Switzerland Travel Guide – 87 Top-Highlights with Insider Tips

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The Travel Guide Switzerland presents the top sights of all 11 regions of Switzerland in a unique, visual concept with text, images and video: world-famous mountains such as the Matterhorn and Jungfraujoch, idyllic landscapes, lakes and mountain villages such as Zermatt, Gstaad, Arosa and St. Moritz as well as the cities of Lucerne, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva.

Each highlight has been carefully selected by Swiss travel expert Brigitte Heller.

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  2. Most important sights in all 11 regions of Switzerland
  3. Each highlight with picture and video transports you directly to the travel area
  4. Insider tips for destinations far away from the tourist crowds
  5. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland
  6. Panorama train Glacier Express and GoldenPass Express
  7. Spectacular world record mountain railroads and superlative steamboats
  8. Tastings of Swiss chocolate, fondue and cheese…
  9. Tips and offers for private and round trips through Switzerland
  10. Customs and traditions of all 11 regions of Switzerland

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Favorite travel destinations in Switzerland

Switzerland unfolds like a poetic masterpiece with majestic mountain peaks, glittering lakes and valleys where world-famous sights are woven into the melody of nature, while emotions sway through the landscape like a lyrical dance.

The diversity of Switzerland’s regions is impressively demonstrated by their individual characters, traditional peculiarities and fascinating sights.

For each of Switzerland’s 11 regions, we have carefully selected the best highlights to make your luxury trip an incomparable experience.

Here are the top highlights of Switzerland’s 11 regions:

Lake Lucerne Region

The Lake Lucerne Region – Central Switzerland – is a picturesque region in the heart of Switzerland that encompasses 6 cantons, including the original cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. The Lake Lucerne Region is particularly well-known for its idyllic landscapes with mountains, lakes and picturesque villages.

Central Switzerland is home to the most world record-breaking mountain railroads in the world. Lucerne itself is a historical and cultural hotspot, with sights such as the famous Chapel Bridge and the impressive Lion Monument. Lake Lucerne, the largest lake in the region, is a popular destination for water sports and leisure activities. Well-known excursion mountains in Central Switzerland include the Rigi, Pilatus, Titlis, Stanserhorn and Stoos.

Here are our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Lake Lucerne Region:

Chapel Bridge - landmark of the city of Lucerne

Lucerne – city in the heart of Central Switzerland

The small town of Lucerne is at the top of the list of most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland. Idyllically ...
Pilatusbahn - steilste Zahnradbahn der Welt

Golden round trip Lucerne-Pilatus

The "Golden Round Trip" to Pilatus is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Central Switzerland. You travel by ...
Stanserhorn CabriO

Stanserhorn with world record CabriO cable car

Enjoy the breeze and the view on the way up to the Stanserhorn - first in the open funicular, rumbling ...
View Rigi-Kulm

Rigi Queen of the mountains with 360° panoramic views

Visitors to the Rigi know why it is known as the "Queen of the Mountains": 360° panoramic views of 620 ...
Titlis Rotair 360°

World record Titlis cable car – 360° panoramic adventure

The Titlis is the highest excursion mountain in Central Switzerland and is known for its breathtaking glacier landscapes. The Titlis-Rotair ...
StoosBahn - funicular railway to Stoos

Stoos Bahn – the steepest funicular in the world

Prepare to be awe-struck by the engineering marvel Stoos Bahn that is the steepest funicular in the world, boasting an ...

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Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland extends across the alpine areas of the canton of Bern and includes the regions around Lakes Thun and Brienz as well as the areas of the canton to the south. The valleys in the north of the Bernese Oberland are part of the catchment area of the River Aare, which flows into Lakes Brienz and Thun.

Explore the fascinating excursion destinations in the Bernese Oberland: from the enchanting villages of Mürren and Gstaad to lively Interlaken and the breathtaking landscapes of Grindelwald, the majestic Jungfraujoch with the impressive Aletsch Glacier and the Schilthorn, made famous by the 1969 James Bond 007 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Or treat yourself to an incomparable journey from Montreux to Interlaken on the luxury GoldenPass Express train.

Here are our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Bernese Oberland region:

Schilthorn – 360° Alpine panorama

The Schilthorn, at an altitude of 2,970 meters, is famous for its viewing platform and 360-degree panorama with the revolving ...

