19 Most Beautiful Places in Switzerland to Visit

by Global Viewpoint
Most beautiful places in Switzerland

The most beautiful places in Switzerland range from mountain resort towns and villages to vibrant cities nestled on lakes and rivers. But which Switzerland destinations are the prettiest? Read on to find out!

Tucked in the heart of Central Europe, Switzerland is packed with some of the continent’s most beautiful places and epic landscapes. Its name evokes thoughts of luxury watches, big banks, and delicate chocolates, but there’s much more than meets the eye in Switzerland. So much more.

From fairytale cities and towns circled by snowcapped mountains to some of the world’s purest rivers and lakes, Switzerland is a country where a quick taste simply isn’t enough. Its dramatic alpine scenery, delicious food, and cute cities and towns are meant to be salivated over slowly, and will always leave you returning for more.

Sure, it will cost you a pretty penny to satiate your Switzerland wanderlust, but it’s totally worth it to experience all this breathtaking country has to offer. So bring a camera and an appetite, and let’s explore the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

These places in Switzerland showcase the most beautiful scenery in Europe.
These places in Switzerland showcase the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe.

1. Lucerne

Flanked my majestic mountains and old city walls, Lucerne is the quintessential Swiss town. It’s jam-packed with precious sights and scenery, encapsulating just about everything you’d expect to see in a picturesque Swiss town.

Lucerne is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Lucerne is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

Lucerne boasts a postcard-worthy lake, Lake Lucerne, and a charming covered bridge, Kapellbrücke. These notable sights provide a breathtaking view amid the epic mountain backdrop. Additionally, Lucerne is a popular place for shopping, where you can buy (overpriced) postcards showcasing all the above.

Lucerne Switzerland is incredibly picturesque.
Lucerne is incredibly picturesque.

Stay overnight to truly experience the magic of Lucerne

At times, it feels surreal that a place could be this beautiful (and deservingly crowded). What makes a visit to Lucerne more magical than touristy is staying overnight. Day trippers come here in droves, but if you’re willing to stay for a night or two (I paid $30/night for a hostel during high season, which is actually a good deal for Switzerland standards), then you’ll have the whole place to yourself in the moon-lit mornings and evenings.

The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) is a wooden covered bridge built in 1333. It’s one of the world’s oldest wooden covered bridges.
The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) is a wooden covered bridge built in 1333. It’s one of the world’s oldest wooden covered bridges.

During mid-day, consider day trips to places like Mt. Pilatus to experience the other side of Lucerne, while avoiding the hordes of tourists that flock to the old town. Mt Pilatus (6,982 feet / 2,128 m) overlooks Lucerne and the surrounding alpine landscape. It’s an absolute must to venture up there when the weather permits!

Tip: don’t book your tickets up to Mt. Pilatus far in advance. Make sure the weather cooperates, otherwise you won’t be able to see much from the top.
Tip: don’t book your tickets up to Mt. Pilatus far in advance. Make sure the weather cooperates, otherwise you won’t be able to see much from the top.

If you’re looking for a fairytale city with crisp alpine air and stunning views, look no further than Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus, two beautiful places in the heart of Switzerland.

2. Zermatt

Add Zermatt to your Switzerland itinerary and you won’t regret it!

Zermatt is a popular ski resort town at the base of one of the world’s most iconic mountains, the Matterhorn. Like all beautiful places in Switzerland, Zermatt comes with a steep price tag. But it’s worth every Swiss Franc to experience the lofty snowcapped mountains, ritzy resorts, and charming cottages that line this compact, car-free town.

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Zermatt is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland and the Alps.
Zermatt is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland and the Alps.

The Matterhorn is a sight to behold

During a visit to Zermatt, the star of the show is undoubtedly the Matterhorn, which stands tall at 14,692 feet (4,478m) elevation. I first saw the Matterhorn on the Toblerone chocolate bars growing up, so it was surreal to finally see it up close!

The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic mountains in the world and one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic mountains in the world and one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

For me, seeing the Matterhorn was a dream come true! After hours of thick cloud cover and rain, I was convinced that I, like most visitors who spend a day or two in Zermatt, wouldn’t see this majestic mountain. I came to terms with the fact that the closest I’d get to seeing it was the Matterhörnli Chocolate I devoured earlier in the day. Then, when I least expected it, the clouds began to clear and the Matterhorn gloriously revealed itself. What a spectacular sight!

Hiking and climbing are popular activities in Zermatt.
Hiking and climbing are popular activities in Zermatt.

