Attractions in Switzerland

25 must-see places in Switzerland

There is no denying that Switzerland is known and loved for its beautiful nature and is therefore one of the best places to visit. Nevertheless, with so many sights and interesting places to see, it can sometimes be difficult to choose. That’s why this article can help a little, here is a compilation of the first things to see in Switzerland.

Switzerland is located in Central Europe, with the capital Bern and numerous lakes, picturesque mountain villages and towering peaks, some far above 4000 meters. The highest mountain in Switzerland is the Dufurschitze (4,634 m).

Switzerland is also famous for such delicacies as Swiss chocolate, rösti, bratwurst or the famous cheese fondue. With 8.5 million inhabitants, Switzerland is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. In the national territory, divided into 26 cantons, four languages are officially recognized: German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Romanic.

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25 must-see places in Switzerland

1. Geneva and Lausanne

Geneva is the capital of the canton of the same name. Among the attractions of this city in southwestern Switzerland is Lake Geneva with 140 meters of water, the old city with the Cathedral of St. Peter. You can visit the headquarters of international organizations such as the United Nations Office.

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1. Geneva and Lausanne

2. Bern

Switzerland has no official capital . The confederation of 26 cantons has only one federal city with a parliamentary seat. Bern assumes the role. Among the most visited places in Switzerland’s fourth-largest city are the Zitglogge (Time Bell), the federal palace Bundeshaus and the Bern Zoo.

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2. Bern

3. Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful valleys in Switzerland . Nature has been a source of inspiration for many authors. For example, the valley was the template for Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s setting. The Staubbach Falls, located in the center, is the valley’s most famous sight, especially since pictures of the water falling 300 meters have spread around the world thanks to social media. Jungfraujoch, the Schilthorn and the Trümmelbach Falls are other attractions in the region.

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3. Lauterbrunnen

4. Matterhorn

A majestic peak, there is no other way to describe it. At 4,478 meters, the Matterhorn is one of the highest mountains in the Alps and is simply unmistakable with its triangular shape . There are several routes to climb, but it is reserved only for experienced climbers. But also from afar, the Matterhorn is an incredible view, making it one of the most photographed motifs in the country. Interesting facts about the mountain can be found at the Zermatt Matterhorn Museum.

The cable car climbs to 3,883 m up the mountain. At the top there is a restaurant and stunning views of Switzerland, Italy and France. The ski area of Theodoul Glacier is open 365 days a year. Did you know. The pyramidal shape makes it very difficult for climbers to climb this mountain giant. It is also one of the reasons for the fame of the Matterhorn: during the first ascent in 1865, four climbers had to die on the Matterhorn.

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4. Matterhorn

5. Lucerne

A landmark in Lucerne is the Kappel Bridge . It leads from the Lucerne Theater, on the south bank of the River Reiss, across the Water Tower, to St. Peter’s Chapel, to the Rathausquai (Town Hall Pier). Other attractions in Lucerne include a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, the Lion Monument, the Musegg Wall and the Rosengart Collection.

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5. Lucerne

6. Jungfraujoch

Attractions in Jungfraujoch include the cable car to the top of the peak , at 3,466 m, with the Sphinx Observatory and Research Station, a restaurant and an artificial ice palace carved into the ice since the 1930s.

Traveling along the Bernese Oberland Railway from Interlaken-Ost to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, crossing to the Wengernalp Railroad and approaching Kleine Scheidegg, is a sight in itself . From Kleine Scheidegg, the Jungfrau railroad takes you to Jungfraujoch.

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6. Jungfraujoch

7. Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland . The attraction of the city is the Grossmünster. Fraumuenster, Utliberg, Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, Sechselutenplatz Square, Lindenhof and the Old Town are other attractions in Zurich. Zurich West is the new Trandviertel with restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.

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7. Zurich

8. Chillon Castle.

A lake, a castle and a powerful mountain backdrop covered in snow. Individually this can create a stir, but as a whole it’s a real craze. This is why Switzerland’s Chillon Castle, located on Lake Geneva, southeast of Montreux, whose history goes back to 1005, attracts so many visitors. Its unique location and magnificent scenery make it one of the most popular attractions in Switzerland.

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8. Chillon Castle.

9. Zermatt

Zermatt fulfills all the themes of Switzerland. The Matterhorn, wooden houses, skiing, mountaineering, hiking, mountain lakes and glaciers. Especially worth seeing is “Old Zermatt”. with its wooden houses of the last century. In addition, of course, access to excursions in nearby places of interest, such as the Matterhorn, the ski mountains and the hiking trails.

