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Category Archives: Switzerland

Things to Do in Thun, Switzerland- Gateway to the Bernese Oberland

Thun is known as the gateway to the Bernese Oberland, but not just because of its geographical location. The city and its surrounding landscape serve as a wonderful introduction to the history, culture, and natural beauty of this region in Switzerland. With several Swiss heritage sites of national significance, an enviable alpine backdrop, and riverside...

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Getting to Know St. Gallen, Switzerland- A Tour of St. Gallen’s Old Town

St. Gallen, a city in northeastern Switzerland, was a place I didn’t know much about until I arrived. What I discovered was an elegant city with a long and interesting history, growing from a small hermitage into an influential urban centre. With only one evening and a morning to explore, I decided to join a...

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Alta Verzasca Bike Route- Cycling in Switzerland’s Verzasca Valley

I made it a point to do some cycling during my two weeks in Switzerland and one of my favourite routes was Alta Verzasca Bike, in the upper Verzasca Valley. Cycling in the Verzasca Valley was the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and traditional architecture that makes the Ticino canton such a wonderful...

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Hiking Down Monte Brè- Switzerland’s Sunniest Mountain

One of the best ways to experience both the natural beauty and Italian influence of Lugano is by hiking on Monte Brè. Monte Brè is one of two mountains that frame the lakeside city of Lugano, separating Switzerland from Italy just a short distance away. From the top of Monte Brè, I got to witness...

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Swiss Travel Pass Guide- How to Buy and Use the Swiss Travel Pass

Switzerland was an absolute joy to visit and a big reason for that was how easy the Swiss Travel Pass made it to explore the country by public transportation. For my two week trip to Switzerland, I decided to utilize the Swiss Travel Pass since it was inclusive of many different types of transportation, straightforward...

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6 Memorable Things to Do in Zermatt- Switzerland’s Alpine Paradise

Of all the wonderful locations included in my two week Switzerland itinerary, there was no place I was more excited to visit than Zermatt. Zermatt had everything I hoped to see and experience on my first trip to Switzerland– wooden chalets, rocky mountains, sprawling glaciers, sparkling lakes, alpine hikes, and oh-so satisfying cheese fondue. And...

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7 Wonderful Things to Do in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Schaffhausen may not be top of mind when thinking about places to visit on a trip to Switzerland, but it absolutely should be. This small historic town in northern Switzerland has plenty of charm and a surprising amount of attractions. With Renaissance period architecture, a lovely riverside location, close proximity to Switzerland’s largest waterfall, and...

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Hiking the Five Lakes Trail in Zermatt- See Unforgettable Views of the Matterhorn

Switzerland is known for its outdoor adventures and alpine scenery and one of the best ways to experience both is by hiking the Five Lakes trail in Zermatt. The Five Lakes Walk (5-Seenweg) is a pleasant day hike in Zermatt that offers extraordinary views of the Matterhorn mountain (you know, the one on the Toblerone...

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What to Expect on Your First Trip to Switzerland- A First Time Visitor’s Guide

My first trip to Switzerland was a long time coming- it was a place I’d dreamed about visiting for many years before I finally went. I’d spent hours admiring photos, building Switzerland up in my mind so much that I arrived expecting near perfection. Luckily, it was even better than I’d imagined and all the...

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2 Weeks in Switzerland- My Itinerary for Active Travellers

Before my 2 week trip to Switzerland, I had a somewhat stereotypical vision of what Switzerland would be like. I expected to see wooden chalets, meadows surrounded by rugged mountains, and cows grazing in green pastures as bells around their necks rung with every move. I looked forward to indulging in warm cheese fondue and...

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