Places to visit in Switzerland

Switzerland is indeed one of the dreamiest destinations in the world. With its alternating terrains, weather, maintenance, cleanliness, hospitality and picture-perfect architecture and planning, most people who come back from a Switzerland tour tend to stay back mentally. For a few months, the mind goes back to the beautiful destination and there’s always something that keeps reminding them of the amazing time they had in this exotic country. While there are some destinations that change your perception on life and give you hope, only a few places give you content that you have seen everything beautiful the world has to offer and Switzerland is one destination that offers the epitome of contentment. 

From its hiking trails, paragliding and skydiving options, chocolate trails, architecture, countryside, scenic railroads and the Alpine slopes to falls and delightfully constructed cities, Switzerland is a haven for tourists. The emerald lakes serving as magnificent picnic spots, the hamlets that are straight out of fairytales and the rich heritage of Geneva, Zurich and other cities make Switzerland one of the most bucket-list worthy destinations in the world. If you are planning to visit Switzerland anytime soon, check out some of our expert recommendations. If Switzerland is in your mind now, you might want to explore Thomas Cook for a Switzerland Visa Application. 

Also known as the Top of Europe is one of the most scenic destinations in Switzerland. From the valleys of Interlaken, you will be transported to a fairytale of sorts of a place on a cogwheel train to an altitude of over 3,500 meters above sea levels. Nestled between the mountains of Jungfrau and Monch, the place is really something that will make you feel top of the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the destination is only accessible by cogwheel trains and the railway station is the highest station in Europe. Once top, you get to see blissful panoramic views of the Bernese Alps and indulge in a lot of activities like the Ice Palace, an observatory known as the Sphinx, view the Grosser Aletsch Glacier, go sledging and snowshoeing, learn about Swiss chocolates at the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Haven and hike to the Monchsjoch glacier. 

 

Location 

Bernese Alps, Switzerland

 

Known for 

Housing Europe’s highest railway station, idyllic rail route, an observatory, glacial peaks, hiking trails, chocolate heritage and snow sports 

 

How to Reach

You can reach the Jungfraujoch only by a cogwheel train. The trains to Jungfraujoch terminate from Kleine Scheidegg, which can be in turn reached through Interlaken. You can reach Interlaken from either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald by taking trains from respective terminals. When you are taking the train, sit on the left to get a closer and a clearer view of the Alps. The train route from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch is through tunnels and scenic Alpine slopes. The journey is by itself is an attraction. The approximate price for this trip will cost your Rs. 7,000. 

 

Cost

There are no entry tickets as such but you have to pay for the train tickets that serves as an entry pass to the Jungfraujoch.

 

Operating Hours

The trains from Kleine Scheidegg depart from morning 8:00 AM and operate till 4:00 PM.

 

Any Precautions

Before booking your tickets, it is mandatory to check the weather and climatic conditions before making your journey. If the season is right, the tickets might get sold off soon. So, take these factors into consideration when you intend to visit the Jungfraujoch.

 

Type

Landmark

One of the most idyllic sceneries in Switzerland, Lake Geneva is part of every Switzerland tourism guides. Be it the views of the sunrise it offers or the magnificence of the setting sun over the emerald waters of the lake, Lake Geneva is indeed one of the must-visit places in Switzerland. Apart from being a picnic spot, the place also offers a range of activities to indulge in. You can go for zipline activities, hit a spa for some pampering, jet skiing, kayaking, boating and when you are done with all of them, you can take a casual stroll along its shores and grab a Swiss delicacy to rejuvenate your exhausted body. It is one of the largest lakes in Europe and is shared between France and Switzerland. 

