Situated right in the middle of the Alps, Switzerland is a very small country when it comes to the landmass. The main attraction of this place is the 360-degree scenery whenever you go. This country gives you the perfect European vibes in every corner of it. The main reason that this place looks so perfect as a picture postcard are the numerous lakes and waterfronts. Known from its most famous citizen Heidi, Switzerland is also known for the famous writers who have known to be residing there such as Hemingway. From the banks to the alpine meadows, Switzerland has it all. Now without further ado let’s start with the top 10 places to visit in Switzerland:
Earlier known as a watchmaking center for the famous Swiss watches, today is mostly known for its tourist resorts. The main tourism wave started in Interlaken in the early 1800s when people started visiting Interlaken, Switzerland to experience the pure air and take up treatments like Spa. It offers famous views of three famous Swiss mountains of Eiger, Jungfrau and the Monch. Outdoor activities such as paragliding etc are also another major attraction of this place. This region is also known for its Raclette, a Swiss cheese dish that is famous for this region.
Home to the International Olympics Committee, tourists with a liking towards the Olympics will love this scenic city. Lausanne is also the gateway to some of the world’s best ski slopes. A contributor to the Swiss Riviera, Lausanne is the home to many famous writers such as Lord Byron, the Shelleys and Ernest Hemmingway. Located in the French centric part of Switzerland, Lausanne boasts amazing cathedrals and outdoor areas.
A lot of international influences reign in this city, with the International Red Cross Committee and the European Headquarters for the UN being situated in this city along with 20 other organizations. One of the best things about Geneva is that is it coined as Green City so tourists who are environmentalists as well would love a visit here. It is also known as the city of parks as 20% of its lands are devoted to parks. Top tourist destinations in the city include St. Pierre and the UN Headquarters. The beauty of Geneva can be experienced on a bike, on feet and even on a boat.
The largest city in Switzerland with so many interesting things to do, Zurich has been a constant hit amongst tourists. With more than 50 museums and 100 art galleries it sure has so much to offer in terms of culture. Tired of all the shopping, you can always take a boat ride or hiking from Zurich. Nightlife is also something Zurich is known for, what is also known for is the Swiss National Museum which is not a sight to be missed.
Known for skiing and other mountaineering activities, this city is famous due to its proximity from Matterhorn, one of Switzerland’s highest mountains. Cable cars help to travel to the top of the mountain both in the winters as well as summers. This city is extremely clean as gasoline-driven vehicles are not permitted to make it super easy to walk around as well.
5. Jungfrau Region
This is one of the most scenic locations in all of Switzerland both during the summer as well as winter times. This region around a century or two ago was only visited by people who were adventure seekers. Now due to the construction of bike paths, railways as well as road connectivity, this area is accessible to many tourists as well. It consists of four picturesque towns such as Grindelwald, Muren, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen surrounded by three mountains the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.
Also known as the Monte Carlo of Switzerland, Lugano has been on the growing popularity of celebrities. It is located on Lake Lugano in the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. It is blessed with warm summers and is estimated to be built in the 9th century. This city houses a large number of Swiss heritage sites including three cathedrals and several financial institutions.
3. Lake Geneva
Lying on the course of the Rhone River, Lake Geneva is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland. It lies on the border between France and Switzerland. Besides the city of Geneva, tourists also like to visit the Swiss Canton of Vaud or the French Department of Haute Savoie. To the north lies the Jura mountains with hilly plain in the center and Alps to the southwest. The major attraction here is the classy cities lying on the banks of the lake.
Situated in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, Lucerne has all that you can ask for city life, lakes and mountains. Considered to be one of the world’s prettiest cities, Lucerne is known for its 14th century Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. A local delicacy to try is Luzerner Chugelipastese, a puff pastry with veal, mushrooms and cream sauce.
Dating back to the 12th century, Bern is an extremely picturesque city. Some of the most famous attractions in Bern are the Ancient Clock Tower with moving puppets, the Munster a gothic cathedral that rises from the old town and the town hall. Bear is the symbol of Bern. It has a 4-mile long arcade perfect for shopping, also making it one of the longest covered shopping arcades in Europe.