5 reasons why Switzerland is the best country in the world

Swiss flags in front of snowy mountains, in the best country in the world.

The 2018 Best Countries Report recently proclaimed Switzerland as the best country in the world — and we couldn’t agree more. Switzerland has a special magic that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

Not only can Switzerland boast of jaw-dropping mountainous scenery, but it also has a booming economy, low unemployment rates, and happy citizens. Whether you’re a traveler, trekker, or local, this really is the best country in the world.

Here are our top five reasons why Switzerland is the best country out there:

1: The Scenic Swiss Alps

Switzerland’s jagged snow-capped peaks, emerald blue lakes, and towering waterfalls are quite the sight to behold.

The Matterhorn, one of the most iconic mountains in the world, is located in the car-free town of Zermatt, Switzerland.  Trust us, it’s worth the journey to go see.

The Matterhorn in front of a blue, purple, and pink sky.
The Matterhorn at sunset from Zermatt, Switzerland.

Avid hikers dream of traveling to the Alps to complete rigorous treks such as the Haute Route or the Tour du Mont Blanc.  Trekkers don’t need to pack camping equipment, because they can stay in hotels and mountain huts along the way.  If you travel with Alpenwild, we will include luggage transfers each day, allowing you to hike with a lighter pack.

The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route leads from France to Switzerland — the world's best country.
The Haute Route, a 90-mile trek that begins in Chamonix, France, and concludes in Zermatt, Switzerland.

2: The Impressive Railway System

The Swiss railway system truly is like none other — it’s safe, easy to navigate, prompt, and of course, incredibly scenic.  One of the best ways to experience Switzerland is by train.  The Glacier Express, the Gotthard Express, and the Bernina Express are a few of Switzerland’s most famous trains (all of which are included in Alpenwild’s scenic alps by rail tour).

Switzerland’s trains aren’t particularly fast — and there’s a reason for that. Riders want to be able to take in the stunning views around them.  You’ll likely find yourself wishing the train would go slower so you could enjoy the scenery just a bit longer.

The best country in the world offers exceptional trains, like the Bernina Express (shown here in autumn).
The Bernina Express (Photo by swiss-image.ch/Mattias Nutt.)

3: Authentic Swiss Cuisine

When people think Switzerland, they usually think “cheese” or “chocolate.” This is because Switzerland is known for making the best cheese and chocolate in the world.  People travel from all over just to experience it firsthand.

The world's best country serves up delicious meals, like melted raclette cheese over potatoes.
Raclette. Photo by swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret.

Alpenwild guides are trained to provide the best, most authentic Swiss cuisine, so your mouth will water at every meal.  For the real foodies, we offer culinary tours, where you’ll be involved in cheese-making in Gruyeres, chocolate tastings in Montreux, and truffle hunting in the Jura Mountains.

4: Superior Winter Sports

The best country in the world is a great place for skiers to go. Here, a female skier zips down a mountain.
Female skiier in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Switzerland offers dozens of exciting activities, like snowshoeing, dog sledding, and tobogganing — but the most popular winter sport is skiing.  There are over 1,000 ski resorts in the Alps, with about 350 of them being in Switzerland. Winter is Switzerland’s high season for travel, mostly because of its extraordinary ski resorts.

With steeper slopes, larger resorts, unbeatable views, and a longer season, skiing in Switzerland is an unforgettable experience.

Switzerland is also a dream destination for cross-country skiers with thousands of kilometers of groomed trails.  Every year Alpenwild hosts cross country skiing tours in Goms, Switzerland, as well as several winter hiking adventures.  Rest assured, if you come to Switzerland in the winter, you’re in for a thrilling adventure in the world’s best country.

5: Swiss Christmas Traditions

Switzerland has a rich history of Christmas traditions, including charming downtown markets, delicious treats, and even the arrival of Saint Nicholas himself.

Christmas in Zermatt, Switzerland, a gorgeous resort town in the world's best country.
Christmas-time in Zermatt, Switzerland

Each major city in Switzerland hosts several Christmas markets along their busy streets. This gives locals and travelers alike a chance to celebrate with their friends and family.

Alpenwild offers a Christmas tour where you’ll experience the very best Christmas markets, treats, and traditions,  all while you’re enjoying the glistening snow-capped peaks of the Alps in the background.

One of our destination specialists would be happy to assist you in planning your next vacation to Switzerland. If you’d like to see for yourself why Switzerland is the best country in the world (and add your own reasons to this list we’ve created), then it’s time to get going!

 

Rachael Green

About Rachael Green

Rachael grew up in North Carolina, where she spent lots of time with her family enjoying beaches along the East Coast. It wasn’t until she moved to Utah for college that she fell in love with the mountains and quickly developed a passion for rock climbing and hiking. Her top 2 bucket-list items are to rock climb in all 50 states and visit all the national parks in the USA. Nothing brings her more joy than being out in nature. She has visited many European countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, England, Norway, and Germany–but she insists Switzerland is the best of them all. Rachael is a Certified Switzerland specialist with a bachelor's degree in marketing management, and is excited to be coupling her passion for marketing and the outdoors at Alpenwild.

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