Switzerland has had many previews in Bollywood where the idea of love often coincided with the presence of nature. The Alps are breath-taking, the waterfalls are pristinely surreal, and the cities are authentically appealing and the little hilly towns are quiet and charmingly quaint. Swiss chocolate are scrumptiously fulfilling. The country has patented around 400 types of cheese that attracts turophiles and cheese connoisseurs all over the world. Switzerland is also famous for its luxurious and status symbol watches like Rolex and Tag Heuer. There are many beautiful places to visit in Switzerland tour. The country is a rare picturesque gem attracting lovers, families and adventure enthusiasts to its little haven of heaven.
Do and See
Zurich (Zurich canton)
The largest city in Switzerland is the perfect place to kick-start your vacation. Zurich is the contemporary financial façade of the country and one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe. Its culturally diverse aspect embellishes the slight cosmopolitan edge that one gets to see in Switzerland. Zurich is the meeting point of Urban and rural experiences with modern edges around a rustic heart. Historical Old town connects every traveler with its story as one walk through its lanes. Zurich lake is sublime and charming, Lindenhof gives a glance into history, Zurich’s many museums have their own stories to tell for instance the museum of fine arts has a collection of paintings made by many famous artists including Monet, Charles Munch, and Marc Chagall. Zurich’s own shopping experience is now a thing in itself in Bahnhofstrasse, the most beautiful shopping street in the city.
Bern (Bern Canton)
The capital of Switzerland, Berne speaks in history. Its archaic appeal makes one wonder whether they are in the contemporary period or a part of a really old photograph. Most people think Zurich is the capital of Switzerland however Bern is a politically and historically important place. The old town in Bern is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its archaic importance. Nydegg Church is also a famous spot to visit in the city. Bern is famous for its museums (Natural History Museum, The Einstein Museum and The Historical Museum of Bern, Kunstmuseum are some of the interesting museums to visit) and architecture. Also check out the Zytglogge clock tower, a unique and interesting structure architecturally and historically both. What comes as a surprise is that Bern also has a kick-a nightlife almost at par with Zurich.
Lake Geneva and surrounds
Lake Geneva is nothing short of spell bounding. In a utopic picture, Lake Genevaflows azure onto the white swiss alps. The fainted red cute houses built by the lake make for a picture-perfect art that hypnotizes people for a couple of minutes. The city of Geneva is set south of Lake Geneva is one of the important and beautiful cities in Switzerland. Lake Geneva has augmented and is itself adorned with nearby spots like Lavaux vineyards one of Switzerland’s best vineyards. The Vineyard is established since the time of Romans and it is one of the UNESCO’S Heritage sites. Vevey is a small town and an excellent spot to check out. It is home to Charlie Chaplin’s final resting place. Also, Daniel Peter invented Milk Chocolate and established Nestle’ with Henri Nestle in Vevey. Les Diablerets is a village and ski resort located in the Vaud.
Montreux (Vaud Canton)
Montreux is another town established by the
Lake Geneva where many tourists stop by for the Montreux Jazz festival
in July or The Chillon Castle standing by the Lake Geneva. The musical
city is the melody of Switzerland and attractions like the exhibition, Queen:
The studio experience attracts tourists, especially the fans of the band,
Queen. If you visit Montreux in winter, you should definitely follow the Lantern
Trail Of Les Pléiades; an exploration of the snow-hugged town. You should
also check out the statue of Freddy Mercury the legend from the band,
Rhine Falls (Border of Schaffhausen Canton and Zurich
A trip to Switzerland is incomplete without visiting the largest waterfall in the Continent. A trip to the Rhine falls is often taken as a day trip from Zurich or Schaffhausen. The best time to visit the falls is during spring when the mountain snow melts. There are many boat trips to witness the miraculous spectacle and hear the roaring burble of the falls in close up. The Rhine falls are 150-meter-wide and have a drop of approx. 23 meters making the plummet a whopping spectacle. The Rhine falls, truly splendid in the day, is paralyzing in the night when the area is irradiated.
Stein Am Rhine (Schaffhausen Canton)
This extremely underrated little town is a wonder why it isn’t given much attention it deserves. The town looks like a Disney movie set and the only thing missing for you now is to pack your costumes. The colourful frescoed houses made even more fairy tale-like as pictured from the town square Rathausplatz and the stunning views from Fortress Burg Hohenklingen over the town and Rhine valley and many more attractions and explorations are bound to give you a local magical Switzerland experience.
