand medieval tower and the curious water tower. It was built in the thirteenth century, and belonged to the Habsburgs in the fourteenth century and later in various dynasties in the Bernese Oberland region, until, in 1801, became a private residence. In 1954 it opened its doors to the public as a museum attached to the Historical Museum of Bern and in 2009 became an independent foundation.
Observing the exposure one gets a good idea of the lifestyle of the upper classes Bernese from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The rooms display different styles of furniture, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, and the armory different era weapons. It stands out also a room that serves as a smoking-room East, where is invited visitors to sit and enjoy a unique environment. Within the property there are also a restaurant with lake views and an English-style garden that offers beautiful views of the Alps.
There is little else to do in Oberhofen, a ride to the pier, with some fishing boats and small yachts, and perhaps take refreshments in the cafe on the pier.
We stayed in a chalet in Interlaken, a small town located in a fairly central area of Switzerland and to learn more about the country, we visited some of the cities, such as Geneva, Zurich, Montreux, Lucerne and Bern, and from there go on some of the most recommended excursions, such as the Jungfrau, the Giessbach Falls and the Aare gorge.
As for the food, we could not afford more than supermarket food. The area offers many paths that lead up to the mountains from where you can enjoy exciting views. All of these destinations can be reached by train.
We opted for a fairly rough path of at least 2 and a half hours but runs along the mountains from where was visible spectacular glaciers and the arduous journey was often punctuated by the roar of collapsing ice. We took the train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, from there we continued on foot up to Murren. The train then takes us to the glaciers of the Jungfraujoch (3450m).
The Lugano-Basel train route is a jewel of civil engineering and the demonstration that technological progress and infrastructure can get along with an idyllic natural landscape. The first part of the trip, up to Arth-Goldau is a continuous succession of galleries, divided by views that take your breath away on very narrow gorges, rivers and ice-blue lakes, on a wilderness interspersed with scattered houses. After the Gotthard and fifteen minutes of darkness, we are in central Switzerland, the one that the Swiss define Switzerland for real. We leave behind the hardness of the Alps and immerse ourselves in a more gentle green landscape.
The next morning we are off for a ride around the beautiful Lake Lucerne, with huge mountains overlooking the water. Lake Lucerne is a terrific beauty. I dream to build my house, on the banks of the lake. Dreaming doesn't cost anything. The trip to Lucerne was always strange as there was almost no one on the train, and it seemed to be a spaceship in absolute silence. From Lucerne, the landscape changes again and becomes more alive.
Lucerne is characterized by the wooden Chapel Bridge, built in medieval era, and is richly decorated with images of the city's history and considered the oldest covered bridge in Europe. Along the river Reuss, are houses that looks so graceful, as to seem fake, while restaurants and pavement cafes give the town a lively holiday atmosphere. In the historical center in the Altstadt, we discover hidden squares, where decorations and frescoes give them a further patina of elegance, while the towers and spiers remind inevitably listening to fairy tales as children.
From Lucerne we take the steamboat to sail the Lake Lucerne, to explore the road of Kirsch, a local liqueur made from cherry, and hike in the Pilatus and Rigi mountains.
We arrived, after visiting a few villages along the way and after trying to get on top of some peaks reported by many guides, we take in Brunnen a campground on the lake, the prices of which are much lower. The landscape that can be enjoyed from there is amazing, the sun's rays has encouraged us to dive into the icy and clear water. We were lucky enough to photograph a fantastic sunset over the water.
If you are traveling to Lucerne you cannot miss the appointment with a cruise on the lake, to be combined, perhaps, with a hike. If you are enjoying a sunny day there is nothing better than to get on a steamboat and go to the discovery of one of the Swiss lakes that offers the view of a wide variety of landscapes.
Whether in the warmth of a summer night, mystical atmosphere that reigns on the lake covered with autumn mist or cold in full Christmas spirit, you can always find out the sea of lights of Lucerne. After Lucerne, Switzerland for me, gives a subjective sensation, as it becomes a bit unsettling with rolling lawns in green, houses spaced religiously, uncluttered streets, perfectly paved and sinuous.
The contact with nature is visceral and if the sky is clear of clouds, we switch off the lights at night and bask in the Milky Way over your head. The village of Brunnen, is also nice and well maintained. The return, despite an 8 hour drive, was exciting. The lunch break at Lucerne has allowed us to see a beautiful medieval city, the wooden bridge adorned with a long row of red geraniums is sensational.
Wanting to get back to nature, we decided to extend the path by the Grimsel Pass, an endless series of switchbacks leading up to the summit in just over 2000 m where we sight a lake. The view is lovely, the rocks, the ice, the gorges are something unique, different from the usual mountain landscapes.
