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11 Must-Visit Places In Switzerland (With Muslim-Friendly Food Nearby!) That’ll Leave You In Awe


Santriani Bohari  •  Feb 27, 2018


[Updated 25 February 2020] Rolling green pastures, towering Swiss mountains and serene streams weaving through valleys dotted with traditional Swiss houses - that's probably what first comes to mind when we think of Switzerland. As dreamy as those mental images of Switzerland may be, though, they definitely pale in comparison with seeing Switzerland's breathtaking sights first-hand 😍
Credit: Giphy Switzerland itself is a vast country, so if you're planning to visit but if you haven't got a clue where to go to catch the most stunning alpine views or have the best experiences of Swiss culture, we've got you covered! Here are some of our favourite must-see sights in Switzerland that'll leave you breathless with awe 😊
1. Grindelwald & Lauterbrunnen
Credit: Julian Villella on Unsplash Nestled between sweeping valleys and framed against the breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the quaint little Swiss villages of Grindelwald & Lauterbrunnen near Interlaken are the very definition of Switzerland that you've always pictured. In fact, exploring these villages will feel as though you've stepped right into a postcard of Switzerland because of the otherworldly beauty of the majestic mountains flanking the town!
Credit: Jose Llamas on Unsplash Situated on the circular route from Interlaken up to the Jungfraujoch mountains nearby, most travellers visit both villages on their way up or down from Jungfraujoch, but be sure to take your time wandering around here to really soak in the awe-inspiring scenery. If you'd rather not squeeze all that stunning natural scenery into one day, you can always stay overnight here at one of the affordable accommodations scattered across both villages. After all, it's not every day you get to open your door and be greeted by mile-high waterfalls and picturesque Swiss houses right outside! #HHWT Tip: If you're visiting in the summer, Lauterbrunnen offers more picturesque sights thanks to the towering Staubbach Falls in it. In winter, though, it's Grindelwald that's the more gorgeous of the two since it transforms into a veritable winter wonderland that proves popular with skiers from all over the country! Nearby halal food Layaly Beirut Cuisine: Lebanese Halal status: All meats are sourced from halal-certified suppliers Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM-11.30PM Address: Centralstrasse 26, 3800 Interlaken Contact: +41 78 667 16 91 / +41 33 822 40 40 Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Jungfraujoch: The Top Of Europe
 No visit to Interlaken will be complete without going up to Jungfraujoch and seeing for yourself the magnificent 360 views of the surrounding glaciers you'll find here. Affectionately known as the Top of Europe, it boasts the highest railway station in all of Europe, one of the highest observatories in the world (the Sphinx Observatory) AND the highest Lindt chocolate shop in the world 😱 
You'll find the best views (with subzero temperatures as low as -20 degrees, to boot!) at the Sphinx Observatory, and the Jungfraujoch Plateau. Walking on the Plateau itself is a particularly unforgettable experience: the views of the Aletsch Glacier spreading out beneath you will leave you speechless with their otherworldliness. It almost feels as though you're on a completely different planet!
Needless to say, the classic "been there, done that" shot at the Jungfraujoch Plateau is a definite must-do. How else can you proudly show your loved ones that you've conquered the top of Europe? 😉 Nearby halal food Restaurant Aletsch Halal status: The only halal meal available is the chicken curry meal with rice, and do note that this is a self-serve restaurant Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 10AM-6.30PM, Sat-Sun; 10AM-1.15PM, 2.15PM-6.30PM Address: 3823 Eigergletscher, Jungfrau, Hoheweg 35, 3800 Interlaken Contact: +41338287888 Website
3. Lake Brienz
 Being a town whose name translates into "between lakes", Interlaken doesn't just make the perfect base from which to explore the Swiss Alps--the twin lakes of Brienz and Thun are also some of Switzerland's most beautiful all year round. If we really had to choose, Lake Brienz wins our vote for the most gorgeous lake in Switzerland. Even to the naked eye, the gleaming crystal-clear water here astounded us with its remarkably bright shade of emerald-turquoise. It was love at first sight with this one 😍     In the summer, popular cruiseboats trundle along the lakes, taking passengers from one end of the town of Brienz to another for some unforgettably awesome lake views right from the top deck. In winter, astonishingly enough, the water retains its distinct azure hues and provides the perfect setting for a quiet lakeside stroll to admire the flawless scenery all around 😍 
#HHWT Tip: Brienz is also famed for its wooden sculptures, so you'll find several amusing life-size wooden figures scattered across the lakeside promenade, making for some pretty good photo opportunities! Nearby halal food Bruno's Pizza Cuisine: Turkish, Mediterranean, and Western Halal status: All meats are sourced from halal-certified suppliers Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-1AM Address: Rugenparkstrasse 6, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland Contact: +41 33 823 78 78 Facebook  #HHWT Tip : Bruno's Pizza is located within the Interlaken West station itself, which is super convenient for travellers! Right across the street from the station, you'll also find a Kashmiri restaurant, another Turkish eatery, as well as a couple more Indian Muslim eateries right next to one another - all of which offer steaming hot plates of delicious halal meat at affordable prices.
