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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland

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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland

Situated in the Alps, Switzerland is a true gem in Europe. The idyllic valleys, impeccable hotels and spas, the delicious food and historic cities, embedded in the mountainous landscape. Check out these ten great attractions in Switzerland and plan you trip there!

10. Discover Devil’s Bridge in Andermatt


A dozen of ancient bridges across Europe are referred to as the Devil’s Bridge. This one in particular is found in the scenic Reuss Valley and crosses the Schöllenen Gorge. Today hikers take the Schöllenen circular trail, which gives the best glimpse of the gorge, the Reuss river and the bridge. Although surrounded with precipitous cliffs, the hike is easy and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Why go there?

Scenic surroundings that can be explored via a hiking trail and this ancient bridge.

Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Discover Devil’s Bridge in Andermatt
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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Discover Devil’s Bridge in Andermatt
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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Discover Devil’s Bridge in Andermatt
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9. Relax in Therme Vals


Swiss wellness institutes and spa centers are worldwide famous. Therme Vals is an exquisite thermal bathhouse surrounded with mountains, glaciers and rivers. Along with a hotel, Therme Vals offers the world class vacation. The architecture naturally blends with the location: the house is built using local stone into the mountain and pools are filled with underground water.

Why go there?

Stone feels so natural and soft on bather’s skin. The interior is minimally decorated – stone and soft lighting make bathing in warm healthy water very intimate and relaxing.

Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Relax in Therme Vals
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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Relax in Therme Vals
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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Relax in Therme Vals
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8. Lavaux Vineyard Terraces


Found in the canton of Vaud and sprawled on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, the Lavaux is a picturesque region, famous for the vast areas covered by the terraced vineyards. They are considered a true national treasure and are included in the World Heritage list by UNESCO. Visitors can explore the terraces and admire breathtaking panoramic views by hiking the trails or driving around. The roads that stretch across the Lavaux provide a truly scenic ride!

Why go there?

The hiking trail provides not only great sites, but also passes by the medieval town of St. Saphorin, authentic Swiss villages, wine cellars and pubs, that will allow to try the local wines. There is also the “Lavaux-Panoramic” train, that takes visitors around the most picturesque places.

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7. Drive Furka Pass


The road stretches in the Swiss Alps at an elevation of 2 429 m (7 969 ft). That being said, it is one of the highest roads in Europe. Furka Pass provides a truly scenic ride – panoramic views, the height, twists and turns – unsurprisingly James Bond saga was filmed here: you can admire the road in „Goldfinger“. This is also regarded as one of the most dangerous and difficult roads. The precipitous slopes aren’t easy to navigate, especially the first section.

Why go there?

Certainly one of the most scenic rides in the world. Furka Pass sprawls over the spectacular surroundings, providing a breathtaking experience.

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6. Have a Holiday in the Cambrian Hotel


Situated in the Swiss Alps, the luxurious hotel has some stunning views. The Cambrian offers award-winning SPA and “New Alpine” cuisine, which blends traditional dishes with the new flavors. The heated infinity pool, directed straight to the mountains is especially exciting, letting to enjoy your swim, admire the views and breathe the fresh Alpine air.

Why go there?

The Cambrian promises, that its guests leave rejuvenated and relaxed. Therefore, not only skiers stay here, but people, who seek a cozy retreat. Read more or book.

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5. Explore the Swiss Alps by Rhaetian Railway


In 2008 Albula Railway and the Bernina Railway, that are part of the Rhaetian Railway, were included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The route in the Swiss Alps offers definitely one of the most beautiful trips possible.

Why go there?

The train passes mountains, bridges, tunnels – the passengers can enjoy gorgeous landscapes during the ride. The Albula Tunnel is the highest one in the country. The train reaches the highest point of 2,253 m along the Bernina route.

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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Explore the Swiss Alps by Rhaetian Railway
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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Explore the Swiss Alps by Rhaetian Railway
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4. Drive the Brienzer Rothorn Railway


The breathtaking panoramic views to the Waldemme valley and Lake Brienz attract thousands of tourists every year. The train also passes tunnels carved in the rock and makes breathtaking loops. It takes about an hour to reach the summit, where restaurants and guest houses pay a warm welcome to everyone. You can also admire the views while hiking: there is a trail that stretches between the stations.

Why go there?

It is the fourth highest railway in the country, that provides wonderful panoramic views, great service and facilities. One of the best scenic rides we have seen!

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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Drive the Brienzer Rothorn Railway
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3. Visit Oeschinen Lake


Found at an elevation of 1,578 m (5,177 ft), the lake is a real mountain jewel, protected by UNESCO. Oeschinen is fed by a fresh underground water and is rich in various fish. Fishing is a popular activity here, especially in winter, when the lake is covered by thick ice. The whole area is also loved by hikers and skiers.

Why go there?

The breathtaking landscape attracts many tourists all year round. In summer it is all green and flowery, suitable to have an exhilarating hike in a fresh alpine air, while in winter skiing, snowboarding and ice fishing attract winter lovers. There is even an exciting cable car lift to the lake!

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2. Go to Piora Valley Lakes


Ritom, Cadagno and Tom are three lakes in the gorgeous valley. Surrounded with the mountainous landscape, these alpine lakes create a breathtaking view. Also Lake Cadagno is meromictic, which means it has layers of water, that do not coalesce. There are only few such lakes in Europe.

Why go there?

The valley can be reached by a funicular, which also promises great views. Visitors go on a hiking tour, which approximately is completed in 3.5 hours and encompasses all three lakes. There are various lodges and opportunities to eat, while enjoying the panoramic sites. The specialties include famous local Piora cheese.

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1. Visit Bern


Being one of the most populous cities in the country, Bern has a very rich cultural life. Moreover, its historic center is preserved by UNESCO, meanwhile the mountains surrounding Bern also add up to a stunning panorama.

Why go there?

Admire the staggering architecture and discover numerous cultural venues, eat in the best restaurants and enjoy the best Switzerland can offer.

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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Visit Bern
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Top 10 Fun Things to See and Do in Switzerland - Visit Bern
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