According to the World Happiness Report 2021, Switzerland is ranked as the third happiest country. This small country offers huge opportunities for tourists and travelers. In fact, Switzerland always manages to find a high rank in this survey. So, what makes this country such a happy place? It’s the people, the cuisine, the sights, and all the fun things you can do here. And while it is not possible to do all of the many fun things to do, here are eight fun and interesting things to do in Switzerland that you must try once. By taking day trips from Zurich you can experience all the fun things you’ve been missing out on.
Rhine Falls Boating
This is the right place to start your fun activities if you’re undecided on what to do first. The Rhine Falls is one of the biggest attractions in Switzerland and should be one of the places you must visit. Since it has the most breathtaking view, the visitors get a chance to take a closer look through boat trips. The boat will take you to the middle of the falls, where you get to experience the heart-pumping view of the falls.
You can also choose to sit along with the platform with your friends and family and enjoy the beauty of the falls and their gushing water. The Rhine Falls is located in Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall. The best time to visit there for boating is during May. There is no entry fee if you visit the northern banks. The entry fee at the southern banks is around $5 per person.
The most popular Hawaiian craze of paddle boarding can now be experienced in Geneva. There are so many other reasons to visit Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) – the largest freshwater lake in Switzerland – but it is a great place to experience the thrill of paddle boarding with dramatic scenery all around.
In paddle boarding, you stand on a long surfboard, use a paddle to propel and balance yourself across the lake. But it is the in-between falls that make this experience fun and interesting. The other sports that you can do here are wakeboarding, windsurfing, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, or water skiing. The best time to visit Lake Geneva in Geneva is from May to December. The fee for paddle boarding can range from $20 to $70, depending on the tour.
Cable Car Ride
Wikimedia Commons by: SteGrifo27
This has to be one of the most beautiful experiences in Switzerland, which involves reaching the heights of Matterhorn through a cable car ride. This is one activity that will give you memories of a lifetime.
The deep sense of peace the place has to offer and the view, will all tend to leave you overwhelmed in a good way. Go to Zermatt and book your cable car ride to the top of Matterhorn for an unforgettable experience. The best time to visit is during the spring and summer when the sky is clear, and you can view the distant places from the height. Depending on the tour you take, the ticket can take anywhere between $20 to $60
Downhill hiking is one of the most enjoyable activities in Switzerland. If you enjoy hiking and trekking and are an adventure enthusiast, downhill hiking should be on your list. This is basically the same as hiking but just on a downhill trail.
The downhill hiking trail goes from Sunnega to Findeln. This is also located in the Matterhorn mountain as you hike down to Zermatt.
As mentioned before, Lake Geneva is much loved by everyone in Switzerland and attracts thousands of tourists every month. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful lakes you’ve ever seen and an ideal place to do some kayaking.
Glide along the lake with the calm and serene backdrop of the mountainscape, and you’ll think it can’t get any better than this, but there is also a castle on the shore, which makes it just picture perfect. And Lake Geneva is just that, perfect and beautiful. Be sure to follow all the safety instructions to enjoy this activity the best.
This is one of the most thrilling adventures you can choose in Switzerland. If there is any best location to skydive, then Switzerland has to be the best. The green valleys, pristine lakes, and the snow-capped Alps make the dive even better.
Enjoy the jump from a height of 13,000 feet and experience your life’s probably most thrilling and heart-pumping moments. Interlaken is the best place for you to go if you are seeking to skydive in Switzerland. Challenge your fears and overcome them in Switzerland.
The cost can range anywhere from around $391 to $475. You can add professional videos, photos, or both to your package.
Bodmiarena sits in the heart of Grindelwald. Bodmiarena is the winter hotspot, and people come here from all over the world to indulge in the most popular winter sports and snow sports in a safe environment.
Initially, it only allowed children to enter, but the good news is that now it is open for all adults. Here you can enjoy sliding down while skiing at high speed while you’re in a safe environment. The Bodmiarena is in Terrassenweg 104, Grindelwald in Switzerland.
In Gstaad, a two-day lift pass may cost you around $110, which is approximately $60 a day per person. While in Vail or Aspen, it will be more expensive, costing you around $160 a day per person.
While you’re on the snow slopes, why not even enjoy sledging (aka sledding or tobogganing). If you have been intrigued by this sport, then Faulhorn is the best place for this activity. Sledgers often come to Faulhorn as this place is considered to be a paradise for all sledgers as it has the world’s longest sledging run. You can visit Faulhorn anytime and have the best time enjoying sledging.