Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Places must see in switzerland


There are some Switzerland Attractions with a certain prestige that most guests visiting never see. It is certainly not on everybodies agenda to take a trip on the famous Glacier Express or on the GoldenPass Panoramic train. The same can be said with the White Turf Events in St. Moritz or the European Masters Golf Tournament.

On the other hand, the Matterhorn in Zermatt, the Château de Chillon or the Rhine Falls are known worldwide. Those are well known Switzerland Attractions that do not just appeal to the High End demanding tourist. Our country is dotted with beautiful towns and small cities. Even Zurich as the biggest city has less than 400,000 inhabitants.

I am excited to show you the top places to visit in Switzerland that most tourists do not bother to see. Let's take a look at those Switzerland Attractions...

GoldenPass Panoramic Train

On this panoramic express train you will see a magnificent scenery on your way to Gstaad. If you have the time, you may want to continue your voyage to Interlaken and on to Lucerne and see two more Switzerland attractions. You are garanteed to enjoy a comfortable ride in VIP configuration.

These ultra-modern trains are designed to let you view the countryside that you are being taken across. Imagine being served a glass of champagne during your voyage. What a spectacular train ride to world famous Gstaad....

Cruising through the country side on the Panoramic Express Train

Switzerland Attractions - The GoldenPass Panoramic train

Glacier Express from St. Moritz - Zermatt

It may be a bit long but believe me it will not be boring at all. The Glacier Express is taking you from St. Moritz to Zermatt or in reverse in 7 and a half hours. During that time this train crosses 291 bridges and viaducts and runs through 91 tunnels.

Yes, Switzerland is like a Swiss Emmental cheese. We have tunnels and bridges everywhere. One of the most fascinating Switzerland Attractions to see is by train.

Dining in the famous Glacier Express Train... what an adventure

Switzerland Attractions - The Glacier Express train

Chateau de Chillon

The Chateau de Chillon Castle was built in the 11th century on the shore of Lake Geneva. This castle is situated just 3 km east of Montreux and is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe.

The Chateau de Chillon is one of the most enchanting places in Switzerland you will ever see. From inside the castle, every window offers another spectacular view - whether it's one of the flower-filled courtyards, a view of the snowy mountains,or Lac Léman! You get to go on a guided tour, walking you through ancient rooms and where even the dungeon upon which Lord Byron based his poem "The prisoner of Chillon".

If you are visiting Switzerland, you Have to go to this incredible castle! You will be glad you did.

Chateau de Chillon near Montreux... a fascinating castle to discover

Switzerland Attractions - The Chateau de Chillon near Montreux

The Gruyère Region

The Gruyère Region is a favorite weekend destination. Many people from Lausanne and Geneva visit the gentle-hilly landscape and come especially to admire the Medieval Château. And if you would like to taste fondue or raclette which is prepared with the world-famous Gruyere cheese, this is certainly the place to do it.

Don't miss the permanent exposition of fantastic art in the Gruyère castle. It is located on top of a hill, so you have a nice view to the villages below and the Pre-Alps close by.

The beautiful Gruyère Region with its castle and the village below

Switzerland Attractions - The Gruyere region

Rhine Falls

In Neuhausen on the border to Germany, visitors see the Rhine River with its glorious spectacle of the largest waterfall in Europe. An average of 700 m3 of water rushes over the cliffs each second.

You can take a boat ride to the rock in the center of the stream, which can be climbed. And don't forget to drink a good tasting capuchino in one of the cafeterías beside the falls.

The Rhine Falls by Neuhausen... the largest water falls in Europe

Switzerland Attractions - The Rhine Falls by Neuhausen


The Matterhorn at 4,478 m or "Z'horu" as we call it in our local valesan Swiss-German dialect, is the most famous peak in Switzerland and the Alps. I have some very interesting and never forgetting memories from tourists all over the world. You see as a helicopter pilot, I had the pleasure to show the Matterhorn also to some VIP's.

It's an impressive mountain and it's an incredible feeling to fly around the Matterhorn at an altitude of more than 4,000 m. Zermatt is also a High End ski resort but very busy in the winter as well as in the summer season. The Matterhorn, the Jungraujoch and the Glacier Express are the most visited Switzerland Attractions.

It is said that the Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. Well, it most certainly is the best known Attraction in Switzerland. Especially the Japanese people are fascinated by this pretty mountain.

