14 Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

14 Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Category : Europe , Switzerland

If you think Switzerland is all about watches, holey cheese, and financial bankers, maybe it’s time you actually went there for a visit. If you’re questioning why you should, let’s just answer one or two of those doubts which are crossing your mind.

No, Switzerland isn’t just about snowboarding or skiing down alpine slopes. Yes, they do manufacture some of the best chocolate in the world. Which in itself, is quite probably reason enough to get on a plane and go there without too much in-depth contemplation. Is there anywhere to visit other than chocolate factories or anything else to do other than going on the piste? Yes, there is.

Just check out these fourteen amazing places to visit in Switzerland and it won’t be long before you’re purchasing your flight ticket.

14. Ponte Dei Salti Bridge, Valle Verzasca

Is there anything exciting about a medieval bridge constructed over four hundred years ago? Only if it’s the Ponte Dei Salti Bridge in Valle Verzasca, Switzerland. Salti literally translated to English means jump. It’s now starting to sound quite interesting, isn’t it?

Along with the fantastic rock formation of the Valle Verzasca, the unusual shape of the double arches makes it a great photography subject, but what puts it firmly on this list is the fact you can leap off the bridge into the crystal waters below. It’s just a ten metre drop, no bungee rope provided, so its a real adrenaline trip.

When to go: If you’re planning on jumping off the bridge then go when the water’s had a chance to warm up. Late spring through to summer is the best time, but be prepared for some crowds when the weather’s good. It’s a popular place to visit.

Pro Tip: If you don’t like heights, you might want to think twice about jumping in. It’s a long drop.

Location on map: Ponte Dei Salti Bridge, Valle Verzasca, Switzerland

Panoramic view of Ponte dei Salti bridge

13. Gruyères Castle, Gruyères

If you’ve ever fancied strutting your stuff across the ramparts of a medieval castle pretending you’re a knight in shining armour or a damsel in distress, you really need to visit Gruyères Castle, in Gruyères, Switzerland. This almost eight hundred year-old structure might look as if its dropped straight out of a fairy tale, but its historic past is enough to make your blood curdle.

As you explore the castle’s interior, you’ll be completely grossed out by the mummified hand exhibit. Yes, it’s a real one, but nobody has any idea who it belonged too or where the rest of the body is. Ponder on that while you wander onto the battlements to take in the stunning mountain views and if you get a whiff of cheese, you won’t be imagining it. Gruyères is also famous for producing some very tasty versions of it.

When to go: If you like your castles with a dusting of snow then go in the winter, but wrap up warm. Best time to visit is spring and summer when the temperature’s had a chance to rise above freezing and the mountain flowers are in bloom. Weekends can be over crowded so, if you can, visit Gruyères Castle during the week.

Pro Tip: When you’re in Gruyères, don’t miss popping into the HR Giger museum which is dedicated to the artist who created the alien in the film Alien. His macabre art will make any sci-fi fan’s heart sing as will the surreal interior of the Giger Bar next door if you pop in for a quick drink.

Location on Map: Gruyères Castle, Gruyères, Switzerland

Drone View of the Gruyeres Castle, Switzerland

12. Oeschinen Lake, Kandersteg

If you’re going to tell someone to take a hike, then tell them to take it around Oeschinen Lake in Switzerland. There’s no place more beautiful or with purer air for a walk or for taking a picnic than by the pine-forested shores of this enormous stretch of water.

Sound too sedate for you? It won’t be. Apart from being a major area for cross country skiing when snow lays on the ground, this alpine location is 1500 metres plus above sea level. Take the dizzy ride up on the cable car then ride back down on the toboggan run for the longest, most hair-raising slide of your life.

When to go: If you want to participate in winter sports then don’t go in the spring or summer. In winter the lake freezes over and you can skate, walk across it or go ice fishing for your dinner. The warmer months are better for hiking.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to hike up or around Oeschinen Lake, make sure you’re wearing the correct footwear. You’ll need it. There are small mountain huts higher up the trails where you can rest or shelter from bad weather if need be.

Location on Map: Oeschinen Lake, Switzerland

Oeschinen Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site

11. Jet d’Eau, Geneva

We all know someone who is good at spouting off, but even the best will have trouble competing with the Jet d’Eau fountain spout in the Swiss city of Geneva. This mega water-jet blasts into the air for a staggering one hundred and forty metres. That’s the equivalent height of thirty two double decker buses stacked one on top of the other. It’s certainly not your average shower flow either as it uses around five hundred litres of water every second to be able to reach that amazing height.

When to go: The Jet d’Eau spouts all year round but is twice as spectacular when its illuminated so take an evening stroll around the harbour for the full effect.

Pro Tip: Geneva is not renowned to be the most economic city to visit. If you’re on a budget and want to see the Jet d’Eau from a boat, check out the Lake Geneva water-buses, Mouettes Genevoises, which sail past it on their regular, low-priced, lake crossings.

