Switzerland

Switzerland - Bern

Don’t Miss

As an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bern is filled with landmarks to admire. Visit the Zytglogge, the 12th century clock tower in the centre, and watch as the mechanical figures reveal the time through songs and drums. Go inside and you can even watch the mechanical workings. 

Retail Therapy

Shopaholics are in for a treat in Bern - there’s six kilometres of arcades along Spitalgasse, Kramgasse, Postgasse, Marktgasse, and Gerechtigkeitsgasse. Visit Puppenklinik for antiques, dolls and toys, and one of the city’s leading chocolatiers, Abegglen, for the Swiss essentials. 

Eat and Drink

Take pleasure in sipping coffee on the Krungrosse; the cobbled road is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of Bern and to check out Albert Einstein’s old residence. 

Hidden Gem

Take the cableway Marzilibahn. The funicular train creates an easy link to the higher elevation of the Marzili quarter in the Old Town and literally only takes a minute. 

Day Trip

Bern is excellently positioned on the Swiss Federal Railway, so anywhere in Switzerland is easily within your reach. Escape the tree-encircled capital city and head to Interlaken for skiing, snowboarding and unbeatable views from the Alp peak of Jungfrau. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Bern : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Bern. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 

Switzerland - Geneva

Don’t Miss

Put your waterproofs on and get up close to the Jet d’Eau, a fountain of water pumped 140m into the air. It’s a totally different experience to see it at night. 

Retail Therapy

The Quartier des Grottes features interesting Gaudi-like architecture as well as many unique shops. Swiss army knives, watches and products with the Swiss flag on are popular souvenirs. If you’re looking to pick up something a bit different, try La Rue du March� near the train station. 

Eat and Drink

The only reason Swiss wines aren’t internationally popular is because the Swiss drink it all, it’s quaffable and a good price. Around the Cornavin train station there are plenty of budget eats, and head to Plaine de Plainpalais near the University for the Best Bars. 

Hidden Gem

The free botanical gardens flanking Lake Geneva not only contain plants from around the world, an aviary, a deer enclosure and tropical greenhouses but also a scent-and-touch garden especially for the blind. 

Day Trip

The fantastic Swiss rail network means there are regular trains to destinations all over Switzerland. Visit Lausanne less than an hour train ride away and enjoy the lakeside promenades, beautiful port and ultra-modern Olympic Museum. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Geneva : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Geneva. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 
 

Switzerland - Lugano

Lugano huddles around the eponymous lake, surrounded by Swiss mountains. With a dash of Italian flair, Lugano has become known as the Swiss Monte Carlo. International jet-setters spend the warm summers dining on fresh Swiss-Italian cuisine and enjoying the city’s chic ambience. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Lugano : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Lugano. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 
 

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