(Here are my Instagram stories from my visit to Zermatt!)

Last thoughts on Zermatt as one of the best places to visit in Switzerland

Zermatt is a year-round destination. From January through March, it’s a winter wonderland with a lively après ski scene. From April onwards, it becomes a summer resort town, where you can still go skiing up in the Swiss Alps if you choose.

Tip: Zermatt is car-free, so your best bet is to get here by train.
Tip: Zermatt is car-free, so your best bet is to get here by train.

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3. Ticino

One of the most unique Switzerland destinations is Ticino. Located in Southern Switzerland, this is an Italian-speaking region that is totally different from the rest of the country. It’s known for its incredible architecture, palm-tree lined lakes, and delicious food.

From the moment I discovered Ticino, I fell in love with its mountain villages.
From the moment I discovered Ticino, I fell in love with its mountain villages.

Ticino is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, breathtaking lakes, iconic castles, and so much more. It feels more Mediterranean than the rest of Switzerland, and the food is just like what you’ll find next door in Italy.

Authentic houses in Switzerland's Ticino canton.
Traditional houses in Switzerland’s Ticino canton.

During my visit to Ticino last summer, I was blown away by the traditional stone houses in the mountains. Some of my favorite towns and villages include Corippo, Lavartezzo, Sonogno, and Foroglio. Take a drive north from Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, and you’ll be amazed by what you see. For more photos and images of these places, be sure to check out my Instagram!

Looking to discover where to go in Switzerland? Pay Lavartezzo a visit.
Looking to discover where to go in Switzerland? Pay Lavartezzo a visit.

Ticino is only about an hour away from Milan, and even closer to Lake Como. So, it’s definitely worth pairing this trip with a Northern Italy itinerary. Is this one of the best places in Switzerland? 100%!

Epic waterfall in Foroglio, Switzerland.
Epic waterfall in Foroglio, Switzerland.

4. St. Moritz

Oh St. Moritz, where the mountains meet the sky and the glistening snow meets the sparkling lake. This Swiss destination is truly a winter wonderland, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a year-round destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.

St. Moritz earns a spot among the best places to visit in Switzerland
St. Moritz earns a spot among the best places to visit in Switzerland

St. Moritz is a best place to visit in Switzerland during all seasons

During the winter, St. Moritz transforms into a ski and snowboard paradise. With over 350 km of ski slopes, it’s a haven for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. But even if you’re not into winter sports, the town offers many activities to keep you entertained, from ice-skating to horse-drawn carriage rides. And don’t forget the famous Cresta Run, a natural ice luge track where daredevils from all over the world come to test their mettle.

As the snow melts and spring blooms, St. Moritz turns into a hiker’s paradise. Take a gondola to the top of the mountains and hike through the lush greenery and wildflowers. The views are breathtaking, and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

Summer brings even more opportunities for adventure. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of St. Moritz lake, or go for a leisurely boat ride. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at paragliding or take a hot air balloon ride for an bird’s eye view of the town.

But even if you’re just looking for a relaxing getaway, St. Moritz has got you covered. The town is known for its luxury spas and wellness centers, where you can indulge in some much-needed pampering.

With its picturesque mountain scenery, world-class skiing, and endless activities, it’s easy to see why St. Moritz is a must-visit destination in Switzerland. So pack your bags, and get ready to be enchanted by this alpine paradise.

St. Moritz is truly a winter wonderland
St. Moritz is truly a winter wonderland

5. Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland and a great launchpad for exploring the Bernese Alps. It’s also an obligatory stop for those seeking a dose of Switzerland’s history, culture, and architecture. As such, it’s no wonder this is top among the places to visit in Switzerland.

Bern’s skyline blends into the surrounding mountains.
Bern’s skyline blends into the surrounding mountains.

Nestled along the Aare River, Bern’s Old Townis a picture-perfect, pedestrian-friendly sight. It dates back to the late 1100s, making it a treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Scattered around its cobbled streets are dozens of 16th century fountains that are a bit quirky and out of place yet add a colorful character to the Old Town. Bern’s Minster, or Gothic-style Cathedral, is another iconic sight that you can’t (and won’t) miss. In between, you’ll find two prominent towers—the Zytglogge and Käfigturm— that bring you back to centuries past.

Käfigturm is a medieval tower in Bern's Old Town.
Käfigturm is a medieval tower in Bern’s Old Town.

