5 Incredible Places To Visit in Switzerland

I could write a whole book on the beauty of Switzerland and I could probably write another book on how horrifyingly expensive it can be. But jokes aside, come rain or shine, Switzerland has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world and after spending 15 months exploring this extraordinary country, I’m sharing with you my top 5 incredible places to visit in Switzerland.

places to visit in Switzerland

Montreux – The Best Place To Admire Lake Geneva

You can’t visit Switzerland and not get a glimpse of the country’s most famous Lake. Referred to locally as Lac Leman, to you and I this is Lake Geneva. Spanning 580 km², Lake Geneva is quite literally never ending. The best place to admire the lake from however, isn’t where you think. Located a one hour train ride away from the city of Geneva is the sleepy town of Montreux on the Swiss Rivera. Despite it’s quietness, Montreux shouldn’t be overlooked as it actually offers visitors the best views of the lake and the nearby Alps. The views are spectacular, there are some amazing spots to photograph and there’s also the stunning castle of Château de Chillon, making it one of the best places to visit in Switzerland.

places to visit in switzerland

places to visit in Switzerland

Zermatt – For Hiking, Skiing and To Get A Glimpse of The Matterhorn 

Not only is Zermatt one of the best places to go skiing in Europe, it also has some of the best hiking trails in Switzerland and it’s home to one of the most photographed mountains in the world. Admiring the Matterhorn from afar is really quite spectacular but to climb it must be something else. I settled for snapping it on my way down the ski slope but I did have to stop every 20 seconds or so to admire its imposing presence.

places to visit in Switzerland

places to visit in Switzerland

Lavaux – The Best Region For Wine Tasting

If wine tasting, hiking and stunning views are your thing then you will adore the Lavaux Wine Region. This is one of my favourite places to visit in Switzerland and it’s also famed for producing some of the country’s best wines. If you’ve had the opportunity to visit first hand, then it will come as no surprise that Lavaux is home to one of the most picturesque wine trails in the world. You don’t need a car or a bike, you just need comfortable footwear and a good camera. The starting point is St.Saphorin and the finishing point is Lutry, unless you decide to go off-piste. The hike takes a good four hours without breaks, but the whole point of the route is to take advantage of the caves to rehydrate😉, so expect the hike to take you between 5 and 6 hours including breaks.

places to visit in Switzerland

places to visit in Switzerland

Lake Lugano – The Enchanting One

Lake Lugano for me is that bit more charming than Lake Lucerne and Lake Geneva. Encased in rolling hills, beautiful mountains and stunning greenery, there’s really something quite enchanting about Lake Lugano. The town also has a certain je ne sais quoi and there are a great deal of activities to occupy your time.

places to visit in Switzerland

Verbier – The Most Glamorous Ski Resort in Switzerland

If skiing is on your agenda then you won’t want to miss a trip to Verbier. Frequently dubbed as one of the most exclusive and glamorous ski resorts in the world, it’s not hard to see why it’s a magnet for the rich and famous. If you’re vacationing like a billionaire then you’ll be right at home at Sir Richard Branson’s Verbier Lodge. I couldn’t quite afford the £112,000 one week price tag but I did enjoy a luxurious Winter Stay at the W last November and was absolutely blown away. The suites were out of this world and the health and wellness facilities are some of the best I’ve encountered. 

places to visit in Switzerland

places to visit in Switzerland

As you can see, Switzerland has a great deal to offer visitors, all four seasons of the year. Winters are harsh so if you’re planning on visiting during this time of year then do come prepared. Summers however are hot and good weather is more or less guaranteed from mid-April until early October.

Have you been to any of my suggested places to visit in Switzerland or holidayed here before?

Maggie Oxox

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20 Comments

  1. July 18, 2017 / 8:43 am

    I loved the Lavaux wine region 🙂

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:21 am

      It’s beautiful and who doesn’t love wine tasting 🙂

  2. July 18, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I’ve never been to Switzerland but it all looks so picturesque! Lake Lugano looks stunning x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Switzerland is stunning Jenny and quite literally every single area is incredibly picturesque xx

  3. July 18, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Beautiful – I would love to visit Zermatt and see the Matterhorn – it’s so distinctive. We’re considering a trip to Austria next year as we have never spent any time in the Alps.

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:19 am

      How fantastic Melissa! I would love to visit Austria and the Matterhorn really is a sight for sore eyes!

  4. July 18, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    These pictures are insane Maggie!! I can’t believe I’ve never been but when I do I’m coming back to this post and planning a trip around it!

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Switzerland is an incredible country Eppie and there is so much to see and do xx

  5. Gabrielle
    July 19, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I should point i’m 100%, absolutely and completely obsessed with Switzerland, and so this post is literally the perfect piece of daydreaming material. Wow! Views of Lake Geneva are always spectacular, and thanks so much for the suggestion to hike at Lavaux. that sounds like such a memorable experience (especially in snow!).

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    x

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:16 am

      I’m so pleased to hear that you love Switzerland Gabrielle! Honestly the hike at Lavaux couldn’t be more beautiful – definitely add it to your wish list the next time you’re in the area! xx

  6. July 20, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Switzerland is such a stunning country no matter what time of the year it is always a great destination! Would love to visit Zermatt one day!

    Miriam xx

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Zermatt is stunning Miriam and the Matterhorn really is a sight for sore eyes! xx

  7. July 22, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve only been to Geneva and Lausanne, but this makes me want to explore Switzerland even more!

    • August 1, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Switzerland is such a beautiful country Camila – I definitely recommend exploring further!

  8. August 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    We haven’t been to any of the places you have listed in the article but all of them look so picturesque! We stayed in Lauterbrunnen and it was unlike anything we’d ever seen before – simply stunning. Would love to go back and explore more of Switzerland.

    • August 10, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Ooo I never actually went to Lauterbrunnen but I will add to my list for the next time i’m in Switzerland! It’s such a stunning country…so much to see and explore!

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