Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast Episode 65 - 10 Top experiences to enjoy in Switzerland
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Episode 65: 10 Top experiences to enjoy in Switzerland

February 8, 2023 Last Updated on October 12, 2023

In this episode I’m joined by Nick Taylor who is a member of my Switzerland Travel Planning group on Facebook. Nick and his wife have been frequent visitors to Switzerland since 1991 and they have enjoyed many wonderful experiences in all parts of the country.

Although he admitted it was a tough choice, Nick has agreed to share his top 10 Swiss experiences with us.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Nick plans his journeys to Switzerland
  • Nick’s top 10 recommended Swiss experiences
  • Nick’s favourite hiking trails in Switzerland
  • His favourite city in Switzerland

Nick’s top 10 Swiss experiences

Below are Nick’s favourite experiences in Switzerland ranked from number 10 to number 1.

#10. Kandersteg to Leukerbad hike, via the Shwarenbach Berghostel, Gemmipass and Daubensee cable car, returning by bus and train.

#9. Rheinfall, Smilestones and return to Schaffhausen for a restaurant dinner.

#8. Locarno to Camedo via the Centovalli Railway, hike to the next village and return by train again, then dinner in Ascona by the lake.

#7. Skiing Zermatt. Nick skied in winter but it’s possible to ski year round. He also loves the Gornergrat Railway and the cable car to Klein Matterhorn which offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn.

#6. Arriving in Lauterbrunnen, going up to Mürren via Grutschalp and then taking the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren. There are many hiking options from Mürren including to the Schilthorn, Allmendhubel and Gimmelwald.

View of Schaffhausen Old Town from the Munot Fortress
View over Schaffhausen from Munot Fortress.
Gornergrat train in front of the Matterhorn
Gornergrat train in front of the Matterhorn.

#5. Appenzell to Wasserauen via the Appenzeller Bahn, cable car up to Ebenalp, hike to the Berggasthaus Äscher Wildkirchli, then down to Seealpsee (optional lake swim) and back to Wasserauen.

#4. Train to Brienz and journey by steam train to the summit of the Brienzer Rothorn and back. Boat across the lake to the Giessbach Hotel funicular, afternoon tea at the hotel and look at the falls. Walk back to Iseltwald and take the boat back to Interlaken.

#3. The Bernina Express with lunch in Tirano and/or walk from Ospizio Bernina around Lago Bianco to Alp Grüm.

#2. Luzern. Paddle steamship sail to Vitznau and take the Rigi Bahn up to the summit. Option to stay in hotel up there and/or hike around. Take cable car down to Weggis and catch boat back to Luzern. Option of fantastic Swiss Transport Museum.

#1. Cable car up from Wengen to Männlichen, Royal and Panorama hikes to Kleine Scheidegg, with Rösti at the station, then walk down to Wengen and sit with a glass of wine on a hotel balcony looking at the mountain panorama. 

Aescher Wildkirchli guesthouse in Appenzellerland, Switzerland
Aescher Wildkirchli Guesthouse.
Historic cogwheel train to Mt. Rigi
Historic cogwheel train to Mt. Rigi.

Useful Resources

You’ll find detailed articles on our website, as well as podcast episodes, about many of the experiences Nick talks about. Click the links below for further information.

>> Rhine Fallsread article

>> Schaffhausenread article / listen to podcast

>> Zermatt mountain excursionsread article / listen to podcast

>> Lauterbrunnen and Mürrenread article / listen to podcast

>> Appenzell and hike to Berggasthaus Äscher Wildkirchliread article

>> Brienz Rothorn excursionread article

>> Bernina Expressread article / listen to podcast

>> Mt. Rigi excursionread article / listen to podcast

>> Wengen to Mannlichen cable carread article

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