Switzerland, the Complete Tour

Switzerland, the Complete Tour

In Switzerland you will find historic towns,
raging rivers, snowcapped mountains, scenic lakes, and you can easily get you all around
this lovely country with efficient travels on the excellent Swiss train network. You’ll see the very best of Switzerlandin
this practical travel guide, filled with some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, including
wild majestic landscapes and charming historic cities, balancing urban adventures with natural
wonders. This tour could easily be done in two weeks
or stretch it out to a more leisurely three weeks, with a carefully-planned itinerary,
as we show in this video guide, presenting the best of Switzerland. We’ll focus on the magnificent Alps mountains,
covered in glaciers, easily reached by cable car and mountain trains, offering breathtaking
vistas in all directions, especially three main groups of mountains in the region of
Titlis, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn. You’ll be immersed in that natural beauty,
with a chance to do some walking on easy mountain trails and time for fun in town. Coming up you’ll see the great cities including
Lucerne, Interlaken with Jungfrau and Shilthorn, Bern, Zermatt, Locarno, Lugano and Zurich. You’ll learn how to navigate their pedestrian
lanes while finding historic monuments, little shops, good restaurants and hotels. Switzerland is a land of many scenic lakes,
so we will enjoy numerous boat rides that give you a different perspective and provide
a relaxing, useful way to reach picturesque waterfront villages. We have created a series of longer movies
about each of these Swiss destinations which you can find in our collection. They go into great detail with many more scenes,
but in this movie we have managed to combine and summarize the adventure in a convenient
package presenting the major highlights. Perhaps later you can enjoy the entire video
series for the ultimate Swiss experience. It’s like a guidebook but with pictures that
move and you don’t have to do any reading. Get started in Lucerne the perfect place for
the ideal first impression of Switzerland. Continuing after a few days to Interlaken
where you can get up into the mountains; a day trip over to Bern, and then a ride down
to the southern portion, to Zermatt surrounded by spectacular peaks. Riding across the tip of Italy into Locarno
in southern Switzerland from there continue north on another scenic train ride to Zürich,
completing the perfect trip. [train noise]
Lucerne, Switzerland is one of the world’s most charming towns, set on a picturesque
lake surrounded by majestic mountains. They truly have it all, famous for its well-preserved
Old Town consisting of many blocks of very old buildings richly decorated with painted
murals showing village life and hunting scenes from the olden days, making this like an outdoor
art gallery. And all of this is set on a beautiful waterfront
along the shores of Lake Lucerne and the River Reuss. The heart of the Old Town is a pedestrian
zone with wooden bridges and cobblestone lanes and lined with shops and banners and really
a festive wonderful place. The River Reuss is very scenic flowing right
through the middle of town, lots of swans and walkways on both sides. There is a lovely promenade along the River
Reuss. It’s lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. It seems like a big outdoor block party, and
you can get some good food and delicious beer in a lovely outdoor setting. Alongside the river cafe terrace you’ve
also got a whole stretch of covered arcades where the party continues with more restaurants
and bars. You’re going to really enjoy exploring the
small lanes and plazas in Lucerne. While the main shopping lanes will attract
most of your attention, be sure to have a look at the little side lanes as well. They can be a quiet respite from the busier
shopping streets, and there’s usually some outdoor cafe tables and little unique boutiques
for you to explore. The town has lots of souvenir shops, but here,
maybe something like an antique shop, and there’s a bit of a nightclub center on a couple
of these side lanes, where the action goes late into the night. You can easily find a map of Lucerne, perhaps
at your hotel or certainly online, but you don’t need to study it too closely because
you can’t get lost in this small place. The Old Town is surrounded on one side by
the river and lake and on the other by a hillside, an ancient fortified wall which you can climb. And up on the hill you see the wall of town. Now you can walk up to the wall, and you can
climb the towers, and from there you have a nice view looking back down on the town. It’s really quite nice. Feel free to just wander, so you can rearrange
the schedules and itinerary selected here in any way that suits your personal preference. This is a small town so you don’t have to
be too concerned about constructing any sort of efficient sequence of events. And this area is filled with interesting shops,
and restaurants and ancient buildings. The steep gable roofs covered with strong
wooden shingles to ward off the winter snow complete this picturesque scenario. The automobiles are just not allowed into
this large historic zone so you can wander the cobble lanes without fear of getting run
over. You’ll discover several other peaceful small
plazas in the middle of the old town where cobblestone pedestrian lanes come together
and form a charming open area ringed by ancient buildings and sidewalk cafes, often with the
fountain in the middle. A good example here is at Weinmarkt. It’s the Wine Market Square and there is a
