The land of four languages, cheese fondues, velvety, heavenly chocolates, yodelling, skiing and bagpacking; Switzerland is the stuff dreams are made up of.
Incredible memories await you in the land of the Swiss Alps. So pack your hiking boots, your snowboard, a good read and your favourite pair of sunglasses because Switzerland is going to be one heck of a ride! Adventure galore in this hub of the contemporary and the cultured. With its world-famous peaks and even larger lakes, monumental architecture and gastronomic celebrations, there are boundless places to go in Switzerland.
Situated in central Europe, Switzerland is a landlocked country of gigantic peaks. While Bern is its administrative capital, Lausanne functions as the country’s judicial centre. A country of immense global consequence, Switzerland has been the muse behind many a movies, novels, photographs and art. Known for its effortless splendour and way of living, your trip is not complete if you haven’t visited all Switzerland tourist places.
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Amongst the must visit places in Switzerland is Stiftsbibliothek, commonly known as St. Gallen’s Abbey Library. It is one of the world’s oldest and Switzerland’s finest specimen of ornate architecture. Founded by St. Gall in 612, the library is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A bibliophile’s dream, the library is bursting with precious manuscripts handwritten as well as illustrated by monks in the Middle Ages, and leather-bound books. There are audio guides available in multiple languages and everyone who enters must wear felt slippers, to protect the precious floors.
Looking for unusual places to visit in Switzerland? Then head to H.R. Giger Museum in the pretty medieval city of Gruyères. Tucked away in Swiss Medieval city, the H.R. Giger Museum used to be Giger’s residence up until he decided to turn it into a museum devoted to his opuses. If you aren’t familiar with the name, Giger has the movie franchise Alien credited to his name, which is just one amongst his multitude of other chilling pieces of art.
If you’re more the adventurous type and are looking for places to visit in Switzerland, you should head to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station situated at an astounding height of 3454m. Waves of tourists visit this place for a memory of a lifetime as the train passes through Eiger’s snowy peaks and surfaces at the Sphinx meteorological station. Once you reach the summit, you will be welcomed by the unbelievable spectacle of the Alpine peaks. If you’re travelling with children, or even if you’re not, you must visit the Ice Palace and the Snow Fun Park, but make sure you wear shoes with good grip and are covered sufficiently in warm clothing.
Amongst the other cool places to visit in Switzerland, take a trip to Neuheim’s Hell Grottoes. A haven for photographers, the netherworld landscape of these ghostly stone formations as well as the muddy clandestine lakes will take you hours to sightsee. Even though the caves are dimly lit, there are safe paths created for tourists as well as tours of the entire place. The attraction is closed for winter, so be sure to visit during the months of late March through October.
Amongst other Switzerland tourist places is the waterfall, known as Rheinfall. Popular as Europe’s largest plain waterfall, it is quite extraordinary in sight, despite the word ‘plain’ in its title. Ideal for honeymooners and couples alike, there is an abundance of photo opportunities available with romantic points for you and your loved one to sit and gaze at its scenic beauty. This is one of the highly recommended places to visit in Switzerland.
For the wanderlust in you, we recommend visiting Saut de Brot, a lovely miniature bridge veiled at the bottom of an exquisite Switzerland ravine called the Areuse Gorge. This place is straight out of a fairy tale but is extremely and utterly fantastical and real.
Nestled in the region of Brot-Dessous in Switzerland, water from the Areuse River has carved this heavenly sight. But the highlight of this spot is definitely the miniature passage built to cross the Areuse sandwiched between the canyon walls. The Saut de Brot Bridge is a plain stone arch, covered with greenery which perhaps boosts the fantastical myth associated with this particular tourist spot.
If you’re a fan of the castles and dungeons and are looking for authentic places to visit in Switzerland, take a day trip to Castelgrande, an authentic medieval castle in Bellinzona.
As dramatic as its placement atop Old Town, this fortress is the city’s most evident icon. You can also head to Lucerne to visit the Lion of Lucerne, a memorial honouring the martyrs of the French Revolution. This sculpture is also known as the saddest stone in the world as it reminds us of the sacrifice of over 700 Swiss soldiers. The Lion of Lucerne evoked the emotions of many a greats, including poet Mark Twain who interpreted the pain of the statue which depicts a lion dying from a harpoon injury. Carved from stone in the 1820s, this 6-meter monument bears the inscription, ‘HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI’, which is Latin for ‘To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss’, along with a list of names of the departed majors.