Switzerland is all about yodeling and watches and skiing. Except that it is not. Switzerland is a country of incomparable beauty where the alps rise up to meet startling blue skies in a way that photos do not really do justice to – even the best ones that we’ve all thought to be outstanding. Cities that charm us with architecture that is the stuff of fairy tales and with the sturdiness of their plans are scattered all over this enchanting country. Skiers may believe that they have found their version of Mecca but you don’t have to be an athlete to fall in love with Switzerland.
The climate of Switzerland can be described as moderate, with the summer temperatures ranging from 18 to 28 degrees Celsius and winter seeing lows in the range of minus 2 degrees Celsius. Remember that this is a land of mountain where it gets cool as you go up, even in summer. A sweet trip to Switzerland requires excellent walking shoes and layered clothing.
You will need your sturdy shoes as you walk about Geneva, as it is a city that you’ll want to explore on foot, and from the early morning until the late evening. The history oozes out of Geneva’s buildings, like the sublime St. Pierre Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century and where John Calvin preached. The Palais des Nations, home to the UN, can be toured in groups and the Patek Philippe Museum is a must-see space for lovers of Swiss watches. A side trip from Geneva to Gruyeres is easily accomplished where, of course, you can eat some of the best cheese on the planet.
This is where the yodeling comes in. Well, who can resist an amateur yodel while taking in some of the most iconic imagery in Europe? The Bernina Express, a train ride that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most memorable ways to take in the Alps; the views are truly stunning and the train ride itself a joyous event.
Lindt chocolate, anyone? The factory where this world-famous chocolate is made does give tours and you go get to taste this yummiest of chocolates. Zurich has a medieval old town within it that simply must be walked in leisure; it makes you feel as if you’ve gone back in time, and to a wonderful time at that.
Switzerland fills you up and asks you to come back for more.
Airlines servicing the route between Australia and Switzerland include China Southern Airlines, China eastern Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air France, Qantas Airways, KLM, Air Berlin, British Airways, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Finnair, Finnair, Thai Airways and Air India.
Australia to Switzerland
Popular stopovers between Australia and Switzerland include Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Berlin and Paris.
More information at the Switzerland Holidays guide.