 

Location

Geneva, Switzerland

 

Known for

A myriad of lake activities, scenic beauty, beaches, restaurants and eateries spellbinding views of the Alps

 

How to Reach

You can reach the Geneva International Airport to reach by flight and then take a local transportation like a bus to reach Lake Geneva. You can also reach the lake by boats from city docks located along the shores of the lake such as Montreux, Lausanne, Bellevue, Vevey and more. You can also take trains to Geneva from Vevey, Lausanne, Brig and others to reach the lake. If there are no trains in your route, you can take a bus or switch to the boats to reach the place. The transportation is completely free if you have any of the exclusive passes. 

 

Approximate Cost

There are four beaches in the lake you can choose to enter. The approximate prices for kids are Rs. 250 and for adults Rs. 500. Kids below six years enter for free.

 

Operating Hours

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekends

 

Any Precautions

Most beaches do not allow pets inside and smoking and taking alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Plastic is not allowed and so are food items near the beaches.

 

Type

Landmark

One of the most popular rivers in Switzerland, Rhine breaks into a falls near the town of Neuhausen. The fall is over 20 meters high and 150 meters wide, making it massive with breathtaking scenery and a huge attraction for tourists. Best visited in the months of May and June, there are also boats that take you closer to the falls and especially the stone at the center. It takes around half an hour to visit the stone and boats are available in the months of April through October. As much as the water is roaring with vibes, it is equally pleasant to watch the water in all its might flowing through the amazing landscape of Zurich.

 

Location

Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

 

Known for

Being Europe’s largest waterfall and its stunning views. Boat rides, shopping, restaurants and more immersive experiences are highlights on the Rhine falls.

 

How to Reach

The easiest way to reach the Rhine falls is by trains. You can take a train to either Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall or Neuhausen Rheinfall, where it is easily reachable on foot from there. From Zurich, it takes around one hour to reach the falls and it can be done via cabs or buses. A Swiss pass will make your ride for free.

 

Approximate Cost

Entry is free

 

Any Precautions

If you are taking a car, parking can become a serious concern here. So it is best to take a public transport and enjoy the views hassle free. 

 

Type

Waterfall

Very close to the Rhine waterfalls is a thousand-year-old monument of historic significance and importance in Switzerland. Called the Laufen Castle, the monument is a Swiss heritage and is located in the Zurich canton. One of the first documentations about the castle’s existence goes back to 858. At that time, it was home to Laufen’s Barons and kept getting acquired by diverse owners until the time of the Zurich War. After the Helvetic Republic in the early 18th century, the castle went to a private ownership again after getting acquired by Zurich in 1941. Today, the castle is home to a restaurant and a youth hostel. The basement of the castle is magical and has the Rheinfall rail network passing underneath it. Hogwarts anyone?

 

Location

Rheinfallstrasse, 8447 Dachsen, Switzerland

 

Known for 

Being one of the oldest castles in Switzerland – over a thousand years. Also popular for its railway network underneath and its architectural heritage.

 

How to Reach

Taking the train is the best way to reach the Laufen Castle. It follows the same route that you take for the Rhine falls and you have to get down at the Schloss Laufen to visit the palace.

 

Approximate Cost

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Operating Hours

Open from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM until Saturdays and up to 6:30 PM on Sundays

 

Any Precautions

The castle is closed during Mondays.

 

Type

Palace

Why you should attend this event?

This is the largest and the best music festival in Europe and happens in the Montreux region. This is the second largest Jazz festival in the world after the one in Montreal. With the picturesque Lake Geneva as the backdrop for the event, the event unfolds in a rather poetic manner, with some of the best musicians from the world performing in an array of auditoriums, open-air theaters, cafes and on the boats as well. 

 

Who should attend this event?

If you love music regardless of the genre and have great aspirations to get together on an occasion where musicians perform live in an idyllic setting, the Montreux Jazz Festival is for you. It happens between the months of June and July

Why you should attend this event?

This is one festival in Switzerland that happens for an entire month. The country’s capital sure knows how to conduct its festivals and events and the Zurich festival stands as a testimony to the same. This festival marks the coming together of diverse cultures and you can find shows like operas, dramatic theaters, music concerts, dance performances, debates and talks on art on a common underlying theme.

