If you would ever ask someone that why should you travel to Switzerland, you better ask the question with some time in hand. Time is required as the list of reasons for visiting the very beautiful Switzerland is a pretty exhaustive one. Numerous lakes, picturesque mountains, endless green fields, Swiss chocolates, beautiful churches, friendly people, what else would you need! No matter what time of the year you pay a visit to the Swiss lands, you would only bring back memories of serenity and bliss with you back home.
Places to be at
There are five main cities in the country, at least three of which are a must visit while you travel to Switzerland. Zurich, Geneva, Interlaken, Basel and Bern offer some of the finest landscapes and scenic beauty across the globe and you cannot miss visiting the first three cities. The Lake Zurich in Zurich, Jet d’Eau, St. Pierre Cathedral, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, the lakes and Jungfrau Valley and Park in of Interlaken are some of the must visit places in the country of Switzerland. Apart from this, the Rhine Falls which boasts to be Europe’s largest waterfall can be visited near the small town of Schaffhausen.
Of the other activities that you can plan during your travel to Switzerland are skiing in the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks of the Alps, pay a visit to the Fasnacht Festival in the city of Basel, check out the beauty of Swiss Alps from Mt. Pilatus that you can either hike or use a cable car to go up to the top. You can also relive the medieval charm in the beautiful city of Lucerne by the side of the Lake Lucerne.
Some tips to avoid high spends
The only hitch in travel to Switzerland is the cost factor that will pinch the budget travelers. Starting from accommodation to food, transportation and shopping, everything is expensive in this land of chocolates. However, that does not mean that you would miss out the cheese made items while being in Switzerland. Fondue and Raclette are popular cheese items and while being in Zurich never miss out on having Rösti, a very popular local dish made of potatoes.
Usually a lunch at a restaurant with table services will cost around $20-$22 and a dinner at the same place would cost around $40-$45. A small respite lies in the packed meals that the supermarkets sell which cists around $5-$10. However, the best food is available in the numerous bars and cafes that will cost nothing more than $9-$15 for a lunch or dinner.
You could also save some of the Swiss Franc by avoid using the highly expensive public transports. Intercity train charges are as high as $50-$55. It is better to use Blabla cars services which is a ridesharing service and gives you excellent opportunity to save money and meet locals. Eating veggie items during you travel to Switzerland could save you some extra bucks as meat items are very expensive here. If you can manage, it is recommended that drinking should also be avoided during the stay in Swiss lands as most wines are very expensive and could burn a hole in your pocket.