Switzerland

The Most Beautiful Places in Switzerland

Switzerland is a small mountainous country located in central Europe. This landlocked country is about the size of New Jersey and is between France and Italy. It is also bordered by Austria, Germany, and Liechtenstein. The country has an impressive 208 mountains over 3,000 metres including the towering Matterhorn, the jewel of the Swiss Alps.The world’s leading particle physics laboratory CERN is located within Switzerland’s borders. Switzerland has long been known for its fine chocolate, With an area of 580.03 km2 (224 sq mi), Lake Geneva is the largest lake in Switzerland. One of the sweetest facts about Switzerland is that the Swiss are the world’s biggest consumers of chocolate. The Swiss Alps are high, snow-covered mountains most of which are over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).  Switzerland has the second-highest life expectancy of all the countries in the world (after Japan), with an average age of 83 years. Swiss women live even longer, with an average lifespan of 85 years. Most animals in Switzerland live in the mountains. 

1) St. Moritz

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St. Moritz is more than just a holiday resort. It was also the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (in 1864) and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. St. Moritz is prime snow-sports territory, with a paradise of idyllic paths for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.  St. Moritz is the kind of destination where they play polo on a frozen lake, and where apartment blocks are designed by Norman Foster. St. Moritz, which is in the Upper Engadine, at an elevation of 1,856 m, boasts plenty of sunny days. Surrounded by Alps peaks towering 3,000 meters or more, the town of St. Moritz has a population of 5,000 and is one of the world’s richest places. Mountaineers also have plenty of options in Upper Engadine and there are 17 climbing gardens of various difficulty levels to complete the facilities. St. Moritz has twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1928 and 1948), and skiing conditions are great from Christmas until late April. It also hosted numerous bobsledding and ski world cups. If you’re staying in St. Moritz in winter, the journey from the resort down to Tirano is dreamlike, taking in the Bernina Pass and with a sumptuous view of Piz Bernina, the highest summit in the Eastern Alps.

2) Lucerne

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Lucerne is a compact, lively town with lots of indoor and outdoor attractions; Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. The city of Lucerne derives its name from Lake Lucerne on which it is situated. Surrounded by snowclad mountains, the city makes an ideal tourist destination. It’s close to Zurich airport, so it’s convenient for air travelers to start or end their itinerary here; its attractions, its attractive shopping offer, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland. Today, the city is not only famous for some of the best tourist attractions, such as the Chapel bridge – the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe – medieval houses and charming town squares, but also has some lesser known facets too. The rail station is at walking distance from the beautiful old town center;  if you are visiting Lucerne, be warned that people here either speak German or Serb-Croat. You may have difficulty in communicating with the locals in other European languages.

3) Zurich

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Zurich is located in the center of Switzerland and at the heart of Europe. Zurich is the Swiss financial capital, many assume it also holds the highest rank in politics. Zurich is abuzz with activity day and night with its countless events, diverse museums, own food festival and Switzerland’s most vibrant nightlife. Whether you are coming from Madrid or Stockholm, most European capitals are reached in less than 2.5 hours from Zurich by plane.  With the city’s population topping 400,000 inhabitants and 1.3 million people within the canton, Zurich is the hub of Switzerland.  Located in the heart of Europe, the city offers all the modern amenities of a cosmopolitan metropolis, without sacrificing its natural side. With its Main Railway Station, Zurich also has the largest railway station in Switzerland  – with direct connections to other Swiss cities and the surrounding countries. Located in the heart of the Old Town, St Peter’s Church stands adjoined to a medieval watchtower built for the local fire brigade. 

