No, this isn’t Ireland… although the lush green hills may look similar. This photo by @insan0r shows part of the #Walenpfad – one of Switzerland’s most beautiful high mountain trails located in @engelberg.titlis. What makes it so remarkable? Not only can you enjoy an exceptional train journey and scenic Alpine views, but cable cars are also available at the beginning and end of the trail for convenience. To really enjoy the fantastic panorama, however, you need to work up a sweat – the route is 560 metres up and 670 metres down. En route, you can enjoy goat’s milk, goat’s cheese, meat and yoghurt at Alp Oberfeld. And at the top of the Brunni chair lift station, you can make a stop at the “Kitzelpfad” (tickle path) around Härzli lake. Take off your shoes and tickle your senses as you walk on various natural surfaces. So, where to next? Ireland or the Walenpfad trail?
Feel like a prince or princess at @ChateauChillon, the most visited historical building in #Switzerland ! Hardly a surprise when you consider the castle’s idyllic setting. Perched on the shores of #LakeGeneva , its 25 buildings and three courtyards can be explored on a discovery tour. But Chillon Castle isn’t the only local highlight. Board a boat to #Vevey @montreuxriviera and you can meet someone very special: Charlie Chaplin! Not in person, of course, but his statue ;-) The former country estate of the Chaplin family was located in Crosier-sur-Vevey, where today you can trace the history of the famous man with the bowler hat at @chaplins.world. The museum offers an insight into Chaplin’s work as a director and actor as well as housing some of his original film decor. So, what are you going to do first? Visit Charlie Chaplin or the castle like @christofs70?
Thanks for the great photo!
Hot, hotter, Switzerland. With temperatures like these, any ways to cool down are welcome, whether in the mountains, in lakes or in rivers. Have you ever been to the pretty village of #Brugg in the heart of @aargautourismus? You can enjoy a dip in any of the three different rivers that converge here: the #Reuss , #Limmat and #Aare . One of these is the longest in Switzerland and travels an impressive 291 kilometres from its source to its estuary. Do you know which one we’re talking about? Tip: it also flows through our capital city ;-) If you’re looking for a place to cool down without having to leave your local town or city, you’ll find plenty of inspiration on our website myswitzerland.com – simply search for “cool urban oases”. Thanks for the great photo, @_mojotheone_
Did you know that part of the Matterhorn is in Africa? What? But the Matterhorn is on the border between Switzerland and Italy?! What has Africa got to do with one of Switzerland’s most well-known and highest peaks? We’ll tell you! But you have to go on a short journey back in time. The reason for this strange fact can be found millions of years ago, when the Alps were formed by the collision of the African and European tectonic plates. This caused sediment and volcanic rock from the African tectonic plate to be thrust up, traces of which can still be found today in the region of Zermatt. This means that here you find a concentration of African and European rock as well as marine sediment, such as – you guessed it – the peak of the Matterhorn, which consists of rock from the African tectonic plate! Consequently, part of the Matterhorn indeed comes from Africa – at least geologically speaking. So, next time you go skiing in Zermatt, you’re actually not just visiting two countries on the same day, but two continents: because you can actually ski from Switzerland to Italy in the ski region @Zermatt.matterhorn. And if you belong to the mountaineering elite, you can also make the ascent to the Matterhorn’s African peak ;-) Thanks for the photo @alex.yurko
What better way to cool off than going for a swim? Wherever you are in Switzerland, you’re never more than 16 kilometres from a lake. Numbering 1,500 in total, they offer you a wide range of bathing options. A great way to beat the heatwave! This photo by @purepoz shows the #Oeschinensee – a deep-blue mountain lake above #Kandersteg in @madeinbern. And although the lake is fed by glacial streams from the 3,000-metre peaks #Blüemlisalp , #Oeschinenhorn , #Fründenhorn and #Doldenhorn , it can reach temperatures of up to 20°C in summer – perfect for cooling down. To get there, take a cable car from @mykandersteg up to the hiking paradise, followed by a 30-minute leisurely walk :-)
“The most beautiful mountain range in Switzerland.” This is how numerous geologists describe the Alpstein massif and its unusual rock formations. It’s no surprise, then, that the #Alpstein is one of the most impressive and challenging hiking areas in Switzerland. For a particularly beautiful hike, start in #Brülisau and take a cable car up to the Hohen Kasten at 1,800 metres above sea level, where you can enjoy a stunning 360° panorama of #LakeConstance , the #RhineValley , the Vorarlberg Alps and the undulating @appenzellerland. From here, you can hike with a constant view of the Rhine Delta and Kreuzberge, past sensational viewpoints and the Hundstein – famous among climbers – to the Saxer Lücke (pictured). Return to Brülisau via the Sämtisersee lake. Duration: 6.5 hours Level of difficulty: intermediate Thanks for this great photo, @juerg_hostettler!
