10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Switzerland

10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Switzerland

1. Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)

Lake Geneva is one of the most visited places in Switzerland and famous among tourists from all over the world. It is known to be the largest Alpine lake in Europe. The best part about the lake is the Jet d’Eau where the fountain shoots water 150 meters high. It is a treat to the eyes of the spectator. Those who visit the lake can also take a small tour to the Grand Theatre and the Opera House in Geneva.

2. The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic symbols in Switzerland and is definitely one of the most picturesque places as well. The peak of The Matterhorn is one of the Alps highest points. The Matterhorn borders Italy and has a height of 4,478 meters. The steep faces of it are each pointed in four different directions like a compass. At the foot of the Matterhorn is the village of Zermatt. It’s known for its chalets and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Motorized vehicles are not allowed in the village so that the peacefulness of it can be preserved.

3. Chateau de Chillon

Located close to Montreux is the Chateau de Chillon, known as the Chillon Castle. The castle has a lot of history as it was a stronghold for the Dukes and Counts of Savoy back in the 12th century. It features 3 courtyards and 25 buildings. There are underground rooms, murals, and impressive paintings. When visiting Lake Geneva, many tourists stop at Chateau de Chillon as well.

4. Murren

Mürren is a cozy Swiss mountain village located at the foot of the Schilthorn peak. This village is one of the prettiest places in Switzerland. It is so scenic that it has even been featured in a James Bond film. The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant that is featured in the film, no contains the Bond World 007 exhibit and also offers incredible views over Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, right to Mont Blanc and into the Black Forest!

5. Bern

The capital of Switzerland, Bern, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the most beautiful city in Switzerland. This old town is medieval, which is apparent in its architecture. The tallest cathedral in Switzerland is located here as well.  There are also 16th-century towers and cobbled streets. A popular attraction is the medieval clock tower, Zytglogge, that has moving puppets.

In addition to all of this, a variety of impressive museums and galleries are located here. This city is a great place to go for those that want to see massive collections of Swiss art as well as sculptures. Of these museums include the Bern Museum of Art and Zentrum Paul Klee.

For those looking for something else to do while here, they must check out the markets. Located in parliament square, Bundesplatz, where visitors can buy all sorts of unique items to take back home with them all while getting an intriguing view of the Bundeshaus parliament building.

6. Lucerne

Lucerne is one of the top places in Switzerland!  This medieval town of sorts is surrounded by mountains and is peppered with historic buildings and covered bridges. Cars aren’t allowed here so tourists can easily walk around as pedestrians truly have the right of way. As one of the top historical places in Switzerland, this town is most famous for its landmarks of the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. For those that want a spectacular view of the area, including Lake Lucerne, they can ride up Mt. Pilatus by cableway.

7. Interlaken

Located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun is Interlaken. This resort town is absolutely stunning with acres upon acres of open space, flower gardens and the peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch towering over the town.

 Visitors can enjoy the area’s many cafes or go kayaking, hiking or abseiling dependent on the time of year. There are over 45 different modes of transport including cable cars and railways.

During the winter months, visitors flock to the area to take advantage of the skiing and snowboarding opportunities.

 During the warmer months, paragliding is popular. No matter what time of year it is, Interlaken is definitely one of the ‘must visit’ places in Switzerland!

8. St. Moritz

With its jagged peaks, impressive glaciers, beautiful lakes and lush forests, St. Moritz is one of the top mountain destinations in the world. In fact, two winter Olympics have been hosted here.

There are two parts to this town: St. Moritz Bad and St. Moritz Dorf. The former sits on the valley floor and has more affordable accommodations. St. Moritz Dorf overlooks the lake.

This is a popular destination throughout the year and during the winter, visitors can enjoy everything from bobsledding to skating. A popular activity is tobogganing on Cresta Run.

During the summer visitors can enjoy glacier skiing, watersports, and hiking.

9. Creux du Van

The Creux du Van is a truly spectacular natural rocky cirque that has been created by the constant erosion of water and ice. It measures approximately 1,400 metres wide and 150 metres deep.

It is well known as the amphitheater of Switzerland and located in the Val de Travers district, in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. Interestingly, there is a spring at the bottom of the basin where the water is four degrees above freezing the whole year round!

You will need to climb exactly 725 metres to find yourself standing in the middle of an arena. Once you are there, you can also hike along the edge as well. So a great excuse to get out and active and enjoy some stunning scenery as well!

 

10. Ticino & Lake Lugano

Some of the most beautiful landscapes in Switzerland can be found in Ticino.

 This is the only canton that officially speaks Italian in Switzerland. It’s not surprising as Ticino is located on the Swiss/Italian border. The area is well-known for the food as it has a Mediterranean flare with its palms, figs and citrus tastes.

Those who come here will often rent a boat to see Lake Lugano. This allows them to get a panoramic view of Monte San Salvatore with its snow-capped peaks.  Definitely one of the most scenic places in Switzerland!

 

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