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14 extraordinary experiences to add to your Switzerland bucket list

From the wild and rugged Alps to the elegant cities, beautiful lakeside towns and delicious cuisine, Switzerland is a destination like no other.

Watchmaking Course in Geneva

Ever wondered how a fine Swiss watch is made? Here’s your chance to find out on a fascinating, and hands-on, watchmaking course at Initium. A master watchmaker will introduce you to the practical and theoretical secrets of mechanical watchmaking. With a screwdriver and tweezers in hand, bring the mechanism at the heart of the watch you are building to life.

The course is open to everyone and does not require any watchmaking knowledge or skills.

A spa resort that is an architectural marvel

Cutting-edge architecture and wellness unite in style at 7132 Therme. This Pritzker Prize-winning hotel is home to a one-of-a-kind ‘Therme’ mineral spring rock spa.

Architects and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world travel to a small village in the small Graubuenden valley to see 7132 Therme. The spa resort is built from 60,000 quartz pieces from the local mountains.

The spa’s thermal baths are filled with water from the Valser Valley and are full of healing minerals. The eight thermal baths available are the indoor pool 32°C, outdoor pools 30°C to 36°C, fire pool 42°C, ice pool 14°C, blossom pool 33°C, sound stone 32°C, spring stone 35°C and the 12 sweating stones with steam bath.

Fondation Beyeler, Basel

This outstanding Renzo Piano-designed art museum and park is an essential stop on any visit to Basel. Fondation Beyeler is brimming with contemporary and Indigenous art.

Olafur Eliasson, Life, 2021. Installationsansicht, Fondation Beyeler
Olafur Eliasson, Life, 2021. Installationsansicht, Fondation Beyeler © Switzerland Tourism

Hidden gem: Visit the town of Solothurn

Solothurn is regarded as the finest Baroque town in Switzerland. Italian grandeur is combined with German practicality and French charm.

Fine Baroque and Renaissance buildings, such as the noble Palais Besenval, and magnificent religious buildings meet the visitor at every end and turn. The car-free Old Town has eleven churches and chapels and the same number of fountains and towers.

A little outside the town is the romantic Verena gorge with its chapel and hermitage, a popular destination for walkers. Hikers and cyclists will find an extensive network of footpaths and 600 km of cycle tracks in the surrounding area and along the Aare. Solothurn is on two national cycle routes: the Mittelland Route and the Aare Route.

H4 Hotel Solothurn, Zimmer
H4 Hotel Solothurn, Zimmer © Switzerland Tourism

Explore the Alpine Garden on the Schynige Platte

A feast for the senses, this enchanting alpine garden comes with majestic panoramas of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

Founded in 1927, the Alpine Garden has a stunning collection of more than 720 Swiss alpine plants growing across an 8,000 square-metre pasture of land.

Schynige Platte is a small mountain ridge located 2,076 metres above sea level in the Jungfrau Region of the Bernese Alps in central Switzerland. The Schynige Platte gets its name from the huge light-reflecting wall of slate on the mountain’s flank – Schynige Platte means shining plate.  It is a popular peak for hikers and day trippers from Interlaken. For nature lovers, it is best accessed via the cog railway that has been winding its way up the mountain for over 125 years.

Ride the world’s steepest funicular

Stoos Funicular rises 740 metres in about five minutes. Departing from Schwyz, it takes visitors to the car-free mountain village of Stoos with its dreamy alpine views.

Fronalpstock, Stoos
Fronalpstock, Stoos © Switzerland Tourism

See the Bachalpsee mirror lake

A ‘mirror lake’ near Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland. This hidden gem is known as the ‘Jewel of the Alps’ for its dazzling natural beauty.

Lake Bachalpsee is located 2,265 metres above sea level near Grindelwald. The hour-long walk to the lake is filled with stunning scenery and unique flora.

Grindelwald, Bachalpsee
Grindelwald, Bachalpsee © Switzerland Tourism

Embark on the Engadin Snow Safari

One of Switzerland’s finest ‘snow safaris’, this unique ski trip crosses through the Engadin: from Corvatsch via St. Moritz to Piz Nair, then down to Celerina.

