Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland

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Whether you're planning to live in Switzerland or just visiting, here are 10 must-see sites for vacations and weekend getaways in Switzerland.

If you plan on travelling around Switzerland, it's not hard to visit many of Switzerland's top sites during your Swiss holiday. Because Switzerland is a small country, its most visited attractions are near each other and can be reached quite easily.

There is also an efficient Swiss transport system – from trains to ferries to cable cars – that can easily take you to most of the top sites in Switzerland. Mountain resorts, lakes, forests, castles, museums, and ancient and modern architecture make this federal Swiss republic an excellent tourist destination. With its low crime rate, Switzerland is also very safe for tourists.

The Jungfrau Region

The Jungfrau Region (Jungfraujoch) offers spectacular scenery to bewitch the eye. The white peaks of three towering mountains – the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger – contrast with the green valleys and meadows in this Alpine wonderland. Enjoy the fresh mountain air while visiting this place.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Jungfraujoch

Chateau de Chillon, Montreux

The town of Montreux is located in the heart of the Swiss Riviera on the shores of Lake Geneva. Walk by the lakeside and explore the Chillon Castle, or take a tour of the tower, courtyards, dungeons, and rooms of this 11th-century castle. It's the most frequently visited historical building in Switzerland, where its numerous rooms house weaponry, frescoes, and furniture. The castle can be reached by walking along the lakefront or taking the train or trolley bus.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Chillon Castle

Swiss National Park, Zernez

The Swiss Natural Park is 169 square kilometres of mountains and woodland. It is home to a variety of wildlife such as large red deer, chamois, ibexes, and marmots. Walk around its trails and admire its breathtaking views.  

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Swiss National Park in Zernez

Fasnacht Spring Carnival, Basel

Be sure to visit Basel, Switzerland's second largest city for the Fasnacht Spring carnival. Its world-famous three-day carnival features participants in colourful costumes and masks parading in the streets. The carnival starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday, and cafes and bars are open all night as confetti, sweets, and flowers are thrown to the crowd.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Fasnacht Spring Carnival in Basel


Hugging the shores of lovely Lake Geneva, this city is the third biggest in the country. You can find the world's tallest fountain, enchanting museums, and fine restaurants here. For those with a turn towards alternative arts, Geneva is a place not to be missed.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Lake Geneva

The Matterhorn, Zermatt

The most famous peak in the Alps, the Matterhorn in Zermatt, stands 4,478 meters high. Mountaineers flock to this town to conquer this technically difficult peak, and Zermatt also offers skiing and beautiful views. There are also non-skiing activities, good restaurants and lots of energetic nightlife for visitors to enjoy.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Matterhorn in Zermatt

St. Moritz

A famous playground of the wealthy, St. Moritz is a winter resort which offers skiing and a variety of summer and winter sports, as well as mud and mineral baths and mud therapies. Savour caviar and truffles in some of the resorts' fine restaurants, or take a spa treatment at the Health Spa Centre. This town is also known for its active and expensive nightlife.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: St. Moritz

Mt. Pilatus

Near the lakeside city of Lucerne stands Mt. Pilatus, a 2,120-metre-tall mountain. Tourists can take a cable car to reach its top and enjoy the thrilling view. It is also a great venue for walking with numerous trails, and visitors here can witness the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Pilatus Bahnen

St. Gallen

An Irish monk founded St. Gallen in 612 AD. What was once a medieval centre has now grown into the seventh largest city in Switzerland, and this old town has a lot of picturesque buildings, with carved balconies, colourful murals, and relief statues. The large twin-towered cathedral has remarkable ceiling frescoes and stucco designs.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: St. Gallen

The Rhine Falls

Situated near the town of Schaffhausen, Europe's largest waterfall is a magnificent natural wonder. Near the falls is the medieval castle, Schoss Laufen, which houses a restaurant, a youth hostel, and shops. On Swiss National Day, 1 August, the Rhine Falls is host to fantastic display of fireworks which attracts thousands of tourists.

Top 10 places to visit in Switzerland: Rheinfall


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25 Comments To This Article

  • Poster posted:

    on 2nd September 2016, 16:34:13 - Reply

    Hi I am planning for honeymoon in swiss so can anyone guide me to take best package and place to visit

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  • Tarun posted:

    on 14th June 2016, 02:50:08 - Reply

    Hi I wish to visit swiss with in 2 years. May the best packages?

    Thank you!

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  • Natasha posted:

    on 29th April 2016, 09:46:29 - Reply

    I will be planning to visit Switzerland in month of July for 4 days.Which places should I visit and stay in? will this be good if i take Swiss Rail pass for 4 days? Can you pls suggest

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  • shanu posted:

    on 8th February 2016, 11:19:28 - Reply

    i'll be in visiting Europe(austria-nenzing) in Feb 21 to march 11 can any one suggest me which places i can visit in austria and switzerland

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  • albertjack posted:

    on 7th January 2016, 09:56:06 - Reply

    Great article, I appreciate your effort. The Rhine Falls is an amazing destinations for enjoyment. I also visited there after my las vegas to yellowstone tours
  • Seri posted:

    on 22nd November 2015, 19:52:53 - Reply

    if you have 3 full days then try Bern (1 day), Montreux 1 day(visit the Lavaux vineyard there) , Lucern (visit Mt Pilatus there) . Zurich town is not that interesting and nothing much to see.

