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Best things to do in Switzerland if you’re a first-time visitor

Best things to do in Switzerland: Explore a mountain with a lake in the background.

They say good things come in small packages, and this could not be more true of Switzerland. This small country is a magical land where cheese is sold by the tonne, chocolate is so smooth you’re convinced it was hand crafted by the Gods and wine is produced directly from the UNESCO vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva. Here are the best things to do in Switzerland if it’s your first visit:

From word class ski resorts and iconic musical festivals to hiking in the alps and swimming in any of its 1500 lakes; Switzerland is a traveller’s dream that can be enjoyed year round.My top picks of things to do:


Think fresh mountain air, après ski and charming chalets lining the cobble stoned streets. This little ski village is a car-free zone where the only way to get around is by foot, train or horse drawn carriage.

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Zermatt has many mountains that sit at an altitude of over 4000m which can cause altitude sickness in people from areas of lower elevations. Drink plenty, sleep plenty and remember that alcohol has a magnifying effect when at altitude (just sayin’).


Often thought to be the country’s capital (Bern is the capital fyi), Zurich is Switzerland’s banking and finance hub. It’s where an old city with streets that reflect its pre-medieval history meets modern, with many new businesses running their operations out of Zurich. It is unique in that the Limmat River runs through the middle of the city before joining Lake Zurich.

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This small and old city in central Switzerland may be the most touristy yet, however there’s a very good reason why travellers flock to visit. The city offers everything including a delightful and charming old town, one of the largest lakes in the country and the alps, all within approximately 5 kilometres of each other.

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Some of the best things to do in Switzerland are exploring a snow-covered mountain with a group of people.

Lavaux Vineyard Terrasses- UNESCO:

Take a stroll through the 30km long vineyards that stretch from the Chateau de Chillon to the outskirts of Lausanne. I would recommend to visit in summer when the sun is shining, the lake is turquoise blue and the vineyards are ripe and green. Stop off at the Barron Tavernier for lunch and a glass of wine whilst you enjoy a panoramic view over Lake Geneva.

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Montreux Jazz Festival:

This world famous festival takes place over 2 weeks every July in Montreux, situated on Lake Geneva. This festival has hosted artists such as Prince, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, Muse, Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sandé and Stevie Wonder just to name a few. From silent discos to strobe clubs, the event is the highlight of Switzerland’s festival season and is absolutely not to be missed.

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