Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Switzerland is a picturesque mountainous country in Central Europe surrounded by 5 countries – Austria, Germany, Italy, France, and Liechtenstein which is a favorite destination for tourist destination worldwide.  Enchanting Swiss Alps, countryside towns, the sound of cow-bells ringing on lush green rolled mountain slopes, Swiss Chalets/huts, turquoise lakes, snowy peaks, beautiful mountain trails make it a favorite tourist destination. Though summer is the peak and favorable season to visit this country winter is also wonderful here to many ski resorts and favorable for adventure winter sports lovers.  Also, many towns/cities are blessed with medieval styled city-centers, bridges, cobbled-stoned streets, houses adorned with colorful flowers and lace curtains.  So let’s read about Best places to visit in Switzerland tour for planning a trip to Switzerland.

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

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In this post, I and my frequent traveler friends from around the world share their favorite places in Switzerland. This beautiful country holds a special place in my life as it was my first foreign visit and my honeymoon destination too.  I have many special memories attached to it. Read my experiences from many years back with fresh tips and guides from travel bloggers which is a useful read for first-time travel to Switzerland.  Plan a trip to Switzerland with us and check out the 16 beautiful places in Switzerland.

INTERLAKEN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Interlaken is a tourist capital of the Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highland) region. Cable cars railway connects the city with mountain villages and spectacular sights, including the famous snowy peak of the Jungfrau.

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

This “city between lakes” (located between lakes Thun and Brienz) has been a resort area for 300 years. At first, it was only a summer resort, but over time it turned into a year-round platform for tourists, according to their interests, depending on the time of year. In winter, skiers can take advantage of lower prices, when all other ski resorts are overcrowded with tourists.

The lowest season is January-February. The most expensive time to visit is mid-summer.

HOW TO REACH – Interlaken is connected by railway with Bern and Lucerne. The stretch in the direction of Lucerne is part of the “Golden Pass” panoramic route.  You can check the timetable and prices on the official website.

Sightseeing

  1. Höheweg Park

This is 14 hectares of land in the city center, between two railway stations. It was originally owned by Augustinian monks, but in the mid-19th century was bought by local hotel owners and turned into a park.

  1. Augustinian monastery

The monastery was founded in Interlaken in 1130 but was closed during the Reformation. The ruins of the monastery can be seen in the city’s central park.

  1. Unterseen

In Unterseen you can admire the parish church with a late Gothic tower dating from 1471. This is one of the most photographed landmarks in the Bernese Oberland region: the Jungfrau peak rises to the right, and Mönch to the left from the tower.

  1. Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm is a peak with an altitude of 1301 m, offering a beautiful view of the Alps and two lakes, Thun and Brienz. You can get there by funicular which departs from Interlaken East railway and costs for 25 francs. The way will take about 15 minutes.

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HARDER KULM – INTERLAKEN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

 No visit to Switzerland is complete with spending some time in the country’s adventure capital, Interlaken. Aside from its beautiful location at the foot of the Bernese Alps and on the shores of both Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken offers an incredible number of things to do.

Your first destination should be Harder Kulm which can be reached by a funicular.  At the summit, the views from the Two Lakes Bridge are spectacular, and you’re likely to see the sky dotted with colorful parachutes.

Paragliding, bungy jumping and canyoning are just some of the extreme sports available in Interlaken but if you prefer less exhilarating pursuits you won’t feel left out. Click here to book beautiful paragliding experience in Interlaken. 

Lake cruises and a ride around town on a horse-drawn tram are two of the more relaxing ways to spend your time in Interlaken.  There are plenty of opportunities to shop for Swiss souvenirs and sample the traditional cuisine, too.

There are many things to do in Interlaken like enjoying excursions many nearby mountains.  The Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Schynige Platte and Grindelwald-First are just a few mountains that can be visited by train, funicular or cable car from Interlaken.

TIP: If you plan on doing more than one mountain excursion, consider purchasing the Jungfrau Travel Pass as it can provide great savings. Book your Jungfraujoch round train trip tickets in advance. 

HOW TO REACH –  Situated just an hour from Bern and around 90-minutes from Zurich, Interlaken can be easily reached by either car or train.

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THUN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

One of the prettiest towns in Switzerland is Thun – located on the southern shores of Lake Thun. It is a perfect day trip from Interlaken, as it is easy to get there from Interlaken (and its a beautiful bus ride or card drive along the lake) and a perfect place to spend a day.