beautiful painting on the wall illustrating the Last Supper, with old buildings around,
and that fountain is one of several hundred fountains in the town that offer clean drinking
water. Their small independent shops and a few small
department stores make this a prime retail section of town. Cobblestone lanes for pedestrians winding
past ancient buildings that have the most modern shops inside with everything spotlessly
clean and well organized. Switzerland is the land of efficiency and
charm. You’ll also want to get out of town to see
the nearby attractions. We’re taking you up to the mountains and lakes
near Lucerne, Switzerland, including Mount Titlis, Mount Rigi, Pilatus and Burgenstock,
along with scenic boat rides, cable cars, rack railroads and hiking trails. We’re starting with a trip up to Mount Titlis,
one of the most scenic and popular destinations in Switzerland, high in the Alps. And the best way to get there is simply take
the train. It’s a lovely train ride from Lucerne to Engelberg,
about one hour, very scenic and then you change from the train to a cable car at Engelberg,
and you ride up Mount Titlis, about 10,000 feet high. On a good day, you can see all the way to
the Jungfrau, which is in the middle of the Swiss Alps. We’re here at the top of Mount Titlis. And it’s a spectacular clear day today. You can see right into the heart of the Swiss
Alps. It is called the Bernese Oberland in this
section and is very much the center of the country. They call it a massif, and the mountains we’re
looking at are mostly 12,000 feet high. And then there’s also this terrace right over
here where you can sit, you can have a coffee, you can have snacks over there. One of the most exciting attractions is called
the Titlis Cliff Walk. It’s a pedestrian suspension bridge that gives
you these dramatic views looking all around, and even straight down 500 meters beneath
your feet. And we stay up here for about one hour. It’s enough to walk around, have a look, take
our pictures and then we continue back down the way we came up. Catch the train and be back in Lucerne by
about 2 o’clock, And that gives you time to either relax in
town for the rest of the day or head out for another excursion there are three more mountains
to see in the vicinity of Lucerne, and this afternoon you could do one of them by taking
a boat across the lake and then go up to Mount Rigi. The next day you could visit Birkenstock and
Pilatus. You’ll find these excursions, linked together
with the scenic boat rides, provide some of the most rewarding experiences in your visit
to Lucerne. The fleet has a couple of dozen ships, but
try and select one of the historic side-paddlers for the best journey. There are a wide variety of routes you can
pick from, ranging from a one-hour round-trip to a full-day excursion. You could do a two-hour round-trip from Lucerne
out to the lakefront village of Weggis or, extend that with a trip up the mountain to
Rigi. It makes a great excursion. And go up the mountain to Rigi by cable car,
this was a beautiful cable car ride up. Halfway, in this case we are changing from
the cable car to the rack railway, and this is going to get more spectacular every minute. It’s the month of May and so there is still
quite a bit of snow up here on the slopes of Rigi. At the top you can wander around, enjoy the
views, then take a rack railway back down to Vitznau, and finally catch the next boat. Get some rest tonight because tomorrow morning
we have another ambitious itinerary for you on a day trip. The main goal is Mount Pilatus, starting with
boat ride to Burgenstock, then a funicular ride up the hill for some hiking through the
forest. It’s a small mountain plateau with the dramatic
cliff-hugging walking trail. This is a level path with sweeping views across
the lake and a series of short hiking trails continues through the forest, so it’s very
pleasant walking in the shade of the tall trees of the forest. Another boat ride over to Pilatus, up a steep
rack railway to the mountaintop, then cable car ride back to Lucerne, and the city bus
back into town. Arriving at the top of Mount Pilatus on this
funky little funicular. Get some beautiful views along the way and
soon we’re up in the snowfields. Great place to snap some more pictures, shoot
some more video, vistas and viewpoints in all directions. And at the top, surprise, surprise, there
is actually a hotel up here. And they have a restaurant, there are several
cafes, The Swiss have truly got some great scenery
here and they have civilized their mountaintops. From Lucerne we will bring over to Interlaken
on another scenic ride through the Brunig Pass. The train continues along the shores of Lake
Brienz into the center of Alpine exploration. The town of Interlaken makes a perfect home
base for exploring the beautiful mountains all around the central region of Switzerland. Tourists have been coming to Interlaken and
the area since about 1800 when it was first popularized by some romantic painters and
then tourism really increased in the 1890s and early 1900s with the opening of railway
service. There are about 100 hotels and guest houses
in all price ranges in the city. While Interlaken is attractive with an excellent
supply of hotels, shops, restaurants and a pretty park in the middle, you’re not really
coming here to see the town, so be sure to spend most of your daylight hours outside
the town. The nearby surrounding peaks and valleys are
your main reason for being in Interlaken From Interlaken the train brings you into
Lauterbrunnen Valley and from there up towards Grindelwald and around, up the mountain, heading
to the Jungfrau. High up in the mountains of Switzerland you
