10 best places to visit in Switzerland for a Surreal experience!

Switzerland is in a true sense a fairytale location and a travelers paradise. Switzerland with its chalets, green meadows, serene lakes, snow-capped mountains, the jingle of grazing cow bells and not to be missed delectable cheese and the chocolates beckon tourists from all over the world.

Switzerland is brimming with many wonderful and fairy tale locations which make it a cumbersome task to shortlist few for the top best places to visit. Here we have tried our best to list down some of the places which would give a real feel of the surreal beauty of the land.

Most Beautiful Places in Switzerland

Rheinfall Schaffhausen

The Rhein Falls or The Rhine falls Switzerland near Schaffhausen on the Swiss-German border is the largest waterfall in Europe and one of the popular landmarks in Switzerland. The magnificent falls are located amidst azure waters of the Rhine river with several viewing platforms for the visitors to marvel at the wondrous beauty. One can take a boat tour to experience the stunning falls from close and then get down to the other side of the river to visit Schloss Laufen castle. Read more on our Visit to Rhine Falls from Switzerland.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Switzerland Capital City Bern

Bern the capital city of Switzerland is one of the best cities in Switzerland to visit has a well-preserved architecture and cultural charm in its old town. Take a walk through the old town to watch the iconic landmark of Bern the clock tower Zytglogge or visit the 15th-century Gothic cathedral and hike the 344-step up the lofty spire for remarkable views. From flea markets to myriad of branded shops Bern has it all for a shopping spree. Visit Einstein House for an insight into the work of the great physicist or visit the Bear’s park and watch the bears play and bathe in the park alongside the Aare River. Read More on Things to do in Bern.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Gruyeres Chocolate Factory

La Maison Cailler chocolate factory is one of the most prominent and most visited chocolate factories of Switzerland. The factory tour is one of its kinds with an audio-visual storytelling narrating the history of Chocolate introduced into Europe and role of Switzerland in Chocolate refining. The storytelling is succeeded by a chocolate production area where one can understand the raw materials, processing of final product and an unsupervised chocolate tasting. A large Cailler shop in the building sells the locally produced chocolates.

Montreux Castle

What can be more awe-inspiring than a visit to a castle with 1000 years of history? The remarkable Montreux Castle is one of the top landmarks in Switzerland and stands with pride on the banks of Lake Geneva with a stunning backdrop of the vast blue lake and the snow-capped Alps. The recreations of the interiors of the castle rooms, halls, prison rooms bring the history and legends of the castle back to life.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Aare Gorge and Reichenbach Falls

Every region of Bernese Oberland is unique; many breathtaking locations and diverse aura are put together by mother nature to form the Oberland. Walk into the wonderland created by the might of the Aare River and marvel at nature. The walk through the gorge is easy and comfortable with wheelchair feasible right up to the east entrance. Read More on our Visit to Aare Gorge.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Reichenbach Falls can be combined with the visit to Aare Gorge. You can board the same train boarded to get to Aare gorge to get down at Reichenbach Falls station. A 10 min walk would take you to the funicular station. The ride up in Reichenbach funicular takes us to the viewing platform right to the face of the thundering waterfalls. The viewing platform is the place where Sherlock Holmes fought his foe Professor Moriarty in “The Final Problem”. One can also hike up the mountain for a panoramic view of the falls and the surrounding.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Ballenberg

Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland recreating lifestyle of different regions of the country to provide visitors with a touch of the authentic Switzerland. The 15 minutes drive in the bus to the museum is rewarded with a breathtaking view of the countryside. Pick a map from ticket counter and ramble through the beautiful countryside. Exhibits include animal farms, barns, agriculture farming, and traditional Swiss dwellings. Read More on our Visit to the Ballenberg open-air museum.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Rigi

The Mount Rigi is most popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ located in Central Switzerland. A ferry from Lucerne and then a cable car from Weggis or cogwheel trains from Vitznau would transport you to the top summit of Rigi Mountain. The top most point of the Rigi Mountain is surrounded by stunning vistas of valleys, Swiss Alps, towns, and lakes. There is a restaurant on the summit where you can feed your hunger pangs with wonderful views. Read More on our Visit to the Rigi Kulm.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Blausee and Oeschinensee