 

Who should attend this event?

Anyone who enjoys music, dance, dramas and loves to understand diverse cultures or simply enjoys local fanfare and festivities should attend this month-long fest in the country’s capital. It usually happens during the summer.

 

Why you should attend this event?

If there is one day, where the entire country comes together for a common cause, it has to be the Swiss National Day. The festival marks an occasion of fireworks, bonfires, cultural gatherings, music, speeches, national anthem, illuminated buildings and unison. Try to get on a board if you are in proximity to a lake to watch the festival unfold in all its grandeur.

 

Who should attend this event?

Anyone who is in Switzerland around the first of August should definitely get out of accommodation and take part in the festivities. Most of the attractions and transportations are closed and the best way to unwind is by enjoying the fun.

Paragliding is one of the most sought-after activities in Switzerland. Thanks to its proximity to the Alps, tourists look forward to seeing the panoramic views of the mountains and get one of their adventure thrills off their bucket list. All the falls are tandem and you don’t have to worry about the ride on their safety. It is Swiss standards we are talking about here. The tour operators are ready to take you on a glide regardless of the climate as they claim but it is best to take in wind factors into consideration before making your choice. With that said, exploring Switzerland from a bird’s eye view is as rewarding as it gets. 

 

Location

Interlaken

 

For

Family, groups of friends and honeymoon couple

 

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

 

Approximate Cost 

Approximately starting from CHF 150

 

Why you should do it?

To outgrow your fear of heights and to check out the Alpine meadows, peaks and the lakes from one of the best places possible – from the skies!

 

Tips

Take a selfie stick and a camera or a GoPro to record your ride. Keep other valuables on the land to ensure they don’t fall off. It is perfectly safe in Switzerland and all you have to do is sit back and take in the experience as much as possible.

One of the most bucket-list worthy adventure sports offers contentment that multiplies by manifold when you dive in Switzerland. The scenic beauty of the snow-capped Alps, the lakes and the sheer fact that you jumped from the skies of Switzerland is enough to make skydiving in Switzerland one of the most cherished and exciting memories. From an altitude of over 4,000 meters, you fall to the Swiss landscapes at over 200 miles per hour through 45 seconds to experience an adrenaline rush like never before. A 45-minute flight to the top is equally scenic and thrilling as the jump.

 

Location

Interlaken

 

For 

Family, couples, and groups of friends

 

Difficulty Level

Moderate to difficult

 

Approximate Cost

Approximate prices starting at CHF 350 per person

 

Why you should do it?

To understand how it feels to be a bird for 45 seconds, to get a personalized Swiss memory and to live your fear and share it with your friends and family back home

 

Tips

There are options to get your fall recorded by the crew there at additional charges. You can also upgrade your altitude at additional costs. The adventure sport is operational on all days except during national holidays. So plan accordingly.

If you love your wine and have specific preferences attached to it, your holiday can’t get any better with personalized wine tours in Switzerland. Generally, if you know, Europe is home to some of the finest wines in the world and also some of the most expensive ones. There are a number of regions around Europe that are known for their wine regions, grape varieties and brands and Switzerland is part of the heritage too. So when you are in Switzerland, it is indeed a delight to get to know the vineyards in person, cherish at the limitless sight of grapes growing in chateaux and indulge in a private lunch at a scenic spot overlooking the Lake Geneva and proceed to a wine tasting session with the connoisseurs. 

 

Location

Swiss Rivera Wine Tours, Montreux

 

For 

Families but best for honeymoon couples

 

Difficulty Level

Easy

 

Approximate Cost

Approximately starting at CHF 600 per person for a group of two, CHF 300 for a group of 5 ad CHF 200 for a group of 6.

 

Why you should do it

Winemaking is an art and heritage in Europe. Located very close to Lake Geneva, overlooking the sprawling hectares of vineyard, your holiday becomes more special, romantic and ideal with this wine tour in Switzerland. You also get to taste some of the best red, white, sparkling and rose wines. 