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe – Best of Switzerland

The Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters above sea level, along with the Matterhorn, is considered the absolute "cream of the crop" ...
Gstaad

Gstaad – Alpine idyll and luxury

Gstaad is a charming village in the Bernese Oberland, situated at an altitude of 1050 meters and belonging to the ...
GoldenPass Express

GoldenPass Express

The GoldenPass Express is an outstanding jewel among luxury trains, offering an incomparable journey from Montreux to Interlaken. The world's ...

Interlaken – Gateway to the Jungfrau

Interlaken is a well-known tourist destination in the canton of Bern in Switzerland and offers a wealth of activities and ...
Mürren

Mürren – unique and car-free

Mürren is a car-free, quiet mountain village in the Jungfrau Region. It offers the most beautiful views of the four-thousand-metre ...
Grindelwald

Grindelwald – magical and charming

The charming mountain village of Grindelwald is nestled in a idyllic Alpine landscape at the foot of the legendary north ...

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Graubünden

Graubünden is a popular tourist destination in Switzerland, attracting visitors with its spectacular mountain landscapes, picturesque villages and cultural attractions.

The region offers a variety of excursion destinations, including St. Moritz, Arosa, Davos, Lenzerheide and Flims-Laax, as well as idyllic villages, romantic vineyards, historic castles, fortresses and picturesque mountain lakes.

Very popular excursion mountains are Muottas Muragl, Piz Corvatsch, Piz Nair, and St. Moritz’s local mountain Corviglia. An insider tip is Zuoz, one of the best-preserved and most beautiful Engadin villages. Last but not least: treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure trip on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt through the Swiss Alps…

Here are our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Graubünden region:

"White Turf" horse race on Lake St. Moritz

St. Moritz – luxury holiday resort in the Upper Engadine

St. Moritz is a luxurious Alpine resort in the Upper Engadine in the canton of Graubünden. It is the birthplace ...
Zuoz

Zuoz – contemporary witness to Romanesque culture

Positoned in the center of the Engadin high valley Zuoz is thought about among the most effective maintained and also ...
St. Moritzer Hausberg Corviglia

Corviglia – St. Moritz’s local mountain

The people of St. Moritz proudly refer to Corviglia as their local mountain, situated at the foot of their village ...
Glacier Express

Glacier Express experience – St. Moritz to Zermatt

The impressive journey on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt through the Swiss Alps leaves lasting memories and ...
Muottas Muragl

Muottas Muragl – superlative view

The Muottas Muragl with its view enchants romantics and delights day-trippers. Whether hiking, tobogganing or strolling, visitors to our showpiece ...
Piz Nair cable car with ibex

Piz Nair – panoramic mountain from St. Moritz

The majestic ibex sits on the summit of Piz Nair and observes the breathtaking panorama of the Upper Engadine as ...
Corvatsch cable car

Corvatsch – sports mountain with 360° panorama

Piz Corvatsch is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting abundant recreational opportunities year-round. During the summer months, the mountain beckons ...

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Valais

Valais and Ticino together form the southern part of Switzerland. The region is known for its impressive Alpine landscapes, including the world-famous Matterhorn and the Rhone Valley. The highlights of Valais include the majestic sight of the Matterhorn, the charming mountain village of Zermatt, picturesque Saas-Fee, the imposing Aletsch Glacier and idyllic vineyards and castles.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Valais region:

Sunnegga Berg - Familienparadies in Zermatt

Sunnegga mountain – family paradise in Zermatt

At 2,288 meters, Sunnegga Mountain is renowned as a family-friendly destination in Zermatt. During the summer, visitors can enjoy swimming ...
Zermatt / Matterhorn

Zermatt: Where Mountains Reach for the Sky

Zermatt, an idyllic car-free village nestled in the canton of Valais amidst the Swiss Alps, sits at an elevation of ...
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise - Klein Matterhorn

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise experience

The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise - Klein Matterhorn - is located at an altitude of 3,883 meters and thus reaches the ...
Matterhorn Gornergrat

Gornergrat – the excursion destination on the Matterhorn

Since 1898, the Gornergrat has remained a cherished excursion spot in Switzerland, boasting a sunlit viewing platform accessible year-round, providing ...
Matterhorn

Matterhorn – Switzerland’s landmark

The 4,478-metre-high Matterhorn is the symbol and landmark of Switzerland and one of the most photographed mountains in the world ...
Glacier Express

Glacier Express experience – St. Moritz to Zermatt

The impressive journey on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt through the Swiss Alps leaves lasting memories and ...
Gletscherpalast Eisskulpturen -Glacier palace ice sculptures

Matterhorn Glacier Palace – the highest ice palace in the world

The Glacier Palace in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise on the Klein Matterhorn 3,883 m in Switzerland is a dreamlike masterpiece ...
Zermatt Rothorn Sommer

Rothorn – panoramic mountain without equal

Discover the chocolate side of the Matterhorn at over 3,000 meters: from the Rothorn at 3,103 meters, you have a ...

