1. The Matterhorn
This pyramid-shaped giant is one of the most photographed of the world’s mountains, making it definitely one of Switzerland’s top destinations. Standing at an amazing 4,478 m, mountaineers from around the world come down to the summit in Switzerland. Why not stick to the cable car if you’re not feeling very energetic? The highest section of the alpine mountain is home to the highest section, with excellent views of the peak and further afield. It doesn’t really get much more Swiss than a Matterhorn journey.
2. Château de Chillon
Without checking out the medieval Château de Chillon no trip to the Swiss Riviera is over. Located on an island in Lake Geneva, near the famous city of Montreux, the castle is a strategic water fort from the X century. The rich counts of Savoy then became a lake-side summer home when castle rooms were furnished with art and treasures today. The castle is the most frequented historical monument in Switzerland and is certainly a must-visit as you explore the country.
The Jungfraujoch is an Alpine marvellous country that deserves its full name for the Top of Europe. The Jungfraujoch is one of the best – and highest – attractions in Switzerland, technically a glacier saddle between two mountains. And don’t allow the altitude to put you off – from mountaineering to slides and more, there are plenty for the whole family up there. The world-famous Jungfrau railway is perhaps the most impressive attraction. The train starts from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, up to 3,454 metres above sea level.
4. Schweizerischer Nationalpark
It can be difficult to know where to go in a country with stunning scenery. One thing, however is that you want to visit Zernez’s Swiss National Park. It gives you an idea of how the Alps were before touristic use as the country’s only national park. This place has everything from snow crustled glaciers to enchanting wilderness. There are many walking trails, each of which leads visitors to amazing sights. If you’re lucky, some of the park’s local residents might take sight – all of them call this park home, red squirrels, ibex, and red deers.
5. Lake Geneva
The Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful places of Switzerland and extends from Geneva in the west to Lausanne in the East. There is plenty to do in the region around from Geneva’s international bustle to the numerous wineries that crawl around the lake on the hillsides. And on the lake, too, there is much activity. For more active visitors to the area, windsurfing, water skiing and kayaking are possible. Or if you feel a little more lazy, just sit back and wander the lake’s beauty on the deck of a paddle steamer.
Take a trip to South Lugano to see Switzerland in an all-new light. The town, known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland,” is located on the banks of Lugano Lake. Swiss and Italian culture are combined into an unforgettable weekend break. You might even think that when you visit Italy you’re at home in numerous museums and warmed up by Mediterranean breezes. Outside the city, the lush hills that rise from the lake are sprinkled with beautiful villas.
The mediaeval city is also one of the most charming places to visit, not only is it Bern Switzerland’s capital. Walk around the narrow, paved stones of the old town and you’ll soon see why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A whole host of shops, bars and bears are located all over Bern’s historic centre. Yes, that is right, in the properly named Bear Park in the city just across the river from the old town, the bears of their family – the symbol of the town. If this was not sufficient, the townhouses many lively markets during Advent, including some memorable Christmas markets.
It is not much more impressive than Lucerne in a country of panoramic lake towns. The compact, mediaeval city lies on the shores of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by three large mountains. You will be forgiven when you walk around the captivating historic city to think that you have entered a painting. There are old churches, busy squares and plenty of shops to explore as you marvel at the city’s architectural marvel. The highlight is the Chapel Bridge, which has connected the center of Lucerne since 1333, with a covered wooden bridge.
9. Rhine Falls
It’s easy to see why Rhine Falls is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. Visitors can enjoy the beauty from several viewing decks of the waterfall – which is situated near Schaffhausen’s north town. You can rent a canoe and see some nearby water castles if you feel more adventurous. Every August, Switzerland’s National Day fires, host a dramatic fireworks display that attracts visitors from all over the country.
And last but not least, without mentioning Zurich, no list of the best things in Switzerland would be complete. Zurich is also the country’s largest Swiss city and the social and cultural hub. Indeed, Zurich has a surprisingly lively social scene, despite its world-renowned financial opportunities. There’s a lot going on from the popular Pride Parade to the biggest road rave in Europe. And if it wasn’t enough the city is quite easy to look at – from the lovely old town streets to the amazing scenery of Zurich Lake.