4) Swiss Grand Canyon

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Also known as Rhine Gorge and Swiss Grand Canyon, Ruinaulta is counted among the top places to visit in Switzerland for photography and nature hiking. The Grand Canyon in the States had been such spectacular sight that if anything even remotely similar existed here, This “Grand Canyon” is made up of the Rhine Gorge located between Reichenau and Ilanz in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Laax is famous for having incredible skiing and snowboarding, but in the summer the town transforms into the perfect hiking location, with over 155 miles of trails to explore and various panoramic lookouts. The Swiss Grand Canyon Switzerland which is a canyon like gorge in the Anterior Rhine Valley and also can be reached on foot over the water or by the train and bike. Rhein gorge is one of the must-visit places in Switzerland. You can make a tour through this Swiss Grand Canyon by car, train, hike or mountain bike. There are multiple hiking routes through the gorge but with lots of entry and exit points, as well as a train running through the gorge itself, you have lots of options for your adventure. Swiss Grand Canyon is parts of the Ruinaulta in the Switzerland country. It is well connected with Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Lausanne cities by road. Schluechtli is a mountain peak of the Swiss mountain range in the north-western part of the Alps. Located on the south of Versam in the canton Grisons with 2283 meters high above the sea makes this peak somehow exhausting to be hiked.

5)  Chateau de Chillon

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Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. The castle appears to rise out of the waters of Lac Léman, where it occupies a rocky islet and is connected to the mainland by a small wooden bridge. Chateau de Chillon is a romantic castle in Lake Geneva near Montreux. Chillon Castle is the most-visited historic monument in Switzerland and a great family-friendly destination. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. Chateau de Chillon has a beautiful location on a small island in the far western end of Lake Geneva between Montreux and Villeneuve. it has been a tourist attraction since it was visited (and popularized) by 19th Century poets and authors such as Byron, Shelley, Victor Hugo, Hans Christian Andersen, Flaubert, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens. It’s possible to rent the castle for various events. From the Castle, you can reach Montreux (by boat, by bus or on foot), where you can admire ten mile of sheltered bays, bordered with flower-lined promenades, exotic plants and palm trees. Transportation to Chateau de Chillon is easy by car, train, bus or boat making the castle a great day-trip destination for travelers in the Lake Geneva region as well as for skiers in the nearby Alpine resorts in both Switzerland and France

 

 

6) Bern

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Bern, also spelled Berne, city, capital of Switzerland and of Bern canton, in the west-central part of the country. It lies along a narrow loop of the Aare River.  Bern is the capital of Switzerland and UNESCO World Heritage. The city is situated on the Swiss plateau in the canton of Bern, slightly west of the center of Switzerland and 20 km (12 mi) north of the Alps. Bern was the scene of a disputation in 1528 between Roman Catholics and Reformers that led to its acceptance and subsequent championship of Protestant doctrines. Many of the interesting things are concentrated in the old town around the main station, which makes it easy to explore them by foot. Old Bern, connected by several bridges to newer parts of the city on the right bank, preserves more of its medieval appearance than any other Swiss city. The tourist guide and city map from the Bern tourist office provide information about shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and places to be in Bern. The city covers a total area of 52 square kilometers (20 square miles). The average altitude is 540 meters (1,770 feet) above sea level.

 

7) The Matterhorn

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There are a wide variety of different attractions to be discovered around the Matterhorn.  It’s one of the world’s most famous and iconic mountains, despite being neither the highest, nor the most difficult to climb.  A top excursion is Gornergrat. On this three-thousand metre mountain ridge there is a viewing platform with a truly unforgettable view of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountain world. The Matterhorn formed millions of years ago when several land masses slammed into one another, forcing the ground upward. The Matterhorn glacier paradise is the highest summer ski region in Europe and is open 365 days a year. And there is still plenty to do when the sun isn’t shining. The Matterhorn is the 12th highest peak in (Western) Europe; the 10th highest mountain in Switzerland; and one of 48 Swiss peaks above 4000m. This Switzerland landmark is at the border of the western Swiss canton of Valais between Zermatt and the Italian resort of Breuil-Cervinia, and offers a paradise for all nature-lovers looking for peace and quiet. Carved out of snow and ice, Iglu-Dorf in the town of Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn is home to the world’s largest snow igloo, with an interior diameter of 42 feet and a height of 34 feet.

