Top 5 Must Do's in SwitzerlandEdit This
1. Jungfraujoch sits at 11,333 feet in the Bernese Alps, officially recognized as the top of Europe. At Lauterbrunnen you can take a ride on an old cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch, which is not only the top of Europe, but the train station in Jungfraujoch also happens to be the highest train station in Europe. The train ride takes about 50 minutes with occasional stops for lookouts. The views along the way are breathtaking, and once visitors reach the top they are able to explore the Aletsch Glacier, the Sphinx Observatory, or hike to the Monchjoch Hut.
2. Zermatt is a laid back ski resort village that lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. One third of the infamous Swiss Alps are positioned around this picturesque village, and Zermatt is home to the highest ski area within the Alps. There are numerous things to do in Zermatt such as: taking the Matterhorn ski safari, participating in the entire range of winter activities, going on glacier excursions, a visit to see how cheese is made, visiting world renown spas and resorts, or a ride on the highest cable car that leads to the Klein Matterhorn offering a spectacular 360 degree view.
3. Lucerne is located in central Switzerland and situated around the gorgeous Lake Lucerne. The city offers many fantastic nature hikes and walks, and offers spectacular views of Mount Pilatus and Rigi of the Swiss Alps. One of the highlights in Lucerne has to be the wooden Chapel Bridge dating back to the 14th Century. Other great sights within Lucerne are the Wasserturm, the Mill Bridge with it's infamous Dance of Death painting, Old Town Lucerne, the Church of St. Leodegar, and the very popular Lion Monument.
4. Chateau de Chillon is located in Veytaux on the edge of Lake Geneva. The castle itself is made up of over 100 separate buildings that were later joined together to complete the marvel that it is today. Parts of the castle date back to different times, but the oldest parts of the castle date somewhere between 1000 and 1160. The Chillon Castle is awe inspiring, and was made popular by Lord Byron's poem "The Prisoner of Chillon".
5. Lauterbrunnen is a municipality that lies in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. This areas contains the villages of Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg, Isenfluh, and Wengen. This area is approximately 64 square miles of one of the deepest glacial valleys, and is a great jumping off point to explore the wonders of Switzerland. In Lauterbrunnen you can enjoy many great hikes, train rides, wonderful restaurants, gondola rides to Gimmelwald, a stop in the adrenaline fueled Interlaken, or a stop to view the powerful Trummelbach Falls.
February 09, 2010 new by marley16kristin