Once you allow the effervescent pulse of Switzerland to run through your veins, you will undoubtedly agree with Mr. Kolliker. This little European jewel has so much to offer. Its stylish cities will seduce you into discovering something new or experiencing something old in a fresh way. The countless outdoor adventures available in its expansive greenery will literally give you a breath of fresh air. The exceptional hospitality of the locals and their quality produce will numb your envy of their astounding quality of life. As a nation of extreme wealth, don’t let its expensiveness perturb you – with so much to see and do, there will more than likely be tears shed when the time comes to leave this magnificent country that seems to calmly tick along like its signature cuckoo clocks.
As a landlocked country bordering France, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein and Italy, Switzerland floats like a little European cloud nine. Here, the highest mountains in Europe encase rivers, lakes and green pastures and are dissected by bewitching waterfalls. Cable car rides are a suburb mode of transport to appreciate such breathtaking scenery that rivals anywhere else in the world. Become dazzled when you take Europe’s highest aerial cable car up the Little Matterhorn in Zermatt or by boarding the world’s first revolving cable car on Mount Titlis.The mountains are indeed the perfect place to get sporty no matter what time of the year. Summer hikes are a popular Swiss pastime, where over 50,000 kilometres of marked trails await you set in the most stunning surroundings of blue skies and snow-capped mountains. Hit the slopes in winter where all kinds of snow sports are close at hand – why not try glacier walking? Hotspots for cold sports include St Moritz, Verbier and Zermatt which are infused with a lively ski party atmosphere.
Renowned for its divine dairy delights, a visit to Gruyères at the foot of the pre-alps would be wisely advised for avid food connoisseurs. Home to the nation’s favourite cheese and various cheese factories, travelers can sample the tasty merchandise! For chocoholics, board the famous “chocolate train” from Gruyères to Montreux, the city where the quality Cailler chocolate originated (tastings are a plenty here too!). Delectable native dishes are a must try when touring through Switzerland’s trendy main cities. Why not sample Fondue Bourguignonne (cubed meat with various sauces) before hitting the flourishing avant-guard club scene in Zurich? Be brave enough to nibble on Pieds de porc (pigs’ trotters) in Geneva before visiting its stunning 11th century Saint Peter’s Cathedral.
Located virtually in the centre of Europe, you can easily reach other European countries within hours – assuming you will ever want to leave.