Swimming down the Aare River

The best time of year to visit Switzerland (including Bern) is during the summer, when you can go swimming down the Aare River. Take a train to Uttigen, and from there, begin your boat ride down the Aare with amazing views of snow-capped mountains. The journey downstream to Bern is about 2.5 hours, which gives you plenty of time to relax, sunbathe, and go swimming in the turquoise alpine waters (which some even consider clean enough to drink). It’s truly the perfect summer activity. The Aare is the best lazy river imaginable!

A beautiful day on the Aare River near Bern.
A beautiful day on the Aare River near Bern.

The nice part about being in Bern is that the Swiss Alps aren’t too far away!

6. Grindelwald is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland

Not far from the capital is a town called Grindelwald, the gateway to the Jungfrau Region. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing.

Grindelwald is a town and valley in the Bernese Alps. It’s about an hour away from Bern.
Grindelwald is a town and valley in the Bernese Alps. It’s about an hour away from Bern.

Grindelwald is nature at its finest

Grindelwald blew my mind, and I think it will for you, too! The snowcapped mountain views, the happy (and noisy) cows, and the crisp Alpine breeze were enough to give me a dose of adrenaline. And then, there was the mountain cart and scooter rides down the mountain…amazing!

Grindelwald is mind-blowing.
Grindelwald is mind-blowing // Credit: Sven Schüpbach
Tip: the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had was in Switzerland. I attribute it to these happy cows.
Tip: the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had was in Switzerland. I attribute it to these happy cows.

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My friend Sven and I took a gondola to the top of Grindelwald First (7,110 feet / 2,167 m), where we spent a few hours checking out the hiking trails and enjoying the panoramic view of the village and valley. Then, we did the mountain cart and scooter ride. The only more thrilling way to see these landscapes would be by paragliding. But if you’re a bit of a wimp, like me, then mountain carts and scooters down the mountain are just as fun!

Switzerland is pricey. But it’s worth every Swiss Franc. It’s like going to a rooftop restaurant – you’re paying for the view!
Switzerland is pricey. But it’s worth every Swiss Franc. It’s like going to a rooftop restaurant – you’re paying for the view!

7. Sion

Located in the Swiss canton of Valais, Sion is a city known for its two hilltop fortifications. It’s home to the 13th-century Tourbillon Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the world, and Valère Basilica, a castle church with one of the world’s oldest playable organs.

Valère Basilica dates back to the 13th-century with epic views of the valley and surrounding mountains. There’s an organ inside the castle church that’s more than 500 years old.
Valère Basilica dates back to the 13th-century with epic views of the valley and surrounding mountains. There’s an organ inside the castle church that’s more than 500 years old.

Sion is a great launchpad for exploring the region’s thermal spa resorts. It’s also a popular place for shopping and museum hopping, which you’ll find aplenty throughout the Old Town.

Sion is surrounded by mountains and vineyards.
Sion is surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

Sion is situated in the center of one of Switzerland’s most notable wine regions. It’s especially known for its Fendant, a dry white wine that embodies the sunny and dry valley where it’s grown. Beyond Sion’s rustic scenery and medieval center, it also has a modern and industrial side to it, making the city the best of both worlds.

People come to Sion for its medieval old town and stay for the fine wines and vistas of the Rhône Valley. Oh, and it’s also just 20 miles away from the Matterhorn, so you can easily cover both in one fell swoop.

8. Montreux

Montreux is a pretty resort town on the shores of Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman). With its Mediterranean flair, Montreux is the pulse of the Swiss Riviera, extending from Lausanne to Montreux in Switzerland’s French-speaking Vaud region. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland because of its idyllic lakeside setting, rolling hills and mountains, and sprawling vineyards.

Montreux, Switzerland
Montreux is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

Whenever I hear the name Montreux, I always think of the Deep Purple song – ‘Smoke on the Water.’

“We all came down to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline…”

Montreux has been a hot destination since the 19th century, when famous artists, writers, and musicians began settling here in search of inspiration. Since then, it’s become a popular place for tourism and cultural attractions, including the Montreux Jazz Festival that’s held every July.

Wine is another big draw to Montreux, as the terroir along the lake is perfect for growing grapes. It’s been an important part of the local economy since at least the 12th century. The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces that hug the shoreline are so impressive and culturally significant that they’re deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fun fact: Montreux’s tourism board gives visitors a free welcome drink at the Montreux-Vevey Tourisme information desks. They also let you keep the mini wine glass – a great souvenir!

Chillon Castle.
Chillon Castle.

