Over the past few years, the Switzerland tourism industry has grown to a great extent due to the well-developed network of transportation, and the efficient maintenance of all the tourist spots in Switzerland. Another main reason for the growth in Switzerland tourism is that the place can be visited at any time of the year. Switzerland also serves as a perfect romantic getaway for couples, with its beautiful mountains and lakes. One must have a Switzerland trip guide and a tourist map of Switzerland in order to explore some of the best areas of Switzerland.
Lavaux Vineyards in Geneva
The steep terraced vineyards benefit from three-fold warmth from solar, thermal and radiation sources: Directly from the sun, mirrored reflections from Lake Geneva and that of heat stored in the many stone walls in the surroundings. No wonder that this is the source of Switzerland’s Grand Crus in wine.
Take to the train, your bicycle or even walk to discover the 800 hectares of terraced vineyards of the Lavaux that have been accorded UNESCO World-Heritage listing. A footpath of 32 km in length leads from Lausanne-Ouchy to Chillon Castle. En route you’ll find 7 circuits complete with information panels detailing every facet of local viticulture. Taste locally produced wines in an authentic wine cellar and learns more about local wine growing culture and grape varieties.
From vine to wine in Lavaux
Assist a Lavaux winemaker in his daily work and enjoy an authentic experience of man and vine. This half-day of discovery includes working in the vineyard or the cellar (depending on the season), visiting the estate, wine tasting with a snack and a bottle of wine to take home as a souvenir. All reservations must, if possible, be made at least one week in advance.
Number of participants: 2-10
Languages: German, English, French
Saint Pierre in Geneva
St. Peter’s Cathedral (english), or Saint Pierre Cathedral (french) is over 850 years old Geneva’s main church, famous for Jan Kalvin preaching here. St. Peter’s Cathedral is located in the center of Geneva’s Old Town, slightly on the hill overseeing the city, combining various architectural styles from Gothic to Ancient, as it was being rebuilt over the centuries. Since 16th century Cathedral belongs the Reformed Church.
North and South Towers are available for visitors vith outstanding views over Geneva. Cathedral also hosts numerous concerts, there is an Archealogical Site and Maccabean Caple located here and open for the public.
The main building of St. Peter’s Cathedral is 64 meters long. It has a old, spacious and rather plain interior, highlighted by shiny candle-like looking chandeliers, with beautiful shrine, several rows of benches and few chapels. Side aisles contains huge stone blocks – tombstones of church dignitaries from 15th and 16th centuries.
Cathedral is rented for concerts sometimes.
There is no entrance fee for the St. Peter’s Cathedral.
One huge pipe organ to sound the whole ship is located above the entrance, in a back of the Cathedral. From the front it looks little bit like a huge gold-silver-red crown. Today, several loud speakers are installed on the pillars to provide for better (even though electronic) sound. Another smaller organ is at the front left side.
Lucerne, capital of the Canton of Lucerne, is the most populous city in central Switzerland and is the hub of all communication, transportation and government of the area. Located on the shore of Lake Lucerne, it is surrounded by the regional mountains of Rigi, Pilatus and Staserhorn, and draws a lot of tourists coming into Switzerland owing to it’s absolutely beautiful setting.
Lucerne is a favorite among tourists simply for the beauty that the city beholds. The mountainous view, the lake side setting, and the chilly weather all add to the aura of the city. It is the first stop for tourists before embarking on their journey of central Switzerland. Due to the fact that the river Reuss also cuts through the city, draining the lake, Lucerne is home to a number of bridges, the most popular of which is the Chapel Bridge, a 200m long wooden covered bridge, considered to be the oldest such bridge in Europe. Inside the bridge are paintings depicting the history of Lucerne. Other points of interest in the town include the Museghmauer, a wall built in the 14th century to protect the city, and the twin towers of the Church of St. Leodegar form an iconic part of the townscape. A trip to a Swiss city is incomplete without visiting a Swiss watch shop, which are available aplenty in this city. Lucerne is home mostly to the German speaking population of the country, which is also the official language of the Canton.
Nightlife in Lucerne
Nightlife in Lucerne, like any big European city, is up to the mark. It has several clubs and bars with amazing ambiences, some even perched on roof tops providing quite the atmosphere. Clubs such as Blue and Casineum are fancy and popular. The Loft Club has also gained quick popularity in the city.
- Chapel Bridge
- Lion Monument
- Swiss Museum of Transport
- Hofkirche St. Leodegar
- Spreuer Bridge
- Jesuit Church, Lucerne
- Glacier Garden of Lucerne
In a green valley enclosed between steep mountainsides, the climbing and winter sports capital of the Valais region is also one of Switzerland’s great international resorts. Zermatt is dominated by the definitive mountain, the huge and gracefully curved Matterhorn, making almost any angle a postcard view.
You can’t drive to Zermatt. The closest you can get by automobile is a large carpark, about five kilometers from the village, to which there are shuttles by electric vehicles. Trains from Brig deposit passengers right in the village; from here, a rack railroad, funicular, and cableways lift visitors to an endless series of panoramic Alpine views, as well as skiing and hiking trails.
Zermatt is famous for its magnificent long ski runs, with terrain for all skill levels, but it also offers outdoor sports for other seasons. There is a mountain trail for cyclists from the Winkelmatten up to the Furi, and the Zermatt Alpin Center offers expert guides for climbers year-round.
Hotels, fine restaurants, and luxury spas abound in Zermatt, but summer or winter, it’s the mountains that are still the prime tourist attraction.
Discover the best things to do during your visit with our list of the top tourist attractions in Zermatt.
- Klein Matterhorn
- Gornergrat Railway
- Monte Rosa
- Matterhorn Glacier Paradise