Switzerland has been a dream place for every single person who loves scenic beauty and beautiful natural views. Its one of the most popular destination in the world and people actually crave to visit this heavenly place! This place has always been the most favorite one for our Bollywood movie shootings….especially the Yash Raj Banner Productions. Who can forget Sridevi dancing on the melodious beats in Switzerland in the movie “Chandni” or Sharukh Khan & Kajol running through the streets of Zurich in “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge!!”
From awesome tourist spots to mouthwatering Swiss chocolates, Switzerland will never disappoint you in any department. I’m gonna share some things which one should never miss while exploring Switzerland. There it goes:
Zürich lies not only in the heart of Europe but also in the hearts of those who have made the city the top destination in Switzerland. Set on the northern shores of Lake Zürich with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, Zürich’s multicultural flair and variety of leisure activities makes it popular with travelers from all over the world.
The city’s downtown offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, shops selling international fashion labels as well as Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in the country. Recreational activities range from sailing on the lake in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg Mountain.
The city is easy to reach, by train, plane or car. Its international airport is only a 10-minute train ride from downtown and Zürich’s Main Railway Station is regarded as a central European railroad hub.
Set between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, French-speaking Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, Geneva is the European seat of the United Nations and headquarters of the Red Cross, adding to its reputation as the “Capital of Peace.”
Travelers find the city’s old town, with its quays, lakeside promenades, elegant shops, parks and lively side streets, an inviting place to stroll. The famous Jet d’Eau, a fountain with a near-500 foot-high water jet that is set in Lake Geneva, is an icon of the city
Culturally, this city on the westernmost fringe of Switzerland has much to offer. International artists perform in the Grand Théâtre and the Opera House, and there’s a diverse range of museums including — what else — the Musée international de l’horlogerie, a watch museum with a collection of jewelry watches and musical clocks.
To many travelers Lucerne is the essence of Switzerland. The gateway to central part if the country, it sits picture-perfect on Lake Lucerne, set below a beautiful panorama of the Alps.
Add to this picturesque setting a car-free old town with gable paintings; a covered, medieval bridge in the center of town (one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe); historic houses decorated with frescoes; and charming town squares, and you’ll understand why Lucerne is perennially popular. But the traditional also stands side-by-side with modernity here, and the town has earned a reputation for innovative design. The futuristic Culture and Convention Centre (KKL), designed by leading French architect Jean Nouvel, is one the architectural highlights of the town.
Outside Lucerne you’ll find beautiful views on a trip up one of its nearby mountains, and enjoy a great experience on a steamship cruise along the beautiful lake. The city is a good starting point for excursions about central Switzerland.
Shop in Zurich
Zurich has a good reputation of a shopping city,even if not quite that of London or Milano. Especially Bahnhofstrasse is well known around the globe as one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world. For Swiss and urban design, the area around Langstrasse is a good spot!
Bahnhofstrasse The Bahnhofstrasse leads from the main railway station to the lake and is mostly a pedestrian area almost without traffic – but watch out for the trams! It’s world-famous for its luxury stores: find jewellery, watches and designer boutiques as well as the big department stores Jelmoli, Globus and Manor here. In recent years not to everyone’s pleasure more and more big foreign companies like Apple have opened stores on Bahnhofstrasse displacing some traditional Zurich companies – some say Bahnhofstrasse is losing its atmosphere. Nevertheless a walk down this famous street is a must for every shopping fan. Wander into the side streets as well, where shops are no less luxurious and some more unusual little gems are hidden.
Niederdorf Even if Niederdorf – the part of the old town east of the river Limmat – is better known for dining and nightlife than for shopping, it’s well worth expanding your shopping tour into this quarter. Along the streets Limmatquai and Niederdorfstrasse – both pedestrian areas – you will find smaller shops with up-to-date street wear, fancy shoes and fashion stores. The smaller alleys are also well worth a peek.
Old Town The old town between Bahnhofstrasse and the river Limmat is another shopping area not to miss. Try the pedestrian street Rennweg for example with its international clothing brands and boutiques or Storchengasse with its luxury designer stores, a genuine Zurich toys shop as well as cutlery and souvenir shops.
Don’t leave Switzerland without trying these yummilicious and mouthwatering delicacies:
Guys, meet Roasti! Its a wonderful dish that you should not miss at all! Thinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden, rosti is one of Switzerland’s iconic national dishes. Though no one knows when the first rosti was cooked-up, farmers in the canton of Bern would traditionally eat it for breakfast. It is now found throughout the country and across mealtimes. For a brilliant winter rendition, indulge in a Rosti Valaisanne, from the canton of Valais. Served steaming in a ceramic dish, Rosti Valaisanne is a delightfully addictive mash-up of rosti topped with salty bacon, fried egg, and melted raclette cheese, served alongside tangy gherkins and pickled pearl onions.
Scents of wood-burning fires and pine waft through Switzerland’s roads in cooler months. Step into most hillside haunts and the fragrance of pungent melted raclette cheese will also greet you. Hailing from the canton of Valais, raclette is a local cheese customarily grilled slowly over a fire, with layer-by-melted-layer sliced off to blanket boiled potatoes, pickles and onions. Contemporary raclette machines make grilling commonplace in Swiss homes, where friends gather for hours, waiting for slices of raclette to melt, while drinking copious glasses of local Fendant wine.
Buy Swiss Chocolates for sure
For a chocolate lover like me, Switzerland is a paradise! I love chocolates a lot and when in Switzerland, one can never miss on these awesome thing! You’ll find many shops and outlets of delicious Swiss chocolates and these are the must buys for yourself or for your loved ones. It depends what kind of chocolate you would like to buy.
– chocolate bars: any shopping center (I like most Cailler, others are also good)
– chocolatier products: Bachmann – http://www.confiserie.ch/content/ueberuns/besuchensieuns/besuchensieuns_e.asp?Path=4;35 – (pralinés, specialties)
– factory: There is a factory between Brunnen and Ibach/Schwyz (bus from Brunnen) where you can get the world champion choclate (Maracaibo) –www.felchlin.com/index_en.php… -. The factory can not be visited but there is a factory shop.
So, I hope this will surely help you to explore Switzerland in a much better way!
Will keep you posted! 🙂