The Chillon Castle is a must

Another highlight of a visit to Montreux is the Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle), an island castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. This medieval castle dates to the 13th century. From the Chateau de Chillon, you’ll have a stunning view of the lake below.

During my visit here over the summer, I went swimming in the crystal-clear waters around the castle. Just around sunset, it was incredible to see the sun’s golden hues reflect on the castle and the lake - one of my favorite experiences from my recent trip to Switzerland!
During my visit here over the summer, I went swimming in the crystal-clear waters around the castle. Just around sunset, it was incredible to see the sun’s golden hues reflect on the castle and the lake – one of my favorite experiences from my recent trip to Switzerland!

If you’re looking for a fun lake town with a Game of Thrones-esque castle and lots of wine, Montreux is a great choice!

9. Appenzell

Located in the northeast corner of Switzerland, Appenzell is a must-see on your Switzerland travel bucket list. This is the smallest Swiss canton by population, but it has no shortage of breathtaking sights that make it worthy of a visit.

Located in the Appenzell region, the Berggasthaus Aescher is one of the top places to see in Switzerland.
Located in the Appenzell region, the Berggasthaus Aescher is one of the top places to see in Switzerland.

Appenzell is best known for its verdant rolling hills, alpine folk traditions, and like the rest of Switzerland – its cows! This is where Appenzeller cheese comes from. This world-famous cheese dates back more than 700 years!

Seealpsee is a majestic lake in the Alpstein mountains of Switzerland.
Seealpsee is a majestic lake in the Alpstein mountains of Switzerland.

Explore the Alpstein mountains, which offer some of the best hiking, climbing, camping, and mountaineering in the country. It’s also home to amazing postcard-worthy lakes and villages, and perhaps the most iconic sight of all – Saxer Lücke. In between lots of hiking, don’t forget to eat you way through the little villages and towns that dot the region.

Appenzell is just under 2 hours by train from Zurich, but it’s truly worlds apart with its serene nature and charming mountain villages. As such, it’s no wonder that it’s among the best places to see in Switzerland.

Saxer Lücke is a breathtaking hike that you should add to your list of Switzerland destinations
Saxer Lücke is a breathtaking hike that you should add to your list of Switzerland destinations

10. Brienz is THE place to visit in Switzerland

Oh boy, let me tell you something, Brienz is a hidden gem in Switzerland that you do not want to miss out on! Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, this charming little town is the perfect blend of traditional Swiss culture and breathtaking natural beauty.

First things first, what makes Brienz unique? Well, for starters, it’s home to the world’s largest rotating water wheel, the Brienzer Rothorn Bahn which is a must-see attraction. But that’s not all, the town is also famous for its woodcarving and you’ll find some of the most intricate and beautiful woodcarvings here, from small trinkets to large sculptures.

Brienz is the top place on where to go in Switzerland
I’d be remissed to jot down all the places on where to visit in Switzerland without mentioning Brienz.

Brienz is a great year-round destination in the Swiss Alps

Now, let’s talk about what you can do in Brienz during different seasons. In the summer, you can go for a hike in the surrounding mountains, take a dip in the crystal-clear lake, or even go for a paddleboat ride. In the winter, the town transforms into a winter wonderland, perfect for skiing and snowboarding.

But why should you include Brienz on your Switzerland itinerary? Because it’s a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Swiss countryside. Plus, it’s an opportunity to experience the traditional Swiss culture and witness the famous Swiss craftsmanship firsthand. Trust me, your Instagram feed will thank you!

In conclusion, Brienz is a must-visit destination for any traveler visiting Switzerland. With its unique attractions, diverse activities, and stunning natural beauty, it’s the perfect place to relax, explore, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this little slice of Swiss heaven!

Brienz is a best place to visit in Switzerland for nature lovers
Brienz is a best place to visit in Switzerland for nature lovers

11. Basel

Basel is a pocket-sized city in northwestern Switzerland that shares borders with Germany and France. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland in a different way than the other destinations I’ve highlighted so far. There are no towering mountains dangling over the city, nor is there a semblance to a postcard fairytale town. But what Basel lacks in the quintessential Swiss stuff, it makes up for with its cool culture and countless things to do.

Basel is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Basel is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

Though Switzerland’s third largest city, Basel feels like a hidden gem. Outside of the art circles and pharma industry, it’s relatively unknown and unexplored for most international travelers. But it shouldn’t be.

Basel is home to world-class museums, galleries, and festivals that showcase the city’s multicultural persona. It also has a walkable Old Town with architectural treasures like the red Rathaus (City Hall) and Basel Minster.

