The country of Switzerland has many contributions to the world such as its wonderful and majestic picturesque topography and landscapes, but one thing that cannot be missed out is the country’s craving for sweets. Switzerland offers a handful of the world’s beloved chocolates that originated in the country, and one can take a tour or partake in the chocolate-making industry.
The country of Switzerland is very famous for its chocolate-making industry, that it has turned Switzerland into one of the largest producers of chocolates at the same time consumer. The area around Switzerland has many chocolate business establishments to choose from. These establishments offer a unique and delightful feeling of touring the entire or portion of the chocolate factory. World-renowned companies like the Cailler, Lindt, and Sprungli to name a few are found in Switzerland. The Maison Cailler factory located in Gruyere gives a chance to visitors and tourists alike to come and see the wonder and beauty of chocolate making. The factory tours et the people watch as the step by step process of chocolate making is unveiled before their very eyes, such as the putting of all the ingredients and etc. The Lindt and Sprungli chocolate factory also share its secrets through a factory tour.
Switzerland offers another variety for sweet food-savvy persons, in the form of cheese, its different uses and dishes. The country spawns numerous factory and local industry of cheese making. The Emmental cheese is a semi-hard kind of cheese with an amount of savory appeal that was originated in the town of Emmental. The Emmental cheese is most common and loved in North America and thus the name Swiss cheese came about. The Le Gruyere cheese that originates from Le Gruyere is one of the best cheeses to use on fondue dishes that can either be eaten as plain cheese or mixed with chocolate. The cheese companies also give a factory or house tour to visitors and locals alike who love cheese and wish to get a glimpse of the cheese business. The cheese and chocolate in Switzerland is perfect for gifts and as merchandise for sale.
Hiking The Alps
Switzerland has one of the most extensive hiking networks in the world with over 66,000 km of hiking trails all over the country. You could literally walk out of your hotel anywhere in the country and hike to your next destination, never leaving the hiking network along the way.
Of course, that also means there are way too many hikes to choose from, so here are a few you should consider:
- The long-distance Via Alpina which also passes through other countries in the Alps
- Parts of the Chamonix-Zermatt Haut Route are also favorites of mine
- Hiking around the Bernese Overland near Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen can’t be beaten
- Also, try to get in a few hikes around the Lake of Lucerne
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and you can explore many more hikes here.
Precision Automatic Watches
When you think of watches, aside from thinking of James Bond, you probably think of Switzerland. After all, this country has made a name for itself producing some of the most accurate and precise automatic watches in the world.
There are so many Swiss watch brands around, it’s kinda hard to keep up, but you have probably heard of Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer, Tissot, Cartier and many many more. Even the extremely affordable plastic ones like Swatch have stormed the shopping malls of the world and they have even gone as far as to build those tiny cars that slot into non-existent car parking spaces!
Switzerland is known worldwide besides food in its terrain of mountainous area or alpine. The surrounding area of the alpine is overcrowded during the winter months as the slopes of the alpine region serves as the base for snow and extreme sports. The sports that are popular are skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, snowshoe trekking, tobogganing, and others that fully utilize what nature gives. Individuals who are not savvy of sports, the alpine region lets one enjoy its majestic terrain through a series of lifts or rides going up the mountain like the chair lifts, cable cars, gondolas, funicular, cliff railways, and others. Each individual tourist can enjoy and admire the beauty of the alpine.
The Literature & History Of Switzerland
For tourists and travelers seeking a relaxing and slow pace environment in Switzerland, a place like Maienfeld is worth visiting. The town of Maienfeld with its surroundings is popularly known in the children’s books as the location of the story of Heidi. The place will take one in a fantasy and relieve the moments in Heidi’s story. One can partake of the kind of life Heidi has gone through. In town, an authentic replica of Heidi’s house can be found and it is so similar to the anime adaptation. A journey to the town of Maienfeld is one relaxing and stress relieving place.