With 450 unique varieties of cheese, it’s no wonder the national dish is fondue, bread dipped into melted cheese. And Swiss chocolatiers are widely known as makers of some of the finest chocolate in the world. We have a feeling sampling local products will be high on the to-do list in Switzerland.
Go on a roaring white-water rafting excursion in the resort village of Interlaken, and challenge yourself at the indoor climbing center. Ski or snowboard in the shadow of the Matterhorn in Zermatt or enjoy a ride up to the top of the Theodul Glacier. Either way, the view will blow your mind.
Tour the United Nations, where delegates meet annually to negotiate world peace. See the famous jet d’eau, a 140-metre-high water jet shooting gallons of water into the air above Lake Geneva. Tour the old town and its quays, lakeside promenades, countless parks, and lovely side streets.
Switzerland is a land steeped in Alpine tradition, full of stereotypes. And it’s hard not to buy into them when such beautiful examples surround you—soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, staggering views, resort villages, medieval landmarks, picture-perfect lakes, chocolate, cheese, fondue, clock towers, and maybe a little yodelling. Where customs and culture vary with the changing landscape. And even the most mundane moments are so extraordinary, you need to pinch yourself to make sure it’s real. The mountain glaciers and peaks of the Swiss Alps occupy 60% of this country. Its capital city, Geneva, is located on the banks of Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Europe. It is the most international city in Europe, with more than 40% of its residents coming from outside the country. Geneva is also home of the Palais des Nations, which later became the headquarters of the United Nations. More than 25,000 delegates meet here annually to negotiate for world peace. Even the International Red Cross directs its humanitarian campaigns from Geneva. Peaceful, beautiful, breathtaking, diverse, adventurous.
This small country offers big thrills. But no matter where you are or what you’re doing, don’t forget to try some famous chocolate and cheese fondue!
Snowboarding the Swiss Alps was an experience I will never forget. You live and you learn from Westcoast Connection – this is an amazing summer experience that can change your life.”
The staff was amazing and the schedule was great. My favorite part was skiing in Zermatt. This was the best trip of my entire life. It wouldn’t have been the same without the amazing staff. I came alone, yet I left with 40 new friends. I wouldn’t trade this summer for the world.”