can explore the snow-covered Jungfrau and Shilthorn, two of the Alps most scenic peaks. They’re located on either side of Lauterbrunnen
Valley near Interlaken. The Swiss have made it easy for you to travel
two miles high and reach these mountain tops with a minimum of effort, thanks to their
network of trains, rack rail and cable cars that do the work for you. In two perfect days you can investigate both
of these majestic Alpine summits, with time left over for several side trips: going inside
a waterfall, then through a glacier gulch, and walking lovely trails to small villages,
all with scenic vistas you will never forget. You can easily get from your breakfast table
to the highest peak in two hours of comfortable travel. Head by train up to the Jungfrau, changing
trains at Grindelwald village and Kleine Scheidegg, arriving early up top. Plan to spend about 2 hours on the Jungfrau
enjoying the views, frolicking in the snow and experiencing the many exhibits on offer
at the summit. They’ve created some entertaining spaces for
movies, sparkling rooms, ice tunnels, restaurants and shopping of course. We have another big day planned for you on
the other side of Lauterbrunnen Valley, going up, down, around and inside some mountains. You are going to experience some of the finest
scenery in the Swiss Alps as we take you along on a trip to the top of the Schilthorn at
the back of Lauterbrunnen Valley. And along the way we’re going to see the
villages of Murren and Gimmelwald and we will take you into the fantastic Trummelbach Falls. We’re at the top of the Schilthorn, which
is a fantastic view-point for looking at the heart of the Swiss Alps. It’s the Bernese Oberland and you’ve got the
Mönch, the Eiger and the world-famous Jungfrau Mountain. It’s really a glorious view and it’s a 360
degree panorama up here at the Schilthorn. It’s a must when you come to Switzerland. Many people consider the view from the Schilthorn
even more spectacular than the view from the Jungfrau. The Swiss engineers have done it again with
superb facilities at the observation center, including a rotating restaurant and escalators
to bring you to the different levels, all run by solar power. On a clear day like this, you’ve got the sunny
highlights and the dramatic clouds in the background, beautiful peaks and valleys all
covered in snow. A large outdoor terrace provides an excellent
vantage to look back across the valley at those three world-famous peaks, the Jungfrau,
Mönch and Eiger, whose complete forms can be seen better from this vantage than from
close up. There is a convenient diagram – points out
how you’re surrounded by other peaks that are as much as 4000 meters high, that about
13,000 feet. Were up at about 3000 meters above sea level
here at the Schilthorn. That’s about 10,000 feet. All year round they have snow, they have a
glacier. After an hour at the top, you’ve probably
seen enough unless you’re staying for a meal, so head down in the next cable car back down
to Murren. Together, it’s the longest cable car run in
Europe. Four different cable car rides are needed
to get down from an elevation of 9,748 feet on top down to 2,844 feet in the valley bottom. On your way down you can walk part of the
way on a most enjoyable hike. Don’t take the cable car from Murren to Gimmelwald,
but instead, walk it. It’s a beautiful half-hour downhill stroll,
and you get some amazing vistas of the valley. You’ll see other hikers along the way, and
the rustic cabins of Gimmelwald, so by all means consider walking that easy downhill
slope from Murren to Gimmelwald, and there you can pick up on the cable car once again. In hindsight at the end of our two-week trip
to Switzerland, many of our travelers felt that this walk was the nicest of all. It’s really one of the easiest Alpine strolls,
with a mild downhill slope that gently pulls you along, fueled by sights so pretty, it
will be an effortless glide. The views from the lowest stage of this cable
car journey are so fine, that they alone would make the day worthwhile, looking out the length
of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and to various waterfalls, and that dramatic rock cliff a
few feet from the gondola. Once you have reached the valley bottom there
is a very convenient public bus that you can catch from Stechelberg. The Valley has 72 waterfalls, but Trümmelbach
is by far the most spectacular. It’s really the only one that you can walk
up. And you actually go up inside the mountain
to view the waterfall. It’s the most amazing waterfall in the Alps
that you’ll ever see. The Swiss engineers have built elevators,
staircases, and walkways, and viewing platforms to give you this view of this most unusual
waterfall. Even after you ride the elevator, you’ve got
more than 200 steps to get to the top. A few level walkways have been carved into
the crevasse to make it easier for you to get around, but nearly all of this is natural
rock formations. And they built staircase tunnels to get you
up higher. There are about a dozen major drops in this
waterfall, so it’s like looking at 10 or 12 waterfalls in one, and always there is the
amazing carved and sculptured rock cliff face, with the booming water pounding through. Over millennia this huge barrage of water
had carved out a narrow vertical, twisted canyon into the rock face of the cliff and,
well, the engineers thought this is an interesting opportunity to let people get up in there
and be inside the waterfall itself. If you timed it right, the bus arrives and
it will pick you up and bring you back to the town of Lauterbrunnen, which is only about
a 10-minute bus ride from this point. Arriving at the Lauterbrunnen rail station,
