Scenic Switzerland

Michelle Peck just returned from a trip around Switzerland, where she explored snow capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and cities littered with Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

After landing in Zurich, Michelle made her way to Lausanne, a French-speaking city located on the edge of Lake Geneva.  To the south is a remarkable vista, where the French Alps reflect on the lake’s crystalline surface. The city itself contains a towering Gothic cathedral as well as plenty of shops and restaurants along its walkable streets.  Other highlights of Lausanne include the Olympic Museum and the various fine arts museums, where travelers can experience the city’s history, both modern and antiquated.

While based in Lausanne, Michelle also went on excursions to Lavaux and Lake Geneva.  Lavaux presented the opportunity for a scenic bike ride and a look at the region’s terraced vineyards.  On Lake Geneva, the group sailed across on a private boat to a tasting of the most decadent Swiss chocolate.

The lakeside ferris wheel in Geneva.

The resort town of Interlaken, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, is encased within mountains, forests, and glaciers.  From Interlaken, there was an excursion to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe, where the highest railway station in Europe is located.  At Jungfraujoch, visitors can admire the surrounding mountains and experience Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven.

Emmental provided a unique look at cheesemaking during a visit of the Emmentaler Show Dairy. Here, Michelle was able to get an inside look at the production of the famous cheese and later enjoy lunch among the rolling hills and valleys.  Visitors also get to ride e-bikes along the landscape to Lueg, a popular scenic overlook with views of the Emmental hills, the Bernese Alps, and the Jura Mountains.

Travelers can cross the Swiss landscape by train and admire the mountain views.

As the final stop, the city of Bern is a great destination for shopping, where painted statues of St. Bernards are scattered along the ancient streets.  A guided walking tour takes travelers from Old Town to the BearPark, stopping at both popular and obscure sites along the way, such as the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Einstein House.  At Mini-Schoggi, visitors can create their own chocolate bar with the help of professional chocolatiers.

Painted statues of St. Bernards line the streets of Bern.

Switzerland is a perfect place for those who enjoy a mix of urban history and untouched landscapes and allows travelers to immerse themselves in Swiss culture and lifestyle.