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Welcome to Switzerland

From the soaring Alpine peaks of the Jungfrau region to the peaceful shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland welcomes visitors with a wealth of great outdoor adventures. Private and small-group tours led by in-the-know guides help you navigate your way through regions with inspiring landscapes, medieval history, and multiple languages. In summer, take a hiking tour through lush pastureland and paddle along choppy rivers; in winter, ski, and snowboard in the Alps. Whether you tour by foot, bike, or coach, you’ll find places to sample Swiss cheese, chocolate, and wine; and learn about the country’s folklore. Take a walking tour of Zurich to admire monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street and Old Town, browse the Swiss National Museum, or cruise on Lake Zurich. Head to pretty Lucerne to view the Museggmauer, a 14th-century city wall with nine towers. Add a day trip to Montreux, home to the internationally renowned Montreux Jazz Festival and Chillon Castle, immortalized by Lord Byron in a poem, and explore its turrets and dungeons. For high-altitude action, take a day trip to the Alps and the Bernese Oberland, Mt. Pilatus, Jungfraujoch, or the charming mountain town of Chamonix, France, home to Mt. Blanc. Tours start from a variety of base towns, including Geneva and Zurich, to guide you to Interlaken and Grindelwald, with their spectacular scenery and crisp air. Take to the skies on a paragliding adventure, cruise the calm waters of magical Lake Lucerne, or visit Zermatt to experience the Matterhorn.

Top 15 attractions in Switzerland

Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Fed by clear glacial waters that flow down the Swiss Alps, the crescent-shaped Lake Zurich (Zurichsee) forms the scenic backdrop to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, which spreads along the western tip of the lake. Measuring 25 miles (40 kilometers) in length and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) in width, this alpine lake offers an easily accessible escape to nature for those based in the city, with plenty of swimming spots, hiking routes, tranquil islands, and picturesque mountain scenery.More

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is Switzerland's largest body of water, though most of its southern shore lies within France. A crescent of blue hemmed in by the snowy peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, the lake is a year-round hotspot for outdoor activities, with a northern shore covered in picturesque villages, terraced vineyards, and medieval castles.More

Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

At Rhine Falls (Rheinfall), sheets of white water tumble from a height of 75 feet (23 meters) across a 492-foot-wide (150-meter-wide) rock ledge. Created by the movement of the Earth’s crust about 15,000 years ago, this natural wonder is among Europe’s biggest waterfalls. The riverbanks near it are laced with walking and biking trails.More

Lucerne (Luzern)

Situated on the shores of sparkling Lake Lucerne, at the base of Mount Pilatus, the city of Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most scenic destinations and a popular basecamp for exploring the Swiss Alps. Visit to see the city’s historic medieval center, then head into the mountains for hiking, cycling, and winter sports adventures.More

Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Empire State Building, and Geneva has the Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)—a stunning feature in Lake Geneva launching water 460 feet (140 meters) into the air. Enjoy views and snap a souvenir photo from the waterfront, where the River Rhône meets Lake Geneva.More

Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)

With its striking 19th-century buildings and winding cobblestone lanes stretching along both sides of River Limmat, Zurich’s Old Town (Altstadt) is the most atmospheric part of the city and home to many principal tourist attractions.More

Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

All visitors to Geneva should spend some time exploring the Old Town (Vieille Ville) area. It’s full of fascinating museums, churches, and atmospheric cafés, plus most of the streets are pedestrian-only, so you can wander aimlessly without a care.More


One of the most expensive strips of retail space in Europe, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is known for its many luxury shops that sell designer fashion, jewelry, perfume, chocolate, and, of course, watches. While many visitors only go to window shop, the street is one of the city’s main commercial areas, frequented by both locals and travelers.More

Gornergrat Railway (Gornergrat Bahn)

Dating back to 1898, Switzerland’s Gornergrat Railway (Gornergrat Bahn) continues today as Europe’s highest open-air railway. Its train whisks sightseers and skiers from the resort town of Zermatt to the mountain’s 10,135-foot (3,089-meter) station, while providing views of Alpine hamlets, colossal glaciers, and the iconic Matterhorn.More

Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Shop

Switzerland is famous for many things, including mountains, clocks, and, of course, chocolate. Legendary Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli has been churning out smooth and delicious confections since 1845. Today, visiting the Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Shop, just outside of Zurich, is a must for any chocolate lover.More

Lucerne Old Town

Set on the left bank of the River Reuss, the Lucerne Old Town is encircled by medieval walls and watchtowers and connected to the right bank by two covered wooden bridges: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). The narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are lined with half-timbered houses and 15th-century buildings.More

Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Located at the heart of Bernese Oberland and surrounded by the famous peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is one of Central Switzerland’s most photographed natural wonders and the country’s fourth largest lake. Whether you’re soaring overhead in a cable car, cruising the lake itself, or visiting waterfront villages such as Weggis and Gersau, Lake Lucerne is mesmerizing from all angles.More

Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musée Olympique)

Home to the world’s largest archive of modern Olympic artifacts, a visit to Lausanne’s Olympic Museum is a must for any sports fan or history lover. Visitors of all ages are catered to across the museum’s three floors, while the encircling Olympic Park is an ideal location for families or solo travelers to while away an afternoon.More

Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium)

Perched on a rocky precipice 11,716 feet (3,571 meters) above sea level, the Sphinx Observatory is a working lab with a large telescope. The landmark sits on Jungfraujoch peak—known as the "Top of Europe"—and offers stunning views of the Bernese Alps and beyond from its observation deck, one of the highest in Switzerland.More

St. Peter's Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Pierre)

The Old Town of Geneva may reflect centuries of history in its buildings and cobblestoned streets, but no structure is more steeped in history than the Cathédrale de St-Pierre. Visitors admire the cathedral's varied architecture, stained glass, and religious artifacts. Try climbing the 157-step tower for some of the best city views.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Switzerland

Too hectic
ankit_r, Mar. 2023
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
Very difficult in case travelling with kids.
Samantha_Y, Mar. 2023
Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken
would 100% recommend this to anyone who wants to see amazing views of switzerland.
Great way to see Zurich in a few hours
LadySpinQueen, Dec. 2022
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
First time and only one day to see it all.
Erick_S, Nov. 2022
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
I super love this tour, from the bus ride where you can already see the beauty of Switzerland to the first top in Luzern and to the adventurous activities in Mt Titlis.
October at the Falls - 20 degree C Day
Cynthia_T, Oct. 2022
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
Verena was our guide and she was very informative, helpful and knowledgeable of Switzerland especially the falls and Stein am Rhein village.
Abdul_P, Oct. 2022
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
Would recommend to who wants to visit Switzerland.
Well worth the time and money
Jon_C, Mar. 2023
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
I had never been to Switzerland before, and I'm generally not great at planning out activities for myself, so this was incredible because I got a taste of a number of things, and the next time I return I can focus in on the things I enjoyed most.
First time to Zermatt - a must!!
Lesley_D, Mar. 2023
2-hours small-group Walking Tour Zermatt Village
He even joined us for the Matterhorn Museum which we had planned to visit later that day.
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All about Switzerland

When to visit

Switzerland’s snow-caked mountains and valleys were made for the winter months, when skiers make a beeline for the Alps, and events such as Basel Carnival and Lake Geneva's Christmas markets pull in the crowds. The shoulder season months—May and September—are ideal for hiking and outdoor activities without the crowds and high prices of summer.

People Also Ask

What is Switzerland known for?

Switzerland is known for its Alpine landscape, modern infrastructure, and luxury products—particularly its chocolate, cheese, and watches. Iconic mountain peaks include the Matterhorn and Jungfrau. Cities such as Geneva and Zurich are also top draws, while the St. Mortiz and Zermatt ski resorts enjoy international acclaim.

Which is the most visited place in Switzerland?

The Matterhorn attracts millions of visitors each year. Other popular outdoor attractions include Jungfraujoch, which connects the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks, the Creux du Van glacial cirque, and the Rhine Falls. Zurich and Geneva also frequently top must-see lists, thanks to their classic old towns and iconic lakes.

Is 7 days enough for Switzerland?

Yes, it’s possible to get an overview of Switzerland in seven days. Some tours offer multiday itineraries that visit the top sights, with either private transfer or travel aboard the mountain express railways. Aim to dedicate a full day to must-see locations such as Zurich, Interlaken, Geneva, and Zermatt.

What should you not miss in Switzerland?

Don’t miss the Alps. It seems obvious, but the high prices and full-day demand can be offputting. Fortunately, there are other options besides Jungfraujoch and the Matterhorn. Pilatus, Rigi, and Titlis are all impressive peaks in their own right and can be easily combined with nearby towns and other attractions.

Is Switzerland a cheap place to visit?

No. Switzerland is expensive, especially for tourists. But, there are ways to save money: Take advantage of ticket passes that include transportation and attractions, plan and book your travel route and activities well in advance, and lean into the local experience through home cooking, bike rental, and lake swimming.

Do they speak English in Switzerland?

Yes, English is the most common non-national language spoken in Switzerland, and young people living in cities are particularly fluent. However, not everyone can or wants to speak it. If you want to make a good impression, give the local language a go, whether that’s German, French, Italian, or Romansh.


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