The most beautiful city break destinations in Switzerland
According to Smartercomputing, Switzerland is not only a nature travel destination for outdoor fans, but also offers culture lovers one or the other highlight.
If you like city breaks, these cities in Switzerland should be on your list!
Federal city of Switzerland
In addition to the absolutely picturesque cityscape , Bern offers great highlights and activities.
The old town is definitely a sight in itself and rightly belongs on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites .
In Bern you can wonderfully combine a city trip with outdoor activities.
Kitschy beautiful fairytale town
Lucerne is located directly on Lake Lucerne and is rightly described by our insiders as a “cheesy beautiful fairytale city”.
Lucerne is cozy and manageable and offers many sights. Above all the Kapellbrücke, the Spreuerbrücke and the Museggmauer.
Lucerne also combines city flair with mountains and water.
The largest city in Switzerland
Zurich is also right on the water. The promenade offers a real holiday feeling in summer and it doesn’t feel like a big city at all.
Nevertheless, Zurich offers everything for a perfect city trip to Switzerland : exciting vantage points, cute old town streets, trendy cafes and bars, good restaurants, art galleries and museums.
Geneva is the seat of many international organizations such as the United Nations and every second company founder in Geneva is not from Switzerland.
Geneva chocolate and watchmaking are world-renowned, and tastings and guided tours are just two of the city’s many highlights.
Art and culture capital of Switzerland
In addition to more than 40 varied museums, the city offers the most modern and diverse architecture in a small space.
New and modern buildings complement the Basel cityscape without destroying the historical charm.
Basel is definitely worth a detour.
The most beautiful holiday destinations in Switzerland
Switzerland is a paradise for outdoor fans, above all, of course, for mountaineers.
Holiday tips for the moated castle region of Switzerland
The area near Brugg is not called the moated castle of Switzerland for nothing. The three rivers Aare, Reuss and Limmat flow together here and form an enchanting landscape.
Our insider Andrina gives you the best tips for hikes and activities around the moated castle of Switzerland.
The Bernese Oberland is worth a holiday both in summer and in winter.
Fantastic views, untouched nature , shimmering lakes and turquoise rivers and of course a remarkable mountain panorama make up the Bernese Oberland.
We are particularly fond of the Lauterbrunnen valley !
Graubünden doesn’t mean anything to you? But surely the towns of Davos and St. Moritz and surely you also know the picture of the well-known drawbridge that leads over the Landwasser valley.
The Landwasser Viaduct is one of the most famous structures in Graubünden and offers an impressive photo motif at any time of the year.
The Valais has 300 days of sunshine a year and is therefore popular with both winter sports enthusiasts and summer vacationers.
The Valais panorama is characterized by the numerous majestic 4000m peaks on the one hand and the Rhone Valley with vineyards and southern flair on the other.
The Valais offers nature photographers many photo spots, for example the infamous Matterhorn.
Depending on what you plan to do in Switzerland and where you come from, there are different ways to travel to Switzerland for your holiday.
Arriving in Switzerland by car
If you prefer to go on holiday in one of the rural regions or in the Swiss Alps, we recommend arriving by car. This gives you flexibility and you can easily get to the starting points for hikes and activities on site.
Attention: vignettes are compulsory on Swiss motorways and expressways . So remember to buy a vignette at one of the motorway service stations before the border.
Arriving in Switzerland by train
The train connections between Germany and Switzerland are well developed and you can quickly get to the larger cities. There is also a well-developed rail network within Switzerland , so that the cities can easily be reached by train.
Arriving in Switzerland by plane
There are three international airports in Switzerland : Zurich, Geneva and Basel-Mulhouse. Most flights are handled in Zurich.
Zurich Airport is also well connected, so you can quickly get to the surrounding cities by train.
5 facts about Switzerland
- There are over 1,500 lakes in Switzerland, so mathematically you are never more than 16 kilometers away from the nearest lake.
- Guinea pigs are social animals , which is why it is forbidden to keep an animal alone in Switzerland. There must be at least two .
- All of Switzerland has about the same population as New York City .
- The Swiss Guard protecting the Vatican in Rome is made up of 100% young Swiss under 30.
- The Swiss are true bunker experts . The country has enough bunkers to protect everyone living in Switzerland in an emergency.
What languages are spoken in Switzerland?
The official languages in Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh.
What currency does Switzerland have?
In Switzerland you pay with Swiss francs (abbreviated CHF). The exchange rate is approximately 1 to 1.
Is Switzerland expensive?
Yes, the prices in Switzerland are significantly higher than in Germany , for example . For a Pizza Margherita you pay around 15 CHF, so around 15 euros. A beer will cost you around 5 CHF.
Why is Switzerland abbreviated to CH?
The CH stands for the Latin name Confoederatio Helvetica, it means Swiss Confederation.