Both lakes can be visited as a day trip. Blausee is a gorgeous crystal-clear deep blue lake in the Kander valley of Bernese Oberland. Lake is surrounded by verdant forests of pine trees. It is a favorite picnic spot with several barbecue grill stands and tables. Oeschinen Lake is in the Oeschinen valley surrounded by high rocky mountains. The lake is also a winter attraction for adventure hikers when it is usually frozen. There is an option for taking a boat tour on the lake. There is a restaurant with food and stay options available. Read More on a Day Trip to Blausee and Oeschinensee.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Murren

The traditional Walser mountain village of Murren in Bernese Oberland is sitting at an elevation of 1,650 m with breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Alps including the three mighty mountains of Eiger, Monch, and the Jungfrau. A regional train to Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken Ost and then a yellow post bus to Stechelberg and from there board the Schilthornbahn cableway to get to Murren. Murren is popular for adventure activities like paragliding, Mountain biking, and hiking.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

Titlis

Titlis is a mountain of the Uri Alps north of the Susten Pass and a popular snow resort in Central Switzerland. A train to Engelberg from Lucerne and a series of cable car including the revolving rotary cableway would get one to Titlis. One can visit the illuminated glacier caves which have some of the gorgeous ice sculptures or take a walk on the Europe’s highest suspension bridge at Titlis cliff walk for some stunning views of Alps or take a ride on the ice flyer to the glacier park for some fun snow activities. Read More on Why Titlis makes for a perfect family snow resort.

10 best places to visit in Switzerland

We believe there can never be an exhaustive list of places to visit in Switzerland. So are you ready with your favorite to start with? Then go ahead and book a Europe tour package. One can choose Geneva, Zurich, Bern or Basel as a base city to explore these places. If you are looking to stay in Basel then check out this guide to best hotels in Basel.

Have you been to Switzerland what are the places in Switzerland you would recommend as a must visit?

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49 thoughts on “10 best places to visit in Switzerland for a Surreal experience!

  • June 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    Incredible! I will visit in 2 months time, didn’t really know what to see till now. Thank you 🙂

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    • mm
      June 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm
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      Wow thats awesome we are sure Switzerland wont disappoint you. Let us know if you need any more information

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  • June 11, 2016 at 4:41 am
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    just discover this site from somewhere. great sharing story & experiences. i will recommend this site to my friends out there.

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    • mm
      June 13, 2016 at 11:16 am
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      Thank you so much Kereta 🙂

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  • June 15, 2016 at 9:16 am
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    That first picture makes me want to scream out – watch out for the water!!!!!! I think I would love to Paraglide in Murren. It is one of those things I have always thought about doing, if only I would work up the nerves to do it.

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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      Same here Sheri.. One would need strong will to paraglide in those mountains but for sure that would be rewarding.

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  • June 15, 2016 at 9:26 am
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    Thanks – this is helpful for my future reference when I travel here. I was not aware of the waterfalls and gorges in Swiss. Am a bit puzzled by the image of you sitting with the house in front of you overlooking the vast pastures . It seems very strange that the house looks smaller than you !

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm
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      Yeah Shounak am sitting on a slope of hill and the house is at foot of the hill and hence looks smaller 🙂

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  • June 16, 2016 at 8:01 am
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    Me and my boyfriend just visited our friends in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago. We only spent 5 days (one in Zurich and 4 in Lausanne), but it was raining most of the time 🙁 We really want to go back as we are in love with the mountains and hiking, and apparently Switzerland is one of the best countries in Europe for spending time in the nature. This post is a great guide – I’ll save it for the next time we’ll go there, which might even be this winter 🙂

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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      Thanks Rea.. Hope you could visit many more places you visit Swiss next time 🙂

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  • June 16, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    Based on my frequent readings, I find Switzerland as one of the friendlier places to visit. That’s why I also included this to my list of places to visit for my Europe trip. Oh my, that lake is so beautiful! so rich!

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      Agree Blair Swiss for sure is tourist friendly and best wishes for your Europe trip 🙂

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  • June 16, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    Loved the lot of snow there. I remember reading Heidi books as a child and wondering how Switzerland would be. today , I get a glimpse of it and i’m not disappointed . 😛

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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      Thanks Subhadrika!

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  • June 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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    This is what I love about Switzerland backgrounds and landscape: everything is beautiful, cold, calm and confonding. I can’t believe how precious Mother Nature is and I think we are those kind of people realizing it. Anyway, so much snow! I’ve never been skiing so for me it’s kind of amazing to see haha!

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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      Cant agree more 🙂 Swiss is a paradise blessed with abundance of nature!

