Best Places To Visit In Switzerland: Beyond Zurich & Geneva

While Zurich and Geneva are the well known hot spots, Switzerland’s true allure lies in its stunning natural landscapes, picturesque villages, and traditional culture. 

From quaint mountain villages steeped in tradition to charming lakeside towns brimming with history, here are some of the best places to visit in Switzerland for a magical vacation.

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Lauterbrunnen and Gimmelwald

Tucked away within the breathtaking valley renowned for inspiring J.R.R. Tolkien’s landscapes in “Lord of the Rings,” lies the quaint valley of Lauterbrunnen.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the valley’s serene ambiance, where traditional Swiss chalets punctuate the landscape and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains unfold. Perched on a mountainside overlooking the valley, the tiny village of Gimmelwald offers a peaceful retreat amidst the Swiss Alps.

For travelers seeking an authentic Swiss experience, this area provides an ideal setting for hiking, skiing, or simply reveling in nature’s beauty.

From Lauterbrunnen you can board a scenic cable car that whisks you up to Gimmelwald, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains along the way.


old town, bern

Bern is one my favorite places to visit in Switzerland. Though not officially the capital of Switzerland, but serving as such, this amazing city is steeped in rich history and Swiss culture surrounded by natural beauty.

With its well-preserved medieval old town, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bern offers visitors a glimpse into its storied past.

Must-see attractions include the iconic Zytglogge clock tower, the Federal Palace, The Bern History and Einstein Museum, and the Bern Cathedral. The city is also known for its famous bear park, home to the beloved Bernese bears, and the city is on the steps of the Bernese Alps and wonderful areas like Lake Thunersee.

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Discover the enchanting city of Lucerne, nestled amidst the breathtaking Swiss Alps. With its picturesque setting along the shores of Lake Lucerne, this charming destination offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Wander through the cobbled streets of the well-preserved old town, where medieval architecture and colorful frescoes transport you back in time. Must-see attractions include the iconic Chapel Bridge, adorned with stunning 17th-century paintings, and the Lion Monument, a poignant tribute to Swiss Guards who perished during the French Revolution.

Take a leisurely cruise on Lake Lucerne or embark on a scenic hike in the nearby mountains for panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Indulge in Swiss culinary delights at local eateries and cafes, savoring traditional dishes like raclette and chocolate fondue.

Take in the view from the mount Pilatus, one of the best views you’ve ever witnessed.


Lugano often flies under the radar when discussing Switzerland’s top destinations, but it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. This charming city boasts a unique blend of Swiss and Italian influences, offering a rich tapestry of culture and history.

From its diverse architectural styles to its vibrant cultural scene, Lugano captivates visitors with its distinctive charm. Aptly nicknamed the “Swiss Rio de Janeiro,” Lugano exudes a cosmopolitan flair reminiscent of the Brazilian metropolis.

Ascend to the summits of Monte Bré or San Salvatore, Lugano’s main attractions, and you’ll be greeted with sweeping views that evoke the allure of Rio de Janeiro.

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Hidden deep within the rugged beauty of the Swiss Alps, Glattalp beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts seeking a peaceful escape. This secluded high alpine plateau offers a serene retreat amidst breathtaking landscapes and sweeping vistas.

Accessible via cable car or picturesque hiking trails, Glattalp invites visitors to immerse themselves in its pristine wilderness, shimmering mountain lakes, lush meadows, and towering peaks.

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Nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque mountain village renowned for its world-class skiing and hiking opportunities.

The village retains its traditional Swiss charm with wooden chalets, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages. Explore the surrounding trails, or take a scenic ride on the Gornergrat Railway for panoramic views of the Matterhorn and surrounding peaks.


Tucked away in northeastern Switzerland, Appenzell is a quaint village known for its colorful houses, historic town center, and traditional Swiss culture.

Stroll through the pedestrian-friendly streets lined with boutique shops and charming cafes, and visit the iconic Appenzell Church with its distinctive onion-domed tower.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sample local delicacies like Appenzeller cheese and hearty mountain cuisine.


Surrounded by towering peaks and lush meadows, Grindelwald, not to be confused with Gimmelwald, is a picturesque alpine village that serves as a gateway to the Jungfrau region.

Hike or take a cable car to scenic viewpoints like First or Pfingstegg for breathtaking vistas of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. In winter, the village transforms into a snowy wonderland, offering skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing adventures.


Perched high in the Bernese Oberland, Wengen is a car-free mountain village that epitomizes Swiss alpine living.

Accessible by cogwheel train, Wengen offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Visitors can enjoy hiking, skiing, or simply soaking in the serene mountain atmosphere.

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