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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?