Location on MapJet d’Eau, Geneva

Aerial view of Jet D'Eau in Geneva

10. Ruinaulta, Switzerland’s Grand Canyon

If you’ve ever wanted to replicate the pioneers of old and go panning for gold, you’d probably be thinking you’d need to fly to the States to do it. Well, wrong. You can also do it in the richest country in the world, Switzerland and you get to keep your findings too.

The Ruinaulta, Rhine Gorge or Switzerland’s Grand Canyon, whichever name you prefer to call it by, has the sort of rugged landscape which will really appeal to your explorer’s nature. Trek through the gorge, go white water rafting on the raging flow of the Rhine river or pan for those golden nuggets in the shallows by the shore. Whatever you do while you’re there, you’ll feel like a real adventurer.

When to go: Unless you like your scenery covered with a blanket of white and don’t mind sub-zero temperatures, visit Ruinaulta from April through to September.

Pro Tip: If you’re really not in rafting or trekking, there’s a train which runs through the gorge.

Location on Map: Ruinaulta, Switzerland’s Grand Canyon

Drone view to Ruinaulta or Rhine Gorge, Grand Canyon of Switzerland

9. Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen

Is one waterfall better or more impressive than another? It is when it’s the Staubbach Falls in the alpine village of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. Why? It’s the most talked about, most photographed and has the largest cascade of all the seventy-two waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

If you want to get up close and feel the spray of this famous waterfall on your face, all you have to do is make the, not too challenging, hike up to the Staubbach Falls Gallery. Though take some earplugs with you as the rush of water is pretty deafening.

When to go: Go when the sun is shining. The touch of winter often turns the Staubbach Falls into one, gigantic hanging icicle.

Pro Tip: Lauterbrunnen has become quite a renowned spot for those who like to participate in the sport of base jumping. If flying through the air is of more interest to you than watching falling water, you need to know, you leap from the cliffs completely at your own risk.

Location on Map: Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Staubbach waterfall, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

8. Old Town Bern, Bern

Have you ever wanted to time travel rather than take a normal holiday? If you have, you really should put Old Town Bern on your list of places to visit in Switzerland. You won’t need a time machine to go either. This medieval nucleus nestles at the heart of Switzerland’s capital city, Bern. Almost cut-off from reality by the winding oxbow of the Aare river, it’s just not caught up with modernity and is perfect for experiencing first hand just what life might have been like in the twelfth century.

When to go: For a fun and unusual visit to Old Town Bern go when it’s carnival time. The dates vary every year, but plan for around the end of February or the beginning of March to catch the major parades. Yes, people really do dress as bears and go roaming the streets mingling with the other carnival revellers. Or, if you’re a jazz fan, then you just have to go between March and May. Old Town Bern will hit just the right note for you during its two month long jazz festival.

Pro Tip: If binging on history is your thing, check out Old Town Bern’s Museum Night. Also in March, usually on a Friday, just one single entrance ticket will you get you admission to up to forty different museums.

Drone view of the Bern old town

7. Lake Brienz

If you’ve ever wanted to have a crack at yodelling, Lake Brienz in Switzerland could be the ideal place to give it a try. The pristine blue of the alpine lake is surrounded by the perfect backdrop of mountain peaks to attempt to reverberate your voice off. If yodelling is not your thing, take a boat ride across the glassy waters or hike the hill and get close up to Giessbach Falls. The landscapes here are so stunning that even if you’re not an artist, you may still be inspired to paint them.

When to go: As cold as it might be, and think glacial, winter is a great time to visit Lake Brienz. It’s a lively hub of winter sport activities ranging from kayaking to snowboarding, ice skating and skiing. You can also go night sledding and follow that with a traditional and very warming cheese fondue. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Pro Tip: Lake Brienz might not be a summer sun destination, but you’ll still need to take some sunscreen with you to prevent snow burn. Make sure you pack the right clothing too.

Location on Map: Lake Brienz, Switzerland

Aerial view of Iseltwald on Lake Brienz

Drone view of Iseltwald on Lake Brienz

6. Harder Kulm

You’re going to need a serious head for heights if you’ve added the Harder Kulm to your list of places to visit in Switzerland. No beating about the bush, if you don’t have one, you might want to scroll on to place number five on the list, because just reading about this place will make you dizzy.

If you’re brave enough, take the cable car up for over a kilometre then step out onto the footbridge to look up to the famous Eiger, which overshadows all the other peaks, then down onto the lakes of Brienz and Thun far below. The altitude will leave you completely mind-boggled.

When to go: The footbridge and restaurant at the top are only open from April through to October as is the cable car. Late May through to early September is better when the days are clearer and you get the full impact of the incredible view without cloud coverage.

Pro Tip: The higher you go  the colder it gets. Take a jacket with you even in summer, you’ll be pleased you did.

