Switzerland, as one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, is also Europe’s most expensive country. The country is home to shimmering lakes, picturesque mountains, tiny walled medieval towns, endless green fields you want to explore, delicious food, incredible beer, and friendly people. Its charm is really irresistible. Today we offer some travel advice for budget travelers.
Things to Do
- Visit Bern
Bern, Switzerland’s capital, is the least like the capital, it doesn’t have an international atmosphere, the entire city remains in ancient times. The picturesque Bern is the “City of Clocks”. The clock tower, the fountain, the cobblestone street, and the red tile roof has an indescribable charm as a representative element of this city.
As night falls, Bern takes us on a fast track into the middle ages to enjoy the slow pace of life in this world heritage city. Citizens pay attention to enjoy and leisure, every sunny day, people will take outdoor equipment, hiking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
- Visit Zurich
Zurich is set on beautiful Zurich Lake, near the mountains. I love the historic center that opens up on the lake – a perfect day is sitting in the parks, and drinking a beer on the lakefront. With a hopping nightlife, filled with endless bars and restaurants, this wonderful city is bustling with activity. It’s an extremely global city and you’ll discover expats and students from all around the world living and working here. It’s also very arty and full of street art and exhibitions.
- Visit Lucerne
Nestled between a backdrop of towering mountains and a sparkling lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most visited cities. You can’t get much more of a classic Swiss destination than Lucerne. Located on the gorgeous Lucerne Lake, the city offers a brilliant mix of urban life and nature. The most characteristic sight in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden bridge running diagonally across the Reuss. Apart from being a picturesque centerpiece for Lucerne, the bridge, built in 1333, is interesting for the more than 100 17th-century pictures hanging from the roof rafters inside, depicting patron saints and scenes from the town’s history.
When to Visit
The right time to visit Switzerland depends entirely on what you’d like to do. Most visitors visit Switzerland in the summer season, from May to September. July and August have the warmest temperatures, with snow-free hiking trails and longer days. If you’re around on August 1st, you’ll witness tons of celebrations for Swiss National Day (fireworks!). Peak temperatures are 65°-82°F (18 to 28 °C), with almost no humidity. So prepare for your trip to Switzerland based on your choice!!
What to Eat
It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but is now eaten all over Switzerland and around the world. Many Swiss people consider rösti to be a national dish. These Swiss-style hash browns are often eaten as a side dish to accompany many other Swiss foods, often replacing fries or other potato sides. At its most simple, it consists of fried grated potato, many people like adding other ingredients, often according to their region, including cheese, apple and onion.
Originally from the canton of Valais, raclette is a local semi-firm cheese that plays a important role in the tasty dish. This consists of heating the cheese and scraping off the melted part to then cover potatoes, onions, vegetables and meat. This will be a perfect feast for taste and vision. In Switzerland raclette is typically served with tea, other warm beverages, or Fendant wine.
- Zürcher Geschnetzeltes
It translates as ‘cut meat Zurich style’, but if you see it on a menu in Switzerland the dish will be made using strips of veal and sometimes veal liver. The veal is cooked with mushrooms, onions, wine and cream. It’s typically served with Rösti but is widely enjoyed with tagliatelle, rice, or mashed potatoes.
Where to Stay
In Switzerland, you have a wealth of options to decide where to stay. All this rural beauty combines with a variety of captivating cities – capital Bern with its medieval old town, Germanic Basel and its head-turning architecture, chic Geneva and its taste for luxury, and sprawling Zürich with its artsy edge, riverside bars and fondue restaurants. There’s no shortage of accommodation options in Switzerland, with an abundance of hotels to choose from, plus many lodges, chalets and lake view apartments available to rent.