Lugano, Ticino Canton
Ticino is the little Italy of Switzerland due to the influence of Italy bordering from the west. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate and bejewelled with stunning lakes and valleys. From the castles of Bellinzona to the Franciscan sanctuaryMadonna del Sasso in Locarno, Ticino is a marvel of historical sights, architectural gems, Beautiful Piazzas and natural wonders. Some of the amazing places to visit here are Ascona; an old town with a serene lakefront, Cevio; another beautiful little town, Bellizona; the capital of Ticino region, Gambarogno, Verzasca Valley; Natural wonder and old stone villages and the Adventurous Intragna
Lugano is a breath-taking city in the Ticino region. The city is said to date all the way back to the ninth century. Ipso facto, those stories have traveled down to contemporary time via its libraries, churches and museums. The city lies by Lake Lugano, resulting in spectacular scenery all around. Lake Lugano is simply bewitching even for a tourist having done a lake tour all around Switzerland. The villages on the shore like Gandria and Morcote are a local and natural delight. This gets speechless when you overlook the city and the lake from the summit of Monte San Salvatore, Monte Brè or Mount Pilatus. Cattedrale San Lorenzo, among many offers a glimpse into the rich history and the blend of Switzerland and Italy in Lugano’s cuisine sums up the perfect trip to the Little Italy region
Jungfrau Region (Bern canton)
The Jungfrau region is a Richie rich opportunity for adventure enthusiasts and nature photographers. The region consists of four towns Murren, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Grindelwald (Nope not Harry potter but equally interesting) skirted by three mountains Eiger (Ogre), Mönch (Monk) and Jungfrau (Virgin). The Swiss Alps have been photographed for calendars and home décor’but these photographs do no justice to the panorama at close-up in the Bernese Oberland. The mighty Glaciers and grand mountain peaks as one look up from the fatigue of hikes is the most rejuvenating experience, physically, mentally and emotionally. The Staubbach and Trümmelbach fall in the Lauterbrunnen valley, that already has around 70 waterfalls, are mystically appealing. This little hilly village is a perfect escape one may seek from the world. The highest railroad station in Europe, Jungfraujosh, offers vistas that are too sublime to describe. Here from the summit of Sphinx, you can see the Aletsch glacier in the south. Exploring the region via Jungfraubahn, the scenic train in the Jungfrau region is a truly cinematic experience. Piz Gloria a restaurant on Schiltorn peak is famous exclusively for the 007 film Ian Fleming being shot here and the Schynige Platte alpine garden offers beautiful views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The region is a hub of winter extreme sports like skiing, snowboarding, curling, mountain-climbing and many more
Interlaken (Bern Canton)
If you visit Interlaken, you are bound to skydive in close proximity with the alps. Interlaken is a city in the Jungfrau region and almost on every travellers swiss bucket list. Apart from Skydiving, the city also offers paragliding, snowboarding and many more adventure sports. More like an adventure theme park, Interlaken appeals adrenaline Junkies all over the world. If you head to the Harder Kulm, the views of the city and Lakes Thun and Brien are striking, the Unterseen gives off the rustic hilly appeal, the Touristik-Museum is very fascinating, the serene cascades of St. Beatus Cave and Waterfalls are very picturesque and you can also take a day trip to nearby towns and areas like Brienz. The statue of Yash Chopra is a must sight to visit for his contribution to Switzerland tourism via popularizing the place among Indians through his films. Also, check out the Hoheweg street in Interlaken for various restaurants and shops.
Lausanne (Vaud Canton)
Lausanne is located on the shore of Lake Geneva. It is famous for its Gothic architectural sites and best quality wine. The International Olympic Committee is established in the town making it one of the many attractions. Some of the sights to see in Lausanne are, The Olympic Museum, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Place de la Palud, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Château d’Ouchy and Promenade.
