Top 10 Attractions In Switzerland
Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country which is home to many lakes, villages and high peaks of the Alps. Its cities houses medieval quarters and are also known for their ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries in the country along with the Swiss watches and chocolates made here which are world renowned.
We have compiled a list of the top 10 attractions in Switzerland that just cannot be missed out on when in the country.
1. Chateau de Chillon
Located in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, on the banks of Lake Geneva is the Chillon Castle. It is about 4 century old and is a water fortress that served as the seat of the wealthy Counts of Savoy. One can stroll by the lakeside or parade through its ancient halls while admiring the 14th-century paintings, towers, subterranean vaults, bedroom, weaponry and furniture which have all been preserved in their original form. Chateau de Chillon consists of 25 building and 3 courtyards which is accessible by boat, bus or even foot from the town of Montreux.
2. Swiss National Park
Switzerland’s only National Park is a sight to behold. Swiss National Park features 172 sq. km of unspoiled scenery from snow-encrusted glaciers, verdant pastures, waterfalls and lush woodlands making it a top tourist attraction. A total of 21 hiking routes crawl through the park, giving visitors a chance to witness its amazing flora and even rare sights of golden eagles, chamois, ibexes and marmots that call it home.
If one wants to see Switzerland is a brand new light, Lugano is the place to be. With the borders shared with Italy in the south, the Italian influence is undeniable in the Ticino region—from the local language, romantic villas and rich cuisine up to the warm and lovely summers. Lugano is also dotted with museums and a number of heritage sites which are housed in neo-classical palazzos.
The lakeside city of Lucerne, Lucerne is nestled among a mountainous panorama. With fortified towers, wooden bridges and timeworn churches, the city has been able to keep its traditional townscape while at the same time adding to the charm of the place. One can also enjoy the view of the city as well as the lake by climbing the neighboring Mt Pilatus, Mt Rigi, and Stanserhorn.
5. The Rhine Falls
Europe’s largest waterfall and natural wonder are the Rhines Falls. At the northernmost part of Switzerland, near the town of Schaffhausen, the breadth of the waterfall is more than 50 meters. Tourists can witness the spectacle from several viewing decks while those bold enough can rent canoes and travel to nearby castles Schloss Laufen and Schloss Worth. One Swiss National Day which is celebrated on 1st August every year, the Rhine Falls flaunts a sensational firework display that attracts people from far and wide.
The medieval city of Bern is Switzerland’s capital. Once you step on its narrow cobble-stoned streets, history sings in every corner especially in its Old Town which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaic towers loom over Bern’s sandstone facades, numerous fountains, and entrenchments while the arcades are filled with boutiques, bars, cafes and cabaret stages that are sometimes hidden within vaulted cellars. The city also boasts of a stunning botanical garden, a colorful weekly market, and access to the River Aare and the Bear Park where a family of bears (which are the city’s symbol) resides.
7. Great St Bernard Pass
The oldest pass in the Western Alps and the third highest in the country of Switzerland is the Great St Bernard Pass. At the highest point in the road is the Great St Bernard Hospice where the St Bernard dogs gained their fame. It is one of a kind place to visit and surely cannot be left out from one’s travel to-do list.
8. Rhaetian Railway
The Rhaetian Railway connects Switzerland to Italy through the mountains of Graubundun and is a remarkable site of great engineering. It is also one of the country’s most photogenic regions. On the 130 kilometers ride, one will pass over 196 bridges and go through 55 tunnels with a curving Landwasser viaduct being a great highlight in the area!
Also known as the Roof of Europe, the Jungfraujoch offers one to admire the Alps in their entire splendor. It is a famous tourist attraction and people come here to witness the scenic beauty and click numerous pictures. One can journey to Europe’s highest altitude railway station at 3454 kilometers above sea level when in the area.
Matterhorn is known as the world’s most photographed mountain and it is all for the right reasons. One can head to the fully pedestrianized resort of Zermatt if they want the challenge of climbing the mountain or ski on top-class slopes in its shadow. A great place to come with one’s friends or family and make some everlasting memories!
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