Federer, cheese, chocolates, cakes, watches, knives, banks, romantic childhood fantasies – if there is one word that can prefix all of these, it’s Swiss. Switzerland, to be clearer. Splendid alpine frames oozing out from storybook villages, glittering turquoise lakes and picturesque hamlets – the dreamland Switzerland is a metaphor for all the fairy tales one could ever fancy.
With such grandeur and glamor in stock, a Swiss trip is generally confusing to itinerate. Hence, to help you zero down on the major and must visit Switzerland tourist attractions here is a list to answer all your confusions.
A turquoise blue lake surrounded by mountains, covered bridges, frescoed historic buildings, waterfront promenades, and sun-splashed plazas, a car-free medieval old town, with bubbling fountains – Lucerne is the perfect name to start the list of Switzerland tourist attractions. It hosts music festivals and concerts like a few in the world. From Archaeology to history and entertainment to infotainment, Lucerne is a complete package.
Major attractions: Chapel Bridge, Lion monument, annual International music festival, Swiss Transport museum with extensive exhibits on all forms of transport, including railroad locomotive.
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Interlaken rests between Lake Thun to the west and Lake Brienz to the east. This beautiful city hosts some of the best summer holiday resorts in Switzerland. Höhematte, a marvel of urban planning with 35 acres of open space boasts of flower gardens, hotels, and cafés in the middle of the town and provide for scenic vistas to be framed in memories forever.
Major attractions: Railways, ski lifts, chairlifts and cable cars; snowboarding, cross country skiing, paragliding over snow, paddle steamer cruise around the lakes
3. Jungfraujoch – The top of Europe
Jungfraujoch hosts of the UNESCO World heritage site of Great Aletsch Glacier, beautiful train journeys to the Bernese Oberland and an enriching observation terrace with a scientific observatory. While the Great Aletsch Glacier is the longest in Europe, the train journey is one of the unique experiences on rails in Europe. It is also a base for famous treks to the surrounding mountains and houses some of the oldest of Swiss resorts in history.
Major attractions: The scenic beauties, walks till Panorama Way to the sunny, south-facing First slope; the Gletscherschlucht (Glacier Gorge); and Öpfelchüechliwäg – the high-altitude trail from Holenstein to Brandegg through fields of flowers, alpine pastures, and woodlands
4. Lake Geneva
Europe’s largest Alpine lake – Lake Geneva lies on the Swiss/French border. The UN city lies between snow-capped peaks with promenades, parks, and gardens that surround the lake. The old town has its own rustic charm that makes it a lovely spot to stroll among the historic buildings.
Major attractions: The pristine lake, gardens, Opera House, Grand Theatre, cute cafes, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in June/July
5. The Matterhorn
Matterhorn – the iconic Swiss peak hosts the charming village of Zermatt, a top international resort with horse-drawn carriage rides, quaint chalets, and world-class restaurants and hotels. Sharing the border with Italy, the peak is 4,478 meters high, and the four steep faces of the peak lie in the direction of the compass points. What is striking is that the village has banned motored vehicle to preserve the air quality and peaceful ambiance.
Major attractions: Skiing in winters on a slope of 300 kilometers, swimming and tennis as well as hiking, biking, and climbing in the surrounding mountains
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The largest city and a major transportation hub, Zurich lies at the northwestern end of Lake Zurich. This name among the Switzerland tourist attractions boasts of a rich lineup of cultural treasures like quaint heritage shops, galleries, cafes, and colorful streets. The zoo here is a special attraction among the families which boasts of an exclusive Elephant Park and Madagascar pavilion.
Major attractions: Kunsthaus Zurich – the museum of fine arts, shopping at Bahnhofstrasse, Gothic chateau, penguin parade
7. Swiss National Park
The Swiss National Park, founded in 1914, is one of the oldest reserves in the Alps of Engadine Valley. Spread over 170 sq km of pine forest in the mountains, it invites nature lovers to explore the wildlife of more than 5,000 species including marmot, red deer, chamois, ibex, and fox.
Major attractions: Flower-dotted hollows, shrubs and streams, limestone crags, mountain treks
8. Chateau de Chillon, Montreux
Lord Byron, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo – the likes of these artists have written about this architectural treasure. By the shores of Lake Geneva lies Chateau de Chillon (Chillon Castle) which has inspired artists for centuries. The complex encompasses about 25 buildings clustered around three courtyards.
Major attractions: The gothic underground rooms, heritage architecture, great halls, the Chapel adorned with 14th-century paintings and several medieval murals
9. St Moritz
Crystal clear lakes, glaciers, snow washed peaks, alpine forests, and days full of sunshine – St Moritz is one of the world’s top mountain destinations. Having hosted two winter Olympics, the small town overlooks the turquoise Lake of St Moritz.
Major attractions: Health resorts, lake, hiking, biking, glacier skiing, skating and snowboarding, bobsledding and tobogganing on the famous 1.2 km long Cresta run.
A perfect amalgamation of old and not so old – Bern is one place that exudes old world charm along with the freshness of the new changed world. Cobbled streets leading to the cathedrals, panoramic vistas to frame in the memories, and 16th-century fountains – all conspire simultaneously to keep their admirers stuck for long.
Major attractions: Tallest cathedral, Zytglogge medieval clock, Rose garden, Bern Museum of art, Bear Park
11.The Rhine Falls
Another name in the list of Switzerland tourist attractions is the largest falls in Central Europe – Rhine Waterfalls that span over 150 meters at Schaffhausen. During the months of June and July, the falls spill over a 21 m high edge of Jurassic limestones.
Major attractions: Boat trips up to the falls, scenic vistas as seen from the falls
From a buck load of swiss attractions, we have provided you with the bests. All you need to do is to pack up and embark upon the journey to live those swiss dreams.
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