Switzerland

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

The pastoral beauty of Switzerland

The pastoral beauty of Switzerland

Do you think of Switzerland as an enchanting place of stately mountains, fine chocolates and extraordinary cheeses? You would be right.

But what if I told you that you could enjoy some of the finest adventure travel activities on land, in the air, and even some on the water? You can, and it’s all a part of the experience that is Switzerland adventure travel.

Switzerland is really a package deal that includes some of the best things you can imagine about a trip to France, Germany or Italy. All three cultures have a strong presence in, and influence on, Switzerland.

As far as adventure travel experiences go… imagine sampling exquisite wines along the border of France one day, taking in a Germanic Oktoberfest the next and following that up with a taste of Italy in the regions bordering that romantic nation?

How about a hot air balloon ride over picturesque vineyards, seeing the Alps from a birds perspective as you paraglide beside wondrous peaks and over scenic valleys or getting in some of the best snow skiing in the world?

Switzerland is magical place, but it does come with a price tag. You might want to check the costs involved with where you plan to go and then check the currency conversion rate.

The bottom line: My guess is that you’re going to fall in love with Switzerland. I’ve spent a good bit of time in Bern, and I loved it. And if you’re up for a fresh shot of adrenaline head over to the Interlaken area and try some of the adventure activities there.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

One look at the Alps in Switzerland, and you’ll know the meaning of exotic. These majestic mountains provide a regal backdrop to one of the most scenic countries in the world.

The allure of Switzerland may begin with the striking scenery, but you’ll soon be captivated by the culture, which is mainly influenced by peoples from France, Germany and Italy. It’s a unique blend, and it seems like you have the best of Europe right here in one country.

If you enjoy discovery and exploration of the mysterious you’re going to want tour some of the enchanting castles that seem to populate every nook and cranny of this age-old country. They are the magical thread that runs through this fairytale land.

There’s a famous scene from the movie The Sound of Music where in the final shot you see the von Trapp family climb over the Alps into Switzerland. That will give you an idea of the exotic nature of this country. And it also proves that the von Trapps knew an excellent trekking adventure when they saw one.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

When in Switzerland you get to experience three extraordinary cultures in one place: French, German and Italian. And in the heart of Switzerland there’s a unique Swiss culture all its own.

There is so much incredible culture to be enjoyed on your Switzerland adventure that your senses will suffer a pleasure overload.

You’ll find the architecture to be absolutely stunning from the Federal Palace in Bern to the Einsiedeln Abby in the Canton of Schwyz. The structures are simply awe inspiring.

The sights and inviting aromas of the Swiss cuisine is truly a culinary delight as you sample the best Italian, German and French dishes as well as some delicious Swiss cuisine including their world-famous chocolates and cheeses.

You’ll want to partake of the cultural tours without a doubt. And if you’re a people person you’ll be in heaven as you’re introduced to an eclectic variety of personalities, lifestyles and viewpoints that are sure to enhance your world view.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Switzerland is a place with a wide variety of adventure travel sports to choose from. Because it’s a land-locked country, about the only things you won’t find here are the ocean-related activities.

You can take to the sky and paraglide or hang glide along the Alps, go horseback riding in some gorgeous pastoral settings, get wet while on an adrenaline-filled white water rafting excursion and go snow skiing to your heart’s content.

If that weren’t enough you can also try any of the following adventure travel activities listed below.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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