Best Things to do in Switzerland for Adventure Seekers

Adventure awaits in every part of the world. However, the adventurous experiences that Switzerland can offer are hard to beat. Not only will they make your heart leap, but you can also enjoy some of the world’s most breathtaking views as you partake in these activities.

So, if you’re up for a thrilling time on your visit to Switzerland, here’s our list of the best things to do in Switzerland for adventure seekers.

1. Get a Thrill White Water Rafting

There are many fantastic spots to enjoy white water rafting in Switzerland. One of the most popular spots is along the Vorderrhein river, an easy day trip from Zurich. The river is mild, which is ideal for families with kids. However, it does have class 3 rapids, so you need to raft with a guide who is familiar with the river and will keep you safe throughout the entire journey. 

You will float along the 22 km section of the Vorderrhein river, at the upper part of the Rhein River, starting in Ilanz and ending in Bonaduz. This section of the river includes class 3 rapids, mild enough for kids but with a guide to ensure your safety.

You will find many travel companies in Switzerland that can arrange a river rafting tour for you. These tours will include an experienced river guide and all equipment for the activity, including wetsuits, helmets, and life jackets. All you need to bring is swimwear. Before the ride, an expert guide will brief you on all the necessary information you need to know to stay safe. 

River rafting in Switzerland is a fun activity in summer. You can also enjoy it during the rainy days since you will get wet anyway. Yet, your wetsuit will keep you warm and comfortable.

2. Experience Camping

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Camping in Switzerland

Camping is another fun activity in Switzerland, especially if you’re travelling with the family. There are incredible summer camps around Europe, and Switzerland is a great option. You can also consider booking a summer camp, which includes multi-day excursions to some of Switzerland’s most breathtaking sites. A summer camp is ideal for kids who want to learn and enjoy fun adventures while camping in Switzerland.

Adventurous campers can also try wild camping in Switzerland. This method of camping is allowed above the tree line in the mountains, along alpine pastures and on rocky terrains. But before you set out for a wild camping adventure, research the area you plan to visit to ensure safety. It’s worth noting that you’re not allowed to camp in hunting areas and nature reserves. You are also not allowed to camp at Swiss National Parks. However, there may be a few exceptions.

One of the most popular areas for wild camping in Switzerland is Nufenenpass in the Swiss Alps. It’s one of Switzerland’s tallest mountain passes. The area offers panoramic views of the mountains and has two alpine lakes nearby, perfect for those who want to camp near water. The site is relatively flat, so pitching your tent is easy.

3. Go Cliff Walking

Bargmandli Trail at Giswilerstock

If you want to experience cliff walking in Switzerland, head to Grindelwald-First in the Jungfrau Region. Perched over 2,000 metres above sea level, Grindelwald-First is directly above the village of Grindelwald at the heart of the Swiss Alps. It’s the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau Region and is also famous for cliff walking. Aside from the thrilling experience, it’s also a fantastic way to admire Grindelwald’s breathtaking views.

Cliff walking is exactly what it says – walking along a cliff through a suspended bridge. The walkway hangs on the side of the mountain, allowing for a thrilling experience. It’s right at the summit of the First Mountain, 2,200 metres above sea level. To get here, you need to take a cable car from Grindelwald village through the Grindelwald Firstbahn. 

At the end of the suspension bridge is an observation deck to admire the views. Standing on the platform, you will feel like you are walking out in the middle of a cliff surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. There is also a restaurant connected to the cliff walk, and several hiking trails begin from here.

There are plenty of other walking routes in Switzerland that are just as astounding as well as a range of hiking tours to suit all experience levels.

4. Hit the Slopes

Skiing in Switzerland
Skiing in Switzerland

Skiing is a popular activity in Switzerland. The Alpine country is famous for its magnificent powdery slopes, breathtaking scenery, and excellent ski resorts.

There are several great places to ski in Switzerland. However, most people will choose to ski in Saas-Fee, a lovely resort village along the Swiss Alps, close to the Italian border. Many skiers love the area, meaning they often rent properties in Saas-Fee, allowing them to enjoy a luxurious chalet while visiting.

Aside from Saas-fee, another popular destination for skiing in Switzerland is St Moritz, a winter sports village in the Swiss Alps. It’s a fantastic base for skiing along the slopes of Corviglia, the main peak of the Alps, which you can reach on a funicular or cable car ride.

Grindelwald is another scenic place famous for its ski runs and scenic hiking trails. You can also visit Wengen, a charming village famous for its exhilarating downhill run. 

5. Try Bungee Jumping

Adrenaline junkies looking for thrilling activities in Switzerland should try bungee jumping. Home to majestic mountains, scenic rivers, and lakes, Switzerland offers the perfect setting for an incredible bungee experience.

The most popular location for bungee jumping in Switzerland is the Contra Dam along the Verzasca River in the valley of Val Verzasca of Ticino. It is considered the highest bungee jump in the world and has been featured in several Hollywood films, including James Bond.

You can also bungee jump at the Centovalli Bridge in Intragna, about ten minutes from the town of Locarno. Here, you’ll jump from the highest railway bridge in Switzerland, the Railway Bridge Intragna. It also offers the opportunity to jump in a group or as a tandem for a more incredible experience.

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About the author:

Steve Rohan is a writer from Essex, England. He has traveled to over 60 countries, lived in Armenia, China and Hong Kong, and is now living the digital nomad life on the road.

Steve prefers “slow travel” and has covered much of the world by train, bus and boat. He has been interviewed multiple times by the BBC and recently featured in the documentary Scariest Places in the World. See the About page for more info.

Where I am now: Yerevan, Armenia 🇦🇲

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