Location on Map: Harder Kulm, Switzerland

Viewpoint at Harder Kulm in Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

5. Château de Chillon, Montreux

If you’re thinking, oh no, not another medieval Swiss castle, well you’d basically be right. But the Château de Chillon, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, has a lot more to offer than dungeons and historical exhibitions. It has wine. Very good quality wine, which shines a different light on things, doesn’t it?

Apart from the amazing exhibitions in the Château de Chillon, which include graffitti by none other than the 19th century poet, Lord Byron, the chateau has its own vineyard and after a tour round the medieval artefacts, you’ll get to indulge in a glass or two of the delicious Clos de Chillon which they produce.

When to go: The Château de Chillon closes its doors early during the winter months, so if you want a leisurely visit go from April through to September when it’s open until 7pm.

Location on MapChâteau de Chillon, Montreux, Switzerland

Classic view of Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland

4. Mount Pilatus

All folklore, myths and legends originate somewhere and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland is well known for inspiring more than a few. So if you like tall stories as well as stunning scenery, this is a place you’ll just have to visit. Reputed to have once been inhabited by dragons, though none have been spotted recently, it does have the world’s steepest cog railway which you can ride on to get to the top. The seriously steep angle of ascent is scarier than many roller-coaster rides so be prepared.

When to go: Go between April and October. As soon as snow starts to fall then the mountain shuts down for safety reasons.

Pro Tip: There are several hikes of varying difficulty around Mount Pilatus, but make sure you go with a professional guide if you’re considering doing the trickier ones.

Location on MapMount Pilatus, Switzerland

Mount Pilatus Switzerland

3. The Rhine Falls

Seen one waterfall seen them all? Not true. If you’re in Switzerland, you really should take in the magnitude of the Rhine Falls, one of the not-to-be-missed waterfalls in Europe. The best way to do it? On a boat ride which gets up close to the tumultuous waters that cascade over the rocks of this one-hundred and fifty metre wide wonder of nature.

There’s more than just a major flow of water at the Rhine Falls too. The falls are overlooked by the enormous castle Schloss Laufen which you need to cross an arched viaduct to reach, but what will really grab your attention is the fantastic activity centre, the Rhine Falls Adventure Park. Yes, you really can zip-line for half a kilometre, on the Panorama Express, to see the falls from a completely unique angle. It’s wild.

When to go: You can view the falls all year round and twenty four hours, there’s really only one day when you really should be there. Go on the 31st of July when the Rhine Falls Firework Display lights the night sky above the falls. It’s truly amazing.

Location on Map: Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Rhine falls the largest plain waterfall in Europe

2. The Matterhorn

There are many famous mountains and then there are mountains which are iconic. The Matterhorn in Switzerland is one of the latter. In truth it’s not just a mountain, but more of a monument to the people who have died trying to climb it. The Matterhorn stands at a colossal four and a half thousand metres plus high from its base to the summit of its four-faced pointed peak. While you might not be contemplating climbing the Matterhorn, scale some heights by taking a ride in Europe’s highest cable car to view all thirty-eight alpine mountains and get a closer look at what makes the Matterhorn so memorable.

When to go: As famous as it is, the Matterhorn is just a rather large lump of rock, so why not combine going to see it with a great skiing trip? There’s enough snow even in summer!

Pro Tip: If you can’t go up it, you can go round it. Plan on taking at least two weeks holiday to do it as trekking round the base of the Matterhorn takes around ten days.

Location on Map: The Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn Peak and Zermatt Valley

Matterhorn Peak and Zermatt Valley

1. Landwasser Viaduct Bridge

Some man-made structures defy definition and the Landwasser Viaduct bridge in Switzerland is one of those. Its monumental arches, all six of them, which curve sixty-five metres high above the Landwasser river, are even more amazing when you consider they were built almost two hundred years ago. They really are an incomparable feat of engineering and architecture which needs to be seen to be appreciated. Ride over them on the Glacier Express by jumping on at Chur Station, in the direction of St Moritz. See if you’re brave enough to look down before disembarking in Filisur.

When to go: Mist can obscure the Landwasser Viaduct from view when the weather is cold and although it looks great with a coating of snow, it’s much better to visit in the summer.

Pro Tip: If you prefer to look up to this incredible bridge or want to take a photograph of the Glacier Express going over it, there’s a view point at ground level which is reachable from a car park nearby. There’s also a trail you can hike along from Filisur Station, but only do it if the weather is decent.

Landwasser Viaduct bridge in Winter

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10 Most Beautiful Castles in Switzerland

Category : Europe , Switzerland

Switzerland’s long history of armed neutrality has produced some of the best-preserved castles in Central Europe. From elegant palaces to sturdy strongholds, Swiss castles are among the most visited tourist attractions in Switzerland. Whether your travels in this landlocked nation take you to lakeshore cities or to quaint villages high in the Alps, you’ll find a picturesque castle nearby waiting to be explored. Most were constructed during the Middle Ages, offering you a rare glimpse back into times long past. These castles in Switzerland are sure to capture your imagination and make your visit to the neutral nation a memorable experience.

