Switzerland may be one of the smallest countries in Europe with a population of around 8 million people, but that doesn’t mean it has any less to offer than our neighbors. The land known for its cows, cheese and chocolate is surprisingly diverse whether it be in its landscapes, its architecture, its food, its traditions and even its languages (there are four official languages in Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansch).
With travelers craving the great outdoors, yearning for transformative experiences, and naturally feeling more secure in medically-safe countries after Covid19, Switzerland has more than one trick up its sleeves to quench your thirst for travel.
Here’s our take on why Switzerland should be at the top of your post-corona bucket list:
Not only was Switzerland declared as the world’s safest country for travelers in 2020, but it was also ranked #3 in the world’s safest countries against the Coronavirus! Thanks to our high government stability and world-class medical system, you can enjoy a care-free holiday in Switzerland knowing that you are in good hands. Oh, and everything is super clean too.
While we’re all impatiently waiting to hear the sacred words “Your boarding pass, please”, chances are we won’t be running to the crowded cities at first. Instead, most of us will prefer to holiday in the vast outdoors, large open spaces and the serene countryside. And if anyone does the outdoors well, it’s Switzerland. With over 66’000km of hiking trails, 300+ alpine resorts, approx. 7’000 lakes and uncountable jaw-dropping panoramas, our little slice of paradise boasts endless possibilities no matter what you’re looking for.
If you do want to visit a city or two along the way to get your shopping fix or just admire the architecture, the great thing about Switzerland is that they’re never too far away. You can be in the middle of the most impressive mountain peaks during the day, and then have a Michelin-star dinner in the city in the evening. All of our cities are beautifully-preserved, clean and architecturally stunning, whether you visit the capital city of Bern, Zurich, Luzern, Lausanne or even smaller hamlets like Thun, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein or Vevey. Plus, they never get too crowded, nor are they overwhelming.
Another trend we’re seeing in the industry is the longing for smaller boutique properties versus the bigger hotels. We’re blessed with a number of boutique properties that beautifully show case the art of Swiss hospitality and a “je ne sais quoi” of Switzerland that you can’t help but fall in love with. They have all adapted and implemented strict measures to ensure the utmost hygiene and security after Covid19.
And what’s the point of escaping to the great outdoors and staying in fabulous boutique properties if it’s to face the masses in a train? Switzerland is one of the best road trip destinations you can find: it’s easy to drive around, rental cars are in great condition, the views from some of the roads are absolutely awe-inspiring, and navigation is a piece of cake. To be honest, we always suggested that our travelers drive either themselves or with a driver, as it’s the best way to take the road less travelled to reach the most special places in the country. The bonus point: you can stop anywhere you want to along the way to take a photo… and believe us when we say you’ll want to!
One of the most common misconceptions we come across is that everything in Switzerland looks the same – that you see one city and one mountain, and you’re good to go. However, the landscapes, the architecture and even the people change completely from one region to the next: you can easily spend 2-3 weeks in Switzerland, and see something new every day. We regularly have travelers come back a second and a third time to see more because they couldn’t get enough the first time.
You don’t have to be a skier, an adrenaline junkie, an avid hiker or mountain lover to enjoy Switzerland. Our gorgeous countries caters to everyone, from those looking to just enjoy some well-deserved R & R, to those looking to be out and about all day. It caters to families as much as it does to couples, no matter your age.
The value of the human connection will certainly multiply by 100 after the pandemic. It will no longer be about just hitting a button on a camera, but it will be about a deeper, more transformative form of travel. Switzerland is fortunate to be a country rich in traditions and know-hows, and our locals are ready to welcome those curious to step in their shoes: get up at sunrise to meet a local cheese-maker in his remote alpine hut to observe how he makes cheese using the most traditional of methods, visit a local paper-cutting artist in her private home, visit a family of wine-makers to learn all the secrets of Swiss wine-making, or just stop by the workshop of one of the last alphorn makers in Switzerland for an unparalleled immersive experience. Our aim is to connect you to the storytellers that immerse you in the essence of Switzerland.
To start planning your custom journey through Switzerland, contact Chantal & Max, your Swiss travel specialists, at email@example.com. “A bientôt”!