places to visit in Switzerland

Places to visit in Switzerland

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 One of the best places in the world you can visit on your vacation in Switzerland. It is a beautiful mountainous Central European country which attracts tourists from all over the world. The country is home to numerous villages, lakes, and the sky-high peaks of the Alps. The cities of the country not only give you the best modern vibes but also the old town areas having medieval quarters, old churches, buildings, flower fields, etc which gives the old medieval era vibes. In terms of summer and winter sports,  the country has various options for hiking and skiing. The land of Switzerland is world-famous for chocolates and cheese production, so you won’t be falling short of delicacies on your trip to Switzerland.

Some of the best places to visit in Switzerland while on your trip here are:

Zurich

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

One of the most beautiful towns and a perfect place to visit in Switzerland is Zurich. The city is steeped with breathtaking beauties and magnificent Swiss meadows, mighty Alps, alpine forests, and pristine mountain lakes. River Zurich divides this city into the Old Town and New Town. In the old town area, you can see cobbled streets, centuries-old churches, and residences of the Renaissance era. As the city is in proximity to Germany, France, Italy, and Liechtenstein, an amalgamation of different cultures on the architecture can be seen here. There are hundreds of things you can do in this gorgeous town, you can go to view the world’s largest clock tower,  shopping at the famous shopping street, visit museums, theatres, art galleries, and a library. Do not forget to try the chocolate here, as Zurich is also known to be the chocolate capital of Switzerland.

Interlaken

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Another astonishing town in Switzerland is Interlaken. It is a quintessential place to visit in Switzerland that is located in the majestic Alps. This town is surrounded by mountains which call for lots of tourists. It is a perfect place for spending holidays due to its scenic beauty, rich culture, and quaint environment. You give treat your eyes by its azure lakes and snow-capped mountains. You won’t get bored in this small town as this town has a lot to offer. The old part of the town has centuries-old buildings, cafés, and hotels. The most interesting part is chocolate making workshops and Swiss cheese tasting. Along with these, you will have lots of options to try and enjoy. The best highlight of the town is its proximity to the culture.

Lucerne

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Sitting on the banks of the Reuss River, this beautiful place of Switzerland is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Lucerne is a 14th-century city with lots of picturesque views. The place is filled with green meadows, church spires, charming houses, and ancient towers. Lake Lucerne with snow-capped mountains in the background is another charm of the city. Not only this, the beauty of the city has been an inspiration to Mark Twain and Leo Tolstoy. The old town part of Lucerne has 17th-century medieval-era buildings, town square areas, the Lion Statue, red thatched-roof houses, twin towers of the Hofkirche, and 900-year-old St. Peter’s Church. Other places of attraction here include cares selling Swiss cheese and chocolates, Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Jesuit Church, Glacier Garden, the world’s steepest cogwheel train, Mount Titlis, and Mount Pilatus.

Geneva

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

One of the most popular places in Switzerland and the world in Geneva. The highlight of the city that is responsible for its astonishing beauty is Geneva Lake.  Geneva is a perfect place for all, from history and culture lovers to modern lifestyle enthusiasts. Some of the places of interest you can visit here include Maison Tavel, International Red Cross, Red Crescent Museum, Art and History Museum, Jardin Anglais, the Parc de La Grange, and other Botanical Gardens. Geneva is perfect to visit in the summer and spring. The winters are too cold in the city with limited options for fun. But whenever you visit Switzerland, make sure you add Geneva to your travel list.

Zermatt

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

One of the beautiful places that lie in the lands of Switzerland is Zermatt. It is a stunning alpine village which lies at the foot of The Matterhorn Mountain. The place gives its visitors one such relaxing and calm feeling. The horse-driven carriages, gondolas, and electric cars will provide you with all the leisure and will give you the best of time. The old village area provides views of ancient buildings, a Mountaineer’s cemetery, an ancient church, and a museum dedicated to mountaineering. Eat at cafés overlooking Matterhorn, visit Gornergrat with views of Monte Rosa and Gorner Glacier, ride in the glass cable car, visit the Kulmhotel Gornergrat, do skiing, engage in paragliding, are some of the activities and things you can down while you are visiting Zermatt.