One of the essential steps during tour of three steps, is the Rhone and its impressive ice grotto glacier. The Rhone glacier is one of the most important in the Alps and the main water source of the eponymous river that flows into Lake Geneva. The mountain you see in the picture above it is the Dammastock, with its highest peak 3630 m.
For several years, due to global warming, the glacier began to melt and retreat faster than normal, for this part of it is covered with tarps during the summer to groped to slow the thaw. The ice cave is artificial and there began to dig and use as ice in the summer more than 170 years ago. Every year is artificially dug to keep it as well as you can see.
The path inside the cave is approximately 100 me winds through meanders and salt through a wooden gangway to prevent it from slipping tourists. The glacier moves about 10 cm per day, that requires a continuous maintenance of the cave to avoid cracks or collapses. No doubt, the experience is worth it. Not only see up close a glacier of that size, but also to walk underneath it and look at the wide range of tones between the blue and the white that takes the ice as a function of its thickness and lighting is something wonderful. A raincoat is recommended, but not essential.
The point of access to this site is located between the Grimsel Pass and Furka Pass. Here are the ticket office and the beginning of the path that leads to the glacier and cave. There are also a restaurant, a gift shop, free parking and the Belvedere Hotel.
Luckily then we get to Basel, which in addition to being an open-air architectural museum is full of art galleries and theaters. Basel is alive and the long summer dresses up as the river beach, where we swim in the river and make ourselves go with the flow to where we like.
Basel is a border town between Switzerland, France and Germany and in fact the airport is called Euroairport, about a hundred kilometers from Lucerne. Again to characterize the city is a river, her majesty the Rhine, which divides the historic part called Big Basel from the most collected on the right bank of the Little Basel.
It's worth a walk to the center and in particular to see Marktplatz, where stands the Rathaus (town hall), late Gothic building of the XVI century with its inner courtyard brightly decorated and crowded Barfusserplatz, which is a beautiful sight on the architecture of the city, as well as the crossroads for shopping.
Strolling through Basel I have the feeling of being in a disputed town between past and future, tradition and innovation. It strikes me as the fountain of Carnival, which is nothing more than a bath placed in front of the municipal theater where extravagant metal creations made by local artist Tinguely, stir together the water, almost making fun of traditional fountains, found in all the squares in Switzerland and Germany.
To switch from one bank of the Rhine and realize the power of this river, I recommend crossing on the boat attached to a rope and dragged by the current.
Today we are at one of the richest and modern cities in Europe. Zurich is a very popular destination for tourists, who reach this jewel of Switzerland to visit its main monuments and more. The city is divided into twelve districts and the southern part is crossed by the river Limmat. But let's see what are the main attractions.
Grossmünster is located on the right bank of the Limmat River and is one of the examples of Romanesque-Gothic church present in Zurich. It was built in honor of the patron of the city Felix and Regula. The beautiful three-nave, cloister together to make this church a monument to visit to appreciate the architecture in all its splendor.
The quaint wooden bridge is one of the main attractions you will notice just set foot in Zurich, since it is from here that you will cross the Limmat river to pass from one side of the city. It is worth, therefore, pay a visit to this attraction and also enjoy the panoramic view to give a first look at the beautiful scenery and the major monuments that characterize the city of Zurich.
It is considered the main shopping street, but be careful, we are talking about one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. It is worthwhile to make a trip to the shops and boutiques that animate the Swiss shopping. Here, the nineteenth-century buildings are an example of urban architecture of the city and of the biggest names of haute couture shops which make this city one of the most frequented by tourists routes. If you decide to buy some article signed by one of the many shops present in Viale Bahnhofstrasse, remember to bring with you the banknotes Swiss franc so you can make your purchases.
It was originally a Roman castle, today is the church dedicated to St. Peter and is one of the most important monuments to see in Zurich . With its late Romanesque-Gothic tower and the baroque style, the building is a real gem of Zurich. Also, here you can admire the clock with the largest clock face in Europe.
Although it is not a real monument, you can not miss a visit to the Old City of Zurich. This area has the old urban structure made of narrow streets, local craft shops and antique shops. You will find the old taverns where you can taste typical dishes, surrounded by ancient buildings built mostly during the Middle Ages. A city that, for all its historical attractions and more, is worth exploring.
Zurich is located at its western end. On the north bank instead, it covers the famous Goldküste (gold coast) where you can admire the most beautiful and luxurious homes. This is the choice for everyone who wants to live the lake never leaving the whole town atmosphere. Among the most popular excursions in the Lake Zurich area, we visit the largest indoor waterpark in Europe and the famous Lindt chocolate factory.
