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Every corner of Switzerland is picturesque. The turquoise lakes, lush green valleys, medieval old towns, soaring snow-capped peaks, and stunning lakeside cities and towns imbue this small landlocked country with a fairytale beauty that leaves many travellers in awe. Finding an Instagram-worthy spot in Switzerland is easy-peasy, but you want to visit the very best places when you only have a limited time. Therefore, we have shortlisted the top 30 breathtakingly beautiful places to visit in Switzerland for you!
The Matterhorn is perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Switzerland due to its unique pyramid-shaped peak that rises to 4,478 metres, making it one of the highest points in the Alps and Europe. Leisure travellers who want to enjoy a closer look of the mountain can take a series of cable cars to reach the viewing platform on the Klein Matterhorn, the highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m).
The picturesque Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region is one of the most popular villages in Switzerland. You will find the signature view of the Swiss landscape with awe-inspiring glacier vista here. It is a popular spot for skiing in winter, and serves as a great base for adventurers in summer to explore the surrounding mountains like the Eiger, Wetterhorn, and more.
You may not know Bern is actually the capital of Switzerland. It is just too good to be true, a city that sits in such a stunning location surrounded by breathtaking natures and offers a laid-back lifestyle is what we all dream for. Try strolling around the city’s renowned medieval old town paved with cobblestones, and you will soon realise why it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Oeschinen Lake
The Oeschinen Lake is Switzerland’s best-kept secret, a pristine glacial lake hidden in the shadow of majestic Swiss Alps in Kandersteg. As it is surrounded by mountains, it requires you a little bit more effort to get there. The easiest way is to take the gondola from Kandersteg to Oeschinensee, then hike for about 30 minutes through forest and pasture to the lake. The effort will be well worth when you see the intense colour of the lake.
Location: 3718 Kandersteg, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Nestled amid snowcapped mountains on the shores of Lake Lucerne, Lucerne is famous for its well-preserved medieval town squares and historic buildings. Among all the attractions in Lucerne, the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge that connects the centre of Lucerne stands out the most.
6. Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
The scenic journey of getting up to the Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe” by train is certainly in the to-do list of many visitors. The train will climb up to 3,454 metres above sea level to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Eventually, you can indulge in the fantastic panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier and Swiss Alps there.
Location: 3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Bordered by France and Germany, Basel is internationally known as the art capital of Switzerland. It is an important creativity and cultural hub for art lovers. Besides housing more than 40 local museums, the city has a very beautiful old town. Some historic landmarks worth visiting include the large market square, the red sandstone town hall and the 12th-century Gothic cathedral.
8. Staubbach Falls
The Staubbach Falls is the key highlight that makes the beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen so unique. Free falling water from 300 metres height, Staubbach Falls adds a sense of wonder to the skyline of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is also the third-highest waterfall in Switzerland.
Location: 3822 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Interlaken is adrenaline junkie’s favourite resort town in Switzerland. Located in between two Alpine lakes, Interlaken encompasses a variety of stunning natures, promoting it as the perfect destination for exciting outdoor activities. You can go kayaking, hiking, abseiling or paragliding during the warmer months; and skiing or snowboarding during the winter months.
10. Areuse Gorge
A walk through the mysterious Areuse Gorge allows you to discover a very different side of Switzerland. The route along the Areuse River will take you through forests and river cliffs with stone stairways and narrow passages. About 2/3 of the way, you will find yourself crossing an idyllic stone arch bridge, that is the highlight of the trail.
Location: Chemin des Clées 9, 2017 Boudry, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
11. Mount Titlis
Treat yourself a mind-blowing day in the snow anytime of the year at Mount Titlis. You can admire the 360° views of the surrounding alpine landscape while making your way up to the top by taking the world’s first revolving gondola. Later, you can try the thrilling walk over the “Titlis Cliff Walk”, the highest suspension bridge in Europe.
Location: 6390 Gadmen, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Thun is a town near Lake Thun and the gateway to the Bernese Oberland region. Above the old town stands the turreted castle from the 1100s, complemented with the incredible views of the snowy mountains, a visit to Thun certainly will not be a regret.
13. Chillon Castle
Perched on a rocky islet on Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. With its beautiful setting and meaningful years of history, the lakeside castle attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.
Location: Avenue de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
14. Brienzer Rothorn
Puff! Puff! Peep! Peep! Get on the red retro-style steam train that brings you from Lake Brienz up to the Brienzer Rothorn. Afterwards, you can even enjoy the unbelievable view of 693 mountain peaks from the summit here if the visibility is good. This experience is definitely one-of-a-kind.
Location: 3855 Flühli, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich is often recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities because of its vibrant culture, strong financial condition, high standard of living, and attractive location. This thriving city boasts a rich list of things to do by having more than 50 museums, 100 art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and many more.
16. Valle Verzasca
It is positive that the river water at the Valle Verzasca is clearer than my future. The locals love this gorgeous emerald river, which is their favourite spot for swimming and sunbathing on hot summer days. Along the river there is a famous double arched stone bridge where enthusiasts will do crazy jumps into the icy pools.
