“Swiss made” has always been the symbol of good quality – which in another word, Expensive. Many have mixed feelings towards this delicate and over-lux destination before actually seeing this country by themselves. Here in this blog post I will share with you my top travel trip to City areas in Switzerland.
Spring in Switzerland is still considerably cold at my standard (average around 10 degree Celsius). Ironically, it stays cold when majority of snow melts away and you lose the option to see 100% snow-capped mountains around major cities. Therefore, unless you are planning for a ski-vacation, you should adjust the expectation and focus on exploring cities in Switzerland in Spring time.
Which Cities To Go?
I always get confused with the Capital of Switzerland – it is not Zurich but Bern, simply because of this is the most frequent heard Swiss City name to me. And people mention this place frequently for a reason – this is the best city with good mix of culture, nature and fun. From Boat trip, Old Town Visit, Art Museums to Zurich Zoo…and there are plenty of good restaurants and cool things to do in Zurich.
Lucerne is on the most go list if you sightseeing Switzerland with a tour group, and it is definitely worth the visit where you able to see Mountains (Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Rigi, Mt. Titlis), Villages, Lakes and the largest museum in Switzerland.
Basel = Contemporary Arts ; Arts is everywhere in this city – for exhibition-lovers, Basel is the place that would never let you down. Check out the event schedules before you plan you visit and it is only 1-hour train ride from Zurich to Basel.
Where To Stay?
ALDEN Suite Hotel Splügenschloss Zurich (*****) – traditional 5-star hotel right next to the Zurich Lake, a bit pricy but very romantic
Renaissance Zurich Tower (****) – Stylish and Convenient choice offered by Marriott Hotel Chains; The hotel is located at West Zurich where you find many unique and cool things to do
Ibis Zurich West (**) – an affordable choice for budget travellers where you can enjoy convenience to cool spots in Zurich West as well as one-station only commute to Zurich Central Station by S-Bahn
Stylish Airbnb – Guess I am not the only one recommending this Airbnb. This is a super cozy and stylish room located at centre of City Lucerne. If you planning to visit several mountains in Lucerne area or go to Interlaken, why not stay a night here?
Aparthotel Adagio Basel City (***) – The hotel is located not exactly at the centre of everything but it immersed into the Artistic atmosphere well simply by looking at its interior designs; affordable rates, clean and stylish!
What To Prepare?
Swiss Franc – prepare only limited amount of cash for coffee and snacks 🙂 most vendors accept credit card, debit card (EU) or even euros! The FX exchange rate can be pretty expensive if you change locally in Switzerland
Swiss Travel Pass – One key to make your Europe trip smooth all the time is to nail the public transport system. Swiss Pass allows you to take all public transport free unlimited times within the period you selected in entire Switzerland – therefore it is perfect for these who plan to stay 3-4 days and want to visit more than 2 different cities. Apart from transportation, it also offers free entrances to 500 museums and many more discounts!
ZurichCard – same theory as the Swiss Pass but just limited the scope to Zurich only…of course, it is much cheaper than Swiss Pass
Trench Coat – The best way to stay stylish in somewhere cold effortless!
Cozy Sweaters – 100% match with any kinds of outfit and most importantly they keep you warm all the time
Sportswear – Don’t forget these when you plan to visit any mountains or why not try to explore the cities simply by jogging along the lake side?
Sounds like you all well-prepared to go to Switzerland? For more info, please check out my posts on Zurich and Lucerne for more inspirations and travel ideas!