you can catch the final leg of your day’s adventure, which is another scenic ride back
to Interlaken, which only takes about 20 minutes. So y if our time in town is mostly for eating
and sleeping, doing a little shopping, in order to gear up for those excursions into
the mountains. You don’t come to this area just to see Interlaken,
but instead the town has great value as a practical tourist center with fine support
services, excellent rail and boat connections, and a compactness that makes for easy walking
anywhere in town. One of the most rewarding excursions you can
take from Interlaken by train is a short journey over to the capital of the country, Bern. It’s only fifty minutes away by train. The main street proceeds directly from the
front of the train station right through the historic center. This road is remarkable, not only for the
ancient buildings and arcades that cover both sides, but for the spectacular Renaissance
fountains down the middle. The famous clock tower, and the arch at the
end of the market street, is the oldest building in town with an astronomical clock that still
works after five hundred years. Three fountains decorate the street. The fountain in the center is the Simsonbrunnen
built in 1527 and decorated with a figure of Sampson taming the lion. The Zahringerbrunnen fountain at the western
end of the street is Bern’s first figure-topped fountain depicting an armored bear, Bern’s
heraldic beast. The word Bern means bear, and this animal
is the symbol and token of the city. At the end of town across the river they have
their famous bear pits. In recent years the government has greatly
expanded this bear habitat to make it really a pleasant place for the bears to live. Now it’s become a vast outdoor zoo and the
bears seem to be enjoying it – they’re having a great time. We happened to be here on an amazing day in
which two young bear brothers had been reunited after being apart for nearly a year. Frisky and having fun and remembering each
other, and so happy to see each other, they had a great time tussling around wrestling
and playing, getting reunited. It’s time to get back on the big train, and
continue another intercity journey, this time heading deep into the southern part of Switzerland
to Zermatt, most famous for the Matterhorn Mountain. You’re going to find that Zermatt is a place
of incomparable beauty, surrounded by those tall snow-covered Alpine peaks easily accessible
going up via rack railway and cable car and funicular and going down partly by hiking. There are many wonderful walking trails, so
easy especially when you’re going downhill Before heading right up to the hills you’ll
want to take a walk around in Zermatt village. The most unique attraction of Zermatt is the
quick access from town to several gigantic mountains. You can walk in a few minutes from the village
center to rack rail and cable car stations that will take you into high mountain country
surrounded by more tall peaks than anywhere else in Europe. You have probably never seen anything like
it. And then you can walk down some of the lower
slopes on easy nature hikes through majestic landscapes, with snow-covered peaks looming
overhead. Then you can relax in the charming village,
famous for its quaint, rustic wooden architecture. We’ll take you up the three main mountains
around Zermatt town by funicular, cable car and rack rail and then we’ll show you how
to walk down the lower slopes on some very easy trails,
followed by eating, shopping, and relaxing in the village. Zermatt, Switzerland has more tall mountains
around it than any other town in the Alps. One of the most spectacular activities of
any visit to Switzerland is a trip up the Gornergrat mountain high above the village
of Zermatt. To reach the top you take the highest outdoor
train in Europe and you will be rewarded with an amazing mountain panorama all around you. We are taking the Gornergrat mountain railroad. This is a narrow-gauge rack railroad that’s
going to take us up past some stunning views of the Matterhorn – that’s the signature
sight of Zermatt. This train is the second highest railroad
in Europe just behind the train that goes up to the Jungfrau, and it’s actually the
highest train that’s primarily not inside tunnels. The train station at the top is at 3090 meters
above sea level. You can see 29 peaks that are 4000 meters
or more in height, which is practically every tall mountain in Switzerland from one spot. Well, enough mountain viewing, let’s go shopping. The Gornergrat boasts the highest shopping
mall in Europe and they’ve also got a hotel up here. It’s the highest hotel in the Alps. You can buy watches, pocketknives, luggage,
a bottle wine or some chocolates. And we will show you how to get down from
the Gornergrat. There’s a beautiful hiking trail. We are heading down from the top of the Gornergrat
Mountain above Zermatt, and we decided to take the train part of the way and then walk
the rest of the way down into the village at the valley bottom. So we decided to head down towards the bottom
and get off at Riffelalp station, and then we expect about an hour and a half to walk
down into the village. The map shows the train route from the top
at Gornergrat down to Riffelalp where we got off. There are two different routes down from the
Riffelalp station. We went to the left side of the train tracks. Or you could go to the right side of the tracks
when you get out of that Riffelalp station and head down on a slightly more direct route,
but either way it’s really quite similar. Of course you could just stay on the train
if you want and ride all the way to the bottom, but it’s nice to do some walking, so take