Matternhorn, Zermatt (Valais Canton)
Matternhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world and nothing more is required to be said about that. Most tourists visit Zermatt just to get a glimpse of this cone-shaped rugged structure that paralyzes the eyes and leave the mouth open. Zermatt is spell-bound in winter with snow-covered houses and the Matternhorn standing grand and glorious. This monolith is one of a kind majestic structure that many mountaineers seek to climb. The next peak after Matterhorn is Klein Matterhorn, the highest mountain in Europe whose peak is accessible via ariel tramway. Skiing here is one of the most popular experiences in Zermatt. The glacier express, a truly panoramic ride runs through the region offering stunning views of the massif peaks. Apart from the snowy marvels, Zermatt has many amazing restaurants and activities to do. The car-free town opens up wonders when explored on foot. You can go have a spa treatment or hike around hills like Breithorn for amazing views. You can also visit the very interesting Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum or pay your respects in the Mountaineers Cemetery. You should definitely check out the Gorner’s Gorge, an arresting sight in Zermatt.
All the definitions and synonyms of beauty
aren’t enough to describe the canton. Exploring this part of Switzerland will
make you realize that there are many underrated places of Switzerland that you
haven’t heard of or if you did, you probably heard about it very less. The hidden
and reserved Crestasee lake, The rail-trip via the Bernina Express
route, The paralyzing Engadine Valley, the winter charm of St Moritz,
the UNESCO world heritage site Tectonic Arena Sardona, where you can
trace back to the collision that formed the Alps, the photogenic Palü
Glacier, as seen from the Alp Grüm and the little mountain town like
Tschiertschen, Flims, Guarda, Soglio and Sassal Masone where you
experience local culture, delicious and authentic swiss cuisine, quaint rustic
experience and the serenity of a hill-station. Also visit Chur, the
capital of the canton and an extremely beautiful swiss city.
The Canton is filled with eye-catching
natural sights and Switzerland’s only national park, the Swiss national park,
has all the natural wonders the country offers from peaks and glaciers to
waterfalls and lakes. Go hiking to explore the National park
Lucerne (Lucerne Canton)
Set by the Lake Lucerne, the city offers some of the best views of the lake and mountains. The place is also musically delightful and historically quaint. The music festivals attract many people who come to check out the performances. The vista from Pilatus-Kulm the highest peak in the Pilatus massif is breathtaking. You can reach the peak via cable cars and cogwheels and hiking to the top. Boating on Lake Lucerne is another activity, a must- done tourist attraction. Some of the things to do in Lucerne are: Explore the historic old town, Take one of the many panorama express trains that start from Lucerne, ride the cogwheel from the lake Lucerne shores to Mt Rigi, check out the ancient bridges of the city the Spreuerbrücke and the Kapellbrücke, take a day trip to Engelberg for a day of adventure sports and fun. You can also check out Weggis, a charming municipality with panoramic views of the lake and the alps
Gstaad and the Bern Canton
Bern Canton is best when visited in winter,
where winter sports are extremely popular among tourists and glistening snow
towns embedded in white layers surrounded by the alps give the panoramic click
that people aim to frame as memories. While Bern, Interlaken and the Jungfrau
region had to be placed separately, there are some of the beautiful places in
the Bern canton apart from the listed above
Thun, a town situated by the lake Thun is a typical medieval town with awesome scenery around. The town is historic and there are some amazing cafes to relax at and enjoy. The Thun castle dates back to 12th century and shows light on the Swiss Heritage, Thun townhall square is worth visiting while taking a stroll through the town, Thun Panorama gives a stunning view of the mountains and lake and you should definitely take a stroll by the Thun lake that is known to be refreshing.
Drive along the Susten pass for the
best of Switzerland experience with breezy weather and grasslands and hills
giving a panoramic view.
Gstaad, an alpine town in Bern Canton is known for many winter sports activities like Skiing and the frequenting of many celebrities who choose Gstaad for their holiday season. Gstaad is distinctively famous among Indian tourists for many films shot here and Interlaken. The ski village has glamour embedded in its roots and houses some of the chic brands of the century Dolce&Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, UGG Australia, Louis Vuitton, Prada attracting shopaholics all around. Gstaad is charmingly rural with urban elegance and dynamically fashionable essence. It is not just fur-coated big-shots with sunglasses gazing at the Alps, but it is a very beautiful destination and worth a visit in Switzerland. Engage is a variety of winter sports ranging from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, cycling and ice-climbing. Shop for souvenirs and local produce and go dog Sledding surrounded by the exquisite swiss panorama and explore the many villages of the town.
