The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Switzerland are some of the finest timepieces in the world, Swiss chocolate, the Swiss Army Knife, and of course skiing in those spectacular Swiss Alps. The list goes on to The Matterhorn, St. Moritz, Bern with its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, and making Gruyére cheese.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with something for just about everyone, and the Lake Geneva area offers day trips to the surrounding quaint villages and towns.

See the wooden chapel bridge in Lucerne but stay for a day or two to hike out into Switzerland’s natural world. Go skiing from January through March but in February the slopes can get crowded with Europeans on holiday.

The bad news is that Switzerland is expensive. It’s expensive to stay, to get around, and to eat. The good news is that’s it’s absolutely worth it.

To truly see just how stunningly beautiful this country is, you have to go. There is no other place like it on the planet.

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.