When you think of outdoor adventuring, there’s a good chance the Swiss Alps cross your mind – especially if you’re a skier. But there’s a lot more to see and so in Switzerland than ski the Alps. This isn’t to say that skiing the alps is boring or bad, it’s certainly not, but just be sure to pack your trip with other activities while you’re there.
One of the best reasons to visit Switzerland for the outdoor entertainment is that there’s never a bad time. You can play any time of the year outdoors. Whether you visit in January or June, you can glide down snowcapped peaks or swim in a thermal pool. Just be sure to rent a versatile car to get you through various weather conditions.
To make the most of your outdoor adventures, consider adding some of the following stops to your itinerary.
Exploring Rhine Falls
It’s difficult to talk about Swiss adventures without mentioning Europe’s biggest waterfalls. The Rhine Falls are 150 meters wide and 23 meters high, which is a fact that becomes extremely clear even before you lay eyes on the falls themselves. As you approach Rhine Falls, you’ll hear the roar of 600 thousand liters of water per second crashing amongst the rocks below. It’s invigorating. Take a boat trip to the heart of the falls, and then ascend the rock for an even closer view. Just be sure you’re wearing rubber-soled climbing shoes.
Paragliding in Lucerne
Nothing will get your heart racing quite like a tandem flight above the Swiss Alps. If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it feels like to take flight, this is your chance. You’ll feel like an eagle as you soar with the wind. The best part about this adventure is that you don’t need any experience or particular skill. Virtually any adult can paraglide above Lake Lucerne. Just choose a reputable company, and you’ll be paired with an experienced pilot who will guide your journey. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the world from the perspective of one of our fine feathered friends.
Titlis Cliff Walk
If you’re checking off your list of “Europe’s highest,” you’ll want to add Titlis Cliff Walk to your itinerary. This is the highest suspended bridge in all of Europe, and it sits at 3,041 meters above sea level. It’s also 500 meters above the ground. That’s just over 1,641 feet. As a point of reference, the Empire State Building is 1,454 feet from its base to the very tip. This cliff walk is not for the faint of heart, and it’s definitely not for anyone with an intense fear of heights.
Have you ever wondered what it might feel like to slide down the side of a massive mountain range? Skiing offers this type of effect, but not quite on the scale of a roller coaster.
But if you want the absolute best view of the Swiss Alps, there’s a better way than skiing or even paragliding. You can get up close and personal with the Alps as you whizz by in Hotel Oeschinensee’s mountain coaster. This summer toboggan ride begins as a typical roller coaster, but it ends more like a slide down the Alps.
This may sound like a great adventure for someone who isn’t quite fit enough for skiing, but it’s not a low-impact experience. Cars aren’t allowed on the mountain, so you must either take a cable car or hike your way up the mountain. All in all, it’s an exhilarating experience that you won’t soon forget.
Talking about outdoor adventure in Switzerland without mentioning skiing is difficult. But if you want a truly unique experience, try skiing in your swimwear. The Zermatt Snowpark features 200 meters of superpipe, halfpipe and kickers and rails to appeal to even the most adventurous skiers and borders.
If Switzerland is on your outdoor adventuring bucket list, you’re doing it right. But there’s probably a lot more to see and do in this European country than you may realize. Try everything on this list to get a well-rounded view of Switzerland’s natural beauty and outdoor appeal.