Grab a box of thick creamy chocolates while strolling around the best luxurious watch outlets in the wealthy nation of Switzerland. With it's looming snow-capped Alps, extensive scenic greenery, glistening deep-blue lakes, imposing glaciers and quaint Swiss chalets, this Central European country looks like it came out of a postcard. Fringed by France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north, Switzerland is multi-lingual along with being multi-cultural.
The picture-perfect city of Geneva could be your first stop. One of the most eye-catching attraction is the huge fountain, Jet d'Eau in Lake Geneva, soaring high at 140 meters and shoots 500 liters of water per second. Watch collectors can head over to the Patek Phillpe Museum and marvel at the antique timepieces from the yesteryears to the modern ones prevalent today. Need a gateaway? Trek over to the breathtaking Mount- Saleve and indulge in some fun activities such as hiking, paragliding, cable car ride and so on. Chateau de Chillion, an island castle on the shores of Lake Geneva, housed near Montreux continues to draw millions of tourists since centuries.
Appearances are often deceptive as the blue-collar and serious city of Zurich with it's numerous banks is actually a fun and colorful city when you examine it closely with it's share of dance clubs and pubs to help you party till the crack the dawn. Wander about the cobbled alleys and winding lanes of the Old Town to catch a glimpse of the bygone medieval years and the many old-world structures housed there. Adventure seekers can climb atop the Uetliberg mountain to not only enjoy a fabulous view of the city and Lake Zurich but also participate in the adrenaline-inducing mountain biking.
The tiny town of Interlaken, comfortably sitting between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and the towering JungFrau as it's picturesque backdrop, is well worth the visit for the scenic panoramic shots it promises to offer. Take a trip to the renowned Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn, UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy a breathtaking landscape which can be reached by riding on the Jungfraubahn cog-wheel railway. Marvel at the magnificent views provided by the Eiger and Monch mountains from the special train's characteristic large windows.
Overlooking the swiss town of Zermatt, the Matherhorn is one of Switzerland's renowned pointed peak, soaring as high as 4,478 meters. Those who enjoy the peace and quiet will relish the elegant resort town of Zaermatt with it's quintessential Swiss chalets and horse drawn carriages and the slopes are a favorite with skiers during the winter. The international ski resort town of St. Moritz has always been for the richie-rich with it's world-class restaurants and opulent hotel chains. Skiing, snowboarding, skating, bob-sledding and tobogganing are some of the winter-sporting activities that can be enjoyed there. The ski town of Verbier has been recognized as one of the top 'off-piste' resorts in the planet. Several celebrities and notable public personalities are known to holiday in this exotic winter destination.
Experience the characteristic vibe of Italy with the Italian city of Lugano housed in Southern Switzerland. Head over to Switzerland's capital city Bern to catch a glimpse of the Zytglogge, massive medieval clock tower featuring moving puppets. Animal lovers can take a trip to the Swiss National Park in the Engadine Valley, oldest reserve in the Alps comprising of over 5,000 species of animals including marmot, red deer, chamois, ibex, fox and over 100 species of birds. Take a boat trip up the Rhine to enjoy a breathtaking view of the magnificent Rhine Falls, spanning 150 meters.
Even though expensive, Switzerland is one of the most delightful destinations to get your classic dose of retail therapy. Luxury watches, cheap Swiss watches, a wide variety of chocolates, different kinds of cheese, Swiss Army knives, cuckoo clocks, Cow bells, Swiss Music boxes, Swiss embroideries, leather wallets and purses are some of the items available abundantly in the country.
When in Switzerland, be sure to dig into their appetizing delicacies such as the lip-smackingly tasty fondue, quintessential Swiss dish Racelette, mouth-watering Rosti and so forth. Be sure to enjoy different types of sparkling Swiss wines such as Chasselas, Pinot noir, Gamay and Merlot.
Stay options in Switzerland is plenty with the richie-rich seeking luxury hotels that are best in the country but at the same time there is no shortage of modest and comfortable budget hotel apartments providing cheap accommodations which will delight those who are light on the pocket.
Switzerland's climate is generally temperate but overall the weather conditions differ from region to region. The best time to visit the country would be during July and August when the temperatures are more pleasant. However those who wish to ski can plan a trip to the country during the colder months.