Switzerland -“Heaven on Earth”
One of the most beautiful country in Europe, Switzerland is delighting avid travellers and ski enthusiasts. The name, Switzerland, evokes Heidi’s green pastures, the Alps, bewitching hamlets nestled in stunning territories, as well as vibrant city life. Here are the top most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland.
1. Appenzell: Located in Northeastern Switzerland at the foot of the Alpstein Mountains, Appenzell is a rural paradise surrounded by lush rolling hills. The town is car-free and is home of about 7000 people, it is known for its traditional ways and folk festivals. In Appenzell, stroll the pretty streets, check out the Appenzell museum, take a hike in the Alps, and eat all the locally produced Appenzell cheese.
2. Bern: Framed by the Aare river, the Swiss capital of Bern lies in the west-central part of the country. It is home to some of the most impressive examples of medieval town architecture found anywhere in Europe. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and is often referred to as the “City of Fountains" for the more than 100 fountains that grace its streets and squares. Other landmarks include the city clock tower, whose whimsical figurines dance on the hour, and a bear park, which celebrates Bern's symbol, the bear.
3. Lucerne: Located in central Switzerland, Lucerne is a picturesque ancient city on Lake Lucerne best enjoyed on foot, where you can stroll along prettily painted historic houses such as those in the central Weinmarkt Square. There are numerous notable medieval landmarks like the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), one of Europe’s oldest covered bridges, or Musegg Wall, an intact part of the city’s rampart walls built in 1386. Yet, the city does also have a modern side, exemplified by the architecturally impressive KKL (Culture and Convention Center) designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and breathtaking Alpine terrain remains easily accessible by cableways up to the Pilatus, Rigi, or Stanserhorn mountains.
4. Zurich: The largest Swiss city, Zurich is also the social and cultural hub of the country. In fact, despite its world-renowned financial offerings, Zurich has a surprisingly bustling social scene. From the popular Pride parade to Europe’s largest street rave, there’s a lot going on. And, if all that wasn’t enough, the city’s pretty easy on the eye – from the charming streets of the old town to the stunning scenery of Lake Zurich.
5. Matterhorn, Zermatt: Set at the base of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe, and consists of 54 mountain railways and chairlifts. If you’re not into hitting the slopes, the area is also full of soothing spas, hiking trails, great restaurants, and cable cars. The village itself is a car-free zone, so be prepared to set out on foot.
This area is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland but this kind of scenery comes at a price – accommodation in Zermatt is among the most expensive in the country.
6. Rhine Falls: As Europe’s most powerful waterfall, it’s easy to see why Rhine Falls is one of the top things to do in Switzerland. Visitors can take in the beauty of the waterfall – located near the northern town of Schaffhausen – from several viewing decks. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even rent a canoe and check out some nearby castles from the water. Every August, the falls host a spectacular firework display that attracts visitors from around the country as part of Switzerland’s National Day celebrations.
7. Jungfraujoch: The Jungfraujoch is an Alpine wonderland that fully deserves its nickname of the Top of Europe. Technically a glacier saddle between two mountains, the Jungfraujoch is one the best – and highest – attractions in Switzerland. And don’t let the altitude put you off – there’s plenty for the whole family up there, from mountain climbing to tobogganing and much more. However, perhaps the most impressive attraction is the world-famous Jungfrau railway. Starting at Kleine Scheidegg, the train climbs up to 3,454 meters above sea level to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe.
8. Chateau de Chillon: Château de Chillon. Located on an island in Lake Geneva near the popular town of Montreux. The castle dates back to the 10th century, when it was used as a strategic water fort. It then became a lakeside summer home for the wealthy Counts of Savoy, when the castle rooms were decked out with all manner of art and treasures visitors can enjoy today. The castle is Switzerland’s most-visited historical monument and is definitely a must-see while you’re exploring the country.