10 Stunning Things to Do in Switzerland
You’re young, curious and full of energy, right? No matter what piques your interest, whether it’s late-night partying or high-adrenaline skydiving, Switzerland’s got something for you. Take a look at our list of 10 of the great things you can do on your Alpine trip.
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10 – Experience Zurich’s Street Parade
Switzerland’s biggest party kicks off in August each year as the streets of Zurich are packed with party-goers. Chuck on your most colorful outfit and hit the streets to the sound of techno blaring from over 30 ‘love mobiles’. At the end of the dance-stepping through the streets, DJs decks, dance-floors and stages unfold in front of Zurich’s lake.
9 – Get to know the world of Dadaism at Cabaret Voltaire
The Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich is where Dadaism was born. Today it still stays true to its heritage and displays regular off-the-wall art exhibitions and events. Head over there, take a drink and absorb the altogether rather odd atmosphere.
8 – Check out Paleó Festival
Switzerland’s biggest open-air music festival spans six days and takes place in July, near Nyon. It brings together over 200,000 fans from across the world to enjoy the best of rock music. Paleó always features big headliners, as well as new and upcoming artists. Book early as tickets always sell fast.
7 – Tackle a canyon in Ticino
Ticino, on the Swiss-Italian border, is a canyoner’s dream. Rivers, gorges and gulleys are abound in this beautifully pristine natural area and you can traverse many of them. If it’s your first team then don’t fret, there are plenty of easier challenges to take on as well.
6 – Montreux Jazz Festival
Head to the chilled resort-like town of Montreux on the edge of Lac Lemán and take in music from the best of the best in the world of jazz. The festival spans a couple of weeks in late June through to July and has plenty of free shows if you are travelling on a budget.
5 – Taste the best Swiss wine at the caves ouvertes
Spring is one of the best times in Switzerland, the temperature rises and the sun hangs ever higher in the sky. But it also means the famous caves ouvertes are approaching. It’s a time when wine makers crack open their barrels and sell as much local wine as you like for the lowly price of one glass.
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4 – Don’t look down on the Trift Bridge
You’re young and daring, so a 170 metre long bridge hanging 100 metres from the valley floor won’t be a problem, right? In the good old days, it was possible to walk to one of the Swiss Alpine Club’s many huts by traversing the Trift Glacier, but due to pesky climate change the bridge is now the only way. It’s a hike you’re sure not to forget.
3 – Get up early at Basler Fasnatch
Basel’s three-day festival kicks off cold and early at 4am in the morning. Dust off that morning sleepiness and watch as costumed drummers and pipers march through the city’s old streets. Things don’t stop there as shows take place throughout Basel, while plenty of food and drink can be enjoyed.
2 – Smoke weed legally, don’t get high
In shops throughout Switzerland it’s possible to buy marijuana, completely legally. But it’s low on THC, which is what gives the ‘high’, so it’s not going to leave you in a plastered state. Police can still stop and demand a test on your product, if it’s below 1 percent THC then all is good and it’s legal, if not (and you’ve bought it somewhere else) expect a fine.
1 – Jump out of a helicopter at Interlaken
You don’t get much more thrilling than diving out of a helicopter at high-altitude, with the snow covered Alps stretching out before you on all sides. You can do exactly that at Interlaken, one of the best spots for skydiving in the whole country.