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The impressive Matterhorn peak which reaches 14,692 ft. is a part of the Swiss Alps and has always been one of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland. The Matterhorn also borders Italy, and the beautiful village of Zermatt that lies at the foot of the peak....more

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The impressive Matterhorn peak which reaches 14,692 ft. is a part of the Swiss Alps and has always been one of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland. The Matterhorn also borders Italy, and the beautiful village of Zermatt that lies at the foot of the peak.

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  • Switzerland Next On Your Bucket List? Here Are 7 Reasons Why You Need To Visit To Spectacular Switzerland

    Have you heard the saying, ‘The best things come in small packages’? Well, we couldn’t describe the stunning destination of Switzerland any better. Although small in size, this European gem is known to be one of the most beautiful destinations on earth and in our humble opinion, puts most others to shame. Most of the time, just looking at pictures of it gives us a serious case of wanderlust! From breath-taking snow-capped mountain peaks to lush green landscapes to majestic lakes, ancient castles, adrenaline pumping activities and friendly people, and so much more, Switzerland offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience even for the most frequent of travelers. via GIPHY We could honestly come up with a million and one reasons for you to visit Switzerland if we tried, (yes, it’s THAT incredible, and that’s how much we love it) but here are our 7 top reasons as to why Switzerland should be number one on your bucket list! Find Attractions near you in Switzerland Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Switzerland   1. It's B-E-A-U-tiful! No matter where you look and where you go, your eyes will be met with the most postcard-perfect sights. Picturesque mountains covered in greenery or snow (depending on when you visit), crystal clear lakes that are more beautiful than anything you could ever dream of, world-renowned glaciers, and mesmerizing waterfalls are just a few things that contribute to the jaw-dropping natural beauty of Switzerland. A trip to Switzerland is most certainly incomplete without a visit to the Matterhorn, the Swiss National Park, Lake Geneva, Jungfraujoch, Lake Lugano, Mount Pilatus, the horse-shoe shaped lake of Oeschinensee and the largest waterfall in Europe; Rhine Falls, just to name a few. So be sure to add these to your must-see list, so you don’t miss out on the best of the best! Places like the Matterhorn are in fact not just the most beautiful of its kind in Switzerland, but instead the whole world! It’s no surprise that pictures of it are commonly found on chocolate boxes and postcards, and most other things associated with the country.   2. It’s Oh-So Sweet... The fact that Switzerland is the birthplace of chocolate - yup, you read that right! - will be reason enough for most of you to start planning your next holiday to the country. In the 1800’s the first chocolate bar was created in Switzerland, and from then on, the Swiss have been mastering the art of producing the best chocolate ever. Smooth, rich, and creamy bars of chocolate from the world’s best brands such as Lindt, Toblerone, and Cailler can be found throughout the country. Numerous chocolate tasting spots have popped up across Switzerland. Chocolate aficionados can even take a factory tour to not only observe chocolate being made, but also sample it, and learn about the traditions and history behind it.   3. ...And Way Too Cheesy! Cheese is another thing you cannot leave Switzerland without trying. The country produces a variety of cheeses that come in all tastes and textures. Head to Gruyères for a bit of Swiss cheese sampling, and when it gets a bit chilly outside, get all comfy indoors and indulge in a pot of traditional Swiss cheese fondue! This bubbling cheese dish can be found throughout the year in Switzerland’s French side - from chalets in the remote countryside to top-notch hotels in the city, but only during winter months in the rest of the country. Muslim tourists looking to indulge in this gooey pot of deliciousness will have to make sure the fondue they order is alcohol-free, as distilled brandy is commonly used.   4. The Slopes Switzerland is known as much for its skiing and snowboarding opportunities as it is for its chocolate, and stunning natural scenery. The country’s numerous alpine ski resorts offer a variety of easily accessible terrains and slopes to suit any ski level, and not just the experts. What better way to up the ante on your Swiss winter getaway, than to cruise down the slopes of the country’s most majestic mountains in Zermatt, St Moritz, or Verbier, while taking in the magnificent views?! While the ski resorts here are known to be pricey, in our opinion, there is no better place in Europe for you to hit the slopes and have some fun in the snow than Switzerland!   5. Historic Cities If old world charm is what you’re on the lookout for when on holiday, Switzerland has managed to perfect the preservation of its medieval towns, all while developing its surroundings, so you’re in for a real treat! Most Swiss cities today are a combination of old and new - with some like Zurich having an Old Town area that has still managed to keep its charm - with cobblestone pathways, museums and architecture all lending to its story. For history buffs, a visit to these old towns definitely adds on to the quintessential Swiss experience. 6. Its Location With Switzerland finding itself located in the heart of Europe, and with its transport system being so accessible and dependable, not only can you pay Switzerland a visit, but you can also drop into places like France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein for a quick visit by train! Why just plan a trip to only Switzerland, when you could see other countries too? You don’t have to convince us otherwise!   7. Its Watches Photo credit - www.myswitzerland.com Ever heard of watch brands TAG Heuer and Rolex? And what about Omega and Schaffhausen? Yes, they’re all Swiss made! World-renowned for its watches, Switzerland is the perfect place to purchase your next luxuriously crafted time piece! Although the purchase won’t be easy on your wallet, it’s most certainly an investment we think you won’t regret making in the long run ;) If you’re curious about Switzerland being Muslim-friendly, then here's our opinion on it. Finding Halal food near you in Switzerland won’t be easy, but it won’t be entirely impossible either, since there's a small percentage of Muslims residing in places such as Geneva and Zürich. If you’re also wondering if you’ll be able to find Mosques and prayer places near you in Switzerland, there are actually a handful. You'll be able to locate Halal restaurants and mosques in Switzerland with the help of the Halaltrip Mobile App. We’re sure the above reasons are enough to convince you to plan a visit to Switzerland, so time to get packing! via GIPHY Find a Halal Hotel near you in Switzerland Go on a Halal Trip with us!...

