Known for its stunning landscapes--those postcard worthy vistas of green meadows, brightly colored wildflowers with snow-capped mountains in the background--Switzerland surely can be considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. Travelers can pack a lot into one trip and cover a lot of ground since the country is so small. It is, however, wildly diverse from one part to the other though, so you can really experience a wide variety of places.
Admittedly, I had forgotten just how beautiful Switzerland is until I returned recently. Though I had been to a few different cities in Switzerland back in my late teens, I hadn’t been to anywhere other than the ski destinations in my adult years. It was when I returned in May of 2019 that I was reminded of just how unique and insanely beautiful Switzerland is, making it one of my all-time favorite places.
Getting to this small country in the heart of Europe is a piece of cake, considering almost every major airline in every major US city offers direct flights to Zurich and Geneva. All you really need is a valid passport and a plane ticket. Once in Switzerland, traveling within is just as easy. You can either rent a car or do what most tourists often do in Switzerland and use the trains.
I can make an argument for both modes of transportation, though in the end my clear preference is renting a car. However, for those who don’t love to drive, might get a little nervous driving in a foreign country or just want to kick back and enjoy the scenery a little more, the trains are for you. Though most travelers do use the train system, my qualm about the trains is that you are at the mercy of their timetables. Some either don’t run early enough or late enough, and some of the trains to the smaller towns don’t run that often. But I suppose that with some planning, you can easily map out a trip to Switzerland and still cover a lot of ground without ever having to get behind the wheel of a car.