15 Beautiful Places to Visit in Switzerland
With its picturesque mountains, alpine lakes, swiss cows, iconic attractions, and the finest chocolate, Switzerland is one of the best countries to visit in Europe. Switzerland has impressive traditions, delicious local food, incredible sights, and exciting activities. This list doesn’t include all of Switzerland’s attractions because there are many different regions and towns to visit. Check out these 15 beautiful places to visit in Switzerland and add more fascinating attractions to your Switzerland itinerary. We highly recommend visiting Zermatt, Lucerne, Bern, Zurich, Lugano, Ticino, and Château de Chillon, which are still on our bucket lists.
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1. Ebenalp, Aescher, Seealpsee Hike
The Alpstein mountains are one of the best places to visit in Switzerland. The hiking trail starts from Wasserauen, there is a large car park, but spaces can fill up quickly.
A parking ticket costs CHF 5 and is valid for 24 hours. The quickest way to reach Ebenalp from Wasserauen is by cable car. Once you arrive at the Ebenalp valley station, a short walk will take you to the famous Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli. Afterward, pass through the caves and continue until you reach the stunning Schäfler mountain.
Then continue along the Schäfler ridgeline to the picturesque alpine lake. After spending time at Seealpsee, you can easily walk back to the car park. The Wasserauen-Seealpsee hike is of moderate difficulty.
We recommend skipping the trek to Ebenalp as the views are not very pretty through the forest. Buy a one-way ticket at the cable car station, as you’ll be hiking all the way. The one-way ticket for adults is CHF 22, for children CHF 9.
The cable car departs every 15 minutes between 7.30 AM and 6 PM from May to October.
Read our → Schäfler, Seealpsee Ebenalp hiking trail
2. Berglistüber Wasserfall
The Berglistüber is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Switzerland, and you must visit. It is accessible from the free car park, and it takes only a few minutes to reach the waterfall.
There is no entrance fee, and you can take great photos from outside the fence. There is a sign at the gate warning you not to walk to the behind of the waterfall! However, you can walk behind the Berglistüber waterfall at your own risk, which is a fantastic experience.
A road trip is the best way to explore Switzerland. But you can also get around Switzerland by train.
3. Stoos Ridge Hike
It is one of the most fantastic hiking trails in Central Switzerland. The hike is located in the car-free mountain village of Stoos, and there is a stunning panorama walking trail along the ridge.
The hike from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock is 4,5 km and takes about 2-3 hours. The best way to go to Stoos, in our opinion, is to take the world’s steepest funicular railroad from the Schwyz cable car station.
The ticket for adults CHF 48, children aged 6-15 CHF 20.
The funicular runs every 30 minutes between 7.10 AM and 7.40 PM. If you arrive by car, there are many paid parking spaces available. The first hour is free and costs 1 CHF each hour.
Recommended Post → Stoos Ridgeline Hike
4. The Valley of 72 Waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen
This epic place is located in the middle of a valley and is home to Switzerland’s highest free-falling waterfall. Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland, made famous for its fairytale surroundings and picturesque views.
Take the iconic photo with the Staubbach waterfall in the background, and then take a free tour behind Staubbach Falls.
Here you’ll find the perfect viewpoint in Lauterbrunnen: (46.5946721, 7.9083079)
Most people take a quick stroll around the town, but if you can, spend a few days here and explore the nearby villages and stunning sights.
Right next to the train station, you’ll find Parkaus Lauterbrunnen, where you can leave your car while you explore the city.
5. Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui
The romantic valley of Rosenlaui is one of the romantic places to visit in Switzerland. Take photos near the river with the Rosenlaui mountain in the background and then take a walk on the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge.
The trail is well built, and the hike takes about 45 minutes.
Ticket for adults CHF 10, children (6-16 years) CHF 5. You can visit from the end of May to October, and opening hours are from 9 AM to 6 PM.
A parking ticket is required to visit the Rosenlaui-Schwarzwaldalp area. Day ticket CHF 8, afternoon ticket (from noon) CHF 4. Drive carefully! Because there is a very narrow, winding road into the valley!
Bring a pullover or jacket for the Rosenlaui Gorge walk because it will be cold.
Stäubifall is our favorite waterfall in Switzerland, located near Unterschächen in Uri. A few wooden houses, lush fields, and cute cows surround the waterfall. You may hike around the area if you have time because the views are spectacular.
Parking is available in Ribi, and the walk to the waterfall takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After that, enjoy the breathtaking views from Klausen Pass, which is a famous scenic drive across the Swiss Alps.
It’s worth combining it with a visit to Berglistüber Waterfall, just a 20-minute drive away.
The Gelmerbahn was the steepest funicular in Switzerland until the opening of the Stoos. The Gelmer funicular was originally built to transport heavy building materials for the Gelmer dam. With a gradient of 106%, it is one of the steepest passenger funicular railways in Europe and the best experience in Meiringen.
Once you’re at the top, take a hike around the turquoise-blue Lake Gelmer or hike up to the Gelmerhütte.
The Gelmerbahn operates from early June to the end of October, daily from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Ticket for adults CHF 32 return or CHF 16 one-way.
As the Handeckfallbrücke is located right next to the Gelmerbahn, take your time to explore the bridge. This suspension bridge stretches 70 meters above the gorge and connects the Gelmerbahn and Hotel Handeck.
