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Tourist Places To Visit In Switzerland
The size of Switzerland is inversely proportional to its tourism potential. It is amazing that a country so small has so much to offer. Soaring peaks, glistening glaciers, ancient castles, a picturesque countryside – all this and more make it a dream vacation destination. Add to this its record of being a safe destination, with great food, well-maintained roads, and you know you have found the perfect spot to unwind.
Here are some of the top tourist places you absolutely must visit in Switzerland.
Chateau de Chillon, Montreux
This 18th-century water fortress-castle is located in the heart of the Swiss Riviera on the banks of Lake Geneva. Stroll by the lakeside and explore the ancient halls of the castle to discover a carefully preserved world of the past. Explore towers and vaults, appreciate ancient paintings and gawk at weaponry as you make your way through Switzerland's and Europe's most visited castle.
The Jungfrau Region
This alpine region is an adventure tourist’s delight. The three most prominent mountains of Switzerland - Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau – are located here. These mountains make up the Swiss Alps and are nothing short of spectacular. The icy peaks descend into lush green meadows; like the once that have been idealised by Bollywood films for decades. You can go hiking and trekking to the peaks of Grindelwald-First, Kleine Scheidegg or Schilthorn. You will not forget the panoramic views for a long, long time.
Swiss National Park, Zernez
Switzerland has only one national park – and it is a complete ecosystem in itself. It features 172 square kilometers of unspoiled scenery, with gleaming glaciers, green pastures, waterfalls and lush woodlands. It has 21 hiking routes. You can see the rare ibexes, golden eagles, marmots, and chamois dotting the landscape.
Lucerne is a lakeside city in the heart of Switzerland. Nestled in the mountains, it is an idyllic spot for picnics, long walks, and pictures. You will find fortified towers, wooden bridges, and churches dotting the landscape. You can also go see Mt Pilatus, Mt Rigi, and the Stanserhorn mountain. The hiking paths of Rigi offer you breathtaking views of several lakes. The steepness of Pilatus will surely overwhelm you. You can also take a cogwheel train up to Pilatus. On the return trip, you can take the aerial route.
The Rhine Falls
This is Europe's largest waterfall, located in north Switzerland, near the town of Schaffhausen. The Rhine Falls have a breadth of more than 150 meters. There are several viewing decks for the convenience of tourists, and you can stand on one of them and watch the awesome spectacle. If you are the bold and fearless kind, you can even rent a canoe and travel to nearby castles of Schloss Laufen and Schloss Wörth.
The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic peaks in the world not only for its sharp and angular protrusion into the sky but also because of the level of difficulty it poses to climbers who must maneuver rock and ice almost throughout the way to the peak and then back down. Standing 4,478 meter tall, naturally, the Matterhorn is Switzerland's most prominent Alpine peak attracting trekkers and mountaineers from all around the world. Those interested in skiing at that altitude can take the Cable car to reach your starting point.
Sprawled around River Aare's blue trail, lies the medieval city of Bern and the current capital of Switzerland. If you are a history lover, this is where you belong. Tread the cobble-stoned streets to get to the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site you wouldn't want to miss during your visit. Bern is picturesque and grand no matter where you are. A landscape dotted with fountains and botanical gardens, the river always in view and arcades with numerous bars and cafes. If you keep an eye out for it, you can even find cabaret stages in vaulted cellars.