  • 10 Must-Visit Attractions in Switzerland

    Visit the top attractions in Switzerland and learn more about the country’s interesting history while taking in the majestic mountain scenery and picturesque towns. The most beautiful places in Switzerland are located in interesting cities and natural parks, but Switzerland is also rich with history, culture and art that visitors should not miss out on. 1. The Matterhorn The impressive Matterhorn peak which reaches 14,692 ft. is a part of the Swiss Alps and has always been one of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland. The Matterhorn also borders Italy, and the beautiful village of Zermatt that lies at the foot of the peak. 2. Interlaken The beautiful resort town of Interlaken is located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, decorated with resorts and cafes that are framed by a mountain range. There are plenty of adventurous activities to enjoy such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding and even paragliding during the summer. Click here for more information! 3. Castle Chillon, Veytaux This medieval fortress also known as Chateau de Chillon, is over 1000 years old and is located on the banks of Lake Geneva. This fortress has been the source of inspiration - with 14th century murals in the Camera Dominiand notably the painted camel motif. With underground rooms to explore, three courtyards and four great halls with a gorgeous view of Lake Geneva, Castle Chillon is a must visit. Click here for more information! 4. Swiss National Park, Zernez Pay a visit to one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, where visitors can view glaciers, woodlands, waterfalls and get in touch with nature by going on hikes too. There are 21 hiking routes to observe the greenery or rare wildlife that might make an appearance. The Swiss National Park is also part of the worldwide UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Click here for more information! 5. The Abbey Library of St. Gall, St. Gallen The Abbey Library of St. Gall is the oldest library in Switzerland was founded by Saint Othmar the founder of the original Abbey of St. Gall. The interiors are decorated in a Rococo style, and this ancient library is home to some unique books and manuscripts and is it also a UNESCO Heritage site. Click here for more information! 6. Lake Geneva A visit to Switzerland cannot be complete without visiting one of top tourist attractions in Switzerland. Surrounded by peaks with parks, gardens, promenades and an old town, Lake Geneva makes almost the perfect photographic scene. Watch out for the famous fountain Jet d'Eau that shoots outs 150 meters of water into the air. Click here for more information! 7. Lake Lugano and Ticino Lake Lugano is located on the border of southern Switzerland and northern Italy in the Ticino region. Ticino is the only Italian speaking region in Switzerland and has a heavy Italian influence on the cuisine and architecture, making it a unique picturesque area to visit. A great place for hiking, water sports and many more adventurous activities. Click here for more information! 8. The Jungfrau Region Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger are part of the mountain range paired with lush green meadows that create a breathtaking scenery. The towns of Wengen, Murrenand Lauterbrunnen are great place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Grindelwald is another beautiful town in this location for skiing too, and visitors can also take a train ride to get a great view or simply go hiking. Click here for more information! 9. The Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen Definitely one of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland, the Rhine Falls is also the largest waterfall in Europe. Visitors can take boat trips to experience the majestic waterfall which is even more beautiful in the evening when the area is subtly lit up. Canoe trips and hiking are some fun activities to take part in as well. Click here for more information! 10. Montreux This beautiful resort town is located on the shores of the Lake Geneva and is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland with a beautiful flowered town promenade lined with trees and sculptures. The vineyards of Lavaux and Mediterranean trees are a part of the scenery too. Pay a visit to the famed Castle Chillon that is close by. Click here for more information! A Muslim Guide to Switzerland Halal restaurants in Switzerland can be easily found in cities like Geneva, Bern and Zurich as there is a significant Muslim population in these areas.Halal food in Switzerland can also be found in smaller cities too. There are also several mosques in Switzerland that Muslim travelers can find easily. Click here for more information! ...

