Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Switzerland is a place where whatever you wish can be explored. It has snow mountains, country grasslands, rugged mountains, large lakes, century old castles, most advanced high-tech cities, literally everything you dreamt of. It excellent convenience covering the whole country and lots of world class hotels, it is a must visit place in lifetime. 

So, what are the places to visit in Switzerland? Below are my shortlisted 14 must places visit, and if you have anything more interesting, then definitely let me know. Let's start.

1. Schilthorn and Piz Gloria. The Schilthorn is a mountain in the Swiss Alps. The Piz Gloria is a revolving restaurant on the top of this mountain that was the location for the James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." To reach this destination, 2970m above sea level, one must travel by a combination of train, bus and cable car. The cable cars up the mountain give an excellent panoramic view of the valley below. Once you reach the restaurant, you can dine for breakfast or lunch as you revolve around and get a 360 degree spectacular view.
You can walk outside and out onto the edge of the top of the mountain (which is actually pretty scary, but well worth it.) From the top of this mountain, you can see the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains, part of the Unesco World Heritage, as well as Interlaken and Lakes Brienz and Thunzersee

2. Jungfraujoch. This is an adjacent Swiss mountain peak to the Schilthorn. You start off on the same train, whether going to Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch. Once you reach a certain point, you get on the Jungfrau railway. At the top of Jungfrau, you are at the highest point in Switzerland, 3454m. Once at the top, you can visit the observatory deck, where you can stand outside or inside glass walls and engage in the wonderful scenery.
On a clear day, you can see down to Interlaken below. This mountain also hosts an indoor ice palace, where everything is made of ice, including the walkways and walls. Different ice sculptures abound and you can take your picture with them. A tourist area hosts some restaurants and a gift shop as well. It is worth every minute and you will never forget the experience!

3. Matterhorn - 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. 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 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. 

4. Interlaken. Interlaken is the last stop on the top ten for the Bernese-Oberland region of Switzerland. Interlaken is the land between the two lakes - Thunersee and Brienzersee. Interlaken runs between the lakes, from east to west. In the east, you will find the train station that takes you anywhere in Switzerland, and is the starting place for many excursions to the mountains listed above.
The shopping is great and the food is great. You will find authentic Swiss delicacy, such as fondue pots of chocolate, cheese or meat. You will find Swiss watch shops and souvenir places. But most of all, you will find a small tourist town, friendly and not too crowded, to see what Switzerland is all about.

5. Aletsch glacier. This is the longest and most breathtaking glacier in the Alps at 23 km long. It is the easiest to access, and is the sight of the first UNESCO World Heritage sight.
This glacier is found in the western-southern part of Switzerland in the Aletsch region. You can take a two hour tour of the glacier from Betteralp with guides. The Aletsch forest, found here, houses Switzerland's oldest stone pines.

6. 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!

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Lake Geneva Switzerland - Lake Geneva Switzerland is located on the south-western part of Switzerland. The lake is embedded between the Savoy- and Vaud Alps as well as the Swiss Jura and has the form of a 72 km long and up to 14 km wide arc. 
Lake Geneva Switzerland is the largest body of fresh water in Europe and fed by the Rhone River. The lake stretches from the city of Geneva in the West to the town of Villeneuve in the East.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Zurich - Last but not the least, you can't forget about the 2000 year old town rich in history. This is the city area of Switzerland, with trendy cafes, international boutiques, and the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The buildings retain their historical impression, despite the advances in technology that await indoors. There are many cool shops and restaurants on the Bahnhoffstrasse (main road). At night, bars and lounges open and buzz, as well as operas and open-air concerts. You can still hike nearby, see wildlife, and swim in the rivers in lakes like many other places in Switzerland. One cool event is to take a boat trip by steamer on Lake Zurich.

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