Jungfraujoch

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

One of the most famous things to do in Switzerland is to hop on the train journey to Jungfraujoch, which is also known to be the “Top of Europe”. This stunning journey is a charm of Bernese Oberland that comes with a scientific observatory and observation terrace perched at 3,454m. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Great Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe begins from here. At Jungfraujoch, you can go for other serene views like Panorama Way; the Gletscherschlucht; and Öpfelchüechliwäg, fields of flowers, pastures, alpines, and woodlands; Lauterbrunnen Valley; Grindelwald; Wetterhorn; Eiger; and Faulhorn.

St. Moritz

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

One of the best places to visit in Switzerland is St. Moritz. It can be the best mountain destinations you can visit. The glaciers, lakes, Alpine forests, jagged peaks, and oodles of sunshine together make St. Moritz a beautiful place to visit. This town is divided into two areas: St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. These two areas together provide its customers with expensive and more affordable lodging. You will get to see the best of views from both parts of the town. If you are in winter you will get to enjoy many winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, skating, and tobogganing. During summer, biking, hiking, water sports, Glacier skiing. St. Moritz will be a perfect place for adventure.

Bern

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

The capital city of the country Switzerland is one of the prime attractions of the country. The city sits on the peninsula of the Aare River. The city not only is rich in culture but the city’s medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobbled street of the city is an excellent classic thing in the country. You can see the tallest cathedral in Switzerland, the Zytglogge clock tower, 16th-century fountains, “Lauben” (shopping street), Rose Garden, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern Museum of Art, Bundesplatz, Bundeshaus, and Bear Park. You won’t fall short of places to visit in the city of Bern.

The Rhine Falls

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Waterfalls are always beautiful, the water falling from a cliff provides a stunning environment to every tourist on its trip. Rhine Falls is an amazing beauty of Switzerland. Falling from a height of 150 meters, the Rhine Falls is located at Schaffhausen. It is also considered as the largest falls in Central Europe. Rhinefall can be best visited during the months of June and July. During these months the snow melts and the volume of the falls swells. Another activity you can enjoy is the boat trips to the falls.

Swiss National Park

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Swiss National Park was founded in the year 1914. It is located in the Engadine Valley and also known to be the oldest reserve in the Alps. It also lies in close proximity to Italy. The park spans over the area of about 170 square km covering fast-flowing rivers, flower-dotted hollows, and limestone crags. The best time to visit this park is during winter when the mountains are covered in snow. Swiss National Park is best for those you love nature. You can explore the park on the large network of trails. It is a safe home of about 5,000 species of wildlife which includes ibex, marmot, fox, red deer, chamois, and many more. More than 100 species of birds also live here.

Château de Chillon

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

It is said that no trip to Switzerland is complete without visiting Château de Chillon. This medieval castle is situated near the famous town of Montreux in Lake Geneva. The origins of this castle can be traced back to the 10th century. Earlier, it was used as a strategic water fort and later became the summer home of Counts of Savoy. This historic place is one of the most visited places in the country and sees lots of tourists. Take the boat ride from Montreux to the castle for an amazing experience of views. While in the castle you can view the castle’s 3 great halls and the impressive weapons room.

Lugano

This southern city of Lugano also has wonders. It is one of the beautiful places in the country Switzerland. The city has its charm Lake Lugano. Also known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland” the city is a perfect blend of Swiss and Italian cultures. You will be getting both Italian and Swiss wonders in one place. With the Mediterranean breezes, you will have innumerable options to see and explore. The highlight of the city is Swissminiatur, it is miniature Switzerland which is also a great kid-friendly place. Also, don’t forget to have Lugano’s unique local delicacies.

