Switzerland Tourism exists since ancient times. The Swiss country has fascinated travelers from the rest of Europe and the Americas for decades.
It is not only for its high snowy mountains and ski resorts, but also for its springs and summers with lovely towns, many gardens and lots of activities.
It is indeed a multifaceted destination providing the perfect European vacations for all members of the family. Here are some of the top attractions in Switzerland.
Bern the Swiss Capital on the River Aare
The Capital of Switzerland is the number one charming city in the country. It is located on a peninsula on the River Aare. It has cobbled streets lined with sandstone buildings that have changed very little through the many centuries
The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks in part to its four miles of arcades, which the locals refer to as “Lauben,” making it the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenade in Europe.
Zurich my favorite town in Switzerland
We have visiting Zurich since the early 1960s when we first discovered it with the kids and even grandma. From Zurich you get a glimpse of the marvelous snowcapped Alps.
The downtown of Zurich is unique; all kind of tourist recreational attractions, museums and shopping. You will need a special budget to shop on Bahnhofstrasse, the street with the most expensive shops in the country and perhaps in all Europe.
Go sailing on the lake from the very heart of the city to the little towns on its shores. Go hiking 0n the Uetliberg Mountain.
Zurich is in the center of any European Journey and accessible by train from everywhere; and of course by air, being Kloten International Airport a main hub in the center of the continent.
Geneva Switzerland is the Capital of Peace
French speaking Geneva also called the “Capital of Peace” is the European seat of the United Nations and the headquarters of the Red Cross. It has a cosmopolitan flair above all other Swiss cities.
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva the city is proud of its quays, promenades and parks that invite for a stroll regardless of the weather. The famous Jet d’Eau is a fountain located in Lake Geneva with a jet stream of about 160 meters high. It is one of the icons of this city.
Perhaps you want to see a performance in the Grand Théâtre and the Opera House, or just visit one of the many museums including the Musée international de l’horlogerie, a special museum dedicated to jewelry watches and clocks.
The Picturesque Town of Lucerne on the lake
Located east of Zurich and accessible by road or train, Lake Lucerne and the city bearing its name is for many the soul of Switzerland. The postcard perfect views of the Alps are awe inspiring.
Downtown Lucerne is car-free; the medieval bridge in the center of town is one of the oldest covered bridges in Europe. You’ll find many frescoes adorning the brick houses. But modernity compliments the old and this town has a reputation for innovative design.
The Culture and Convention Center, designed by leading French architect Jean Nouvel, is one the architectural highlights of the town.
And above all this, enjoy a ride on Lake Lucerne on one of the steamboats and stop on one of many of the adjacent towns.
Marvelous aerial view of Interlaken in Switzerland
It is located between the three major mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau between two lakes as the name implies, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
If you are into Adventure Travel, this is the place to be in Switzerland. From here you have available mountain railways, cable cars, ski lifts, chair lifts to the many slopes, all this besides the many hiking trails for the really adventurous.
During the winter months, the area offers many ski regions and during summers it is a popular paragliding area.
World Renowned St Moritz in Switzerland
Engadin St. Moritz
There are 13 towns on this alpine region 1,800 meters above sea level. This region enjoys a climate not compared to any in Europe with an approximate 322 days of sunshine a year.
The Upper Engadin provides spectacular mountain views, and a spectacular lake plateau.
It is a real cultural mélange with Romansch as the main language, German in St Moritz, Italian in the neighboring valles and English in the Cresta Run.
University of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva Region
This area is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe. The city of Lausanne is located on the northern part of the lake.
Lausanne is so picturesque, that is worth a visit. It is the seat of the International Olympic Committee since 1914. Here you have Lake Geneva on your feet and the French Savoy Alps as a background.
The Cathedral is regarded as Switzerland’s top piece of Gothic Architecture.
Lavaux has Switzerland’s larges conglomerate of vineyards with magnificent views producing some of the country’s best wine that can be tasted in any of the town’s restaurants.
Montreux, another town of Lake Geneva Region is home of famous Montreux Jazz Festival taking place every year in June-July. The climate here is exceptional.
Basel Switzerland on the River Rhine
This city is nestled between France and Germany and is bisected by the River Rhine. It is the third largest city in the country after Zurich and Geneva.
Due to its located it is a multi-culture city as historic and modern art converge here.
Some of the attractions are the Red Sandstone Town Hall, and the late Romanesque Gothic Cathedral. The city of Basel is known as the “The City of Art” for more than 40 museums, among them the renowned Basel Art Museum, the Foundation Beyeler and the Museum of Cultures; also I have to mention its Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Musical Theater.
Every year on the first Monday after Ash Wednesday the city celebrates its carnival called Fasnacht with a procession through the streets called the “Morgenstraich
Zermatt on the foot of the Matterhorn
It is located at the foot of the Matterhorn in the Valais region, the most photographed region in the world. It is in the middle of a a hiking and skiing regions and is one of the world’s most attractive vacation spots.
Its facilities include mountain rails, more than 200 slopes. It is legendary among skiers and mountaineers for centuries. One of the hiking trails lead from Mount Blanc to Zermatt over more than 400 Km.
This city provides high class hotels and world class restaurants, all in a clean air environment.
For more information go to Switzerland Tourism Website
The city of Lugano on the Ticiano region of Switzerland
There is a feel of Italy in this region with citrus and palm trees scattered around and small streets leading to cozy piazzas. This is the Italian speaking Switzerland at its best, mixing the Italian love for food and fun with the Swiss respect for law and order.
The capital city of this canton is Bellinzona, is home to a rich gastronomy, fascinating art and wide stretches of unspoiled nature.
Bellinzona’s three castles, defensive wall and ramparts of the old market town are listed as World heritage Sites by UNESCO. The city of Lugano, set on the lake of the same name, is Switzerland’s third financial center.
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geneva by ork
lucerne by bjferstern
interlaken by whitterman
basel by norbert aepli
zermatt by andrew bossi
st moritz by madgeographer
bern by amtuzmarco
lugano by valser
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