Although Switzerland is a relatively small, landlocked country, you will still get to be wowed by the numerous amount of natural beauty and cultural diversity in this country. The country has four official languages, some of the places in Switzerland which offers mind-blowing scenery in terms of stunning mountain scenery, lakefront beauty, picturesque historic centers, and so on are listed below.
Top places to visit
This is the Swiss capital and it is framed by the Aare river located in the west-central part of the country. This gorgeous old city is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and it is popular for its medieval arcades and many 16th century fountains which feature a painted figure like the curious “Child Eater Fountain”. You will also get to see the largest collections of Paul Klee in the Zentrum Paul Klee which is designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.
This town is located between two lakes (Lake Thun and Lake Brienz) and it is also surrounded by some of Switzerland’s tallest peaks which makes the town a place for scenic views in all direction. This is also the perfect place where you will get to enjoy the natural splendors of the country either by diving in the lakeside or by hiking the Harder Kulm which is a panoramic viewpoint at the height of 1,322m. You can reach the peak of the mountain by funicular. You can also visit other peaks of the region like Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch which is accessible to trains.
The city is located on the picturesque shores of the Lake Zurich and also at the base of the Alps which makes it possible to see magnificent scenery anywhere, you are. Some of the things to do here are boat cruising on the lake, walking along the lake pristine edges, or you can even go on a hike at Utliberg Mountain. The city is also filled with a lot of museums that you can visit, if you love arts, there are also a plethora of galleries that you can explore. The city is also a shopping haven with many high-end boutiques that you can shop from.
This is a car-free resort town and it is the highest of its kind in Europe. The best thing to do here is to go skiing and the town guarantees a year-round skiing on Zermatt’s glacier. The town is located at the base of the popular Matterhorn and there is a lift to take you to the 3,882m peak where you will see the expansive views of the Alpine. The town is also known as the hot culinary destination with two of its restaurants were awarded Michelin stars in 2015. The town also hosts special events that you should not miss out on while in the country.
Chateau de Chillon, Montreux
This is a fourth-century old water fortress which served as the seat of the wealthy Counts of Savoy and it can be found in the heart of the Swiss Riviera which is on the banks of Lake Geneva. The best thing to do here is to walk by the lakeside or just explore its ancient halls which homes the 14th-century painting, subterranean vaults, towers, furniture, and weaponry which are kept preserved in their original form. The castle consists of 25 building with three courtyards that are accessible by boat, foot, or bus from the town of Montreux.
The Rhine Falls
This is Europe’s largest waterfall and it is a mesmerizing natural wonder of Swiss tourism. This fall is located at the northernmost part of Switzerland close to the town of Schaffhausen. Some of the things to do here are to watch the spectacle from the numerous viewing decks of the fall, if you are the adventurous type, you can rent a canoe and then travel to the castles that are close by which is Schloss Laufen and Schloss Worth. This fall is usually crowded with tourist during the Swiss National Day to see the stunning firework display at the fall.
Lugano borders Italy in the south and you will get to see the influence of the Italian in the region from the local language up to the warm summers. Lugano is filled with museums and a lot of heritage sites that houses neoclassical palazzos which you can explore. The city is also located north of the stunning Lago di Lugano which is an area that attracts celebrities which leads to the name Monte Carlo of Switzerland.