Switzerland is a small country but it is filled to the brim with exciting things to do, gorgeous places to see and delicious things to eat! If you are looking for a fun and diverse holiday destination in Summer or Winter it is definitely one to keep in mind.
Here are 51 awesome things to do when visiting Switzerland!
1. Stay at The Cambrian art Hotel
This art hotel in the sleepy village of Adelboden boasts incredible views of the Swiss Alps. It also has a heated outdoor pool where you can swim even when it’s snowing! With loads to do in the area The Cambrian is a great choice as a base to explore!
2. Visit CERN
Take a guided tour of CERN and learn about all it’s fascinating secrets! This European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world!
3. Visit Jungfraujoch
Jungfraujoch is a saddle in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 metres above sea level. It is otherwise known as the top of Europe. The Jungfrau railway will take you all the way to to the so no hiking involved to get to this spectacular view point!
4. Hike a glacier
The Aletsch glacier is definitely a bucket list hike. The hike covers 12km of spectacular views and is a must for any keen hiker or adventurer!
5. Drive round Hotel Belvedere
This iconic abandoned hotel is definitely worth a stop when you are in Switzerland. It looks like something straight out of a Wes Anderson movie and is super photogenic.
6. Hike Jungfrau
Hiking in the Jungfrau region is all kinds of right. The route is well marked for all nature lovers, to summits or mountain lakes, into valleys or along streams.
7. Visit Rhine falls
The Rhine Falls is the most powerful waterfall in Switzerland and in Europe so it is definitely worth a visit. Feeling the roar and the vibration of the water rushing down is pretty insane.
8. Go on the Glacier express
The Glacier Express route through the Alps takes eight hours from Zermatt to St. Moritz and boasts spectacular panoramic views, bridges and tunnels. You don’t have to do the entire trip if you are short on time. Book it online.
9. Paddle board on Lake Geneva
If you thought Switzerland was all about skying you definitely have it wrong! There are plenty of outdoor activities including watersports. Rent a paddle board with Clear Water Outdoor and get active on lake Geneva. The perfect way to spend a Summer day in Switzerland is definitely by the lake!
10. Do a chocolate making class
Make and enjoy your own delectable Swiss chocolate at the Funky chocolate club. Switzerland is all about the chocolate so if you are as well it is definitely something to add to your list!
11. Visit Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva. The medieval castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland!
12. Wine tasting near Lake Geneva
I love a good wine tasting and there are plenty around Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Staller wine estate offers a complimentary tasting as well as a vineyard tour so it is not to be missed!
13. Skyding in Interlaken
If you are an adrenaline junkie then head to Interlaken. One of the epic things you can do there is skydiving! Book with Outdoor Interlaken and see Switzerland from high above.
14. Go on a brewery tour in Zurich
If you are into beer then you just have to sample some local beers with a brewery tour in Zurich. Grab some people or make friends along the way while sampling great Swiss beers.
15. Toboggan in Churwalden
Tobogganing is fun for the whole family and the toboggan run in Churwalden is the longest one in Switzerland! It is available in Summer or Winter so there is no excuse not to let yourself feel like a kid again.
16. River cruise on the Rhine
A very different way to experience Switzerland is from the water. Viking river cruises offer stunning luxury cruises along the Rhine. Stop along the way and explore hidden treasures along the river.
17. Paragliding in Zermatt
A once in a lifetime experience is soaring through the sky with snow capped peaks surrounding you! Paragliding in Zermatt will take your breath away and leave you feeling exhilarated. Check out Fly Zermatt to book.
18. Visit Blausee
This gorgeous bright blue lake near Adelboden is like a hidden treasure and a utter delight to stumble upon. Spend the day having a picnic and taking a boat ride on the glass bottomed boat on the lake. If you are looking for somewhere ultra romantic to stay then consider Hotel Blausee.
19. Explore St Peters Island
This pretty island is situated in the middle of lake Biel and worth a day trip! Or if you want to stay longer head to the monastery which is now also a hotel and restaurant. The island is car free and the perfect tranquil spot to relax in.
20. Visit Sphinx Observatory
The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It is named after the Sphinx, a rocky summit on which it is located. At 3,571 m above mean sea level, it is one of the highest observatories in the world and it is easy to get to by train!
21. Go on the Stoosbahn funicular
The Stoosbahn funicular is the steepest one in the world with a crazy 110 percent incline! The interesting shaped classic funicular takes you up to a quaint car free village by gliding up open air and tunnels.
22. Visit Lauterbrunnen
The magical village of Lauterbrunnen feels like something out of a fairytale. Stroll down the main road and you will see a huge waterfall seemingly pouring into the town itself.
23. Stay at Berggasthaus Aescher Wildkirchli
You might have seen this guesthouse all over the internet already. Sitting on a steep rock face it’s only accessible by hiking there which makes it even better.
24. Have fondue in an igloo
One of the coolest things to do in Winter is have a traditional Swiss cheese fondue in a huge igloo! High on top of Engstligenalp you will find this unique and delicious restaurant.
25. Reichenbach falls
The Reichenbach Falls are a waterfall cascade of seven steps on the stream called Rychenbach in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. They drop over a total change of altitude of about 250 metres. It is also said to be the place where Sherlock holmes met his demise which makes it even more interesting to visit.
26. Visit the Abbey Library of Saint Gall
This old library can be found in St.Gall and has one of the oldest and probably most beautiful collections in the world.
