Holidays in Switzerland are guaranteed to be an exceptional experience. Charming alpine scenery, picturesque villages, and ancient towns make Switzerland a country with fairytale charm, to which you will always want to return.
Switzerland lies between Lake Constance in the northeast, Lake Geneva in the west, the Upper and Alpine Rhine in the east, and the Rhine in the north, the Jura in the north, and the Southern Alps. Switzerland borders Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein. It has 23 cantons and is a member of the Council of Europe, the UN, EFTA, OECD, and WTO and part of the Schengen area. Holidays in Switzerland are breathtaking in winter and summer. During the winter, you can fully enjoy winter sports and the beautiful scenery of the snow-capped Alps. In summer, mainly tourists, climbers, and cyclists, who love beautiful alpine panoramas and fascinating nature, will enjoy themselves. However, Switzerland is not only the Alps, but also a number of beautiful historic towns, galleries, and museums. Ifenomén has 12 of the most beautiful places for you today, which you must not miss on holiday in Switzerland.
The Matterhorn, one of the highest mountains in the Alps, is an iconic pointed peak in Switzerland. It stands on the Italian frontier where it rises to a height of 4478 meters, and its four steep walls stretch to all sides of the globe. Tragically the first attempt at capturing the Matterhorn in 1865 ended. After that four climbers fell and died during the Matterhorn descent. Every summer, thousands of experienced climbers head to the mountain. The Matterhorn foothills are located in the charming village of Zermatt, known as a top international resort with picturesque cottages, premium restaurants, and hotels. In the village motor vehicles are prohibited to preserve air quality and a peaceful atmosphere. In winter, skiers can enjoy more than 300 kilometers of quality ski slopes. In summer, tourists can enjoy hiking, cycling, climbing, and summer glacier skiing on holiday.
The peak of Europe One of the most beautiful experiences in the beautiful Bernese Oberland is a train ride to Jungfraujoch – the peak of Europe, where you will find a breathtaking view from the terrace at the scientific observatory perched at an altitude of 3454 meters. The longest glacier in Europe, the Aletsch Glacier, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also begins on the Jungfraujoch. The famous Eiger Trail in Switzerland from the Eiger Alpiglen glacier station begins at the foot of the north face. Other interesting walks include the Panorama Way on the south side of the slope, the Gletscherschlucht (Gorge Glacier), and the Öpfelchüechliwäg – a high-lying trail from Olenstein to Brandegg through flower fields, pastures, and forests. Less active individuals can take advantage of gondola and cable car rides and enjoy popular views over the Lauterbrunnen valley.
When holidaying in Switzerland, you must not miss Interlaken, which is located between Lake Thun in the west and Lake Brienz in the east and is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Switzerland. In the city center is the Höhematte, a miracle of urbanism spread over 35 acres of open space. Interlaken’s main street, the Höheweg, is surrounded by flower gardens, hotels, cafés. The most remarkable, however, is the view of the alpine peaks. The massive peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau massifs towering over the town offer excellent opportunities for alpine adventures. There are more than 45 mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts, ski lifts in the area, which are ready to take you to the surroundings. Winter is for skiers and snowboarders, who can choose from the surrounding resorts and cross-country trails. Summer can then be enjoyed by tourists, cyclists, or paragliders, who can start from the Beatenberg-Niederhorn. You can admire the local landscape from lower altitudes on board a steamer while sailing around the lake.
Imagine a sparkling blue lake surrounded by mountains, a medieval Old Town without cars, with covered bridges, waterfront promenades, frescoes on historic buildings, a sun-drenched square with bubbling fountains. So this is Swiss Lucerne. A city that is famous for its music concerts. Lucerne usually attracts renowned soloists, conductors, and orchestras, not only during the popular International Music Festival. The cultural and conference center is home to one of the world’s leading concert halls.
One of the city’s most famous landmarks is the Kapellbrücke bridge, built in the 14th century. In a small park lies the famous Löwendenkmal – a statue of a dying lion, which was erected in honor of the death of the Swiss Guard during the attack on the Tuileries during the French Revolution. History buffs can look forward to the Swiss Museum of Transport with extensive exhibits of all modes of transport, including air and space. There is also a planetarium. Be sure to enjoy the cable car ride to Dietschiberg on the north side of Lake Lucerne, the cable car ride along Mount Pilatus, or the famous viewpoint of Rigi.
5. Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva is the largest alpine lake in Europe. It is located on the Swiss-French border and around its banks lie some of the most popular cities in Switzerland. The city of Geneva lies between breathtaking snow-capped peaks where the Rhône flows into Lake Geneva. This French-speaking “capital of peace” is the European headquarters of the United Nations and radiates a pleasant combination of French joy of life and Swiss architecture. The promenades, parks, and gardens surrounding the lake, together with the old town, are ideal for romantic walks. A famous landmark is the Jet d´Eau, a fountain in Lake Geneva. Other popular sights include the Opera and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Another town on the lake in Lausanne, located about 62 km from Geneva. Lausanne boasts beautiful views of the surrounding Alps and mountain lakes. Take a stroll into the medieval Old Town and enjoy the cute cafés, boutiques, and magnificent Gothic cathedrals. At the foot of the Alps and Lake Geneva in Montreux, which hosts the world-famous Jazz Festival in June and July.