With lush green valleys, snowcapped alpine landscape, and stunning medieval villages, it isn't hard to see why Switzerland ranks high on many people's list of countries to visit. Considering the numerous tourist attractions in the country, knowing where to go when traveling to the country can be pretty daunting. I mean, who doesn't want to see the various medieval old towns in the country?
As a result of these, we have compiled a Top 10 Things to do and Places offering jaw-dropping scenery to Visit In Switzerland.
Switzerland is home to some of the most impressive and dramatic alps in Europe. This is why it is sometimes called the home of the alps. Hiking in Switzerland brings a lot more different experiences compared to hiking in other countries. This is because the small country can easily be viewed from the various mountains surrounding it. Added to that are the many valleys and ski resorts available to explore. Other than hiking up these alps, there are also several lifts and cable cars that can take you to the top of the mountain without stressing yourself. As a result of the numerous mountains present in the country, there are two ways you can explore best explore the Swiss Alps:
Switzerland is also home to the largest Alpine Lake in Europe – Lake Geneva, which can be found in Geneva. The lake is surrounded by beautiful parks, promenades, gardens, and the Geneva old town, all of which make for an exciting experience. Other things to look forward to at the lake include the famous Jet d'Eau – a fountain that shoots water high into the air and serves as a landmark in the area; Geneva's cultural attraction sites such as its Grand Theatre and its Opera House, the city's medieval Old town with its Gothic buildings and beautiful cafes among other things. Night Skiing and Wine tasting tours are some of the popular activities you don't want to miss when you visit the lake.
TIP: Should you visit Lake Geneva in June/July, you will catch the famous Montreux Jaxx Festival being hosted on the lake.
Lucerne is very impressive and good for taking stunning pictures. This is one reason the city is at the top of the list for many prospective tourists. The city is famous for its many music concerts, including the annual International Music Festival, thanks to its well-designed concert halls. Some of the things to look forward to in Lucerne other than its world-class concert halls includes the famous Chapel Bridge, which was built in the 14th Century; the famous Lion Monument, which tells the heroic story of some Swiss Guards carrying out their duties during the French revolution; the Swiss Transport Museum among other things.
Switzerland's largest city is not one you want to miss for any reason. Although it is not the country's capital, it still acts as Switzerland's financial center and transportation hub. This itself makes it an unmissable place. There are lots of attractions and historic sites you want to visit while in the city. Some top places you don't want to miss include the city's old town, the Bahnhofstrasse – the world's most expensive street; several fantastic museums and art galleries, including the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Swiss National Museum; and the Uetliberg Mountain.
Lokated between two lakes – Lake Thun and Lake Brienz – is Switzerland's most visited and iconic resort, Interlaken. The resort's locations make it very easy to make trips to several other hotspots in Switzerland, such as Murren, Grindelwald, Thun, Brienz, and Wengen. As a result, you can experience various excellent villages while also trying to hike the surrounding mountains. The resort also offers bright and stunning scenery, so you might want to have a camera handy. Should you visit in the Winter, Skiing and snowboarding are two popular activities you can engage in when not exploring the country.
TIP: The easiest way to explore Interlaken and its surrounding hotspots is by taking a tour of a paddle steamer.
Founded in 1914 and nestled in the Canton of Graubunden is the oldest National park in Switzerland and is one you definitely must not miss. The Swiss National park spans about 170 square kilometers with several hiking trails that allow you to explore the park as much as you want. Some of the animals you can expect to find while exploring the park via the trails include marmots, ibexes, golden eagles, chamois, among others.
NOTE: It is forbidden to leave the hiking trails while exploring the park.
TIP: Download the App of the park
Found in Bernese Oberland is Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe. With an elevation of 3,454 meters above sea level, it provides the most impressive way to admire the dramatic splendor of the Swiss Alps. The Jungfraujoch is the starting point of the Aletsch Glacier which happens to be the longest glacier in Europe. This, in turn, means you can glimpse scenic views of the stretching glacier while at the top of Jungfraujoch. Several hotspots offering great adventure experiences can also be found in the Jungfrau region.
While there are many historic Castles in Switzerland, none offers a more exciting experience than the Chateau de Chillion. Located atop Lake Geneva on a small rocky island, the castle offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding alps in stunning scenery you don't want to visit without enough battery in your camera. The castle is the most visited medieval building in offering tons of bedrooms, dungeons, halls, and courtyards for tourists to explore and admire.
Switzerland offers a vibrant and rich cultural heritage that is worth exploring. The country is home to several traditions and festivals that are as interesting to participate in to watch on the sidelines. These festivals and practices are carried out all year and offer you an insight into some of the many eccentricities of Swiss Culture.
The Matterhorn is one of Switzerland's highest and most iconic pointed peaks in the alps. Towering at an impressive 4,478 meters above sea level, the Matterhorn attracts thousands of experienced mountain hikers and climbers every summer. In addition to attracting tons of tourists, the Matterhorn is home to Zermatt, one of Switzerland's five-star resorts. Zermatt offers several world-class restaurants and chalets to ensure your stay is as comfortable as your money can get you.
NOTE: Motorized vehicles are banned in Zermatt, so you don't want to waste any money on hiring a car while on this side of the country.
Some of the popular activities in the area both in Summer and Winter include hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, glacier skiing, and climbing.
TIP: An easy way to admire the Matterhorn and the stunning views of its surrounding mountains is by taking a cable car to the summit of the Rothorn.
As you can see, there is so much to explore in Switzerland, some of which didn't even make our top 10 list. Some other activities you might want to explore while in the country besides the ones mentioned above includes Chocolate and wine tasting, exploring CERN, learning the Swiss language, discovering swiss cheese recipes and many more.