From glacier lakes to bustling city centres

Switzerland is one of our favourite places to travel to – for many reasons. The country in the DACH region is not only beautiful, safe, clean and easy to get around in, it also has a vast array of things to do, see and consume. Here are our recommendations for your summertime Switzerland trip.

TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | TOP PHOTO © SWITZERLAND TOURISM, SWISS-IMAGE.CH/ANDRE MEIER

Why not swap the bustling city centre of Zurich for something a little bit smaller and therefore quieter this summer? Head to Stein am Rhein, for example. This little town is situated close to the German border and is unique due to its many beautiful house facades that sport gorgeous and historic paintings.


Capricorns on the Niederhorn near Beatenberg. Photo: © Switzerland Tourism, swiss-image.ch/Andre Meier

Of course, hiking should be an integral part of a summer trip to Switzerland, too. With around 65,000 kilometres of signposted trails to potentially follow, you’re definitely spoilt for choice. But we suggest heading to the Lavaux Vineyards. It is one of Switzerland’s premier wine-growing regions and is also perfect for a fun summer hike on which you can marvel at panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps before stopping off and resting at the many wine cellars and open houses – with a glass of wine to enjoy, of course.


Zurich in summer. Photo: © Switzerland Tourism, swiss-image.ch/Jan Geerk

Swimming enthusiasts will also get their fair share of great things to do during summer in Switzerland. After all, the country boasts stunning rivers and lakes which can also be used for swimming, and many of them have exceptionally clear waters on offer. Examples are the Emme river in Berne, the Silsersee lake in Grisons or Lake Leisee in Zermatt. At 2,232 metres above sea level, the latter is a mountain lake that is fed by the surrounding glaciers, making its water especially clear.


Canoeing on the Vierwaldstaettersee. Photo © Switzerland Tourism, swiss-image.ch/Ivo Scholz

After a busy day, find one of the many cute mountain-top restaurants and inns from which to gaze at beautiful views over untouched nature, and enjoy one or two glasses of wine while indulging in the most spectacular Swiss cuisine!

What are you waiting for? Visit Switzerland this summer.

For more inspiration on what to do, what to see and where to go this summer in Switzerland, read the following special theme on this year’s top summer events. www.discovergermany.com

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