  • Glacier Express - Switzerland

    One of the most scenic train journeys in the world One of the most scenic train journeys not only in Switzerland but also in the whole world; the Glacier Express travels between two of the most popular mountain resorts in the Swiss Alps, the St. Moritz and Zermatt. The train travels a distance of 180 miles in about 7½ hours. The journey is a day trip that takes visitors through scenic mountains and untouched natural beauty. The view of the fabulous valleys, deep gorges and upscale health resorts is just stunning. The train crosses 291 remarkable bridges and 91 tunnels at the speed of 24 mph. often the Glacier Express is called as the "slowest express train" in the world. When the Glacier Express was launched in 1930, it was started as a summer train. Today however the train operates all around the year. During the summers the train runs 4-5 times between the destinations however, during winter it runs just once.The train runs from Zermatt to Brig crossing Disentis and Chur to reach St. Moritz. The highpoint of the journey is the Oberalp Pass which is at a height of 2033 m. The Glacier Express features modern coaches with comfortable seating. There are two types of seating, first class and second class. The Edwardian dining car offers a leisurely three course meal; you can also buy a variety of snacks and hot and cold beverages on your seat. We suggest that the Halal status of the meals providied in the train be verified by the traveller. You can also opt to carry your own food if you do not wish to dine on the train. You can plan a holiday in St. Moritz or Davos and Zermatt and opt to travel on the Glacier Express between the two popular ski resorts. The main attraction of traveling on the train is the panorama windows through which you can see the pristine beauty of Switzerland. There are several other trains that run the same route but none allow you to enjoy the fabulous views as much as the Glacier Express offers....