 

Tips

This is completely a private tour. So it is best to visit the website and book your tour after reading all the necessary information about your visit.

One of the world’s first vegetarian restaurants in the world, the restaurant in Zurich goes back to a time in 1898, when it was established as the Vegetarian Home and Abstinence café. The restaurant holds a Guinness World Record for being the oldest veg restaurant in the world and offers sumptuous meatless delights from diverse cuisines including Thai, Indian and Mediterranean. Choose either the buffet that is priced per 100 grams or go for the ala-carte menu for more selections. This is one restaurant which has turned into a place of heritage over the century. 

 

Must Eat

Hilti tartar, Grilled vegetables, salads and vegetarian desserts

 

Approximate Cost for Two

Approximately CHF 50

 

Address

Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

 

Contact

+41 44 227 70 00

 

Opening Hours

6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

One of the more upscale restaurants in Switzerland, the name of the place translates to Puss in Boots. With classy ambiance and excellent selections of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, the restaurant is located in the premises of Hotel Beau Rivage, overlooking the Lake Geneva. It offers the best of French cuisine and if you are looking for a more sophisticated dining experience, you can reserve a chef’s table and get a tailored menu by the restaurant’s Michelin-rated chef. 

 

Must Eat

Dublin prawns in kadai, fish scallops, risotto, white truffle, Swiss veal liver

 

Approximate Cost for Two

CHF 450

 

Address

Quai du Mont-Blanc 13, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

 

Contact

+41 22 716 69 20

 

Opening hours

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

One of the premier nightclubs in Zurich, Mascotte is one of the oldest and pioneering nightclubs in Switzerland that has a guest list including Madonna. The building is over a century old and boasts of events like live stand-up comedies, music bands, DJs and more. Do check out their schedules to know more about the events and visiting DJs and performers. An entry fee of approximately CHF25 is levied per person.

 

Must Try

Cocktail selections

 

Opening Hours

11:30 AM to 12:00 AM

 

Location

Theaterstrasse 10, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

 

Located in Lucerne, this party place talks of grand architecture, classy ambiance and revamped looks. It offers the best of entertainment with its DJs and the place is very cozy to unwind with great music and probably a couple of beers. The place attracts a young crowd and there is an electrifying vibe all through the party. Parties here happen up until 4 in the morning. With the DJs playing RnB, Latin, Hip Hop and reggaeton, this is the place to be in when you are visiting Lucerne. 

 

Must Try

Cocktail selections

 

Opening Hours

10:00 PM to 4:00 AM

 

Location

Pilatusstrasse 15, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

If you want to know how a piece of memory tastes like, you need to head to Kambly SA Spécialités de Biscuits Suisse in Switzerland. The place is known for its exquisite biscuit collections, everything Swiss made. The shop is over three generations old and yet retains the essence of perfection and intention as its core value. From secret recipes from grandma to infusion of contemporary recipes, the Kambly is synonymous with perfection and bliss. Elegant taste, fine, crisp and of finesse, delicacies here are masterpieces you can take home. 

 

Location

3555 Trubschachen, Emmental Valley

 

Timing

8:30 AM to 6:30 PM on weekdays and until 5:00 PM on weekends

 

Known for 

Elegant Swiss biscuit preparations

 

Bargaining

Prices are fixed at the Kambly Experience

What is the main and the largest railway station of Zurich is also one of the biggest shopping avenues in the country. From fondues, Swiss Chocolates and cheese to apparels and supermarkets, you can find whatever you are looking for in here and it is one of the best places to be in around the time of Christmas. The Christmas market opens up at this time and offers you the best selections from the country. 

 

Location

Zurich, Switzerland

 

Timing

The station is open 24 hours and the shops are open from early morning to late at nights.

 

Bargaining

No bargaining in the shops here.

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