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Welcome to Switzerland

From the soaring Alpine peaks of the Jungfrau region to the peaceful shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland welcomes visitors with a wealth of great outdoor adventures. Private and small-group tours led by in-the-know guides help you navigate your way through regions with inspiring landscapes, medieval history, and multiple languages. In summer, take a hiking tour through lush pastureland and paddle along choppy rivers; in winter, ski, and snowboard in the Alps. Whether you tour by foot, bike, or coach, you’ll find places to sample Swiss cheese, chocolate, and wine; and learn about the country’s folklore. Take a walking tour of Zurich to admire monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street and Old Town, browse the Swiss National Museum, or cruise on Lake Zurich. Head to pretty Lucerne to view the Museggmauer, a 14th-century city wall with nine towers. Add a day trip to Montreux, home to the internationally renowned Montreux Jazz Festival and Chillon Castle, immortalized by Lord Byron in a poem, and explore its turrets and dungeons. For high-altitude action, take a day trip to the Alps and the Bernese Oberland, Mt. Pilatus, Jungfraujoch, or the charming mountain town of Chamonix, France, home to Mt. Blanc. Tours start from a variety of base towns, including Geneva and Zurich, to guide you to Interlaken and Grindelwald, with their spectacular scenery and crisp air. Take to the skies on a paragliding adventure, cruise the calm waters of magical Lake Lucerne, or visit Zermatt to experience the Matterhorn.

Top 10 attractions in Switzerland

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Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musée Olympique)

Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musée Olympique)

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Welcome to the Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musée Olympique): 1,500 objects, 32,292 square feet (3,000 square meters) and seven hours of audio-visual and interactive material make it the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world. Its state-of-the art, hands-on exhibition immerses visitors in the history and spirit of the Olympics on an approximately two-hour tour of the museum's three stories and surrounding grounds.Your visit to the museum begins in the basement but ends up in the Olympic Village, where hundreds of athletes live and train over 15 days. Discover how they eat, how they relax and how technology influences their training by trying your hand at interactive devices that will allow you to experience the extent of their physical capabilities.On the ground floor, you'll learn about the Games themselves with a 180-degree theater and a display room full of memorabilia and Olympic medals. The second-floor exhibit is dedicated to the Olympics' ancient origins and showcases torches from every edition of the Games since 1936, as well as the first Olympic flag, dating back to 1913.Good for both sports fans and families, the Olympic Museum is a popular stop among visitors arriving to Lausanne on a day trip from nearby Geneva or Chamonix. Most trips include a guided tour of the iconic Château de Chillon and a stop in the lakeside town of Montreux, so you can make the most out of your visit to the Swiss countryside.More
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Gornergrat Railway (Gornergrat Bahn)

Gornergrat Railway (Gornergrat Bahn)

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Dating back to 1898, Switzerland’s Gornergrat Railway (Gornergrat Bahn) continues today as Europe’s highest open-air railway. Its train whisks sightseers and skiers from the resort town of Zermatt to the mountain’s 10,135-foot (3,089-meter) station, while providing views of Alpine hamlets, colossal glaciers, and the iconic Matterhorn.More
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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

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Located at the heart of Bernese Oberland and surrounded by the famous peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is one of Central Switzerland’s most photographed natural wonders and the country’s fourth largest lake. Whether you’re soaring overhead in a cable car, cruising the lake itself, or visiting waterfront villages such as Weggis and Gersau, Lake Lucerne is mesmerizing from all angles.More
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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is Switzerland's largest body of water, though most of its southern shore lies within France. A crescent of blue hemmed in by the snowy peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, the lake is a year-round hotspot for outdoor activities, with a northern shore covered in picturesque villages, terraced vineyards, and medieval castles.More
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Bern Cathedral (Bern Minster)

Bern Cathedral (Bern Minster)

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The soaring Gothic cathedral that dominates the skyline of Switzerland’s capital city is dedicated to St Vincent, the patron saint of Bern; work began on the church in 1421 but the spire was not completed until 1893. At 84 meters (275 feet) long, it is the biggest religious building in Switzerland, designed in true Gothic style with flying buttresses, gargoyles and dramatic, highly painted carvings of the Last Judgment above the main portal.Designed by master craftsman Matthäus Ensinger from Strasbourg, the interior is laid out as a three‐aisled basilica and is filled with light filtering through the glorious stained‐glass windows. The choir stalls are a later addition and are decorated with Renaissance carvings of religious scenes; the organ dates from the 1930s and is played in concerts throughout the year. The cathedral also has the tallest tower in Switzerland at 100 meters (330 feet); visitors can climb the 344 stone steps inside the spire to the lookout point for outstanding views over the rooftops of the city and across the River Aare to the snow‐capped peaks of the Bernese Oberland.More
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HR Giger Museum (Musée HR Giger)

HR Giger Museum (Musée HR Giger)

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Gruyères is a Swiss village world-famous for the production of cheese but this cute little Alpine enclave has an eccentric surprise tucked up its sleeve. Known for surreal and sometimes disturbing paintings, film props, album covers and – most famously – the mechanical monster from Alien, the renowned Swiss artist HR Giger (1940–2014) moved here in 1997, buying the medieval Château St Germain. The following year he opened the world’s biggest collection of his work in a wing of the castle; not for the faint-hearted, Musée HR Giger is no ordinary museum but a fully immersive adventure on the dark side of art, made all the more striking by the chocolate-box sweetness of the surrounding village.Among Giger’s weird and macabre SciFi models, props, sketches and drawings for the film sets ofAlien,Dune andPoltergeist is some of his graphic erotica, all clearly labeled ‘Adults Only’ and displayed in sepulchral gloom. The exhibition also features a short movie on his life, the Academy Award he won for Alien and artwork from his own private collection, which includes pieces by Ernst Fuchs and Salvador Dalí. Following a tour of the museum, most visitors head to the cavernous Giger-themed bar for a restorative strong drink.More
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Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

