10 Pictures That Proved Switzerland Is the Perfect Summer Vacation Spot

Between the lush green valleys, pristine alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the Alps, there’s no better time than summer to visit Switzerland. Whether you prefer swimming in clear water, hiking to the summit of incredible peaks or enjoying the culture that only a European city can provide, Switzerland has got you covered. Here are 10 pictures that prove Switzerland is the perfect spot for your summer vacation.

Mount Pilatus

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The lore behind Mount Pilatus adds to the already mesmerizing peak. Whether or not you believe that the mountain was created from the rock where a dragon lived or that a petrified man serves as a guardian to the mountain’s caves, arriving at the summit of Mount Pilatus will make your jaw drop. Offering a commanding view of 73 peaks in the Alps and accessible by train, cable car and, of course, hiking trails, there’s no doubt that Mount Pilatus is a must-visit on your summer tour of Switzerland.


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After summiting Mount Pilatus, it’s essential to visit the nearby town of Lucerne. Situated on the Reuss, a waterway that divides the town in two, the city’s architecture is reminiscent of its medieval origins. Footbridges cross over the Reuss, including the Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest wooden bridges in the country. The Reuss feeds into nearby Lake Lucerne, a beautiful alpine lake that can be explored via steamboat.


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The small village of Lauterbrunnen is located in a narrow green valley, with the Alps rising on either side. With several day hikes in the area and the magnificence of the Jungfrau region only a train ride away, Lauterbrunnen is an ideal starting point for any type of adventure. In addition, Lauterbrunnen translates to “many fountains,” a nod to the region’s abundant and impressive waterfalls, including the 900-foot Staubbach Falls.

Harder Kulm

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Interlaken’s local mountain, Harder Kulm, is easy to reach with a short ride on the funicular, or cable train. The eight-minute ride carries passengers to a viewing platform over 4,000-feet above sea level. From here, the panoramic views are simply stunning, offering glimpses of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau — the famed “Big Three” peaks in the Bernese Alps.

Lake Brienz

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From the top of Harder Kulm, one can also see Lake Brienz, a pristine Alpine lake widely known for its arresting turquoise color. Besides swimming in the clear water, or picnicking beside the shore, visitors can take scenic boat cruises around the lake. The popular Giessbach Falls also has a footpath that leads hikers under the majestic waterfall that cascades into the lake.


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Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva, the small resort town of Montreux has much more to offer than its bucolic setting. Every July, the town hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival, an event which welcomes talented musicians from around the world. The region is also known for its wineries, and a day touring the idyllic Swiss countryside, tasting wine, is not to be missed.


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Located on the Rhine, the city of Basel resembles a European fairy tale. From visiting the richly decorated buildings in Old Town to touring the city’s modern architecture, it is clear that this historic city is very much based on aesthetics. With over 40 art museums, including the world-famous Kunstmuseum, Basel serves as a Swiss epicenter for culture and the arts.


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Adventure sports enthusiasts flock to the mountains of Switzerland from all over the world and summertime is the season for mountain bikers. Poschiavo, a small town near the Italian border, is a mecca for athletes on two wheels. The Bernina Express Mountain Bike Trail ends in Poschiavo and the surrounding mountains have several single track trails that challenge riders and boast stunning views of mountains, valleys and the occasional farm animal.


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Gornergrat, a mountain located within the Pennine Alps, stands at an elevation of 10,285 feet. Accessible by a cog rail from the alpine town of Zermatt, the Gornergrat railway takes its passengers on a high altitude ride to one of the most incredible vistas in Switzerland. Not only does the ride offer impressive views of the surrounding mountains, including the famed Matterhorn, but the train also has multiple stops along the way for exploring the Alps by foot.


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There is no site in Switzerland more iconic than the Matterhorn. This craggy, snow-covered spire rises over 14,000 feet above sea level and towers over the aforementioned town of Zermatt. Whether you choose to witness the Matterhorn’s reflection in Lake Stellisee or ride up in the Matterhorn Gondola, this peak will leave you in awe. If you choose the latter, you can also explore the mountain from within by touring the Glacier Palace, a journey that takes you 50 feet below the surface into a mountainous world of ice.

About the author: Jersey Griggs | Writer for The Discoverer

Jersey Griggs is a writer and editor based in Portland, Maine. In addition to travel, Jersey covers topics ranging from outdoor recreation to alternative wellness.



What to Do When the Heat’s Turned Up

Read James 1:1-12.

They came up to the ensign and poured a glass of ice water down his back and threw another in his face. The ensign, who had fallen asleep in the chow hall after five sleepless nights, opened his eyes for a second, just long enough to utter a dull “Thank you, sir.” A moment later his eyes rolled upward and then closed. His head went down again. He didn’t touch his meal.

