Switzerland Overview

Switzerland is a gorgeous and diverse country. Each area offers something different. From the towering mountains to the tranquil lakes to the bustling cities, drink in all the wonder, take lots of pictures, and thoroughly enjoy your visit! Listed are some cities we visited and really enjoyed. You will also find a brief description and pictures showing a selection of activities available.

Public transportation throughout Switzerland is efficient and accessible. Magnificent destinations await once you travel by train, boat, bus, gondola, trail and more! Don’t miss the scenery en route! Look into getting a rail pass which covers or reduces fare on most public transportation options. Buying a first class ticket allows you to have access to less crowded, nicer seating areas.

Here are a few facts (obtained from the CIA World Factbook). German (63.7%), French (20.4%), Italian (6.5%), and Romansch (0.5%) are the official languages. The local names for Switzerland are: Schweiz (German); Suisse (French); Svizzera (Italian); and Svizra (Romansh). The capital city is Bern; the largest city is Zurich. Their Independence Day is August 1st, celebrating the Founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291.

Oh – and Switzerland is a wealthy country. Expect sticker shock. 😮 However, the food and chocolate are definitely worth going broke! 🙂

Just a few of the Cities of SWITZERLAND:

Click on a City Name to get a more detailed description or just click on the pictures to view some of the sights!

A large bustling financial city. More Details!
  • Lodging: Hotel Bristol
This is a good starting place where we can take a few leisurely walks, soak in the amazing sights, and become accustomed to the time difference.
  • Really pretty walks through the woods
  • Walk back toward the Glacier
  • Take a somewhat easy hike in a nearby town
  • Ride the train to St Moritz
  • Ride the train to Italy
Mürren is a gorgeous mountain village in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, reached by a series of rail and cable cars. The Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains provide plenty of photo opportunities and hiking adventures. More Details!
  • Schilthorn where On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed
  • Eat: Piz Gloria at Schilthorn
  • Schynigge Platte
  • Walk along the Valley Floor
  • Walk to Gimmelwald then on to Trummelbach Falls
  • Eat: Strawberry Pie place at Trummelbach Falls
  • Lodging: Chalet Fontana
  • Lodging: Faulhorn
  • Eat: Hotel Bellevue
  • Eat: Stager Stubli with fabulous Rosti
The Rosenlaui Valley, at the foot of the Engelhörner, Dossen, Wellhorn and the Wetterhorn, offers everything one might expect of Switzerland: rich pastures, great old maple trees, age-old stables and mountain huts, rough rocks and sparkling glaciers. More Details!
  • Hike: Grosse Scheideg to First
  • Hike: Bachalpsee
  • Hike: Meirengen to Schwarzwaldalp to Grosse Scheidegg
  • Grindelwald: Kauffmann graveyard
  • Reichenbach Falls
  • Lodging: Hotel Rosenlaui
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  • Day Trip to Yvoire
  • Walk through Famous Lavaux Vineyards
  • Chateau de Chillon
  • Lodging: Le Montreux Palace
  • Transportation: L esprit du Leman Cruises
  • Timetables: L esprit du Leman
  • Geneva
    • Botanical Gardens
    • Mouttas Mouragal