10. Spiez Castle

Spiez Castle

 

One of the oldest castles in Switzerland, Castle Spiez was built in 933 when much of the western area of modern-day Switzerland was ruled by Italy. Construction on the original keep continued for the next six centuries, offering you a unique opportunity to view a variety of architectural styles. The ancient Castle Church, for example, exemplifies the Early Romanesque style. The court rooms were built in the height of the Renaissance Era. The southern addition was finished in 18th century in the elaborate Baroque style.

9. Castello di Montebello

Castello di Montebello

 

Perched atop the hills of Bellinzona in the Swiss canton of Ticino, Montebello Castle is one of three fortresses that once protected the ancient city. The castle was built in the 14th century, expanded in the 15th century and renovated to its current state in the early 1900s. The castle is now home to the Civic Museum, which includes archaeological artifacts from prehistoric burial sites in the region. Well-maintained walkways on the castle’s battlements let you enjoy panoramic vistas of the city.

8. Vufflens Castle

Vufflens Castle

 

The pride of its namesake village, the Vufflens-le-Château is a 15th-century castle best known for its towering central tower. It’s considered one of the best examples of the Vaud fortresses built in the Late Middle Ages. Although the brick structure with its mammoth square towers is privately owned and not open visitors, you’re free to take in its splendor from the surrounding countryside. Located a short distance from the northern shore of Lake Geneva, a stroll through the nearby vineyards offers picturesque views of the castle.

7. Rapperswil Castle

Rapperswil Castle

 

Surrounded on three sides by Lake Zurich, the old town of Rapperswil and its 13th-century castle once played a vital role in controlling the passage of ships on the water. Over time, the triangular-shaped keep fell into disrepair and in 1870, it was leased by a Polish emigrant named Count Wladyslaw Broel-Plater. The count restored the castle and opened it as the Polish National Museum. Touring the museum offers you a rare glimpse of interiors from state rooms to dungeons, all restored to their original medieval glory.

6. Castelgrande

Castelgrande

 

The oldest of the trio of castles that climb the hills of the city of Bellinzona, Castelgrande was built on a site that was first fortified in the 4th century. Easily identified by its striking white and black towers, the newly restored medieval castle stands on a flat-topped hill near the town center. In addition to a flight of steps, a recently installed elevator makes it incredibly easy to access and explore the castle. Open all year, Castelgrande Castle also features two restaurants and a courtyard that’s perfect for warm-weather picnics.

5. Tourbillon Castle

Tourbillon Castle

 

Sprawled out along the crest of a rocky peak overlooking the city of Sion, the ruins of Tourbillon Castle date back to the 13th century. Built during a time when the Roman Catholic Church held sway in the southern region, Tourbillon Castle served as the residence for the Bishop of Sion. Although the castle was laid to ruin by a fire in 1788, a 15th century chapel ornamented with frescoes survived the blaze. The climb up to Tourbillon Castle is steep, but the stunning views offered from the battlements make the trek well worth the effort.

4. Aigle Castle

Aigle Castle

 

Located in the vineyards near the southeast shore of Lake Geneva, Aigle Castle was built by the Knights of Aigle at the end of the 12th century. Fortifications like a curtain wall and central keep were added in the 13th century. In the 1970s, the municipality of Aigle renovated the castle and opened it to the public as the Vine and Wine Museum. Visiting the museum offers you the opportunity to view original artwork painted in the 16th and 17th centuries.

3. Oberhofen Castle

Oberhofen Castle

 

Jutting out over the waters of Lake Thun in the Swiss canton of Bern, Oberhofen Castle has a fairytale charm that’s hard to resist. Construction on this turreted palace began in the 1200s and continued for centuries, resulting in an appealing assortment of architectural styles. The castle’s carefully restored rooms and gardens now serve as a living museum for visitors to enjoy. Standout features include a Turkish smoking parlor and a 13th-century chapel adorned with Romanesque frescoes.

2. Tarasp Castle

Tarasp Castle

 

Perched on a hill overlooking a small hamlet of the same name, the castle of Tarasp is located in eastern Switzerland between the borders of Austria and Italy. Parts of the structure date back to the 11th century when the region was under Austrian rule. Today, the citadel is privately owned, but you can still view many of the beautifully restored rooms, including the castle chapel, through scheduled tours. The castle grounds offer sweeping views of the pristine lakes and Alpine mountains of the Lower Engadine region.

1. Chateau de Chillon

#1 of Castles In Switzerland

 

The most visited historic building in Switzerland, the Château de Chillon is situated on a rocky offshore island in Lake Geneva. From the 12th to the 16th century, the Counts of Savoy controlled traffic on the lake from the aquatic stronghold. With its soaring outer walls and multiple towers, Chillon conjures up images of storybook castles. For much of its existence, however, the fortress also served as a state prison. You’ll want to set aside several hours to explore the courtyards, great halls and bedrooms that make the Château de Chillon the most popular castle in Switzerland.