While Switzerland is a small country, even two weeks’ time isn’t enough to explore it to the brim of fulfillment. However, here are some of the activities you have to do when you visit Switzerland.
Some of the top places for skiing in Switzerland are Zermatt, St Moritz, Davos-Klosters, Grindelwald, Saas-Fee, Engelberg, and Andermatt. The ski resorts are dependable and safe for all type of skiers.
Hiking in the country is a rejuvenating and exhilarating
experience. Some of the best hiking trails in Switzerland are;
Grindelwald-First-Faulhorn, Eiger Trail in Grindelwald, Lavaux Vineyards (The
swiss wine route), The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, the five lakes at Pizol,
Aletsch Glacier Trail, Graubünden and the Splügen Pass and the Oeschinen Lake
Some of the best mountain biking trails are in Trient region
in Ticino, Val De Bagnes, Churwalden Zone, Tour de mont Fort, Mont Blanc,
Zermatt, Swiss Rhone Valley, Flims andWelschtobel (Arosa)
Hire a Pedalos from one of the many boats to hire companies by Zurich lake and hop on for an amazing ride through the lake.
Take the tallest outdoor elevator Hammetschwand in Europe to the peak of Mt. Bürgenstock in Weggis. The ride is extremely thrilling and equally scary.
Take a trip through Switzerland’s top Panoramic routes; The golden pass line, The Bernina Express (Via the Bernina express train or any local train), The Glacier Express (Via the Glacier express train or any local train) and the Gotthard Panorama Express (via the Gotthard Panorama Express train or any local train)
Explore Switzerland via train.
Jungfraujoch is the highest station in Europe. Take a train through the stunning vistas of the Alps and admire the view of the longest glacier in the Alps, Great Aletsch glacier.
Lake Geneva is one of the most famous lakes in Switzerland. Stand up Paddle Boarding is one of the many activities to do while admiring the vistas around
The Rhine falls is on the bucket list of almost every traveler on his or her way to Switzerland. Boating is one of the most popular activity to do here. With the roaring melody of the plummeting falls in close proximity, it is an amazing experience.
Do Bungee Jumping over the Contra Damin Val Verzasca Valley in Ticino Canton.
Slide down the exhilarating 1kmSolarbob slide in Langenbruck near Basil
Check out the Swiss Chocolate Adventure themed world in Lucerne
Take a Cable car trip up to Mount Pilatus.
Cross the perilous Trift Bridge, a suspension bridge in Gadmen
Check out the Château Chillon castle, a quintessence in itself, situated on the banks of Lake Geneva in Montreux.
Take a culinary tour in Lindt Chocolate factory outlet in Zurich and visit the old town of Gruyères known for the famous cheese La Gruyère.
Explore the spooky and mystifying Hell Grottoes; the peculiar stone formations in Neuheim.
Do sky diving in Interlaken for a thrilling view of the lakes and alps
For a stunning view of Matterhorn, para-glide over Zermatt
Go for a cruise over Lake Lucerne
Enjoy a cable car ride to Glacier 3000 with amazing views of Jungfrau and Matternhorn.
Check out the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.
The famous character Sherlock Holmes died in Switzerland while falling off the cliff at the Reichenbach Falls in Schttenhalb. Let your fantasy wheels churn with a visit to the stunning waterfall.
