Switzerland is a land of many things – the best chocolate, cheese, expensive watches and most importantly, amazing nature. If you are a mountain person, you will love Switzerland. Picturesque sceneries with cows grazing on meadows surrounded by rocky peaks of Alps… That sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Even though it is considered to be one of the more expensive destinations, you can surely find a way to travel through the land with a relatively small budget. Backpacking in Switzerland is an amazing experience. Spend a week in a tent or use another of the smart ideas on how to travel low-cost! Anyway, see our inspiration on what to do and visit during your seven days in this beautiful country. The itinerary, which we have prepared for you, will satisfy every outdoor lover!
Day 1: Welcome to Interlaken – time for lake and fondue
Interlaken will be a perfect basecamp for your trip to Switzerland. It is a lovely town in between the mountains, peacefully sitting at the Lake Brienz. It is a popular tourist place because of the many possibilities for hiking trips all around. When you arrive you should definitely consider going for a swim in the lake. It might not be the warmest water you’ll jump into, but it is super refreshing and with the amazing views around it will be incomparable with any heated pool. And after you move your body, it’s time to reward yourself with some typical Swiss dish. The go to choice is definitely the “Käsefondue”. If you don’t know what to imagine under this name, let us explain. You probably heard of the chocolate fountain before, right? The one that you stick fruits into? This works on a similar principle only there is melted cheese instead of chocolate and you put it on vegetables or bread. It can be a bit pricey, but it is a real Swiss experience. You should definitely treat yourself with it at least once during your stay.
Day 2: Enjoy the best views on Via Ferrata
Have you ever tried Via Ferrata before? It is definitely something you should experience in this area. Murren Via Ferrata is one of the most popular routes in Switzerland. You will love it whether you are a beginner or experienced climber, the breathtaking views at Alps will leave you speechless. You will ascend up to 600 metres above the ground and climb around the highest waterfall in the land. The peak of this Via Ferrata is definitely the 80 metres long suspension bridge hanging over the Murrenbach gorge at the height of 400 metres. Nothing for people with a fear of heights! But don’t worry, you will be secured the whole time.
Day 3: Trip to Bern
The capital city is not far from Interlaken – less than an hour long drive. Bern is rather small, it is not even the biggest city in the country. In fact it’s only the fifth largest city in the land. However, it gained the title of federal capital due to political reasons in the past. And it is just like most of Switzerland – peaceful and picturesque, surrounded by beautiful nature. The river Aare, which flows around the city centre, has the typical mountain coloured water and together with the historical houses creates amazing scenery. Especially in the sun!
Don’t forget to visit the local bears living in the BearPark at the outskirts of the city. They are the living symbols of Bern. And when you’ll be wandering through the streets, make sure not to miss the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) – an important historical sight.
Day 4: Time to fly high!
Paragliding is amazing. If you were ever jealous of the birds, this is the closest you can get to them. Flying over Interlaken and Lake Thun will become your favorite memory for the rest of your life. We can guarantee that! If it’s your first time paragliding, it’s okay to be nervous. It is really high after all and there is no engine you could rely on. But there is really no need to worry. You will be accompanied by a professional pilot who will take care of everything and your only task will be to enjoy the views underneath you. Who knows, maybe you will fall in love with this unique adrenaline activity so much that you will consider getting a paragliding license yourself one day! Would you like to enjoy the flight over Interlaken even more? Use the discount code Switzerland_with_OutdoorVisit before August 24, 2022 at the checkout for a 5% off on all activities in Switzerland!
Day 5: Chocolate factory!
Chocolate belongs to Switzerland as much as tea belongs to England or pizza to Italy. You will run into many specialised shops and we highly encourage you to try as many types of chocolate as you can. However, if you are a real fan, you should not miss your chance to become a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” character for a day. In Switzerland, you can visit a real chocolate factory, observe the process of chocolate making in detail and learn a lot about this product. In Maison Cailler they are ready for visitors. They have prepared an amazing tour which will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this famous treat. And the best part comes at the end. There will be a big degustation waiting for you!
Day 6: Explore Lucerne
This town is another place you should certainly include into your plans. Once again, it is only about an hour drive away from Interlaken so it would be a pity not to go on this trip. Lucerne lies on the shores of Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by mountains. It offers compositions so beautiful that it almost looks like a painting rather than real life.
The most famous attraction in the town is the wooden Chapel Bridge. Its history dates back to the 14th century so it’s a unique evidence of the architectural skills people had already back in the old times.
Day 7: Climbing
Last but not least – before you leave Interlaken, spare a day for climbing! Outdoor climbing is something completely different from climbing indoors. It’s definitely more challenging but the guides will make sure that you get the best out of this experience and improve your skills. Quickly you will become more confident on the rocks. And If you are already an experienced outdoor climber – don’t worry, you won’t be bored either. There are routes for all levels. Climbing in the heart of the Alps with views of mountain peaks. That sounds like a perfect way to finish off your active outdoor vacation, won’t you agree?
Hopefully we have inspired you to put Switzerland on your travel list! It is really a country worth visiting. Both for its rich culture (in which other country you can choose from four official languages?) and for its natural treasures. Some of the most beautiful corners of Europe are to be found in Switzerland.