5 Exhilarating Experiences That Should Top Your List on a France and Switzerland Trip | AD

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Two of the most romantic destinations in the world are France and Switzerland, and undeniably so! While France is known for its architecture, temples and Renaissance buildings, Switzerland is known for its stunning landscapes and sceneries. The smallest thing that one does in these countries translates into an unforgettable experience, whether it is strolling through gardens of lilies that Monet painted or enjoying a coffee and croissants at a small cafe. Plan your trip to Switzerland and France such that you don’t miss out on any of these exhilarating experiences:

1. Hire a bike to go around

One of the most underrated experiences in any European city is hiring a bike and exploring the sights. One of the best spots to do this in France is Mont Saint-Michel, where one can look at some of the most gorgeous sites in Europe. You can even bike close to the world famous UNESCO Heritage Site and let it’s magnificence leave you awestruck!

2. Wine at the right places

Wine and France go hand in hand, but you should know the right places to open that bottle of bubbly. For instance, having a glass of wine near the Eiffel Tower is one of the most recommended experiences. Buy some cheese and a baguette and you’re all set for a picnic!

3. Spend time near the water

All land and no sea makes us all a dull bee! Make sure you visit some of the most famous beach towns in France such as Annecy, which is a great place if you want to go swimming or partake in watersports. Other beaches that are loved by tourists include Biarritz and Bidart and are located in proximity. Biarritz is more hustling and noisy, so if you are looking for a quiet time with few people around, you should head to Bidart. Customise your tours of France to ensure that they include some time for you to just be a bum at the beach!

4. Ride a scenic train

Train rides in Switzerland have made for the perfect backdrop in many an immortal love story, and have found place in many films and novels as well. If you want to see Switzerland from a new light, take a train such as the Glacier Express which connects two very popular skiing destinations – Zermatt and St. Moritz. It takes 8 hours and crosses more than 290 bridges and 91 tunnels.

5. Go hiking

The Swiss take their outdoors seriously and the abundance of natural beauty feeds into their obsession of exploring the wild world outside. One of the favourite pastimes of people there includes hiking and we recommend you to try it out too. One of the most well-known hikes includes a trek to the Morteratsch Glacier located near St. Moritz. It is a short 2 hour trek but the views it offers are unparalleled.

The above mentioned 5 experiences are only a small teaser into the roller-coaster ride that a trip to France and Switzerland is! So when are you making your bookings..?


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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