Switzerland may be the most beautiful country in the world. Their economy is geared toward catering to tourists, so it’s considered an essential place to visit for all worldly travelers. Perhaps the greatest draw is the Swiss Alps, with their grand, unforgettable peaks, but the unique culture, Medieval architecture and cuisine are also major attractions. There are a lot of possibilities when you go there, but here are the five best destinations that you simply must visit sometime in your life, in descending order.
5 – Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne is perhaps the best place to take in the scenic variety of the Swiss Alps. The town is lovely and walkable, and the Kapellbrücke covered bridge, built in the 14th century, is a major draw. However, a cruise on the lake is essential, along with the cogwheel rail ride up to Mount Pilatus. The railway has the steepest incline in the world, and isn’t for the faint of heart, but it offers truly spectacular views.
4 – Zermatt (the Gornergrat Railway)
Zermatt is a small town that is most famous for being close to – and offering amazing views of – the Matterhorn, the most famous peak of the Swiss Alps. The skiing is among the best in the world, and the Matterhorn rises above the town in majestic beauty. The Gornergrat Railway offers spectacular views as it crawls up its scenic route and is a major tourist draw.
3 – Montreux
Montreux is a usually quiet town on Lake Geneva. It offers amazing views of the Swiss Alps and the Chateau de Chillon, an 11th-century castle on an island in the lake. Glacier 3000 is an easy day trip from the town and must be seen to be believed. The main draw for Montreux is their world-famous jazz festival, where musicians of many genres (not just jazz) flock to the town and buskers travel the streets.
2 – Zürich
Zürich offers perhaps the widest cuisines in Switzerland, archaic architecture along the Limmat River, and beautiful churches, such as Grossmünster and Fraumünster. Take a walking tour of Old Town and shop on the famous Bahnhofstrasse. A Zürich Pass will help you see as much as possible at an amazing price. Give yourself at least a day to explore this ancient city!
1 – Geneva
Geneva is probably the most common entry point to Switzerland. The country’s best museums, the world’s finest chocolate and fondue and nice views of the mountain vistas are all found here. The best way to explore this city is by foot, to encounter the surprises in store for you around almost every corner. Many day trips are available, and the Jet D’Eau, perhaps the city’s most famous landmark, is breathtaking at night.