7 Beautiful Places You Should See in Switzerland
You only have to hear the word ‘Switzerland’ and your brain is flooded with images of winter wonderland scenes, stunning vistas, and probably a fair number of skis. This picture isn’t far wrong, but even during the summer months, this is one country which was made for the camera!
Of course, Switzerland is a huge country, and with so many natural sights to check out, it’s hard to figure out where you should go first. One thing is for sure, you need to clear down that camera memory card, grab your comfortable walking boots, and be ready to have your mind blown. Here are seven of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland.
Lauterbrunnen is a town in Switzerland which is located within the Alps region. Picture that stunning town with huge, snow-capped mountains surrounding it, and you’re not far wrong. Lauterbrunnen is also home to the rather impressive Staubbach falls, as well as the Trummelbach Falls. There is a huge viewing platform around here, which is another must do, as well as the Stechelberg village cable car, which will take you over the Schilthorn mountain, with views over the Alps themselves.
You will certainly have seen photos of Jungfraujoch in magazines and online, as this is one of the most famous places in Switzerland and is known as the ‘top of Europe’ by many. You will need to take the train from the town itself, which takes you up to the viewing platform. From there you can stand almost 3500 meters high – not ideal if you’re not a fan of heights! If you are, however, this is something you have to put on your visit list. You’ll also get to check out the Great Aletsch Glacier, which is the longest in Europe, and is UNESCO listed. There are some walks around here too, which will add to your camera store!
This picturesque, large town is somewhere you have to visit if you’re into history and if you love a little nature. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t be in Switzerland if you didn’t! Bern is home to a huge cathedral, which is the tallest in the whole country, and be sure to check out Zytglogge, which is a clock tower dating back to medieval times. There are regular shows with puppets which take place here too.
An artistic city, Bern is packed with galleries and museums, so if the weather is a little on the cold side, you can easily head inside for a warm, whilst checking out a little culture.
An instantly recognizable name, Lake Geneva is a famous place for celebrities, and an upmarket spot too. This is a huge alpine lake, which is the largest in Europe, and as a result, the scenery is breath-taking. Be sure to check out Jet d’eau, which is a huge water fountain which regularly shoots the wet stuff high into the sky. Think of the Bellagio fountains, without the Vegas glitz, and you’re nearly there.
With the Alps as the back-setting to this beautiful lake, this is certainly another spot for your camera.
During the winter months, Interlaken is one of the best skiing and snowboarding areas in the whole of the Swiss Alps. With two huge lakes surrounding the town, as well as Eiger Jungfrau and the Monch mountains as the back-setting, this is a truly mind-blowing place for scenery. During the summer months, visitors can also enjoy paragliding – you can imagine the view! With several cable cars to take around the town, you’ll be sure of a wonderful time.
Everyone knows the Matterhorn, and everyone has seen pictures of it, but to see it in person is something else entirely. The summit of this huge mountain is one of the highest points of the entire Alps range, and as it sits on the border with Italy, you could think about doing a twin center break and checking out the many sights over the border too!
Zermatt sits at the base of the Matterhorn, and this is a charming, old-world place, with horse-drawn carriages and cobbled streets. You cannot visit Switzerland and not head to this spot!
The interesting thing about Lucerne is its lack of traffic – cars aren’t allowed in Lucerne, so you can walk around freely, to your heart’s content! The town dates back to medieval times and the scenery of mountains and bridges is one for the camera once more. Be sure to check out the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge as two famous spots and head up the cable car towards Mount Pilatus.
A visit to Switzerland will certainly be something you will remember for the rest of your days. Whether you choose to brave the winter months or visit in summer, the nature and scenery here is difficult to beat.