While I don't currently have a trip going to Switzerland on the calendar (unless we are counting my 2021 trip - in that case, than I actually do!)
I had received an email from FODOR'S TRAVEL that had caught my attention:
25 Ultimate Things to Do in Switzerland
So of course I had to peak inside and see just what these 25 things were.
Not being all that surprised when I realized that we have already experienced 13 of them!
Keep in mind that out of the 12 we haven't done, this gal right here is really only interested in 5 (maaaaaybe 6) of what's left on the list. Here is the list according to Fodor's:
1. Ski in the Shadow of the Matterhorn -
In Zermatt, you can swoosh down first-class slopes and wind past the country’s most recognizable peak, the snaggletooth-shaped Matterhorn.
In the geographic heart of the country, Lucerne offers a quintessential Swiss experience.
With an altitude of 11,333 feet, the Jungfraujoch is the most accessible high-altitude peak in Europe.
The Swiss hills are alive with the sound of roughly 300 music festivals
5. Eat Cheese -
More than 450 types of cheese are produced in Switzerland, but two cheesy dishes reign supreme: Fondue and raclette.
6. See Chagall -
At 80 years old, Marc Chagall sat in the Fraumunster and agreed to take on the long-sought after project of creating five stained-glass windows for the famous church.
7. Go for a Hike -
Small, school-bus yellow signs dot nearly 40,000 miles of hiking trails throughout Switzerland.
In June, farmers strap large, ceremonious bells around their cows’ necks and lead them up the mountains where they spend the summer.
The Glacier Express between Zermatt and St. Moritz and the Bernina Express between Chur and Tirano, Italy are two of the most scenic.
There are several thousand lakes in Switzerland, with one estimate putting the number at 7,000.
At four in the morning on the Monday following Ash Wednesday all the lights in Basel are turned off and the city is lit by lanterns.
12. Discover the Origins of the Universe -
The home to the world’s largest, most powerful particle accelerator resides underneath the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the outskirts of Geneva.
13. Visit Grindelwald -
Surrounded by several famous peaks, Grindelwald is best known as the “Eiger village.”
Mount Pilatus looms over Lucerne and reaching the top involves a ride on the world’s steepest cog railway.
15. Visit Switzerland’s Oldest Town -
Located in the canton of Graubunden, known as the home of the legendary Heidi, is Switzerland’s oldest town: Chur.
On a gentle slope above Lake Geneva sits the Olympic Museum, a modern-day-shrine to the competitors, creators, and engineers behind the games.
17. Eat Like James Bond -
Not far from Interlaken, the Schilthorn mountain rises up more than 9,700 feet. At its peak, accessed by a four-stage cable car ride, sits the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant, famous as the set of the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Where we munched on some curly fries!
For centuries, the Swiss have been soaking in thermal waters and the natural springs that bubble up from the mountainous terrain.
19. Go Medieval -
Switzerland is littered with castles, but the most famous is Chateau de Chillon in Montreux. The 12th-century, well-preserved medieval castle perches on a rock island on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and has inspired writers like Lord Byron and Jean-Jacques Rosseau.
20. Hike Past Waterfalls -
The Lauterbrunnen Valley is often touted as one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, with more than 70 waterfalls that plummet from cliffs and cascade over mountain edges.
It’s hard to resist chocolate in Switzerland, so just give in.
The Aaare River winds through Bern, the country’s charming capital city. In the summer, thousands jump into the water and drift down to one of the handy red exit bars you can grab onto as you float by.
23. Cheer for Weird Sports -
Schwingen is Swiss style wrestling in sawdust for the grand-prize of a two-year-old bull. Steinstossen involves hurling heavy rocks as far as possible. And hornhussen, which looks like a cross between golf and baseball, involves whacking a puck with a long, flexible stick. Whoever catches the most pucks wins.
24. Visit Appenzell -
One of the least touristed regions of Switzerland, the car-free heart of Appenzell village features brightly-colored and intricately decorated chalets.
25. Raft Through the Swiss Grand Canyon -
Almost 10,000 years ago, the Rhine Glacier retreated, caused a landslide, and created the Vorderrhein Gorge, sometimes referred to as the Swiss Grand Canyon.
*For Fodor's FULL article read - 25 Ultimate Things to Do in Switzerland