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Are you thinking about where to go in Switzerland? Switzerland has beautiful scenery and a small population. The city and the country always look comfortable and quiet, and have a rural charm. There are many medieval buildings in the city, and Gothic and Baroque buildings are particularly eye-catching.

On the Swiss side of the Alps, it is a paradise for skiers. Geneva, Lucerne, Basel, Zurich, Jungfrau, are some of the best places to visit in Switzerland as each place is nostalgic. When you walk through idyllic mountains - dotted with lakes and upholstered green meadows dotted with colorful flowers - riding a luxurious high-speed train, you know that Switzerland has to be among the best countries in the world to live.

It has one of the best financial systems in the world, pristine cities, modern infrastructure, good job opportunities and a good location in the center of Europe. Among many other things you have an excellent place to live. In fact, many of the Spaniards who left Spain in the 50s and 60s of the last century went to try their luck in Switzerland and remain there (and their descendants).

Despite being in the heart of Europe, Switzerland has always held onto their own unique customs and culture. From yodeling to Alpine horn playing, Switzerland has a distinct identity which is all its own. This country is dominated by its Alpine mountain range, with the imposing Matterhorn having tempted climbers for generations.

Of course, Switzerland is also famous for its clocks and watches, and it seems like everything runs on time here. As a solo traveller you can set your own agenda. Make sure to soak up as much of the atmosphere as you can on your visit. Winter is the best time to travel to Switzerland.

Here in this Switzerland travel guide and blog, you can find some unique places to visit in Switzerland and fun things to do this winter.

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1. Geneva


Geneva is in the southwest corner of Switzerland, and the largest lake in Switzerland is in its north, also known by its name - Lake Geneva. Geneva is a modern city, but the main attractions are concentrated on the shores of Lake Geneva, which can be visited on foot. The United Nations European headquarters is also here, so it is not only a Swiss city but also a city of the world.

2. Lausanne


It is part of the French-speaking part of Switzerland, with a view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. This small town is full of French romance and atmosphere and one of the best places to go in Switzerland. The Olympic Museum is the largest museum in the world to record the history of the Olympic Movement and the most complete collection of Olympic materials in the world.

We recommend taking a trip to Gruyères, where you will find the incredible H.R. Giger museum. Trust us when we tell you that this is no ordinary museum. The creator of the monsters from the Alien movies having designed this place himself in trademark Gothic style.

3. Montreux


Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux has a natural romantic atmosphere and is one of the best places in Switzerland. The Chillon Castle on the lake is a model of the Swiss castle. You can boat on the lake, or stroll through the town's old buildings, and breathe its romantic atmosphere. The mild climate, plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures create a good environment for Montreux.

4. Zermatt


Several airlines offer direct flights to the Swiss airports of Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Basel, from where you can take direct trains to Zermatt (between three and four hours). The village of Zermatt is dominated by one of the greatest symbols of Switzerland, the unmistakable Matterhorn peak of Mount Matterhorn. Zermatt is a paradise for glaciers with snow-capped mountains and is one of the best sites in Switzerland for hiking.

The stretches of white mountains line the beautiful lines of the sky, and the greenery and flowers scattered among the valleys make the whites more transparent. Located in the canton of Valais, in the south of the country and bordering Italy, Zermatt is one of the most famous mountain destinations in the Swiss Alps for hiking in Switzerland.

Matterhorn Museum shows the history and traditions of the town. When spring and summer arrive, hiking in the mountains of Zermatt is one of the favorite activities of the locals. Watch the mountain lake and the snow mountain singing songs.

Skiing in Zermatt takes you to another dimension. The fabulous landscape will captivate your attention from the moment you step on the station. And who does not dazzle being surrounded by 29 peaks that exceed 4000 meters?
The three ski areas of Zermatt rise above 3100 meters. This translates into excellent snow conditions and long tracks.

For example, the track that starts at the Klein Matterhorn cable car, 3820 meters high, and ends in Zermatt, is 13 kilometers long and 2200 meters high, being one of the longest and highest tracks in the world. You can also end the day in the idyllic village of Findeln, tasting a fondue in one of its restaurants.

The splendor of the sun in the alpine snow is unimaginable, nowhere is there such an exhibition of size and beauty as can be seen from the Gornergrat Top. Gornergrat is one of the three skiing domains of Zermatt. The other two are Sunnegga Rothorn and Schwarzsee.