advantage of this station at Riffelalp. In late afternoon you’ll have plenty of time
to walk down to Zermatt. It makes it an easy family stroll. We found that getting off and hiking from
Riffelalp as we’re showing you here was pretty much ideal. Then we’re going to walk down part of the
lower slope for one of the most satisfying hikes in Switzerland. You get the experience of about an hour hiking
on a lovely trail and yet it’s quite easy. And the trail will lead you right back into
Zermatt town, right along that main pedestrian lane. We’re ready for wurst, the national dish of
the country – and how convenient at this sidewalk stand. It’s quick and inexpensive, and we’re on
our way to explore the village. Or you could sit at an outdoor table and watch
the town go by. The pedestrian streets are narrow and lined
with shops, restaurants, hotels and inns near the rail station. Homes and houses are scattered throughout,
some perched on the lower edge of the mountains. The main church in town is St. Mauritius,
built in the 1920s, but the first historical record of a church here goes back to the year
1285. Watch out for the horse carriages. You could take a ride in one, or if you’re
staying in a fancy hotel you might be delivered from the rail station in a horse carriage. Some of the main stores that you’ll see here
are the shops for Swiss watches, and while you can buy Swiss Army knives all over the
world it’s very nice to purchase them here in the homeland, the authentic models from
Victorinox. You’ll find the quality of display is really
eye-catching. After all they want to stop you in your tracks
as you’re walking by the storefront. About thirty ancient buildings show the traditional
style of the original Walser residents. There’s barns and grain stores that are up
to 500 years old. That’s a piece of living history that reveals
how the mountain farmers of Zermatt once lived The preservation of these buildings is of
growing importance to the local communities and the Swiss Heritage Society, and fortunately,
to the owners themselves. These buildings symbolize the customs, the
traditions, and farming culture at the highest altitudes in this Alpine region. There are just three main streets which run
along parallel to the River Matter Vispa, and numerous cross streets, little lanes. In general, anything is at most a thirty-minute
walk away. And then we’re going up another mountain. We’re going to Sunnegga and we’ll take you
on another hike down. It’s easy to get to the mountain lift. It’s in town, although it’s not in the center
of the village, it’s over on the edge, so it might be a 10-minute walk for you but,
no problem getting there. Reaching the funicular in a few minutes we
notice out front they have a big map showing the different routes and different locations
up on the mountaintop. We’ll be riding up this way in the underground
funicular and then walking down the mountain. This funicular goes up through a tunnel in
the mountain. You’re never above ground, it’s like a subway
inside the mountain itself. It was opened in 1980. That only took 3 minutes and now we’re out
on the terrace. The sign shows you that from this one point
there are many different trails that you can take. And there’s a restaurant up here, of course
and a bar, you could just have a drink, have a meal or just skip it as we’re going to head
right out and do some walking. And so we begin our descent. We figure this’ll take us about an hour and
1/2. It actually took about 2 hours, but it’s all
downhill and really quite easy and scenic. Right away there’s a little lake called Leisee. In the summer time people go swimming in this
lake but it’s a little nippy here in the month of May so we’re just taking a look. This early part of the trail was reached within
about 15 minutes and it was so pleasant, quite level, you’ve got the rocky outcrop, you’ve
got the hillside coming down with the grassy slopes and a few wildflowers. It’s a magnificent forest of Larch trees,
the typical forest cover of this part of Switzerland, a very hearty and durable wood that’s used
for construction as well as firewood. Getting into the characteristic zigzag cut
of the trail, it’s going steeper downhill, but still it’s been planned so that the slope
is very easy for anybody to cover. You do not have to be in any kind of special
physical condition to make this hike, it’s really quite easy. It’s going take you an hour and 1/2 to 2 hours. Don’t try and put on the brakes, just go with
gravity, go with the flow and let the hill carry you down. With all the beautiful scenery and the lovely
trees and the easy walk down, we’ve almost arrived at the bottom. From this point the trail is all quite level
especially compared to what we’ve just come down from up on the mountain. We are in the suburbs of the little village
of Zermatt. We’re going on a major, major journey to a
high mountain peak. We’re taking you to the top of the Klein Matterhorn,
which has the highest viewing platform in Europe that can be reached by cable car at
3883 meters high at the top of the Alps, with the highest viewpoint and highest restaurant
in Europe. It’s called Little Matterhorn because it’s
next to the more famous Matterhorn mountain that’s even higher, 600 meters higher. Taking 3 cable cars changing twice on our
route to the top, which takes about 45 minutes altogether. All around you is the biggest collections
of tall mountains in the Alps, 38 of them reaching higher than 4,000 meters. There’s three stages of cable cars to get
back down into Zermatt. But once again we’re not going to ride the
cable car all the way down – you could if you want to, but we’ve chosen to opt out and
take a hike. Several of us looked back on this hike as
