The top 10 sights in Switzerland

Travel to Switzerland without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Switzerland! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in Switzerland?

Switzerland's main attraction is clearly its stunning mountain landscapes. Picturesque villages, idyllic towns, breathtaking gorges and magnificent castles are hidden among the rugged peaks of the Swiss Alps.


Zurich Old Town

Evening view of the skyline of Zurich's old town, Switzerland - © EUROPHOTOS / Shutterstock
© EUROPHOTOS / Shutterstock

Zurich, the country's largest city, is the financial centre of Switzerland. In the picturesque old town of Zurich you will find banks, jewellers and chocolate shops as well as historic buildings from the 12th and 13th centuries, attractive cultural events and a lively nightlife.

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View of the Matterhorn, no other mountain can hold a candle to the majestic sight, Switzerland - © flyfisher / Fotolia
© flyfisher / Fotolia

With its characteristic peak, the 4,477m high Matterhorn is Switzerland 's landmark and one of the most beautiful and most photographed mountains in the world. Every year, around 3,000 motivated mountaineers attempt to climb the almost perfect pyramid shape - about 1,000 of them have to give up without having achieved anything. Non-mountaineers appreciate the hiking trails and ski slopes of the Matterhorn.

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View of the famous mountain village of Zermatt with the Matterhorn in the background, Switzerland - © stevengaertner / Fotolia
© stevengaertner / Fotolia

The car-free Zermatt is above all the base camp for excursions and ascents of the famous Matterhorn. But the cosy ski resort has even more to offer. With a mild climate and over 300 days of sunshine a year, Zermatt offers hikes against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged 4,000-metre peaks and over 300 kilometres of perfectly groomed pistes.

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Trift bridge

The Trift Bridge offers fantastic mountain walks and stunning views of the Trift Glacier Lake and the glacier tongue, Switzerland - © Foto Zihlmann / Fotolia
© Photo Zihlmann / Fotolia

The hiking trail to the Trifthütte in the Trift Gorge leads over the spectacular Trift Bridge at a height of around 100 metres. The 70m long hanging rope bridge in the high alpine mountain and glacier landscape reveals spectacular panoramic views of the Trift glacier lake and the glacier tongue.


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St. Moritz

Due to its location on the southern slope of the Alps, St. Moritz can share in the warm Italian climate; on average, there are an incredible 322 days of sunshine here, Switzerland - © caco / Fotolia
© caco / Fotolia

The sophisticated resort of St. Moritz in eastern Switzerland is one of the most famous winter sports resorts in the world. High society from all over the world transforms the idyllic mountain village into a cosmopolitan holiday destination. In the breathtaking landscape with its mild "champagne climate", outdoor and winter sports of all kinds, including horse racing in the snow, attract visitors.

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Trent Gorge

The 200m-deep Trient Gorge in the can be visited on a footbridge along the vertically rising mountain face and leads to a breathtaking waterfall, Switzerland - © Roland Zihlmann / Shutterstock
© Roland Zihlmann / Shutterstock

In the Mont Blanc massif, the Trient torrent has cut the Trient Gorge, up to 200m deep, into the rock over the course of time. The spectacular gorge can be explored along a wooden walkway on its vertical walls and leads to a spectacular waterfall.

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Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva

Chillon Castle sits picturesquely on a rocky island on Lake Geneva and is one of the most beautiful moated castles in Switzerland - © Yü Lan / Fotolia
© Yü Lan / Fotolia

The picturesque Chillon Castle is located on a rocky island on Lake Geneva and is one of the most beautiful water castles in the country. Switzerland 's most visited historic building is over 1000 years old and is now used for concerts and other cultural events.

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At 3,454 metres above sea level, the famous Jungfraujoch offers fantastic views of the surrounding Alpine panorama. Around 700,000 people visit the Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, every year - © Fedor Selivanov / Shutterstock
© Fedor Selivanov / Shutterstock

At an altitude of 3,454 metres above sea level, the scenically extremely attractive Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe. Framed by imposing 4,000-metre peaks, the "Top of Europe" is easily reached by Jungfrau Railway. Incidentally, the glacier can be walked on - the so-called Ice Palace can be explored on more than 1,000 square metres.


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Gotthard Pass

The Gotthard Pass in the south of Switzerland is an impressive pass road that was opened in 1830 and was for a long time the most important north-south crossing in the Alps - © Stefan Pfister / Fotolia
© Stefan Pfister / Fotolia

On the border between the cantons of Uri and Ticino lies the Gotthard Pass, one of the most important north-south connections in the Alps. The imposing pass road offers Swiss holidaymakers a breathtaking panorama in a dreamlike mountain landscape.

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Bernina Express

Train service on the 122-kilometre Bernina Express line in Switzerland began in 1910, running from Chur via St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy - © fotoember / Fotolia
© fotoember / Fotolia

Speaking of crossing the Alps: This also works in a very spectacular way with the Bernina Express - in a UNESCO World Heritage Site through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges. On the 4-hour journey from Chur in Switzerland via St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy, 122 kilometres of fascinating glacier landscapes, idyllic Alpine villages and cultural monuments worth seeing await rail passengers.

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