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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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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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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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Lucerne Old Town

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
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Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

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As the principal venue for the Zurich Opera since it opened its doors in 1891, the Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich) has garnered worldwide acclaim for its outstanding acoustics and wide variety of international performances. Originally called the ‘Stadttheater’, the venue was built on the site of the Actientheater, which burned down just a few years earlier, and staged its opening to a dramatic performance of Richard Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’. Despite changing its name to the Zurich Opera House in 1964, the concert hall maintains its original Neo-classical façade, designed by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer and held up by 1,800 oak pillars. Equally impressive is the Rococo style entrance foyer and auditorium, which seats 1,200 people and is notable for its intricate ceiling paintings that represent love, tragedy, comedy, music and poetry.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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Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

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
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Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse

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Bahnhofstrasse isthe shopping street in Zurich. Running from Bahnhofplatz outside the main train station all the way to the lake, it's full of luxury shops selling designer fashion, furs, porcelain, and, of course, chocolates, clocks and watches. Halfway along is Zurich's first, biggest and best department store Jelmoli. The basement food-hall is a must. Or if you want the best in Swiss chocolate, take a break at Cafe Sprungli, the epicenter of sweet Switzerland since 1836.Bahnhofstrasse follows the line of the moat of medieval Zurich and is mainly pedestrianized, although watch out for the trams running along it. It runs parallel to the river Limmat and it's easy to punctuate your shopping with visits to churches and other important sites of Zurich dotted in the narrow streets between. Culture and consumerism: Zurich has them both.More
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Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)

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
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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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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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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 Interlaken
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Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Winter Kayak Tour of the Turquoise Lake Brienz
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Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich
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Mount Rigi Day Pass With Mineralbad & Spa Rigi Kaltbad and Boat Ride Lucerne
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Zurich City Tour Experience

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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
LI_T, 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
Glenn_M, 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.
Mark_Y, 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!!
Michelle_D, Sep 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Perfect day to see Switzerland!
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Annecy half-day trip.
Bette_R, 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
Denise_C, 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
Lukas_H, 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
ron_p, May 2019
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
Great way to see Lichtenstein.
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Excellent tour company warm friendly caring and informative staff
Jeremiah_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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AWESOME TRIP
JOSE_A, 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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Amazing
Douglas_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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Switzerland tour
Lorraine_H, 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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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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We loved this tour. The guide...
Roger_H, Sep 2017
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Great variety of activities.
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This tour was pretty cool, and kind...
Vidya_D, Mar 2018
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
However, being able to visit the Sprungli Lindt Chocolate Factory was amazing, chocolate galore.
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Andreas, our driver/guide, was very...
Michael R, Nov 2017
Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich
Andreas, our driver/guide, was very informative, not only about the Falls, but about Switzerland in general as well as the particular areas we were passing through.
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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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