Thun is small and you will be able to see the highlights of the city within a few hours – but also plan in some time to unwind at Aare River and for a boat tour on stunning Lake Thun. Taking day trip Thun is considered as one of the best day trips from Interlaken.

In Thun, you should not miss to stroll the beautiful old town and pay attention to the colorful houses. Especially the town hall square is lovely – from there you will also see the white and impressive Thun Castle. For an entry fee of about $11 (or free with a Swiss Travel Pass), you can enter it and learn about the history and enjoy the best view of the city (this alone is so worth it).

Enjoy your lunch at Mühleplatz and relax and the Aare River before walking to the Lake Thun boat station.

HOW TO REACH – Because a cruise on Lake Thun is a must – while Lake Brienz has a more interesting color, cruising Lake Thun is probably the best boat cruise you can take. From Thun to Interlaken it takes about two hours by boat – you will see many gorgeous villages along your way and it is a perfect way to end your day!

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MURREN – SCHILTHORN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

View from the Schilthorn

 Mürren is a very small car-free town located above Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken in the Swiss Alps. The views will captivate you and the charm of the locals will make you want to stay forever.

It is most well known for the incredible Piz Gloria Schilthorn attraction rewarding visitors with unobscured views of the famous Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch peaks. The Schilthorn is where the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was filmed and the entire place is James Bond-themed which makes the visit even more fun. If you’re hungry, make sure to check out their revolving Piz Gloria restaurant which boasts jaw-dropping 360-degree views and slowly turns so you’re sure to see the entire 360-degree view while you eat.

HOW TO REACH SCHILTHORN – To get to the Schilthorn, head to the Murren gondola station located on the opposite side of town as the train station.

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

TIPS –  It’s highly recommended not to pre-purchase tickets since the weather can affect the views at the top. There is a live stream of the view from the top of the Schilthorn at the gondola station to help you decide whether it will be worth the cost to go up. 

Hiking is another activity you do not want to miss while visiting Mürren. We loved hiking on the trails to Winteregg and to the even smaller town of Gimmelwald. Be sure to check out the Biergarten in Gimmelwald and grab a pint after your exhausting hike!

HOW TO REACH  MURREN – Getting to Mürren is a bit difficult, but the journey is completely worth it. Starting from Interlaken, purchase a regional train ticket from the Interlaken Ost station to Lauterbrunnen. Be sure you’re at the correct station because there are two in Interlaken.

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

From the Lauterbrunnen station, take the gondola up to Grütschalp. Once you reach Grütschalp, hop in the cogwheel train (Lauterbrunnen-Mürren mountain railway (BLM)) which will take you all the way to the Mürren train station (end of the line).

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BASEL | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Basel is an incredible medieval city that is a wonder to explore. It is filled with unique activities for young and old and any visitor could easily spend a week in this amazing city. No visit to Basel is complete without a visit to the Basel Munster. This historic church rests on the shores of the Rhine River. If you can, climb the Munster tower for amazing views of both sides of the river. While visiting Basel, make sure to wander the Old Town and visit the thriving Marktplatz, take a Rheinfahre (small open top boat) across the Rhine, hop on a day cruise to visit the Dreilaendereck, the three corners where Switzerland, France, and Germany meet and stop into the world-renowned Basel Zoo. 

While you’re in Basel, make sure to enjoy a few of its many museums. Basel has more museums than any other city in Switzerland and many are free or discounted with the Basel Card or a Swiss train pass. Our favorites are the Basler Papiermuseum (paper mill museum), the Kunstmuseum (fine arts), Naturhistorisches Museum Basel (natural history), and the Tinguely Museum (modern art).

Finally, don’t forget to seek out the wonderful fountains and basilisks that can be found throughout the city. It would make a great find and seek experience for the kids (and adults too!)

Along with all these year-round activities, if visiting in the summer you should also consider swimming in the Rhine with the locals, taking in an FC Basel match and attending the world-renowned Basel Tattoo!

HOW TO REACH – Basel Switzerland rests on the corner of Switzerland, France, and Germany which makes it one of the most easily accessible Swiss cities. It can be easily reached by train or air and is a regular stop for river cruises. The EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg services Basel and allows an easy arrival from almost anywhere in Europe. The Basel train station is a major station with two arrival areas: one servicing SBB Swiss trains and Deutsche Bahn German trains and the other servicing TGV French trains.