Basel

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Another perfect place for you to visit in Switzerland in Basel. The city shares its borders with France and Germany. Lying on the banks of the Rhine River, it is considered one of the most stunning cities in Switzerland. It is most commonly known for its flora and fauna. Lilac flowers along the edge of the Rhine River make the view of the city absolutely gorgeous. Basel also has the Old Town area which has stone houses, well-kept boutiques, beautiful cafes, and vantage points. You can also involve yourself in the cruises that give the views of the river. Some of the attractions of this place include Basel Minster, Jewish synagogue, Basel Zoo, and many more. Don’t forget to visit the museums here as the city has about 40 museums and also known as the “City of Museums”, some of the museums are Antiques Museum, Basel Toy World Museum, and Basel Museum of Ancient Art.

St. Gallen

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Another charming city that adds up to the beauty of Switzerland is St. Gallen. The city sits between hills and meadows, with the Lake.  This place is absolutely perfect for those who want to lose themselves in nature. The city has a lot to offer to its tourists, food, architecture, and heritage. The highlight of the city is its fashion industry. Also lies in the city are Textile Museum, UNESCO World Heritage library at the St. Gallen Abbey Convent, Schutzengarten Brewery, Red Square, Wildpark Peter, and Paul. The city contributes a large in the fashion industry and has the oldest brewery. You can take a tour of the Schutzengarten Brewery and taste the award-winning beer.

Schaffhausen

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Schaffhausen is a place to visit in Switzerland and is located near the German Border. The city came into existence because of the Rhine Falls. Earlier, it was the place where the earliest shippers and inhabitants, worked and settled down. Schaffhausen has a lot of picturesque views to offers, the waterfalls, views of the Alps, flowering trails, and lush meadows. The city has natural beauty and reminds of the old era as the old town of the area has banned cars. The merchant houses and granaries date back to Baroque times. In the city, you will have many options to explore like Cafés, Chocolatiers, Cheese shops, Dressmakers, and perfumeries. The Munot Bell of the 15th-century Munot fortress is one of the highlights of the town. Ringing the bell is a tradition that is followed since ancient times signaling the closing of gates. Some of the places you can visit include the beaches on River Rhine. The weather here in summer is pretty nice while the winters are chilling.

Mount Rigi

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

In the list of mountain destinations, Mount Rigi is one of the popular tourist destinations in Switzerland. The mountain stands at the height of 1,798m and provides a stunning view of thirteen lakes from the top. You can reach the mountain from Vitznau. Not only you will get beautiful views but you will get to have many sports activities like sledding, skiing, snowboarding, Winter and summer hiking, Cross country skiing, Mineral baths and Spa, and Bicycle tours.

Mt. Pilatus

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

In your travel bucket list, you can add Mt. Pilatus. It is one of the picturesque Switzerland Mountains that is situated in the Lucerne. Standing at the height of 2,100 meters, you will get to have the viewing platform from where you can get the views of Lake Lucerne and view of the Alps. If you love food you will also have the options of many restaurants where you can munch on local delicacies while taking the views of meadows. Some of the activities you can indulge yourself here are: ride of the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, scenic boat rides, aerial views of 73 Alpine Peaks, and Skyglide Paragliding.

Harder Kulm

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Harder Kulm is one of the beauties of Switzerland. It sits at a height of 1322 m above sea level. Located near Interlaken, the mountain destination is surrounded by Monch and Jungfrau. You can also take the exquisite views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Apart from that at the top of Harder Klum, there is a restaurant, Harder Kulm Panorama Restaurant which resembles a royal castle. If you are an adventure seeker this is a nice place for you to visit in Switzerland. You can reach Harder Klum from Harder Railway Valley Station and then taking a short ride of the funicular. Skydiving, Paragliding, Hang gliding, Snowboarding, and Kayaking are some of the fun activities you can do here.

