|Total States||26 cantons|
|Airport City||Ambri Airport, Bern Airport (Bern-Belp Airport) , Bex Airport, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg airport, Geneva Airport (Geneva–Cointrin Airport)|
|Offical Languages||German, French, Italian, Romansh,|
|National Animal||Red Deer|
|Food||Cheese fondue, Raclette., Älplermagronen|
Autumn : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter : Dec - Feb
Sprint : Mar - May
The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall).
Lucerne, a compact city in Switzerland known for its preserved medieval architecture, sits amid snowcapped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Its colorful Altstadt (Old Town) is bordered on the north by 870m Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14-century rampart. The covered Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), built in 1333, links the Aldstadt to the Reuss River's right bank.
The picturesque capital of Switzerland is a dream of a place. Walking around the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town, you´ll pass fountains and bell towers interspersed among the plentiful old buildings. Many edifices date back over five hundred years, to when Bern was reconstructed following a fire – the coherent design and architecture is in part what makes the city so impressive. There are over six kilometers of covered arcades in Bern, giving it a distinctive feel, and these house a number of great bars, restaurants and shops. Dripping with history, the city also has a lot of good museums which are worth checking out. Bern´s beautiful location, on a peninsula surrounded by the tree-lined Aare River, only adds to its charm and laid-back vibe.
Interlaken is a traditional resort town in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland. Built on a narrow stretch of valley, between the emerald-colored waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, it has old timber houses and parkland on either side of the Aare River. Its surrounding mountains, with dense forests, alpine meadows and glaciers, has numerous hiking and skiing trails.
Located on the banks of the Rhine, Basel´s strategic location right on the borders of France and Germany has seen wealth accumulate in the city as trade and commerce flowed through its streets. Consequently, it has a host of fine old buildings and there is a wealthy vibe about the place. There are also some fantastic museums and galleries on offer. Although it is not as picturesque as Bern, Basel still has a lovely old town which is worth visiting, and some great architecture both old and new located around its confines. To get a feel for the everyday life of its residents, head to Kleinbasel to enjoy some fine dining down on the riverbanks.
Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is closely related to that of Italy’s northern Lombardy region. This mix is reflected in its architecture and cuisine. The city stands on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains. Its main square, Piazza della Riforma, is ringed with pastel-colored, neoclassical palazzi.
Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge.
Buzzing with life, Lausanne´s large student body makes it a fun city in which to spend some time. There´s an upbeat and youthful feel about the city, and it´s a great place to hit the town due to its bustling nightlife scene. More than just a university town, Lausanne is beautifully located on the hillsides overlooking Lake Geneva. The city drips down the gentle slopes, with the beautiful gothic old town located at the top. There are some great museums scattered around, or take some time to relax in the many cafes and bars that line the warehouses along the waterfront at the bottom of the city – Lausanne has something for everyone
Steeped in history, St. Gallen´s ancient streets are perfect for history buffs to revel in. Its picturesque squares and tiny cobbled alleyways weave their way about the old part of town, until you suddenly stumble across the impressive cathedral towering above you. The main attraction is the beautiful baroque library located in the abbey, containing a large number of books dating back to medieval times. A cultured seat of learning, St. Gallen is set amongst roving green hills, while mountains can be seen far off in the distance
With three medieval fortresses lying around this city and its beautiful location at the point where several valleys join, it is somewhat surprising that Bellinzona´s wealth of attractions receive relatively few visitors. The Old Town is a pleasure to wander around, and its twisting alleys are home to renaissance churches, homely cafes and chiming bell-towers – all of which gives Bellinzona a charming feel. Once ruled by the Italians, Swiss and Italian culture mix together in this delightful hidden gem.
Lying alongside the banks of the Aare River, Thun is ringed by mountains and looks like the archetypal Swiss town. With a domineering castle overlooking the city, old buildings lining the riverside, and cafes along the waterfront, Thun is a charming place to wander around. There´s a certain energy about the city and unique artisanal shops dotted about its streets.
Thun is a town near Lake Thun, in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region. Turreted Thun Castle, from the 1100s, stands on a hill above the old town. It has sweeping views of the Alps. The 14th-century City Church has an octagonal tower and a baroque hall. Thun Panorama, in lakeside Schadau Park, is a 19th-century, 360-degree painting of the town. Paddle steamers cruise Lake Thun to the resort town of Interlaken.
