For someone planning a trip to Switzerland more often than not is the country's incredible bounty of natural beauty however, it has so much more to offer! From the multicultural buzz of cities like Zurich and Geneva to the student vibe of Lausanne and historic appeal of Bern and Fribourg there is something for absolutely everyone. And don't even get us started on the impeccable public transport and rail systems that make navigating this country an absolute dream.
The Matterhorn is not only one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, but also one of the most beautiful. At 4,478 meters it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps with the charming town of Zermatt at its base. The town has banned motorized vehicles to maintain air quality and the serenity of its alpine location, which in turn has given it a more relaxed atmosphere than at other ski resorts. Winter visitors can ski to their heart's content over the 300km of slopes and in the summer months hiking and climbing amongst the stunning alpine landscape it extremely popular.
It was originally known as a watch making center, in the early 1800s Interlaken began attracting tourists who came for the clean alpine air and the spa treatments. Nowadays the city is a hub for outdoor activities and adventures. The town is surrounded by the iconic Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch mountains which are reached by over 45 railways and lifts to carry adventurers onto the alpine terrain. Popular activities include Hiking, climbing, abseiling, and kayaking in addition to the skiing opportunities in the winter. Our top pick would be a paragliding trip from Beatenberg-Niederhorn which offers an incredible bird's eye view of the area's natural beauty.
Chateau de Chillon
The Chateau de Chillon, which stands on the banks of Lake Geneva, has a rich and intriguing history which goes all the way back to the 12th century. There are 25 separate buildings that comprise the castle, all of which can be visited during a tour. The chateau is one of the most visited attractions in Switzerland; in fact its official website claims that it is THE most visited historical attraction in the country. Some of the chateau's highlights include the Great Halls with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, the gothic subterranean compound, the chapel ornamented with period paintings including the famous Camera Domini and the Duke of Savoy's master bedroom.
Lugano has long been dubbed the 'Monte Carlo of Switzerland' due to the number of celebrities who pay visit to the area. Due to its proximity to the Italian border the region has a Mediterranean atmosphere and charm. It is the only official Italian speaking canton in Switzerland and its influence is felt everywhere from its 'palazzo' architecture to its rich cuisine. We recommend visitors take a boat tour of the lake and then ascend Monte San Salvatore for some incredible panoramic vistas of the surrounding Ticino countryside.
Jungfraujoch is home to the sphinx observatory or the 'Top of Europe' as it's frequently referred to. From the observation building, which is located at an altitude of 3,434 meters, you can take in stunning Alpine views. The observatory is also there to monitor the Great Aletsch Glacier which is the longest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a ride up to the highest railway station in Europe you can enjoy the views of both the glacier and mountains and then explore the range of ice sculptures on display within its impressive ice palace.