Whether passing through Zurich on business, exploring the city, traveling around Europe or using the airport as a base to explore, here are six reasons why Switzerland should be next on your bucket list to visit!
Switzerland is a well-contained country in the heart of Europe and smaller than most of its neighbors, but what it doesn’t have in land mass, it more than makes up for in beauty. Here are six reasons why you should plan your stopover at one of our Radisson hotels in Switzerland. Whether you base yourself in Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport and take several day trips, or explore the serene Swiss Alps in all its wonderful wilderness from the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen in Andermatt, here are our top tips to send you on your way!
1. A cultural greeting in Zurich
It, of course, makes sense to start your journey in Zurich. The city offers the best of not just both, but all worlds. A charming old town meets a cosmopolitan heart; situated at the north of Lake Zurich but just a stone’s throw from the Swiss Alps. Zurich is filled with cultural attractions, beautiful architecture and a lakeside promenade. When it is time for a rest, stop at one of the many restaurants, cafés or bars that you are sure to find at any corner in the city. As you walk around, look out for some of the 1200 plus fountains that decorate the city’s streets.
2. In search of chocolate
For most, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Switzerland is chocolate. The Swiss have perfected the art of making chocolate, with Zurich and the surrounding areas at the heart of your hunt for this sweet treat. Start at Lindt in Zurich and then move to Cailler of Switzerland, or Frey and delve into this nation’s favorite delight. All across the country, you will find an abundant supply of chocolatiers and shops, each with their own unique specialties and tastes.
3. From airport to train station
Switzerland is known for its breathtaking rail journeys and world-class engineering, which makes for some pretty incredible train trips. Fly into Zurich and jump a train to a destination of your choice. There are many routes to choose from including the Golden Pass, Wilhelm Tell Express, Bernina Express or the Glacier Express. The latter is perhaps the most spectacular of all. Many trains have panoramic windows so you won’t miss a single thing as it meanders along the track. If you plan to travel by train, pick from a choice of Swiss Travel Passes to suit your needs and enjoy the benefits of discounted travel.
4. Majestic mountains
Within a four-hour drive from Zurich, you can find yourself standing at the foot of the Eiger (3970m) in Grindelwald also home to the famous Jungfraujoch, which literally puts you at the top of Europe. Spend time in the magical village of Zermatt which is the picture perfect Swiss village, free from cars and watched over by the Matterhorn (4478m), the famous Toblerone mountain which stands astride the Swiss/Italian border. Zermatt is famous for its year round skiing and fantastic Après ski as well as tranquil meadows and hiking trails in the summer.
5. Getting active
If you’re a lover of the outdoors, whatever activity you choose, you can bet it will be set against a breathtaking background. From football, golf and tennis, to climbing, hiking, paragliding and skiing, this active nation has it all. You never need to go far to enjoy the great outdoors and spectacular scenery. Contrary to Andermatt's popularity as a ski station, hiking fans will also love the Oberlap Pass which is perfect for a full day of hiking. After a day of physical activity, you will surely need a place to rest. The Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt is perfectly located right in the heart of town.If you are not feeling active there are plenty of cable cars, trains and gondolas to take you to the highest heights while you simply sit back and take in the views.
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6. In search of adventure
Animal lovers will definitely appreciate a trip to Basel where you can find Switzerland's oldest and largest zoo! This impressive enclosure is home to various species and kinds of animals, even the kind you would least expect like the Australian kangaroo! You can stay close to the action at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel which is perfectly located next to the train station and connects you to any city in the country. Since Switzerland is known for its beautiful lakes, a visit to Lake Blausee is a must, and its just an hour and 45 minute car ride from Basel. You can hike around the lake in the Kander Valley with a beautiful view of snow capped mountains all year round and the crystal clear blue water surrounded by lush trees makes it the perfect location for breathtaking pictures.
Nature lover? Strap on your hiking boots and head to the beautiful Tatras Mountains for a hike of a lifetime!
Zurich is the perfect gateway to Switzerland and whatever way you choose to explore this country, it will not fail to impress you.
Gute Reise! Bon Voyage!