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48 hours in Switzerland

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Known for its mountainous views, breath-taking nature, quaint villages and the sky-scraping peaks of the Alps; Switzerland is the perfect quick gateway for any nature lover.

It is a country packed with vibrancy, greenery and luxury ski resorts so there are endless sites to see, however, if you happen to be there for just a couple of days here are the must-see tourist attractions that Switzerland has to offer.

Must visit: Arosa Bear Sanctuary

Set to launch this summer, the Arosa Bear Sanctuary is a new animal protection project based in Arosa in the canton of Graubünden. It is set to be the peaceful and spacious new home of five brown bears, who were previously abused and living in poor conditions. 

The project also aims to bring more tourism to Arosa. Tourists can observe the bears from the visitors’ platform, whilst children can play in the “bear school” playground, meaning there is something for all ages. 

Must do: get on your bike!

Cycling tours are proving popular with visitors from across the globe. Choose from a range of routes through Switzerland's beautiful, mountainous countryside.

Most eye-catching of all is the “Valais vineyards on wheels” route, which sees tourists leisurely cycling through Martigny and Verbier to witness the famous vineyards that make up the Valais Vineyard Path. During this route, you can visit the smallest vineyard in the world, which just so happens to be own by the Dalai Lama! 

Crack open a bottle of red at Farinet's Vineyard and enjoy the view. 

Eat: Taste my Swiss City tour

Although unusual, this food and drink tour gives travelers the chance to experience a Swiss City of their choice, shying away from the mainstream tourist hotspots. 

The tour consists of four to seven stops that are unguided, and instructions/recommendations on where to drink and dine are given by a local, culinary expert chosen by you. 

This is a very unconventional way to satisfy the taste buds, allowing visitors to see a completely unique side of the food market through the eyes of the Swiss locals.

Sleep in: a giant bubble!

One of the quirkiest additions to the Swiss accommodation market is The Bubble Hotel in the canton of Thurgau, which has recently expanded its number of locations for this year. Don’t be deceived by its simplicity; the rooms or ‘bubbles’ are fully furnished, complete with a four-poster bed and transparent walls with stunning views over Lake Constance.

An even more unusual aspect of this hotel is that there are four permanent ‘bubbles’ and one ‘bubble’ that alters its location every two months.  Guests can stay in The Bubble Hotel from April-October, offering a perfect opportunity to escape to nature, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Last stop: a bit of culture

Nothing screams Swiss more than chocolate, so if you have a sweet tooth, this one is for you.

Make your way to the Stettler Chocolate Workshop, located in the heart of Genève, to discover the secrets of how perfect Swiss chocolate is made and the rich history behind it. Observe the making of chocolate bars, famous Pavés, chocolate truffles and many more sweet treats (which of course you get to taste).

Even try your hand at making a bar yourself, although it may not last very long!

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