Switzerland’s majestic snow-capped peaks and charming villages with fairytale charm are impossible to match. With its tranquil lakes, alpine beauty, glaciers, mountain ranges and lush green surroundings, it’s no surprise that around 12 million tourists visit this breathtaking country every year. Apart from this, world-class facilities and a wide range of sports, such as hiking, paragliding, skiing and tubing, are nestled among the mountainous landscapes and lakes. Here is a list of breathtaking must-see places in Switzerland.
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Europe’s largest lake, Lake Geneva, is located on the northern part of the Alps between southwestern Switzerland and southeastern France. Lake Geneva has a surface elevation of 371 meters and an area of 580 kilometers. A medieval old town, cafes, a Gothic cathedral, tranquil gardens and the magnificent snow-capped Alps in the distance surround the lake. Most public beaches on Lake Geneva are open to the public and free. There are also various accommodation options near the lake, ranging from the most luxurious hotels and lodges to affordable boutique hotels.
- Cost: Approximately $2,244 per tourist for seven days
The Matterhorn is located near Zermatt, a picturesque village with many world-class resorts, horse-drawn carriage rides, restaurants and hotels. It is famous for being the most legendary peak in Switzerland and one of the highest peaks in the Alps. This renowned hill culminates at 4,478 meters on the border with Italy, and its four sides face the cardinal points. Hotels to stay include Hotel Firefly, Hotel Mont Cervin Palace, CERVO Zermatt, etc. Other activities to enjoy at the Matterhorn include skiing and cycling.
- Cost: The average price for a Zermatt excursion is $177 per day
The wonderland of Interlaken is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and is surrounded by the towers of the Mönch, Jungfrau and Eiger peaks. Interlaken arouses the interest of adrenaline seekers with its varied sports like hiking, abseiling, climbing, skiing, paragliding and many more. There are more than 45 mountain railways, ski lifts, chair lifts and cable cars for guests.
- Cost: The average price for a single traveler is $1,748 per week and around $180 per day
Jungfraujoch is a saddle rich in scenic views and adventures and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A train journey is a great way to reach “The Top of Europe”. This location has an observation deck at 11,723 feet above sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and major ski resorts. Hotel Berghaus is a popular choice here, with a regular price of $118 per night that includes skiing and hiking activities.
- Cost: From Interlaken to Jungfraujoch is $256.69 per ticker
6 St. Moritz
St. Moritz is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in the world, located in an alpine valley 1,800 meters above sea level with crystal clear lakes, rocky peaks, glaciers and alpine woods. This should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Switzerland. With lavish hotels and superb restaurants, this town hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. It is divided into two sections: St. Moritz Dorf and Lake Moritz, where tourists find inexpensive hotels. Visitors can enjoy a variety of snow sports in the winter and water sports and glacier skiing in the summer.
- Cost: The average price for a 7-day trip per solo traveler is $1,943
It’s no wonder that Lucerne is a famous tourist destination in Switzerland due to its clean, sparkling lake surrounded by mountain ranges, magnificent bridges, ancient buildings, blooming flowers, and the historic old town. The Pont de la Chapelle is a municipal feature that houses various works of art from the 17th century. Far from the strenuous hikes in the mountains, strolling around town is a less adrenaline-charged activity. Visitors can take a one-hour boat ride for $19 per person to explore the whole city from a new perspective.
- Cost: The average cost of a trip per week to Lucerne is $2,379 for two people
Bern, the capital of Switzerland, exudes old-world beauty and is located on the banks of the Aare. It also serves as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Switzerland, the medieval Old Town. Visitors can visit the tallest cathedral in the country and climb its tower for panoramic views of the adjacent sites. Bern has many museums and historical places, including the most extensive collection of works of art by eminent artists at the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Kunstmuseum. The Bundesplatz, a parliament square, is where tourists can find several markets and breathtaking views of Renaissance-era parliamentary structures.
Cost: The average price for a week of the trip to Bern is $2,774 for two people.
Zurich is notable for being the largest city in Switzerland, with 87.88 km2. The city is the world center of Switzerland, making it an excellent destination for walking tours. Zurich also has an old town with several restaurants, pretty streets, galleries and a wide range of shops. The city also has over 100 art galleries and 50 museums, including the Swiss National Museum, for those interested in learning more about Swiss culture and history. A train ride up Mount Uetliberg will give visitors a panoramic view of the entire city.
- Cost: The average price for a week of the trip to Zurich is around $2,953 for two people.
2 The Rhine Falls
Flowing at Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland are the mesmerizing Rhine Falls which drop approximately 23 meters and 150 meters wide. Visitors can get the most iconic views of the falls from a boat ride. Different boat excursions offer specific services for the observation of the Rhine Falls; the longest trip takes 30 to 75 minutes cruising which costs $9 per adult and $5 per 6 to 16 year olds. Nearest lodges include Rooms-Zimmer, Zak Neuhausen, Hotel Park Villa, Hotel 2B, etc.
- Cost: Lodges near Rhine Falls range from $97 to $155 per night
1 Swiss Grand Canyon
The Swiss Grand Canyon, also known locally as Ruinaulta, is located in eastern Switzerland. This abyss is surrounded by densely forested cliffs, vast grasslands and mountain ranges. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will find a sanctuary in the Swiss Grand Canyon. The most popular activities here between May and October include rafting, kayaking, canyoning, etc. Places to stay near Ruinaulta include Arena Flims, Hotel & Restaurant Fidazerhof, Hotel Adult, Hotel Cresta, and more.
- Cost: Around $3646 for two people per week
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