Life in Switzerland
Filled with serenity, you can plan your next trip to this wonderland!
Isolated from the rest of the world, Switzerland has been luring the tourists since 1930's with the advent of winter traveling around the world. Alpine mountains, delicious cheese, chocolates, and watches are the superficial layers of this country; it's much more than that. Switzerland has one of the wealthiest and happiest people living in harmony. Its natural beauty is infectious for your soul which makes you visit this country again and again. Filled with serenity, you can plan your next trip to this wonderland because the people, food, culture, cities, and its villages, in short everything, makes you fall in love with it. The people here enjoy a very healthy lifestyle, visiting forests and lakes in summer and autumn and to the enchanting mountains in winter and spring. Life in Switzerland is just like an amazing happy novel, filled with adventures and all the happy poems. It is famously known as the country of four languages too, ancient architecture and friendly people. You have to visit Switzerland to actually believe these words to be true, see for yourself and plan the next best adventure of your life here. Firstly, let me start by introducing you to its top destinations which should be your priority to visit as soon as you reach there.
It is a magnificent mountain known for its natural magnetism which has been studied for years and repeatedly photographed from every possible angle. It is 4478 m above the sea level, since the mid 19th century; Zermatt (where Matterhorn is situated) has been Switzerland's glitziest resorts. Today many people from all over the world come here every year for skiing and other winter adventure sports, captivated by the scenery.
Swiss National Park
Swiss National Park is the only national park in Switzerland. A beautiful place which is best for your time in solitude, it offers breathtaking views of the peaks, glaciers, woodlands, pastures, soul-stirring waterfalls, high moors, and lakes. You can click some of the best photographs here; wander around because it is approximately 172 sq. km, many people come here only for enjoying a good trek. Each and every corner is filled with so much beauty that it will leave you awestruck.
Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in European Alps and a Unesco World Heritage site too. It is also famous for the winter adventure sports and trekking. You can enjoy the best views from Eggishorn (2927m), Bettmerhorn (2647m) and Moosfluh (2333m) in Valais. Switzerland is surely small but it is efficiently connected by a good transportation. Here in Aletsch Glacier you can also use cable cars and lifts climbing from Fiesch, Betteralp, and Riederalp.
Glacier Express, the dreamy and mythical train journey is surely a once in a lifetime experience. The trains start at Zermatt and end in St. Moritz, stretches from Disentis to Andermatt, across the Oberalp Pass (2033m). You cannot end your trip without traveling in this train; the view from the train is mesmerizing. It is a long 8-hour haul so you can break it up by using cheaper SBB trains on the same route and stay overnight along the way.
Chateau de Chillon
Occupying a perfect position on Lake Geneva (the biggest lake in Switzerland), this magnificent 13th-century fortress is a maze of courtyards filled with arms, period furniture, and artwork. The lakeside presents a mesmerizing view. It is one of the few ancient examples of the medieval architecture in Switzerland. You can enjoy the perfect view of the lake from the fortress and get lost in history. The backdrop the fortress has the stunning mountains which make the perfect frame for this marvel.
Bern, The Capital of Switzerland
The capital of Switzerland- Bern, listed old town and a Unesco World Heritage too; it is filled with the rich culture of Switzerland and the evergreen charm. The small town is known for its provincial laid-back air and from the surrounding hills, you get a picturesque landscape. The houses with the red roofs arrayed on a spit of land within a bend of the Aare River paints a pretty picture of the whole town. The museums are amazing, food is delicious and in short, Bern is more than mere bureaucracy.
Zurich is one of the world's most livable cities, culturally rich and attractively situated at the meeting of river and lake. Known for being the largest and Europe's hippest destinations, it will surely make you wonder about its heritage. Zurich is an ancient culture where the past and present blend beautifully, with its winding lanes and tall church steeples. While you're there, make sure you do not miss out the epic nightlife.
Rheinfall is the largest plain waterfall in Europe. The view is stunning when the water flows down from the height of 23m. It is not huge though like Niagara Falls but it has its own charm and the surrounding scenery is breathtaking. "A portion of the cataract arches over the lowest platform and the spray fell thickly on us, as standing on it and looking up, we saw wave, and rock, and cloud, and the clear heavens through its glittering ever-moving veil. This was a new sight, exceeding anything I had ever before seen; however, not to be wet through, I was obliged quickly to tear myself away"- beautifully described by the famous author Mary Shelley who visited this waterfall and fell in love with it.