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BERN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour 

The capital city of Switzerland with many historic and government monuments. Located on banks of Aare river this city has historic importance since the 12th century.  The top-most attractions of this city are Zytglogye – a Mechanical clock & astrolabe. This area is the most photogenic location of Bern. You can also visit the Swiss Parliament building, the cathedral of Bern, walking tours in historic Old town. 

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You can see this mechanical clock in old town area featured in Bollywood’s famous song – “Mein koi aisa geet gaaoon,  kee aarzoo ” filmed on Bollywood’s top performers – Shahrukh Khan & Juhi Chawla.

HOW TO REACH – Can be reached easily through air, rail or road as it is located in the heart of this country. I took a day trip to Bern from Interlaken by Swiss rail. As the train station is located in the heart of the city in an old town, I did most of the tour by walking.  After that, for internal commuting, I interchanged buses and trams.

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BETTMERALP  | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour 

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Bettmeralp is a small, pretty, car-free village situated nearly 2000 meters up in the Rhone Valley in the district of Raron.

In winter months, Bettmeralp is a bustling ski resort. In the summer, it is a quiet, hikers paradise. In the village, there are several restaurants, a fabulous bakery, a gym, a crazy golf course, and a heated indoor pool. Just a five-minute walk from the center of the village is Bettmersee, a beautiful, swimmable lake with a stunning view over the mountains.

The main attraction of visiting Bettmeralp are the incredible hikes you can do which start right at your doorstep. There are walks to suit all abilities and tastes.

Climb up to the 2,647m summit of Bettmerhorn for a breathtaking view of the enormous Aletsch glacier. It is 23 kilometers long and is the biggest glacier in Europe.

Or walk the gently rolling mountain trail to reach the cable car for the summit of Eggishorn, the highest point in the area at 2,926m.

Or head down the mountain, for a peaceful walk in the Aletsch Forest. In this shaded spot, you will find some of Switzerland’s oldest trees.

HOW TO REACH – To get to Bettmeralp, take a scenic train journey from Basel to Brig. From Brig, catch a slower local train along the valley to Betten cable car station. From here, take two cable cars up the mountainside to reach Bettmeralp village.

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ZERMATT | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

The resort village of Zermatt is an ideal destination for nature and adventure lovers. There are plenty of hiking trails and mountain bike routes offering stunning views of the Swiss Alps and surrounding glaciers. Another way to enjoy Zermatt’s alpine scenery is to take the cog railway up to Gornergrat, or the cable car lifts to one of the other mountaintop viewpoints.

For a real thrilling adventure, you can go paragliding in front of the famous Matterhorn mountain or climbing on one of Zermatt’s 4,000-metre peaks.   After a     Day of outdoor adventures, the village of Zermatt is an attractive place to relax. You can indulge in delicious cheese fondue, get pampered at a spa, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the Hinterdorf to admire old buildings built between the 16th and 18th centuries.

HOW TO REACH – Since Zermatt is car-free, the best way to get there is by train. Zermatt is a 3.5-hour train ride from Zurich airport and 4 hours from Geneva. You will have to change trains in Visp. You can also arrive on the Glacier Express panoramic train that links Zermatt to St. Moritz.

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RIDE THE GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

 One of the must do things in Switzerland is to take a scenic train ride across the country. Big bright panoramic suck you into the Swiss landscape like an IMAX movie as the train slowly rocks you like a lullaby.

To enjoy this experience to the max, I recommend taking the Glacier Express Train from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Connecting these glitch ski-villages, the Glacier Express has also dubbed the slowest express train in the world.

It takes you from Zermatt and the mountains of the Matterhorn, over bridges, across tunnels, valleys, and over mountains to the other side of Switzerland to the posh ski resort of St. Moritz. Sit back in your luxury leather seat, as lunch is prepared on board and served at your seat. Order a glass of champagne for the ultimate luxury experience. Put your nose to the glass to admire the green valleys with typical Swiss cows roaming around near Andermatt. Admire the view at the highest pass of Oberalp at 2.044 meters (6,706ft) altitude and pick your jaw back up from the ground when you gross the UNESCO heritage listing of the Landwasser viaduct.

When you arrive after 8 hours on the Glacier Express, you’ll feel like a different person. Someone who not only crossed the country by train but experienced the biggest highlights of Switzerland like a movie. The Glacier Express runs year-round but with adapted departure times in winter. Click here to book Glacier Express in advance. 

HOW TO REACH – You can start in Zermatt or in St. Moritz or Chur and you can take the Glacier Express in both directions.

