Touring Switzerland and the rest of Europe

I was thinking today about how many places we’ve seen and explored here in Switzerland over the last year and few months that we’ve lived here and how much more we want to see, not just of Switzerland, but of Europe.

Even though I’ve not written about all of them here on this blog, here are some of the places we’ve been to. The ones that have an tic mark are ones we want to go back to and explore again:

  • Appenzell
  • Bern
  • Basel *
  • Baden
  • Luzern/Lucerne *
  • Montreaux *
  • Schaffhausen
  • Stein am Rhein *
  • Zurich *
  • Winterthur
  • Rapperswil
  • St. Gallen
  • Mountains: Pilatus, Titlus, Santis, Rigi, Jungfrau, and one whose name escapes me
  • Bellinzona
  • Locarno
  • Interlaken *

Here are some of the places and things left that we want to see and do in Switzerland:

  • Alpfahrt and Alpabfahrt (cow parade between high and low pastures)
  • Aargau
  • Chur
  • Neuchatel
  • Tobogganing in Interlaken
  • Sion
  • Zermatt (where the Matterhorn is)
  • Geneva (we went through it, but didn’t get to explore it)
  • Montreaux Jazz Festival
  • Gruyeres – to see the cheese making and the nearby factory of Callier (chocolate)
  • Schweiz – the heart of Switzerland and its namesake
  • Thur Cathedral
  • Lugano
  • Kronbrog – Summer Toboggan run (train stop at Jakobsbad)
  • Hergiswill – glassworks
  • Urnersee
  • Kloster Einseideln
  • Glacier Express (despite its name, it is a slow scenic train ride through the mountains)
  • Maienfeld (origin of the novel Heidi)
  • Sierre
  • Leukerbad and Lotschental
  • Regensburg
  • Oberhofen on the Thunersee

Outside of Switzerland, there’s tons more to explore, if only we had the time and more importantly the money. Even living here, travel isn’t cheap, and the dollar is currently suffering quite pitifully in comparison to the Euro. And recently, the dollar has taken a severe dive against the Swiss Franc – huge problem for us, because we are still paid in US dollars, and were using the exchange rate as sort of a buffer against the high cost of living here. But enough about money, how about some hopefully attainable dreams?

  • France – all of it. Seriously! I wish I had years to travel this gorgeous country! But for starters, Paris.
  • Spain – Granada, Madrid, and Segovia (they have an awesome castle there)
  • England – London (hundreds of things just to see in this city alone), and Bath
  • Austria – Vienna, Vienna, Vienna
  • The Czech Republic – Prague and the Karlstein castle
  • Italy – Rome, Florence, Venice (and Heath wants to see Pompei)
  • Greece – Delphi and the beaches
  • The Netherlands (helps that I have a good friend who lives there) – mainly for the art museums.
  • Germany – Berlin, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, Munich
  • Poland – Warsaw and Krakow
  • Scandanavia (perhaps? I don’t know much about those countries)
  • Romania – Vlad’s castle (nerdy, I know)

I am sure we can tackle a few on this list. If not now, sometime in our lifetime. So far, outside of Switzerland, we’ve been to:

  • Lichtenstein (not worth it)
  • Southern Germany to see Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles
  • Konstanz, Germany (just over the border from Switzerland)
  • Annecy, France (lovely, lovely lovely! Review forthcoming!)
  • Ireland (desperately want to go back!)
  • Southern Scotland (we need to finish exploring here!)
  • Northern England (so much more to see!)

For my few readers that have been to or are living here, what is your favorite part of Switzerland? Anywhere we’ve not been yet that you think we should check out?

 

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One thought on “Touring Switzerland and the rest of Europe

  1. i am happy to go with you to Einsiedeln anytime you like – i love it there and watching the monks chant the salve regina gives me shivers every time i hear it. only, we should go soon as one time i went in december and couldn’t feel my toes inside the church…yikes. also I think you would like Solothurn, it was really pretty and had a cool military museum filled with cannons and swords and guns and stuff.

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