So Many Iconic Experiences In Switzerland
On our spring visit to Central Europe we enjoyed a few weeks of iconic experiences in Switzerland. The outdoors called to us and we were awed by panoramic views. Small Swiss towns were charming. And the cities provided much to see in architecture and history. Art kept our eyes entertained. While sweet treats gave us energy. There were so many reasons why we loved our visit to Switzerland.
Outdoor Adventures For Everyone
We got a teaser for the outdoor adventures we found in Switzerland when we visited Austria. We took a day trip to the lake town of Hallstatt for our first view of the Austrian Alps. While we did not plan for Swiss mountain adventures on this trip, we enjoyed a day trip to Interlaken. From there we knew it was an easy hop to Jungfrau and Zermatt for the full Alp experience.
On our day trip to Interlaken we were entertained as paraglider and skydivers floated high over the mountains and landed in the town. We were sure the view of the Swiss Alps was stunning!
On our stay in Zurich, a day trip took us to see the beautiful Rhine Falls. We saw the Rhine Falls from above before we wandered and saw them from below. Fun boat trips took people close. And our view as we walked up the side of the falls gave us yet another perspective.
On our final stop in Geneva, we enjoyed all that Lake Geneva had to offer. Beaches, boats and water fountains kept us close to the water.
Outdoor adventures were one of the most fun iconic experiences in Switzerland.
Stunning Panoramic Views Are Iconic Experiences In Switzerland
We found the sights of Switzerland charmed us. And we found so many spots for stunning panoramic views on our travels.
When we visited the small town of Schaffhausen, we climbed the 350 stops to the Munot Fortress. From that vantage point we saw the town and countryside spread out for us.
On our stay in Bern, one day we took the Gurten Funicular high above the city. Many great spots showed the vast panorama of the Bern spread below us. We even climbed a tower for a better view. It was a great spot with lots of things to do for kids of all ages.
When we finished our Switzerland trip with a stop in Geneva, we splurged on a room with a view. Lake Geneva and the city called to us every day. One day we even climbed to the top of the St Pierre Cathedral for a different panoramic perspective on this beautiful city.
But no visit to Switzerland was complete without a panoramic view to the Swiss Alps. On our day trip to Interlaken, we took the Hardenbahn Funicular to the Harder Kulm Viewpoint for panoramic views.
Panoramic views were definitely one of the iconic experiences in Switzerland that we visited for.
Explore The Fascinating History And Architecture
We visited three larger cities in Switzerland – Zurich, Bern and Geneva. But we missed the chance to see Basel and Lausanne on this trip.
In every city, we wandered and admired the architecture and learned more about the history of the country. In Zurich, we headed uphill to the Lindenhof viewpoint. This spot housed a Roman fort and then a large walled in palace in the time of Charlemagne.
The entire city of Bern was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. And there was lots to see in the Bern Old Town. The Historical Museum was the second largest history museum in Switzerland. It housed ten permanent exhibitions on history, archeology and ethnography. There was a section devoted to Einstein.
History and architecture was one of the things we explore on our visit to Switzerland.
Visit Charming Swiss Towns For Iconic Experiences In Switzerland
The large cities were interesting but less unique. We started our visit to Switzerland with mental images of small charming Swiss towns. And on our visit, we found many of these that reinforced these views.
A day trip to Schaffhausen provided us with our first view a small Swiss town. The architecture was charming and colourful.
We headed outside of Bern for an afternoon and visited the small town of Gurten before we went up the funicular. It was another fascinating small town.
A day wandering in Interlaken provided us with the classic mountain town view. The buildings were decorative and framed with towering mountains in the background.
We checked out the small towns and found more iconic experiences in Switzerland.
See The Traditional And Modern Art
We saw such a fascinating variety of outdoor art on our visit to Switzerland. Some pieces were traditional. But many were far more modern and eclectic in their design. We were sure there was something for every taste!
We visited many churches as we travelled in Switzerland. And we were always drawn to the colourful stained glass we found. In Geneva we even found beautiful stained glass in the Art Library. And on the Munster Cathedral in Bern we found the decorative panel that depicted the Last judgment to be a stunning work of art.
On our stay in Geneva, we even found some interesting collections of street art.
As we walked the streets of Switzerland, our heads continually swivelled. There was always another interesting piece of outdoor art that drew our attention.
Feed Your Sweet Tooth
You know we found some great chocolate on our visit to Switzerland. As chocoholics, each new stop provided a new tasty opportunity. When we visited Bern, our hotel was right beside the Toblerone factory. Although we never did get for our tour and free samples!
On our visit to Geneva, we were never far from great dark chocolate. The chocolate shop in the five star Ritz-Carlton at Hotel De La Paix Geneva was the source of bedtime treats and a tasty wine and chocolate tasting. Not surprisingly, chocolate desserts were the big temptation!
And when we wandered in the city, we could not resist a stop or two at the Ladurée macaroon shop. My new favourite flavour turned out to be salted caramel.
We ate really well as we travelled in Switzerland. But the chocolate really provided the iconic experiences in Switzerland.
Be Pampered In Switzerland
There we so many places to be pampered on a stay in Switzerland. We knew that one day we would return and splurge on a great Swiss Alps escape. For our stops in Zurich and Bern, we knew we would be out touring all day so we picked functional hotels. But on our last stop in Geneva, we went all out and splurged on a pampering stay.
Our five star Ritz-Carlton experience at Hotel De La Paix Geneva spoiled us in every way. We had an amazing room with a view. Customer service was excellent at every interaction.
The hotel was architecturally stunning. And the hotel Fiske Bar Restaurant had so many tasty dishes we were tempted to eat there often.
We wandered out and enjoyed the sights of Geneva. But we also used this time to unwind and reflected on all the iconic experiences in Switzerland. It was the perfect end to our time in Switzerland.
So Many Great Iconic Experiences In Switzerland
We were so glad we planned to visit Switzerland on our spring trip to Central Europe. We enjoyed a great group land tour from Prague to Budapest. But then set out on our own and explored first Austria and then Switzerland.
Our plans included a number of iconic experiences in Switzerland. We enjoyed the great outdoor sites from many different perspectives. Cities and towns provided much to see and do. Great art and food tempted us. But we knew we had only scratched the surface and would return to Switzerland again.
Did you enjoy these iconic experiences In Switzerland? What else should we add on a return trip?
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