Wondering where to go and what to do in Switzerland? We’ll you show you some of the best places to see in Switzerland, from the gorgeous Altstadt of Lucerne to the stunning Swiss Alps.
Stroll through the well-preserved old town of Lucerne
Prepare for the ultimate Switzerland sightseeing in gorgeous Lucerne. The Altstadt (Old Town) is one of the prettiest in Europe, and you can spend hours wandering the charming buildings and historic treasures, with the Swiss Alps as the backdrop. Don't miss the ancient Chapel Bridge and St. Peter's Chapel.
Admire the Lion Monument
When in Lucerne, you can't miss seeing the Lion Monument, once described by Mark Twain as the “most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world”. This monument of a mortally wounded lion was carved out of a wall of sandstone rock to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died in 1792 defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
See the majestic Lake Lucerne
We’ll take you to the heart of the epic scenery of the Swiss Alps, where we'll board a cruise across the glittering Lake Lucerne. Kick back and take in the views as we explore this stunning region at a slower pace, with snow-covered mountains, crystal blue waters, and lush forests rolling by. You'll have to pinch yourself to make sure it's real!
SWITZERLAND TAILORED BY YOU
You’ll get to tailor your Switzerland trip your way with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like taking a cable car up Mount Stanserhorn and cruising the stunning Lake Lucerne.
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Ride up Mount Stanserhorn
Walking up each morning knowing you are about to see something new and iconic. You’ll feel the clouds kiss your face as you ride the world’s first open-air funicular cabrio car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. It gives a stellar vantage point over Lake Lucerne so you can see just how vast Switzerland really is. It’s a perfect place to zen out and recharge from all the hustle and bustle.
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Indulge in the cheese culture
Who can say no to a bubbling pot of melted cheese? The Swiss tradition of fondue is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter afternoon, and enjoying it with a view of the Swiss Alps makes it all the sweeter! Head to Geneva in the summer months for a scoop of ice cream by the crystal clear Lac Leman and you'll see why people visit all year round!
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Sit on the world's longest bench in Geneva
The Marronnier de la Treille as they call it is the world's longest bench. It is 120 meters long and was built back in 1767. Situated in the Promenade de la Treille, a small green park in the south of Geneva's Old Town, just next to the Hotel de Ville and above the Bastions Park. Sit here and enjoy the view after a stroll through the Old Town. And if by then you’ve worked up an appetite, the Promenade is just a stone’s throw away from Geneva's great restaurants.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN SWITZERLAND
From melted cheese fondue to the most superb chocolate, Switzerland’s food is sure to be one of the best parts of your Switzerland holiday.
The raclette is a cheese lover’s dream come true. A large wheel-shaped cheese that’s heated in front of a grill or an open fire until melting, then scraped onto your plate and served with charcuterie, potatoes, pickles and a glass of Swiss wine is what it's all about. We’re sure you’ll be dreaming of it long after you taste it.
If you’re wondering what to eat in Switzerland first, you can’t go past their chocolate. As the birthplace of Toblerone, Lindt, Mövenpick, and more, you can try their superb chocolate in all sorts of ways from cakes to fondue to hot cocoa, or a classic bar of the good stuff all to yourself.
This iconic Swiss dish was once the traditional farmer’s breakfast and is now a popular treat all over the country. Made from thinly sliced pan-fried potatoes and topped with salty bacon and eggs, rösti is delicious at any time of the day. Be warned, you’ll likely be hooked after just one bite.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT SWITZERLAND
12 months of the year, there's no bad time to visit. Whether you want to go on a Switzerland cruise or see the stunning Swiss Alps, here are our favourite times to visit this gorgeous country.
Best time to visit the Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps are a must-see in Switzerland, and they’re glorious all year round. Visit in summer for meadows full of wildflowers and cowbells clanging in the fields, or winter for beautiful snowscapes.
Best time to explore Switzerland’s lakes
The dazzling lakes are some of Switzerland’s top attractions, and the best time to visit is summer from June to August when the water’s warm enough for a dip.
Best time for winter sports in Switzerland
If you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or anything in between, head to Switzerland from November to April for perfect snowy conditions and all sorts of fantastic events.
PACKING TIPS FOR SWITZERLAND
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN SWITZERLAND
Leave no trace
We can all help keep Switzerland beautiful by taking our rubbish with us, sticking to the trail to avoid damaging fragile habitats, and following the rules of the protected areas.
Bring a reusable water bottle
Reduce your plastic waste by bringing a refillable water bottle on your Switzerland trip. It’ll keep you hydrated while you’re on the move, plus you’ll do your bit for the environment.
Don’t pick the flowers
You’ll find one of Europe’s widest range of flowers in the Swiss Alps, like primrose, edelweiss and bell flowers. As pretty as they are, it's important to keep your distance, to give them a chance to flourish!