Switzerland Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Switzerland
Home to countless lakes, beautiful villages and the mountainous Alps, Switzerland may be small, but is packed full of beautiful places. Start here with my basic Switzerland travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Switzerland travel blogs.
When to Visit
Though Switzerland is beautiful at any time of year, the best time to visit will largely depend on what you want to get out of the trip. Of course, winter is skiing season, and in January and February snow is pretty much guaranteed in the higher regions of the country. In April most ski resorts close but as the country gets greener, hiking trails open up and you can still explore the great outdoors, all through summer. Fall is cooler than summer, but still beautiful with the changing leaves and fewer crowds, making it a great time to visit too.
Top Cities to Visit
Zurich – The biggest city in Switzerland, Zurich is the most vibrant, culturally rich and diverse place in the country. There are tons of great museums (highlights include the Kunsthaus and the Kunsthalle), cool shopping opportunities and nightlife as well as loads of accessible nature and a free botanical garden.
Bern – Switzerland’s de facto capital, Bern is a beautiful old city with a gorgeous Old Town worth exploring, some quirky museums, unique bars and performance spaces – in particular, be sure to check out the Turnhalle and Dampfzentrale.
Lausanne – Home to the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne is worth visiting for its long heritage as a capital of sport, as well as the gorgeous views of the old town and Lake Geneva.
Lucerne – Known as the gateway to the Swiss Alps, Lucerne (or Luzern) offers a great way to connect through other Swiss cities and destinations—whether for winter sports like skiing or that cosy Swiss lifestyle of good food and beautiful scenery. Check out this blog for day trip itineraries from Lucerne.
Although it’s a relatively small country, taking a tour around Switzerland will save you time and get you in to some areas you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. Take a look at this selection of Switzerland tours.
LGBT – Gay Switzerland Travel Guide
Switzerland is pretty much in line with most of its European neighbors in terms of equality for LGBT people, though there is as yet no marriage equality. Nonetheless, it’s a relatively easy place to travel as an LGBT person. These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Switzerland.
Arosa Gay Ski Week – A long standing annual event taking place in Arosa (150 km southeast from Zurich) every January, this is a chance not only to hit the slopes with an enthusiastic and friendly group of queers, but also take part in many well organised parties and other fun events.
Zurich Pride – The biggest pride event in Switzerland happens every June and takes over the city with a huge parade, loads of cool events, parties as well as discussions and exhibitions.
More gay travel resources here.
Switzerland Hotel Deals
Switzerland has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains and luxury hotels too. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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