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In Pics: Switzerland in a week

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Immortalized by innumerable Hindi films, Switzerland’s stunning vistas are all about picture-postcard countryside with the prettiest of lakes and villages nestled against the backdrop of the Alps. Besides getting enveloped by the charms of Interlaken and Geneva, it’s a treat walking through its old villages that offer some stunning architectural landmarks. Here’s an interesting one-week itinerary for first time visitors.

Day 1: Geneva


Jet d'Eau in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Land in Geneva, famous for the Lake Geneva & the fountain on it – Jet d’Eau – it’s museums and UN Palace of Nations. From here you can rent a car for your road trip.

Days 2 & 3: Bern

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Drive 160 km from Geneva to Bern, the quaint capital of Switzerland. Bern is the place where scientist Albert Einstein wrote his most famous work – the general theory of relativity – and his house is turned into a museum. The old town is has beautiful architecture, museums, squares and cafes and the feel is truly medieval.

Day 4: Interlaken

Interlaken is 55 km away from Bern and is the starting point of your hike or train ride to the Top of Europe – Jungfraujoch. This is the place in you want to see what Switzerland is most famous for – the gorgeous Swiss Alps.

Day 5: Jungfraujoch

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Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Swiss Alps and the stunning ice caves at one of the highest points of Europe. The 45 degree incline train takes you through beautiful green hills before the grass gives way to snow at higher altitudes.

Day 6: Montreux

Tranquil view of Chillon Castle on island, Vaud, Switzerland
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Located 150 km from Interlaken, the drive will take you through many lakes, waterfalls and the beautiful countryside. It is best to go slow to soak in the Swiss country and the small towns. Montreux, being on the border to France, feels more French than Swiss.

Day 7: Geneva

Townscape with lush foliage on sunny day, Geneva.
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Less than 100 km from Montrux, return back to Geneva for some shopping and sightseeing or enjoy a drink by Lake Geneva and just enjoy this charming Swiss town and culture.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Nitin Gairola is an adventurer, travel writer and a keen student of cosmology, earth science, and world cultures. He has travelled to many parts of the Earth, across six continents, in his quest for knowing more about the planet and its inhabitants. More on: