Things not to do in Switzerland...
Fear for your fitness levels. Although it can be tempting to tackle the Alps no sooner than you’ve touched down, taking it easy in Switzerland is also an achievable option. Medieval sightseeing in Fribourg or Murten, thermal spas in Yverdon-les-Bains or just hopping on the local yellow post bus rather than walking or cycling; Switzerland may well be famed for its snow capped peaks but no one says you have to be Ueli Steck to fully appreciate them.
Expect to speak English. Although you will find English spoken in many of Switzerland’s major cities and lakeside resorts, it’s certainly not the language of choice for the majority of Swiss. Brushing up on your French and German (depending on the region you’re visiting) is the perfect way to make a good impression, with an enthusiastic smile sure to open doors in remote rural villages and roadside restaurants.
Pick the flowers. The Swiss Alps feature Europe’s widest range of flowers, with edelweiss, primrose, cowslip, bell flowers and golden hawk’s beard all populating pastures above and below the snow line. Sticking to designated foot paths and not trampling over meadows like Julie Andrews will give these seasonal adornments every chance possible to flourish – at least until the scythes and munching cows have had their fill over the course of the summer.