The Engadin is the place to go for all those who love winter: this birthplace of winter holidays entices visitors with its almost-guaranteed sunshine – boasting the highest number of hours of sunshine across Switzerland – and an endless array of pistes.

Anyone who comes to the Engadin for skiing or snowboarding will be overwhelmed with seemingly endless activities and variety on offer. Many visitors to St. Moritz choose to spend a day either on Corvatsch or on Corviglia on the other side of the valley but with the Snow Safari both mountains can be included in one route.

Leukerbad Thermal Spring

Experience the healing waters of Leukerbad on a thermal spring trek and canyon walk, surrounded by the magnificent Dala Gorge.

Leukerbad Thermal Spring is Europe’s largest alpine thermal spa. It has ten pools, ranging in temperature from 28 to 43 degrees Celcius. The pools have waterfall showers, massage jets, whirlpools and a natural stone grotto.

A gourmet tour around Lake Murten

This idyllic region is perfect for exploring by bicycle to discover medieval sites, lush vineyards, bathing spots and outstanding gourmet restaurants.

The tour is aimed at all those who enjoy cycling through an impressive natural landscape and want to sample the local cuisine over a sumptuous lunch or dinner.  On the well-marked cycle path around the lake, you can explore both nature and the idyllic towns.

Murtensee
Murtensee © Switzerland Tourism

Relax at Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz

One of the most relaxing ways of recharging after a day’s skiing is a dip in a thermal bath.

One of Roger Federer’s long-time favourite thermal bath is Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz. It is regarded as one of the most healing and beautiful aquatic spas in Europe.

A haven for mind, body and soul, Tamine Therme elevates the spa concept to new heights. Discover more about its world-class therapeutic features here.

Bad Ragaz lies in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at the foot of the Pizol. Today it’s a wellness resort with world-class hotels, thermal baths and golf courses.

The warm (37°C) healing waters bubble up from inside the mountain in Tamina Gorge in nearby Pfäfers. Read more about Bad Ragaz, winter in the region and an array of exciting events.

Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz
Tamina Therme © Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz offers Switzerland at its best

The jewel in the crown of Bad Ragaz is the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, located in the foothills of the Alps in Eastern Switzerland, an hour’s drive from Zurich.

One of Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical health resorts, it consists of two five-star establishments: The Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites and Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz.

The complex boasts exclusive spa facilities and medical expertise in the renowned Medical Health Centre and Clinic Bad Ragaz. Find out more about Switzerland’s finest medical health clinics.

There are eight restaurants to choose from (with four Michelin stars and 76 Gault&Millau points between them), two golf courses, and the must-visit Tamina Therme thermal spa.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz © Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Top chef dishes on his award-winning restaurants in Bad Ragaz

Leading Swiss chef Sven Wassmer heads up two restaurants in Bad Ragaz: Memories, with two Michelin stars and 18 Gault&Millau points, and verve by sven.

“Memories is basically a living room,” he says. “We, the chefs, cook in the open kitchen and our guests are able to observe every move while we create their next plate.”

“My focus lies in the ingredients and their flavors,” he adds. “Interacting with our guests, telling them about the produce and providors as well as being able to observe their reactions is magical.”

verve by sven is all about positivity, healthy eating and authentic Swiss cuisine.

Memories Restaurant
Memories Restaurant © Andre Meier

Enjoy a day trip to neighbouring Liechtenstein

Just 30kms and 30 minutes by car from Bad Ragaz is Liechtenstein, a small but exquisite sovereign state between Switzerland and Austria.

Traditions, customs and fascinating art treasures recount the rich history and culture of the country.

The last German-speaking monarchy comprises 11 municipalities and only 38,000 citizens. It is compact in the truest sense of the word, and bears the name of a dynastic family that resides in Vaduz Castle.

View a map of Switzerland here.

Malbun, Gorfion Familotel
Malbun, Gorfion Familotel © Martin Walser

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Lead image: Lavertezzo, Verzasca Tal © Switzerland Tourism