Have fun by trying these 10 off-the-wall experiences in Switzerland

Switzerland is a country that offers much more than mountains, cheese, and chocolate. If you are looking for some unique and quirky things to do in this beautiful land, here are 10 suggestions that will make your trip unforgettable.

Climb inside a glacier

If you want to see what it’s like inside a massive block of ice, head to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. There you can explore the Ice Palace, a network of tunnels and chambers carved into the glacier. You will be amazed by the ice sculptures and the blue glow of the frozen walls.

Go topless on a mountain train

For a thrilling and scenic ride, hop on one of the open-top carriages of the Bernina Express. This train runs from St. Moritz to Tirano, crossing the Alps and passing by glaciers, lakes, and forests. You will feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you enjoy the stunning views.

Experience Swiss military preparedness

Switzerland has a long history of neutrality and defense, which is reflected in its many fortifications and bunkers. You can visit some of these hidden sites and learn about the country’s military strategy and engineering feats. For example, you can see how roads, bridges, and tunnels were wired for self-destruction in case of invasion.

Chill out with some shipping containers

If you are looking for a cool and alternative place to hang out in Zurich, check out Freitag Tower, the world’s tallest building made exclusively from shipping containers. In total, the building is a stack of 19 shipping containers that houses a shop, a café, and a rooftop terrace. You can browse through the recycled bags and accessories, sip a coffee, or enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Explore the local street art

Basel is known for its art scene, but not only for its museums and galleries. The city also has a vibrant street art culture, with murals, graffiti, and stickers adorning its walls. You can discover some of the best works by local and international artists on a self-guided tour or with a guide.

Spend the night in jail

If you are feeling adventurous, you can book a room at the Jailhotel in Lucerne. This former prison has been converted into a hotel, but it still retains some of its original features. You can sleep in a cell with bars on the windows, or opt for a more comfortable suite with a private bathroom.

Float through the capital city

One of the most fun and refreshing ways to explore Bern is by floating down the Aare river. You can rent an inflatable boat or just use your own body as a raft, and let the current carry you along. You will pass by historical buildings, green parks, and bridges, while enjoying the cool water.

Curate your inner brut

If you are interested in unconventional and outsider art, you should visit the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne. This museum showcases works by self-taught artists who created outside of the mainstream art world, often in isolation or marginalization. You will find paintings, sculptures, drawings, and objects made from various materials and techniques.

Paraglide over the border

For an adrenaline rush and a spectacular view, you can try paragliding over Lake Geneva. You can take off from Mont Salève in France and fly over the border to Switzerland, enjoying the sight of the lake, the city of Geneva, and the Alps. You will be accompanied by an experienced instructor who will ensure your safety.

Learn some Romansh

Romansh is one of Switzerland’s four official languages, but it is spoken by less than 1% of the population. It is a Romance language that evolved from Latin and has several dialects. You can learn some basic words and phrases from online courses or apps, or visit some of the Romansh-speaking regions in Graubünden.

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