Bellevue Palace, Hotel Schweizerhof, Belle Epoque
Fleury’s, Hotel Grauholz, Hotel La Pergola
Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues, Mandarin Oriental, Beau-Rivage Genève
Hotel ibis Genève Aéroport, Hotel Novotel Suites Geneve, Geneva Hostel
The Omnia, CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort, Riffelalp Resort
Youth Hostel Zermatt, Jugendherberge Zermatt, Hotel Stockhorn
Victoria Jungfrau, Hotel Royal St Georges Interlaken – Mgallery, Hotel Bellevue
Stella Hotel Interlaken, Hotel Interlaken, Beausite
Palace Luzern, The Chedi Andermatt, Park Hotel Vitznau
Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern, Capsule Hotel Luzern, Beau Séjour
• KronenHalleRestaurant & Bar
• Clouds Restaurant
• Fisher’s Fritz Restaurant
• Café Bebek
• Zeughauskeller Restaurant
• Haus Hiltl Restaurant
• Tibits Restaurant
• Samses Restaurant
• Gartnerei Restaurant
• Marktküche Restaurant
• Tamarind Hill Indian Restaurant
• Tadka Restaurant
• Naanu Restaurant
• Restaurant Malabar
• Tabdoori BBQ
• Café Sprüngli
• Juicery 21
• Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse
• Kraftwerk Café
• La Stanza
Bars and Pubs
• George Bar and Grill
• Frau Gerold’s Garten
• El Lokal
• Cabaret Voltaire
• Widder Bar
• Terrasse& Casa
• AltesTramdepotBrauerei& restaurant
• Jack’s Brasserie
• 3 Dosha Ayurveda
• Ristorante Ottimo
• Indian Kitchen
• Royal Punjab Indisches Restaurant &
• Restaurant Okra
• Kaffee Montag
• Einstein au jardin
• Petit Couteau
Bar & Pubs
• Sky Terrace
• Compass Bar
• On Tap Craftgallery
• Grottino 1313
• Karls Kraut
• Wild Bowls
• Indian Restaurant Luzern
• Asian Takeaway
• Blend Teehaus
• Dr. Oetker Cafe Gugelhupf Luzern
• AlpineumKaffeehaus Bar
• Crazy Cupcake Café
• Café Tacuba
Bar & pubs
• Bar Bei Miguel
• Bar Louis
• Bruch Brothers
• Wolf – Burger & Steak Bar
• Bar 58
• Domaine de Châteauvieux
• Il Lago
• Auberge du Lion d’Or
• La Jardin
• La Finestra
• Gives A Fork
• Ou Bien Encore
• Rasoi by Vineet
• Chandigarh Tandoori
• Indian Plaza
• Birdie Food & Coffee
• Boréal Coffee Shop
• Café du Bourg-de-Four
• Café Art’s
• Café Slatkine
Bars & Pubs
• Village du Soir
• La Buvette du Bateau
• Mulligans Irish Bar
When to go
Spring (April- June) and Autumn (September- October) are the best seasons to visit Switzerland with less crowd as compared to summer and mild temperatures as compared to winter. You will see most tourists and travelers between July- August (Summer). However, if you want to go on ski trips and engage in adventure sports like snowboarding; winter (November- March) is the suitable time to visit.
Things to Know
• Language: Switzerland has four official
languages; French, German, Italian and Romanch
• Currency: Swiss franc (CHF) = 69.92 INR
• Capital: Bern
• Voltage: 230 V
• Three pinned (Type J) sockets most
common; Buy a type J adapter
What to Pack
• Woollens (Jackets, sweaters, socks,
gloves, buff are a must
• Hiking shoes
• Basic Health kit
• Adapter and chargers
• USB cable
• Waterproof pouch
• Rain-coat/ Travel Umbrella
have to apply for tourist visa which is applicable for travelling for a period
less than 90 days. You can apply for the visa online and you will need to
submit the documents including your passport, two passport size pictures, visa
application form, previous passport (if any), a personal letter stating the
travel plan, an introduction letter, travel insurance, flight reservations,
proof of accommodation and financial status. Adult Visa costs around 4700 INR
and visa for children between ages 6-12 costs 2800 INR. Children below 6 years
do not require a Visa.
Travelling in and around Switzerland
(Indira Gandhi International Airport)- Zurich via Air India and Swiss Air
(Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport)- Zurich via Air India and Swiss
(Indira Gandhi International Airport)- Zurich
(Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport)- Zurich
(Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport)- Zurich
(Chennai International Airport)- Zurich
(Kempegowda International Airport)- Zurich
(Rajiv Gandhi International Airport)- Zurich
(Kochi International Airport)- Zurich
Delhi (Indira Gandhi International
Mumbai (Chatrapati Shivaji
International Airport)- Geneva
Kolkata (Netaji Subhas Chandra
International Airport)- Geneva
Chennai (Chennai International
Bangalore (Kempegowda International
Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International
Kochi (Kochi International Airport)-
Hiring a car is best when you want to dig deep in
Switzerland’s roots and culture with a cowabunga road trip. Public transport
provides a more localised experience but if you want to have a personalized
experience with more time to explore, then you should definitely hire a car.