When in Rome do as the Romans do. For those who love good food and culinary specialties, here is some useful information about what to eat in Zurich.
Zurich is the Swiss canton, where undergoes the German influence in culture and culinary traditions. In fact, the typical dish is the veal, a stew cooked with cream and mushrooms, seasoned with paprika pepper and lemon juice, often served with mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.
Meat is one of the major specialties in Switzerland. Among the streets of downtown, in fact, you can sample the Bratwurst or Cervelat, fantastic sausages are veal and pork, served with mustard and accompanied by warm bread, typical of the place. Another specialty that you will find in every corner of the city and that you can taste at any time of the day and night are the pretzel, a typical ring-shaped bread that is served both savory than sweet, with cheese and salami or with sugar and chocolate; a delicacy.
But it does not end there. Another dish that you will enjoy the best restaurants in Zurich is the rösti , a potato omelette always served with the stew. For those fond of cheese, then, a specialty not to be missed is the delicious cheese fondue.
But there's more. As everyone knows, Switzerland is the home of chocolate and therefore turning to Zurich, we have the pleasure to taste all kinds of chocolate from pralines, biscuits, sweets and famous Luxemburgerli, cookies filled with chocolate, a variety of taste and unique for their goodness.
You just have to visit Zurich and bring a good number of Swiss franc banknotes in order to find out the length and breadth of the Zurich feature, enjoying all its delights and why not, make a supply of sweets before your return .
In Lugano there is the Bré, a small town on top of Mount Bré, with magnificent views and works of art scattered throughout the village. There is also the Monte San Salvatore, which the most optimistic have dubbed the Swiss Sugar Loaf because of its shape, but instead of Christ there is a restaurant and the Monte Generoso. The view that you can enjoy from these peaks is unique, with no comparison.
In Lugano there is Gandria and its wineries. I take the boat, get off at Gandria and cross this village clinging to the mountain on the lake until Helenium, the museum of cultures, a splendid villa with a water gate and then into the city center.
The cellars are on the other side of the lake, one not inhabited except in summer and there are wineries in the country, the caves to eat typical and half-deserted beaches. On that side you get to walk on the border with Italy. In Lugano there is a lot.
On the morning of the day we visited Bern we have gone before to Murten, a charming medieval town on the shore of Lake Geneva that has the old town surrounded by walls in excellent condition. The tourist area, in addition to activities that can be realized in the lake, it's interesting only three roads and the path around the walls and along the ramparts on which you can climb.
Murten, founded 800 years ago in the canton of Fribourg, is located along the linguistic border between the German and the French region, and has become a popular tourist destination. The old town is protected to the north by the lake and south and east from the walls, from which you have a wonderful view of the town, the lake and the Vully and Jura mountains.
The arcades of the main road, the Hauptgasse, allow you to go straight in both directions of travel and are full of shops, bars and restaurants. The places that stand out in this visit are: the aforementioned Hauptgasse with its arcades, the Franciscan church, the clock tower, the town hall, the castle and the walls, with its towers, watchtowers and the ditch. A couple of hours is enough to visit this town and would recommend it.
Bern, the capital of Switzerland offers numerous itineraries for traveling with kids, to have fun outdoors and spend time in contact with nature. Walking through the narrow streets of the old town we see ornamental bears of all sizes in all parts of the city. The reason is very simple, the bear is the symbol of the city. If your children were to be tired of walking, do not worry, a little train will take you to explore the city.
The Blausee natural park of the Blue Lake can be defined, without fearing contradiction, the jewel of the Bernese Alps. It is a lake with crystal-clear waters of a mesmerizing deep blue with one unmissable impressive display. The Blausee, near Kandersteg, is one of the most visited Swiss mountain lakes to the intense blue color of the water of underground sources. This is a special feature in Switzerland, as the waters of the rivers and lakes are mostly green or gray milky, originated by the melting of glaciers and many sediments.
Legend has it that he died of a broken heart in the lake a beautiful girl with blue eyes and since then its waters are an intense blue color in memory forever young love. Blausee Natural Park is a place to spend a day surrounded by nature. Inside there are a children's park, numerous hiking trails and a trout farm. In the entrance fee they include access to all of these activities and a boat ride on the lake. There are also picnic and barbecue areas.
The area is not extensive and the lake is small enough, but allows you to enjoy nature for a few hours, without the need for trains to get there or special equipment. In the park there is also an exhibition on the history of the lake, plus a restaurant and a hotel, and there are organized various events throughout the year. For this reason, many days the area is closed to the public, so we recommend to inquire about opening days on the official website.
