Switzerland is an astonishing country. The big cities take your breath away with their sweeping skyline vistas, and you fall in love with the small villages and their enchanting landscapes.
It’s the perfect country for adventurers, as it has so much to offer. Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences, like standing at the top of Europe!
From enchanting lakes in Interlaken to mesmerizing views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt – these are six ways to have an unforgettable adventure in Switzerland!
1. Climb The Matterhorn
The Matterhorn is Switzerland’s most iconic peak, famous for its pyramid shape. Climbing this majestic peak in an adventure that lasts for six days is bound to be an experience you will never forget.
Head to Zermatt if this experience is right up your alley. The resort town in the foot of the Matterhorn is a picturesque spot, and the perfect location to begin the ascent. The most popular trail begins at Zermatt’s Hornli ridge, and the actual ascent can be completed in just two days.
However, this is a guided tour, and includes a full, 6-day climbing course. The course includes a lot of preparation for the terrain and weather conditions, which are crucial for a successful ascent.
2. Skydiving In Interlaken, Switzerland
Tandem skydiving is one of the most exciting adventures you can have in Switzerland. We recommend heading to Interlaken to try this experience, as it is the most popular spot in the country for skydiving.
That is because of the stunning landscape of the area. The thrilling jump from the airplane is preceded by a 15-minute scenic Zurich airport transfer ride, which allows you to enjoy views of the Swiss Alps and the two beautiful lakes.
And then there’s the fall. As you plunge yourself in the air, you can expect to freefall for some 45 seconds, reaching speeds of about 120 miles per hour. After the parachute is deployed, you’ll remain in the air for an extra 5-7 minutes, allowing you to really take in the gorgeous scenery. And giving you some time to beg your skydiving instructor to go again.
3. Chocolate Tour Of Zurich
Would you ever forget the taste of the most exquisite chocolates in the world? Of course you wouldn’t, so definitely plan to eat your way through Zurich.
This exquisite city is home to some of the best and most renowned chocolatiers from around the world, who have perfected the art of making chocolates. From truffles that melt in your mouth to spicy and unique chocolate bars – the taste of these delicacies will stay etched into your brain a long time after you leave this wonderful city.
There are several ways to go about touring Zurich’s chocolate hotspots. You can go for a guided tour, which will take you to the best shops in the city. Most tours include tastings at these shops, and some even let you attend a class and learn how to make these delicacies yourself. In addition to that, all tours will give you some sort of discount at the most popular chocolate shops in the city, so you can easily stock up on pricey pralines.
4. Visit Top Of Europe
Visiting the Top of Europe is as unforgettable as it sounds. This is easily the highlight of any trip to Switzerland, and even UNESCO recognizes it as a World Heritage Site. A cogwheel train will take you here, and the ride alone is a thrilling experience.
Top of Europe is home to Europe’s highest train station (at an altitude of almost 3500 meters), and many other alpine wonders. Definitely visit the ice palace, as it is truly a mind-blowing experience. And don’t forget to climb the Sphinx observation deck, for some truly breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
You can also visit Lindt Chocolate Heaven here, where you can learn about how chocolate bars are made. You will be taught by a virtual chocolatier, and you will also get the opportunity to try some of the chocolates.
Or you can just enjoy winter sports. Jungfraujoch is a very popular spot for skiing, tubing, snowboarding and sledding, and you can rent all necessary equipment on-site.
5. Build An Igloo in Switzerland
How would you like to build your own igloo? It’s definitely an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life, and it can be incredibly fun if you’re travelling with a group of friends.
Building an igloo is an experience you have to book, and you can do so in various different parts of the country. Pretty much the only prerequisite is that there is snow on the ground, so it’s definitely an adventure you will want to have if you’re spending winter in Switzerland.
You will be provided with an experienced guide, which will teach you about all the ins and outs of igloo building. Depending on where (and with whom) you decide to book this experience, you can either get pre-cut snow blocks, or a snow saw to cut them yourself. And most of these experiences include some snowshoe hiking, in order to reach the secluded igloo villages.
The best part is that you can usually spend the night in the igloo you built!
6. Dog Sledding
Dog sledding is another unforgettable adventure you have to try in Switzerland. There are many places in the country where you can book a ride, but Valais definitely has some of the best tours. The scenic views of the Matterhorn in the background really make these rides memorable and exciting.
The rides last anywhere between 20 minutes and 2 hours, and include getting dragged around in the snow by a pack of healthy and fluffy huskies. You will always get an opportunity to meet the dogs and sometimes you can even give them belly rubs.
Depending on where you decide to book a dog sledding ride, you might get an opportunity to stop a few times along the way and take photos. If you’re visiting Switzerland during winter, this is an adventure you shouldn’t miss out on!
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About the Photo
The photo in the header above was taken from Harder Kulm, top of Interlaken, Switzerland, by Linda Aksomitis.
About the Author
The article was written by Anna Timbrook, who currently makes her home in Switzerland.