27. Have a thermal bath in Zurich
Thermalbad went from an old brewery to a place of relaxation. Open from 9am-10pm you can buy a day voucher to for the thermal baths to rejuvenate yourself!
28. Go to Glacier 3000
Glacier 3000 is an exciting place to visit in Summer and Winter with breathtaking views all around. Do the peak walk, the alpine coaster and so much more!
29. Visit Gstaad
Gstaad is an affluent and beautiful Swiss town that is a treat to visit. It is a favorite holiday destination for royalty and celebrities alike with world class ski resorts and designer shops galore.
30. Go to Mt Pilatus
Mt Pilatus in central Switzerland is a great place to view Lucerne from above. There are loads of ways to get to the top from hiking to taking an old cog railway and even taking a cableway.
31. Hike Matterhorn trails
There are plenty of scenic hikes around the Matterhorn area.
If you want to enjoy the Swiss Alps by hiking around Zermatt, then consider tackling these trails for your fix of mountain glory. The Five Lakes Walk, the Matterhorn Glacier Trail, and the Botanical Nature Trail.
32. Ski in Grindelwald
Grindelwald has year long skiing for beginners and experts alike. It is a Winter sports paradise with some of the prettiest views around.
33. Do a boat tour on Lake Lucerne
A boat ride on a gorgeous lake is always worth it. On lake Lucerne there are scheduled boat rides everyday that you can buy tickets for. You can even have lunch on some of these cruises making it a perfect day time outing.
34. Eat raclette
Head to the Raclette Factory in Zurich for no fuss authentic raclette. This is the perfect way to celebrate good food, good friends or just good cheese while in Switzerland!
35. Watch a sunset in Schonried
Schonried is a picture perfect sleepy village with some great mountain views and laid back accommodation. Stroll through the streets and find the perfect spot to watch the mountains turn pink.
36. Get front seats on the Golden Pass line
If you want the best seat in the house with ultimate views of the Swiss countryside then book a front seat on the Golden pass line. This scenic train route takes you via three different trains through some stunning areas. The Golden pass panoramic has a few seats right at the front of the train with huge windows that you can book in advance. It also boasts the beautiful, straight out of Harry Potter, Belle Epoque train which you cannot miss.
37. Explore the beautiful town of Spiez
On the shore of Lake Thun lies the town of Spiez. Nestled between hills and vineyards and dominated by a magnificent castle, it’s a very inviting destination for any traveller.
38. Play in the snow on Engstligenalp
With a whole host of activities on the top of Engstligenalp you will definitely feel like a kid again. Let your hair down and play in the snow! Go on a snow tube, build a snowman or make snow angels!
39. Have a beer at Mönchsjochhütte
The best beer you will ever have is after hiking from the Sphinx observatory at Jongfraujoch to the Monchsjochhutte. An hour walk up a glacier at high altitude to get there but to worth it!
40. Explore picturesque towns
There are so many stunning towns to explore in Switzerland you might not know where to start! In between mountains, next to lakes, covered in snow or on perfect green sloping hills there is a town to suit everyone!
41. Stay in the prettiest airbnb
Villa Wilen is a stunning airbnb property perched on a mountain side with a view of a lake. It is located in Sarnen and definitelly a splurge but so worth it! Get $40 off your first booking on airbnb with my code!
42. Go window shopping in Gstaad
There are plenty of amazing stores in Gstaad. Your budget might not allow you to shop at most of them but window shopping is free! Grab an ice-cream and stroll through the pretty cobbled walkways while lusting after some amazing designer items.
43. Eat all the cheese in Gruyeres
Did someone say cheese?? Gruyères is a medieval town in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland. It’s known for production of the cheese of the same name. It has lots of charm and plenty of cheese so make sure to put your diet on hold when visiting.
44. Do a sunrise hike
There are so many mountains to climb in Switzerland and if you go in Summer be sure to fit a few sunrise hikes in. There is nothing better than seeing that first golden light hit the mountain tops in the morning
45. Witness the beauty of Lac de Moiry
Hiking along Lac de Moiry you will be spoiled with dramatic views of the blue reservoir down below. Close to the crest, the dam restaurant has a large sunny terrace looking out over the lake.
46. Do a day tour to Mount Titlis
Mount Titlis is a mountain filled with adventure. You can zipline, mountain bike, hike, snowboard and loads more.
It even has a rotating cable car! The Titlis Rotair cable car rotates its way up towards the snow-covered summit of Titlis. The world’s first revolving cable car transports you from the middle station at Stand up to the summit station at 3,020 metres above sea-level.
The cable car revolves 360 degrees during the five-minute trip, treating you to idyllic panoramic views of steep rock faces, deep crevasses and distant snow-covered mountain peaks
47. Explore on a free bike
Some Swiss cities offer completely free bike rentals in Summer time which is a great way to explore and find local spots!
48. Go to Engstligen Falls
falls is another gorgeous natural spectacle in Switzerland. At a 600m drop the water gushes down and are the second highest falls in Switzerland.
49. Sledding in Rigi
Mount Rigi offers a host of sledding trails for young and old alike. Tobbogans can be rented at the top and returned at the bottom.
50. Go to Trummelbach falls
The Trummelbach Falls in Switzerland are a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by a tunnel-funicular, built 1913. They are Europe’s largest subterranean water falls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls.
51. Have a rosti from a street stall
A grated potato cake that is fried in butter was originally a breakfast food but is now the national dish of Switzerland. It can be found at street stalls and farmers markets.
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