In this last one is located the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest panoramic viewpoint in Europe, at 3,883 meters, accessible through the cable car that climbs the highest altitude of the continent. Visit the Glacier Palace, located 15 meters below the surface and decorated with ice sculptures, a restaurant and a shop. From Zermatt you can also access the Cervinia station in Italian territory.

The panoramic views of much of Switzerland, northern Italy, and even the French Alps, is something truly extraordinary. Here you will discover the silent, wild, and beautiful landscape of the eternal alpine ice.

5. Ascona


Among all those small towns in Europe where jazz rhymes with summer, Ascona is usually the first. And your postcard is enviable. Imagine this cocktail: Lake Maggiore, summery mountains, good music, festive atmosphere but without lag and that intergenerational cultural halo that surrounds this musical genre. Oh! And a last incentive: the scenes that are mounted in Locaron and that invite to visit, also, this city.

6. Lugano


Lugano is the largest city in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, and it also has the casual, romantic and warm Italian atmosphere. The southernmost city in Switzerland has some colourful markets of the world, unique antique shops, a small park by the lake and the best places to tent in Switzerland. There are no unique attractions in the mountains and lakes, staggered alleys, and the whole city is a famous painting.

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7. Lucerne


If skiing is not the main purpose of your visit to Switzerland, presumably you are coming to enjoy the architecture of the Middle Ages and the laid-back idyllic scenery. You can see beautiful fields, charming country roads, magnificent snow-capped mountains, old towns. The HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute is located in the small town of Somberg in the Canton of Lucerne.

8. Zurich


Zurich enjoys the reputation of being the richest city in Europe, European millionaire city and financial center. Not only that, but the environment, the architecture, the culture, the atmosphere of life here exudes a unique charm. There are mountains and lakes, and there are lights and hustle and bustle.

9. Basel


Basel is located at the junction of the Rhine Bay and Germany and France. It is the most important transportation hub connecting France, Germany and Switzerland. The highways of the three countries meet here. The city retains the characteristics of the German-speaking city, and the combination of modern and classical is perfect and very orderly. And here is the birthplace of King Federer.

10. Bern


Bern is in the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by the Swiss Alps and the Aare Rive. The capital looks least like a capital. In the streets and alleys of the city, you can feel the warmth of the country and the elegance of the nobles. There are many street springs in the streets of the city of Bern. So Bern is also known as the spring city.

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11. Interlaken


Interlaken, the important stop of the Swiss Golden Pass train, connecting Lake Brienz with Lake Thun, is an important gateway to the Jungfrau and Schilthorn, with the best natural scenery in Switzerland. With turquoise blue waters, mountainous peaks of permanent snow and a fresh breeze on the face, Interlaken is guarded by Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is one of the beautiful places to visit in Switzerland.

The first is the best known, with famous mountains such as the Niesen or the Harder Kulm and the views of the powerful and well-known Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. A water trip through the Lake Thun and Lake Brienz will take you through bucolic fishing ports and castles full of history. Be it the Mediterranean air on Lake Thun or the journey through the transparent glacial waters on Lake Brienz.

Close by are the Giessbach waterfalls, which are truly impressive and can be accessed from below through a walkway. They are in a forest where there is a luxury hotel that has its own zipper to the lake. It is a paradise for skiers, and with the wildflowers in the best mountains to visit in summer, it is the best time to hike in Switzerland.

Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen is 13 km by car. The funicular is in the middle of the town of Lauterbrunnen, but you have to park in a paid parking lot at the end of the village, where the waterfall is located. Lauterbrunnen valley is one of the most spectacular of all the Alps and a landscape dominated by vertical walls of mountains and waterfalls of meltwater.

Lauterbrunnen is also known as the valley of the 72 waterfalls. One of the most impressive is the Staubbach Falls, which with almost 300 meters high, becomes the second highest freefall waterfall in Switzerland, and one of the highest in Europe. In summer, the warm winds disperse the water in all directions causing it to spray.

Take a cog railway that go up to Wengen. From this village you can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley. Take a cable car to the Männlichen. The Männlichen peak, at 2,343 meters, is an excellent viewpoint between the valleys of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald.