TIPS – Reservation is mandatory in advance

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PORTES DU SOLEIL SKI TOWNS | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Les Crosets, and Champoussin are five ski resorts part of the huge Portes du Soleil domain, with over 600km of pistes in Switzerland and France. There’s no better way to explore these fairy tale winter wonderland villages than spending a few days on an Alpine ski chalet. However, they can also be part of a larger Swiss trip.

HOW TO REACH – You can drive to any of them or take a train from Geneva to Champéry (via Aigle) that will take you there in less than 3 hours. Once there, get out of Champéry train station and right in front of it, you will see the Champéry lift ready to take you up to Croix-de-Culet, Planachaux and beyond.

TIPS –

  • If you happen to be there from late Spring to early Winter, you will be able to move from one town to the next one by car or public transport. 
  • If you visit the area in Winter or early Spring and you are a fan of Winter sports, a one-day ski pass will let you ski or snowboard the whole area; making things such as having breakfast in one village and lunch in another, possible and so much fun. Get your wallet ready, though, it’s Switzerland after all!  

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MONTREUX | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Montreux, also known as part of the Swiss Riviera, is a stunning resort town, tucked between Lake Geneva and the steep hills of the Alps.

The town of Montreux is mostly famous for its Queen memorials. It’s no secret that Queen loved the place and recorded many of their albums in a studio in Montreux, which is nowadays turned into a tourist attraction, completely free of charge for its visitors. Apart from the studio, a beautiful Freddie Mercury statue is standing on the lakeside in memory of his presence in the city.

Another must-see attraction in Montreux is the Chillon Castle – a stunning medieval fortress, located on the Lake Geneva. The castle holds centuries of history and countless interesting stories, which can be revealed to you by visiting the castle and getting an audio guide. There are many beautiful things to do in Montreux and even many scenic train rides to nearby countryside towns/villages.

TIP – According to local laws, if you’re staying in a hotel or a hostel in Montreux, you’re entitled to a free public transport card for the duration of your stay, including discounts for most tourist attractions. Make use of this privilege, as it is going to save you a lot of money during your visit!

HOW TO REACH – It is easily reachable by train, as the train station is conveniently located in the city. Driving there is also a great option if you are commuting by car. The nearest airports are the Geneva Airport and Lausanne Airport.

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LUGANO | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

One of the must-visit places in Switzerland is the city of Lugano. Among 1,500 lakes that Switzerland posses Lugano offers fascinating views of the Lugano Lake and the Alps.

A city situated in the extreme south of the country near the border of Italy, where a huge percentage of locals speak Italian (yes I’ve witnessed it).

People come to visit Lugano mostly because of it’s the picturesque view of Lake Lugano and the rest of the mountains including Monte San Salvatore.

It is an ideal place as well for outdoor and indoor activities during summer or even in fall and winter.

There are tons of things to do when you visit Lugano; a stroll in the city’s Parco Civico, visit the Swiss Miniature Village and Gandria (lakeside village at the foot of Monte Brè) which were highly recommended by locals.

For art and exhibition lovers, you can check out the Cantonal Art Museum, Hermann Hesse Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

For highly active visitors or those who prefer an intensive activity, you can also do mountain biking, boating, and one of my favorite Hiking.

SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION – Let’s not forget the famous Monte San Salvatore where you can enjoy the 360 panoramic views of the city, lakes, and mountains surrounding it.

I personally recommend you to visit Monte San Salvatore (which I enjoyed visiting), you have to take the funicular to reach the top.

HOW TO REACH  – The easiest one day trip to get to Lugano is via car and train. Hop a train to Lugano from Milan, Geneva, Zurich, or Basel. If you are on vacation near these cities then, you should probably check out the schedules of the train.

Another way to reach the city is via Lugano-Agno airport, a small international airport which you can also book a connecting flight if you are traveling around Italy, England, France, and Germany.

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LAUSANNE | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is also referred to as the Olympic capital because the International Olympic Committee is headquartered here.

The Olympic Museum is the main attraction in the town and not without reason because it is a unique museum that is spread over three levels each dedicated to a certain aspect of the Olympic Games. In addition to the museum (which, in my opinion, needs more than one visit to experience it fully) visitors can also enjoy the landscaped parks and terraces and the collection of sculptured dotted throughout the premises. Whether you are an Olympic lover or not, you are sure to enjoy this lovely town in Switzerland. So, don’t forget to include it in your next holiday as it has many things to do.

