in Switzerland

Natural Switzerland

Rhein Falls, Schaffhausen – The largest plain waterfall in Europe, you can experience its thundering magic by boat or by standing in the observation decks built right at the middle. To round the trip off, visit the 1,000-year-old Schloss Laufen as well.

Swiss National Park, Zernez – The only national park in Switzerland, this alpine arcadia has flower speckled alpine meadows, forests and trails aplenty. Strictly regulated, this panoramic environment has helped indigenous wildlife like Bearded Vultures, Golden Eagles, Capricorns, Chamois, Stags and Marmots to flourish. Trails are marked from regular to alpine, depending on the degree of difficulty and equipment needed.

Zermatt & Matterhorn Heli-tour – This car-free village is a microcosm of all things delightfully Swiss. The Matterhorn looms in the background, there is amazing skiing, a superb gastronomic scene and splendid countryside. Crown your trip with a heli tour of this famous peak, pass the iconic Eiger Mönch & Jungfrau as well. And see Europe’s longest ice stream, the UNESCO World Heritage Aletsch Glacier.

Appenzell – Step into a world of rolling hills, mountain huts, yodelling and contented cows. Famous for its cheese, Appenzell is traditional Switzerland at its best. Walk past village streets with carved chalets, hike up to the 400-year-old Wildkirchli cave church and take a cable car to enjoy 360 degree views of sylvan countryside. It’s a great destination to paraglide as well.

Lake Oeschinen, Kandersteg – Part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Oeschinen is fed by glacial streams and surrounded by mountain peaks standing at over 3,000 m. Pristine and unbelievably exquisite, the lake can be reached after a gondola train ride and a 20-minute hike through alpine pastures and pine forests. The wood carvings on the shore are quite unique as well. The area is prettified by alpine flowers like orchids, gentian and edelweiss.

Interlaken, Bernese Oberland – Nestled between Lakes Thun and Brienz, Interlaken is a much beloved destination, for both mind-blowing scenery and plethora of activities. Think climbing, para-gliding, white water rafting, canyoning, cycling and more in alpine surrounds. Don’t miss the Schynige Platte, a flower filled plateau, connected by a 19th century cog wheel train. The hikes here are particularly notable, especially the Faulhornweg. Moonlight treks are available in the summer months. Kids can board the funicular to reach Heimwehfluh, which also offers a long bob run downhill!

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Grindelwald Alpine Trails

The towering peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, smile down on Grindelwald.