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9. Zermatt

10. St. Moritz

Moritz, in the Engadin, is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the Alps . The main attractions in Engadin are the Glacier Express in Zermatt, the Forderrein Gorge, the Diavolezza mountain station, the Val Roseg and the glaciers of Corvatsch and Morterach. In winter, Lake St. Moritz is a sports venue for horse racing, polo and cricket tournaments. In summer, the lake is in the hands of paddlers, sailors, fishermen and stand-up paddlers. A trip to Italy on the Bernina Express is also popular.

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10. St. Moritz

11. Gotthard Pass.

The Gotthard Passes have been an important north-south link in the Alps since the Middle Ages. The pass connects Andermatt, in the Urseren Valley, in the canton of Uri, and Ayrolo, in the Leventine Valley, in the canton of Thesino. Today, many travelers take the 2,000-meter high port road for pleasure . Along the route there are attractions such as the National Museum of San Gottardo.

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11. Gotthard Pass.

12. Verza Valley.

The Verzasca Valley is a valley in the canton of Ticino. Tourists have long liked the valley for its many peaks overlooking the Valais, Bern and the Glrarnese Alps and Graubünden. Lavertezzo Rock, with its arched bridge, has been famous since Instagram. Snakes with bath towels line an emerald mountain stream.

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12. Verza Valley.

13. Ski resorts.

Switzerland is one of the most skiing countries in the world . Zermatt, St. Moritz and many other ski resorts are the best example of this. The glacier ski resorts of the Swiss mountains allow for skiing even in spring, fall, and sometimes summer.

14. Ruinault

Ruinaulta (Rhine Gorge) is a gorge up to 400 meters deep and about 13 kilometers long. It is located in the Forderrein between the Ylantz and the mouth of the Hinterrain in the Reichenau, in the canton of Graubünden. The nickname “Grand Canyon of Switzerland” appears in many guidebooks along with the Rhine Gorge.

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14. Ruinault

15. Alpine refuges.

Switzerland, along with Austria, is the quintessential alpine hiking destination. Mountain huts await tourists in the valley in summer . There is fresh cow’s milk, cheese, mountain lakes, beer and everything imaginable on a tour of the Swiss Alps. Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Engadin and Thesino have trails for every taste. Interlaken is the destination for adventure hikes in the Swiss Alps.

16. Climbing

Switzerland has always had a mystical attraction for climbers. The first ascent of the Matterhorn and the north side of the Eigner was an international event . Switzerland, as a mountaineering country, continues to enjoy it.

17. Interlaken

Interlaken is the adventure capital of Switzerland . Skydiving, canyon swings, paragliding, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping and turbojet boats raise adrenaline levels. Popular attractions in the region include the small village of Grindelwald, Thun Lake and Oberhof Castle.

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17. Interlaken

18. Lugano and Theseus.

Lugano is an Italian-speaking town in the canton of Ticino. It is located on the north shore of Lake Lugano . The old town is famous, with the central Piazza della Riforma. Around the piazza are pastel-colored classicist palaces. The combination with the lake, palaces and nature feels Mediterranean. The region is reminiscent of Lombardy in Italy. Boat trips on Lake Lugano, the Monte Bré cable car, San Salvatore, the art and culture of Lugano, hiking, rock climbing and the Hermann-Hesse Museum are other possible activities in the region.

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18. Lugano and Theseus.

19. Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen are one of the three largest waterfalls in Europe . It is 25 m high and 150 m wide. You can take boat trips to the falls. Also interesting is Laufen Castle on the Rhine Falls.

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19. Rhine Falls

20. Engadine Swiss National Park

The Swiss National Park belongs to the Engadin, in the canton of Graubünden. It is the oldest national park in the Alps and Central Europe . It has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1979.

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20. Engadine Swiss National Park

21. Bernina Express

The Albula railroad in Graubünden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The Bernina Express runs from Coeur via Davos and St. Moritz to Tirano, Italy. The image of the train on the Landwasser Aqueduct is famous. It is the symbol of a panoramic railway route with 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and a maximum height of 2,253 meters.

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21. Bernina Express

22. Oberhofen Castle

The castle of Oberhofen is located on Lake Thun in the canton of Bern. It dates back to the twelfth century, with extensions to the eighteenth century. A permanent exhibition shows life in the castle over the last 800 years.

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22. Oberhofen Castle

23. Basel

Basel is one of the three major cities in Switzerland. Among the city’s attractions are the Basel Cathedral, the old town with the Town Hall, the Spalentor, the Market Square, the Basel Fair and the archaeological park of Augusta Raurica with a Roman theater. Along with Bern and Zurich, Basel is one of Switzerland’s cities with plenty to see in a 2 or 3 day vacation .

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23. Basel

24. Swiss Cuisine

Swiss cuisine is a combination of the three main national cooking styles – German, French and Italian. The classification of local specialties also works by language. Cheese fondue, for example, comes from French Switzerland. Röschti is the classic dish of German Switzerland.