TIP –  The first thing you need to do after arriving in Lausanne is pick up the Lausanne Transport Card which offers free public transport and discounts (at several museums and shops) for the duration of your stay. Armed with the Lausanne Transport Card, it is now time to check out the must-see places in the town – Lausanne Cathedral, Museum Historique de Lausanne (which offers a wonderful insight into the town’s past), Castle Saint-Maire, Old Academy, Charles Bridge, Collection de l’Art Brut, Oucy Quays, Elysee Museum and the Olympic Museum and Park.

HOW TO REACH –  Lausanne has been gaining popularity among tourists because of its excellent and easy to reach location. You can arrive in the city by train, boat or car. If you prefer to fly in, then the airports at Geneva (45 minutes by train) and Zurich (two and a half hours by train) are the two options.

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LEUKERBAD | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour 

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

One of the must-visit places in Switzerland, when you want to be in the mountains but not somewhere full of foreigners, is Leukerbad. Located in the Swiss Alps at 1,402 meters and surrounded by higher peaks, this place is perfect in winter when you want to see some snow. It’s also full of fun summer activities so any time of year is great.

The best thing to do here is to get out and enjoy nature! In snow, there is skiing and sledding right on the edge of town. You can also cable car up to the Gemmi Pass and ski from here. In summer, you can hike in these areas and year around there are enjoyable views over the Alps including the Matterhorn.

Leukerbad is famous for its thermal springs and these are also very enjoyable. Leukerbad Therme is home to ten thermal baths or varying temperatures and I recommend visiting every day that you are in town. Sitting in the outside thermal baths surrounded by snow is quite surreal.

HOW TO REACH – The best way to visit Leukerbad is via your own wheels or bus. There is no train stop here. We found it very easy to drive here even in winter. Once you are in Leukerbad, it’s easy to walk everywhere.

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GRUYERES | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

If you’re visiting Lausanne or Montreux, a fantastic day trip is to go and see the small medieval town of Gruyères.

Gruyères, of course, is famous for its Gruyères cheese so a tour around the La Maison du Gruyere is a must.  It’s easy to get there as the factory is located just across the road from the Gruyères train station. 

Once you have done that, take the bus (which leaves from outside the train station) up the hill to stroll through the tiny medieval village and on to the Castle of Gruyeres.  Take the self-guided walk around the castle before heading back through the village.

In the village, you can stroll through the little gift stores, visit the Tibet Museum and the HR Giger Museum.  You can also have a bite to eat at the HR Giger Bar – at the very least go in for a peak -its décor is based on the movie “Aliens” and it really must be seen to believe.

From there take the bus back down to the train station and take the train to Broc-Fabrique.  From here it’s a short walk to the Maison Cailler – home to Cailler chocolate.  Take the chocolate factory tour and enjoy eating unlimited amounts of chocolate.  Click here to book chocolate factory tour with tasting and many museums tour too from Geneva. 

HOW TO REACH – From Lausanne, it’s only 1 hour and 15 minutes by train or 1 hour and 40 minutes from Montreux.  It’s super easy to do it by yourself, or if you happen to be visiting during the months of May through to October take the Chocolate train which is a guided tour around the main attractions

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ZURICH | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Switzerland’s capital, Zurich, will almost certainly be the starting point for many people visiting the country. With many European and worldwide flight connections, including the USA and China, Zurich airport is a truly global hub. The city itself is relatively modest in size compared to some of the other capitals of Europe, which makes it pleasant and easy enough to explore on foot. Set along the banks of the River Limmat, which flows into the stunning lake alongside the city, its old town straddles the water with a number of pretty bridges and sights dotted along. In summer, cool off in the lake alongside many of the locals, or when the weather is a bit chillier explore the nooks and crannies around the town or even go shopping for one of the country’s famous watches. Book a cruise in Zurich with the visit to a famous chocolate shop. There are many enchanting places near one or a two-hour drive from Zurich, like the visit to Rhine Falls which is one of the biggest waterfalls in Europe.  From Zurich, you can also, click here to book a day trip to Lucerne.

HOW TO REACH – Major International Airport and connected through widespread rail network as Zurich is a global center for banking and finance in this country. 

TIP – The city’s thermal baths are one not to miss during your visit and it definitely one to head to stay cozy and finish off by tucking into a delicious cheese fondue at Swiss Chuchi.

