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Photo Workshop: Switzerland

  • Trip Type: Photography
  • 7 Days | Round-trip Zürich
  • Group Size: Max 25

Expedition Details

 

Graced with sparkling lakes, rolling meadows, and the majestic Alps, Switzerland abounds with breathtaking photo ops. Set out from Zürich on daily field assignments to document the country’s rural landscapes and elegant alpine villages. Practice landscape photography amid the velvety-green hillsides of Appenzell, capture the medieval spirit of Bern as you wander its winding cobblestone lanes, and zoom in on covered bridges and candy-colored buildings in stunning Lucerne. From our hotel in Zürich’s old town, enjoy access to top sites—from leafy Lindenhof Park to the Fraumünster cathedral.

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.

The following is our planned itinerary; however, the schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.

Trip Highlights

  • Benefit from daily instruction and critiques of your photographs provided by a top National Geographic photographer.
  • Document the stunning landscapes and medieval cities of Switzerland—from our base in Zürich to Lake Lucerne, Bern’s historic arcade-lined old town, the hillside village of Appenzell, and more.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Zürich, Switzerland

Arrive in Zürich and settle into our hotel, located in the heart of the city’s charming historical center. Gather this evening for an orientation with your instructor and fellow photographers, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant serving up Swiss specialties.
Hotel Altstadt (D)

Day 2 — Zürich

Attend a morning presentation by your instructor, focused on tips to improve your photography. After lunch, set out on your first field assignment exploring the old town of Zürich, the Niederdorf. Zoom in on the medieval and Renaissance buildings that line its winding, cobbled lanes. Step inside the Grossmünster cathedral, and climb the southern tower for aerial shots of the city skyline. Cross the river to Fraumünster, home to a famous set of stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall, and capture the light streaming through these multi-colored stunners. Later, meet in the classroom for an edit-and-critique session.
Hotel Altstadt (B,L)

Day 3 — Lucerne

Journey by train to the lovely lakeside city of Lucerne, famous for its covered bridges and frescoed building facades. Weather permitting, capture mountain-framed shots of Kapellbrücke, Europe’s oldest wooden bridge, and zoom in on candy-colored buildings lining the waterfront promenade. Return to Zürich for an afternoon edit-and-critique session, and opt to set out on a sunset photo shoot.
Hotel Altstadt (B)

Day 4 — Bern

Meet in the classroom this morning to review yesterday's images in an edit-and-critique session. Later, board a train to the Swiss capital of Bern, and stroll the medieval arcades of its old town—a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander its narrow lanes and photograph charming clock towers, gurgling fountains adorned with folksy figurines, and other hidden surprises. Then pay a visit to the Swiss parliament. Our photo assignment this afternoon will emphasize capturing a sense of place and the city’s people. Return to Zürich by train late this evening.
Hotel Altstadt (B,L)

Day 5 — Appenzell

Travel to the quaint village of Appenzell aboard a private bus. During the ride, your instructor will share tips for landscape photography, lighting, and the use of tripods, as well as documenting the region’s storybook scenery. Take a cable-car ride up to the enchanting mountain area of Ebenalp (approximately 5,300 feet in elevation), where you can enjoy the opportunity to discuss and shoot landscape photography. Walk on a well-maintained hiking trail that passes through the Wildkirchli Caves to the hermitage and the chapel, and then continue to Berggasthaus Aescher, a famous and picturesque mountain inn and restaurant. After a traditional Swiss fondue lunch, capture the vibrancy of Appenzell’s colorful town center, framing enchanting chalets against velvety-green hillsides and making portraits of local cheese makers and artisans as they demonstrate their crafts. Following dinner on your own in the old town, photograph the surrounding alpine meadows and mountains at sunset before returning to Zürich late tonight.
Hotel Altstadt (B,L)

Day 6 — Zürich

Head out on a final field assignment in downtown Zürich, beginning at Lindenhof Park, overlooking the old town. Photograph locals at leisure in this leafy sanctuary, a popular spot for boule games and chess matches. Continue along the elegant promenade of Bahnofstrasse, browsing its upscale shops and capturing images of passing trams. Our photo shoot ends at trendy Im Viadukt, a collection of boutiques and galleries housed under the arches of an active railway viaduct. This afternoon we’ll gather in the classroom and prepare our final image presentation, to be shown during tonight’s farewell dinner.
Hotel Altstadt (B,D)

Day 7 — Zürich

Meet in the morning for a final question-and-answer session with our National Geographic photographer. The workshop concludes at noon.
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Activity Level

Light

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

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What To Expect

This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.