Switzerland

Travel Guide
Chateau de Chillon featuring a lake or waterhole and a castle

Visit a European country known for its alpine scenery, vast freshwater lakes, picturesque cities, chocolate and cheeses. Experience the cultures and traditions of different language communities.

Switzerland is a small European country of great natural beauty, where big cities are close to mountains, lakes, forests, rivers and plenty of fresh air. Ski down alpine slopes, cruise inland lakes and venture underground to learn about the origin of the universe.

With so much impressive scenery, Switzerland doesn’t lack for outdoor adventure. Head off to the mountain resorts of Verbier, St. Moritz and Interlaken for skiing and snowboarding. Go hiking through the mountainous Swiss National Park. Experienced climbers can tackle the Matterhorn, the colossal pyramid-shaped peak in the Swiss Alps.

The Swiss love to explore their own country and SwitzerlandMobility is a national network of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and canoe routes covsering approximately 12,500 miles (20,117 kilometers). Routes are marked by signposts and color coded according to the pursuit. The trails are connected to Switzerland’s dense public transportation system, making them easily accessible from wherever you are in the country. There are also more than 80 Rent a Bike stations, where pedal and electric bikes can be rented.

For an alternative way to enjoy the scenery, climb onboard the Glacier Express. The train ride travels through the mountains, valleys and deep gorges between Zermatt and Davos or St. Moritz. Book a cruise across a Swiss lake, such as Lake Geneva or Lake Zurich. At Lake Lucerne, enjoy a sunset cruise on a paddle steamer.

Devote some of your vacation time to discovering Swiss cities. Shop in the medieval arcades of Bern, the country’s capital. Follow the history of the Olympic movement at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. See the twin-towered Grossmünster cathedral in Zurich, the country's largest city. In Geneva, find the huge Jet d'Eau water fountain and CERN, the particle physics laboratory. Tour the underground facility to discover how international teams of scientists are trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

Switzerland is also known for its chocolate and cheeses. Visit cheese factories in Gruyères, home to the eponymous cheese. Go on a guided tour of Maison Cailler, the Swiss chocolate factory in Broc. In November, join locals in Bern as they pay homage to a more humble food source at the Onion Market (Zibelemärit). During this folk festival, try traditional savoury treats such as tarts and soups as well as Glühwein, a delicious mulled wine. Switzerland has a host of other festivals celebrating everything from hot air balloons to yodelling, so time your visit to experience the cultural diversity of this beautiful country.

Popular cities in Switzerland

Lake Zurich featuring a lake or waterhole, a garden and cycling
Zürich
Experience the zoo, culture, and theater in Zürich!

Reasons to visit

  • Zoo Zurich
  • Bahnhofstrasse
  • Zurich Town Hall
Geneva
Geneva
Admire the picturesque Lake Geneva and walk sophisticated streets lined with international headquarters, excellent museums, and art galleries.

Reasons to visit

  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral
  • Patek Philippe Watch Museum
  • Place du Bourg-de-Four
Clock Tower showing landscape views and a city
Bern
Get away to romantic Bern! Enjoy the museums, history, and festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Bern Rose Garden
  • Berner Munster
  • Bear Pits
Zermatt
Zermatt
Ski, climb and enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of this Swiss city where one of the world’s most spectacular mountains dominates the skyline.

Reasons to visit

  • Matterhorn
  • Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
  • Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Basel featuring a river or creek and a city
Basel
Explore the historic center and museums of this quaint Swiss town. It borders France and Germany and fuses all three cultures.

Reasons to visit

  • Vitra Design Museum
  • Basel Art Museum
Davos which includes mountains, snow and a small town or village
Davos
One of the oldest resorts in Europe, this bustling town offers some of the best sports facilities in the world. 

Popular places to visit in Switzerland

Switzerland