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USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW FOR FIRST TIME TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND 

  • Check for Swiss Travel Pass as it has access to free travel in train, bus, and boat. Also, you can reserve some Panaorma Trains within this pass and has free admission to more than 500 museums. 
  • Download SBB App which is a great app to plan you Swiss Trip, with interactive train journeys, train time-table, stops, city tours and many other offers. 
  • Free Public Transport in some Swiss cities if you are staying overnight. Just ask for Public Transport ticket on reception of your hotel, in which you are staying. 
  • At least include one of the Boat Cruise to nearby towns or villages in your itinerary. 
  • Strolling in city-center of medieval town centers of Swiss cities are very much recommended as they have wonderful and lively city centers. 
  • Some Panoramic trains or International Trains require reservations in advance but for general commuting to nearby cities in trains, just board the train with Swiss rail pass or valid tickets. 
  • Taxis are expensive in this country and therefore public transport is recommended.  The railway stations are always located in the city center or near the tourist attraction. 
  • Hike some enchanting mountains nearby and for this download special mountain hike app which guides you throughout the hike. 
  • The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc. 
  • Though there are 4 official languages – German, Italian, French & Roman spoken and understood here, but here English is also understood by everyone and there is not a language problem. 
  • On Sunday, many shops are generally closed. Also, watch out timings during the noon and after 6:00 P.M. for small town/cities shopping areas. 
  • A very safe country with some general precautions to be taken.  People here are very friendly and welcoming. Switzerland Trip Guide
  • Try Cheese fondue as Swiss milk products are famous worldwide. 
  • Tipping in restaurants is not compulsory.
  • Water from taps/fountains is safe for drinking.  Carry a water bottle and fill it whenever you spot them.
  • WHAT TO SHOP – Swiss chocolates, Cuckoo Clocks, Cheese(if you can carry), Cow Bells. Banking, Chocolate manufacturing, and clock making industries are world famous industries and business of Switzerland. 
  • Check out more on their official website for more information on Switzerland Tourism Board as this country boasts of beautiful 150 ski resorts and many picturesque towns with hidden beauties. 
  • Switzerland has 4 seasons – Summer which is generally a peak season, Winter for adventure snow sports lovers, Autumn, and Spring which are uniquely beautiful due to changes in nature.   

ITINERARY FOR SWITZERLAND TRIP – I reached Zurich International Airport and after that, I caught a train to Interlaken. The train stations are beside the Airport. And I stayed in Interlaken and did day trips to Bern, Basel, Luzern, Geneva, Thun, Jungfraujoch(Top of Europe) and then return back to Zurich and had a night stay there. There are many other itineraries where you can have stay in Geneva to cover Laussane and Lugano on Italy border. Below you can see the places I covered during my Switzerland trip for 8 days.

Switzerland trip guide

There are other itinerary maps which cover the places listed by my friends in this article 

Switzerland Tour Guide

BOLLYWOOD LOVE WITH SWITZERLAND – If you are a fan of Bollywood(Indian) movies then you must be lucky enough to spot your favorite actors/actresses or film shootings in this country.  Also, I was lucky enough to meet and had some happy moments with Bobby Deol – an Indian actor shooting for a film – “Aashiq” during my visit to Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) 

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Honeymoon gift by meeting someone famous from Bollywood and that too very unplanned

Bollywood leading producers, directors and actors have popularised Switzerland through their films from more than 50 years.  You can even spot a lake in the name of leading producer Yash Chopra as “Yash Chopra Lake”. After the death of this popular producer, the Swiss government made a monument of this legendary producer in central Kursaal garden in Interlaken. Due to this, Switzerland tourism has also chosen India’s favorite young star – Ranveer Singh as Brand Ambassador to promote their tourism.  

Watch this video made by Swiss Tourism board featuring actor Ranveer Singh to promote its tourism

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So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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  1. Switzerland is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. Quite the extensive list with lots of places to visit. Every time I think I know a lot about Switzerland, I read about new places of interest. Bettmeralp looks fantastic and I am glad that Bern is mentioned because it is one of the most underrated capitals of the world. My biggest regret from my last trip was missing out on Thun. We stayed there for 1/2 hour but had a connecting train to catch. Next time, I guess.

    1. Thanks Raghav, you would surely love Thun as it was my favorite day trip by cruise from Interlaken. Thun is wonderful town.

  2. Switzerland is such a dream country. Such beautiful landscapes and purity of nature everywhere as evidenced by your photos. Interlaken is the only place I have ready about a lot before. All other places in this list is quite new to me. nice that you met bobby deol

    1. Thanks Sinjana, yes Interlaken is quite famous in India and even in Bollywood they show Interlaken and its near about.