The oldest city in Switzerland, Chur is delightfully surrounded by the Alps. As such, there is some grand hiking and trekking to be had in the nearby mountains. The city itself is small and easily walkable in a day, with the Old Town being the undoubted highlight. Here you´ll find a laidback center with some nice bars and restaurants dotted amongst the old buildings. In the winter months there’s great skiing in the mountains, with St Moritz and Davos not too far away.
With a stunning location straddling the gorge that splits the city in two parts, Fribourg is certainly dramatic to behold and there are a number of great views to be had from the city itself. Rising above the Samara River, a couple of picturesque bridges join the western, French-speaking part of the city with the eastern part which speaks German. It has a magnificent medieval old town with an impressive cathedral that towers above everything, as well as some interesting museums, impressive fortifications and beautiful architecture. Thanks to its large student body there is also lively nightlife for visitors to enjoy.
Lying on the banks of the Rhone, Sion is a small city that is beautifully located in the Rhone Valley. While it does have a modern side to it, the highlight is undoubtedly the old town, which has two dramatic hilltops overlooking it. Atop of these lie a ruined castle and a 13th Century church; they certainly make for impressive viewing with the Alps peering out from behind them. With vineyards surrounding the city, wine plays an important part in Sion´s social life, so there are lots of great restaurants and atmospheric cafes from which to sample some of the local wines. From here there are some fantastic hiking trails around the valley.
It is a popular place for excursions, and homes along its shores are much sought after. Gently rocking waves, peace and quiet, relaxation and fine food: the best way to discover the Lake Zurich area is by taking a boat trip. Most of the places around the shore are served by a regular boat service all year round. The undisputed favourites with the public are the two historic paddle-steamers. From the “Gipfeli-Schiff” (early mornings) to the “Sonnenuntergangs-Schiff” (sunset sailings), there are all kinds of special excursions available. Musical trips and special tours on public holidays are all part of the programme offered by the Lake Zurich shipping company.
Popular places to visit around Lake Zurich include the numerous swimming areas, the Alpamare in Pfäffikon – the largest covered water park in Europe – the sunny islands of Ufenau and Lützelau near Rapperswil, the wooden footbridge across the lake between Rapperswil and Hurden, the Baroque church in Lachen, the famous Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory in Kilchberg and, of course, the dynamic metropolis of Zurich, with all its many sights, the famous shopping mile of the Bahnhofsstrasse and its vast range of cultural amenities.
The St. Peter church is the oldest parish church in Zurich – with the original 9th century foundation walls still seen today beneath the chancel.
The city’s first mayor, Rudolf Brun, acquired St. Peter's in 1345 with all the associated privileges and obligations. His grave and monument can be found by the outer tower wall. The first reformed pastor, Leo Jud (1523-1542), was a friend of Zwingli and contributed to the first translation of the Bible in Zurich. J.C. Lavater was pastor from 1778-1801. His gravestone can be seen in the church wall.
The oldest church in Zurich, St. Peter Church stands in a small square surrounded by houses and shops with its impressive spire dominating the city. Located next to Lindenhof hill, the site of the former Roman castle, it was built on the site of a temple to Jupiter.
Besides masterpieces by Alberto Giacometti, the museum presents the largest Munch collection outside of Norway, great names such as Picasso, Monet and Chagall, and leading representatives of the Expressionist movement. In addition, it features key works from the late-20th and 21st centuries. Zurich’s Concrete artists and contemporary Swiss artists such as Pipilotti Rist and Peter Fischli/David Weiss are also represented.
Felsenegg is an easy “mountain” outing, only about ten minute drive from Zurich. There’s an easy, stroller-friendly trail at the top and a restaurant with a playground and a great view of Zurich lake and alps. I’ve been here many times, particularly during the shoulder season and winter when other mountain trails aren’t open. It’s good for visitors too that need a little taste of the Swiss “mountains” without traveling too far or spending too much.
The promenade Limmatquai leads through Zurich's old town and along the Limmat, the river after which it was named. Limmatquai entices you to stroll, shop and enjoy between Bellevue and Central. You can marvel at the Grossmünster and Wasserkirche churches as well as Rathaus (city hall) here, and there are restaurants in many of the guildhalls. These link historical ambiance with typical Zurich specialties. Fashionable shops are under the arcades near the Rathaus that entice you to discover and buy, as do other stores in the pedestrian zone of Limmatquai.
