Top 20 Destinations You Must Visit in Switzerland

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Top Destinations in Switzerland

Switzerland is a country of lush beauty with lakes, mountains, and rivers, and offers delicious cuisine and hotels with impeccable service.

If the country is in your travel plans, check out our list below with 20 must-see destinations and suggestions for things to see and do.

20 Top Destinations to Visit in Switzerland

1. Zurich

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Zurich is home to Switzerland’s largest international airport and is often the gateway for many travelers, visiting the country.

Highlights of a visit to Zurich include its historic center, the Grossmünster, Fraumünster, and St. Peter churches, the elegant Bahnhofstrasse street, the FIFA Museum, the Swiss National Museum, and the spectacular “Lindt Home of Chocolate” museum in Kilchberg.

2. Bern

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Bern, the capital of Switzerland, is known for its preserved medieval architecture, and sights such as Bern Cathedral, the Clock Tower(Zytglogge), Bear Park, and museums such as the Bern Historical Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

3. Lucerne

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Lucerne is a charming town located approximately 52 km from Zurich.

The Kapellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke bridges over the Reuss River are symbols of the city. Other important sights include the Jesuitenkirche, the Hofkirche, and the Kornmarkt.

4. Neuhausen am Rheinfall

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Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a popular destination for a day trip from Zurich.

The city’s main attraction is the Rhine Falls(Rheinfall).

5. Basel

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Basel is located along the Rhine near the border with Germany and France.

The city has a medieval historic center with attractions such as the Basler Münster, the Spalentor, and the Basel Museum of Natural History.

6. Geneva

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Located on the banks of Lake Léman (Lake Geneva), Geneva is home to United Nations Headquarters and attractions such as the Geneva Cathedral, the Jet d’Eau, the Jardin Anglais, the Reformers’ Wall, and excellent museum options such as the Geneva Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art and History.

The city has the second-largest airport in Switzerland.

7. Lausanne

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Lausanne is another city located on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Lausanne Cathedral, Place de la Palud, and the Olympic Museum are some of the city’s attractions.

8. Montreux

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Montreux is also located on the shores of Lake Geneva and is known for being home to the Freddie Mercury Statue and its Jazz Festival.

From Montreux departs the Chocolate Train, which passes through Gruyères to Broc. The Château de Chillon and the Lavaux vineyards are also must-see attractions in the surroundings.

9. Vevey

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Vevey is a city located between Lausanne and Montreux.

The Museum Alimentarium, the Musée Jenisch, and the Jardin Doret are some of the city’s main attractions.

10. Lavaux

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Lavaux is located in the canton of Vaud. The region, known for its vineyards, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The white Chasselas grape is the main grape grown there.

A Lavaux Vinorama is a winery that offers wine tours and tastings à la carte.

11. Gruyères

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Gruyères is a medieval hilltop town known for its cheese of the same name.

It is home to attractions such as the Gruyères Castle and the Rue du Bourg.

12. Interlaken

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Interlaken is a city located in central Switzerland.

The town is spectacularly beautiful, surrounded by mountains between lakes Thunersee and Brienzersee.

13. Thun

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Thun is located between Interlaken and Bern on the shores of Lake Thunersee.

It is home to attractions such as Thun Castle, the Kunstmuseum Thun, and the Thun-Panorama.

14. Brienz

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Located 20 minutes from Interlaken on the banks of the Brienzersee, Brienz is a commune that offers hiking trails, scenic spots at Brienz Rothorn Bahn, and the Giessbach Waterfalls.

15. Grindelwald

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Grindelwald is a popular winter destination, widely used as the entrance to the Jungfrau Region, with the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe being its main attraction.

16. Gstaad

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Gstaad is a Swiss village and an important winter sports center, with 47 ski lifts, home to excellent restaurants, hotels, and luxury chalets.

In the summer, it offers activities such as hiking, paragliding, and canoeing.

17. Chur

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Located in the heart of the Alps, Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland. The famous Bernina Express (scenic train) departs from Chur via Tirano in Italy to Lugano.

18. St. Moritz

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St. Moritz is a winter lover’s paradise and has already been considered by the renowned “Condé Nast Traveller” as the best ski resort in Europe.

It is home to luxury hotels, boutiques, starred restaurants, and museums.

19. Lugano

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Lugano is located in southern Switzerland on the shores of Lake Lugano.

The city is home to attractions such as the Parco Ciani, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Santa Maria degli Angioli, the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, and funiculars to the panoramic point of Monte Brč.

20. Zermatt

ZermattPhoto Credit: Abigail Griffith

Zermatt is a ski resort located at the foot of the highest mountains in the  Alpine range, with the Matterhorn being the best known.

Things to do in Switzerland

1. Try the Famous Swiss Fondue

Try the Famous Swiss Fondue

Fondue is a typical Swiss dish, and those visiting the country cannot fail to taste this delicacy in one of the specialized restaurants.

2. Explore Switzerland by Train

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Switzerland is famous for its efficient train system and even offers scenic train options such as the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express, and others.

3. Taste the Delicious Swiss Chocolates

Taste the Delicious Swiss ChocolatesPhoto Credit: Marquise de Photographie

Milk chocolate was developed in Switzerland and is known worldwide for its chocolates. Be sure, to try some of the top Swiss chocolate brands during your visit.

4. Visit the Top of Europe

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The Top of Europe, located in the Jungfrau Region, is one of Switzerland‘s main attractions.

The train to Europe‘s highest railway station(Jungfraujoch) leaves from the Grindelwald Terminal. From the top (3454m above sea level) you will have spectacular 360-degree views.

5. Take a Boat Ride

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Switzerland has beautiful lakes, so taking a boat trip is a must. Some of the country’s major lakes, include Lake Geneva, Lake Lucerne, Zürichsee, Bodensee, Thunersee, Brienzersee, and others.

6. Skiing

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Switzerland is also a winter paradise, with Zermatt, St. Moritz, Grindelwald, and Jungfrau being some of the most popular ski destinations.

7. Visit the Largest Chocolate Museum

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The Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG is the largest chocolate museum in the world and is a must-stop for anyone visiting Zurich, as it is a short train ride from its historic center.

At the museum, it is also possible to participate in the 60-minute chocolate course, and the place also has an outlet.

8. Relax in one of the numerous Luxury Hotels

Relax in one of the numerous Luxury HotelsPhoto Credit: Hotel Villa Honegg

Switzerland is home to hotels that offer comfort, excellent service, spas, inviting pools, and much more.

Some outstanding hotels include the Hotel Villa Honegg, the Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, Park Hotel Vitznau, and the Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa.

9. Enjoy Breathtaking Landscapes

Enjoy Breathtaking LandscapesPhoto by Andreas M

The Swiss landscape in all seasons is breathtaking. Take the time to appreciate every little corner you pass during your stay.

10. Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Switzerland produces unique, high-quality wines, with the Valais region being, the Swiss wine-growing center.

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