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24. Swiss Cuisine

25. The Ice Grotto in the Rhone Glacier

Since 1870 an accessible tunnel has been cut by an ice dam on the Rhone Glacier in Valais . There are only a few places where you can get that close to the glacier. The ice grotto is usually open between early June and late October.

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Switzerland is a ski and nature representative . Add to that places like Bern, Zurich, Basel, Lugano, Geneva and Lucerne, which are also worth a weekend visit for. A visit can also be a combination of skiing in winter or hiking in summer. Of course, Switzerland’s lakes, mountain peaks and hiking trails are attractions in themselves. Few countries serve their nature as well as Switzerland. The Matterhorn is one of Switzerland’s main symbols.

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25. The Ice Grotto in the Rhone Glacier

Attractions in Switzerland – Top 40

The territory of Switzerland is very small, but this does not prevent it to contain lakes, mountains, unique architectural monuments and picturesque landscapes. Sights of Switzerland are truly breathtaking, they are worth seeing!

For the castle fans we highly recommend a visit to Luxembourg

Historical sights of Switzerland

1. The castle-museum Jengensdorf

Museum-Castle Jengnsdorf

What was once a classic Medieval castle is now an elegant country residence. Breathtaking interiors can be seen by every visitor. The canvases that come into view have a long history, as do the three permanent exhibitions. A walk in the park outside the castle is sure to charm and inspire you to come again, the air there is saturated with tranquility and beauty!

2. St. Peter’s Church in Zurich

Church of St. Peter in Zurich

When visiting Zurich, you should definitely visit the oldest church. During its existence, it has been renovated and reconstructed many times. Now the church is the embodiment of different styles. Concerts that are held for visitors, be sure to accompany the play of the organ. Its sound penetrates to the very depths of the heart. And from the observation deck of the bell tower offers a breathtaking view of the city.

3. Historical Museum of Bern

History Museum in Bern

Sightseeing in Switzerland takes in the best features. The Historical Museum is no exception. It has collected various historical artifacts, which include paintings, ancient church objects, coins from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, and even the armor of medieval warriors. The exhibits were brought from different countries and continents, so they are sure to please every tourist.

4. Toy Museum in Zurich

Museum of Toys in Zurich

The sights of Switzerland are amazing. While walking around Zurich, you should definitely visit the Toy Museum. This is another reason to recall the atmosphere of childhood, to awaken the child inside and enjoy the teddy bears, tin soldiers and even the railroad. You can trace in detail the evolution of the Barbie dolls. The old mansion, which houses the museum, gladly opens its doors to tourists.

5. Bern Cathedral

Bern Cathedral

From the name it is immediately clear where this landmark of Switzerland is located. Bern Cathedral is an example of a temple of incredible beauty in the Gothic style. Its spire rises above the building as if it wants to pierce the sky, and bas-reliefs so accurately convey details of the scene of the Last Judgment that it is impossible to take your eyes away. If you climb the bell tower, you can see the largest bell in the country, weighing 10 tons.

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6. Swiss Museum of Transport

Swiss Transport Museum

For transport lovers, the question, “What to see in Switzerland?” can be advised by a museum whose visit is so fascinating that any tourist will enjoy it. With the right presentation and over 300 exhibits, it’s time well spent. The first thing to do is to visit the railway hall: models of railroads and locomotives of trains are sure to impress! The museum is rightly called the best in the world.

7. Fraumuenster

Fraumuenster

The appearance of the temple is more restrained in comparison to other cathedrals. This is logical, because there used to be a nunnery here. The church was subjected to changes, also here were held not only Protestant and Catholic services, but even Orthodox. There was no owner and the building was gradually falling apart. Now the Gothic temple pleases people with its exterior and interior decoration.

8. Grossmünster Cathedral

Grossmünster Cathedral

Among the religious sights of Switzerland, we should highlight the majestic cloister in the heart of Zurich. The twin towers that complement the famous cathedral give it an austere look. And the panorama that opens from the tower is worth overcoming the steps on the way up, and subsequently visit this place again and again, each time leaving with a new palette of unforgettable emotions.

9. Knight’s Palace

Knight's Palace

The knight’s palace is the epitome of graceful Renaissance style. Medieval-style furnishings, which is accompanied by vacant half-empty corridors, original paintings of great masters – all this meets the path of those who decided to walk through the palace. If you come here in sunny weather, you can admire the way the light floods the rooms. It will transport you to an era of yesteryear. An atmosphere of coziness is definitely ensured!

10. Museum of Natural History in Bern

Bern Natural History Museum

Gold ingots, fallen meteorites, various invertebrates and animal skeletons – the museum boasts it all. The most popular exhibit is the dog Barry. According to rumors, the Saint Bernard saved over 40 people in the Alps. In memory of the rescuer opened a special exhibition. For more realism while visiting the halls, visitors will be able to feel smells, hear sounds, fully experiencing aspects of life.

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