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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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Gornergrat Railway (Gornergrat Bahn)

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Riding Europe‘s highest open-air cog railway is a popular pastime for visitors to Zermatt and the dramatic Gornergrat railway serves up jaw-dropping views as it winds its way to the summit of Gornergrat Mountain. The 45-minute journey might be impressive, but the real highlight is the destination and the Gornergrat Bahn boasts the title of Switzerland’s second-highest train station (after Jungfrau), located at a dizzying 3,089 meters. On arrival, make your way to the dedicated viewing platform, where the views span 29 of Switzerland’s highest peaks, including the mighty Matterhorn and one of the longest glaciers in the Alps.More
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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.More
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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

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Lake Lucerne is the 4th largest lake in the country and has complicated shape that curves into the mountains and the city of Lucerne. The lake’s has a total area of 114 square kilometers (44 sqare miles). The lake and shoreline have many stunning views, especially of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus. It is possible to trek around the lake by road. You should be wary that the route is slow, twisted, and goes through multiple tunnels. The lake is a popular tourist destination, both for foreigners and native Swiss, with numerous hotels, resorts, and other establishments lining the shores. Consider taking a boat tour of lake to fully enjoy the sights.More
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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman to the locals) is land-locked Switzerland’s largest body of water, though most of its southern shore is in French territory. The lake is ringed by Alps and almost any point along the shore offers jaw-dropping scenery, as well as some of the most sought-after real estate in the world. More active visitors can swim, dive, windsurf and row in the warmer months. The western extremity of the lake is dominated by the city of Geneva. Travelling eastwards you enter the canton of Vaud, whose capital Lausanne is known for the Musée de l’Art Brut, a world-famous survey of early outsider art, as well as a museum celebrating the Olympic Games, whose governing body is situated here. Further east you pass through Vevey, the heart of the Swiss Riviera, before coming to picturesque Montreux, famous for its jazz festival and the imposing Château de Chillon, a medieval bastion right on the water.More
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Engadine Valley

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A long winding valley cupped between the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps and following the Inn River, the 80-km-long Engadine (or Engadin) Valley is one of the country's most desirable holiday destinations. With a sunny climate, beautiful lakes and a stunning alpine backdrop, this makes Engadine one of Europe’s most highly populated valleys, including star-studded destinations like St Moritz. The Rhaetian Railway and the Bernina Express both run into the Upper Engadine valley, where the highest mountains of the Bernina Range play host to ski and snowboarding resorts, mighty glaciers and a range of year-round outdoor activities. The valley also hosts a number of annual festivals and events – look out for skiing competitions, horse racing and polo on the frozen St Moritz lake, windsurfing marathons and the day parade of traditional horse-drawn sleigh rides that takes place each winter.More
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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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Titlis Cliff Walk

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Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

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Geneva’s Old Town (Vieille Ville) contains some of the city’s foremost attractions, including the Barbier-Mueller Museum, the Cathédrale St-Pierre and the Maison Tavel. It is also the site of the International Museum of the Reformation, which underlines Geneva’s importance in the great religious upheavals of the 16th century, particularly through the work of French theologian John Calvin, who lived and preached here. But this historically significant district offers much more than just indoor pursuits; exploring the area on foot is a pleasure, with a number of the narrow, winding streets closed to traffic and numerous cafes offering refueling stops along the way. The beautiful Place du Bourg-de-Four is the traditional center of the Old Town and a great place to enjoy an early evening drink.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!

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