the favorite moment of the entire tour, and we had a lot of great moments on the tour
as you might’ve noticed if you’ve been following all of our Swiss videos. But there was just something lovely and ideal
about this beautiful walk downhill through the wildflowers with mountains all around
us. This close contact with nature combined with
the charms of the village makes Zermatt the ideal destination. Put it on your bucket list. That’s our quick look at Zermatt. We’ve made a detailed movie about the town
and mountains around it you can find in our Swiss collection. We are going to take you on an epic train
ride through the Alps from Zermatt down south to Locarno riding on four different trains
during this day’s journey to get you there, into the Ticino, the Italian-speaking part
of Switzerland. The map shows our route, taking three different
trains to get from Zermatt to Locarno, and then a fourth train on down to Lugano. Picture waterfront towns on scenic lakes,
surrounded by mountains, with the charms of Italy and efficiency of Switzerland, wrapped
in a mild climate. Welcome to the Ticino in southern Switzerland,
and its two main cities of Locarno and Lugano. This Italian-speaking region in the south
of Switzerland will delight you with its Mediterranean atmosphere and Swiss backbone. Here you will find the best of both worlds:
romance of Italy and efficiency of Switzerland. The casual, relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by residents
will put you in the mood for a tranquil experience, yet with many stimulating activities on offer. You could just drop anchor and relax in this
unusual place with casual strolls, mild diversions and long cafe visits. The narrow pedestrian lanes are sprinkled
with unique little shops that will lure you in. You have entered a rather surprising part
of Switzerland that you might not recognize at first: flowers everywhere, pastel colored
buildings, historic Old Towns with arcaded piazzas, mild subtropical climate, not too
hot, not too cold, major lakes, snow-capped mountains, and the people speak Italian, but
yes, we are still in Switzerland. In many ways it’s a most satisfying and interesting
destination that seems to sum up all of Europe in one small corner of the world, a place
often overlooked or passed through by visitors looking for Switzerland. Ticino is a bit less crowded than more famous
Swiss or Italian hot spots, which makes it all the more attractive…the best of both
worlds. There are so many things to see it could get
confusing, but we lay out an effective three-day itinerary that covers this special territory. Day one enjoy Locarno, the waterfront, the
town, the pedestrian lanes, the Piazza Grande. In the afternoon we’ll visit Ascona, the beautiful
nearby waterfront village. On day two, take a short train ride down to
Lugano, most famous for its historic arcade covered old town, including a visit to the
hillside waterfront village of Gandria, and then at the end of day two come on back to
Locarno for the evening. On day three, we’ll continue exploring the
pedestrian zone of Locarno, visit the history museum, take another boat ride. We’ll also bring you up into the nearby valleys
on a bus trip, and do some hiking through the little stone villages. Slow down and have a good look around. You’ll be rewarded with rich memories of a
place you hardly knew. Now are coming full circle on our tour of
Switzerland ending up in Zürich, the city where we landed, which we have saved for the
grand finale. Zurich is among the world’s best cities to
live in, with one of the highest qualities of life, according to recent studies — so
it is also a perfect place to visit. While most people know its reputation as a
modern banking center, you will be surprised to discover the historic charms of its extensive
Old Town, among the largest in Switzerland. We’ll show you the best of Old town and the
modern downtown in this episode. You’ll find the Old Town to be quite convivial:
lots of sidewalk restaurants and people out strolling. It extends over both sides of the river running
right through the middle of the city. And despite the narrow pedestrian lanes it’s
easy to get around, you won’t get lost. It is delightful to wander in this large pedestrian
zone that is filled with enchanting little alleys which lead through an ancient town
that was founded during the Middle Ages. With the right strategies you can see this
slightly expensive city without spending a fortune. It’s an easy city to cover on foot, which
is always the best and cheapest way to see any historic town. As always our travel movie is entertaining
with lots of beautiful sites, it’s educational with information about the culture and history,
and it’s a practical guide for you to help you get the most out of your visit. There are many little side lanes to explore
and places to just go wandering on your own, but we will give you a general outline of
a best single route in which to take. This map shows in detail the lanes along Niederdorfstrasse
and the route that we’ll be taking. If you are exploring on your own, you don’t
need to follow this exact sequence, but these are the main lanes that you’ll want to try
and find. We’re standing in the heart of the Old Town
of Zurich now. This is the Niederdorfstrasse and it’s truly
one of the great streets in the world. It’s a pedestrian lane nearly a mile long
and there are all kinds of characters here. You’re going to see an international crowd
on the street as well, but it’s mostly locals, and there are of course a lot of restaurants,
sidewalk restaurants and bars, cafes, bakeries, and several hotels here. Dozens of small lanes branch off both sides
