Switzerland: 1 country, 6 reasons to visit

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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 it is the perfect gateway to Switzerland.

Switzerland is a well-contained country in the heart of Europe and smaller than many 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 Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport. Whether basing yourself here and taking several day trips or using the airport as an entry point to discovering this fantastic country, here are our top tips to send you on your way.

1.   A cultural greeting in Zurich

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It, of course, makes sense to start your journey in Zurich. The city offers the best of 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 culture attractions, beautiful architecture and a lakeside promenade. When it is time for a rest stop at one of the many restaurants, cafés or bars. As you walk around, look out for some of the 1200 plus fountains that decorate the city’s streets.

2.   In search of chocolate

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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 making the perfect place to go in hunt of this sweet treat. Start at Cailler of Switzerland, Lindt or Frey and delve into this nation’s favorite delight. All across the country, you will find a plentiful supply of chocolatiers and shops, each with their own unique specialties and tastes.

3.   From airport to train station

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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 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

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Within a four-hour drive from Zurich, you can find yourself standing at the foot of the Eiger (3970m) in Grindelwald or in the magical village of Zermatt. Free from cars, Zermatt is the picture perfect Swiss village watched over by the Matterhorn (4478m), 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

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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, paragliding and skiing, this active nation has it all. You never need to go far to enjoy the great outdoors and spectacular scenery. 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.

6.      Border hopping

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Hop over the border and explore the even more petite country of Liechtenstein on a day trip. With a population of just over 37,000 (2014), it is the sixth smallest country in the world. The capital, Vaduz, is the cultural hub of museums and attractions, not to mention stunning architecture. Whether you go to Vaduz Castle, a 12th century fortress which sits above the city, surrounded by a backdrop of mountains, sample local wines at the winery or browse the national museum, there is plenty here to fill your day.

Zurich is the perfect gateway to Switzerland and whatever way you choose to explore this country, it will not fail to impress you.

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