Switzerland has a false stigma that it's only for winter travelling, with images of skiing, snow covered mountains and hot chocolate. On the contrary, however, this could not be further from the truth! The recommended travel period to fully experience Switzerland is summer; specifically this summer. This summer will see Switzerland come to life with huge festivals, exhibitions and sporting events, and the only way to experience all this country has to offer in one trip is touring with the freedom of a Switzerland rental car!
The Most Scenic Drives in Switzerland
Switzerland is renowned for its beauty and scenic driving routes. The Grand Tour of Switzerland, a driving route devised to allow visitors to explore the immense natural beauty of the country, is the best way to discover this mesmerising destination. This driving route avoids major motorways, so those not confident in driving in Switzerland will have no trouble. En route you will have the ability to visit over forty top attractions, eleven of which are designated World Heritage Sites. You will also drive alongside, around and over twenty plus lakes. The core route offers 1643 km of bucolic roadways to explore. Additional, more extreme routes are available for the adventurous. Driving 5 hours a day you will finish the grand tour in one week, culminating in one of the most spectacular driving routes Europe has to offer!
Summer Festivals and Celebrations
This August Switzerland will be populated by film lovers from every walk of life. Held from the 5th to the 15th of August, the town of Locarno will welcome thousands of film fans and industry professionals. The Festival del film Locarno has been around for over 60 years and this year is set to the biggest yet. The festival specializes in up and coming talent in the film industry and many of the current big names in directing got their break at this festival; Stan Lee to name just one. The Locarno film festival is also renowned for film history with guests including Harrison Ford scheduled to speak at the event. Locarno is only a two hour drive from Zurich and the town is located in the middle of three great European regions. After the festival it is easy to continue your travels to the Italian, German or French regions that surround this picturesque town.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is a celebration of world music that makes Switzerland one of the best places to visit in Europe in July. Originally its primary focus was Jazz but others genres soon followed. With music to suit everyone from acid jazz to Zumba, the event is expected to attract 250,000 people this year! The festival will be held in Montreux, nestled in the Alps. The motto "nothing is impossible for dreamers", sets the tone. Held in the Auditorium Stravinski there are a variety of paid and free events. For drivers there will be free parking located outside the city, with free shuttle buses provided, as parking inside the city is prohibited during the festival. Montreux is a two hour drive from Zurich along the E25.
The Omega European Masters golf tour comes to Switzerland in 2015 for the 69th year. The tournament is run in Crans-Montana located in the Alps. This tournament is renowned for being the most beautiful course to play on in Europe. From the 23rd to the 27th of July the world's greatest golfers battle for 2.7 million Euros. It will be the first tournament where Asian golf players have the chance to compete against their European counterparts, not to be missed. Easily accessible parking is located all around the event, just a two hour drive from Geneva along the most beautiful roads Switzerland has to offer.
Planning Your Own Summertime Switzerland Adventure
To conclude, Switzerland stands tall this summer. Being one of these most beautiful places in Europe. Whether a fan of sport, music or relaxation it has something to offer everyone. Relax and unwind in the Swedish Alps as you drive alongside glistening mountains and lakes, or rock it out to the latest acid jazz. Regardless of your travel preferences, Switzerland has something fantastic to keep you occupied this summer!