Switzerland is a mountainous central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. It’s cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for it’s ski resorts and hiking trails. Tourists are drawn to Switzerland’s diverse landscape as well as activities. Most interesting are the Alpine climate and landscapes, in particular for skiing and mountaineering.
A look at the best places to visit in Switzerland:
Lake Geneva, Europe’s largest Alpine lake. The city of Geneva sits between pretty snow-capped peaks at the point where the Rhone spills into Lake Geneva. Promenades, parks, and gardens surround the lake, and the old town is a lovely spot to stroll among the historic buildings. A fountain in lake Geneva shooting water 151 meters into the air. Is a famous landmark. Cultural attraction include the Opera House and the Grand Theater, which stages international acts.
Also on the lake, about 63 km from Geneva, Lausanne boasts lovely view over the surrounding region and the lake, with the Alps rising in the distance. At the foot of the Alps, on Lake Geneva, Montreux hosts the world famous Montreux jazz festival in June/July.
The Matterhorn, Switzerland‘s iconic pointed peak is one of the highest mountains in the Alps. On the border with Italy. This legendary peak rises to 4,476 meters, and its four steep faces lie in the direction of the compass points. In the winter, skiers can schuss down more than 295 km of slopes. In the summer, swimming and tennis are popular pursuits as well as hiking, biking, and climbing in the surrounding mountains.
Lucerne located in the German-speaking section of Switzerland. Is a city that has it all: City life, A lake and Mountains. Considered one of the world’s prettiest cities, Lucerne is most famous for it’s 14th century Chaple Bridge and water tower. which is said to be the most photographed monument in Switzerland. Another famous monument is the dying lion, which was carved out of rock to honor Swiss mercenaries who died in France in 1792.
Bernina Railway Line
One of the very few railway lines in the world designated as a world cultural heritage listing, the Bernina line on the Rheatian railways offers a majestic ride not to be missed. The route extends throughout the Bernina landscapes, covering 124 km and winding through almost 200 bridges, the Graubunden mountains, and a number of tunnels and viaducts along the way.
A ride on this train means panoramic seats that overlook unspoiled mountain landscapes, including the Bernina. The highest mountain in the Eastern Alps at just over 3998 meters tall. The train operates all year long, and the views are just as magical in summer as they are in winter.
Interlaken used to be known as a watch making center, but today it’s more popular as a tourist resort. Tourist started coming to Interlaken in the early 1800s to breathe in the mountain air and partake of spa treatments. It’s popularity only grew from there. The Swiss city is located directly between two major Alpine lakes: Thun and Brienz. As a result, you will never be too far from the chance to go swimming, boating or biking around the lakes.
Offering spectacular view of three famous Swiss mountains, the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch, the city is also a popular base for outdoor activities in the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps.
Right on the shores of Lake Geneva, and with views of both the Swiss Alps and the French Alps, is the city of Lausanne. Serving as a ateway to a major ski area and the home to the home to two major universities, it is easy to see the universal appeal of Lausanne.
If you only have time to explore one attraction in Lausanne, make it the Palais de Rumine. This Italian renaissance style building is home five different museums, making it the perfect place to spend an entire day learning more bout local art, culture and history.
In a stunning location, perched on a peninsula of the river. The Swiss capital of Bern exudes old world charm and the city’s medieval old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.Strolling along the cobbled streets, visitors can explore the tallest cathedral in Switzerland, with panoramic views from it’s tower, 16th century fountains, and 7 km of shopping arcades called Lauben by the locals.
Bern has many tourist attractions waiting to be discovered, including many excellent museums. Art lovers will appreciate the impressive galleries, including the Zentrum Paul Klee, the world’s largest collection of works by this famous artist, and the Bern museum of Art.
Zurich is Switzerland‘s largest city. A major transportation hub and a top starting point for travelers. The city lies at the northwestern end of Lake Zurich astride the river Limmat. A great place to begin a walking tour is the cobbled streets of the Old Town with it’s quaint shops, galleries and cafes.
A short stroll from Zurich’s main station, the Swiss National Museum in a Gothic chateau, spotlights Swiss cultural history. Family’s will love the Zurich Zoo with elephant park and Madagascar pavilion. From the city take a train ride to Uetliberg Mountain for panoramic views of the city and countryside.
The Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen are the largest falls in central Europe. The best time to visit during June and July when the mountain snow melts. Boat trips up the Rhine provide excellent views of the falls, as do the viewing platforms on both sides of the river.
Swiss Grand Canyon
Swiss Grand Canyon is a seep gorge surrounded by expansive meadows and forested cliffs. Located in Eastern Switzerland, it was created over 10,000 years ago, when the Ice Age Rhine Glacier retreated,it led to a chain of events that resulted in a massive rockslide in the Rhine Valley.
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