Switzerland delivers captivating Alpine vistas, world-class shopping, amazing gastronomycities and city lifestyle. For all those of you who have been or are planning to Switzerland for the first time to a trip, here is our list for the top 10 places to visit in Switzerland. This is by no means a comprehensive travel guide about things to see and do, but we expect it will inspire you to move!
Geneva is the greatest city in Switzerland. Situated on the beautiful Lake Geneva (largest freshwater lake in Europe) having a beautiful mountain backdrop, you will discover that it’s hard to get bored here. Do not miss the St. Peter’s (St. Pierre) Cathedral, best known for being at which John Calvin preached concerning the Protestant Reformation.
Close to the cathedral is an underground archaeological site that is interesting. One other point of curiosity is Jet’ d’Eau. It shoots at water over 140 meters. Geneva is also a wonderful shopping destination down town of Rue de Rhone and Rue de Rive.
See our episode on Visiting St. Pierre’s Cathedral at Geneva
Basel is known as Switzerland’s town of civilization. Located along the picturesque Rhine River, Basel is also home to buildings that are gorgeous, both traditional and modern. Stroll around Basel’s Old Town to see that the Münster Cathedral, the Markplatz (Market Place) piazza, Rathaus (City Hall) and also Spalentor gate dating back to the 15th century.
The Old Town of zürich is a labyrinth of narrow roads and also architecture. Main sights in the Old Town contain the Grossmünster (Great Minster) dual figurines, Europe’s largest clock in St. Peter’s Church, Münsterhof Square and Limmatquai shopping road. Bahnhofstrasse is yet another popular shopping street crossing 1.2 kilometers from Central Station to Bürkliplatz. Lake Zürich is a terrific opportunity for a sail, swim, or picnic in the island of Lützelau. A dish in Zürich is Fischknusperli pond fish.
Bern is the capital of Switzerland.
Its Old Town is home to the most shopping promenade in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Factors of interest include the Münster Cathedral, Zytglogge clock tower along with the Untertorbrücke Bridge. The streets in the Old Town are Junkerngasse, Grechtigkeitgasse and Postgasse. The symbol of town is really a bear, which makes it no wonder why the town boasts a Bear Park (BärenPark) along with the Aar River.
Lugano is exceptional for the Mediterranean flair. It forms part of the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, which can be affected by civilization. Here, people talk and eat Italian. The city sprawls alongside beautiful Lake Lugano, which gives travelers lots of chances to see magnificent lakeside villagesand indulge in water sports, so take a lake cruise and revel in the mouthwatering gastronomy of this area (French + Italian = delicious!)
Watch our Incident: Touring Via Nassa at Lugano
Its location along Lake Geneva gives several magnificent perspectives to the city of Lausanne from which to appreciate this gorgeous town. Lausanne’s Old Town includes an array of museums, roads that are enchanting and historical monuments. Do not miss the 12th century Lausanne Cathedral, where each night from 10 p.m. to two a.m. a watchman calls out the specific time, and the impressive Gothic-style Peninsula of Notre-Dame. Other places to Go to in Lausanne include the lakefront of the Palais de Rumine Museum Ouchy and also the Sauvabelin Forest.
See our episode on Swiss Fondue at Lausanne
Lucerne lies at the foot of the Alps in Switzerland, in the northern end of Lake Lucerne.
It is best known for lake views and its fairytale-like texture. Tour the Old Town’s beautiful town squares, and stroll Chapel Bridge throughout the river. Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) is the earliest surviving medieval wood bridge in all of Europe. Also find the legendary Lion Monument honoring those who perished in the French Revolution of 1792, and also the Baroque-style Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche). If you have time, consider the gondola lift and aerial tram to Pilatus Mountain for a day of hiking, strolling, climbing, or studying your guts in the Pilatus Rope Park.
Take a Look at our episode on Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge
Interlaken is your sport capital if Geneva is Switzerland’s watch capital. This resort town lies in the center of the country, situated between Brienz and Lakes Thin. Interlaken is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Some of the activities include things like horseback riding, hiking, skydiving, bungee jumping, river rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, and much more!
Gruyères is your city of cheese and chocolate. Treating yourself to a fondue meal here is essential, as can be currently stocking up on the world’s finest Swiss chocolate to get back home with you. Gruyères has an medieval setting which will make you feel as though you’ve time traveled past. Foodies will revel in La Maison du Gruyères, at which each step of the cheese-making method is clarified, and there is tons of chance to taste the merchandise before purchasing. The city also has a 13th century castle, charming cobblestone roads and many fantastic restaurants.
Take a Look at our episode on Switzerland’s Best Cheese: Touring Gruyeres
Bellinzona is recognized as Switzerland’s”most Italian city” and is currently home to 3 of those best-preserved medieval castles in the country, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Situated in the Ticino canton in southern Switzerland, Bellinzona’s major attractions include the castles of Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro with its polished walls, and also the 15th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Reserve a desk to have an unforgettable dinner in the restaurant of Castelgrande. A great day trip idea would be to choose the cable auto elevator.
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