From there, a mountain trail starts up to Kleine Scheidegg, a walk that allows you to see an excellent view of the Bernese Alps, always guarded by the majestic peaks of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, the three highest heights in Switzerland. Kleine Scheidegg is the starting point of the cog railway that goes up to the Jungfraujoch and is also one of the places in Switzerland to enjoy alpine horn playing or alphorn.

Nearby, the glacial waters of Trümmelbach Falls traverse the crevices of the mountains beyond the viewing platforms. A cable car runs from the village of Stechelberg to the Schilthorn mountain, from where you can see the Bernese Alps and is an easy day trip to bohemian Switzerland.

Take a cable car up to Grütschalp. Breathing the alpine air and overlooking the highest peaks in Europe, is something that would not change even for a meal in the best restaurant in Switzerland. Consider visiting the town of Murren. To get there from Grütschalp there are 2 options by train or by taking a pleasant 1-hour walk on flat terrain.
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30 comments:

  1. Wow! Such an amazing place! I really love to visit in Switzerland someday. Awesome photos.

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  2. OK now I feel bad but despite living in Sweden and travelling all over Europe I've only once been to Switzerland, and only for skiing, and not to any of the places on your list! Need to put all these places on the list of places to visit now.

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  3. BEAUTIFUL! Makes me want to book a trip right now. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I have Switzerland behind my home, yet I needed your guide to know it and want to explore it!

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  5. I would love to plan a trip around all of these. I've always wanted to visit Switzerland. It's a gorgeous country.

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  6. My secret dream is to live in switzerland. i've read a lot about it and in addition to being beautiful, the way of life sounds pretty enticing too. much better work life balance than the US.

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  7. I would love to visit Switzerland, if only it was cheaper. I have heard so many beautiful stories about Interlaken and how stunning the scenery is there.

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  8. Wow switzerland looks so beautiful! I'm going to start looking into a trip now! thanks for sharing this

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  9. I've always wanted to visit Switzerland!

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  10. i promised myself to visit Switzerland someday. it is one of the places i would want to experience.

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  11. Switzerland seems like such a small country when compared to its neighbors. I never imagined there would be so much to do there. And the pictures are simply breathtaking!

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  12. I have been to Switzerland few years back when I did a western Europe trip. Been to Lucerne and Zurich, very clean and nice place but things are quite expensive. I remember trying to get a swiss watch as it is so reputable in Asia and cheaper in Switzerland.

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  13. Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!

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  14. Both Basel and Interlaken look phenomenal. What a great view! I could stare at that all day, not to mention the rest of the scenery not pictured.

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  15. Switzerland is a fascinating country. I like that this guide shared some of the lesser known places to visit in Switzerland as well as the more well known places.

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  16. I have always wanted to visit Switzerland, it looks so stunning. We hope to do so in the near future and will be taking on board all of your fab suggestions! Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. Indeed Switzerland has the most beautiful sceneries in the world I think!

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  18. I really love Bern and Lucerne. Reading this brings back some great memories of Switzerland!

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  19. Oh be still my heart! this is the one country that is left on my bucket list. I LOVE it. It is just so stunningly beautiful!!

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  20. I love Switzerland. Zurich has incredible atmosphere of joy. I actually felt as if it was student city (but may be that's becuase we had a local friend as a guide who studies there). But why didn't you mention Basil? It is my favorite!

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  21. Switzerland is definitely a beautiful place to visit. Gorgeous photos...maybe someday I'll visit :)

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  22. I have been there. It is indeed a lovely place to explore.

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  23. I've always wanted to go to Switzerland! I can't wait to explore and eat all the chocolate :)

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  24. I really want to go to Switzerland some day. My grandmother used to say Switzerland was so clean, you could eat off the street! It looks so picturesque and beautiful.

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  25. Wow this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family

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  26. I would love to visit Switzerland someday. These look like some amazing places to check out.

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  27. There are a lot of lovely places to visit in Switzerland. Thank you so much for sharing this list of suggestions and some trivias about it.

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  28. Bern and Lugano of two places I'd like to visit sometime. The icy mountains look beautiful.

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  29. Basel looks like something out of Avatar: The Last Airbender lol but I always wanted to visit Geneva!

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  30. Those are some great places in Switzerland to visit. I will definitely out this on my bucket lists.

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