10 Top Tourist Attractions in Switzerland

Category : Europe , Switzerland

Known for its mountains, clocks, chocolate, cheese, and political neutrality, Switzerland’s picturesque alps are a storybook place to visit. The country has some unique features to it, like the fact that it has three national languages. Depending on the region of Switzerland, tourists will find French, Italian, and German being spoken. Though there is no Swiss language, a dialect of German, called Swiss German, is often spoken by those near the German border. Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland for tourists planning a Swiss trip.

10. Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

 

Mount Pilatus in the Lake Lucerne region is full of legends. The name of the mountain comes from a rumor that the famous biblical Roman governor Pontius Pilate may have been buried there. Medieval Europeans believed that the mountain formed as a dragon rock falling from the sky. The 2,100 meter (7000 foot) peak offers views of the Swiss and French Alps, as well as Lake Lucerne below. The winter boasts a high-altitude Christmas market, and the summer offers hiking opportunities galore. This region can be reached with the steepest railway in the world, boasting grades over 48%.

9. Jet d’Eau

Jet d'Eau

 

This giant water fountain is one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks. Shooting 140 meters (460 feet) into the air, the Jet d’Eau sits where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone river, and is so large that it can be seen from miles away. At any one time, 7 tons of water is in the air, much of which sprays spectators on the pier beneath. Two or three times a year it is illuminated pink, blue or another color to mark a humanitarian occasion. The local swimming area, known as the Bains de Paquis, is one of the best areas to view the fountain.

8. Grindelwald

Grindelwald

 

The mountain town of Grindelwald is the largest ski resort town in the Jungfrau region. This lovely alpine town is both a summer and winter activity region. Tourists who visit in the summer can enjoy spectacular hiking trails and some of Europe’s most loved rock climbing locations. Winter tourists can ski or even try the local toboggan run. A number of locally accessible mountain peaks and passes makes this a beautiful choice for photographers and nature lovers alike. Festival lovers will love the ice sculptures at the world snow festival.

7. Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

 

Rhine falls, near Schaffausen, is Europe’s largest waterfall. This amazing sight can be reached via a boat tour, which will also show visitors to Switzerland the lovely basin, riverside castles, and spectacular boulder perched in the middle of the river at the top of the falls. There are viewing platforms that reach out over the falls and allow guests to feel like they’re hovering directly above. A children’s playground, historical museum region and adventure trail make the visitor’s center a wonderful way to cap off the trip.

6. Zytglogge

Zytglogge

 

The clock tower gate in Bern is the oldest city gate in town, and is a great historical site. The gate was built in the 1100s, and the clock that graces the tower is one of the most spectacular and oldest clocks that can be visited anywhere in the world. Built in 1530, this clock was the city’s master clock for centuries. The Baroque style with gold accents is a beautiful picture for both amateur and professional photographers. The tower boasts an astronomical clock, figurines, hour chimes, and two tower clocks that are all driven by a single central mechanism. This is one of the items that has secured Switzerland as one of the premiere clockmaking regions in the world.

5. Bernina Express

Bernina Express

 

The Bernina Express is a brightly colored scarlet train that crosses the Alps beginning in the town of Chur and ends in Tirano, just across the border in northern Italy. Arguable the most scenic Swiss train ride, the route takes about 4hours, and goes over 196 bridges and through 55 tunnels. Views of glaciers and mountain peaks and towns, bridges spanning across 60 meter (200 foot) drops and many more breathtaking sights are speeding by outside of the train, while porters bring snacks and drinks directly to your seat. This is not a trip to miss.

4. Chapel Bridge 

Chapel Bridge

 

The Chapel Bridge is a 204 meter (670 foot) long bridge crossing the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne. It is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, and one of main tourist attractions in Switzerland. The covered bridge, constructed in 1333, was designed to help protect the city of Lucerne from attacks. Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century, depicting events from Luzerne’s history. Much of the bridge, and the majority of these paintings, were destroyed in a 1993 fire, though it was quickly rebuilt.

3. Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch

 

The Jungfraujoch is a col in the Bernese Alps accessible by railway, ending at Europe’s highest mountain station. Highlights include views of spectacular mountain summits like the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, and views of the large Eiger Glacier that nestles below them. The Sphinx observatory, one of the highest astronomical sighting stations in the world, is located here as well. Views are endless and pristine, though amenities are small. There is no place to stay overnight, and just a handful of restaurants. The train trip to visit for a day and the experience are, however, unforgettable.

2. Chateau de Chillon

Chateau de Chillon

 

Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) is located on the shores of Lake Geneva. For over four centuries, the water castle was the main fortress that monitored water freight on the lake, and guarded the land route to St Bernhard Pass. The castle boasts art from the 14th century, subterranean vaults, 25 separate buildings with three courtyards, and two circular walls. Hundreds of thousands of guests each year tour the castle. For those who dream of the ultimate big fairy tale wedding, the castle can be privately rented for personal events.