of Niederdorfstrasse, leading further into the magic of the Old Town. The neighborhood is just the right size: small
enough so you cannot get lost or disoriented or exhausted but large enough to keep you
discovering new sights for a couple of days. You can easily fill out an afternoon by meandering
through this fascinating network of alleys, exploring the little shops and enjoying the
variety of traditional Swiss buildings. Well your main itinerary could be summarized
as simply wandering up and down nearly every little lane in the Old Town, which is an ideal
version of the best imaginable collection of historic buildings set amid a delightful
tangle of narrow, cobblestone pedestrian alleys. Disney could not have done it better, but
this is the real thing. Leave it to the Swiss to preserve their past
and maintain these 500-year-old buildings in perfect condition. Paved with cobblestones and lined with historic
buildings hosting modern shops, cafes and restaurants, Niederdorfstrasse is a place
to linger and enjoy. Sometimes it widens to form small plazas as
it intersects with other lanes, but mostly it is just about twenty feet across. This medieval street curves here and there,
and rises then drops slightly as it continues in a most pleasant pattern. It has been the main lane of Zurich since
the Middle Ages and is still the major route for visitors to explore today. And the label Niederdorf applies not just
to the street but to the neighborhood in general. Niederdorfstrasse stretches for nearly one
mile from the train station area to beyond the cathedral and is limited to pedestrians
the entire way. Typical of European streets, it changes names
a few times, becoming Munstergasse, Hirschenplatz and Oberdorfstrasse, but it is basically the
same road throughout. We have a longer detailed movie all about
Zürich’s Old Town that you can find in our collection. And now we bring you to the modern side of
the city showing you the great boulevard, the Bahnhofstrasse along with some of the
other fine shopping lanes. We will also go out on a lake boat ride, bring
you inside the main art museum, take you on an excursion by train to the nearby town of
Zug, and generally show you around. The Limatt River runs through the center of
Zurich, roughly dividing the city into old and new sections. For the rest of the show we will stick with
the more modern north side of the city. Bahnhofstrasse is the pride of modern Zurich,
and counts as the one and only Boulevard of the city. It is famous for being one of the most exclusive
and expensive shopping streets in the world. Here you can get anything from diamond rings
to chocolate to fur coats. This is a glamorous Boulevard – broad, tree-lined
and for pedestrians and trams, so you don’t have any automobile or truck traffic on the
Bahnhofstrasse. It’s a very comfortable place to stroll about. It goes for nearly a mile from the train station
down to the lake and there are some small plazas along the way and great sidestreets
for exploring. You can take some tram rides to get an overview
of the city. It’s a quick way to travel along the Bahnhofstrasse,
but you can really get around by foot because the town is compact. At the south end of Bahnhofstrasse you will
run into the lake and there’s were you can buy a ticket on the dock for a boat ride on
the Zurichsee. There are several longer journeys that go
further down the lake and return to Zurich, two, three or four hours but you’ll probably
find this 90-minute trip is just about ideal. It’s long enough for a real experience and
not too long. You might want to consider a day-trip to a
nearby town and one of the closest destinations is the historic city of Zug. It has a small historic center with several
remarkable buildings. We have arrived inside the Old Town. We’re on Unter Altstadt which is the main
street of the Old Town. It’s only a couple blocks long. Most of the buildings we see today are at
least 500 years old and beautifully preserved. Notice the split-level street here – a very
impressive adaptation when you are building your city on a sloping hill. Returning to Zurich for the evening. Perhaps you are flying out of Zurich at the
end of the trip, which is easy to do because the train from downtown to the airport takes
just nine minutes. This makes it easy to schedule departure from
your hotel, perhaps right after breakfast, with efficient timing to reach the airport…another
reason why ending the trip in Zurich makes sense. However, here’s a tip: if you were landing
in Zurich at the beginning of the tour it would be best to skip that city at the beginning,
saving it for the end, and proceed directly by train to start in Lucerne, as we just showed
in the movie. It only takes one hour by train from the Zurich
airport to Lucerne. And no surprise, this will be another scenic
train ride. It’s just easier to be staying in the city
of your departure at the end of the tour so that you can precisely time your trip from
the hotel back to the airport when you’re leaving the country, and be available for
an early flight if needed. And with that final tip we bring this show
to a safe landing. You can find longer movies in our Swiss collection
about each of the destinations featured here. The film you have been watching is a summary
of the entire tour of Switzerland, gathered together for your convenience in one short
movie, showing you how to get the most out of your visit to this wonderful country. The other movies go into more detail with
many scenes not included here. Look for them in our Swiss collection. If you enjoyed the movie, please make a comment
down below. It really helps us spread the word, thank
you. [music]