  3. Honestly speaking, this is what I was looking for. Im heading to Europe for the fourth time, but having never been to Switzerland, your posts really comes in handy for me to plan ahead. Will keep you posted on how it all worked out. Thanks

  4. Switzerland is on our family’s bucket list. It looks like we’re going to need to make sure we have lots of time there when we go someday because there are so many beautiful places to see!

  5. Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries to visit and this list highlight some of the best places to visit

  6. After reading your article I realise that I should travel to Switzerland. I have only flown through Lugarno and Zurich and spent 1 day in St Moritz many years ago. Thun looks beautiful and I would really enjoy the boat trip. We had friends who travelled on the Glacier Express Train and loved every minute. Thanks for the tip in regards to the Swiss Travel Pass.

  7. This is amazing! I wanna go to Switzerland so badly and this is the perfect guide! You must have lived there

  8. Great itinerary! I haven’t been to Switzerland yet. But seems like there is a lot do and see around Zurich.

  9. I’m going to Switzerland in June, so I bookmarked this page! Thanks for the tips, very helpful. We were going to cruise Brienz and not Thun, now you have me rethinking!

  10. Truly, Switzerland is one of those places on earth that is very beautiful with all its picturesque mountains. Riding the Glacier express train is something I should not miss to experience If I get the chance to traipse my feet in this beautiful country. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  11. Switzerland is one of the places on my list that I have not got to yet. It looks so beautiful, I love your pictures. I think spending the day in Interlaken cruise the lake sounds like a prefect day.

  12. Such a helpful guide! I’m headed to Switzerland next month and still haven’t planned the itinerary. Now I’ve got some great ideas for Montreux and I’m deff doing a day trip to Gruyere!

    1. Thanks Natasha and Best of luck for your Swiss trip next month. Hopefully this guide helps you out in planning.

  13. Switzerland is one of my favorite places to visit. I visited on many different occasions but every time I go, I discover something new. I can never get enough of the landscapes and I think that even every small village is worth visiting.

  14. I’ve only been to Lucerne and Zurich in Switzerland so clearly I have a lot more of the country to explore! I’m a huge outdoors/hiking person, so Zermatt (and the Matterhorn) have been high up on my list for a while. There are just endless mountains to climb in Switzerland though, so I’d be happy going anywhere – or spending a couple of weeks there if I can! If only it weren’t so darn expensive…

    1. Thanks Diana for reading through and I agree there are endless mountains here in Switzerland to go for beautiful hikes

  15. What a wonderful collection of places.It’s great to see that you have included some of the lesser know towns as well as the more mainstream cities. Switzerland is a stunning country and has so much to offer a tourist and it should be on everyone’s bucket list.

  16. Somehow I know Switzerland is a must visit while traveling in Europe. You presented the best of the country, even though I’ve never been there, but heard so much about it. And how cool was it, that you met the Bollywood actor while visiting Jungfraujoch.

  17. Thanks for this amazing and detailed post! I absolutely love traveling through Switzerland – despite the high prices there 🙂 last December we spent some time in Zurich and then added a day trip to Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries, to it. An amazing trip.

  18. Switzerland has always fascinated me as a destination. Each and every destination you listed look amazing. I loved all the pictures, especially that of Zermatt. It would be exciting to reach here via train. I am a train enthusiast so glacier Express Train also excites me. Leukarbad also looks cool. I am saving this fab guide for future reference.

    1. Thanks Abhinav about liking and saving this guide. You would love train rides in Switzerland especially the panoramic trains.

  19. Thun is one of my favorite stops in Switzerland. I especially love the colorful houses. A boat tour would be a perfect way to explore the town.

  20. I would love to explore the whole country. To take my camera and to spend at least a month in Switzerland… Your photos are so inspiring <3 I literally like everything there!

    1. Thanks Anna, yes I too agree you atleast need 1 month explore this beautiful country. For me 8 days went away like a dream.

  21. Hi, wow being from Switzerland I can honestly say you have been to some amazing places. I am so glad you have not left our the beautiful Valais region and have not just staid around Interlaken 🙂 Switzerland has soooo much more to offer. even though it is a nice place for sure.

  22. Seriously beautiful photos. The alps are amazing and this post makes me want to go back so much, when I was there over a decade ago the Aussie exchange rate was awful, so I couldn’t really explore. Hopefully one day soon!

  23. This is a great article outlining everything Switzerland has to offer. Although I would love exploring the architecture and beautiful waterways I would have to check out as many mountains as possible. I would be in my glory!