1. Matterhorn

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Switzerland

The famous Matterhorn is an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps. The mountain derives its name from the German words Matte, meaning meadow, and Horn, which means peak. With its 4,478 meters (14,692 ft) high summit, lying on the border between Switzerland and Italy, it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps. It is also one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps. From the first time it was climbed in 1865 to 1995, 500 alpinists have died on it. The Matterhorn’s faces are steep, and only small patches of snow and ice cling to them while regular avalanches send the snow down to accumulate on the glaciers at the base of each face.

 

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Zurich

Category : Switzerland , Zurich

Known worldwide for its banks, Zurich is the financial center of Switzerland. It has the largest and busiest airport and railway station in the nation, making it the first introduction to Switzerland for many foreign tourists. It also has a reputation for being clean and efficient, and is often ranked as having the highest quality of life anywhere in the world.

Zurich has a blend of appeal for many different travelers. History buffs will love the tall clock towers and gothic spires, culture buffs will enjoy the museums and universities which have 21 Nobel Prize winners to brag of, and edgier people will love the hundreds of hip clubs and world-class restaurants. Here is a look at the top tourist attractions in Zurich:

10. Opernhaus Zürich

Opernhaus Zürich

 

This pillared neoclassical building may not be the most architecturally iconic building in Zurich, but it holds an incredibly important place in the history of opera. The original theater that was built here was the main location for Richard Wagner’s works during his exile from Germany. It was also home to the world premiere of Chekov’s opera. Though it has gone through many architectural versions, today’s opera house pays homage to composers like Weber, Wagner and Mozart, as well as writers like Schiller, Shakespeare and Goethe with prominent busts. The opera house continues to be a world-class venue for Opera, and seats twelve hundred.

9. Lindenhof

Lindenhof

 

This pedestrian-only green space in Old Zurich has a long history. It sits on Lindenhof hill, along the banks of the Limmat river, which give it a great view. The site has been the home of a Roman Castle, and a place of civil gathering. The outer square is flanked by beautiful old mansions and other buildings like the masonic lodge and the Lindenhof fortification. It serves a main role in the April holiday of Sechseläuten, as it becomes the main base of operations for each year’s chosen guest canton.

8. Kunsthaus Zurich

Kunsthaus Zurich

 

The Kunsthaus Zürich houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland assembled over the years by the local art association. The collection spans from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, with an emphasis on Swiss art. Major works by artists such as Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso and the Swiss Alberto Giacometti can all be seen here. The museum was designed by architects Karl Moser and Robert Curjel, and opened in 1910. Particularly notable are the several preserved Moser interiors in the original section of the museum, decorated in masterful Neo-Grec style.

7. Grossmünster

Grossmünster

 

This “Great Minister” church is one of Zurich’s four main churches and believed to have been founded by Charlemagne. The legend states he commissioned a church on the site where his horse fell to its knees by the tombs of Zurich’s patron saints. The twin towers of this church are often considered the most recognizable landmark in all of Zurich. The church has had many different upgrades to its original twelfth century version. Modern additions to the church include stained glass by celebrated artist Augusto Giacommetti, and Bronze sculpted doors by Otto Munch. The church continues to be home to the crypts of Felix and Regula, the patron saints of Zurich, and an honorary statue of Charlemagne as well.

6. Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

 

The Swiss National Museum houses extensive collections that touch upon every aspect of culture and the art of living in Switzerland, from the Stone Age to the present day. The museum building was built in 1898 by Gustav Gull in the form of a French chateau. It contains a number of unique pieces like an armory tower and a large collection of religious wooden liturgy carvings, panel paintings, and altars. A historical collection of Swiss coins dating back from the middle ages, and a wonderful chivalry display and gothic art collection round out this uniquely excellent museum. After a day of browsing, the lakeside of the museum is also a stop for one of the tour boats on Lake Zurich.

5. Fraumünster

Fraumünster

 

Known as the women’s church, this church is considered one of Zurich’s four main churches. Fraumunster was originally built in 853 by Louis the German for his daughter, Hildegarde, to have a place to worship. It was a convent for seven hundred years, and at one point the abbess was called to be ruler of the city. Today, the church is open for services and tours. Of special interest are the stained glass windows, some as tall as 9 meters (30 feet) high, as well as frescoes by the artist Paul Bodmer and the church clock tower.

4. Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse

 

This Zurich’s street of high-end couture shops is the best-known shopping area in all of Zurich, as well as the most expensive real estate in all of Europe. Many of the world’s best known designers have stores here, along with the world headquarters of Credit Suisse, and the delicious chocolate shops and cafes of Paradeplatz square, on Lake Zurich, at the end of the street. This high-end street came from humble beginnings, however. It was created out of the exterior moat when the city’s walls were pulled down, and was once called Fröschengraben, or the ditch of frogs.

