10 places to visit when traveling to Switzerland

Beautiful lakes, charming cities, spectacular mountain ranges – Switzerland is located in the very center of Europe and home to a lot of beautiful places.

Zermatt

Zermatt Matterhorn

Not only it is the shape of Toblerone’s chocolate but also it is famous around the world and THE landmark for Switzerland – the Matterhorn.

Although it is on the border of Switzerland to Italy the unique shape of the Matterhorn is only visible from the Swiss perspective. To enjoy the view you need to go all the way up to Zermatt. The town surrounded by mountains is also an amazing place for skiing and hiking.

Zurich

Zurich

Despite of the fact that many people think Zurich is the capital – it’s not! However, Zurich is the biggest city of Switzerland and has quite a lot to offer. From nature to nightlife you get everything.

Yet, the city is rather expensive in every aspect. You can notice this at the „Bahnhofstrasse“. In terms of rent per square meter it ranks in the top ten of the most expensive streets worldwide.

Geneva

Geneva

The city is very international with a lot of companies or organizations, such as the United Nations or the Red Cross, attracting people from all over the world. Geneva is located at the end of lake Geneva right at the border to France. The town offers some beautiful spots and sight-seeing activities as well as parks (more recommendable in summer) and nature close by. Also, there are a lot of nearby and absolutely beautiful sites to explore, e.g. Montreux at the lake of Geneva.

Mürren – Schilthorn

Mürren

A relaxing atmosphere in a mountain village, a rotating restaurant on top of the mountain, the panoramic view of the mountain range Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau – all this and quite some more you will find in the absolutely beautiful area of Mürren-Schilthorn.

For more information about this area also check out A weekend in Mürren – Schilthorn.

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch Glacier Aletsch

At 3466 m.a.s.l. this is the highest train station in Europe. The Junfraujoch is the lowest point between the mountains of Mönch and Jungfrau and you have a great view over the glacier Aletsch.

The journey up to the top is unforgettable. Taking the train you literally drive under and through the mountains of Eiger and Mönch. Also, the trains stops at a point where you have the chance to get out the train and enjoy the intimidating but terrific view through a window somewhere up the famous Eiger Nordwand.

More information on: https://www.jungfrau.ch/de-ch/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe/

Glacier Express

Glacier Express

World’s slowest express train – going from St. Moritz to Zermatt (or vice versa) the Glacier Express is a special train offering some of the most beautiful views of Switzerland. The trip takes about 8 hours crossing 291 bridges and 91 tunnels. However, you need to book your ticket quite in advance since it is very popular.

More information on: https://www.glacierexpress.ch/de/

Bern

Bern

The capital of Switzerland offers different highlights. The old town is super charming and the buildings remind you of its history. Also, you will find the tower Zytglogge. It is a landmark of the city and a very recognizable clock tower. Moreover, the Federal Palace is just around the corner.

Otherwise, you can have a swim in the river Aare (in summer) or do different activities like going to the „Bärengraben“ where you get to see bears in the middle of a city.

Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli

Äscher Ebenalp

Hiking in the canton of Appenzell there is a restaurant built in a mountain. A very special view but also a super nice area to hike in. You might pass some small mountain villages and learn about some Swiss traditions like playing the instrument Alphorn, how to make cheese, etc.

Ascona

Ascona

At the shore of Lago Maggiore in the Italian part of Switzerland there is the beautiful village of Ascona. Strolling in the center with its charming shops or along the lake – Ascona will convince you with its medieval charm.

Rheinfall

Rheinfall

In the very north of the country, close to Germany, there is the biggest waterfall of Europe. You can walk up to it from the top or take a boat that takes you to the bottom of the falls – be prepared to get wet, though.

Right next to the Rheinfall there is a ancient castle called „Schloss Laufen“. No matter if it’s just for visiting or enjoying a delicious meal in the restaurant.. you might want to step by. Tip: If you get there on a Sunday when the restaurant is not on holidays you should reserve your place for the great brunch.

 

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