Hands up if Switzerland is on your travel bucket list because you watched the popular K-drama Crash Landing On You! We understand why. With 60% of the country rippled by the Alps, the landscapes and towns look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale book. With glacier-capped peaks, waterfalls and lakes in the most surreal shade of blue and fairy tale castles, there’s plenty to love about Switzerland. The real wonder of this country, however, is just how wonderfully accessible it is. Switzerland is a breeze to get around by train, on foot or by taking a scenic road trip. Here are the best places to visit in Switzerland that will make your trip one to remember.
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1. The Jungfrau Region
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Ah… the postcard picture of Switzerland. Make sure the Jungfrau Region is your first stop in the country! Best to visit during winter months, the idyllic Jungfrau Region is the icing on the Alpine cake of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. This is where Switzerland would take your breath away with its sky-high peaks and glaciers. Grazing the 4000m mark are Switzerland’s "big three": Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Take a once-in-a-lifetime ride up to the everlasting snow at Europe’s highest train station, 3454m (11,332ft) Jungfraujoch. Hike, ski, sled and zip-line among mountains of myth in Grindelwald, enjoy waterfalls galore in Lauterbrunnen and tackle every kind of extreme sport imaginable in Interlaken (skydiving, ice climbing, glacial bungee jumping – you name it!). The Jungfrau region is the great outdoors on a blockbuster scale.
#HHWTTip: Don’t rush when planning to visit this region or you’ll regret it. Allow a week or more to dive in deep!
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As Switzerland’s largest city and the country’s central transportation hub, you might fly into Zurich directly. Don’t skip it as this affluent banking capital boasts an incredible line-up of cultural treasures! Enjoy a walking tour of the cobbled streets in the Old Town with quaint shops, cafés, and galleries.
Lake Zurich is one of the largest lakes in Switzerland and offers plenty to do for tourists. From boat rides and fishing to swimming and hiking, there’s something for everyone who visits this picturesque lake. The views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking, and the lake is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of Switzerland.
If you want to go back in time, Bern is the perfect place for you. The cobbled, flag-bedecked medieval Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage treat, with 6km (3.7 miles) of covered arcades, cellar shops and bars, fantastical folk figures topping 16th-century fountains, and the eye-grabbing Zytglogge. Framed by wooded hills and split in two by the turquoise Aare River, this red-roofed city looks good from pretty much every angle. It’s pure storybook stuff for kids, too, with its giant who snacks on children (the Kindlifresserbrunnen) and resident bears.
Some must-see sights include the Einstein-Haus (where Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity), the Kunsthaus (with its outstanding fine arts collection) and Renzo Piano’s wavy Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern’s answer to the Guggenheim). If you visit in summer, the action’s on the water, with swimming, tubing, rafting and paddleboarding along the Aare River.
4. St. Moritz
For the glitz and glamour, head over to St. Moritz. It’s the number one resort in Switzerland and it has a variety of exciting activities, a wide range of shopping and tons of opportunities to ski, snowboard and snowshoeing! If winter sports are not your thing, you can also take a day trip to Swiss National Park.
Zermatt, in and of itself, is an excellent destination, more so as you consider the slopes of Matterhorn that make the destination so unique. All year-round, the slopes present the magnificent beauty of its landscape and nature, perfect in the winter for snowboarders or skiers alike or hikers in the summer. There’s a mountain trail for cyclists from Winkelmatten up to the Furi, and the Zermatt Alpin centre offers guides for the climbers-year round. Between the stunning views, lovely mountain town, and plenty to do – Zermatt is worth the effort and will make your trip worthwhile!
Close enough to Italy to retain a certain Mediterranean flair while remaining quintessentially Swiss, Lugano is an eclectic destination with many visitors and a perfect blend of Swiss and Italian Alps. The city is nestled on Lake Lugano, which is a glacial lake located on the border of Switzerland and Italy. It is situated at the feet of the Alps and is surrounded by picturesque mountains. In the summer, you can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and windsurfing at Lake Lugano. The lake is also home to a variety of bird species and is a popular spot for bird watching. Whether you’re seeking peace and relaxation, beautiful scenery, adrenaline and thrills, delectable food, or refined culture, there’s something for anyone!
Basel may not be as popular as Zurich, but it has world-class art that Paris and London may not compete. Stroll through some of the country’s best galleries, eat your way through the hot food scene, and enjoy the avant-garde buildings bearing the hallmark of Pritzker Prize-winning architects and upbeat cafe culture. Some of the must-sees include the Kunstmuseum and its fine arts collection, the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler and the Frank Gehry-designed Vitra Design Museum.
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