It’s called Hell Week and is part of the navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition School where sailors are turned into SEALs—Sea-Air-Land commandos. By undergoing a grueling regimen of sleepless days and nights, sensory overload, and physical testing, these men are transformed into some of the toughest human beings in the world.

This final period of torturous physical and psychological training begins on Sunday night with exercising and lying wet on cold steel plates, installed on a nearby pier.

On Monday the six-man teams are ordered to run races with 250-pound Zodiac rubber assault boats balanced on their heads. On Tuesday, with less than an hour of sleep the night before, they have to row those Zodiac boats to Mexican waters and back. On Wednesday the men continue the races with boats bouncing on their heads.

The chance to disenroll awaits each student. All he has to do is ring a certain bell three times and say, “I quit.”

By Thursday everyone is hallucinating. By Friday afternoon the week is over, and the new SEALs are lined up to be checked by a doctor.

Only in terms of the ugliness of war can punishment like this make any sense. By pushing these men to the very brink of insanity during times of peace, the navy is giving them the best chance to be ready to face the cruelty of real war if it comes.

With his first words in this letter, James reminds his suffering brothers and sisters that they should not be surprised when they experience intense periods of testing. He knows that they face a spiritual conflict that will require a toughness learned only through proper instruction and monitored experience. James calls God’s training regimen “various [kinds of] trials” (1:2). As he prepares his friends for the inevitable test, he outlines for them and for us the following five strategies to employ when times of testing invade.

Taken from bestselling author David Jeremiah’s book What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do. Copyright 2015 by David C Cook; all rights reserved.


At Issue – Education

Job 8:8–13

Getting a degree (or multiple degrees) is a wonderful, satisfying accomplishment that we should look on with pride. However, our society tends to value formal education more than the wisdom of age. Reflecting on Job’s suffering, Bildad urged him to learn from the instruction of former generations. While there’s great value in both education and in learning from our elders, there’s also a difference between a formal education and wisdom—applying that knowledge. No matter how many degrees you have, education doesn’t make you always right or better than others. Work at having a teachable heart that learns from others, not one that hides behind a degree.


2 Kings 8:1–6

You may want to review 2 Kings 4:8–37 for the background of the Shunammite’s story. This account teaches the importance of maintaining rightful ownership of property and also provides a window into God’s extravagance in providing for our material needs.

Theologian Peter C. Phan summarizes social thought during the Old Testament period as follows:

Gerhard von Rad declares that there is no concept in the Old Testament as central and significant for all relationships of human life as justice or righteousness. Justice is the social principle that held the Hebrew social fabric together. It is the fidelity to the demands of a relationship as established by the law—the web of relationships between king and people, judge and complainants, family and tribe and kinsfolk, the community and the resident alien, the whole of humanity and God. Of course the law also commands love. Yet, in point of fact, the sense of solidarity is for the most part limited to fellow members of religion and race, even though the prophets often urge the Hebrew people to go beyond these narrow limits.

In Leviticus 25:23–24 God says, “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers. Throughout the land that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.”

Naomi’s situation in the book of Ruth seems similar. The family has resided in Moab for ten years, having migrated from Judah to escape a famine. Ruth 4:3 speaks of Naomi’s desire to sell her husband’s land, but two interpretations may be applied here: Either Naomi owns the land but is so poor that she feels she must sell it. Or alternatively, Elimelek may already have sold the plot prior to the family’s departure. In this case, the law makes provision for his widow to “redeem” it—buy it back. Since Naomi is now destitute, she looks for a guardian-redeemer to purchase back the land on her behalf.

In the Shunammite’s case, it is possible that the land has either been taken illegally during the family’s absence or been appropriated by the king, most likely either Jehu or Joram, due to its apparent abandonment. Her husband was already elderly when their son was born (see 2Ki 4:14), and there is no mention of him in 2 Kings 8. Phan indicates that widows and orphans “in the ancient patriarchal society were economically the most helpless since they did not have the aid of a male head of the family.”

An interesting detail in this story is the “fluke” of Elisha and Gehazi discussing her situation with the king at the very time the Shunammite arrives to plead for the return of her land.

Think About It

  • If true justice were served in your neighborhood, what would be different?
  • Could humans ever live in a truly just society this side of heaven? What would it look like?
  • What “coincidence” in your life has served to verify God’s providence in some unforgettable way? How has this affected your stewardship of whatever was involved?

Pray About It

Lord God, your care and concern for justice in the details of our lives is amazing to me. Help me to see how you orchestrate all things to your ends. And help me to be a partner in your work.