When we think of Switzerland, it’s natural to think of snow-covered mountains and skiing. Contrary to this typical illusion, Switzerland is an incredible destination in the fall, as it becomes a spectacle of nature with autumnal forests, as well as things to do aside from the nature. Another misconception of Switzerland may be that all the country has to offer is its nature-oriented activities. Though Switzerland boasts some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, there is more to do than hiking. So... let’s start with wine.
Sion & Wine Tour
Many wine tours are offered throughout Switzerland, and autumn is the perfect time to transition into the flavors of an oaky chardonnay after enjoying rosé all summer. The Sion & Wine Tour takes you through 7,000 years of history in old town Sion, located in southern Switzerland. Set at a great pace, this tour gives you the opportunity to explore the Roman thermal baths, gastronomy in Valais, and the grapes that grew in the region’s vineyards, all while enjoying 5 different types of wine throughout the tour (accompanied by a delicious platter of Valais dried meat and cheese, of course). This tour can be booked for single travellers, couples, or groups, so it is perfect for any trip.
Private Hot Air Balloon Flight
Enjoy an exciting ride exploring the breathtaking views of the Alpine mountains and fall foliage with a hot air balloon ride. Offered throughout Switzerland, hot air balloon flights are very popular for getting the best views of the beautiful nature. Whether it’s a ride over Interlaken or a sunrise flight over Zurich, these trips can be found almost anywhere in the country, so be sure to book one during your stay.
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Autumn Fair in Basel
Looking back over more than 500 years of history, the Autumn Fair in Basel is so popular that it’s spread over seven of the city’s plazas and the trade fair centre, basically stretching throughout the entire city. The fair is held from October 27 to November 4 this year, and it is the perfect opportunity to explore the city of Basel and find handcrafted items and delicious bites among the many stalls lining the plaza streets.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland has something for everyone. With many different options to choose from, train tours are the perfect way to get a taste of all that Switzerland has to offer. Take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz to be delighted with unobstructed views of unique landscapes. For a spectacular way of crossing the Alps and seeing Lej Pitschen, Lej Nair and Lago Bianco, opt for the Bernina Express. Travellers are treated to marvelous sites on both journeys, and there are even more to choose from. You are able to experience any of these trips with just one single ticket: the Swiss Travel Pass.
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For those who dare, walking the Trift Bridge is an adventure. Suspended over the Tristee lake, this pedestrian-only bridge was suspended 100 metres high after the Trift Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club could no longer be reached from the glacier tongue. Reaching the bridge requires taking a cable car in Meiringen and a gondola, followed by a difficult 1.5-2 hour uphill hike that leads to the bridge. The captivating views of the lake and Swiss Alps are well-worth the hike once you’ve reached the bridge!
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