Switzerland Travel Guides for Backpackers

 Top reasons to visit “Middle Eastern Switzerland” Jordan

Ahlan-wasahlan (traditional Arabic greeting) – welcome to Jordan, a peaceful and at the same time modern country filled with history and scent of old times. Jordan is an exceptional place where everywhere you can see the sights and hear the sounds of the oldest time. The place is blessed with some of the most renowned historical sights, some of the most spectacular views and some of the best cooking recipes on earth. On top of that, are the best and friendliest people across the globe – Jordanian locals. In Jordan, you can find some great accommodation and the best guides […]
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Why You Need To Visit Lucerne, Switzerland

Way back in 2014, when I was fresh-faced youth, I lived in Switzerland for six months. Those were the best six months that I lived in the city. I didn’t get to experience the city because I was a student living on campus, but a year later, I came back. The experience was way better as a tourist than it was as a student. I realized I missed a lot. One thing you should know is living in Switzerland is costly as an expat, but it is far better as a tourist. There are so many benefits that you get […]
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Zurich on a student budget – you can do it!

It’s no secret that Switzerland is a stunning country. The landscapes are breath-taking and every place has its own charm. The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich, is known to be one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Apart from being incredibly well organized, it strives to keep a high-quality life, which is one of the reasons why I chose this lovely place for my summer internship. I wanted to experience a different way of life. Coming from Eastern Europe as a student, with a modest budget, I had my first culture shock when I saw the prices on the […]
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Things to Do in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland. Situated in a western pocket of Switzerland, right next to the French border, is regarded as a 'global city'. The financial capital of Switzerland, it hosts the headquarters for organisations such as the United Nations and Red Cross. Yet when I found myself in Geneva at the start of December 2017, I was taken aback at how much there was to do for a tourist like myself and even though I was only there for a day, I managed to explore a lot of the city. I will provide a summary of what I did in my day […]
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Four Seasons in the Swiss Riviera

Many people come to Switzerland with quaint preconceptions: cows, cheese, chocolate, wine, and probably more cheese (and chocolate). While there’s absolutely no way that this can be disputed, take it from a 12-year resident: the Swiss Riviera is a beautiful maelstrom of so much more. Where is the Swiss Riviera? It more or less encompasses the shores of Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman, if you want to get French. They’re stubborn about the name over there. From Geneva to Villeneuve, and the mountains behind, this is a brief, four-seasons guide to the lesser known sights.   Summer Boat rides on […]
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Visiting Chur: Switzerland’s Oldest City

What is Chur? The city of Chur is the capital of Switzerland's easternmost Canton, Graubünden. Chur is celebrated as being the oldest city in Switzerland, with archaeological evidence going back 5000 years. The city is solidly located in the Alpine region, and the mountains that surround it have steep slopes; the upper parts of the mountain face are grey and rocky from being unable to host foliage. Grisons is the only Canton with three official languages (German-Italian-Romansch), but Chur is almost entirely German-speaking, so if you like to be polite and say words like please and thank you in the local […]
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Lausanne – the Olympic Capital

The way to Lausanne Switzerland is a small wonderland that has lost somewhere in the mountains, it knows a lot about chocolate and watches, it breathes alpine air and it is stuck somewhere between stability and progress. Now I have an exclusive opportunity to explore this mysterious world. Getting to know Switzerland I got my first impression about Switzerland from the air, approaching the Geneva airport. My plane was slowly flying over a huge lake, called the Geneva Lake, or Le Léman in French. The lake looked so magnificent and endless, illuminated by the evening sun. A lake is not […]
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Road trip to Ifrane, the Moroccan Switzerland

What I like the most about Morocco it’s the diversity. You can find different ethnicities, languages, ways of living and landscapes and there are always new, hidden corners to discover. One of them is Ifrane, the little paradise where Moroccans escape for party, intimacy, winter sports, and cool weather. Let’s see how you can get there, what can you do in Ifrane and how you get to the famous monkey forest 20 km from the city. Why is Ifrane called the Moroccan Switzerland? I remember the first time I got there, I was shocked. It looks nothing like all the […]
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Swiss Alp Hiking Guide: Best Hikes of the Region

