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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 15 attractions in Switzerland

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

Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

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At Rhine Falls (Rheinfall), sheets of white water tumble from a height of 75 feet (23 meters) across a 492-foot-wide (150-meter-wide) rock ledge. Created by the movement of the Earth’s crust about 15,000 years ago, this natural wonder is among Europe’s biggest waterfalls. The riverbanks near it are laced with walking and biking trails.More

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

Lucerne (Luzern)

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Situated on the shores of sparkling Lake Lucerne, at the base of Mount Pilatus, the city of Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most scenic destinations and a popular basecamp for exploring the Swiss Alps. Visit to see the city’s historic medieval center, then head into the mountains for hiking, cycling, and winter sports adventures.More

Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

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The Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zurich is one of the busiest classical music venues in the world and is a delight for both classical music lovers as well as architecture enthusiasts. Opened in 1891, the building was designed by Viennese architects and incorporates neoclassical and rococo styles.More

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

Bahnhofstrasse

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One of the most expensive strips of retail space in Europe, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is known for its many luxury shops that sell designer fashion, jewelry, perfume, chocolate, and, of course, watches. While many visitors only go to window shop, the street is one of the city’s main commercial areas, frequented by both locals and travelers.More

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

Lucerne Old Town

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Set on the left bank of the River Reuss, the Lucerne Old Town is encircled by medieval walls and watchtowers and connected to the right bank by two covered wooden bridges: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). The narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are lined with half-timbered houses and 15th-century buildings.More

Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

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All visitors to Geneva should spend some time exploring the Old Town (Vieille Ville) area. It’s full of fascinating museums, churches, and atmospheric cafés, plus most of the streets are pedestrian-only, so you can wander aimlessly without a care.More

Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)

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With its striking 19th-century buildings and winding cobblestone lanes stretching along both sides of River Limmat, Zurich’s Old Town (Altstadt) is the most atmospheric part of the city and home to many principal tourist attractions.More

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

Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musée Olympique)

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Home to the world’s largest archive of modern Olympic artifacts, a visit to Lausanne’s Olympic Museum is a must for any sports fan or history lover. Visitors of all ages are catered to across the museum’s three floors, while the encircling Olympic Park is an ideal location for families or solo travelers to while away an afternoon.More

Mount Rigi

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Nicknamed the “Queen of the Mountains,” Mount Rigi has long captured the hearts of writers like Mark Twain and painters like JMW Turner. Encircled by a trio of lakes—Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz—and adjacent to the neighboring peaks of Mount Pilatus and Brunnistock, Mount Rigi is the enduring postcard star of Central Switzerland.More

Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium)

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Perched on a rocky precipice 11,716 feet (3,571 meters) above sea level, the Sphinx Observatory is a working lab with a large telescope. The landmark sits on Jungfraujoch peak—known as the "Top of Europe"—and offers stunning views of the Bernese Alps and beyond from its observation deck, one of the highest in Switzerland.More

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Swiss Alps Adventures from Zurich

Swiss Alps Adventures from Zurich

Top activities in Switzerland

Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
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Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken
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Glacier Paradise Mount Titlis Guided Tour from Zurich Including Lucerne
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Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
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Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
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Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Zermatt Village Matterhorn area and Mt. Gornergrat Small-Group Tour from Zürich
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Zurich City Tour Experience

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Recent reviews from experiences in Switzerland

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SUPER LOVE THIS TOUR
Erick_S, Nov 2022
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
I super love this tour, from the bus ride where you can already see the beauty of Switzerland to the first top in Luzern and to the adventurous activities in Mt Titlis.
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October at the Falls - 20 degree C Day
Cynthia_T, Oct 2022
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
Verena was our guide and she was very informative, helpful and knowledgeable of Switzerland especially the falls and Stein am Rhein village.
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Best
Abdul_P, Oct 2022
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
Would recommend to who wants to visit Switzerland.
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Amazing experience!
Jennifer_T, Sep 2022
Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!
I highly recommend booking this tour to be able to see many different parts of Zurich, as well as learn some history of Switzerland and the city.
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A wow trip
Elaine_D, Sep 2022
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
Unfortunately due to weather some activities didn't go ahead but overall a great trip, though a bit pricey.
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Vladimir was an amazing guide
Tony_N, Aug 2022
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken
I spoke to him extensively about all kinds of things to do in the area/Switzerland in general.
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Flying over the alps… 10/10 experience
Briana_H, Aug 2022
Paragliding Over the Swiss Alps from Lauterbrunnen
There is no better way to see Switzerland
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Great spots to find in town
Marika_Y, Jul 2022
Stories of Basel's Old Town
She spoke 2 languages- English and German - both fluently.
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Best Tour of COMO
David_M, Jul 2022
Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience from Como
And then you embark on a small ferry trip to your next destination were you have enough time to see everything.
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Amazing tour!
Donna_P, Jul 2022
Rhinefalls (Private Tour)
We had an amazing time on our tour to Rhinefalls.
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Go for the Jungfraujoch upgrade
Justin_S, Nov 2022
Day Trip to Swiss Villages (Interlaken-Grindelwald) with local from Zurich
The day I went, in early November, most attractions in Grindelwald were closed, and Interlaken, while nice, was mostly stuff aimed at tourists.
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Efficient Trip to Top of Europe
Abdulrahman_A, Nov 2022
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
As I mentioned above, it is a very good trip if you’d like to visit the top of Europe with limited amount of time.
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Nice pleasant day in the Alps.
Gene_F, Oct 2022
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
Well worth the time to see if you have a day to spend.
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Andrea was an excellent...
Melissa_T, Oct 2022
Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience from Como
We had ample free time in Lugano and Bellagio, and it was cool to see all the famous sites on the lake.
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Loved everything about this tour!
JanaM, Oct 2022
Private Day Tour to Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen Valley and Mürren from Zurich
The day of tour it was raining nonstop but he was flexible to do some changes to the schedule and we still managed to see amazing views and secret spots and spend beautiful time there.
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Good overview of Zurich
Rachelle_S, Sep 2022
Touristic highlights of Zurich with Cruise & Chocolate (halfday tour with local)
there is plenty of information to read in german and english, and an audio guide in multiple languages.
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Fabulous Experience
Akash_K, Jul 2022
Swiss Alps panorama Tour with private guide from Zurich
You will get to see the stunning sceneries and spend time in remote towns of Switzerland.
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Legit a 9.5 hr tour
jamel_j, Jul 2022
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
I enjoyed it, and it really felt like I got to see Switzerland.
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Best tour guide I ever met in the 70 countries I've visited
Paulo_S, Jul 2022
Glacier Paradise Mount Titlis Guided Tour from Zurich Including Lucerne
Strongly recommended to other tourists visiting Zurich that want to see a little bit of the countryside.
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Tour Guide good, Jungfraujoch a Chance
Tressa_C, Jun 2022
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
Great sites to see along the drive.
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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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