Switzerland is in a true sense a fairytale location and a travelers paradise. Switzerland with its chalets, green meadows, serene lakes, snowcapped 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 fairytale 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.
The Rhine falls near Schaffhausen on the Swiss-German border is the largest waterfall in Europe. 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.
Bern the capital city of Switzerland 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.
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.
What can be more awe-inspiring than a visit to a castle with 1000 years of history? The remarkable castle stands with pride on the banks of Lake Geneva with a stunning backdrop of the vast blue lake and the snowcapped Alps. The recreations of the interiors of the castle rooms, halls, prison rooms bring the history and legends of the castle back to life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blausee and Oeschinen Lake
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.
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.
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.
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.
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