  24. Switzerland’s landscape looks amazing.. I don’t think I’d be able to just choose one place to visit. The Glacier Express sounds incredible and a great way to see the country’s landscapes. I’d definitely be booking a tour when I do visit Switzerland.. 🙂 Lovely photos BTW.. <3

  25. Brilliant write-up. I’m a big movie buff. Therefore, Switzerland is on my list since long time. Been to Europe but couldn’t get a chance to visit Switzerland. Hoping to visit Switzerland in this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. This is an inspiring and helpful list of lovely things to do in Switzerland, thank you. I have added the small medieval town of Gruyères to my list for next time I am there. Visiting La Maison du Gruyere sounds right up my street and Cailler Chocolates too.

  27. Switzerland is in my Top 5 bucket list destination. The mountains, valleys are like you are in paradise. I have put Interlaken, lucerne, Bern, Zermatt as the must-visit cities. Your guide would come very handy to me when I will embark on my trip.

  28. Other than a quick stop in St. Moritz, I haven’t explored Switzerland and had no idea there were so many interesting places. Who wouldn’t want to explore a James Bond themed town (that’s one memorable movie). I mostly pictured hiking spots, so glad to see other options both in terms of villages and activities. But I’m glad you added the need to try cheese fondue and chocolate since I’m a food lover!

    1. Thanks Annick, glad you loved the chocolate and cheese tour and I am also a great foodie, so always try to explore city in culinary terms also. Through food tour we know the place more in depth.

  29. Really enjoyed your suggestions for the best places to visit in Switzerland. I had been to some of them, such as Interlaken, Zermatt, Lausanne, Gruyeres, and Geneva. But now I’m keen to also visit beautiful Thun and Basel, historic Bern, and more of the mountain villages as well.

  30. Surely, Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places with the Alps, ski destinations, quaint villages and medieval cities. I would love to take a ride at the Glacial Express Train and would like to visit Basel. Basel has a connection with banking industry and being in the same industry, I would love to visit the place. Thanks for the lovely guide and tips for visiting Switzerland.

  31. This post is perfect for me because I’m planning to go to Switzerland in September! I’ve booked a hotel in Murren, so I read that section with great interest.. I have been once before, but my husband has never been. I think he will be blown away with the beauty of this country!

  32. Switzerland is at the top of my travel list!! It’s so stunning! I don’t know how I could narrow down which towns to visit – every place on this list sounds fabulous.

  33. Switzerland is one of our favourite places. I’ve been to Basel on a trip and together we’ve been to Interlaken and the surrounding areas and Luzern. We just fell in love with it as we love adventure activities and the mountains! We can’t wait to go back, next time maybe to Zermatt.

  34. So beautiful! When I think of Switzerland, the first image that pops up is drinking hot chocolate beside the fireplace in a chalet after a day of skiing🤭. Your post conjured that same image for me. I’m not sure how accessible Switzerland is for those who have a mobility challenge but it is on my list

    1. Thanks Annie, Switzerland is accessible to mobility challenge. They have high speed elevators taking you to high mountains, glacier panaroma trains from where u can enjoy the view outside. I think you atleast try from big Swiss cities. It will give you lot of joy

  35. The town called Thun, have houses that looks like in a fairytale! These places you’ve mentioned are so beautiful and dreamy. I am actually wanting to visit Basel, and attend the annual luxury watch convention and exhibits and say yes to many invitations from the organizer.

  36. Wow! This is such an extensive list of places to see. I visited Switzerland way back in 2010 and loved every bit of it. However, some of these places such as Thun and Gruyeres are new to me too. Time to make another trip I guess. And I love your pictures from those days.

  37. This took me back in time. I had loved my trip to Switzerland. It was like living my own DDLJ moments. I had loved Thun, Lausanne and Zurich. The train trip to Jungfraujoch is amazing for sure. This is one elaborate post. I never wrote anything like this. Will share with my friends who will be traveling to Switzerland soon.

  38. Got lost in the dreamy beauty of Switzerland while reading your post. Have been their twice but the magic of the land calls again and again. Our favourite places are Zermatt, Jungfrau, and Lucerne. Of course Switzerland is beautiful throughout and even a small unknown town or village oozes enchantment.

  39. Wow..You have covered each place so beautifully and in details. This is a great guide. I haven’t been to Switzerland till now, but whenever I visit, this post will come handy. My favorites out of all these places are THUN, GRUYERES, and LEUKERBAD. They are all so picturesque.

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