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Ticino

Ticino, located in the southern part of Switzerland on the border with Italy, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cantons in the country. With its impressive mountain panoramas, clear lakes, evergreen palm trees and Mediterranean flair, it combines the best of both worlds. Ticino’s outstanding destinations include charming towns and villages such as Bellinzona, Lugano, Ascona, Locarno and Morcote, the enchanting Verzasca and Maggia valleys, the Brissago Islands as well as deep blue mountain lakes, idyllic vineyards and majestic castles.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Ticino region:

Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio – UNESCO World Heritage

The imposing Monte San Giorgio rises to an altitude of 1097 m between the two southern arms of Lake Lugano ...
Brissago

Brissago – Shore pearl on Lago Maggiore

On the north-western coast of Maggiore Lake, Southwest directly from Ronco and Ascona and across Italian border is situated a ...
Verzascatal

Verzasca Valley – magical Beauty

The Verzasca Valley is one of the most impressive valleys in the canton of Ticino captivating both romantics and adventurers ...
San Salvatore (Zuckerhut der Schweiz)

San Salvatore – landmark of Lugano

Like the Sugar Loaf Mountain for Rio de Janeiro, Monte San Salvatore is a striking landmark for Lugano. The hill ...
Lugano

Lugano – pearl on Lake Lugano

Lugano, the largest city in Ticino, combines Mediterranean flair with a casual and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is the perfect destination ...
Morcote and Church Santa Maria Del Sasso © Ticino Turismo

Morcote – the most beautiful village in Switzerland

Morcote, once a fishing village on Lake Lugano, is undoubtedly one of the most photographed motifs in Ticino. With its ...
Lugano and Monte Brè

Monte Brè – Lugano’s local mountain

Monte Brè, with an altitude of 925 m, rises to the east of Lugano on the slopes of Monte Boglia ...
Ascona

Ascona – Sweet Life under the Palms

Ascona is located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore and, at 196 meters above sea level, is the lowest ...
Monte Generoso © Ticino Turismo

Monte Generoso panoramic mountain

Monte Generoso, with an altitude of 1,701 m, is the most important panoramic mountain in the canton of Ticino. From ...
Brissago Inseln

Brissago Islands – the island idyll of Switzerland

The Brissago Islands, Isole di Brissago in Italian, are undoubtedly one of the most enchanting spots in the region - ...

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Eastern Switzerland

Eastern Switzerland stretches between Lake Constance and the foothills of the Alps and offers a diverse range of vacation and excursion options. From the gently rolling hills of Appenzellerland and the snow-capped peaks of Heidiland to the lush green expanses of Thurgau and the charming vineyards of Schaffhausen. The region is also known for its unique embroidery art in St.Gallen and for nature experiences such as a trip on the historic paddle steamer on Lake Zurich. Top excursion destinations in Eastern Switzerland include the imposing Rhine Falls as well as picturesque vineyards, orchards, castles, fortresses and, of course, Lake Constance.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for Eastern Switzerland:

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona

Sardona Geopark – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Sardona Geopark wants to show the Earth's history in one place in Switzerland. It covers parts of St. Gallen, ...
Appenzell

Appenzell – Tradition and customs

Appenzell and the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden are situated in a unique hilly landscape north of the Säntis. The region ...
Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein – medieval gem on Lake Constance

Stein am Rhein, located in the canton of Schaffhausen, is a charming historic town. Its medieval district is car-free, and ...

Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall

Pure adventure at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen: High above the largest waterfall in Europe, feel the roar of the ...
Gasthaus Äscher

Äscher – the most famous mountain restaurant in the world

Äscher Inn is a real gem in the heart of the Alpstein, an imposing mountain range in the Appenzell region ...
St. Gallen Cathedral - UNESCO World Heritage Site

St. Gallen – UNESCO World Heritage Site

St. Gallen, the metropolis of Eastern Switzerland between Lake Constance and the Appenzellerland, impresses with its charming, traffic-free old town ...
Mountain inn Äscher - Wildkirchli

Wildkirchli – mystical journey through time

Located beneath the towering Ebenalp in the Alpstein region of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, the Wildkirchli comprises three caves ...
Säntis

Säntis – panoramic view over 6 countries

The Säntis, with a height of 2502 meters, towers as the highest mountain in the Alpstein range. Thanks to its ...
Schloss Laufen am Rhein

Laufen Castle at the Rhine Falls

The majestic Laufen Castle rises above the imposing Rhine Falls and offers a breathtaking view of the mighty river and ...
Rheinfall mit Audio Boot

Grand Rhine Falls Tour – Audio 30 minutes

If you want to explore the Rhine Falls and its captivating stories like a true explorer, then you should definitely ...

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Geneva-Vaud-Fribourg

The Lake Geneva region is famous for its mild climate and the renowned wine-growing region of Le Lavaux. It also attracts visitors with breathtaking views of the Alpine panorama and Mediterranean lakeside promenades along Lake Geneva. The most charming destinations in the Geneva-Vaud-Fribourg region include the modern cities of Geneva, Lausanne and Montreux, as well as the idyllic villages of Yvorne and Yvoire. Discover the beauty of Lake Geneva, picturesque vineyards and magnificent castles and palaces.

Here are our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Geneva-Vaud-Fribourg region:

Château Maison Blanche / Foto Brigitte Heller

Château Maison Blanche – shining jewel

In the middle of the idyllic landscape of Yvorne, the majestic Château Maison Blanche rises like a shining jewel. Its ...
Gruyères Castle / Photo Brigitte Heller

Gruyères Castle

Gruyères Castle towers majestically over the picturesque small town of Gruyères and offers a fascinating insight into history and culture ...
Charlie Chapin memorial statue

Charlie Chaplin’s World

Go on a journey back in time to the early 19th century and the beginnings of film and visit the ...
Vevey / Foto Brigitte Heller

Vevey – Swiss Riviera

Vevey, one of the coveted "pearls of the Swiss Riviera", is characterized by a unique combination of features. The town ...
Montreux

Montreux – Jewel on Lake Geneva

The Montreux Riviera lies between the lake, the mountains and the vineyards in a painting. But it is also a ...
Genf - Geneva

Geneva – multilateral center of the world

Geneva, Switzerland's most cosmopolitan city, is known as an international hub for various organizations and institutions. The European headquarters of ...
Lavaux

Lavaux – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

What a stunning view! The vineyard balconies of Lavaux-- UNESCO Globe Heritage Website-- are a marvel in winemaking revealing wonderful ...
Schloss Chillon

Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle stands as a striking medieval fortress with a moat, situated in the canton of Vaud. This grand and ...
Jet d‘eau / Foto Brigitte Heller

Jet d’eau – Landmark of Geneva

The Jet d'eau in Geneva is undoubtedly one of the city's most famous landmarks. This impressive water fountain rises from ...
Maison Cailler / Photo Brigitte Heller

Maison CAILLER – World of Chocolate

For almost two centuries, Switzerland's oldest chocolate manufacturer has been producing its incomparable chocolate at Maison CAILLER in the picturesque ...

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Jura-Three-Lakes

Hiking country, watchmaking country and winegrowing country are just some of the names that apply to the Jura-Tri-Lakes region. This region stretches across the canton of Neuchâtel, the canton of Jura and parts of the cantons of Bern, Fribourg and Vaud and includes the Jura mountains and the lakes of Neuchâtel, Biel and Murten. From charming towns such as Neuchâtel, Biel, Murten and St. Ursanne to impressive sights such as the Creux du Van and the Chasseral, the shores of Lakes Neuchâtel, Biel and Murten, as well as picturesque vineyards and magnificent castles, the region offers a wide range of attractions.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Jura-Three-Lakes region:

Murten

Murten – historical jewel

The small medieval town of Murten lies on the shores of picturesque Lake Murten. You are right on the border ...
Creux du Van / Photo Brigitte Heller

Creux du Van – Swiss Grand Canyon

The Creux du Van, an impressive rocky basin, is located in the Swiss Jura on the border between the cantons ...
Chateau in Neuchatel

Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel looks back on a rich cultural and architectural past. The castle and the collegiate church, a Gothic Reformed church ...
Biel

Biel – Switzerland’s watchmaking metropolis

Biel - the world capital of the watch industry - impresses with a wealth of historical and architectural sights. The ...
St. Petersinsel

St. Peter’s Island – jewel in Lake Biel

St. Peter's Island, a jewel in Lake Biel in the Bernese Seeland, is the only island in this region of ...
Bielersee - Lake Biel

Three Lakes Cruise

The Three Lakes Cruise offers a fascinating journey through varied landscapes, along picturesque vineyards, charming wine-growing villages and green vegetable ...