Due to tectonic shifts in the Ice Age, the Rhine River was forced into a new riverbed over 15,000 years ago. The Rhine Falls came into being at the transition point where hard chalk turned into soft gravel. Over a breadth of 150 meters, several hundred cubic meters of water rush into the depths at the rate of 23 meters per second.
In the middle of it all stands a mighty rock that has withstood the elements for a thousand years. The rock can be reached on a circular tour of the Rhine Falls, during which one can observe the natural spectacle from up close. Virtually in the middle of the waterfall, visitors stand on platforms that jut out and partially hover over the Rhine. The castles of Wörth and Laufen can be reached by river boat, and very daring visitors can rent canoes.
Visit the LINDT & SPRÜNGLI biggest chocolate shop in Kilchberg/Zurich Switzerland (400m2) by boat with great shopping opportunities.The offer includes all products available in Switzerland as well as selected chocolate specialties from the European subsidiaries of Lindt & Sprüngli. There is also a large selection of Pick & Mix products, where consumers can put together their own individual chocolate creations. During the Easter and Christmas season, the range is rounded off by seasonal items. In a separate area of the shop visitors also have the opportunity year-round the opportunity to buy chocolate products directly from the factory at a discounted price
The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (the Ogre, Monk and Maiden) – the world famous trio of mountain peaks – is the impressive backdrop to the Jungfrau region and has attracted tourists and mountaineers to the Bernese Oberland since pioneering days.
Eiger is one of three main peaks in the Bernese Oberland. Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau form a trio of mountains that dominate the landscape. Jungfrau, at 4,158 meters, is the tallest of the three but Eiger, at 3,967 meters, is a popular rock climbing destination.
The North Face of the Eiger was first climbed in 1938 by an Austrian-German climbing team. Since this time, 60 others have lost their lives attempting to climb Eiger.
Hiking the Eiger Trail is a great way to get up close with this massive mountain, without risking your life.
Chapel Bridge (“Kapellbrücke”) is a wooden pedestrian bridge that spans Reuss River in the city Lucerene in Switzerland. It is named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel, it was built in 1333 and is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe. In the beginning, it had length of over 200 meters, but in time, because of replenishment of banks, it was shortened and now has length of 170 meters. It was built as a part of fortifications of Lucerene. Its purpose was to connect old part of town on the right bank with the new part on the left and to serve as protection from attack that could come from the lake at south.
One of the characteristics of Chapel Bridge is that it has painting hanged bellow its roof. They are triangular and depict events from the history and Legends of Lucerene, from painting that present life and death of Lucerne’s patron saint St. Leger to legends of city’s other patron saint St. Maurice. They were painted in 17th century by a local Catholic painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann.
L, also known as the Vierwaldstättersee or "Lake of the Four Forest Cantons," may be the most beautiful lake in Switzerland. It's certainly among the most spectacular, with mountains on all sides and forests coming down to the shore in many places.The Vierwaldstättersee is a large, irregularly shaped lake that offers a new view with every change of direction--and there are many of those during cruises of the lake, since the boats zigzag across its sparkling surface as they pick up and discharge passengers at villages along the shore.
The medieval Old Town, with its ancient rampart walls and towers, 15th-century buildings with painted facades and two covered bridges, is fascinating. Kapellbrücke, dating from 1333, is Lucerne’s best-known landmark. It’s famous for its distinctive water tower and the spectacular 1993 fire that nearly destroyed it. Look for the 17th-century pictorial panels under the roof. The Dance of Death panels under the roofline of Spreuerbrücke are a tad dark and dour
Beautifully located right on the River Reuss, the Jesuitenkirche or Jesuit Church of St. Francis Xavier is one of the most magnificent Baroque churches in Switzerland. While it is very pleasing from outside along the river promenade, the rich, unchanged interior in pink and white is what really takes your breath away. Completed in 1677, the two towers were added in 1893.
There is perfect logic that Lucerne, seeing itself as the capital of the Catholic fraction of Switzerland in pre-modern times, should have constructed this building. Today, Jesuit Church is a major tourist attraction and serves as a concert hall while it has become almost irrelevant to local church life from a religious point of view. There are other churches in the city expressing the beliefs of Swiss Catholics after the Second Vatican Council far better (St. Karl and St. Johannes, for example).
