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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

Zurich
Zürich
Known for Lakes, Museums and Theaters

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Reasons to visit

  • Zoo Zurich
    Zoo Zurich
  • Zurich Town Hall
    Zurich Town Hall
  • Kunsthaus Zurich
    Kunsthaus Zurich
Geneva which includes a garden and a city
Geneva
Known for Lakes, Shopping and Business

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  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral
    Saint-Pierre Cathedral
  • Patek Philippe Watch Museum
    Patek Philippe Watch Museum
  • Place du Bourg-de-Four
    Place du Bourg-de-Four
Basel featuring a river or creek and a city
Basel
Known for Historical Buildings, Rivers and Business

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  • Old Town
    Old Town
  • Vitra Design Museum
    Vitra Design Museum
  • Basel Zoo
    Basel Zoo
Clock Tower showing landscape views and a city
Bern
Known for Historical Buildings, Shopping and Business

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  • Bern Rose Garden
    Bern Rose Garden
  • Clock Tower
    Clock Tower
  • Berner Munster
    Berner Munster
Zermatt
Zermatt
Known for Skiing, Mountains and Hiking

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Reasons to visit

  • Matterhorn
    Matterhorn
  • Klein Matterhorn Cable Car
    Klein Matterhorn Cable Car
  • Matterhorn Ski Paradise
    Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Davos which includes forests, snow and tranquil scenes
Davos
Known for Skiing, Mountains and Sports

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  • Davos Klosters
    Davos Klosters

Popular places to visit in Switzerland

Jungfrau
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Jungfrau

Check out Jungfraujoch and Eiger—just two of the popular sights around Jungfrau, a city also known for its mountain views and skiing.

Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch

Go to the highest railway station in Europe, visit an ice palace and view a colossal glacier when you take a picturesque train ride to this mountain pass.

Rhine Falls
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Rhine Falls

Check out Schloss Laufen and IWC Museum—just two of the sights around Rhine Falls, an area also known for its waterfalls.

Lake Lucerne
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Lake Lucerne

Explore the romantic area of Lake Lucerne—panoramic lake views, shopping, and popular sights from Burgenstock to Swiss Transportation Museum.

Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon

On a rocky outcrop where Lake Geneva meets the Swiss Alps stands this fascinating medieval castle on a small island.

Bernina Pass
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Bernina Pass

Check out Livigno Ski Area and Lake St. Moritz—just two of the popular sights around Bernina Pass, a city also known for its spas and skiing.