8 Quirky Things You Never Knew You Could Do in Switzerland

8 Quirky Things You Never Knew You Could Do in Switzerland

Move over Alps and chocolate, check out these eccentric things that can only be found in Switzerland!

Switzerland – the land of snowy peaks and so-good-that-it-melts-in-your-mouth chocolate.

So everyone knows about….

The Swiss Alps, The Chocolate, The Swiss Cheese.

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But did you know that you could also….

1. Swim in a river full of drinking water?

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This is an extremely popular activity in Bern among locals and tourists alike ­– where else are you able to swim in a river full of drinking water? Take huge gulps as you swim, it’s perfectly safe!

2. Have text messages sent to you from cows?

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A particular farmer placed sensors in his cows’ uteri as well as in special bags around their necks, and text messages will be sent to the farmer’s phone once any cow is in heat! Talk about weird text messages…

3. Explore an ice palace found on top of Switzerland’s highest peak?

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Located 3, 454m above sea, the ice palace can be found at the Top of Europe! Venture through chilly ice corridors, and feast your eyes on ice sculptures of bears, eagles, and you know, everything else in between.

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4. Stand next to a giant three-legged chair?

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Feel small beside this TOWERING three-legged chair in Geneva fit for giants.

5. Look at a huge fork in the middle of a lake?

Lake Geneva

A huge fork. In the middle of Lake Geneva. ‘Nuff said.

Also read: The Majestic Vineyards of Lake Geneva, Switzerland

6. Attend a Sheep Beauty Contest?

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Move over dolled up chicks – here in Switzerland, the sheep take centre stage. In the village of Furi, farmers pit their sheep against each other in a “Miss Sheep-iverse” fashion during the annual Shepherd Festival.

7. Sit (or stand) in an open-topped gondola?

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Marvel at the beaaautiful landscapes without having to look through a glass panel… Is there anything better?

8. Have a popcorn break halfway through a movie?

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Most movies in Switzerland actually have intermissions, perfect for a popcorn run or toilet break! No need to worry any longer about your popcorn running out in the middle of a movie, now you can eat to your heart’s content!

Also read: 15 Reasons Why You Must Visit Switzerland

Bet you didn’t know that you could do all these quirky things in Switzerland! Special thanks to  Switzerland Tourism for inspiring this piece. There are more exciting things to come for Switzerland. Stay tuned!

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E-lyn Tham
E-lyn Tham

Having a strong conviction that getting lost is just another adventure in itself, E-lyn takes particular delight in wandering stranger lands, inhibitions and fears thrown asunder. There’s so much left in the world to see, and there’s nothing she would like better than to spend her days dreaming whimsical, thinking adventure, and laughing curious.