The highlights of... Switzerland
Cox & Kings’ Anuja Bhagat had the opportunity to experience Switzerland’s incredible landscapes, cultural treasures and scenic train rides. Here, she provides a handy summary of the places she visited and the spectacular rail journeys that she experienced.
Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva has a rich and colourful history, dating back to the Protestant reformation. The French-speaking city has a number of fascinating museums and grand monuments. Geneva is often referred to as the ‘city of parks’ due to the fact that over one quarter of the city is covered by public parks. One of the famous landmarks of the city is the Jet d'Eau – one of the world’s largest fountains situated at the meeting point of Lake Geneva and the Rhone River.
What makes Interlaken so special is its location between the two glittering lakes of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and the spectacular view it offers of the well-known trio of peaks – the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The mountains surrounding Interlaken offer a wide range of outdoor activities, including walking and trekking through the stunning landscapes.
This is one of the main peaks of the Bernese Oberland region. You can reach a saddle below the peak, known as the Jungfraujoch, by train. The railway line up here is an incredible piece of engineering and the station at the top is the highest in Europe, located 3,454 metres above sea level. The journey provides views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains and takes approximately 2.5 hours each way from Interlaken. It's a great way to see the most breathtaking scenery of the region. Moreover, the train stops at the charming alpine villages of Murren, Wengen and Grindewald, for those who want to get off and explore.
Located on the banks of the Aare river and set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the capital city has a lot to offer. Its well-preserved, medieval old town is a Unesco world heritage site and can be explored easily on foot. The city is dotted with more than 100 artistic water fountains dedicated to their heroes and historic events. Highlights include the newly renovated bear park, houses of parliament, clock tower and cathedral of Bern, known for its gothic architecture. The rose garden of Bern is home to 220 different types of roses and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city.
Travelling from Zermatt to St Moritz, Glacier Express is the most popular train ride among the many scenic rail journeys in Switzerland and a perfect way to end the trip. Guests can relax and enjoy a three-course meal in the dining car while admiring the snow-covered Alpine peaks.
Cox & Kings offers several private tours to Switzerland incorporating celebrated rail journeys across the country. Alternatively, if you are interested in a tailor-made trip, please either call one of our specialist travel consultants or complete our tailor-made request form and one of our experts will get back to you to help you plan an itinerary.