Reasons To Visit the Swiss Alps
Curious about seeing the greatest mountain range in Europe? Check out our guide on Reasons to Visit the Swiss Alps. You’ll be convinced by the end of this post!
They say you’re either an ocean or a mountain person, but we believe you can be both! While the ocean can offer a sense of freedom and helps us recharge, the mountains do the same but on a different level. With giant, snow-topped peaks, rolling forests of green, and fresh, clear, glacial water lakes, there are many reasons to visit the Swiss Alps. In any case, there’s truly not better cure for your soul than nature. Considering a vacation in the mountains to help you recharge? Then check out out guide on on Reasons to Visit the Swiss Alps.
1. Fresh Air
The first of many reasons to visit the Swiss Alps is for the fresh air. If you’re on a backpacking tour through Europe, you’re likely spending a lot of time in cities and urban areas. And while European cities are famous for their great parks, they don’t always have the best air quality. However, Alpine towns and villages are known for their fresh air, thanks to the incredible Swiss Alp mountain range. Getting a healthy dose of fresh air while on your backpacking tour, or even for a week away, will do wonders to help you recharge. There’s really nothing like filling your lungs with crisp, fresh air!
2. Clean Water
Europe doesn’t have terrible drinking water, but there’s a noticeable difference between city and Alpine water. And this is another one of our reasons to visit the Swiss Alps. Make sure you pack a reusable water bottle because you won’t be able to get enough of this delicious natural drink. Throughout Switzerland, villages and towns have public taps flowing with ice cold glacial water, and the Swiss are proud of it. And since no visit to the Alps comes without a bit of physical activity, it’s nice that you can fill up – for free – on Switzerland’s most prized possession to keep you hydrated!
3. You Can See the Stars
Unless you come from a rural area with little to no light pollution, you likely haven’t seen a full night sky lit up with millions of twinkling stars. If you’re nodding your head as you read this, then we think this is probably one of the best reasons to visit the Swiss Alps. On a clear night, you can star gaze and see several constellations, and certain planets (depending on the time of year). There are really no words to describe how beautiful it is, so just come and see for yourself!
4. It’s Good for your Mental Health
Taking care of your mental health is key, even when you’re on vacation. The most common antidote to recharge your mind is spending time in nature, and you’ll get plenty of that in the Swiss Alps. A study by Strayer showed that participants scored 50% better on creative problem-solving tasks after being in nature for 3 days. We think that’s a pretty solid reason for you to consider a trip to the Swiss Alps.
5. It’s Good for your Body
Aside from the exercise you get from the variety of activities in the Swiss Alps, being here will give your body a healthy dose of adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Outdoor activities produce endorphins, which makes you feel happy and euphoric. Additionally, the vitamin D from the sun gives you serotonin, which positively affects your self image. Facing your fears will boost adrenaline and conquering your fears will boost dopamine, both will help you feel more motivated and confident. And you’ll certainly get that with a bit of extreme sports. If you can get all this by simply visiting the Swiss Alps, then this should be reasons enough to come!
6. Activities Galore!
Being located in such an incredible landscape gives one opportunities to participate in loads of activities. And there are tons of options in the Swiss Alps. And the best part? It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit; there’s always something going on, which is another one of our reasons to visit the Swiss Alps. We’ll break down just a few of the activities you can try below:
The Swiss Alps is full of amazing hiking trails. If you find yourself in Interlaken, you’ll have tons to choose from. A common favourite is the 6 hour hike from Schynnige-Platte to First, and finally to Grindelwald. The hike seems daunting on paper, but once you’re on the trail and see the surrounding beauty, you quickly lose track of time. Having said that, it’s still important you prepare for a 6 hour hike. Pack some some light snacks, wear appropriate clothing, and bring water.
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUPing)
There’s just something about gliding over cold, fresh water in a glacial lake. Whether you prefer to kayak or SUP, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this experience. You can find rental companies in nearly all Swiss Alp villages who can outfit you for a day on the water, but Balmers Hostel in Interlaken offers kayaking tours on Lake Birenz starting at 100 CHF (90€).
Ever wonder what it feels like to fly? Then try our hand at paragliding! It’s fairly common in the Swiss Alps, and you’ll see people sailing through the sky on a regular basis. It’s the best way to get a birds eye view, as well as that boost of adrenaline your body needs from time to time. And even if you have no experience in paragliding, don’t let that stop you! You can book tandem flights through Balmers Hostel Interlaken for 170 CHF (155€) to get this once in a lifetime experience!
Skiing and Snowboarding
If you happen to visit in winter, you’re in luck. The Swiss Alps are some of the world’s best mountains to ski and snowboard, but you probably already knew that. Jungfrau is located near Interlaken and is one of the best destinations in the country for both winter sports. If you’re travelling with your own gear, all you have to do is organise a day pass. If you need rental equipment, there are plenty of spots for you to get geared up for a day on the slopes.
Are you new to either sport? You can book an Afternoon Beginners Snowboarding Package, as well as one for Skiing. Both start at 89 CHF (81€), and include hotel pick up in Interlaken, 1/2 day ski (board), boot, and helmet rental, 1/2 day lift ticket, 2.5 hrs ski instruction, plus transportation. If you also need winter clothing, you can rent this as well for an additional fee.
Where to Stay in The Swiss Alps
Our top recommendation for accommodation in Interlaken is Balmers Hostel! Since 1907, Balmers has been hosting a variety of guests from around the world and leaving them all with great impressions. From dorm rooms, to private room, and even tent options in Summer, Balmers has it all. Spend your days in the nature, and your evenings in their common areas, outdoor hot tub, or their popular club. You’ll never be bored when you stay with Balmers!
Reasons To Visit the Swiss Alps
We feel pretty confident at this point we’ve given you plenty of reasons to visit the Swiss Alps. If you need more information to help you plan your time in Interlaken – or elsewhere – click here for a range of helpful tips, city guides, food guides, and more. For all the latest news at Famous Hostels, follow us or subscribe on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.