Read our → Gelmerbahn Day Trip
Buy your ticket online a few days in advance because tickets sell out quickly!
8. Grindelwald First
The Grindelwald First cable car is quite expensive, but it is well worth the money.
A return ticket for the cable car costs CHF 64 for adults and CHF 20 for children (6-15 years).
Once at the top, you can enjoy great views from the cable car station. After that, you can hike to Bachalpsee or take a walk on the First Cliff Walk. Bachalpsee is a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by mountains, offering stunning views in good weather.
The hike to the lake is 3 km away long and takes around 50 minutes to complete. The trail is well-marked, with picturesque scenery and moderate ascents. Then hike back, stroll the First Cliff Walk and take the cable car back to the village of Grindelwald.
In Grindelwald, you can park at the Parkhaus Sportzentrum or Parking Eiger for CHF 2.50 each hour.
9. Furkapass & Hotel Belvédére
The Furkapass is the most magnificent high mountain pass in Switzerland, and here you’ll also find the iconic Belvédère Hotel and the Rhône Glacier. The drive to the Furkapass is a popular experience for bikers, motorcycles, or sports car enthusiasts.
There’s a large car park right in front of the hotel where you can leave your car for free while you visit the Rhône Glacier.
The Rhône Glacier is usually open to visitors from June to mid-October, from 9 AM to 6 PM every day.
The entrance fee is CHF 9 for adults and CHF 6 for children.
A visit to the Rhône Glacier is a unique experience in Switzerland and not to be missed.
10. Saxer Lücke Hike from Staubern
The Saxer Lücke hike in the Appenzell region should be on your Switzerland road trip itinerary.
The quickest way to reach the famous Alpstein viewpoint is to take a cable car from Frümsen, which costs CHF 36 for a return ticket or CHF 18 one-way. From the top of the Staubern cable car station, the Saxer Lücke is 3 km away and takes 1.5 hours to wander.
Learn more about → Saxer Lücke hiking trail
The hike is easy, with some moderately difficult rocky trails. In some points, the route is steep, but steps and rope barriers make it easy to complete. From the Saxer Lücke viewpoint, you can hike to the Fälensee, 30 minutes away. There are several routes from Fälensee back to Staubern cable car station, or if you are planning a longer hike, you can stay at the Berggasthaus Bollenwees.
The best time for hiking is from May to September.
The Aare Gorge is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland, located between Meiringen and Innertkirchen. A stunning easy walk through the Aare Gorge is accessible for all ages.
It takes about 45 minutes to walk, and then you can walk back to the starting point on the hiking trail through Lammi. Another option you can use the railway that runs alongside the gorge.
The entrance fee is CHF 10 for adults and CHF 6 for children (6-16 years).
The Aare Gorge is open daily from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM, and free parking is available.
Recommended Post → 5 Things to Do in Meiringen
12. Lake Brienz
Iseltwald is a small, charming town on the coast of beautiful Lake Brienz, very close to Interlaken. Lake Brienz is one of the most beautiful turquoise lakes in Switzerland.
This hidden gem is famous for its stunning photographs of Schloss Seeburg Castle, which unfortunately is private property and not open to the public. Take a charming stroll around the town and try some water activities.
You can leave your car in the car park at the entrance to Iseltwald and walk from there to the lookout point.
Take a day trip to Wengen, a picturesque village that can only be reached by train or hike. However, we recommend that you don’t miss the train ride experience.
A round trip train ticket from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen costs CHF 13.60.
Unfortunately, the weather was terrible when we visited Wengen, but the village was still magnificent. As public transport works well in Switzerland, getting from one place to another should not be a problem.
Add more days to your Swiss itinerary and explore the nearby places, such as Lauterbrunnen, Murren, and Grindelwald. Wengen is also the perfect base for visiting the top of Europe, the Jungfraujoch.
Don’t miss the breathtaking views from Wengen of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Swiss Alps.
The Lake Cauma near Flims is one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland you should visit because offering a magical sight in every season.
We only saw the lake in the winter, but we recommend a visit in the summer or autumn. The Lake Cauma is the perfect place for swimming, water sports, relaxation, or hiking.
Visit the Blausee or Bachalpsee in Switzerland, which are also beautiful lakes.
We recommend parking at the Lake Cauma parking lot and then walking to the lake and exploring the surroundings.
The cost of parking is CHF 1 each hour.
Afterward, go to the II Spir viewpoint for a stunning view of the “Swiss Grand Canyon” and then to Crestasee.
Lake Crestas is another beautiful spot in Switzerland, which is also less visited. The lake offers the perfect place for a picnic in summer or a romantic walk in winter.
The Trümmelbachfälle, with its 10 glacial lakes, is located inside the mountain and is accessible by tunnel lift.
The Trümmelbach Falls is a short drive or 45-minute walk from Lauterbrunnen. There is a car park directly at the entrance, where you can park for free.
After that, you can then take a tunnel lift to the top of the falls, where you can access a network of walkways and tunnels that connect the waterfalls.
From the top, you can start the walk down and enjoy the different perspectives of the landscape.
Depending on weather conditions, the Trümmelbachfälle is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM from April to early November.
The entrance fee is CHF 12 for adults and CHF 5 for children (6-15 years)