Bucket list - the most beautiful places in Switzerland

Bucket list: the most beautiful places in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most gorgeous travel destinations in Europe. But what are the most beautiful places in Switzerland? You can read all about it in this article.

Why is Switzerland such a great travel destination?

Clean air, endless blue lakes, and high mountains with snowy peaks. Switzerland is a top destination for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to a lot of hiking trails, there are also many nice lovely cities to explore in Switzerland. What are you waiting for?

The 12 most beautiful places in Switzerland

Which places in Switzerland are absolutely worth visiting?


Bern Switzerland
Bern has a beautiful historic center.

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Bern is the capital of Switzerland, but not the largest city in Switzerland and therefore feels even cozier. The river Aare (a tributary of the Rhine) meanders through the city and it is great to check out the city from one of the beautiful bridges. Bern has a beautiful old city center where you can stroll around for hours to admire the historic buildings.

Zermatt & Matterhorn

The Matterhorn from Zermatt
The Matterhorn is perhaps the most spectacular mountain peak in Europe.

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Zermatt is a village at the foot of the impressive Matterhorn mountain. The top of the mountain is at an altitude of no less than 4478 meters (14.691 feet). Does he also look familiar to you? That may be correct because the image of this mountain top is in the logo of Toblerone.


Basel Switzerland
Basel is a great city for art and architecture lovers.

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If you’re a lover of art and architecture, Basel is one of the best cities in Switzerland to visit. It is bursting with impressive art museums and the buildings are spectacular. Take a look at Messe Basel for example. The eye in this building is a work of art in itself.


Grindelwald First
The view from Grindelwald First is spectacular.

Grindelwald is one of the most scenic villages in the Swiss Jungfrau region. Rolling green meadows full of cows (with bells!), Beautiful forests, and enormous mountains. A visit to the viewpoint of Grindelwald First is a must, the view is spectacular! You can get here by cable car, but it is also fantastic to hike to Grindelwald First.

Aletsch Glacier

Aletsch Glacier
The Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in Switzerland.

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The longest glacier in Switzerland and the Alps is the Aletsch Glacier. The glacier has a length of 22.6 kilometers and unfortunately shrinks a bit every year. There are several viewpoints to check out the glacier and one of the most beautiful is at Bettmerhorn, which can be reached via a cable car.

Iseltwald & Giessbach waterfalls

The city of Iseltwald can easily be in a fairytale.

Near Interlaken, there is a fairytale-like village called Iseltwald. Small, typically Swiss, wooden houses and part of the village is located on a peninsula in Lake Brienz. Near this village, you will find the impressive Giessbach waterfalls, and you can actually walk underneath these waterfalls.


Rhine Falls
Rhine Falls is the largest waterfall in Europe.

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Did you know that the largest waterfall in Europe is in Switzerland? The Rhine Falls is located in the river Rhine, north of Zurich, near the border with Germany. Although the waterfall is only 23 meters (75 feet) high, it is a whopping 150 meters (492 feet) wide and has tremendous power. A must-see when traveling in Switzerland.

The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces are on the World Heritage List.

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Do you like wine? Then you are in the right place in Switzerland! One of the most beautiful places in Switzerland is The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It seems as if the vineyards extend into the lake, a picture to behold!


Lauterbrunnen is located in a valley with many impressive waterfalls.

One of the reasons that I wanted to make a trip to Switzerland myself is because of the village of Lauterbrunnen. This village is located in a valley with very steep cliffs on both sides and there are many waterfalls to see. It is a real pleasure to go on a day hike in Lauterbrunnen, you will be amazed!


Geneva is located in a great location on Lake Geneva.

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In the very west of Switzerland is Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city. The location on Lake Geneva is really beautiful and the huge fountain is an eye-catcher. Geneva has a historic center with narrow streets and beautiful old buildings and it is wonderful to wander through it.

Creux du Van

The most beautiful places in Switzerland - Creux du Van
Creux du Van is an impressive piece of nature in Switzerland.

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Do you like spectacular nature reserves? Then you should definitely take a look at Creux du Van. This is an enormous steep rock face of 160 meters (525 feet) high. From Noiraigue you can go a wonderful day hike to see this natural spectacle.


Interlaken is a great home base for a vacation in Switzerland.

Interlaken was my first encounter with Switzerland and I truly loved staying in this town. It is beautifully situated between two clear blue lakes, it has a pleasant old center and there are many beautiful hiking trails in the area. Interlaken is also a perfect base to visit other places on this list of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, including Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald.

Tips for a trip to Switzerland

Are you curious and would you travel to Switzerland and visit one (or more) places on this list of the most beautiful places in Switzerland? Switzerland is very centrally located in Europe.

Travel to Switzerland by car

Switzerland is easily accessible by car from most countries in Europe. For example, from the Netherlands, you can easily drive to Switzerland in a day. Please note that for driving on the Swiss motorways you need a special toll sticker.

Travel to Switzerland by plane

Travel to Switzerland by plane Switzerland has a couple of international airports, like Zurich, Basel, and Geneva. The cheapest plane tickets can be found through Skyscanner.

In Switzerland, it’s very easy to travel by train. You can buy tickets at any station, but it can also be smart to buy a special Swiss Rail Pass.

Would you still like the flexibility of a car during your trip in Switzerland? You can rent a car in any (large) city. Making a reservation in advance is usually the cheapest way to rent a car in Europe. My favorite websites are AutoEurope and Sunny Cars. A toll sticker is almost always included with a rental car.

In my opinion, these are the most beautiful places in Switzerland! Have you ever been to Switzerland? If so, what did you think of Switzerland?

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