The land of four languages, cheese fondues, velvety, heavenly chocolates, yodelling, skiing and backpacking; 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.
If you haven’t booked your dream holiday to Switzerland yet, select one of SOTC’s Switzerland tour packages today and let us help you get the vacation you’ve always imagined! Here are some places to visit in Switzerland that you may not have considered before, so, let us sweep you off your feet on a Switzerland sojourn.
Feel like the king (or queen) of the world as you climb your way to the top of one of the top Switzerland tourist places – Jungfrau. Standing at 4,185 meters tall, this is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps. Take a cogwheel train ride, with spectacular views, to Jungfraujoch – the highest train station in Europe. At the top you can engage in a host of activities like snowtubing, sledging, skiing, visiting the Ice Palace and sipping on a cup of delicious hot cocoa.
Have you been considering what Switzerland places to visit? Let us recommend Mount Pilatus in Lucerne. This mountain range, with several peaks, offers gorgeous views to feast on. At Tomlishorn – the highest peak of the range – you can have lunch at the top, take a cogwheel train ride, a gondola and cable car ride. Keep an eye out for native wildlife in the area.
Romance is personified at the Chateau de Chillon Castle near Montreux. This stunning historic monument is located on a small island on the western end of the rippling Lake Geneva. Take a tour of the 50 rooms open to visitors, the famous dungeons and the views from the windows. Keep in mind that there are many stairs, which are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
Art can exist anywhere, just look at Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) – a covered wooden footbridge that stretches over the river Reuss in Lucerne Switzerland. This is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world– add it to your list of Switzerland places to visit!
This mountain located in the Uri Alps is famous for being the site of the world’s first rotating cable car – where you can get 360-degree views as the car rotates during the 5-minute trip to the top. At the top skiing, tobogganing, the Trübsee Snow Park, zipline, biking, hiking and more await you.
Mountains spear up around the edges of this beautiful lake. Take a steamer cruise across the lake, on a warm summer day. Or in winter, stay warm in the cabins of the boat, as a snow-covered, winter wonderland passes by outside. It’s one of the quintessential Switzerland things to do, when you’re in the region.
There are many places to visit in Switzerland and Eiger is one of the prettiest. This is a 3,967-meter tall mountain in the Bernese Alps. Hiking across the Eiger trail will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your trip. Along the way, you’re treated to breath-taking views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Mürren and Grindelwald.
The Queen of Mountains – Rigi – deserves your attention during your Switzerland trip. Located in the heart of Central Switzerland, this mountain is easily accessible by the scenic mountain rail ride that takes you right up to the snow-clad top. Hiking, winter sports, incredible restaurants, concerts and spas await you at the top.
At a height of 2,970 metres, the Schilthorn is one of the most popular Switzerland tourist places, which boasts of a jaw-dropping 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss Skyline, including Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. Make sure you book a delicious meal at the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria.
Framed on the Southern side by the Albis and Zimmberberg hills and on the north by the Pfannenstiel hills, this lake is a tranquil place to spend the day. Gentle waves, early morning and sunset sailing across the lake and fine dining make this a day to relax and to remember.
Sail on a calm rippling lake, with a wondrous view of the mountains and the sky, when you take a trip to Lake Brienze. You can sail up to the thunderous Giessbach Falls, walk along the beautiful Southern Bank of Lake Brienz or take a special boat excursion like, the Fondue Boat, the Breakfast Boat, the Halal Cruise or the Swiss BBQ Cruise – that’s a charming addition to your Switzerland tourist places list, isn’t it?
A mountain pass at an elevation of 2061 feet, a visit to Klein Scheidegg includes breath-taking views of a glacier, the sight of the three iconic peaks* - Eiger, Mönch and Jungfau and a beautiful cogwheel train ride.
This rocky ridge in the Pennine Alps is a treat – the view from the top is one of the finest in the world. You can see the Monte Rossa massif, the second largest glacier in the Alps - the Gorner glacier and a total of 29 mountains including the Matterhorn. You’ll also find Europe’s highest hotel, restaurants, an astronomical observatory and great shops for you to enjoy.
Climbing, hiking and mountaineering should be a part of your Swiss tour, and Mönch offers you plenty of chances to do so. There are both easy and complex trekking routes across the mountain – from the simple Southeast Ridge Route to the more challenging Nollen Route.
This Romanesque style Protestant Church in Zurich is one of the most recognised landmarks in the city. Legend has it that the church was built on the graves of the city’s patrons – Felix and Regula. You must stop by!
One of the four major churches in Zurich, this lovely church boasts of Chagall and Giacometti stained glass windows, stunning frescos by Paul Bodmer, incredible architecture and a fascinating history!
Ten glaciers combine to feed the falls at Trummelbach. Europe’s largest subterranean waterfall is located in Lauterbrunnen Valley – which is often called the valley of 72 waterfalls. You can access the falls underground by lifts, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms.
So, are you thinking of making Switzerland your next destination to visit? Let us handle the logistics, from the Switzerland currency (Swizz franc), how to reach Switzerland and your travel itinerary. All you have to do is look forward to all these tourist treats.
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.