Location: 6633 Lavertezzo, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
17. Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein is a charming small town that looks like coming straight out of Swiss folk tale. It is best known for its well-preserved medieval old town featuring adorable half-timbered houses with colourfully painted facades. This exquisite place will surely leave you speechless.
18. Rhine Falls
The Rhine Falls is Europe’s biggest and most powerful waterfalls, which is about 23 metres high and 150 metres wide. You may join the boat tour to experience its overwhelming wildness from up close. The boat can also take you across the Rhine to the little castle of Worth. On a small river island, this hundred years old castle has a very good restaurant with a panoramic view of cataracts.
Location: Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
19. Tourbillon Castle & Valere Basilica
Once arrived in Sion, you will find these two giants – Tourbillon Castle and Valere Basilica dominating the skyline of the town. Opposite to each other on two different hills, both are acknowledged as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Valere Basilica accommodates many treasures, including the world’s oldest playable organ, originating from around 1390, whereas the Tourbillon Castle was once a summer residence for the bishop of Sion left only ruins.
20. Lake Brienz
The promising colour of the Lake Brienz makes it to the top beautiful place you must visit. The impressive landscape of surrounding mountains and picturesque villages further molds it to become a great spot to spend a few lazy days.
Zermatt is the hottest tourist destination of Switzerland, ideally located at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. The signatures of the village such as the horse-drawn carriage rides, quaint chalets, winter activities and the view of Matterhorn are drawing millions of visitors annually. Its well-preserved serenity also further enhances the visitor experience.
22. Tine de Conflens
The Tine de Conflens is a fairy-like waterfall where the Venoge and the Veyron river meet in a magical rocky place. The hiking trail to this amazing waterfall has a total distance of 11 km with low difficulty, which can be an ideal day trip option for almost everyone.
Location: 1315 La Sarraz, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Located only 15 minutes drive away from the Italian border, Ascona is an Italian speaking town in southern Switzerland. The colourful Mediterranean-style architecture and the cafe-lined esplanade on Lake Maggiore in this Swiss town give off an Italian vibe. Accordingly, it will be a unique place to experience the exchange of two different cultures.
24. Piz Gloria
There are plenty of easily accessible mountains in Switzerland, and the Piz Gloria is certainly one of the best! Located 2,970 metres high in the Bernese Alps, Piz Gloaria does not only have an outdoor viewing deck ready for public, but also a rotating restaurant that offers 360-degree views of the Swiss skyline.
Location: Schilthorn, 3825 Mürren, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Spiez may not have as much things to do compared to other famous lakeside cities and towns in Switzerland, but surely a picture perfect place worth exploring. Just lay back and admire the sweeping views of the blue lake and snowy mountain ranges will be the best thing ever.
26. Oberhofen Castle
The Oberhofen Castle is the best alternative to the famed Chillon Castle. Similarly, there is an old stone castle by the lake with the surrounding alpine peaks as backdrop. However, the Oberhofen Castle sets itself apart by having a beautiful small formal garden inside the castle complex with a larger 2.5 hectares landscaped park next to the castle.
Location: Schloss 4, 3653 Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
27. Saint Moritz
Saint Moritz is ranked as first of all winter destinations in Switzerland. Royals, celebrities, billionaires, and politicians from all around the world are the regular visitors of this luxury alpine resort town with splendid hotels and pricey restaurants. It has hosted two Winter Olympic Games, so all sorts of winter sports can be expected here. Moreover, it also provides health and well-being services and facilities like spas, massage salons, thermal pools, beauty parlours, and saunas.
28. Schynige Platte
If you are looking for a tall vantage point that gives you the superb views of both Swiss Alps and the turquoise lakes, Schynige Platte is the right place for you. The scenic journey begins right after you enter the nostalgic cog railway. During your 1 hour ride, more and more wonderful views will be slowly revealed to you, so just sit and relax.
Location: 3812 Gündlischwand, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
29. Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli
The Berggasthaus Aescher Wildkirchli is one of the most unique places to visit in Switzerland. This old wooden guesthouse from the mid-19th century is literally perched on the steep cliff side of a mountain in Alpstein, a subgroup of the Appenzell Alps. Its location is so remote that even today it can only be accessible by hiking or via cable car.
Location: Äscher 1, 9057 Schwende, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Blausee, meaning the “Blue Lake”, is a small forest lake in Kandersteg that sits in the middle of a 20 hectares nature park. Although it looks stunning during all seasons, for the best contrasting colours, it is recommended to visit during winter or autumn. You can also row boats to better enjoy the beauty of the lake.
Location: 3717 Kandergrund, Switzerland. (Google Maps)
Bonus: Bernina Express
The Bernina Express is more of an attraction than a place. It is one of Switzerland’s best scenic trains that takes you through marvellous scenery and landscapes from Chur to Tirano in Italy. This will definitely be your most worthwhile journey of the whole trip in Switzerland.
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