4. Harder Kulm
Credit: Kosala Bandara on Flickr Few things can steal a person's heart as uninterrupted panoramic views can, but when you're at the Harder Kulm viewpoint overlooking Interlaken, it's a whole different ball game altogether 😍 Interlaken's spectacular mountain peaks (Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau) and lakes (Lake Brienz to the left, Lake Thun to the right) come together for some truly spectacular and unbeatable surrounding views from the Two Lakes Bridge right next to the Harder Kulm Panoramic Restaurant.
Credit: lin Judy on Flickr For the thrill-seekers amongst you, there's a small strip of glass on the floor here if you're curious about what it would feel like to be suspended more than 1.3 kilometres above sea level 😉 #HHWT Tip:   Harder Kulm is closed during the winter, so if you're planning to visit around that time, be sure to check in advance before you head over! Nearby halal food Harder Kulm Panorama Restaurant Cuisine: Western Halal status: Halal meals are available, but you need to call in advance to make a reservation and request for the halal meal so the restaurant can prepare them in advance using halal-certified meat! Vegetarian options are also available here, but do note that alcohol is served in the premise. We recommend that you dine at your discretion. Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 9.30AM-9.30PM, Sun; 8.30AM-9.30PM (do note that opening hours change according to season, so do check their website for the latest opening hours) Address: 3823 Eigergletscher, Jungfrau, Hoheweg 35, 3800 Interlaken Contact: +41 33 828 73 11 Website
5. Lake Lucerne
Credit: llee_wu on Flickr Not only is the sprawling Lake Lucerne the fourth largest lake in Switzerland--what makes it particularly unique is that it lies just across the street from the Lucerne Main Train Station and Lucerne's quaint Altstadt (Old Town). Summer days in Lucerne are best spent on the popular cruiseboats that sail regularly across the lake, offering commanding views of the many surrounding mountains, including Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi.
#HHWT Tip:  For the classic Swiss cruise boat experience, be sure to hop onto the vintage paddle-wheel steamer cruises that operate here! Do check boat schedules in advance, especially if you're visiting in winter. Nearby Muslim-friendly food PURA Luzern Cuisine: Western Halal status: The restaurant serves an all-vegan menu and only uses plants and non-animal products. Do note that the restaurant serves alcohol in the premise and we recommend that you dine at your discretion. Opening hours: Tue-Fri; 11.30AM-10PM, Sat; 10AM-5PM (Closed on Sun and Mon) Address: Furrengasse 7, Luzern Contact: +41 41 545 85 27 Facebook | Instagram
6. Kappelbrucke & Spreuerbrucke
While the exact date on which the city of Lucerne was founded is still hotly contested today, the fact remains that the city's centuries-old charm is perhaps one of the most endearing aspects of the city itself to travellers. That said, even if you're not a history buff, the iconic historic wooden bridges of Kapellbrucke and Spreuerbrucke are still worth checking out, especially since they're so conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Lucerne Main Train Station.
Both bridges are characterized by the unique, triangular 16th and 17th-century paintings in their roofs which were initially installed in order to tell the history and culture of Lucerne.
 Today, many of the paintings have unfortunately been removed because of old age or freak accidents that destroyed them, but the paintings that are still intact will still give you a pretty good idea of the bridges' original condition when they were first built all those years ago! Nearby halal food Little Istanbul Cuisine: Middle Eastern Halal status: All meats are sourced from halal-certified suppliers Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 9AM-10PM, Sat; 10AM-11PM, Sun; 10AM-10PM Address: Basement floor, Lucerne Main Train Station, Rathausquai 10, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland Contact: +41 41 500 59 88 Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. Mount Titlis
Lucerne has no shortage of local mountain excursions to choose from to put the cherry on top of your Swiss adventures, but you really CAN'T miss out on Mount Titlis while you're here. Home to the first revolving cable car ride in the world AND the highest suspension footbridge in Europe, the astounding 360 views of the alpine glaciers around you will certainly take your breath away 😍
For the more lion-hearted travellers out there, crossing the Titlis Cliff Walk is an absolute must, especially since the views that await you at the end of the walk are so breathtaking they're worth crossing ten entire cliff-walk bridges!  Nearby halal food  TITLIS Panorama Restaurant Cuisine: Western Halal status: While the restaurant uses meats from halal-certified suppliers for the Special Halal Dishes, do note that non-halal meals are alcohol is served in the premises. We checked with the kitchen staff and was informed that non-halal and halal meats are cooked in the same kitchen. We recommend that you dine at your discretion. Opening hours: Open daily; 8.30AM-5PM Address: TITLIS cableways, hotels & restaurants, Poststrasse 3, 6391 Engelberg Contact: +41 (0)41 639 50 80 Website | Facebook | Instagram #HHWT Tip: You can also bring your own meal to the picnic room at TITLIS Mountain Station (Level 4). There's also a multi-faith prayer room and do bring your prayer mat and garment.