Mount Rigi (from regina, Latin for queen) is famous for spectacular views of the Alps and the easy access. The majestic mountain lies between Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz. The cogwheel railway leaving from Vitznau is Europe's first mountain railway. Mount Rigi's peak at 1,800 metres above sea level. At the top there are several restaurants, around 120 kilometres of hiking trails and covered picnic and barbecue spots. Hikers have the option of walking down just part of the way, as the train has several stops where you can jump back on. visitors can also combine it with the aerial cable car from Rigi Kaltbad to Weggis, for instance on a round trip by boat from Lucerne to Vitznau, with return from Weggis.
Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its attractive shopping offer, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.
Embedded within an imposing backdrop of mountains, the deeply-blue Lake Thun lies on the northern periphery of the Alps, between the Bernese Oberland towns of Thun and Interlaken. Lake Thun is especially popular amongst sailors and windsurfers who appreciate the prevailing light breeze. Numerous swimming and shore areas invite visitors to cool off. A lake cruise is the perfect way of discovering the scenic diversity of the region around Lake Thun. A lovely trail leads up from the Beatushöhlen-Sundlauenen boat landing stage to the impressive karst caves with their mighty stalactites, stalagmites and waterfalls.
The turquoise Lake Brienz and neighbouring Lake Thun are set amid the spectacular mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland. Passengers aboard the “Lötschberg” paddle steamer from the Belle Epoque (built in 1914) are inspired by its wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere.
There has been a regular boat service on Lake Brienz since 1839. Today, the fleet numbers five boats, including the splendidly renovated steamer the "Lötschberg", built in 1914. Especially in summer, there are a number of special excursions in addition to the regular service: for example, the "Fondue boat", the "Breakfast boat", the "Alpine-style brunch", the Halal Cruise", the "Hooked on fish ...", Evening round trips on SS Lötschberg" or the "Swiss BBQ Cruise", particularly popular with visitors from abroad who wand to try all the Swiss culinary specialities.
For more than 100 years, the funicular has been negotiating the 735 meters of altitude to the Harder Kulm, located at 1322 meters. The journey starts not far from Interlaken Ost station, leads through a charming forest and passes the wildlife park. A five-minute walk takes visitors from the mountain station to the lovely restaurant with turrets and a red tile roof. Next to the restaurant, guests may visit the “Two-Lakes-Bridge” and an airy viewing platform with a glass area in its floor. From there, truly deep sights can be seen and the magnificent view to Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as Lakes Brienz and Thun can be savoured.
The laboratories are not open to the public, but their fantastic viewing terraces can be visited by all. They offer a panoramic view of the Alps and guarantee an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the high alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock around the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sphinx is located at 3571 meters above sea level. Europe’s highest railway station, nicknamed “Top of Europe” for that reason, is located in the interior of the Sphinx. A path specially prepared for leisurely walks leads from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjoch Hut. The walk takes 1.5 hours, depending on weather conditions.
Take your vacation to new heights with this independent high ropes activity experience at the Seilpark in Interlaken. Following a training session with a professional guide, head into the forest and make visitor own way around the park’s nine different courses. Set visiotr's adrenaline pumping with wires that dangle 66 feet (20 meters) above the ground, and put your skills to the test with more than 100 different challenges to choose from.
Rapperswil-Jona, town of roses located on the upper end of Lake Zurich, combines sights, cultural life, hiking and sports possibilities with a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere. Welcome to the riviera located on the upper end of Lake Zurich. Roses decorate the coat of arms of the town of Rapperswil-Jona located on the upper end of Lake Zurich, and all types and colours of this gorgeous flower bloom in Rapperswil’s public areas and three rose gardens. Rapperswil-Jona has a well-developed tourist infrastructure and as the region's transport hub is easily accessible by public transport.
The Grimsel Pass links the Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland with Goms in Valais. The pass road runs through a wild, sparsely grown mountainous region marked by granite rocks, reservoir lakes, and power plants.
Innertkirchen near the holiday resort of Meiringen is the starting point of two impressive pass roads. The Susten Pass leads eastward to Central Switzerland. Southward, a splendidly constructed road climbs in large bends in the direction of the Grimsel Pass. In the Guttannen, the “Crystal Village”, one can admire crystals of all sizes in the Prospector’s Museum. The road ascends through canyons of wild beauty that get narrower and narrower. Hydroelectric power plants, high voltage power lines and high reservoir lake walls dominate the landscape on the northern side of the Grimsel Pass.
Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman, is Switzerland’s largest lake, and it curves along the border of France. A trip there is guaranteed to come with dramatic scenery. On the Swiss side, you have the Jura Mountains, and across the border in France, the glistening, snow-capped peak of Mont Blanc is visible on clear days. Here are the best things to see and do around Lake Geneva.