  • World Best Trek: The Haute Route

    The Haute Route passing through 11 glaciers and 10 alpines crossing 2 countries France & Switzerland is for the true adventure lover Considered as one of the most immersed mountaineering route in the world, the Haute Route passes from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. The trail passes through different glaciers, meadows, rocky mountain passes and several beautiful views of nature. The trail crosses as many as 11 glaciers and 10 alpine passes. The trip ideally takes around 12 days.   Days 1 to 3 Start from Chamonix, France and cross over the Col de Balme to enter Switzerland. Hike through the pine forests to reach Col de la Forclaz where lodging is available. Next day cross the rient Glacier and the Fenetre d’Arpette to reach Champex where you can stay the night.   Days 4 & 5 Hike downhill to the village of Fionnay and follow a steep trail to reach the Cabane de Louvie to camp in the night. Next day start again on the trail that runs below the Rosablanche and stay in the night at Prafleuri Refuge. Days 6 & 7 Hike the Col des Roux and descend to the Lac des Dix. Hike along the lake before climbing the Col de Reidmatten from where get unmatched views of the stunning mountain-and-glacier vistas. Descend to stop at Arolla for the night. The next day can be reserved for scenic detours and hikes.   Days 8 & 9 Ascend the flower pastures at Col de Torrent and enjoy great views of the Dent Blanche. Stop at Grimentz and then the next day hike the Meidpass and then descend to the hamlet of Gruben.   Days 10 to 12 Climb the Augstbordpass and get views of the Mischabel Range between Saas Fee and Zermatt. Continue to Zermatt and on day 11 hike to the Hornli Hut, which is the starting point for climbing the Matterhorn. You can depart from Zermatt on day 12.   Accomodation Mosque (masjid) & Halal Food The hike is quite strenuous but worth it. Each day involves almost 6-8 hours of hiking. Decent accommodation facilities are available throughout the trip, but no Halal facilities are available. You can opt for vegetarian options and also carry some food of your own. There are no Mosque (masjid) available....

  • Great Train Journeys

    Leisure travel is something that everyone would like to experience. Trains have always been a mode of relaxed travelling and with some trains being decked up with luxuries and taking travellers along some of the most scenic rides, the journey becomes all the more enjoyable. Some of the best train journeys are listed here.  Credit - giphy.com   The Glacier Express:  Undoubtedly one of the most scenic trains in Switzerland, the Glacier Express traverses along some of the most scenic views of Europe. The train covers a distance of 180 miles in around eight hours moving from Zermatt to St Moritz.    Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Picture Credit : Belmond.com Connecting some of the best cities in Europe, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the most charming train journeys. The train runs for three days covering the most scenic views of France, Switzerland and Austria.    Rovos, Pride of Africa: Picture Credit - www.greatrail.com An awesome date with nature, the Pride of Africa explores the majesty and hidden treasures of the Continent. This luxurious train follows a long itinerary taking guests through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. This train has been rated among the most luxurious trains in the world.    Eastern & Oriental Express: Picture Credit - Belmond.com Linking Singapore and Bangkok, the breathtaking Eastern & Oriental Express travels over 1,200 miles taking you across lush countryside and paddy fields. The food on the train is delicious with international and eastern influences.    Palace on Wheels:    Picture Credits - tourism.rajasthan.gov.in Adorned with extravagances, the Palace on Wheels chugs through the princely state of Rajasthan. It crosses the Thar Desert and some of the best cities of Northern India. You can enjoy a royal welcome in Jaipur, a camel safari near Jaisalmer, lunch at the Lake Palace in Udaipur and afternoon at Taj Mahal.    The Bernina Express:  One of the best ways of crossing the Alps, the Bernina Express travels from northern to southern Europe. Running through Switzerland's Graubunden region, the train crosses some of the most breathtaking sceneries of Europe.   The Blue Train:  Picture Credit - www.luxurytrains.co.za Launched in 1998, the Blue Train offers a hotel like an experience on wheels. Every compartment boasts of individually controlled air-conditioning, television, telephone and en-suite bathrooms. Professionally trained butlers are at your served all around the clock. The train follows the traditional route from Pretoria to Cape Town.   Trans-Siberian Express:  Running from Moscow over the Urals across the outstanding Russian steppes and Lake Baikal to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Express claims to travel over one-third of the world and travels for eight days.    The Canadian:  Picture Credit - Railpictures.net Taking visitors through the awe-inspiring beauty of Canada, the Canadian travels over 2,749 miles between Toronto and Vancouver. During its course of the journey, the train travels along some of the most incredible landscapes of the country. For more travel inspiration and destinations to visit download the halal trip travel app. ...



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