Switzerland or Swiss Confederation is a landlocked country which is situated in the junction of western, central and southern Europe. Switzerland is famous for ravishing alpine scenery, deep glittering lakes, grassy valleys dotted with neat farms and quaint villages, medieval cottages & quarters, home to many UNESCO heritage site ski resorts and many hiking tracks. Its cities contain the most renowned landmarks such as “Zytglogge Clock Tower” of Bern and Lucerne’s “Wooden Chapel Bridge”.
Switzerland maintained links of the diverse, natural and cultural geography of western Europe and it is renowned for both its natural beauty and its way of living life. The country has some unique features to it like it has three national languages which are French, Italian, and German. There is no Swiss language, a dialect of German, called Swiss German is spoken by local people.
There are a variety of unusual sights to see in Switzerland which is truly incredible. Discover glaciers, mountain worlds, rivers and impressive buildings during your itinerary.
For you, we have listed some of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland for tourists planning a Swiss trip.
The Rhine Falls: Largest Waterfall of Europe
The Rhine Falls is located near Schaffhausen is the largest waterfall of Central Europe. This amazing sight can be reached via a boat tour, which will also show visitors to Switzerland the lovely basin, riverside castles, and spectacular boulder perched in the middle of the river at the top of the falls.
There are viewing platforms that reach out over the falls and allow guests to feel like they’re hovering directly above.
Matterhorn: Iconic symbol of the Switzerland
The Matterhorn is a pyramid shape giant mountain which is the highest peaks in the Alps. This iconic symbol lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Matterhorn is 4,478 m high which is very difficult to climb. The mountain derives its name from the German words Matte which means meadow and Horn means ‘peak’.
It is also one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps. The Matterhorn’s faces are steep, and only small patches of snow and ice sticks to them while regular avalanches send the snow down to open on the glaciers at the base of each face.
Jungfraujoch: The Top of Europe
Every tourist’s dream is to visit the top of Europe- Jungfraujoch puts a jewel in the crown of any visit to Switzerland. One of the most popular things to do in the beautiful Bernese Oberland is the train journey to Jungfraujoch. The longest glacier in Europe, the Great Aletsch Glacier begins at Jungfraujoch and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main highlights of Jungfraujoch include the majestic views of panoramic mountain summits such as the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. You can explore the Sphinx Observatory perched at 3,454m, it is one of the highest astronomical viewing stations in the world. Views of Jungfraujoch are endless and pristine but due to fewer accommodations & restaurants tourists cannot stay overnight.
Bernina Express: Enjoy the panoramic view of Swiss
Travelling Via Bernina Express is one of the most magnificent ways of visiting Swiss Alps. Bernina Express is a brightly coloured train that crosses the Alps beginning in the town of Chur and ends in Tirano. The route takes almost 4 hr and cross 196 bridges and goes through 55 tunnels. Views of glaciers, mountain peaks, towns, bridges and many more breathtaking sights can be seen through Bernina Express.
Travellers can enjoy marvellous sights during their journey like the Montebello curve with a view of the Bernina Massif, the Morteratsch Glacier, the three lakes Lej Pitschen, Lej Nair and Lago Bianco, the Alp Grüm and the Brusio Circular Viaduct. Take perfect photos of the breathtaking scenery from Bernina Express!
Lake Geneva: Europe’s largest Alpine lake, Switzerland
Lake Geneva is one of the largest Alpine lakes situated in Western Europe. It is shared by Switzerland and France. The city of Geneva sits between pretty snow-capped peaks at the point where the Rhone drops into Lake Geneva. Apart from being one of the largest lakes, Lake Geneva is popular because it is divided into 3 parts due to its different forms. The names of the 3 lakes are Haut Lac, Grand Lac and Petite Lake.
The Lake of Geneva is located in the middle of the Alps. You can explore the lake via boat ride that connects Geneva with Lausanne, Montreux and other towns. There are many things to do in Lake of Geneva available for tourists. There are many activities such as golfing, horseback riding, ice fishing, ice skating, and parasailing.
Lucerne: Gleaming blue lake enclosed by mountains
Lucerne is a top spot for tourist to visit in Switzerland. It is a small and popular town located in central Switzerland and lies at the north end of Lake Lucerne which is one of the countries. The view of this lake is mesmerising as it is surrounded by mountains, medieval town, ancient bridges, amazing beachfront, historic buildings and gushing fountains. People can also visit the international music festival and attend music concerts which held annually.
This classic Swiss town has a historical feel but its concert halls, museums and carnivals give it a fresh vibe. Some of the major travel attractions are Chapel Bridge, Old Town, Hofkirche, Swiss Museum of Transport, Mt. Pilatus, Mount Rigi, Jesuit Church, Lion Monument and the Glacier Gardens.
Chateau De Chillon, Montreux
‘Chateau De Chillon’ is also Chillon Castle is beautiful islands castle located on the coasts of Lake Geneva. The place has become a popular tourist attraction because of the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and the lake. The Chillon Castle Dungeons (cells) are beautifully made and give a glimpse of the life of people who have lived in these dungeons. Chillon Castle is very well preserved and has some decorations and paintings which make the place look authentic.
The beautiful architecture of rooms built in a Gothic Style. Chillon Castle has Camera Domini, a special room which was designated to “Duke of Savoy”. The chapel has beautiful paintings belonging to the 14th century. From centuries, the water castle was the main citadel that controlled water transportation on the lake and guarded the land route to St Bernhard Pass.
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