 

8) Mürren

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Mürren is a car-free village in the west of the Jungfrau region, offering amazing panoramic views.  Mürren, the mountain with its brilliant panoramic views, is one of the most famous and top attractions of the Jungfrau region today. Mürren is a small mountain village, perched on the edge of a ridge on the south-western end of the deep Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Mürren is a bit isolated. It’s perfect for an excursion to the Schilthorn, but you have to descend to the valley for many other excursions. Situated at the foot of the Schilthorn, Mürren has always remained a cozy mountain village. A car-free alpine village, Mürren is just perfect for winter sports and hiking.  The town can be reached by cableways from Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg. In winters, the sports region of Mürren-Schilthorn offers around 53 kilometers of ski and snowboard pistes, a network of walking trails and the toboggan runs.

9) Brienz

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Brienz is located in the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland at the opposite end of Brienzersee to Interlaken. Brienz is located in the middle of charming mountains at the eastern end of turquoise-coloured Lake Brienz.  The Hasli Valley’s multilingual tourism site covers the area between Lake Brienz and four mountain passes: the Grimsel, Susten, Grosse Scheidegg, and Brünig. This lake is beautiful, such a brilliant blue (due the the glacier mineral run off I believe), perfect for a paddle steamer cruise on to see the little villages on the shore and to get a glimpse of Giessbach falls. The cosy village is starting point for excursions to the Bernese Oberland, the Ballenberg Open-air Museum but also to Lucerne or Interlaken or across the nearby Alpine passes. It is a small village with approx 3000 inhabitants. Brienz is famous as the Swiss centre for woodcarving. It’s surrounded by forested mountains on all sides, giving it a wild and brooding quality that contrasts sharply with the well-tended atmosphere of Brienz and the other towns along its shore. 

10) Zermatt

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The scenery is stunning; Zermatt is surrounded by the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps, including the Matterhorn; Zermatt is extremely picturesque, car-free and offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn and 28 other 4,000 metre peaks surrounding the mountain village. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town’s touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world’s most famous mountain. Zermatt is the ideal place for anyone who is looking for perfection: a car free village in a perfect landscape with the best shops, hotels, restaurants and chalets.  Known as the “Matterhorn Ski Paradise” the united Zermatt, Cervinia and Valtournenche ski areas offer one of the largest skiable domains in the world. The location of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world’s most attractive vacation villages.  Zermatt is situated at the end of the Matter valley, at one of the most scenic spots in the Swiss Alps. The highest peaks of the Alps can be found here. The most prominent one is the famous Matterhorn. In addition to unrivalled winter sports opportunities, Zermatt offers a charming and bustling village, high mountain scenery, easy winter hiking trails, gourmet mountain restaurants, old churches, a sense of history, lively apres-ski, sophisticated live music, child-care and much much more. 

11) Ticino & Lake Lugano

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Lake Lugano is at the southernmost tip of the Tessin, the holiday region south of the ridge of the Alps, and it reaches its arms out into Italy. Lake Lugano, Italian Lago Di Lugano, or Lago Ceresiolake between Lakes Maggiore and Como with an area of 19 square miles (49 square km), of which the middle 12 square miles (31 square km) are in Ticino canton (Switzerland) and the northeastern and southwestern ends in the Lombardy regione (Italy).  The steep wooded mountainsides that form much of its vertiginous shore give a wild, untouched appearance to all but a few valleys where rivers flow in from the mountains. The lake has a number of different branches and is surrounded by mountains: Monte Generoso is the highest mountain by Lake Lugano, at about 1700 m. Lake Lugano’s greatest length is about 22 miles (35 km), greatest width 2 miles (3 km), and maximum depth 945 feet (288 m).  Spacious green parks border the lake at the northern end of Lugano, shaded by trees and brightened by flower gardens. Except around the Bay of Lugano, the lake’s wooded shores are more precipitous and desolate than those of the larger Italian Alpine lakes, and its northeastern arm is bounded by steep, rocky mountains.

 

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