Basel is home to more than 40 museums and cultural attractions, hence it’s nickname the “cultural capital of Switzerland.”
Basel is home to more than 40 museums and cultural attractions, hence it’s nickname the “cultural capital of Switzerland.”

Visit Basel in the summer

During the summer, Basel is especially beautiful and lively. The Rhine River provides locals and visitors with a scenic summer swim. The alfresco scene along the riverbank, amid the backdrop of the Old Town, makes for an incredible sight!

Bike riding is another must when you’re visiting Basel. You can easily explore three countries in one day— Switzerland, Germany, and France— while riding up and down gently rolling hills, through cities and towns, and getting lost a couple of times in the process. This was such a fond memory of my trip to Basel last summer.

Basel was so beautiful and interesting, that I even decided to extend my stay for a couple of days!

Spalen Gate, one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, dates back to the 1400s.
Spalen Gate in Basel dates back to the 1400s.

12. Interlaken

As its name indicates, Interlaken is wedged between two lakes. It’s one of the most touristy resort towns in Switzerland, and for good reason.

Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

Interlaken resembles something out of a fable, brimming with old timber houses, scenic mountains, and emerald-colored waters of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. People come to this romantic place for all the above, as well as its proximity to the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland.

Though this picturesque holiday town is enticing to just about anyone, it’s most appealing to the adrenaline junkies. In Interlaken, there’s no shortage of adventurous activities, including paragliding, canyoning, and white water rafting. Hiking and skiing are also immensely popular. Whichever outdoor adventures you decide to partake in, you’re guaranteed scenic views of Switzerland’s landscapes.

Other attractions in and around Interlaken include lake cruises, visits to nearby castles and waterfalls, and train and helicopter rides. There’s so much to do in Interlaken that you’re best off spending at least a few days here, though preferably not during high season when it’s flooded with tourists.

Lake Thun - Switzerland beauty at its finest.
Lake Thun – Switzerland beauty at its finest.

13. Zürich is the most beautiful city in Switzerland

As the largest city in Switzerland, Zürich is the major financial and cultural hub of central Europe. It’s known for being expensive and high-end, though it’s also considered one of the world’s most livable cities, due to its booming economy, beautiful landscape, and variety of cultural attractions. It’s cheap to get to from the US, but things are pricey once you get here. Totally worth it though – here’s why:

Zürich is one of the most beautiful and livable places in Switzerland.
The city of Zürich is one of the most beautiful and livable places in Switzerland.

Zürich is among the most beautiful places in Switzerland

Zürich is bordered by river, lake, and mountains, ideal for capturing the perfect Instagram photos. It also boasts a well-preserved Old Town, including sights like the Grossmünster and Fraumünster, both built more than 800 years ago.

For the art and history aficionados, Zürich houses more than 50 museums and 100 art galleries – making it an attractive place for appreciating past and contemporary art. This beautiful city is very walkable, but it also has an excellent public transportation system to get you around to all its precious sights. The main train station isn’t far from the airport, so you can even see some of the city on a brief layover.

Zürich is a pricey destination, but you get what you pay for: a cool city with lots of culture and stunning views.
Zürich is a pricey destination, but you get what you pay for: a cool city with lots of culture and stunning views.

What I love about Zürich is that it embraces new trends while also preserving its rich cultural heritage, offering visitors a special taste of old and new.

In Zurich, you’ll never run out of fun things to do, so bring your friends along and explore this beautiful city in Switzerland!

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A few of my favorite things when I visit Switzerland.
A few of my favorite things when I visit Switzerland.

14. Chur

Chur is yet another beautiful place in Switzerland that you should add to your bucket list. It’s the country’s oldest city with a history spanning more than 5,000 years. The Old Town is enchanting by itself, but the alpine backdrop certainly adds to its splendor.

Chur is one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities.
Chur is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful cities.

Like Zermatt, Chur’s Old Town is totally car-free, making it one of Switzerland’s most pedestrian-friendly cities. It offers a vast collection of cultural and historic attractions, including the Chur Cathedral, Bündner Kunstmuseum, and St. Martin’s Church.

Chur is also the starting point to one of Europe’s most thrilling train rides, the Bernina Express. This train connects Chur with Poschiavo, Switzerland and Tirano, Italy. Gliding past glaciers, mountains, and lakes, the Bernina Express is the highest railway in the Alps.

Whether you’re stopping by for a day or a weekend, you’ll find plenty of charm and intrigue in Chur, Switzerland.