The Swiss Alps are a hiker's dream. The Alps are one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in the world, and they are covered with hundreds of miles of hiking trails. There are dozens of potential hikes between the multiple towns and mountains of the region, and deciding which trails to take can be overwhelming. This Swiss Alp Hiking guide will cover the best trails from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, along with some other favorites, and some tips on saving time and money. Before you get going be sure to familiarize yourself with a map of the region. You can […]
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Experiencing the Swiss Alps

     The second best thing about living in Switzerland is the outrageously good chocolate. It's not a rumor, I dare you to bite into a hazelnut milk bar by Confiserie Sprüngli and tell me it's doesn't taste like a creation from heaven. The best thing, though, is that no matter where you are, you’re never more than an hour away from a mountain to climb. A hike through a scenery of green pastures, winding forest paths, crystal glacier lakes and breathtaking snowy peaks is an everyday occurrence for the Swiss. When the beautiful city of Zürich just felt too crowded […]
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Hiking the Dangerous Mt. Salève

  Introduction Switzerland always welcomes people who love outdoors. There's skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, biking, hang-gliding, and most importantly, hiking. Hiking is possibly the easiest and cheapest outdoor activity to do in Switzerland. With Skiing and snowboarding, unless you have your own equipment, it can cost up to $300, including the ski/snowboarding pass. Hang-gliding is more than $100 because unless you are personally trained to hang-glide alone, and have your own equipment, you have to rent and pay for a professional to make sure you don't die. If you do it all the time, biking gets expensive since you need the […]
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Of swiss cheese, trains and people

Of swiss cheese, trains and people The first thing you should do before starting this article should be finding a playlist of Moby on youtube and clicking on it. Done? That was the playlist on my ipod while I watched Switzerland go by through a train window. It suited the panorama wonderfully. Take a train It is not a coincidence that the first thing I mention about Switzerland is trains. That was the transport we chose for this country. It may be cheaper to rent a car (if you are not traveling alone) and it may give you more freedom […]
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Leysin: Heaven at 1200 meters

  Leysin, a panoramic location situated at 1200 meters above sea level near Aigle, in the French part of Switzerland is a year around attraction for both local visitors as well international. Connected through a railway track as well as a road, Leysin can be reached by both making it accessible like most of the places in Switzerland. From Aigle one can take the scenic route and stop at the Leysin village or head directly at the top. Known also for its mild climate in summer, its health resort for people with lung issues, and the magnificent alps for snow […]
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Shaffhausen Full Of Water Power

Today we visited the canton of Shaffhausen. The name of this canton sounds for me like the blue city of Chefchaouen in Morocco.  Who knows or ever heard about this blue city can understand that I was so excited about this trip. This is the northernmost canton of Switzerland and lies almost entirely on the right bank of the Rhine, with only part of Stein am Rhein on the left bank. And we started from this town. How to reach by train: 1)            From the city of Shaffhausen S8 to Stein am Rhein (1:15 h) 2)            From the city of […]
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Luxurious Summer Getaway to St. Moritz

It was like a dream when I was finally at Tirano train station with a ticket to St. Moritz in my hand. Why St. Moritz and not other part of Switzerland like Mount Titlis or Lucerne? Since last year when I planned to have this trip, I was already so excited to witness the Swiss Engadin Alps from the windows of the train. Actually this was part of my 3-week Europe trip that started in late June this year. Don't judge the trip by its price, but deal with rich experience that your eyes and soul don't want to get away […]
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Swiss Public Transport

For those of you not used to public transportation, the Swiss public transport system is possibly the best way to learn its mechanics. I primarily use the public transport in Geneva, but the Swiss are highly repetitive when it comes to necessity, so public transport should be the same everywhere in Switzerland. Useful Information: TPG (Les Transports publics genevois) SBB CFF FFS (Swiss national train system) SBB (German : schweizerische bundesbahnen) CFF (French : chemins de fer fédéraux suisses) FFS (Italian : ferrovie federali svizzere) There are Super Saver Discount tickets for advanced purchases Swiss public transport is never late The metal containers […]
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Zurich: Cheese, chocolate, and other amazing things!

Zurich: Cheese, chocolate and other amazing things!   My Second Home Today I'm writing about city which I was lucky enough to call home for one year as I explored my family background while improving my second language. Zurich has played a major part in my personal growth and I will always remember it as a culturally rich land of opportunity, cheese and chocolate. Yes, the food is hefty but too good to pass on. I really made the most of the Swiss culinary world while I was over there, but I’ll elaborate on the deliciousness later. The people I […]
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