Welcome to Switzerland
Look beyond the chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodeling – contemporary Switzerland, land of four languages, is all about once-in-a-lifetime journeys, heart-racing Alpine pursuits and urban culture.
- 1 Day: You arrive to Zurich, start to enjoy your first day in Switzerland and stay overnight
- 2 Day: Your second day in Zurich and stay overnight
- 3 Day: Train from Zurich to Bern (approx. 1 hrs 30 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 4 Day: Your second day in Bern and stay overnight
- 5 Day: Train from Bern to Lausanne (approx. 1 hrs 20 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 6 Day: Your second day in Lausanne and stay overnight
- 7 Day: Your third day in Lausanne and stay overnight
- 8 Day: Train from Lausanne to Geneva (approx. 1 hour), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- Day 9: Your second day in Geneva and stay overnight
- Day 10: Your third day in Geneva and stay overnight
- Day 11: Take a nice breakfast in your hotel, have a nice walk (depends on time of your fly tickets) and fly back home
Start your journey:
Switzerland’s largest city is on the shore of its glistening eponymous lake. Zürich is a financial powerhouse with a liveability ranking that outstrips almost anywhere in the world. You can catch trains from the Hauptbahnhof and be on a peak breathing in sparkling air in a matter of minutes, and the city’s rivers and that magnificent lake have supreme water quality for swimming. These outdoor pools, or “badis” have become nightspots in the centre of the city.
Culturally vibrant, efficiently run and attractively set at the meeting of river and lake, Zurich is regularly recognized as one of the world's most livable cities. Long known as a savvy, hard-working financial center, Switzerland's largest and wealthiest metropolis has also emerged in the 21st century as one of Central Europe's hippest destinations, with an artsy, post-industrial edge that is epitomized in its exuberant summer Street Parade.
The medieval and early modern streets of the Altstadt are where much of the city’s culture, nightlife and shopping is concentrated.
It’s one of those places you’re happy to get lost in, to chance upon squares, cafes, quirky one-of-a-kind shops and all manner of historic monuments from the four medieval churches to 17th-century Town Hall.
Zurich is the ideal place to test out Switzerland’s culinary traditions. With traditional dishes from across the country’s 26 cantons as well as specialties from Zurich on offer, you’ll have plenty to try.
Here are some of the dishes you really must eat when you’re in Zurich
It goes without saying that cheese fondue is a must for any visit to Switzerland. The first recipe was written down in Zurich, so it would be a shame not to try out the famous Swiss dish.
In Zurich you are well past the Röstigraben, an imaginary line that separates Swiss-French cantons from the Swiss-German cantons. This is a national dish and steeped in farming tradition. Potatoes are fried in oil leaving them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Sometimes you can have bacon or even apple mixed into the batter to flavour it up a bit.
The Swiss sure do love their melted cheese and raclette is no exception. A little more lively than fondue as your melted cheese comes with potatoes, onions, gherkins and pickled fruit. They’ll often keep topping up your plate with all of the above until you tell them to stop, so if you’re famished it’s the perfect, filling dish.
One of the quintessential dishes from Zurich, which literally translates as “meat cut Zurich style”. Don’t be put off by the unpronounceable name: Zurcher Geschnetzeltes is quite simple and consists of slices of veal cooked with mushrooms, cream, onions and wine. It’s often served with rösti, rice or noodles
On a cold winter’s day there’s nothing better than a nice hot pot. Zürcher Eintopf is a hearty mix of pork, onions, cabbages, potatoes and carrots cooked in white wine
Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Zuger Kirschtorte is a cake layered with nut-infused meringue, sponge and butter cream. To add to the sweetness it’s drizzled with cherry brandy. Be sure to look out for this one on the dessert menus.
In Eastern Switzerland meat, usually beef cuts, are cured and air dried in the Alpine air for between 10 to 15 weeks. Traditionally from the canton of Graubünden, this delicacy is available all over the country and you’ll find it in butchers across Zurich.
Zopf is easily recognisable amongst the many types of bread on offer in Switzerland, it’s name means “braid” and it’s not difficult to see why. Before baking, the dough (made from milk, eggs, yeast and flour) is coated with egg yolk, giving it a rich, golden shine. Traditionally the bread is eaten on Sunday mornings but it’s available all week long in most bakeries.
Another fine dish to warm the bones during winter is Bündner Gerstensuppe, a Swiss barley soup. Traditionally eaten by farmers in the Alps to keep warm in the winter months, this soup dish is the most popular in Switzerland and supposedly has over 150 variations. This is also one of the dishes you can easily take away and make for your friends at home.
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This city was once the seat of power in the old Swiss Confederacy and gathering power in 1353 it declared its independence as a state and led the Swiss Confederation. These days most of the power is held in Zurich and Geneva and Bern is better known for the immaculate old town which has remained almost unchanged from the twelfth century.
There is also the addition of modern architecture such as the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Westside Shopping Centre both created by famous architects that perfectly complement the medieval style of the city in a contrast between contemporary and historic.
The icon of Bern is the bear, which can be found everywhere in the city, on fountains, buildings and statues. It is the mascot of the city and said to be where the name of the city comes from. It is said that Duke Berchtold V von Zähringen named the city upon killing a bear by the Aare River, “Bären” which is the plural for bear has a very similar pronunciation as the name of the city.
There is still a bear park in the city which draws thousands of visitors to see the famous animal that is emblazoned all over the city.
Bern offers visitors the opportunity to explore medieval streets, enjoy great shopping, discover the home of Albert Einstein, visit museums and learn about the history and culture of this fascinating city.
Bern’s flag-festooned, cobbled center, rebuilt in distinctive grey-green sandstone after a devastating 1405 fire, is an aesthetic delight, with 6 km of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars, and fantastical folk figures frolicking on 16th-century fountains.
From the surrounding hills, you’re presented with an equally captivating picture of red roofs arrayed on a spit of land within a bend of the Aare River.
In a nutshell, Bern seduces and surprises at every turn. Its museums are excellent, its drinking scene dynamic and its locals happy to switch from their famously lilting dialect to textbook French, High German or English – which all goes to show that there’s more to Bern than bureaucracy.
While Geneva seems to focus on the past and its reputation for hosting more international organisations than anywhere in the world, Lausanne looks to the future. The city is known for its upbeat vibe, perhaps on account of its enviable location
You can visit an impossibly steep vineyard, sipping an ethereal wine made from the chasselas grape and staring at what must be one of the most beautiful views in the world: Lake Geneva and, in the distance, the snow-capped Alps.
It’s just a ten-minute train ride from the medieval Swiss city of Lausanne to the heart of Lavaux, the vineyard area and Unesco world heritage site in the canton of Vaud.
Its proximity to the city has helped it to secure its latest accolade as the tenth member of the Great Wine Capitals global network, which includes Bordeaux, San Francisco/the Napa Valley and Adelaide.
Lake Geneva is so striking to see in person. At first glance it has a uniquely swirled look with vibrant shades of blue, green, and aqua. Seriously stunning.
This happens because the waters from the glaciers in the French Alps are bright turquoise and flow directly into the deep blue waters of the Rhone River, which is fed by the lake.
The two colors mix together and give the lake an extraordinary marbled look!
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