The Matterhorn... one of the top tourist attractions in Switzerland

Switzerland Attractions - The famous Matterhorn above Zermatt


The Jungfraujoch is after the Matterhorn the second biggest Switzerland Attractions. At the Top of Europe, a whole new world opens up. From the Jungfraujoch, you can see Europe's largest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier. Of interest is also the Sphinx Observation and the glistening Ice Palace.

Enjoying the Swiss Alps from the Jungfraujoch in Bernese Oberland

Mount Rigi

One of the great Switzerland Attractions is located near the beautiful city of Lucerne. Mount Rigi, in the heart of Switzerland is a popular excursion and vacation paradise. On May 21st, 1871, the first mountain cogwheel railway rolled to the top of Mount Rigi.

The railway departs hourly from the villages of Goldau and Vitznau to the top of Rigi Kulm. There is also a panorama cable car operating from the town of Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad. When you are visiting Lucerne, it is well worth it to visit for a day this pretty location.

Mount Rigi train during the winter

Mount Pilatus

The rugged mountain rigde is after Mount Rigi the most famous lookout point in Central Switzerland. If you spend some time in the beautiful city of Lucerne, you should plan to take the Golden Roundtrip to Mount Pilatus.

After starting out on a lake steamer, you will continue your journey on the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. On your way, you will also ride on a cable car and a gondola. The scenery from the lookout on the mountain is fantastic, provided the weather is good.

Relaxing on top of Mount Pilatus

Swiss Transport Museum

Most people traveling to Switzerland also visit Lucerne, for many the most beautiful city in Switzerland. While in Lucerne, why not discover the Swiss Transport Museum.

It offers an extensive collection of aircraft, automobiles, locomotives, ships and communication. It also has a planetarium and Switzerland´s only 3-D IMAX theatre. This museum is not just entertaining for adults, but also for families. The Swiss Transport Museum is the most versatile transport and communications museum in Europe and the most visited museum in Switzerland.

The Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne

Bern Historical Museum

The castle-like Historical Museum of Bern is located across from the Old City houses on Helvetiaplatz. The museum possesses one of Switzerland´s most distinguished collections of history ranging from stone age to modern times. The Einstein Museum is right beside it because Albert Einstein lived in Bern for many years working on the Relativity Theory.

Scultures at the Bern Historical Museum

Lake Geneva Switzerland

For decades, travelers have visited the Alpine panoroma and the almost Mediterranean vegetation of Lake Geneva Switzerland. Celebrities, who choose to live on the lake´s shores have included the actors Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn, Yul Brynner, Noel Coward; the writers Honoré de Balzac, George Eliot; the composers Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt; the aviator Charles Lindbergh and many more.

Paddle-wheel steamboats on Lake Geneva

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne is somewhat reminiscent of a fjord landscape, yet it has a mild lake climate. Many people visiting Switzerland, travel to the city of Lucerne and than to the lake region.

There are boat cruises on board five historic paddle wheel steamers and 15 elegant salon motor vessels. And there are more pretty areas to discover, like Mount Rigi, Mount Pilatus, the Stanserhorn, the Bürkenstock or even the Luzern Golf club. The region of Lake Lucerne represents many popular Switzerland Attractions that you should visit.

The beautiful village of Weggis on Lake Lucerne

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano is surrounded by beautiful green hills and mountains. The region experiences a climate close to that of the Mediterranean area. The beautiful mountains, surrounding villages and towns
together make Lake Lugano the perfect holiday destination.
The beautiful city of Lugano on Lake Lugano

Lake Thun

Lake Thun is one of the prettiest and largest lakes of Switzerland. Around the lake, you will discover some really romantic and beautiful towns like Interlaken, Oberhofen, Faulensee, Hilterfingen, Gunten, Spiez, Merligen and of course Thun. You can also explore some outstanding places like the Beatus Caves, Niesen or the Stockhorn with fantastic views over Lake Thun and the Swiss Alps while enjoying local food. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz just to the East and the Jungfrau Region is regarded as one of the best Switzerland Attractions.

The view from Faulensee to Merligen / Photo: Flueckiger Kurt

There are of course many more interesting Switzerland Attractions to discover. You want to see the Swiss Miniature village in Melide-Lugano, Weltklasse Zurich or Barbier Mueller Museum in Geneva.

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