7 Must See Destinations In Switzerland For Outdoor Enthusiasts
For anyone who loves staying active, holidaying doesnt always mean rest! It is the best time to get outdoors, explore nature while keeping fit. Below, lets have a look at planning a road trip to 7 Outstanding Destinations In Switzerland For Outdoor Enthusiasts.
When visiting a good friend in Switzerland, we decided to do a 🚗 road trip and as you read on further, youll see why I encourage you to do the same when you have the chance.
From the world-renowned 🍫 chocolates, 🏔 majestic mountains and sweeping valleys, there is a lot to experience! Luckily, the country is small, making it extremely customizable.
Destinations In Switzerland #1
Lake Zurich is located in Zurich City, a great place to choose as your first stop.
Here you can enjoy excellent walks and recreational activities including; waterskiing, windsurfing and stand-up paddling. The soul-stirring sunrise and sunsets together with rejuvenating pathways are some of the things you will not want to miss!
Not far from the city is Uetliberg Mountain with its amazing bike trails. Catch a train to the mountains and enjoy a perfect view of Lake Zurich and the city at large.
Bicycle through Hockler Bike Trail or Triemi Bike Trail. The routes are well marked, and bikes for hire are available at the site.
Glacier 3000, Montreux
Destinations In Switzerland #2
Glacier 3000 presents pure and unadulterated awesomeness that you can explore in various ways.
But as an outdoor enthusiast, consider 🥾 hiking through the spectacular hiking route. The trail takes you over a high suspension bridge that connects two amazing mountain peaks.
Once at the top, you can take the 🚡 Ice Express Chairlift down to the glacier to enjoy various outdoor activities. During summer, you can enjoy a ride on the snow bus and take an alpine coaster roll down.
In winter, you can join free training services at the snow park at the glacier. Here you enjoy freestyle 🏂 snowboarding and ️ skiing, among other activities.
Val Trupchun, Swiss National Park
Destinations In Switzerland #3
Technically, the 🏞 Swiss National Park is the only National Park in Switzerland, while others are either nature or preserve parks.
One way to explore the park is 🥾 hiking through the 14-kilometer Val Trupchun trail. Though it is a somewhat longer route, the walk is less challenging as the total ascent is about 600 meters.
Your start point is the Prasras car park. You can access by car or tourist and local buses. The right-side trail takes you to the park, where you follow the route to cross the 🌉 Punt da Scrins Bridge.
Ahead is a valley where you can easily spot the wildlife. You have a high chance of spotting ibex, 🦌 red deer, and the rarest Swiss bearded vulture.
So, open your eyes wide and get your 📸 cameras ready!
Destinations In Switzerland #4
Located in the Uri Alps, Mount Tiltis has approachable short and long hiking trails. You can take a one-hour Trubsee Circular Trail that takes you to the top of the mountains.
Here you enjoy the easy hike while getting sight of beautiful sloping green meadows and stunning Alpine flowers.
You can also enjoy a picnic at 🔥 fire pits along the route and take a rest at the lakeside area.
Marmot Trail is another option to explore. It takes you about 5 hours to reach the top of the mountain. You first take a chairlift at Trbsee mountain station to your start point.
Along the route, you will get a direct view over Engstlensee Lake with deep blue waters.
Destinations In Switzerland #5
Located in between two lakes, Interlaken is a city that offers an opportunity to spend more time outdoors. You can easily access 🌲 forests, mountains, and all kinds of skiing and hiking, making it a paradise for active people.
The city grants you an opportunity to stay physically active in a variety of ways!
If you are not river rafting, you can be mountain biking, speed boating, paragliding, or skydivingall depending on your physical fitness level.
Hike to St Beatus Caves off Lake Thun. Once home to a dragon, the cave system is something you will definitely not want to miss.
As you walk to the cave, you will catch a great view of Lake Thun, one of the beautiful lakes in Switzerland.
Explore the inside of the St Beatus Caves, which is electrically lighted and is about 1000 meters deep. Here you pass through roaring subterranean waterfalls and grottos with over million-year stalactite stalagmite formations.
Lauterbrunnental Glacial Valley
Destinations In Switzerland #6
Make Lauterbrunnental Glacial Valley one of your stop points in Switzerland, and enjoy a stunning view of 12 waterfalls.
In fact, the place has about 72 🌊 waterfalls, and you cant miss the sight of some regardless of your route.
You can access the valley from Interlaken, where your hike starts from a dead-end road.
Take a train at Jungfraujoch and Schynige Platte Railways. These are two epic railways that give you a spectacular view of Jungfrau glaciers and mountains.
In fact, Schynige Platte is one of the highest railways in the country that has been operational for 126 years!
Destinations In Switzerland #7
There is no complete road trip in Switzerland without a visit to its capital, Bern. The city is rich in Swiss history dating back to the 12th century.
From the gardens, 1500s fountains, and thought-provoking architecture, the capital is a place to behold!
Spend your time in Marzili, and enjoy one of the best 🏊 swimming pools located at the Aare river banks. If a swimming pool is not your thing, swim along the river towards Eichholz, and let the currents take you back.
For less experienced swimmers, the supervised river pool will let you enjoy the waters without fear.
Later, retreat to Rosengarten Park for splendid walks as you explore a garden with over 400 species of 💐 flowers. Youll find various restaurants here as well, where you can enjoy healthy, delicious Swiss meals.
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The best way to explore Switzerland, one of the greatest and smallest countries in Europe, is through a 🗺 road trip. You can do as much as you want, depending on the number of days you set aside.
Be sure to make stops at the seven places highlighted above and build unforgettable memories of this amazing country!
About the contributing author:
Ally Mash is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has spent most of his free time backpacking through South America, Iceland, Vietnam, and Europe. He loves sharing his experience through blogging.
His mission is to get more people in the mindset of protecting our planet by sharing its beauty. Be sure to visit his blog at Adventures Pursuit.
Safe and Healthy Travels!
I am happy to present this collaborative guest post in the hopes of offering travel inspiration and helpful information to you as well.
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