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Fed by clear glacial waters that flow down the Swiss Alps, the crescent-shaped Lake Zurich (Zurichsee) forms the scenic backdrop to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, which spreads along the western tip of the lake. Measuring 25 miles (40 kilometers) in length and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) in width, this alpine lake offers an easily accessible escape to nature for those based in the city, with plenty of swimming spots, hiking routes, tranquil islands, and picturesque mountain scenery.More
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Titlis Cliff Walk

Titlis Cliff Walk

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Europe’s highest suspension bridge, the Titlis Cliff Walk provides panoramas across the Uri Alps for any intrepid explorer willing to cross the 10,000-foot- (3,041-meter-) high, open-air walkway. Linking two snow-capped crags on the summit of Mt. Titlis, the bridge connects the Ice Flyer chairlift and Südwandfenster viewing platform.More
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Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Empire State Building, and Geneva has the Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)—a stunning feature in Lake Geneva launching water 460 feet (140 meters) into the air. Enjoy views and snap a souvenir photo from the waterfront, where the River Rhône meets Lake Geneva.More
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La Maison du Gruyère

La Maison du Gruyère

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Gruyère AOP is one of the most famous Swiss cheeses and has been produced from cow milk in the Fribourg region since 1115; traditionally the dairy herds roam free over alpine pastures and eat fresh foraged grass, which is is said to give the cheese its mellow taste and distinctive grainy texture.Lying in lush foothills between Bern and Lake Geneva, La Maison du Gruyère in the charming alpine village of Pringy‐Gruyères is a one‐stop mine of information dedicated to the history and making of this gourmet cheese. As well as being a working show dairy where around 40 wheels of Gruyère are made each day, clever interactive displays describe the eight production processes that are vital to producing Gruyère, and how they have been handed down through the generations since the Middle Ages.It’s easy to spend the day at La Maison du Gruyère; several cheese‐making demonstrations each day give the chance to see master craftsmen at work in the gleaming steel kitchens; slabs of Gruyère crafted in the dairy can be bought in the souvenir shop; the restaurant has a menu of traditional Swiss röstis and fondues; and there’s even a dairy‐themed play park for toddlers. For those wishing to see more of the alpine landscapes around Gruyères, two walk itineraries lead up to the mountain pastures to see the cow herds grazing, with bells tinkling around theirnecks.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Switzerland

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Worth Visit to Jungfraujoch
Hiya_S, Dec. 2020
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
Planning to visit the place again sometime in summer.
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Trip of a lifetime
rokeefe1rok, Feb. 2020
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
If you have a limited time in Switzerland and want to see beautiful scenery this is a great trip
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Good way to spend a day
giulissalanda, Jan. 2020
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
These waterfalls are a much see if you have the time while in switzerland and we took some amazing pictures while in Stein am Rhein which is a quiet small town.
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Excellent tour
bradli2, Jan. 2020
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
the two guiders are very nice, they can speak English, Spanish and Chinese.
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Great tour
jmerchant2019, Oct. 2019
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
The Falls are quite impressive and the boat ride really showed the power of the water.
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Phenomenal Switzerland. Great 4 day tour.
markyoung9162, Sep. 2019
4-Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich Including Mt. Titlis Cable Car
Gave us a great taste of many of Switzerland’s biggest attractions and cities.
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Annecy half-day trip.
Mobile580767, Sep. 2019
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
We were on a tour of Switzerland, but were looking for a way to see Annecy.
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Amazing!!
mdavid30, Sep. 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Perfect day to see Switzerland!
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Mount Pilatus
wendyapienaar, Sep. 2019
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
We were able to visit this wonderful area of Switzerland on a very sunny clear day.
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Awesome
LukasOneP, Jul. 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Highly recommend this to anyone looking to see Switzerland .
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Great views of the Swiss countryside/ Lichtenstein
runner051, May 2019
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
Great way to see Lichtenstein.
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AWESOME TRIP
joeyamor, Jul. 2018
Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich
The Rhine Falls experience was awesome too.
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Excellent tour company warm friendly caring and informative staff
jerry s, Oct. 2018
Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich
the Rhine falls your and the 11 century village was excellent.
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Switzerland tour
ukflgirls, Jun. 2018
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
Very long drive to Liechtenstein and when you arrive there’s nothing to see except 2 gift shops.
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Rhine Falls was beautiful and you...
Noor Adzlin A, Dec. 2017
Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich
Rhine Falls was beautiful and you can feel the power of the largest waterfall in Europe.
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We loved this tour! The weather was...
Elisabeth B, Oct. 2017
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
When you're in Switzerland and you want to see the true beauty of what Switserland had to offer, then this is a great tour!
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The tour of Rheinfall in Zurich...
Shorty8584, Mar. 2018
Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich
The tour of Rheinfall in Zurich, Switzerland is a must!
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One of my favorite mountains in...
alyssa h, Sep. 2017
Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
So many activities to do at the top of the mountain!
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This tour is amazing, you got the...
Vron N, Sep. 2017
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
This tour is amazing, you got the chance to see the Mountain, Lake and beautiful building in Zurich Lucerne.
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We had a great time on this tour! It...
Holly P, Oct. 2017
Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich
It allowed us to see a different part of Switzerland, with our fantastic tour guide: Monika!

All about Switzerland

When to visit

Switzerland’s snow-caked mountains and valleys were made for the winter months, when skiers make a beeline for the Alps, and events such as Basel Carnival and Lake Geneva's Christmas markets pull in the crowds. The shoulder season months—May and September—are ideal for hiking and outdoor activities without the crowds and high prices of summer.

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