3. Uetliberg

Uetliberg

 

People who love great views can’t afford to miss this mountain plateau that overlooks the city of Zurich and adjacent lake of the same name. The mountaintop has a small hotel called Uto Kulm and two towers, one for television signal and the second is a designated lookout that costs a small fee to use. Uetliberg can be reached either by walking trail from Albisguetli, Triemli or Albisrieden, or by rail from Zurich. The summit is a great starting point for camping and hiking to some of the other mountains on the chain.

2. Zurich Altstadt

Zurich Altstadt

 

Zurich Altstadt comprises the area of the historic town just before the twentieth century. It has kept an older architectural feel here, and is home to many landmarks, plazas and other popular tourist attractions in Zurich including Lindenhof, Fraumunster, St Peter’s Church, the New Market and the old Medieval Rathaus quarter. Architecturally, there is a blend of medieval and gothic, and visitors can still see where the old ramparts of the ancient walled city once were.

1. Lake Zurich

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Zurich

 

This large, glaciated lake was formed by glaciers in the Alps and stretches from Zurich to many other smaller towns, including Thalwil and Kusnacht. The lake is very clean, and is home to many different beaches and swimming areas. Starting from the Bellevue area, a boardwalk goes for about 3 kilometers along the lake towards Tiefenbrunnen. About halfway from Bellevue there is a meadow where it is great to relax on a sunny day. Boat lovers will find a large number of companies offering passenger ships, which can give tours of the lake or take a ferry to some of the other towns on the lake. Travelers here can find large manors, and beautiful islands to explore.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Category : Geneva , Switzerland

Switzerland is a small country that sits smack dab in the middle of the Alps, making for 360-degree scenery wherever a person finds themselves. Numerous lakes also add to the picture postcard look of this country, whose most famous citizen may have been the fictional Heidi. From banks to bucolic alpine meadows, Switzerland has it all. An overview of the best places to visit in Switzerland:

10. Interlaken 

Interlaken

 

Interlaken used to be known as a watch making center, but today it’s more popular as a tourist resort. Tourists started coming to Interlaken in the early 1800s to breathe in the mountain air and partake of spa treatments. Its popularity only grew from there. Offering spectacular views of three famous Swiss mountains, the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch, the city is also a popular base camp for outdoor acitivites in the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps. Travelers looking for something different to do might want to sign up for a class or two at a woodcarving school. Hungry tourists may want to try raclette, a classic Swiss dish made from cheese.
Where to Stay in Interlaken?

9. Lausanne

Lausanne

 

Athletes with Olympic aspirations may enjoy a visit to Lausanne, a scenic city that is the second largest on Lake Geneva, as it is home to the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne also is the gateway to some of the world’s best ski slopes. A part of the Swiss Riviera, Lausanne has been popular with writers over the centuries, include Lord Byron, the Shelleys and Ernest Hemingway. Located in the French-speaking sector of Switzerland, Lausanne boasts an impressive cathedral and wonderful outdoor markets.

8. Geneva

Geneva

 

Geneva is a city where international influences reign supreme. It is home to the International Red Cross Committee and the European headquarters of the United Nations, as well as 20 other international organizations. Environmental travelers will enjoy the fact that Geneva is a “green” city, with 20 percent of its land devoted to parks, earning it the nickname of “city of parks.” Top sights include the Cathedral of St. Pierre where John Calvin gave famous sermons, and the United Nations headquarters. Geneva also is a good city explore by bike or rest weary feet by taking a boat ride on Lake Geneva.

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7. Zurich 

Zurich

 

Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, will appeal to travelers with an interest in culture since it boasts more than 50 museums and over 100 art galleries. When visitors get tired of shopping for internationally famous Swiss brand-name goods, they can take a boat ride on Lake Zurich or go hiking in the nearby mountains. The city also boasts an impressive number of clubs for travelers who enjoy going out at night. Not to be missed is the Swiss National Museum, located in a fairytale castle, it is dedicated to Switzerland’s cultural history.

Hotels in Zurich: Hotels in the center

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Hotel Seehof

★★★

-22%

246192

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Opera Hotel Zürich

★★★★

-14%

251215

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Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador Zurich

★★★★

-21%

287226

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Romantik Hotel Europe

★★★★

-6%

265250

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Hotel California

★★★

-7%

193179

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Hotel Rössli

★★★

-11%

245217

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Helmhaus Swiss Quality Hotel

★★★★

-13%

318276

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Steigenberger Hotel Bellerive au Lac

★★★★

-18%

288238

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Hotel Altstadt

★★★

-19%

292236

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Sorell Hotel Seefeld

★★★

-17%

242201

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Seegarten Swiss Quality Hotel

★★★

-32%

272184

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Hotel Florhof

★★★

-13%

345299

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Signau House & Garden

★★★★

-19%

321259

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LADYs FIRST Hotel

★★★

-6%

192181

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Marktgasse Hotel

★★★★

-13%

280243

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Baur au Lac

★★★★★

-13%

832721

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Storchen Zürich - Lifestyle boutique Hotel