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  • June 17, 2016 at 7:37 am
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    Switzerland always looks like such a magical place – I love your list of places to visit! I’m planning to backpack around Europe next year, and cannot wait to fill my days with scenes like this! 🙂

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:15 am
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      Thats Awesome Danielle would love to know what all you could make in Swiss 🙂

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  • June 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    Great photos. I’ve never been to any of these places but would like to go now!

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:14 am
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      Thanks Brooke!

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  • June 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm
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    Beautiful photos! I grew up in Germany but only really visited Zurich in Switzerland! I will save this post and make sure to travel Switzerland soon as well! Thanks for sharing!

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:14 am
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      Zurich is beautiful but there are definitely much more amazing places in Swiss worth visiting 🙂

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  • June 18, 2016 at 6:40 am
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    Switzerland is a veritable heaven on earth, and one can never go wrong there, every nook and corner is a visual delight. The country is so richly endowed with natural beauty, that one can only stare at in in awe and wonder.

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:13 am
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      Cant Agree more Vyjay. Swiss is paradise on Earth 🙂

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  • June 19, 2016 at 12:41 am
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    Switzerland looks beautiful! I’m very excited to be going there in a month. But I’m sad to miss Reichenbach Falls. I’m a big Holmes fan!

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:12 am
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      Wow.. Do keep us updated of your travels in Swiss and how did you like it 🙂

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  • June 19, 2016 at 3:26 am
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    The Rhine falls and Titlis look amazing. I wish I could go back in time to 2009 when I was in Italy so that I could visit Switzerland

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:12 am
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      Yes, how could you miss Swiss when being so close 🙂 Do plan to visit Swiss its beautiful!

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  • June 19, 2016 at 11:22 am
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    What a wonderful round-up of places to see and things to do! I have never been to Switzerland, but that may be something I have will have to remedy soon, after seeing all of your wonderful photos! Karen

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:11 am
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      Thanks Karen, Yes Swiss is something which cannot be missed if you love travelling 🙂

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  • June 20, 2016 at 7:37 am
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    Need to go to the Chocolate Factory!!! Sounds amazing. Also, love the look of Titlis – seems like something unique and adventurous to see 😀 Great list.

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:10 am
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      Agree both Chocolate factory and Titlis are unique and amazing. Must Visit!

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:09 am
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      No there is no option for swimming but yes you can go boating! 🙂

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    • mm
      June 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by!

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  • June 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm
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    Love the photos! The only time I was in Switzerland was for a layover sadly but I would LOVE to go back and actually explore. Looks beautiful.

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  • June 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm
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    Oh that was a mini virtual holiday for me. I loved the pictures. Haven’t been to Switzerland yet but I have been insisting to my husband to take me there. We have been to many other countries but this is still left.

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  • June 25, 2016 at 9:17 am
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    switzerland is such a great country! There are so many different places to see and it’s relatively easy to travel there and go from one place to another. We used to travel there quite a lot when our friends were living there. I need to give this post to a friend of mine who is going there during this summer and wants to travel there and see nice places.

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  • June 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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    Montreux Castle is beautiful! The Gruyeres Chocolate Factory is fascinating. I think I would want to visit Switzerland when it`s snowing because it looks great.

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  • June 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    So hard to choose. These are all perfect destinations in Switzerland. If my travel funds will be enough to visit this country, I will totally go and see the Reichenbach Falls. 🙂

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  • June 26, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    I have not been to Switzerland, but I am a fan of swiss chocolates– not to sweet with the right amount of creaminess and bitterness. I liked the photos of Rhinefalls and the mountain alps, a wonderful creation!

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  • June 27, 2016 at 12:51 am
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    The mountains and lakes in Switzerland totally take my breath away. We wanted to visit Bern too when we were in Switzerland but couldn’t due to time. Happy to have seen it through your post now.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

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  • June 27, 2016 at 3:25 am
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    Oh my what a beautiful country! the photo with the fish swimming is so breathtaking! I would love to travel but with work and life its hard.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    Mountains, gorges and lakes that are incredibly beautiful- I’d love to go!

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  • August 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm
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    Switzerland has some of the great places to visit! Would definitely want to visit them all. Love your pics as well 😀

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  • August 16, 2016 at 9:27 pm
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    Wow, this seriously makes me wonder why on earth I haven’t been to Switzerland yet! Would love to visit during the winter and see this beautiful landscape covered in snow.

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  • November 2, 2016 at 5:33 am
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    I have done 3 out of this list. Sounds so much like off beat places but worth listing them out in top 10. Superb pictures from these place, very poetic.

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