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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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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 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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Glacier Canyon

Glacier Canyon

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Forces of nature are on full display in Glacier Canyon, which was formed as the Lower Grindelwald Glacier slowly carved its way through the rock in the area. As waterfalls and streams pour down into the Lütschine River, a walk through Glacier Canyon is a total sensory experience.More
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Kleine Scheidegg

Kleine Scheidegg

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This mountain pass in the Bernese Oberland may be best known as the starting point for the scenic Jungfrau Railway, but it's also a hiking hub: several trails from here offer stunning mountain views. From an elevation of more than 2,000 meters (6,560 feet), you can marvel at the peaks of Jungfrau and Mönch, and the stark Eiger North Face.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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Jungfrau

Jungfrau

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The Jungfrau, a sky-high saddle in the Swiss Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers jaw-dropping views of the Bernese Oberland’s massive glaciers and snowy peaks. Travel by narrow cog railway to Jungfraujoch and stand on “the Top of Europe” as you gaze out at the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, and far, far beyond.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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3 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass

3 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass

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Recent reviews from experiences in Switzerland

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Day trip was smooth as glass
Michael_H, Jul 2021
Schilthorn Piz Gloria (James Bond Location) Private Tour from Zürich
Could not have dreamed of a better way to see Switzerland and the Schitlhorn.
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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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Amazing!!
mdavid30, Sep 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Perfect day to see Switzerland!
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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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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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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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Amazing
Doug S, Oct 2018
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
You get to see all the best of Switzerland on this trip.
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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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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 guide...
heym1, Sep 2017
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Great variety of activities.
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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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Close your eyes and book this tour...
Arjun T, Jul 2017
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
There are some activities in snow on mount Titlist, which makes it all the more fun.
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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!

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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