I spent 3 months in Switzerland. I was working in Zurich, I got complete 12 weekends to travel all around Switzerland. This has been one of my top travel experiences, very different from all of my other trips. There was minimal planning, more spontaneity and a lots of hiking.
I’ll begin with my favorite experiences and places in Switzerland:
- The hike to Lac Du Louvie in Valais.
- The train ride up Brienz Rothorn, the weather was cloudy and rainy, but soon we went above the clouds, I got to see a few Ibex on the ridge.
- The hike up to the Faulhorn peak above First, near Grindelwald.
- The hike to Tanzbodeli from Gimmelwald in Bernese Oberland.
- Staying at mountain lodges, I wish I had done more of it.
- The ridge hike from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock. Super easy as well.
- Montreux and the vineyards above Lutry.
- Several places in the Engadine, especially Scuol and Guarda. And the food in Engadine and Ticino.
- The village of Murren and the views from there.
- Adelboden. Well, most of the places I went to were excellent.
- On the same trip I went to Chamonix and Malta. Both were fabulous
Some tips and impressions:
- Hiking: I soon realized, some of the really good views were only accessible by hiking, I hiked on most of the weekends, and it was absolutely worth it. Hiking was pretty easy, finding food wasn’t difficult, maps were easy, and time estimates given at various places on the hike were fairly accurate.
- Weather: That’s very important, however, it’s tricky as well. Weather forecasts were often good, but you really don’t know what to expect when there is a 40% chance of rain. So, from all that I saw, there are a few days in the summer with heavy rain, and the clouds can get really low in the mountains, but at the same time it can get quite dramatic as well. But one shouldn’t have much expectations from these days, better to spend these days in places like Montreux, Lugano, Bern. Then there are the days when it’s a little cloudy in the day, rain/thunderstorms in the evening, you might see a few hours of sunshine on the morning and late evening as well. On these days, it’s always better to begin activity early in the morning(really early). And then there are the clear days, which are absolutely perfect, always better to plan for a hike on such days.
- Food and costs: While it’s expensive, I thought most meals were good value for money, especially in the smaller towns. You can really fill up on fondue for about 26 Francs. About 35 Francs is generally good for a couple of courses, sometimes, even 30 is good enough. As a vegetarian I really enjoyed the food all over Switzerland, the variety and quality exceeded my expectations.
- Traveling around: Almost always by trains or by bus, I bought a Half pass, which was great. Supersaver tickets bought with the half pass made travel tremendously cheaper, however supersaver tickets are available only for major routes.
Things I would have done differently:
- Spent some more time in Valais
- Tried to go to Appenzell, but I just couldn’t get a place to stay on the weekends in the mountain lodges.
- Stayed more at mountain lodges.
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