RANKED #1 - TRAVEL TO THE MOST SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION IN THE WORLD
Switzerland is ranked number one in the world, for its achievements in sustainability and environmental conservation, on the Environmental Performance Index (EPI).
Much of Switzerland is occupied by natural lakes, forests and mountains and judging by their EPI score, this country is adamant about protecting these natural wonders, as well as the health of the environment on a global scale. Switzerland boasts a secure economy, a high standard of living and an outstanding emphasis on education which also contributes to their rank as number one.
Switzerland has made great strides in their efforts to preserve water quality since the 1960’s and especially in regards to wastewater treatment. These strides were often spurred by the Swiss public, as environmental protection and impact has been brought to the spotlight. In 1967, wastewater treatment was written into Swiss law and as of 2005, 97% of the Swiss population was connected to a sewage treatment plant. Currently, there are approximately 900 wastewater treatment plants across Switzerland. The Swiss are also a leader in waste management with a recycling rate of 53%.
When To Go
The best time to visit Switzerland is between April and June, and September to October, when the weather is at best, and there aren't too many tourists. How Many Days 10 to 14 days itinerary is enough to explore all of Switzerland's idyllic beauty and charm.
How To Get There
Travelling from the UK, by Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to Paris (journey time - 2 hours 15 minutes) and, from there, to Switzerland. The TGV (https://www.tgv-lyria.com/en) connects Paris with Switzerland.
There's an International airport at Zurich, Basel, and Geneva. Besides, there are airports in Bern and Lugano as well. It's advisable to fly into either Paris or Milan and then fly to any of the major Swiss airports in case you don't find a direct flight. India and Switzerland are thoroughly connected by many direct flights and the minimum time to get to Switzerland is just 7 hours.
Things To Do
Geneva The home of many international organisations, including, of course, the United Nations. Depending on when you arrive, the best thing to do after checking into your hotel is orientate yourself around the lake and the unmissable Jet d’Eau, a large fountain and Geneva's famous landmark. Visit the Château Chillon situated on a tiny island on Lake Geneva, Château Chillon is the most beautiful castle in Switzerland, offering stunning views of the surrounding Alps.
Explore the French-speaking side of Switzerland in depth. Take, a one-hour train from Geneva takes you to the lively city of Lausanne. Explore the winding streets of the old town, and be sure to visit the Port d’Ouchy and the Olympic Museum, which are highlights.
Lavaux and Montreux
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, enjoy stunning views of the Alps and Lac Léman while sipping fine Swiss wine. Take the Lavaux Express, a slow train that passes through the vineyards and allows for plenty of time to take in the views. Continue on to the small lakeside resort of Montreux. Once you’ve settled in, take a leisurely stroll along the lakeside promenade, which is lined with flowers during the winter, and then stop at the Chateau du Chillon, perched on a small island on Lac Léman with glorious views of the Alps on all sides. During July, Montreux also hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. If you are travelling in December, visit Montreux’s famous Christmas market, which is definitely not to be missed.
Gruyères is Switzerland’s cheese capital and it’s also home to the legendary double cream, which is best eaten with fresh meringue. After exploring the cobbled streets or visiting the local cheese factory, sit at one of the many restaurants, and dig into some cheese fondue. Bern
Bern, Switzerland’s capital city, is quiet and not overly touristy. Its historic centre is sleepy at the best of times but still has many great sights to keep you entertained. Take at least a day to explore the old town, with its cobbled streets, which have been well preserved over the years.
Interlaken Sitting in a prime spot between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the town is a great place to enjoy the tranquillity of the Alps or to get your adrenaline pumping. Considered the adventure capital of Switzerland, if you’re looking for a memorable experience, this is the place to do it. The activities on offer include paragliding, helicopter skydiving and skidding across either lake in a speedboat. For a more relaxed time, Interlaken is one of the best places to start a hike of the Bernese Oberlin.
Lucerne You’ll likely fall in love with Lucerne, which is arguably among the most beautiful towns in the country. Aside from touring the city’s streets and visiting the cultural gems, such as the Spreuerbrücke, attempt to conquer nearby Mount Pilatus, or take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the summit. Either way, you’ll breathe pure Alpine air and take in a wonderful panorama. The Kapellbrücke is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe stretches across Lake Lucerne, with its structure dating back to the 14th century. Much of the bridge is a modern reconstruction after it was destroyed by a fire in the 90s. The interior of the Kapellbrücke contains artwork from the 17th century depicting important events in Swiss history.
Basel Basel is known for itsi vibrant arts and cultural scene. One of the best museums is the Kunstmuseum, where Basler Fasnacht, one of Switzerland’s biggest cultural festivals, takes place. The Basel Zoo is also outstanding.
Zurich The city is among the country’s liveliest, and it’s one of the best places for a night out. Wander through the old town, and window-shop at the glitzy Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Delve into the history of Switzerland at the National Museum, and pick up a unique souvenir at its wonderfully diverse flea markets.
Matterhorn The Matterhorn is known as the world’s most photographed mountain in the world for a reason. Head to the fully pedestrianized resort of Zermatt if you want to tackle the challenge of climbing the mountain or ski on top-class slopes in its shadow.