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Where to go in Switzerland? Explore the city of Chur.
Where to go in Switzerland? Explore the city of Chur.

15. Lauterbrunnen

It’s easy to fall in love with Lauterbrunnen and the Swiss Alps.

Lauterbrunnen is a small picturesque village set in a valley in the Bernese Alps. These alpine meadows are surrounded by rocky mountain peaks and waterfalls, adding to its magical setting. This town is all over Instagram these days, a telltale sign that it’s among the most beautiful places of Switzerland.

Lauterbrunnen is one of Switzerland's most beautiful valleys.
Lauterbrunnen is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful valleys.

Lauterbrunnen is part of the Jungfrau UNESCO World Heritage Site, which covers an area of 824 square kilometers. There are so many things to do here—summer and winter—including hiking, skiing, paragliding, and chasing waterfalls. Two imposing cascades are Staubbach Falls and Trümmelbach Falls, which hang high over the valley.

As I drove threw the Lauterbrunnen valley, one of the paragliders nearly missed the car! See my TikTok video below:

I stopped by Lauterbrunnen very briefly en route to Grindelwald, but wish I had stayed longer. There’s enough to do here to spend at least 2-3 days partaking in these incredible alpine activities.

In Lauterbrunnen, there are many stunning landscapes like the waterfall below.

Lauterbrunnen is easily among the most beautiful places in Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen is easily among the most beautiful places in Switzerland

16. Stoos is one of the top places in Switzerland

Trying to figure out where to visit in Switzerland? The Switzerland scenery in Stoos will leave you in awe.

Places in Switzerland don't get any prettier than Stoos.
Places in Switzerland don’t get any prettier than Stoos.

This car-free village in the mountains is one of the best places to go in Switzerland, hands down. It’s best known for its steep funicular and gorgeous ridge trail with views of Lake Lucerne.

For amazing hiking, skiing, and sightseeing, it doesn’t get any better than Stoos. It’s truly a top destination not only in the Swiss canton of Schwyz, but also in the country as a whole. It’s easy to ground yourself in a gorgeous nature area like this one!

Stoos-Kirche is a gorgeous church in Stoos.
Stoos-Kirche is a gorgeous church in Stoos.

17. Geneva

Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, also known as Lac Léman, Geneva is a must-see destination in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, and a place that you should consider visiting in 2023.

Geneva probably has the most international name recognition of any city in Switzerland. The city serves as the headquarters for many international organizations like the International Red Cross and the European headquarters for the United Nations, among many others. It’s also a hub for diplomacy and banking.

Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Swans are everywhere on Lake Geneva.

The highlights of any visit to Geneva include strolling around its Old Town and beautiful lake. A boat cruise—which allows you to see both— is a must when the weather permits. To get from one side of the city to the other, you can take a water taxi across the lake, which gives you an up-close glimpse of Jet d’Eau, a water fountain that shoots up to 459 feet (140 meters) into the air.

There are more than 40 museums in Geneva, most notably the International Museum of the Red Cross, Patek Philippe Museum, and Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG).

United Nations Office at Geneva, one of the coolest Switzerland destinations.
United Nations Office at Geneva, one of the coolest Switzerland destinations.

Geneva is also known for its high-end watches. Did you know that the city is also famous for its flower clock? It’s made from 6,500 flowers and shrubs:

Day trips near Geneva

Aside from the attractions inside the city, there are many popular day trips nearby. My favorite spot is Annecy, France, a short bus ride away across the border. Known as the Venice of the Alps, Annecy is one of my favorite places in Europe. I decided to spend a night here rather than just doing a day trip.

Another sought-after day trip is Mont Salève, which is called the “Balcony of Geneva.” You can take a téléphérique—or cable car— to the top with incredible views of the Geneva area. Another mountain worth noting is Mont Blanc (15,780 ft. / 4810 m elevation), the tallest mountain in the European Union, just a short distance away.

Rain or shine, Geneva is chock-full of unique attractions that offer a taste of its rich culture, history, food, and shopping scene.

The swans, sunset, and Jet d'Eau make for a very serene scene on Lake Geneva!
The swans, sunset, and Jet d’Eau make for a very serene scene on Lake Geneva!

18. Lausanne

Lausanne is a city on the Swiss Riviera that you should add to your Switzerland wish list.