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Bernes Midlands

The Bernes Midlands region extends around the historic city of Bern and offers a fascinating backdrop. Time seems to stand still in the small medieval towns, while both the Alpine foothills and the Jura heights invite winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy numerous winter sports activities. Discover the insider tips of the locals, such as the mystical valleys of the Emmental or the Gurnigel/Gantrisch region. Among the outstanding excursion destinations in the Bern-Mittelland region are the medieval atmosphere of the city of Bern and the homely idyll of the Emmental with its famous Emmental cheese.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Bernes Midlands region:

Bern Zytglogge

Bern’s Old Town – UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 1983, Bern's Old Town rightfully earned its place on the esteemed UNESCO World Heritage List. This recognition serves as ...
Bauernhaus im Emmental

Emmental – in the footsteps of Gotthelf

The Emmental, an enchanting hilly landscape in the Central Plateau of the canton of Bern, is widely known for its ...
Bern Münster

Bernes Minster – St. Vincent Cathedral

Bernes Minster is one of the most important landmarks of the federal city and has the highest church tower in ...
Berner Altstadt - Bernes Old Town

Bern – historic and charming

Few cities in the world have managed to preserve their historical legacy as magnificently as Bern, the capital of Switzerland ...
Trub

Trub – the most beautiful village in Switzerland

The picturesque village of Trub in the Oberemmental was honored with the coveted award for Switzerland's most beautiful village in ...

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Zurich

The Zurich region impresses with its idyllic location between rolling hills and picturesque lakes and offers visitors a unique mix of enjoyment, exciting experiences, unspoiled nature and cultural treasures. Connoisseurs in particular get their money’s worth here – be it in the first-class restaurants, the traditional breweries or the charming wineries. Here you can experience the culinary diversity of the Zurich region to the full. The most attractive excursion destinations in the Zurich region include not only Switzerland’s business metropolis and cosmopolitan city of Zurich, but also picturesque villages, tranquil forests, clean lakes and rivers, all in the immediate vicinity of the majestic Alps.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Zurich region:

Zürich Zoo

Zurich Zoo – close to nature and sustainable

Zurich Zoo, located on the Zürichberg in the Fluntern district, is Zurich's zoological garden. Since its opening in 1929, it ...
Grossmünster

Grossmünster – landmark of Zurich

The Grossmünster, a Protestant Reformed church in the Old Town of Zurich, is the city's most striking landmark. According to ...
Zürich am Zürichsee

Lake Zurich – a landmark for Zurich

Lake Zurich stretches south-east of Zurich across the cantons of Zurich, St. Gallen and Schwyz. Its main tributary is the ...
Zürich Grossmünster

Zurich – largest city in Switzerland

With a population of approximately 430,000 residents, Zurich stands as Switzerland's largest city, forming a vital part of a densely ...
Lindt Hase

Lindt Home of Chocolate Tour

At the Lindt Home of Chocolate, chocolate lovers can experience an unforgettable journey through the world of Swiss chocolate. Fascinating ...
Zürcher Altstadt

10 Top Highlights in Zurich

The top 10 highlights in Zurich are sights that make visitors' hearts beat faster. The following list 10 top highlights ...

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Basel

The Basel region is famous for its scenic diversity and impressive natural areas. The landscapes of the Jura and the Rhine area in particular are prized by the inhabitants of the Basel region as natural recreation areas of incomparable beauty. Among the most beautiful excursion destinations in the Basel region are not only the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel, but also the hilly landscapes with their numerous cherry trees, picturesque villages as well as ruins, castles and palaces – all in close proximity to France and Germany.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide Top-Highlights for the Basel region:

Basel

Basel – Cultural Capital of Switzerland

Basel, the third largest city in Switzerland after Zurich and Geneva, impresses with its cultural diversity and is considered the ...
Basler Münster

Basel Minster – landmark of the city

Basel Minster, a significant landmark in the city, stands out as one of Basel’s premier attractions. Featuring its distinctive red ...
Basler Altstadt

Basel old town

Basel's Old Town is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful historic city centers in Europe. With its narrow alleyways ...
Rhein Panorama Basel - Rhine Panorama Basel

10 Top-Highlights in Basel

Basel, the city on the bend of the Rhine, is home to an impressive variety of sights. Top highlights in ...
Zoo Basel

Zoo Basel

Basel Zoo, affectionately known as "Zolli", is a green paradise in the middle of the city. With its unique park ...