There are many car hire companies in Switzerland offering
both automatic and stick shift, the latter being more preferable as its
cheaper. Fuel is expensive and you must be 20 years old. You can drive with your
Indian driving licence for around six months and the licence should be in
Some of the best car rental companies in Switzerland are
Avis, Europcar, Hertz.
(The ideal trip)
Train travel in Switzerland is a magical experience. It is considered to be the best way to travel around the country.
Traveling by train in Switzerland is very expensive; in fact, swiss trains trips most costly in Europe.
You can buy the tickets online at from the machines at the station or with the SBB mobile app.
You don’t have to make any reservation to travel with a train around Switzerland, however, some scenic trains require that you reserve a seat for yourself.
The SBB mobile app makes it easy to check out the routes and timetables.
You cannot buy a ticket on the train after boarding.
The Swiss trains are divided into first and second class and there is a considerable difference in their costs. Both are comfortable and offer an amazing experience albeit the first class is less crowded than the other one.
If you have a second-class pass and want to travel first class between some spots, there is also an option of getting an upgrade ticket at the station.
First-class tickets are about 75% expensive than second class tickets and its notable that second class tickets are considered expensive themselves. You don’t get any free or new services, just wider seats, bigger windows and less people.
Standard tickets purchased on the station are valid for 1 day or 10 days depending on the distance traveled. If you are travelling up to 115 km, then the ticket is only valid for one day. The validity differs while buying the tickets online.
The trains have a restaurant for meals and snacks. Not all trains have electrical outlets and some of them even have a minibar.
You can also buy swiss rail passes if you have some extensive traveling to do.
Valid over a period of 3/4/8/15 days
Can be used only in Switzerland
Ticketless and free travelling over the
given period of time
Can be used on trains, buses and boats
Free admission to more than 500 museums
and discounted mountain excursions like cable cars and cogwheels
Children under 6 can travel for free
Should be used when you have to travel
Less cost for youth under 26 years of
age (Swiss travel pass youth)
Swiss Half Fare Card
Can be used only in Switzerland
Can be used on trains, trams, buses and boats
Half priced tickets for a month
Children can travel for free
You will have to buy tickets for each trip
Best for shorter trips
Validity is for one month
Cost: 118 CHF (For 1st and 2nd Class)
Swiss Travel Pass Flex
Free and ticketless traveling on 3/4/8/15 days within a month
Cost Second class:
Free and ticketless travelling in
Switzerland for one day
Valid for buses, trains and boats
Can only be used in Switzerland
Mountain transportation not included
Half fare card: CHF 99 (First class), CHF 59 (Second class)
Half fare card: CHF 178 (First class), CHF 106 (Second class)
Free and ticketless travelling for 3,
4,6 or 8 days for a month
Used only on Trains and boats
On free routes, Children up to 11 years
of age can travel for free
Intercountry travel possible
There are passes reserved to different
regions in Switzerland
You can buy a rail pass online
Scenic trains and routes
Glacier Express(Zermatt- St Moritz)
Duration: Around 8 Hours, Runs 4 times a day during summer and 1 time per day in winter
Reservation required; visit the Glacier express website https://shop.glacierexpress.ch/gex_en/?___from_store=gex_de
The express travels the distance of 291 kms
Route: Zermatt- Brig- Andermatt- Chur- St Moritz
You can also travel through the parts of routes of Glacier express and Gotthard Panorama express in one day; All depends on where you want to go and your preferences.
You can also travel via the route by many local trains
Passes: Swiss travel pass, Eurail, SBB day pass, Interrail (The glacier express train)
The Golden pass starts from central Switzerland, through 6 cantons resulting in a zillion photographs. The journey begins from Lucerne and goes through the Brünig Pass, Bernese Oberland (Lakes and Interlaken), Gstaad and ends in Montreux
You can buy point to point tickets at the SBB website
Passes applicable: Swiss travel pass (Flex), Eurail, SBB day pass, Interrail, Swiss Half Fare Card, Saver Day Pass, Regional-Passes (Bernese Oberland and Lake Geneva), Tell Pass (winter and summer)
Reservation not necessary but advisable for trains between Zweisimmen and Montreux.
Duration: Around 5 Hours
The route covers a distance of 191 kms
Furka Steam Express
Jungfrau region in one day
Ticino region in one day
You can use a rail pass or buy a ticket from a ticketing
machine at any train or bus station.
