From luxurious watches to the towering mountains of this stunning European country, there are so many reasons to travel to Switzerland. Go ahead and focus on enjoying the snow covered mountains, sparking lakes, snow-skiing, hiking and classic landmarks, like the Matterhorn. I am here to sort out all of the logistics and details to help you get the most out of your vacation. 

Here are seven things you need to know before traveling to Switzerland.

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Travel is a breeze with a Swiss Rail Pass

1. Don’t Stress the Transportation

Getting around in Switzerland is so easy it’s almost like time travel. You probably don’t need to rent a car, unless you’re planning some way-off-the-beaten-path adventures. Taking trains is the norm in Switzerland. Ask your hotel concierge for tips, if you need ideas. One concierge gave me notes on how to get from the airport to my hotel; my journey started with an airplane, a train, then a boat and onto a funicular to arrive at my first stunning destination Burgenstock.

Despite the different forms of transportation, the process was simple and smooth. Switzerland has made it easy to move around with only one single ticket: a Swiss Rail Pass. This ticket includes most trains and buses. You can also “check” your luggage at the beginning of your journey and get it at the end of your line. That means during the day, you can get on and off the train without lugging your suitcase around.

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Since 1891 this giant water jet called Jet d’Eau has spouted water at Lake Geneva

2. Head to the Water

Don’t think “landlocked” when you think of Switzerland; think of luxurious lakes. Make sure you plan a stop at the one of the lakes of Switzerland. I stayed on Lake Lucerne and Lake Geneva in two luxury hotels: the Buergenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa and the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. Most activity in Switzerland is around the lakes, both big and small. They’re where you want to be!

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Check off that bucket list and head to the Matterhorn

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Ava Roxanne Stritt of Spa Travel Gal is an official Travelocity Gnomad. Gnational Gnomads is an exclusive group of high-profile travel and lifestyle experts who offer tips and inspiration on behalf of Travelocity. Travelocity compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site; such compensation may include travel and other costs.