Adventure in Switzerland is often associated with skiing down the slopes and the adventures of Heidi in the Swiss Alps. The latter, however, does not match up to what we call adventure today. The dramatic landscapes of the country entail plenty of opportunities for action-packed holidays. And action here does not only mean skiing, but a variety of activities. The mountains, deep gorges, glaciers and rivers are ideal for activities like river-rafting, bungee-jumping, skiing, flying fox, paragliding and skydiving.
Hiking around the Jungfrau Mountain
The main summit in the Bernese Alps, Jungfrau possesses spectacular scenic beauty. The mountain is located between the Valais canton and Bern, and can be reached by hopping on a train. Switzerland tours offer some of the most exemplary views, where hiking along the trails is highly recommended. Whether easy, moderate, challenging or hard-core mountaineering, just pick your level and hike up the trails.
Canyon jump at Grindelwald
The quaint village of Grindelwald settled in the Bernese Oberland is home to a deep glacial canyon and you free fall into that from a height 85 metres. The adrenaline kicks in when you stand on the platform, looking down at the gorge. It takes a lot of courage to leap into the depths but the feeling is super-awesome when the rope swings you in the air. It sure is scary but professional guides are there to ensure your safety on your travel package to Switzerland.
Whitewater rafting in the Arve
The Arve River roars as it descents from the Savoy’s mountain winding through mesmerising Alpine scenery and passing by the city of Geneva before merging into the Rhone. Raft down its grade III and IV rapids, which make it thrilling for both beginners as well as pros. Not so far from the centre of Geneva, you will be supplied with paddles and wet suits. On the course of the river, six beautiful waterfalls in its 8-km descent are going to cast a spell on you.
Skydiving in Interlaken
The ultimate adventure of skydiving starts at Interlaken, from where you take the scenic flight of about 15 minutes to the massive wall of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Delight in the scenic vistas as you fly above the lakes of Interlaken and the peaks of Swiss Alps. Then, begin your adrenaline-pumping Switzerland adventure holiday with a jump off the plane and freefall for about 45 seconds at the speed of 200 km/h. After the freefall, deploy the parachute and take in the breathtaking scenery for a few minutes before landing safely.
Snow sports in Switzerland
How can an adventure trip to Switzerland be complete without skiing down the slope of its steep mountains? Hang gliding, ice-skating, tobogganing and curling are equally exciting in the snow-laden landscape. The mountains of Männlichen and Kleine Scheidegg around Grindelwald, Gstaad and Saanenland on the edge of Bernese Oberland, Schilthorn in Mürren, and Rothorn, Stockhorn, Riffelberg, Testa Grigia and Trockener Steg in Zermatt are great for snow sports. Besides, St Moritz, Klosters, Arosa and Davos also offer great opportunities.
World’s highest Alpine coaster in Gstaad
Ride a cable car from Gstaad station up to the connecting point on Tsanfleuron Glacier, where you can ride the thrilling roller coaster. It runs on a one-kilometre track with 10 curves and a 520° loop. Rising six metres above the ground, this roller coaster offers splendid views of the surroundings and with various jumps and waves, this ride is sure to boost the adrenaline rushing through your body. And if you don’t think you can handle the excitement, just pull the lever brake and control the speed on your own. The Alpine Coaster runs daily between May and October.
Whichever kind of challenging adventure you seek on your Switzerland holiday, its captivating scenery follows. And courtesy its advanced transportation system including cog trains, cable cars and lifts, you can find many convenient options as well to meet the fitness abilities. Go ahead and embrace the Alpine way of adventure and excitement in your next Switzerland tour.