  • Bareyto posted:

    on 10th November 2015, 20:46:13 - Reply

    I will be visiting Europe during the holidays and I'm interested in visiting Switzerland. I have availability from 2-8th of January. Which places should I visit and stay in? Should I get a Swiss Pass for the train?

  • Kumar posted:

    on 15th October 2015, 08:00:53 - Reply

    Hi, I wish to spend three days in Switzerland in second week of December. Please suggest the places to visit. Can I see all these places while staying at Zurich and go for day sight-seeing. Please reply. Thanks

  • 10MostToday posted:

    on 5th October 2015, 17:36:33 - Reply

    I spent some time in Geneva and around the lake, and prepared these two lists of the best attractions in the area.
    Best attractions in Geneva:
    Best attractions around Lake Geneva:

  • Jank posted:

    on 28th September 2015, 22:04:08 - Reply

    Only place to visit in Switzerland : the morgue. And then get te hel outta there....
  • antoine posted:

    on 31st August 2015, 16:20:42 - Reply

    Forget about Geneva. Not worth it, pretentious, boring and super expensive (I know it, I live there !) unless you want to discover the lovely Asian "Baur Foundation" museum. "Chexbres" village in Lavaux vineyards has the best stop overlookingthe vineyards and lake. Montreux is very romantic and breath taking with the lake and Alpes in the background. Go to Lausanne for teens parties, to Zurich, Basel, Lausanne, Martigny and Lausanne for museums. Spend a day in Gruyeres (lovely Castle, cheese factory, "Alien" museum, etc.). Do Lucerne plus Mount Pilate in one day. Don't miss Neuchatel for its amazing archeology museum presenting the life of Swiss ancestors living by the lakes' shores.

  • jaya posted:

    on 15th August 2015, 07:57:24 - Reply

    I am disappointed to not to find TITLIS in the list
  • Damien posted:

    on 8th September 2014, 13:38:10 - Reply

    Nice collection of Places! For People who want to do cultural activities, there's "Kulturpicknick Baden", a combination of cool activities and great deals on accomodation. More at

  • ella posted:

    on 29th August 2014, 13:04:37 - Reply

    good work
  • Eathen posted:

    on 29th August 2014, 12:54:33 - Reply

    I have never been to the Switzerland but have a dream to visit this once in my life. I now that. Gorgeous Mountain, remarkable resorts, beautiful lakes, green forests, spectacular castles, admirable museums, and historic and modern architecture are its attractive features; that make it a dream destination. I have heard a lot and read few blogs and article about this lovely destination. Now after visiting this great piece of sharing I wish to visit this after completing my Niagara Falls tours. I would like to explore its all major attractions.
  • Marielle posted:

    on 22nd July 2014, 23:48:17 - Reply

    You should definitely come and visit Lavaux Region (next to Lausanne). This region is listed in the UNESCO heritage. The view is amazing and there are great unknown winemakers to visit, check this on
  • Michael B posted:

    on 7th March 2014, 13:16:33 - Reply

    No way that St.Gallen should be on this list, there are so many other nicer places in Switzerland.
  • Hendra posted:

    on 21st February 2014, 21:38:48 - Reply

  • Suzette Gräbe posted:

    on 8th February 2014, 15:53:20 - Reply

    How many days do I need to see these 10 places and where is the best place to stay that is central?
    Thank you
  • Peter posted:

    on 4th October 2013, 21:51:11 - Reply

    Great guide. I'd also like to put in a vite for Bern. Great city. And for me I'd choose Haslital over Jungfrau. Same mountains, but less tourists and lower prices. [Edited by moderator]
  • Chandru posted:

    on 3rd October 2013, 16:55:46 - Reply

    How long time it takes to cover from one place to another one
  • dr umesh posted:

    on 22nd July 2013, 16:49:45 - Reply

    i want to know how many days i should keep for 10 best attractions in switzerland?
  • Roderick Garztes posted:

    on 31st May 2013, 11:01:21 - Reply

    Nice list. May I suggest you includ BERN in it. The is a UNESCO site, and it´s IMHO the prettiest town in the country. Well worth a visit.
  • Hi posted:

    on 6th March 2013, 08:14:33 - Reply

    this is really good site
  • Hello Bye posted:

    on 7th August 2012, 18:41:39 - Reply

    I think that this site really gives the information i am looking for. Since I need info about what to see in Switzerland- this completley tells me everything i need to know. THANK YOU EXPATICA!!!!