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  • Writer's pictureRosie Dietrich

Things to do, eat, drink, and buy while in Switzerland

I've been lucky enough to visit Switzerland twice. The first time, I ended up celebrating New Year's Eve in Lucerne. Beautiful city. Most people recognize Lucerne by the beautiful Chapel bridge. Most recently, I spent a couple of days in Basel, ahead of heading out on a river cruise. Did you know that Basel is split between three countries? Yup. You can be in Germany, France, and Switzerland within a half-hour walk.

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What makes Switzerland special?

Switzerland sits on the European continent surrounded by France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Italy, and Austria. It is a land that is defined by its mountains, lakes, rivers, and stunning views. The mountains and the water help to shape daily life in Switzerland, and it is a part of how people conduct their lives.

Switzerland is a unique country when it comes to its politics. It is not a member of the European Union, nor is it a member of NATO. It is considered an armed neutral country. It didn't play any role in either of the World Wars. It is a member of the United Nations and other international organizations.

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In Basel, Switzerland waiting to embark on AmaWaterways's Christmas Market River Cruise

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Bucket List Things To Do While in Switzerland

  • The Matterhorn

  • The Rhine Falls

  • The Aletsch Alpine Glacier

  • Chillon Castle

  • Bernina Express

  • Museum of Transportation

  • Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory

  • Doll Museum

  • Papa Moll Land

  • Splash and Spa Aqua Park

  • Lido Locarno

  • Boat Tour on the Rhine

  • Blonay-Chamby Museum Railway

  • GWunderwald

Foods to try

  • Fondue

  • All the cheeses (I mean really - all the cheeses)

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  • Leeks with potatoes and sausage

  • Rosti

  • Basel-style roasted flour soup

  • Raclette

  • Polenta and braised beef

  • Veal and Mushroom Ragout

  • Vacherin Mont D’Or

  • Chocolate

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Drinks to try

  • Swiss Beer

  • Swiss Wine (many of them are white because they are served with Fondue and other cheese dishes)

  • Ramseier (carbonated apple juice)

  • Rivella (soft drink)

Souvenirs To Buy (and usually the least expensive purchases you can make)

  • Chocolate

  • Swiss Army Knife

  • Watches

  • Cowbells

  • Cheese

  • Cuckoo Clocks

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Have you been to Switzerland? What did you like the most? And did you try the cheeses and cheeses? It is a great country to visit as an add on to a river cruise, or a quick stop from a land tour. I would certainly love to visit again and cross off a few more things from these lists.

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