For all lovers of the colors she's there. Located in the Valley of Diemtigen, the picturesque Seeberg Lake is housed in a nature reserve, a favorite destination of hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts. You will find yourself admiring the typical mountain lake, from the icy waters, but crystal clear. It is a popular destination perhaps because it is enveloped by an aura of mystery.
Lake Gantrisch in Schwarzenburg is a small mountain lake located at 1578 m altitude. It is an ideal place for a small hike in the mountains. Here the grazing cows and goats brighten our walk in the nature reserve around the lake. Do not forget to bring your binoculars, because you can then observe the passage of the chamois.
If you want to make a trip to Switzerland at Christmas time, the optimal goal is Montreaux. During that time of year throughout the city it is transformed in the village of Santa Claus, with a full calendar of events. Entering the Castle of Chillon seem to be projected in a fairy tale, thanks to the preparations, to street artists and musicians who will create a magical atmosphere. We take a magical stroll through the Christmas markets, buying traditional culinary and handicraft products.
Until recently, if someone asked me, what is there to see in Switzerland, I answered, Lugano, Locarno, Zurich and Geneva. In Switzerland, beyond the city for me there has always been only the mountain, that mountain that I like. I like the snow, skiing and my weekend in Ticino made me completely change my mind.
The mountains in summer offers spectacular views, perfectly blue skies and green valleys, fluffy clouds as whipped cream and cows that graze on the meadows. There are trekkers, some sunbathing, and tourists like me who goes crazy taking wonderful photographs. Monte Tamaro offers a series of very suggestive activities and fun for everyone, both adults and children alike.
The first stage of the intermediate cable car leaves me in fact to the Adventure Park in Tamaro Park where we climb trees, jump off with a rope, do paragliding, trekking and descend the mountain with sledge. In my life I had never done any of that. I come slung, fitted with snap hooks and pulleys and hand, climbed on beech trees! Now the excitement and adrenaline skyrocketed and I decided to try the thrill of sledding but above all, the Tyrolean Alpe Foppa!
To recover from the great efforts, we have a nice lunch break at the restaurant with bratwurst and fries, a bit of relaxation to enjoy the panoramic view, take some pictures and then I went down again. Finally last stop on a trip to Switzerland is the canton of Grisons, here we have fun at about 4000 meters high. This area offers more than 50 ski areas.
The visit to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn is the last one we had during our stay in Switzerland, and only the journey to get to Zermatt, the country which leads to the summit of the mountain, it's all an adventure of self and trains. The Matterhorn is one of the most famous mountains in the Alps for his profile pyramid and for being one of the highest, with an altitude of 4478. Its summit lies on the border between Italy and Switzerland. It is a stage of forced mountain in the editions of the Tour de Italy and a paradise for skiers in winter and trekking and climbing in the summer.
We decided to go up to Zermatt, a village at the foot of the Matterhorn where you can not get in your car, to get to know the area and closely observe the mountain. Getting to Zermatt from Interlaken is a unique experience and a combination of car and train.
First you have to get to Kandersteg by car, where you have to climb, car included, on a train with several wagons that will open the door to Goppenstein (there is no other way to do it). All the way, about 17 km, takes place inside a tunnel that crosses a section of the Alps and can give a strange feeling to be on a train sitting on your own car, from which you can not get down, while you through the heart of mountain.
The next stretch is done on the road as far as Täsch, where you have to take another train that takes you to the Alpine town of Zermatt. Although it is a mountain train, it is a much more modern model than the previous. Once you arrive in Zermatt, there are various possibilities to further approach the Matterhorn, with the mountain railways or funiculars. You can get to the Rothorn mountains lookout (3103 m), the Gornergrat (3089 m), Klein Matterhorn (3883 m, where there is a park with snow activities) or Schwarzsee (2583 m, which is the one closest to the Matterhorn which has a very picturesque lake). All these climbs, facilitated by machines, can also be accomplished on foot, gear, equipment, maps and time required.
We opted for the climb to the Rothorn lookout, from which you have a wonderful view over the valley of Zermatt and the Matterhorn in the background. It has a restaurant, a sort of museum dedicated to the mountain and theme trails on marmots, Alpine flora and the mountain world of Zermatt.
After descending, we walked to the center of Zermatt. Crossed by the river Vispa, the town looks like a typical Alpine village, very nice, clean and cared for. There are some electric cars, the property of residents and establishments, and horse carriages that carry the clients of the hotel from the station to their lodgings, many shops, restaurants and a lot of tourism. It's an excursion quite expensive, but worth it for the experience and train to see live the Matterhorn.
Christmas markets in Switzerland
The Christmas markets in Switzerland are a perfect blend of Christmas traditions and party atmosphere. Young and old from all over the world flock each year to breathe this air full of waiting and conviviality, the lights and stalls, meander through the streets of the city examples of creative crafts to local gastronomy.
Barfüsserplatz: in this square is the market Basler Weihnachtsmarkt composed of numerous banquets in the shape of houses, wood-constructed. Wooden objects, decorations for the nativity scene or the Christmas tree, mulled wine and Waffel, decorate the atmosphere in this special place. The market is open from 26 November to 23 December from 11.00 to 20.30. They open the dance on November 26 at 18.30 with the lighting of the Christmas lights and a live concert.
Münsterplatz: at the foot of the city's Cathedral comes to life, in the square, this picturesque market and absolutely prompting the local tradition. Handicrafts, delicacies of the typical gastronomy and a bunch of fragrant firs can buy. Times are the same as the previous market.
Christkindlimarkt: between the Christmas markets in Switzerland you can not miss one of the largest indoor exhibition spaces in Europe. This place enchants young and old thanks to the peculiarities of the structure in which it is located and for the presence at the center of the station, a gleaming tree, made of Swarovski.
Another fascinating place to get lost is the Weihnachtsdorf market. Its architecture is reminiscent of a small Christmas village at the foot of one of Europe's most beautiful opera houses. Here it mixes traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge design creations, for a eclectic and up to date atmosphere. Open from 19 November to 24 December from 11.00 to 20.00.
Munster: Berne also plays an important role in the Christmas market landscape, in particular with that which takes place from November 28 until December 24 in the Cathedral Square. This place is charming, an intimate and evocative glimpse of the city where you can breathe the atmosphere of advent cinnamon cookies, meringues, mulled wine, culinary specialties made with honey and hazelnuts.
Waisenhausplatz: this market is the main one in the city, where you can find products of all kinds, not just Christmas, the craft candle decorations, toys until Supplies. And 'open from 28 November until 24 December and here you will have the opportunity to try local specialties such as rosti, grilled sausages, grilled liver, mulled wine and cheese raclette.
Switzerland Train Tours
Switzerland, with its picturesque alpine landscapes characterized by valleys, gorges and passes, is the must-see destination for all those who like to watch the world from a train window. It is in fact this country that focus some of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. We find the best routes to get around Switzerland scenic train.
Glacier Express is the scenic train that connects St. Moritz and Zermatt. The Gornergrat reaching 3,089 meters above sea level, is one of the most evocative of Switzerland with its views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa.
In Jungfraujoch is the Europe's highest railway network that reaches 3,454 meters on the peak, starting from Interlaken, Wengen and sno dando through the path in a fairytale Alpine panorama until the Aletsch glacier with a view nothing short of superb.
Bernina Express rail route, entered the UNESCO heritage, starting from Tirano along a route of 145 km, with extremely steep slopes, crossing the Bernina Pass in the Alps climbing to an altitude of 2,300 meters. The famous red train allows a privileged view of the breathtaking landscape of glaciers, alpine lakes and alpine meadows in bloom.
Switzerland Travel Tips
The first thing you need to know about Switzerland is that it is not part of European Union and its currency is the Swiss Franc. Within its borders mainly three languages are spoken, according to the area of the country: French, German and Italian, but almost everyone knows English.
The motorways in Switzerland do not provide toll, however, for them to use with your own car you must purchase and display on the windshield the famous cartoons, a sticker that entitles you to travel on Swiss motorways and expressways throughout the year. Its cost in 2013 was 40 CHF (about 30 €). Paid parking zones in the city, as in most of Europe, are light blue. Nevertheless we seemed to us quite "cheap" compared to the prices of other services. To park a few minutes or the first two hours has a normal price, but a whole day can cost up to a maximum of 5 €.
Despite the fame as a tax haven and a destination for excessively high prices, starting with the tent and on a shoestring budget, in relation to the standard of the place, to savor the beauty of Switzerland is definitely possible! Switzerland can give incredible emotions. I dare not imagine the wonder of the places that we would see if we could climb the most inaccessible peaks through chair lifts and cable cars.
Moving in the countryside can be complicated depending on the destination. The roads are in good condition, though the topography prevents sometimes to get somewhere with your car and there is no other solution than using the extensive network of trains, cable cars and racks to do some of the excursions.
Switzerland is as big as a form of Emmentaler. Trafficking between its North Pole and South Pole is covered in four hours by train.
In the collective imagination, many times, Switzerland is associated with excessive pomp. Switzerland is one of the best destinations for a trip with the kids.