Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

Traveling to Switzerland for the first time or on a Swiss Alps adventure? Discover incredible spots in the Swiss Alps!

The allure of a hiking, skiing, and camping itinerary in Switzerland’s stunning Alps attracts millions of visitors yearly.

Swiss alps mountain with flowers

The Swiss Alps

Switzerland is relatively small, but in spite of this, it is bursting at the seams with natural attractions and boasts some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

With more than two hundred peaks higher than 3,000 meters above sea level, many of the best places to visit in Switzerland are dominated by glaciers and soaring alps.

Bare trees reveal a misty lake and the Swiss Alps

Discover picturesque alpine landscapes offering stunning vistas: crystal-clear lakes, ancient castles, and breathtaking mountain peaks in all directions.

You can also discover much of the country’s cultural heritage when traveling to the Swiss Alps.

From the most beautiful towns in the Swiss Alps to national parks and iconic Swiss landscapes. Here are a few of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland.

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 turquoise lake and a typical swiss village on the water surrounded by green hills, these are some of the most best places to visit in Switzerland
Lake Brienz

1) Matterhorn and Zermatt

The Matterhorn, a mountain rising to 4,478 meters, straddles Switzerland and Italy, flaunting a near-perfect pyramid shape. It’s among Europe’s highest peaks, and is also a stunning icon in the Swiss Alps.

At the base of the legendary Matterhorn is the village of Zermatt. The mountain resort attracts tourists year-round from all over the world. Zermatt offers a host of stunning vantage points from which to admire and photograph the Matterhorn, which is a site unlike any other. The alpine playground also provides a host of things to do any time of year.

Matterhorn perfectly reflected in the lake with tourists standing in front.
The Matterhorn

Discover stories of triumph and tragedy at the Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum and Mountaineers’ Cemetery. There are also numerous outdoor activities to enjoy in the area. You can explore a glacier, ski mid-summer, hike some of Switzerland’s most breathtaking trails, or climb one of Europe’s highest mountains.

Discover a range of travel options, including aerial tramways, funiculars, and Europe’s highest open-air rack railway, within the Swiss Alps. These innovations enable everyone to experience the iconic peaks, making the Alps accessible beyond just avid explorers.

There are many ways to experience Zermatt – though the most exciting that we recommend is through the eyes of a Matterhorn helicopter tour!

Add a River Cruise to Your Swiss Itinerary: A river cruise down the Rhine and Moselle between Paris and Zurich is a great addition to your Swiss itinerary.

The Gornergrat cog train that runs between Zermatt and the Matterhorn peak.
Matterhorn, Zermatt Tour Recommendation
Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel TrainOne of the most popular Matterhorn day trips from Zermatt. Experience the heights of the Alps and marvel at man’s incredible engineering achievement as you climb a glacier from Zermatt up to Gornergrat 3,089 metres above sea level on the cogwheel train.

Enjoy magnificent views over the most famous peaks of the Swiss Alps – Rothorn, Klein, and the world-famous Matterhorn from the year-round viewing platform. Throughout the ride, you will pass some of the most beautiful views in Switzerland with the Matterhorn continually in view.

Tickets are valid for one day; prices start at CHF 90 pp. See here for full tour details and inclusions.

2) Jungfrau Region

At an altitude of 3,454 meters, the Jungfrau region is one of the most exceptional alpine wonderlands in the world. Nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage site between the Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, this is another top Swiss destination. Explore amazing hiking trails around Jungfrau, and nearby spots like Wengen, Murren, Grindelwald, and Lauterbrunnen.

Jungfraujoch station and glacier, the highest rail station in Europe.

The biggest highlight of the Jungfrau region is getting to the top. 

For over a hundred years, the Jungfrau railway has ascended to Europe’s highest-altitude railway station. The steep nine-kilometer journey from Kleine Scheidegg includes a seven-kilometer tunnel completed in 1912. Mid-tunnel stops provide breathtaking vistas of the Alpine glacial marvels through mountain-built windows.

Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier extending into Italy, France, and Germany. You can also delve into an enchanting frozen realm at the Ice Palace.

One of Switzerland's biggest attractions is the Jungfraujoch Train crossing a lush green field with the snow covered Swiss Alps in the background.
Jungfrau Tour Recommendations
Take a full-day round trip to Jungfraujoch including round trip ticket and admission to Jungfraujoch starting at CHF 132 pp. Get full details here.Visit Jungfraujoch from Zurich on an all-inclusive day trip. Travel the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland to meet the cog train. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most striking vistas of the Aletsch Glacier and stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier. Get full tour details here.

3) The Swiss National Park

The Swiss National Park, located in the Western Rhaetian Alps is part of the worldwide UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. 

Covering over 170 square kilometres; the park has over 80 kilometres of hiking paths and nature trails. The first national park was established in the Alps over a century ago, although thankfully, little has changed. 

Snow covered mountain vallet with a crytal clear lake in the centre on the Fluela pass Swiss National Park

A pristine wilderness of forests, lakes, and alpine mountains, the park is also home to an abundance of wildlife. 

The marked trails, mandatory to follow, showcase unique rock formations and pristine forests found nowhere else. Have your binoculars ready for glimpses of chamois, marmots, red deer, and ibex—the park’s prominent wildlife and some of the best fauna to see when traveling in the Swiss Alps.

There are a total of twenty-one hiking routes through the park. The park visitor centre in Zernez has park maps and guides. You can also book a guided hike for around CHF 35. The park closes in winter during the time of year that is part of wildlife conservation and protection practices. 

4) Lugano

The Monte Carlo of Switzerland. Lugano, in southern Switzerland’s Italian speaking Ticino region, will have you thinking you landed in the Mediterranean.

The stunning scenery and relaxed vibe of Lugano City attract celebrities and travelers alike. It nestles by a glacial lake, surrounded by the San Salvatore and Brè Mountains

Lugano, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland with its view of lake Lugano and mountains.

The main square, Piazza della Riforma has all the charming character you expect from any of Italy’s most enchanting cities and towns flanked with pastel coloured Italianate architecture.

Discover the allure of Piazza della Riforma, adorned with pastel Italianate buildings, at Lugano’s heart. Alongside chic shopping streets and vibrant lakeside eateries, Lugano boasts an especially renowned status as one of Switzerland’s scenic cities.

5) Interlaken

Explore Interlaken, the adventure hub in the heart of the Swiss Alps! Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, this stunning town presently offers thrilling activities like hiking, day sledding, and paragliding.

You can also discover the beauty of Lake Thun in Interlaken, boasting deep blue waters embraced by surrounding mountains. Don’t miss the chance to cruise on its captivating expanse! Explore the stunning scenery with a boat ride.

During the summer, unwind along the lakeside or indulge in a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear waters. For thrill-seekers, it’s undoubtedly an ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing adventures!

As a key stop on the Golden Pass Train Line, Interlaken connects you to Switzerland’s top attractions. Experience the essence of travel in the Swiss Alps from this vibrant town!

Para glider against mountains and hotel in Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken Tour Recommendations
Try night sledding for a starlit adrenaline rush down an hour-long sled run. Get full details here.Enjoy the vistas of Interlaken from above on a tandem paraglide. Enjoy the views of the mountains and lakes on a tandem flight with a skilled pilot. See here for full activity details.

6) Lucerne

Lucerne is a beloved Swiss destination and is a surprisingly effortless day trip from Zurich. It offers historical charm, stunning landscapes, and upscale shopping. The German-speaking city sits by Lake Lucerne, surrounded by Mount Rigi and Pilatus panoramas.

People kayaking across Lake Lucerne with the Swiss Alps in the background

In Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, you have a world of options. In Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, a world of options awaits. Enjoy a leisurely steamship cruise or explore the heights of Pilatus or Rigi. Wander through the car-free Altstadt (Old Town) and indulge in luxury shopping at its upscale stores.

We have put together an excellent 2 Days in Lucerne Itinerary to help you plan your stay.


By Lala