★★★★★

-6%

633592

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Design Hotel Plattenhof

★★★

-23%

221170

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Savoy Baur en Ville

★★★★★

-14%

500432

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Boutique Hotel Wellenberg

★★★★

-26%

316234

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6. Zermatt

Zermatt

 

Zermatt is a small town that is famous for skiing and mountaineering due to its proximity to the Matterhorn, one of Switzerland’s highest mountains. Cable cars whisk skiers up surrounding mountains in the winter and hikers in the summer. Zermatt is a good town for walking to various sites, since gasoline-driven vehicles are not permitted; any vehicles within the city limits must be battery-operated. Fortunately, for visitors, it takes 30 minutes or less to walk between sites. The town is accessible via scenic train routes that connect it with the outside world.

Hotels in Zermatt: Hotels in the center

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Beau Site Alpine Chic Rooms

★★★★

-26%

382283

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Mont Cervin Palace

★★★★★

-37%

529332

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Unique Hotel Post

★★★★

-13%

296257

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Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt

★★★★

-59%

429175

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Hotel National Zermatt

★★★★

-15%

293249

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Swiss Alpine Hotel Allalin

★★★★

-19%

305246

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Relais & Chateaux Schönegg

★★★★

-6%

327307

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Hotel Alpenroyal

★★★

-13%

240209

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Wellness Hotel Alpenhof

★★★★

-18%

384316

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Hotel Ambiance Superior

★★★

-6%

195183

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Hotel Eden Wellness

★★★★

-15%

298254

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Hotel Rex

★★★★

-33%

338225

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CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort

★★★★★

-35%

460298

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5. Jungfrau Region

Jungfrau Region

 

The Jungfrau Region is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland, both in summer and winter. A century or two ago, this Alps region was only visited by hard-core adventurers who wanted to ski or climb through the mountains. Now, thanks to an extensive network of railways and well-maintained foot and bike paths, the area is accessible to many types of travelers. The Jungfrau Region consists of four picturesque towns: Grindelwald, Murren, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen, and three imposing mountains: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. One of Switerland’s most scenic rail trip, the Jungfraubahn takes visitors from the Kleine Scheidegg mountain through the Eiger and Mönch up to the Jungfraujoch.

4. Lugano

Lugano

 

Lugano has been nicknamed the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland,” because of its growing popularity with celebrities. The city is located on Lake Lugano, in the Italian speaking section of this alpine country. Lugano, which is blessed with warm summers, dates back to the 9th century. The city is home to a large number of Swiss heritage sites, including three cathedrals, two libraries and several museums. Home to numerous financial institutions, the city also hosts an annual classical music festival, the Lugano Festival, in the summer.

3. Lake Geneva 

Lake Geneva

 

One of the largest lakes in Europe, Lake Geneva lies on the course of the Rhone river on the frontier between France and Switzerland. Aside from the city Geneva most destinations in the Lake Geneva region are in either the Swiss canton of Vaud or the French department of Haute Savoie. The geography is varied, with the Jura mountains in the north, a hilly plain in the center and in the southwest the Alps. The main attractions here are the elegant cities and towns surrounding the lake, the opportunities for skiing and hiking in both mountain ranges, and of course the lake itself.

2. Lucerne

Lucerne

 

Lucerne, located in the German-speaking section of Switzerland, is a city that has it all: city life, a lake and mountains. Considered one of the world’s prettiest cities, Lucerne is most famous for its 14th century Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, which is said to be the most photographed monument in Switzerland. Another famous monument is the Dying Lion, which was carved out of rock to honor Swiss mercenaries who died in France in 1792. Hungry visitors may want to try Luzerner Chügelipastete, a local specialty made from puff pastry, veal and mushrooms doused in a cream sauce.
Where to Stay in Lucerne?

1. Bern

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Switzerland

 

Bern is a picturesque medieval city with a history that dates back to the 12th century, though it did not become a part of the Swiss Confederacy until the 16th century. Its most famous attraction is the Zytglogge, an ancient clock tower with moving puppets. Other popular sites in Bern include the Munster, a Gothic cathedral that rises from the old town, and its town hall. The bear is the symbol of Bern, with several being kept in an open-air pit. Shoppers will appreciate the old town that boasts four miles of arcades, making it one of the longest covered shopping areas in Europe.

Hotels in Berne: Hotels in the center

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Best Western Hotel Bern

★★★★

-38%

164103

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Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & THE SPA

★★★★★

-10%

350317

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Hotel Allegro Bern

★★★★

-9%

173158

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Belle Epoque Boutique Hotel

★★★★

-28%

255183

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Sorell Hotel Ador

★★★

-25%

193145

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Sorell Hotel Arabelle

★★★

-13%

185161

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Unique Hotel Innere Enge

★★★★

-6%

198186

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