Tickets for cable cars and cogwheels can be purchased online
or on the spot. You can also use a rail pass; most of the passes offer the
tickets at discounted rates. If the chosen rail pass offers a free ticket, you
will have to ask for a ticket at the counter to travel via the chosen option.
The Swiss travel pass is a premium rail pass, for non-residents in Switzerland
Ticketless and free traveling all over Switzerland including discounted traveling on cable cars and Cogwheels
Free for Children
Free entry to around 500 museums
If you are not traveling on any day within your stipulated period of time during which the swiss travel pass is valid, then it will still be considered as a travel day
You can buy the pass online where you will get it mailed to you with all the details and you just have to take a print out
Swiss pass also can be used for other public transports like buses, boats and trams.
If you are in Switzerland for let’s say 15 days and you have a lot of traveling to do, then you can Swiss travel pass is an ideal option for you.
If you are below 26 years of age, you get the swiss pass at less cost
10 Reasons Why To Visit The Reunion Islands.Réunion Island can be found in the Indian Ocean. And while it is part of France, almost everyone on the island speaks Reunion Creole in addition to French. This island has been inhabited since the 16th century and today is considered quite prosperous.
1. It is very easy to get a visa for travel to the island. Which means that there is little to do in preparation for this trip.
2. There are numerous direct flights available to Reunion Island, and anyone that flies from France will find themselves on a domestic flight.
3. The active basaltic volcano of Piton de la Fournaise found on this island. It is quite site. When it is erupting people can see lava pouring down the sides. It is not possible for everyone can hike it to see the crater and the volcanic plains.
4. Some of the villages on the island can be found inside large craters and they are begging to be seen by visitors. Cirque de Cilaos is a popular one for peoples attraction.There is only one road in and out of the crater and once inside everyone will feel the temperature drop. See lush rainforests and waterfalls instead of ragged rocks.
5. There are one thousand kilometers of hiking trails on the island and they all lead through breathtaking areas with each one being more beautiful than the last. As people are walking along these trails they will want to keep count of how many waterfalls they pass by as there are so many on the island.
6.Divers will want to visit Reunion Island for the clear water, five hundred different fish species, and the one hundred and fifty different species of coral. Diving is easiest on the west coast. Superb underwater lava flows can see while diving on the east coast.
7.The island produces some of the best rum in the world and there is a museum dedicated to this delicious alcohol, La Saga du Rhum, in Saint-Pierre. The rum can be drank alone or with any number of self-blending herbs and spices.
8.Everyone must eat the traditional carri while visiting the island. It is an authentic Creole dish made with meat, fish, seafood or poultry. Garlic, tomatoes, onion, turmeric, cloves and ginger is added. Other foods that must be eat include buttery pastries, curried lentils and dragon fruit.
9. The markets are a wonderful place to learn more about the local cuisine while also picking up some souvenirs. There are numerous markets on the island we recommend the Saturday market in Saint Pierre.
10. The weather on the island is quite tropical year-round. If it does happen to rain it will be a light shower in the afternoon for a minute or two.
Planning For Reunion Honeymoon Package ?
Anyone that hasn’t been to Reunion Island the above 10 Reasons Why To Visit The Reunion Islands will want to plan their trip there soon as this destination sounds like paradise in the middle of the ocean!
Israel Visa For Indians – Israel Relaxes Visa Rules
Now Israel visa for Indians is easy due to relaxed visa rules. If Indian applicant availed visas of
And have completed their travel to these countries. Then Bank statement, flight ticket and hotel accommodation is not mandatory ( applicable for all Israel centers in India).
The Embassy of Israel is also announced the opening of their Visa Application Centers operated by Israel Visa Services in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Documentation For Visa Application
The relaxed visa rule involves less documentation for Indians who have availed visas of Schengen countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel and have completed their travel to these countries. For these travellers, the documents include a valid passport, completed visa application form, two photographs (5.5cm x 5.5cm), cover letter with travel information, traveller’s insurance and passport copy (first and last page).
“This is an initiative we have been working very closely with Interior Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry to introduce in India and I am happy to see this change for the Indian travellers who wish to travel to Israel. Easing the visa requirements will not only make the application process faster, I am confident it will also increase travel to Israel as well. We are also working on an express service with VFS which will be introduced soon. In addition to this, we are working towards e-visa processing as well as easing the group visa process,” said Hassan Madah – director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, India.
