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Best Places In Switzerland: Beyond Zurich & Geneva

Everybody knows Switzerland –surrounded by the Alps and with several beautiful lakes Switzerland offers some breathtaking views and places that you can’t miss when you’re there. Here are some of the best places to visit in Switzerland.

Related: 3 Reasons You Absolutely Have To Visit Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen

This is an obvious choice, however a lot of tourists tend to miss it. The Lauterbrunnen valley inspired J.R.R Tolkien for the landscapes in his book “Lord of the Rings” and if you’ve ever been there you will know why. Located between some of the most majestic mountains of the European Alps, such as the “Jungfraujoch”, and with different beautiful waterfalls that add something magic to this valle,y Lauterbrunnen is definitely one of the best places to visit in Switzerland.

Tip: Look for rides to reach mountain peaks for an astonishing view and visit a waterfall that is inside of caves.

Lucerne

Maybe I’m biased when it comes to Lucerne, but it’s by far my favorite city in Switzerland. But what is so special there? Firstly, Lucerne is next to the “Vierwaldstättersee”, one of the most magnificent lakes in whole Switzerland. Secondly, Lucerne is in the middle of the Swiss Alps: You can visit amazing mountains like the Rigi, Titlis, Pilatus and many more within less than an hour. It is also a great idea to have a look at the old town with its famous wood bridge and the lion monument, which attract tourists from all around the world.

Tip: As a local, here is my best tip: take in the view from the mount Pilatus…it is still the best I’ve ever witnessed.

Lugano

Lugano doesn’t get a lot of credit when talking about the best places to visit in Switzerland, but it absolutely should! Admittedly it doesn’t offer the views from the Swiss alps, nor has it the most outstanding oldtown. Yet Lugano has its own charm. With a mix of Swiss and Italian culture and history. it combines a range of styles of architecture and cultures. 

Although Lugano is quite far away from the Swiss alps it holds a place for some incredible views. Not for nothing, Lugano is called the “Swiss Rio de Janeiro”. When you stand on top of the “Monte Bré” or the “San Salvatore”, which are the main attractions of Lugano, you will feel like you are in the Brazilian metropolis. But what I loved most about Lugano was the food. Sitting next to the beautiful lake in a cozy summer night and eating a slice of pizza was just a great experience.

Glattalp

Finally, we’re coming to my BEST insider tip. It might not be a surprise that it’s, once again, a place in the Swiss Alps. However, the Glattalp is completely different from the famous mountains I mentioned before: Most Swiss people don’t even know it! To reach it you must drive deep into the “Muotathal” and take a tiny cable car. The cable car only transports 8 people at once – every 30 minutes. And you will see that once you reached the top. You will see more goats and cows than people. And after a one hour hike you will reach the “Glattalpsee” (Lake of Glattalp) which is indescribable. The reflection in the clear water is so perfect that it’s hard to even see the difference between water and mountains.

I hope you enjoyed my little list “best places to visit in Switzerland” and I hope you can make it to my country one day and see some of my recommendations. But don’t forget: Switzerland has so many beautiful places – it’s not possible to put all of them in a list. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments or contact me.

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