8. Old Town of Lucerne
One of the most fascinating things about Switzerland's towns is the fact that for every Old Town you'll encounter, you'll find a distinctly different character captured in the architecture and colours of the old buildings. Lucerne's Old Town, for instance, is marked by vibrant multi-coloured murals that adorn the facade of the most buildings in the Old Town, making it one of Switzerland's more photogenic Old Towns.
 There are also a few local attractions that are within walking distance from the Old Town of Lucerne including the famous Chapel Bridge, 17th-century Jesuit Church, the iconic Lion Monument, and the Old City Walls. 
If you're thirsty, the town is peppered with water fountains and the refreshing water is safe to drink! Be sure to take the water straight from the tap because the locals would use the pool to bathe their pets. It's also a good budget tip if you're planning to save money on beverages. Nearby halal food Kanchi Restaurant Cuisine: Indian Halal status: While the restaurant uses meats from halal-certified suppliers, do note that alcohol is served in the premises. Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-2PM, 5PM-11PM Address: Zürichstrasse 4, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
9. Old Town of Zurich
Zurich's Old Town, in contrast to the Old Town of Lucerne, is characterised by calmer pastel-coloured facades. Wander around and spot heritage buildings, town squares and scenic river, which will be wonderful subjects for your holiday snapshots. Be sure to look out for the Limmat River that runs from Lake Zurich, situated in the southern side of the city.
 Besides its scenic views, the Old Town of Zurich is also known for its abundance of shopping spots and cultural offerings, as well as their famous residents of Zurich: Albert Einstein and James Joyce. Nearby halal food Le Cedre Bellevue Cuisine: Lebanese Halal status: While the restaurant uses meats from halal-certified suppliers, do note that alcoholic beverages are served on the premise. Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-3PM, 6PM-12AM Address: Schifflände 5, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland Contact: +41 44 252 83 70 Website | Facebook
10. Lindenhof
A former Roman fort in the 4th century, Lindenhof quickly became a beautiful historical park complete with the best vantage point of Old Town of Zurich. Many locals and travellers make their way to Lindenhof Square to capture a landscape of heritage houses and boats cruising across the Limmat River.
Credit: Lukas Schlagenhauf on Flickr It's also a wonderful spot for people-watching as you see the locals taking a stroll and relax at Lindenhof Square on a sunny weekend. While walking towards the square, don't forget to check out the replica of a Roman tombstone on the Pflazgasse wall to appreciate the historical side of this public square. Nearby Muslim-friendly food Hiltl Cuisine: Vegetarian Halal status : While the restaurant serves an all-vegetarian menu, do note that a few dishes are cooked with wine and we encourage you to ask the staff for more detailed information about the dishes served. The restaurant also shared that most of the buffet dishes are vegan and prepared without any cheese. We recommend that you dine at your discretion. Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 6AM-11PM, Sun; 8AM-11PM Address: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland Contact: +41 44 227 70 00 Website | Facebook | Instagram
11. Münsterbrücke Bridge
Credit: Lukas Schlagenhauf on Flickr It's easy to spot the Münsterbrücke Bridge (meaning 'Minster bridge' in German) when you explore the Old Town of Zurich. A pedestrian bridge that stands over the famous Limmat River, it connects two cathedrals that are located on the opposite ends of the bridge: Fraumünster church and Grossmünster church. Established in the late 15th century, the bridge also holds great historical value and was part of the Swiss inventory of the cultural property of national and regional significance. Nearby halal food Central Geylan Kebap Haus Cuisine: Middle Eastern Halal status: All meats are sourced from halal-certified suppliers Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-4AM Address : Niederdorfstrasse 71, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland There you have it, the list of must-visit attractions in Switzerland is never-ending thanks to the sheer surreal beauty of Switzerland's natural scenery, panoramic viewpoints, idyllic towns and more. You won't even have to worry about finding halal food while you're at it! There's no time to waste, start planning your next trip to Switzerland right now!