Switzerland is home to some of the world’s most luxurious food and drink. From chocolates, cheese fondue, and raclette to more unusual offerings such as honey and truffles – you’ll never go hungry!
But Switzerland’s food isn’t the only delight that awaits visitors. If your goal is to spoil yourself there are also spa treatments, skiing, and shopping to keep you happy.
Take a look at these five luxurious things to do on your next Swiss vacation.
1. Enjoy a cheese fondue at the summit of Brunig Pass
Brunig Pass is located in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region about two hours from Zurich, making it an ideal day trip destination. The drive to this pass will take you past some of the gorgeous scenery that the Swiss Alps are known for.
Many visitors stop there for a dish that’s beloved both in Switzerland and now in America too! Cheese fondue is made by melting cheese slowly in wine or broth. The melted liquid serves as a dipping sauce for cubes of crusty bread or vegetables.
For an even more decadent experience, try the traditional version of this dish with Gruyere cheese. This Swiss variety is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk and has a characteristically nutty flavour.
2. Indulge in chocolate
What type of luxury travellers doesn’t bring back a bounty load of chocolate from a Swiss vacation?! Chocolate is an essential element to any visit to Switzerland.
But did you know that the most expensive Swiss chocolates are coated with gold?
No, that’s not a joke. The most luxurious Swiss chocolates come tucked into pretty packaging and decorated with shards of 24 karat edible gold. The wrapper is sometimes encrusted with gemstones such as opals and amethysts for an extra-special touch of luxury!
3. Take a dip in a thermal spa
Switzerland has 40 hot springs and dozens of natural spas that warrant a visit, even for non-thermal bathing purposes. The majority of these thermal baths have been developed into luxurious resorts. Their facilities include steam rooms, saunas, pools with different temperatures, and massage services.
Taking a dip in the alpine waters of one such thermal bath is like taking a trip to another world!
4. Go shopping for a watch on Bahnhofstrasse
Many of the world’s finest watch and clock-makers are located in this tiny country, which is also known as ‘the watchmaking capital of the world’. Visitors can shop for brands like Rolex, Omega, and Breitling at duty-free prices.
One of the most popular spots to find these shops is on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. It has turned into one of the main luxury destinations in Europe. The street is also surrounded by some amazing shops that sell high-end fashion, accessories, and jewelry.
5. Ski on the world’s longest ski run (if you dare)
Switzerland is not just famous for its luxury chocolates and watches, it’s also home to the longest ski run in the world. The Lauberhorn has a length of 4.4km with a vertical drop of 5,280 feet and over 100 challenging bends and turns!
Visitors need to take two cable cars along the course before they can get to the starting point.
A taste of luxury in Switzerland
If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, it’s hard to do better than Switzerland. From the luxe chocolates and tasty cheese fondue to the thermal baths and extravagant watches, luxury is always just a day trip away!