Culture and People
"Switzerland does not exist"- a famous sentence when it introduced itself with, at the World Exposition in Seville in 1992. Well, it literally explains a lot about this small and quiet country that has a vibrant culture. Switzerland lies between several major European cultures. Three of the major languages spoken there is- German, French and Italian along with an ancient language Romansh(only spoken in a village by few people). The country has a wide range of customs and traditions, in short, a very diverse nation. It is believed and often told to other people that the Alps (the mountain range) played a significant role in shaping the inhabitants in this region. You have to truly look beyond the chocolate, clocks and yodeling to see the real essence of Switzerland. Variety is the main element of the rural life there and Alpine tradition is deeply rooted in the agriculture and in the spirits of the people too. It is surely a small country but the development in the transportation sector and the overall development.
Today, Switzerland is a sober, peaceful and leave me alone type of country. It has colorful and wonderful landscapes which attract many people from all over the world every year. The people there also enjoy the usual hiking, trekking, and ski-trails just like the tourists. The mountains of Switzerland are associated with folk arts such as Alphorn and Yodeling. Their ancient folklore and customs are still alive in form of music, dance, poetry, wood carving, and embroidery. Mostly in every village, there is at least once choir or a brass band which makes you groove carefree to the amazing beats. So, to summarize the lifestyle and culture of Switzerland I would say it is a country of friendly people who enjoy their solitude and individualism in the center of Europe living happily in harmony.
Okay, you should know this before you plan a trip to this dreamland, it is expensive. Since, Switzerland has an amazing economy, traveling there can be quite over the budget but here are some few tips which might help you to curb the expenses and enjoy there as much as possible.
Travel Pass is a life saver
Don't waste your money in expensive cab rides, invest in a Swiss Travel Pass which is an unlimited travel pass helps you throughout the rail, bus and even boats too. It also gives you 50 percent off most mountains railways and cable cars. You might consider having this as it will save a lot of your money.
Refill your bottle water
Switzerland has the world's cleanest and best-tasting tap water. You don't have to buy bottles every time because it is costly too, so refill your bottle all the time. You can drink from any tap, every city and every town provides you with the fountain of fresh water.
Use minimal cash
As you all know, Switzerland is not a part of the European Union, so it has a different currency Swiss Franc which is only valid there. So if you convert your currency into that and it somehow gets saved won't be very helpful to you in any way, so use your card instead.
Explore the option of Couchsurfing
It is a service for travelers that lets' them stay with locals for free. Many people use this awesome service and clearly, it saves most of your money, you should try to book it before as early as possible.
Booking the train earlier
Train rides are normally cheaper but you can get even cheaper rates by booking your train tickets early. Swiss Rail also offers one-day and weekend group passes which also saves your money in case you don't have a travel pass yet.
Lunch specials are an excellent way to save your money on expensive food. They are mostly cheaper. You can also buy your own grocery and cook for yourself because you will find yourself spending a lot of money in buying the food. You can cook most of the time and eat out the other days.
Hotel Reward Points
Hotel reward points are truly a lifesaver in an expensive trip for sure. When you cannot find any local houses for staying, you can look for these rewards. Search a few hotel points before going there and burn them while you stay in the country.
Fasnacht Spring Carnival in Basel
If you're there during the springtime and want to get a glimpse of their beautiful culture, you can be a part of their three- day festival long party that welcomes you in the warm weather. The festival is highly anticipated by both tourists and locals.
Visit Granbunden area
This countryside is filled with 13th century built houses. People there still speak the long forgotten ancient language Romance (people are proud there in keeping the traditions still alive). With picturesque scenery and enchanting views, this is a must-do activity in Switzerland.
Adventures in Interlaken
Interlaken is one of the outdoor capitals of the country. There's a lot to do here for the people with wild hearts who seek adventure- skydiving over the Swiss glacier, water skiing, hiking and many more outdoor activities.
The best time to visit Switzerland is from July to August or from December to April. The average expense there per day varies from 200 CHF to 300 CHF depending on your choice of hotels, food, and transportation.
Switzerland landscapes need to be seen to believe because it seems surreal if you only read about it in these types of articles. The journey is epic and the experience is sublime. Even in the back of beyond corners of the magnificent Alps, you will definitely encounter the unexpected nods to modern aesthetics and contemporary art and fresh-faced design. The souls living there are insanely happy which makes your heart connect with them and the nature to another level of Nirvana, a landscape paradise which you will find hard to forget. The memories you will collect there will forever be those little parts of yours reminding you that there can be peace in chaos too if you look at the other side of the world. Switzerland is no doubt a place which can revoke countless emotions in you. So note down the tips, pack your bags, go and have the best time of your life.
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