Rousseau Island, in French named L'Ile Rousseau is a small park and island in the middle of the Rhone River, in the very center of Geneva, connected by the bridge Pont des Bergues to both river banks. Island Rousseau is named after the famous philosopher and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who spent part of his life in Geneva. His statue dominates the island.
Jet d'Eau, literally meaning 'water jet', is the huge Fountain on the Geneva Lake, in the city of Geneva, Switzerland. Jet d'Eau is one of the tallest fountain in the world. Originally, in 1886 they built the fountain to control and release the excess pressure of a hydraulic plant at La Coulouvrenière. Shortly it became remarkable symbol of the city and so it was amplified and relocated to the center of the Lake.
The English Garden has a very special place in the heart of Geneva’s citizens. Its paths are the perfect place for an idyllic stroll in the centre of the city. Part of the park is the site of the Flower Clock and the National Monument commemorating Geneva’s integration into the Swiss Confederation. In the centre, a giant bronze fountain offers cool water to young and old. Crowds gather during the Geneva Festival for free concerts and food from all over the world.
The chocolate factory of Cailler in Broc near Gruyères in Fribourg is a pleasant day trip from Lake Geneva that combines well with visiting the old town and Château de Gruyères.
La Maison Cailler welcomes visitors to one of Switzerland’s oldest and most important chocolate factories. During the factory tour visitors learn how chocolate came to Europe and how the Swiss refined the product. A small-scale, but still surprisingly large, chocolate production line can be seen in action while sampling is largely unsupervised. Chocolate workshops, also for children, may be reserved. A large Cailler shop sells the locally produced chocolate while a small café serves marvelous hot chocolate and small snacks. A nearby Nestlé Factory Outlet Shop has bargains on chocolates and foods produced by various companies in the Nestlé Group. The Cailler chocolate factory is family friendly and children enter free with adults. Guided tours are also available from several Lake Geneva cities.
District of Carouge, which used to be a separated town (alternatively French and Sardinian) until 1816, is now a city district of Geneva, known mainly for its old town - “Le Vieux Carouge”, with it's specific old French-Italian architecture. Carouge is beautiful like Italy, many locals would introduce Carouge to You as a "small Italy". It is one of those areas which immediately stands out from all the rest, absolutely incomparable to the rest of the city. In fact, Carouge’s unique architecture is an expression of its Sardinian heritage, a pattern of magnificent historical streets with warm and cosy cafes, bistros and antique shops.
Geneva is recognized all around the world for it's watch making tradition, being the mother of high-end watchmaking. To pay tribute to this honor, Geneva created the biggest clock in the world, made from flowers.
Geneva Flower Clock, named L'horloge fleurie in French, created in 1955, soon became world famous, one of the main attraction of the city.
Interestingly, clock always look different, as they are made of various flowers which bloom in different times in the year.
1 ) International Balloon Festival International Balloon Festival
Festival Month - January
The International Balloon Festival is held in January every year. Château-d’Oex hosts this festival as it is the capital of Swiss hot air balloons. Pilots from different countries participate in this festival and hundreds of hot air balloons are seen in the sky on this 9-day festival. Considered as the best among the famous festivals in Switzerland list, International hot air balloon festival must have a spot on your itinerary if you are planning a trip to Switzerland in January. If you are planning to visit Switzerland with your significant other, then this festival will surely make you gather a few amazing memories.
2 ) Geneva Motor Show
Festival Month - March
Known as the ‘world’s best cat walk for cars’, Geneva Motor Show is held in mid-March every year and is literally a ramp walk for new cars. Many well-known companies display their cars on this show for the first time before the whole world .If you are thinking about witnessing festivals in Geneva, Switzerland then you should definitely buy tickets for Geneva Motor Show. Whether interested in motors or not, this unique festival is worth exploring while holidaying in Switzerland.
3 ) Paléo Festival de Nyon Paleo Festival
Festival Month - July
Started in 1976 as a folk festival in Nyon, Paleo is one of the most crowded music festivals in Switzerland, 2018 among all the Festivals. One can relish around 250 concerts during this 6-day festival. People from various countries come to savour the loud music and vibrant lights of the festivals. Say yes to the music lover in you and do plan your trip according to the dates of this international festival. This electrifying music festival will make you party hard till late hours and enjoy the best of it!