Eiger

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

From Interlaken take a train to Kleine Scheidegg and then board the cogwheel train to your way to Eigergletscher. Eiger is one of the beautiful destinations of the country Switzerland. It sits at an altitude of 3,967 m. It is a popular skiing and hiking destination. It is popular among hikers for its thrilling and fearful hiking trail. This popular tourist destination does not only provides the best scenic views but also has lots of activities for its visitors. Some of the fun activities you can indulge yourself in here are First Cliff Walk, Snow hiking, Eiger Trail, Glacier canyon, and Bachalpsee.

Pennine Alps

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Nature is something that gives you inner peace. Switzerland is gifted with lots of natural beauties. Pennine Alps of Switzerland is one of the mountain ranges that is situated on the Swiss Italian border. The Alps have  Mont Blanc group on one side and Great St. Bernard Pass on the other side. Walliser Alpen is the name of the Swiss portion of the peak. The peak region is famous for mountain climbing. Also from the highest point, you will get serene views of the Rhone valley. Some of the activities you can indulge yourself here are Mountain Climbing, Ice climbing, Ski tour, and Snowboarding.

Thun

Switzerland cities are laced with utmost beauty, Thun is also one of the amazing towns of the country. It sits in the Bernese Oberland region. Lake Thun is one of the main reasons for its breathtaking beauty. As the city is not explored much you can witness the hidden beauties of the city. The city is known to have everything that completes a Swiss Vacation. The churches, medieval castles, cafés, old town area, charcuteries, snow-coated Bernese Alps, azure waters of Lake Thun are the beauties of Thun. The huge vantage point in the city gives the most beautiful views of majestic Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.  Wooden chalets, alpine meadows, Swiss bells, charming bridges, flower-laden cafes, festivals and concert places, churches, town square, Old Town area, Thun Castle, museums, flowering courtyards, Ferris wheel, Aare River, cruise, beer tours, oldest watchmakers’ shops are some of the places and activities you can do in Thun city.

Rhaetian Railway

If you want to take a one-day amazing trip then you can opt for Rhaetian Railway. In this journey, you will get to witness the Alpine landscapes of Switzerland. Rhaetian Railway is known to be a significant part of tourism in the country. The railway network connects  Switzerland and Italy and provides a memorable experience of zipping through the mountains of Switzerland. The route of the railway is also a UNESCO site. The route will take you on the ride of traditional villages, bridges, tunnels, and viaducts, and mountain passes.

Ruinaulta

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Ruinaulta is also known as the Swiss Grand Canyon and Rhine Gorge. It is one of the top places to visit in the country Switzerland. The ravine is located between Reichenau and Ilanz. If you are an adventure junkie you can definitely add this place to your bucket list. The best thing to do here is mountain biking and river rafting. The Alpine landscapes and hiking trails are the best highlights of the place. You can also spend some calm time at  Rhine Gorge Viewpoint. This viewpoint gives the best views of the alps. Also, present here are the other viewing platforms such as Zault, Islabord, and Alix.

Lauterbrunnen

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

This picture-perfect place is the iconic place to visit in the lands of Switzerland. The valley is steeped into the beauty of lofty cliffs and thundering waterfalls. You will be amazed at the beauty of Lauterbrunnen that lies in the Swiss Alps. It is heaven for those who love nature. Apart from the exquisite views, the place provides a sense of rejuvenation. Here you can also have cross-country skiing and hiking trails. The availability of winter sports is something that makes the winter fun here. Add the amazing offerings of the place in your itinerary for a memorable experience. The 72 magnificent waterfalls make the views jaw-dropping.

Gruyeres

Located in the Fribourg, Gruyeres is one of the most amazing places in Switzerland. This 800-year-old medieval town of Gruyeres is a must-visit place in the country. The place is definitely going to make your Switzerland trip amazing. Gruyeres can be called as literal heaven for lovers of chocolate and cheese. The town of Gruyeres is best popular for having world-famous cheese and chocolate factories. These factories provide you with a tour where you can watch the process of the product made. Not only this, you will get to have an unlimited tasting of a great variety of chocolates and cheese. Apart from the chocolate and cheese factories, the town provides you with innumerable options to gaze at. The architectural masterpieces, HR Giger Museum, Gruyeres Castle, and Tibet Museum are some of the places of the town.

