Pristine blue lakes and rivers,
Glistening against bright yellow sunshine.
Black and white jersey cows grazing on
Undulating green meadows.
Chocolate brown huts, castles, churches,
Hamlets, citadels and fortresses
Set against a backdrop of snow-white icy glaciers.
Landing in Switzerland is like
Diving straight into a painting.
There are many things to see in this lovely country. You will find that each destination you go to will mysteriously lead to another. That's just what makes it so hard to plan anything in advance when you're in Switzerland. While you're busy getting lost in some breathtaking mountain views, you'll be serendipitously transported to another enchanting destination waiting to be explored!
Trip duration: Switzerland is a small country, and can be properly travelled around and explored within a week or less. This itinerary is about five days long.
How to reach: You could fly into any of the bigger cities—Geneva, Zurich, or Bern—and take a train from there to reach wherever you plan to stay.
How to get around: The Swiss Rail system is the best way to get around in Switzerland, and its punctuality caught me surprise!
Traveller’s tip: My advice to anyone going to Switzerland would be to not plan anything beforehand. Just set out as a wanderer without an agenda and go with the flow. Remember to grab some small food items whenever you venture out since you might not realize just how much time you want to spend somewhere. And make sure you carry a windbreaker, since the weather tends to fluctuate immensely from sunny to cloudy, usually without warning. You could also wear your clothing as layers, which you could peel off one by one or add on depending on the weather.
Trivia: Incidentally, the triangular chunks Toblerone, the famous Swiss chocolate, represent the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. The story of 'Heidi', the girl of the Alps, comes from here too!