Galit LaRoche Falach, consul at the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai stated that she is glad with the new visa requirements that have been introduced for Indian travellers to visit and experience Israel. In September this year, one-year multiple entry visas for business travellers was introduced and the ministries are working together towards bringing more changes like these to make the process faster and easier for Indian travellers to Israel.
Visa processing is available through VFS Global processing centers located all over India for the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai and Bengaluru as well as the Embassy of Israel in Delhi. The ministries are working with the VFS offices to introduce express visa services at the earliest, which will be available to applicants for an additional fee.
Disclaimer: VISA REGULATIONS ARE OFTEN CHANGED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. ALWAYS BETTER TO CHECK THE EMBASSY’S WEBSITE BEFORE PLANNING.
“The world is a book, and those who do not Travel read only one page”
– Saint Augustine
Carrying on from where we left…. our one day sojourn in Ko Phi Phi Don …we proceeded to our next destination in Thailand..which is quite popular – Krabi! We will guide you here for 10 amazing things to do in krabi .
If you are planning to reach Krabi from Phi Phi or Phuket, you can use the ferry service (PhuketFerry). From Phuket or Bangkok you can even take a flight to Krabi airport but it is nice to experience the ferry ride as well.
From the Tonsai Pier, the ferry takes around 1.5-2 hours. Based on the checkout time and the time to reach Tonsai pier, one can book the Ferry accordingly. Our drop off location was the Ao Nang Pier. There are shops at the Piers from where you can buy water bottles or eatables. As mentioned earlier, eatables are available on the Ferry but are priced higher. But what 10 amazing things to do in krabi ?
Note: You can avail the option of a drop-off to your hotel and choose the mode of transport – whether you prefer your own vehicle or a minibus which you can share with people.
There are a lot of budget hotels and luxury ones in Krabi – one can choose as per your budget. We found Krabi to be much quieter and less crowded as compared to Phuket. While we are taking nothing away from the awesomeness and buzz that Phuket possesses, Krabi has its own charm in its beauty and serenity.
We chose Centara Andha Devi Resort and Spa in Krabi for our 2-day stay. The hotel is a mid-range one and was about 30 mins from the Ao Nang Pier. The Ao Nang beach is just around 1.5 kms (~1 mile) from the hotel – you can take a leisurely walk.
View from the room @Centara Andha Devi Hotel – Krabi
The breakfast at the Centara is good and the in-room dining is pretty good. After burning so many calories for the last 5 days, we decided to indulge – PIZZA! We were not disappointed at all.
The hotel is situated on a busy street in Krabi with lots of restaurants and other hotels. And of course, there are a couple on “7-Eleven” stores to buy stuff.
We always choose restaurants through Tripadvisor app with the maps interface. There are quite a few vegetarian restaurants nearby – someIndian restaurants too 🙂
Just like Phuket there are lot of Day tours that you can take from Krabi. The road-side kiosks and even the hotel front-desks have flyers and pamphlets with great deals for Full-Day and Half day tours.
Many of the island tours can be taken from both Phuket and Krabi, so you can plan the duration of your stay accordingly. Railay Beach is very popular and beautiful – around 30-45 mins by cab. You can spend one day there just sun-bathing with the view of the beautiful blue water!
One other attraction is the Tiger Cave Temple which is again around 30-45 mins inside the city via a cab. It is a sacred Buddhist site and meditation centre located amidst tropical vegetation. If you are adventurous and have the energy…then you will have a great time climbing 1237 steps up to the temple :O
Try the nearby hot-springs for a relaxing soak in the water so head down for a stroll in the lowland forests.
You can also try shopping on the streets of Krabi – many artifacts available….along with clothes and beachwear. We managed to catch this structure and couldn’t resist clicking a pic with this in the background.
We strongly condemn cruelty to fishes…..but won’t mind clicking a pic in front of this one 🙂
Note: If you bargain a lot…they will ask you if you are from India 🙂 and then refuse to sell any stuff!
We stayed at Krabi for only 2 nights only…again too short but time well spent. We were too tired to explore the Krabi town and had to be content with the memories we gathered within those 2 days!
Time to go to the Krabi Airport to board the flight to our next and final pitstop – Bangkok – coming soon