When people say that the Switzerland is the most beautiful places in the world, and that a Euro trip would not be complete without it, they are not overreacting. A Switzerland vacation is like stepping into one of those Heidi episodes with the rolling hills and alpine background. But more importantly, it is a country where culture, art, and diversity is seen at every turn.
If you are planning to go to Switzerland, it is important that you get to see everything that makes the country the perfect vacation spot. Here are cities and towns you dare not miss on your Switzerland trip.
The Swiss capital, located by the River Aare, has been given the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site title. Bern is filled with old-town glamour, with its 16th century fountains, sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets, and medieval architecture. Found here is the famous clock tower called the Zytglogge, featuring dancing puppets when it chimes. You can also visit the Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum designed by an Italian architect named Renzo Piano, which houses the largest Paul Klee art collection Also of note is Munster — Bern’s main Gothic style cathedral.
Another popular city is Geneva, home to the United Nations office, which is why it has been called the “Capital of Peace.”. It is a French speaking city that is filled with chic boutiques, quays, and galleries. When you are here, make sure you pay a visit to Lake Geneva where the fountain launches the water 500 feet up in the air can be seen. There are also opera houses, theaters, and museums for visitors who want to learn more about local culture and art. You would also be pleased to know that Geneva lies near Italy and France, so you can easily drop by during your tour.
Zurich is probably the most postcard location in this list. It lies just at the base of the Alps and by the shores of Lake Zurich. You do not need to go up a vantage point to see beautiful scenery, because you will be basically be surrounded by it. There are lots of activities you can enjoy in Zurich, namely: boating on the lake, hiking the Uetliberg Mountain, or visiting the Swiss National Museum. Other than the art and the scenery, you can also find high-end boutiques and local brands where you can shop your heart out.
Lucerne also offers an old town vibe with its preserved medieval architecture, frescoes, town squares, and bridges. Here, you will find famous landmarks like the Chapel Bridge known as Kapellbrucke, one of the oldest covered bridges in Europe. You will also see the rampart walls that were built in 1386 still intact in town. Just like in Zurich, the Alps can be seen in the background, although not as close. Not to worry, because you can still access the Pilatus, Stanserhorn, and Rigi mountains via cableways. If you get tired of strolling the banks of Lake Lucerne, you can also board a ship which will allow you to see the town from another perspective.
Located in the Bernese Oberland Region is Interlake, sandwiched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, hence the name of the city. If you are fond of the outdoors, you will definitely enjoy your time here because of all the nature-based activities available to you. Not only can you explore the two lakes on a boat, but there are also hiking paths
which you can traverse. The most famous hiking path begins at Harder Kulm, which will give you a panoramic view of the city at 1,322 metres high. Through the cableways, you can also get to the Pilatus, Stanserhorn, or Rigi mountains. You can also enjoy skiing and paragliding in Interlaken.
In the mood to ski? Then you better drop by Zermatt, a resort town known for year-round skiing. You can also enjoy mountaineering especially during the hot summer months or exploring the peaks via any of the 63 mountain trains. Skiers and hikers of all levels can enjoy 200 miles of slopes and 400 kilometers of trails. A cable car that can ascend at heights of up to 3,883 metres high can give you panoramic Alpine views and access to other neighbouring mountains. The best part about Zermatt is its clean air — the city does not have gasoline-run cars, rather, battery powered ones only.
Arosa offers the best of both Winter and Summer. The village may not be as big as Zermatt, but a range of winter activities can still be done here like skiing. And during the summer, Arosa’s rolling hills and vibrant greens provides a relaxing backdrop while you are enjoying your time at a spa or at a cafe. If you are just looking for a place to relax and be away from your stressors, a small village like Arosa may be the perfect place for it.
A charming town that features 9th century relics in the form of cathedrals and museums, Lugano is the located at the south of Switzerland, near the Italian border. It is the perfect stopover if you are planning to drop by Italy during your trip. More than that you can also take a ferry to Morcote, a fishing village along Lake Lugano. Here, you will be introduced to town which features different cultures from Greek sculptures, Thai tea houses, and Egyptian temples.
On your Switzerland vacation, make sure you get to visit these beautiful cities and towns. Each shows a different personality, a different side to Switzerland that most tourists may not have seen before.