Lausanne's skyline with mountains in the background
Lausanne’s skyline with mountains in the background

Located near the crossroads of the French and Swiss Alps, Lausanne is filled with cathedrals, castles, and stunning scenery. Explore the Renaissance and Baroque architecture in the Old Town, and walk around the scenic waterfront area on Lake Geneva, where you’ll be inspired just like many famous writers over the centuries. Lausanne is perched atop three hills, each looking out on the lake and French-speaking region below.

Though Lausanne is the fourth largest city in Switzerland, it feels like a hidden gem. If you’re looking for a beautiful and off-the-beaten-path place to visit in Switzerland, this is it!

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Lots of wine is grown in and around Lausanne. The best beauty of Switzerland is right here!
Lots of wine is grown in and around Lausanne. The best beauty of Switzerland is right here!

19. Thun – the best place to go in Switzerland for lake views

Last, but certainly not least on my list of the most beautiful places in Switzerland is a quaint town called Thun (pronounced “toon”).

Thun is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Thun is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

Resembling a fairytale village, Thun enchants travelers with its medieval flair and beautiful scenery. The idyllic alpine setting emits a feeling of tranquility and charm that is so prevalent in Switzerland.

One of the most iconic sights in Thun is the Thun Castle, a turreted 12th-century fortress. This castle turned tourist attraction gloriously watches over the sleepy alpine village below.

Situated between Bern and Interlaken, Thun presents the perfect day-trip opportunity or weekend getaway that will leave you in awe. Nothing says Beautiful Switzerland like a visit to Thun!

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Thun has a beautiful river that flows through town.
Thun has a beautiful river that flows through town.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the best places to visit in Switzerland

Here are some popular questions and answers about Switzerland’s beautiful places.

Which part of Switzerland is most beautiful?

Oh, that’s a tough one! It’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. But if I had to choose just one, I would have to say the Swiss Alps is the most beautiful part of Switzerland. The snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and lush green valleys are like something straight out of a postcard. It’s a place where you can find yourself in awe of nature’s beauty one moment and then taking in the charming alpine villages the next.

But don’t just take my word for it, you’ll have to see it for yourself! Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding in the winter, hiking or biking in the summer, the Swiss Alps has something for everyone. And let’s not forget about the famous Matterhorn, the iconic peak that is synonymous with Switzerland and is sure to take your breath away.

So, if you’re looking for a place where you can experience natural beauty at its finest, Switzerland’s Alps is the place to be! Just remember to pack your camera and some warm clothing, because you’ll want to capture every moment and memories of this beautiful place.

Where to go in Switzerland starts with the Matterhorn
Where to go in Switzerland starts with the Matterhorn

What month is the best time to go to Switzerland?

The best time to visit Switzerland is… drumroll please… any month! Switzerland is a year-round destination, and each season has its own charm.

In the spring, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is perfect for hiking, and the snow is slowly melting, making the alpine lakes and rivers crystal clear.

During the summer, the temperature is warm, the days are long, and the mountains are lush green. This makes it perfect for hiking and swimming.

In the fall, the leaves are changing color, creating a beautiful landscape, and the weather is still mild, perfect for a scenic drive through the mountains.

And in the winter, the snow is falling, the ski resorts are open, and the Christmas markets are in full swing, perfect for a winter wonderland vacation.

You see, Switzerland is beautiful and enjoyable all year round. So, pick your favorite season and pack your bags!

Hiking in the Swiss Alps is a must
Hiking in the Swiss Alps is a must

Is Switzerland expensive to visit?

Well, let’s just say that Switzerland is not for the budget-conscious traveler. But, on the other hand, it’s not as expensive as you might think. It’s like a fancy restaurant, you might have to save up for it, but it’s worth it.

You can expect to pay a pretty penny for things like accommodation, transportation and some activities, but that’s to be expected in a country as beautiful and well-maintained as Switzerland. But, don’t worry, there are ways to save money while still being able to enjoy all that Switzerland has to offer. And of course, do your best to find cheap flights before going there.

One way is to stay in budget-friendly accommodation like hostels or camping, and another way is to take advantage of the many free activities like hiking and swimming in the lakes.

Also, don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks, as food and drinks can be quite expensive in Switzerland, but, hey! you are in Switzerland, try the cheese fondue and the chocolate, it’s worth it!

In short, Switzerland can be pricey, but with a little bit of planning, you can still have a fantastic time without breaking the bank. So, save up, plan ahead and pack your bags, Switzerland awaits you!

A cheese fondue is one of the best experiences in Switzerland
A cheese fondue is one of the best experiences in Switzerland

What should I not miss in Switzerland?

