Switzerland: Main Sights
A summer and winter sports paradise
The Chillon Castle on the shore of Lake Geneva, is one of the most famous castles in Switzerland. Consisting of 100 buildings, it dates back to the 11th century and is the former residence of the Savoy nobility. It also has three courtyards and four great halls, which offer magnificent views of the lake beyond.
Switzerland also has many fountains, especially in Bern, but the most famous one is the Geneva Jet D’eau. Built in 1891 and considered one of the symbols of Geneva, it is one of the tallest fountains in the world, projecting water up to 140 metres high.
While in Geneva, you might want to see other tourist spots, too, particularly the museums. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is one of the most popular museums in Switzerland, and is definitely worth a visit, along with the Cathedral de St. Pierre and other historical buildings.
Skiers should put Zermatt on the top of their list of Switzerland tourist attractions. Other than providing great slopes for the sport, it also offers great views of the Swiss Alps, particularly the famous Matterhorn. You can go shopping and dining around the town, too.
The Swiss National Park is the only national park in Switzerland and one of the earliest in Europe, which is why it is one of the top Switzerland tourist attractions. Covering almost half of the area of the entire country, it offers stunning views of the Alps and is the protected home of wildlife such as elks, marmots and eagles.
When you visit the city during your holiday to Switzerland, take a tour of the Grossmunster church, a magnificent example of the Romanesque architectural style. Walk up to the top of one of the spires for a breathtaking view of the old city, and Lake Zürich.
Take a trip to Bern while you’re on holiday in Switzerland and see the beautiful clocks such as Zytglogge. Make sure you’re there in time to see the marching mechanical figures (4 minutes before the hour). Bern is also famous for its fountains.
As you holiday in Switzerland, take a trip to the mountain town of Interlaken. The mountain is the main attraction here, and thousands come to see Jungfraujoch each year. Take the railroad up the mountain for an extraordinary view, but be aware that this is the most expensive train ride in Switzerland. Inside the mountain, visit the Ice Palace, an entire interior structure sculpted of frozen water.
The most famous of symbol of Switzerland, the Matterhorn, is here. For the best view, take a cogwheel up to get a higher vantage point, and have lunch at the restaurant at the top of Sunnegga. Another popular destination is the glacier grotto at Klein Matterhorn, where you can see ice sculptures. Take a gondola ride up the Matterhorn to Schwarzsee.
Lucerne is the second-most popular destination for tourists visiting Switzerland. Lucerne is surrounded by water and all along the river in this town in Switzerland, there are elegant bridges, the most beautiful of which is Kapellbrucke, the Chapel Bridge.