If you’re travelling to Lake Geneva in Europe, don’t miss a trip to Chillon Castle, the Château de Chillon. Located just outside Montreux, this stunning medieval fortress has an idyllic setting, a shadowy past and a dungeon that has inspired scores of poets and painters. Today, Chillon Castle is Switzerland’s most visited historic site. A trip to Chillon […]
Things to do in Switzerland
Oh, Switzerland. I love you. Let me count the ways. This central European country is such a stunner, with lakes, snowy peaks, wonderful hiking trails and scenic train routes. There is, of course, more to it. It's got fabulous spas, elite ski towns, historical cities and - not least - an endless array of fondu restaurants. Here are some of the top things to do in Switzerland. And if you want to read more, scroll down and click on my Switzerland travel articles below.
Things to do in Switzerland:
- Take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz, it's a mountain-filled train ride you'll never forget.
- Head to Lake Geneva to visit the new Chaplin Museum in Vevey.
- Soak in the thermal waters in the alpine town of Leukerbad.
- Hike the Gemmi Pass.
- Visit the bears in the historical city of Bern.
- Enjoy elegant urban luxury at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich.
- If you're a sports fan, one of the top things to do in Lausanne is to visit the Olympic Museum.
- Chill out at the Montreux Jazz Festival in early July.
Travelling around Lake Geneva? Visit Switzerland’s newest attraction, Chaplin’s World, an interactive Chaplin museum in Vevey. For all the travel facts you’ll need, scroll down to the fact box below. For my experience, read on. Let the Charlie Chaplin experience begin “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” says a big Chaplin quote on the wall of […]
It’s not easy to keep up a blog while traveling – especially when you’re exploring the Engadin St Moritz region of Switzerland with a group of travel writers and your time is not your own. But how could I not pause to blog about St Moritz, Switzerland, the elite of the elite of the ski world and a superb […]
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If you’ve always wanted to go to a luxury spa in Switzerland, you crave an Alpine view and you think hot springs spas are the very best kind of spas there are, the Swiss spa town of Bad Ragaz should be high on your list. 6 Fun Facts about Bad Ragaz and luxury Swiss Spas […]
“There’s the Parliament Building,” Mark says as we enter the Old Town of Bern from the train station. Considering walkable well-preserved Bern is the capital of Switzerland, and the Parliament Building the seat of Swiss Parliament, it’s not surprising that the large domed building is imposing and stately, but I want to see the bears. “Where’s […]
“We should hike the Gemmi Pass,” I tell Mark, my husband of two weeks, as we’re having tea at our hotel in Leukerbad, the highest Alpine spa town in Switzerland. After all, Mark is the one who said we shouldn’t stay in the hot springs pools all the time, but should get out and have […]
If you’re travelling through Europe, Leukerbad in Switzerland makes a terrific mountain destination. Less touristy than Zermatt, this high altitude spa and ski town has hot springs, incredible mountain walks and – of course – the all important fondu. Somehow I never imagined that Leukerbad in Switzerland would be so high up. I know this […]
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