Oh boy, where do I start? Switzerland is packed with must-see attractions, but if I had to narrow it down to just a few, here’s my top picks:

  1. The Matterhorn: This iconic mountain is synonymous with Switzerland and is a must-see for any first-time visitor. Whether you’re admiring it from the town of Zermatt or taking a ride on the Gornergrat Bahn for a closer look, the Matterhorn will take your breath away.
  2. Lake Geneva: This stunning lake is home to several charming towns and villages, including Geneva, Lausanne, and Montreux. Take a boat ride or stroll along the shoreline and enjoy the stunning views of the Alps.
  3. The Jungfraujoch: This is the highest railway station in Europe, located at an altitude of 3,454 meters. Take a ride on the Jungfrau railway and enjoy views of the Aletsch Glacier and the surrounding peaks.
  4. The Rhine Falls: The largest waterfall in Europe and located near the town of Schaffhausen. You can take a boat ride right up to the base of the falls.
  5. The Old Towns: Switzerland is home to several charming old towns, such as Bern, Lucerne, and Zurich. These towns are filled with medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and plenty of quaint shops and restaurants.

In short, Switzerland is a country filled with natural beauty, charming towns and villages, and plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Plan your trip, pack your bags and don’t miss these must-see attractions, Switzerland is waiting for you!

Spectacular views of Lake Geneva
Spectacular views of Lake Geneva

How many days is enough for Switzerland?

Ah, the age-old question, “how many days is enough for Switzerland?” The answer is simple: It depends on what you want to see and do and where you want to go in Switzerland. But let me tell you this, the more days you have, the better. Because Switzerland is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get, and trust me, you’ll want to try as many chocolates as possible!

If you’re short on time and want to see the highlights, I’d recommend at least 3-4 days. This way, you can visit the Matterhorn, take a ride on the Jungfraujoch, and explore the charming old towns like Bern and Lucerne.

If you have a little more time, 5-7 days is a great option. That way, you can add a few more activities like hiking in the Swiss Alps or riding a boat on Lake Geneva.

And if you’re a true Switzerland lover, I suggest spending at least 7-10 days. That way, you can explore more of the country, and even add some lesser-known destinations like the Rhine Falls or the Appenzell region.

In short, Switzerland is a country that offers something for everyone, and the more days you have, the more you can experience and enjoy it. So, plan your trip, pack your bags, and don’t worry about the days, just enjoy your time in Switzerland!

The Appenzell region is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland
The Appenzell region is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland

Do they speak English in Switzerland?

Ha! This is a classic question, and the answer is yes, they do speak English in Switzerland, but with a Swiss accent, which is quite charming if you ask me. But don’t worry, most Swiss people speak at least one or two languages, and English is usually one of them. So, you won’t have to struggle too much to communicate.

But, if you want to impress the locals and show off your language skills, I suggest learning a few basic phrases in Swiss German, German, French or Italian (depending on the region you’re visiting) and you’ll be sure to win some points.

In short, English is widely spoken in Switzerland, but it’s always good to know a few local phrases, it will help you navigate and make your trip more fun and authentic!

Do you need a car in Switzerland?

Do you need a car to visit the beautiful places in Switzerland? Well, let me put it this way, it’s like asking if you need a chef’s hat in a kitchen. It’s not a necessity, but it certainly adds to the experience.

Having a car in Switzerland can give you the freedom to explore the country at your own pace and visit some of the more remote destinations. But, don’t worry, you can still have a great time in Switzerland without a car. The country has an excellent public transportation system, with trains, buses, and boats that can take you to almost every corner of the country.

And if you’re planning to visit the mountains, many ski resorts offer free shuttles from the nearest train station, so you can leave your car at home and enjoy the scenic train rides through the alps.

Plus, with the stunning natural beauty of Switzerland, sometimes it’s nice to ditch the car and explore on foot or bike. Hiking and cycling in Switzerland is an incredible experience, and you’ll get to see the country in a whole new way.

In short, having a car in Switzerland is not necessary, but it’s always nice to have the option, and if you decide to rent one, don’t forget to pack your camera and enjoy the scenic routes!

I highly recommend doing a road trip to see all these places in Switzerland
I highly recommend doing a road trip to see all these places in Switzerland

Beautiful places in Switzerland to visit in 2023

I hope you enjoyed my list of the most beautiful places in Switzerland! I hope it provides you with some interesting itinerary ideas for your next trip.

Are there any other beautiful places in Switzerland that I should add? Leave a comment below, and I’ll look out for them next time!

Happy Travels!

Jon


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