No, it’s not a poster. It's a real-life photo of Switzerland. It shows the picturesque village of #Brissago , which lies on the Italian border and at the lowest point in Switzerland (197 metres above sea level). To reach the Dufourspitze – the highest peak in the country at 4,634 metres above sea level – from here, you would have to scale 4,437 metres. To put that into perspective, if a staircase led directly from Brissago to the Dufourspitze, you would have to climb an impressive 25,000 steps. Not a bad way to improve your fitness :-) Would you be up for the challenge? Go for it! ;-) Thanks for this amazing photo, @christofs70.
Welcome to the sunniest town in Switzerland. Welcome to #Sion @valaiswallis! In this great photo taken by @bsmith.ch you can see the #Valère#Basilica – one of the town’s most famous landmarks. Did you know that one of the oldest playable organs in the world is found here? No?! It dates back to the 15th century :-) The basilica also offers a superb view of Sion, which incidentally is one of the oldest towns in Switzerland. If organ playing and municipal history aren’t your thing, how about a fine wine? Sion is situated in the heart of one of Switzerland’s most important wine-growing areas. #Fendant , the regional white wine, is particularly popular. In fact, when asked once what made the local football team #FCSion so successful, Jean-Michel Cina, president of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation @srgssr , replied: “It’s like the Gaulish village in The Adventures of Asterix: the people of Valais have a magic potion called Fendant.” Why not try it for yourself? #cheers
Allow us to present the most charming place Mark Twain claimed he ever lived in: #Weggis ! We’re not surprised the author and travel writer liked it here so much – just take a look at this incredible photo by @marvinho_dos_santos! Weggis is located on the shores of #LakeLucerne at the foot of the @rigi.ch the “queen of the mountains” according to Twain. Getting to the summit is an experience in itself. If you travel by train from @ilove_lucerne, for example, you can either go as far as #ArthGoldau or hop on a boat to #Vitzanu . In both cases, the journey continues with the oldest cog railway in Europe up to Rigi-Kulm. Once there, the majestic panorama of lakes and impressive mountains will take your breath away. Whatever it was that fascinated Mark Twain, a sunset like the one in this photo must have come pretty close :-)
Allow us to introduce summer in #Switzerland – or more precisely in @valaiswallis! Here you’ll find #Vercorin , a typical Valais village situated just north of #Sierre in the #RhôneValley at an altitude of 1,330 metres. The mountain village speaks to a bygone era with its old houses and wooden granaries, barns and attics, darkened over time and built closely around the Roman church spire (pictured in this wonderful photo by @_mathias_schmidt). And it’s not just time which seems to pass differently here – the climate is remarkable too. Thanks to its location between the protected zone of the #ValdeRéchy and the valley entrance of the @valdanniviers, the climate in Vercorin is so mild that cherry trees grow here. If that weren’t enough, in the protected zone itself you can even find an abundance of #Edelweiss . It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful and idyllic Swiss summer ;-)
Take a lush green forest, a glittering turquoise lake and a small white castle for contrast, and your fairytale picture is complete. But it’s not a picture, it’s real! This is precisely the charming scenery you’ll find at #LakeBrienz , which lies between the #EmmentalAlps and #BerneseAlps in the canton of @madeinbern. In fact, you can see Seeburg Castle in #Iseltwald in this photo by @apassportaffair. Iseltwald is special in that it is the only village to be found on the left shore of the lake, with just 420 inhabitants living within an area of 23 square kilometres. The village could be your starting point for a hike on the “Three Waterfalls Route”, the highlight of which is the #GiessbachFalls . If you’d rather paddle than walk, you can! There are a number of places on Lake Brienz @mybrienz where you can hire a stand-up paddle board and glide across the water – for example, past Seeburg Castle at Iseltwald ;-)
All good things come in… fives? They do in Switzerland! Because when you climb the #Pizol in the canton of #StGallen , you can expect to see not just three fantastic lakes at 2,435 metres above sea level, but five. But hold on, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Rather than climbing the mountain on foot, of course, you can simply take the @pizolbahnench up to the summit. From the upper station, it’s around an hour’s hike to the #Wildsee , the shimmering blue lake you can see in this photo by @jageblavitt. But that’s just the beginning: follow the Five Lakes Route and, as the name suggests, you’ll pass another four crystal clear lakes and enjoy a superb view of the mountains in #EasternSwitzerland . Simply look for the the red and white markings like the one in this photo… what are you waiting for?!