Switzerland On a Budget
While the Alps are easily the biggest draw to the area, there are definitely some less famous attractions that are still worth visiting. Switzerland has some absolutely beautiful lakes, as well as rolling hills and flat plains. If time allows, definitely make sure you venture out to some of the less visited parts of the country, as they can be quite charming and enjoyable as well.
Whenever you visit, it's important to realize that this can be an expensive destination. Come prepared, and accept that it will cost you more than you'd like. If you know what to expect, you can enjoy it none the less. There are a few handy tips to help keep costs down. In particular, skip activities like the cable cars. They are a fun way to see parts of the country, but they're also one of the most expensive ways. If you're planning to travel by train, book your tickets well in advance as this will save you a good amount of money. Also consider cooking your own meals as restaurants in Switzerland can be shockingly expensive and can really make a dent in your budget. Definitely give yourself a day or two to enjoy the skiing and snowboarding in the area, but realize that if you make this a daily occurrence it will quickly eat through most of your budget. Also consider couchsurfing if at all possible. Accommodation can be expensive and finding a free place to crash will save you a fortune. Many people speak English and are eager to show you their country. It's a fun way to meet and experience a new country and culture.
Top Tourist AttractionsChateau de Chillon: A wonderfully preserved medieval castle dating back to the 11th century. This castle is beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Geneva. It is made from over one hundred free standing buildings that have gradually be connected into the structure that is there today.
The Gruyere Region: A beautiful region with rolling green hills. Its the best place to sample some fondue, made with the Gruyere cheese that originated in this area.
Rhine Falls: The largest waterfall in Europe, it's in northern Switzerland on the Upper Rhine. You can catch a boat to the middle of the river to get perfect views of the falls.
Popular FoodsZurcher Geschnetzeltes: This is a dish that includes thin strips of veal served with mushrooms and a cream sauce along side a potato side dish. It's most popular in and around the city of Zurich, and in some variations includes a bit of veal kidney.
Cervelat: The national sausage of Switzerland, cervelat is made from beef, bacon, and pork rind. It is usually prepared by either smoking it or boiling it.
Fondue: A Swiss cooking style where cheese is melted in a pot on the table and served with bread or potatoes. Some variations use a broth or oil to cook small pieces of meat. There is usually a flavored dipping sauce and vegetables on the side.