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Insider tips for destinations far away from the tourist crowds

Insider tips for hidden treasures and undiscovered gems that are not listed in standard travel guides. These places reveal a unique view of Switzerland and invite visitors to wander off the beaten track and experience the authentic soul of the country.

Here our Switzerland Travel Guide insider tips:

<yoastmark class=Morcote – fishing village on Lake Lugano

Morcote, which was voted the most beautiful village in Switzerland in 2016, impresses not only with its picturesque location on the shores of Lake Lugano, but also with its rich cultural diversity.

Known as the “Pearl of Ceresio”, Morcote delights locals and visitors alike with its narrow streets, magnificent views and historic buildings. The characteristic arcades of the patrician houses, impressive architectural treasures and lush subtropical vegetation provide a delightful backdrop for exploring.

Morcote is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a cultural center. Here, visitors can discover fascinating sights such as the pilgrimage church of Santa Maria del Sasso, the impressive Scala Monumentale and the imposing Torre del Capitano. These historical sites provide unique insights into the rich history of the village and offer unforgettable experiences for every visitor.

Äscher Inn - Wildkirchli

Äscher Inn – Wildkirchli

Wildkirchli – mystical journey through time

Discover the Wildkirchli, a fascinating cave system below the Ebenalp in the Alpstein in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden. Classified as a national cultural heritage site, the Wildkirchli consists of three caves, including the Wildkirchli Cave with the Chapel of St. Michael.

This impressive site reveals prehistoric finds dating back to 1904, including worked stones, tools and bones dating back to between 50,000 and 30,000 BC. These discoveries prove the presence of Neanderthals in the Alpstein mountains and have made the Wildkirchli famous worldwide.

Traces of cave bears that lived in the caves from 90,000 BC have also been discovered. These fascinating finds are exhibited both in the hermit’s hut in the Wildkirchli, which was reconstructed in 1972, and in the Appenzell Museum.

Creux du Van / Photo Brigitte Heller

Creux du Van / Photo Brigitte Heller

Creux du Van – Grand Canyon of Switzerland

The impressive rock cauldron Creux du Van is located in the Swiss Jura, on the border between the cantons of Neuchâtel and Vaud in the Val de Travers.

Its vertical rock faces stretch for around four kilometers and reach a width of around 1200 meters with a depth of 500 meters. This fascinating landscape, close to Mont Soliat, lies between 1200 and 1450 meters above sea level and has been protected since 1972.

The formation of the basin is attributed to slow erosion, while the surface is covered with moraine and landslide material and overgrown with fir and beech trees.

At the center of the basin is the Fontaine Froide, a spring with constantly cool water that maintains a temperature of 4 °C all year round.

Ponte dei Salti - Verzasca Valley Ticino

Ponte dei Salti – Verzasca Valley Ticino

Ponte dei Salti – Verzasca Valley Ticino

The Verzasca Valley in Ticino is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating valleys in the region and attracts romantics and adventurers alike. As a protected natural area, it impresses with its untouched beauty and breathtaking landscapes.

One of the most striking sights is the historic 17th century Ponte dei Salti stone bridge, which majestically spans the deep blue Verzasca River in two arches.

It is important to note that the term “Roman bridge” used by German-speaking tourists for the Ponte dei Salti is misleading, as the bridge was neither built nor used by the Romans.

Below the bridge is a pool up to 9 meters deep and around 120 meters long, which is particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts. The granite rocks formed by the current, both below and above the surface of the water, offer an impressive visual experience and contribute to the unique atmosphere of this place.

Saint-Saphorin / Photo Brigitte Heller

Saint-Saphorin / Photo Brigitte Heller

St. Saphorin – Enchanting wine-growing village

The idyllic winegrowing village of Saint-Saphorin, bathed in sunshine and located on the shores of Lake Geneva, is nestled in the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nestled in the vineyards of Lavaux and at the foot of Mont Pèlerin, the picturesque Saint-Saphorin transports visitors into a magical world. The history of the village is marked by landslides that once posed a danger.