Stanserhorn

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

This place offers a remarkable view of Alpine pastures and a good place to visit in Switzerland. Stanserhorn is amongst one of the most popular mountains in Switzerland, located at a height of 1,850 meters above sea level. Placed in Central Switzerland, tourists can drown themselves in the views of lakes, spectacular mountains, and picture-perfect villages in every direction. There are several picnic spots and restaurants on the mountain peak in Stanserhorn to relish the cheese and local wine. Stansehorn could be the best place for the following activities including Paragliding and Parasailing, Cabrio Cable car, visit Nidwalden Museums, Aletsch Glacier, and Chaplin’s World.

Swiss Alps

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

This beautiful Alps, lying east to Lake Geneva and forms Europe’s one of the most beautiful places, Switzerland’s alpine regions, exhibits classic Swiss beauty with its gleaming lakes, green valleys, and exalted peaks. It is also known for one of the most brilliant ski spots in the world, the Swiss Alps is a shelter to some of the most liked and frequently visited ski resorts. Switzerland’s alpine heart has an assembling of excellent trails that propelling hikers from all over the world for a budget-friendly hiking experience. The signposted trekking trails here allow visitors and adventure lovers to explore the Alps hub safely without any chance of getting lost in the mountains. Swiss Alps is home to a plethora of picturesque little villages including Grindelwald, it’s a place where travelers can beautifully connect with nature and get a glance into the Alpine lifestyle. Moreover, one can also taste melted cheese fondue, which is an age-old authentic delicacy of the Alps, it forms the staple diet of the farmers living here. The best time to visit this beautiful scenery is April, June, and September, October.

Mount Titlis

This beautiful mountain range is present at the height of 3,030 meters above sea level, Mt. Titlis is undoubtedly the highest mountain in Switzerland. Mt Title is renowned amongst the tourists for experiencing the winters throughout the year. It’s an ideal all-weather destination with beautiful panoramic views of Switzerland and its nearby villages. This mesmerizing snow paradise is located near the famous town of Engelberg. One can enjoy the jaw-dropping views from the top of Titlis while taking a short walk at the Titlis Cliff Walk, it is Europe’s highest elevation Suspension Bridge. There one can enjoy a plethora of activities including, The Ice Flyer Chairlift, Titlis Cliff Walk, Walking inside the Glacier Cave, hiking the Trails, Ziplining, Snowboarding and Skiing, Engelberg Abbey and, Truebsee Lake.

Gornergrat

Places to visit in Switzerland
Places to visit in Switzerland

Located at an elevation of 3,089m, Gornergrat is one of the perfect places to visit in Switzerland. If you are in the country do not miss visiting Gorergrat. The astounding views panoramic views of Monte Rosa massif and Matterhorn from the top of Gornergrat is something you will be remembered for life. The platform provided to view the surroundings is open throughout the year. You can also go to restaurants and cafés that are located nearby. Gornergrat is famous for having Gornergrat Bahn which is the world’s first fully electrified cog railway. The railway was an eco-friendly railway comprised of regenerative brakes. Some of the fun activities you can enjoy here are Summit ski and Snowboarding, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Riffelsee, and a visit to Matterhorn Museum.

Schilthorn

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Making a remarkable place in the list of places to visit in Switzerland is Schilthorn. It is also one of the mountain destinations of the country. This popular tourist destination offers a 360-degree gorgeous panoramic view of the magnificent Swiss Skyline. The views are so breathtaking that it should be on your bucket list. It sits at a height of 2,970 meters. The Schilthorn is encircled by other mountains like Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in different directions. You can also take a quick walk on the Big Thrill Walk or have a quaint wali to the town of Murren which is located nearby. Few activities you can indulge yourself in are: Blumental Panorama trail, visit Bond World Museum: Piz Gloria, Airtime Paragliding, Skydiving, and a visit to Trummelbach falls.

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