100 thoughts on “Switzerland, the Complete Tour

  1. absolutely love Switzerland! One of THE best countries for sight ,pleasure to revisit Switzerland with your video.thanks

  2. I totally agree with gomphrena. Let me just add an A to her BB – AMAZING, BREATHTAKING, AND BEAUTIFUL presentation!

  3. wonderful video, what a detailed appropriate and very important information sir, what any tourist would need to know.

  4. It's a really comprehensive video, with end to end details. Thanks a lot for taking your time and making the same.

  5. Beautiful ! I can not wait to get there … two more weeks ..always happy to go back to lovely Switzerland ❤️

  6. I think Switzerland is a not only earth paradise but also I like to spritual peaceful worship place!—- Cartik from Lucknow ( India)

  7. Can you suggest some places on the web where we can get more information about the Modes of transport from one place to another, cost of transport , cost of accommodation and food etc ?

  8. A very beautifully filmed video on Complete Swiss Tour which enthralls me to see the charismatic scenes and natural beauty of the country, I couldn't resist to praise the person who filmed it in a way that shows A to Z of Switzerland by uploading it on the YouTube Channel to entertain every one!

  9. Very informative and well-edited video.. Well done. I am thinking of going there solo free and easy, but not yet plan when to go.

  10. Coming from Kenya Africa, what a beautiful and serene country,from train rides and boat trip to interlaken and sollothurn…wow!!. I was there last year September and for sure….am coming back again this year.

  11. Sir, you create some of the best guides. Your guide is a major reason for my upcoming Swiss. I've watched this video many times now. Keep it up! 🙂

  12. Beautiful Switzerland, thank you for the video, we have spend lots of holidays in swiss cities and it's really lovely

  13. But for an amazing beautiful country their flag is horrible looking. It should be something much more beautiful and scenic relating to nature.

  14. This video has the most incredible scenic views and was very helpful about how to get around Switzerland. ?

  15. This is very nice and interesting. However, it only deals with the German and Italian parts of Switzerland. Nowhere is the French part of Switzerland mentioned. Nothing is said about places like Geneva, Neufchatel, or Fribourg. Fribourg is a combination of both French and German Swiss cultures. In German it is called Freiburg. I have never been to Switzerland, and I hope to visit it someday. But I ask the authors if they have anything to say about French Switzerland? I speak French very well, but I have also studied German and Italian.

  16. Thanks for this beautiful video. Both the video and the narration were very satisfying and informative. Gomphrena's B's are more than justified.

  17. thank you so much for this detailed complete tour video. It will helps to plan and prepare appropriately for a Switzerland trip and helps you make sure that you can make the most of it. I've never been to switzerland before but whenever i do go i will use this as a guide! Thanks!

  18. To make this video really "complete" you should also show our traffic jams and concrete suburbs. Switzerland is not Disney Land.

  19. Switzerland looks like a great place to live as long as you maintain a decent job and get a great diploma. I heard the system is wealthy though. I wanna live in Switzerland some days.

  20. Beautiful Europe and Switzerland all done by past, where patriotic, collaboration, Christianity was fulfilled in this area. But in politic correction and no God era, no much improvement compared to the past

  21. We are going to the Swiss Heartland in August and found this video very informative. I am now a subscriber and look forward to your additional videos.

  22. Great video, I really enjoyed it. Just a small detail: Bern does not mean "bear". But this is commonly assumed (even among locals, you can trust me on this, I was born and raised in Bern) due to its similiarity to "Bär" (bear), a Bernese saga about bears and the citiy's flag/identifying icons. That not withstanding, it seems to be more plausible that Bern derivated from celtic "berna", which meant "slit" or "crevice".

  23. Switzerland is the most scenic country in the world with beautiful villages, meadows, lakes and the Alps. Enjoyed watching the video of excellent quality.

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