Switzerland is a beautiful Central European country, with spectacular views over the snow covered peaks of Alps, lakes, rivers and meadows. Here is a list of a great places you can discover in a seven days trip.
The Geneva lake area is what I liked the most, especially beautiful vineyards around the town of Montreaux.
Montreux is a traditional small resort town located on Lake Geneva. It is best known for Montreux Jazz Festival which has, in last 50 years, hosted some of the greatest musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King and, Miles Davis among others. One of the most notable residents of Montreux was Freddie Mercury, whose statue was erected on the promenade overlooking the lake.
If I could pick just one place that took my breath away it would be the beauty of the Lavaux Vineyards. I would recommend to visit town of Chexbres, located up the hill from Montreux to enjoy spectacular view over vineyards, lake and the Alps. If you’d like to enjoy this view over a lunch or just a coffee, visit Le Deck Restaurant.
It wasn’t only Freddie Mercury who made Switzerland his second home. One of the most notable residents of the town of Morges was Audrey Hepburn, who found the place peaceful and spent a lot of time there. She was also buried at the local cemetery.
In Morges you can enjoy walking or riding a bike by the lake, visit the castle or Military Museum. One of the most well known events in the town is the Tulip Festival (usually held in April or May). During this time the city is decorated with flowers all vying for the top prize.
The hilly city of Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud, located between Morges and Montreux on Lake Geneva. Laussane is the headquarters of many international companies and the International Olympic Committee. There is also Olympic Museum with a great collection of medals, awards and stories since the first modern Olympic Games, which were held in Athens in 1896. I had a great opportunity to visit for the opening of 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The event celebrating the opening in the Olympic Museum was accompanied by a band playing Brazilian music. The atmosphere was great. We enjoyed drinks, food and Brazilian rhythm, surrounded with the photos and awards of the world’s greatest athletes.
Geneva is a cosmopolitan city located on the shores of the Europe’s largest Alpine lake. It is also the most populous city of the French speaking part of Switzerland. It is the center of dozens of non – governmental organizations, headquarters of the UN, and has many luxurious hotels and jewelry shops, familiar Swiss chocolate stores, museums, bars and restaurants.
If the weather is clear, from Geneva, you will be able to enjoy a stunning view over the top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe (measuring 4808m), which is always covered with snow.
Although many think of Zurich or Geneva is the capital of Switzerland, the real capital is the beautiful medieval city of Bern. The old town in Bern is UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes it even more interesting are the Arcades that extend for a few kilometers into the old town. Inside the arcades are many shops, so even if the weather is bad it won’t stop you from shopping.
Gruyere is a town in the canton of Fribourg, best known for its Gruyere cheese, Gieger bar and museum, and chocolate factory. All the cheese lovers can take a tour around the cheese factory to see the procedure of cheese making and taste different types of cheese. For all the fans of the movie Alien there is the Giger Museum and Bar. Created by Swiss artist H.R. Giger, whose drawings influenced the movie, this bar is a work of art, an original and a wholly unique experience for having a drink. The ceiling, walls, floors, fittings, tables, and chairs are all modeled by the artist in the style of Alien. Don’t miss taking picture in its weird, but comfortable chairs. If you’re not an Alien fan, you can always take a walk around this charming picturesque little village.
Zürich is the largest city of Switzerland, located by Lake Zürich. According to the several surveys from 2006-2008, Zürich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum.
What makes Zürich recognizable around the world are not its museums, history, architecture or landscape, but it’s considered to be a leading financial and economic center, a global city with a vast number of banks and international companies. The Swiss Stock Exchange was established in Zürich 1877 and today is the fourth most prominent stock exchange in the world. Also, Zürich is the world’s largest gold trading center.
In addition, it is a very clean and beautiful city with amazing architecture, restaurants and bars.