As a protective measure, arcades were erected on which the facades of the houses were built. Because of this architectural feature, Saint-Saphorin is also known as a fortified village.

Characteristic winegrowers’ houses and simple residential buildings are lined up along the narrow alleyways and cobbled paths in the village center, creating a picturesque atmosphere.

Further insider tips at: Hidden gems off the beaten track

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Switzerland

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention aims to protect outstanding natural and cultural assets. In Switzerland, 13 sites are currently included in this exclusive list, 9 of which have been recognized for their cultural significance and 4 for their scenic beauty.

Four exceptional natural phenomena and nine impressive cultural achievements in Switzerland have been awarded the coveted UNESCO emblem.

Each of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites stands for authenticity, quality and diversity that have been preserved over generations. These values are an integral part of the identity and mentality of the Swiss people.

Here our  Switzerland Travel Guide UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Lavaux

Lavaux

Lavaux vineyard terraces

The historic Vineyard terraces of Lavaux, whose origins date back to the Middle Ages, and numerous ancient buildings are not only in excellent condition, but are also still actively maintained. There is evidence that the Romans already cultivated vines in this region.

From the 11th century onwards, viticulture flourished when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries settled here – both orders placed great importance on viticulture. The inclusion of Lavaux in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007 was also influenced by the impressive view of the lake and the Alps. This can be enjoyed to the full on a hike along numerous well-marked hiking trails.

Bern old town

Bern old town

Old town of Bern

Bern was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 due to its medieval charm. However, it is the impressive Alpine backdrop that gives this “bear city” its unique charm. For UNESCO, the unity of the old town in particular was a decisive criterion for the award of World Heritage status.

Despite its development into the modern capital, Bern has preserved its medieval appearance with sandstone façades and a unique roofscape remarkably well. An outstanding feature of Bern’s old town are the arcades, also known as “Lauben”, which form one of the longest covered shopping streets in Europe with a total length of around 6 kilometers.

Aletsch Glacier in summer

Aletsch Glacier in summer

Jungfrau-Aletsch

In 2001, Switzerland made history when the Jungfrau-Aletsch region was designated as the first Alpine World Heritage Site. UNESCO considers the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn region to be an outstanding example of the beauty of the Alps. It is not only characterized by the largest contiguous glaciated area in the European Alps, but also provides information of universal value. This ranges from insights into the formation of Alpine mountains to knowledge about the processes of climate change.

The Great Aletsch Glacier, which is considered the longest and largest in the Alps, covers an area of almost 82 km², including its source glaciers.

UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina landscape

UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina landscape

Rhaetian Railway Albula/Bernina

The two high mountain lines, the Albula line (from Chur to St. Moritz) and the Bernina line (from St. Moritz to Tirano), are not only the heart of the Rhaetian Railway, but since July 2008 have also been the third railroad line in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretching from Thusis to Tirano in Italy.

This line represents a remarkable achievement from the pioneering days of the railroad and played a decisive role in opening up the high mountains. Over a distance of 122 kilometers, it runs through 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and passes through 20 communities. When it was built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the numerous structures for overcoming gorges, cliffs and gradients were extremely innovative.

The harmonious integration of the railroad line into the spectacular high mountain landscape is still impressive today, and many consider it to be the most spectacular and perhaps most beautiful railroad route in the world.

Tectonic Arena Sardona

Tectonic Arena Sardona

Tectonic Arena Sardona

The striking notch around the two-part Piz Sardona is impossible to miss. It separates the Verrucano rock, which is 250 to 300 million years old, from the 35 to 50 million year old flysch rock, with the younger rock layer lying at the bottom. This geological phenomenon led to the Geopark being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 – but it can be solved.

The so-called “Glarus Thrust” on Piz Sardona (3,056 m) and the Tectonic Arena Sardona form the heart of the Sardona Geopark. Here, between Murgsee, Pizol and Martinsloch near Elm, the enormous geological forces that played a role in the formation of the Alps become particularly clear. Over millions of years, the collision of the continental plates of Africa and Europe have formed mountains and folded, broken and pushed rock layers on top of each other.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Castelgrande in Bellinzona

UNESCO World Heritage Site Castelgrande in Bellinzona

Castles of Bellinzona

The medieval fortresses and defensive structures of Bellinzona in Ticino form a unique institution in the Alpine region. The imposing defensive complex of towers, battlements and gates was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for good reason, and against the majestic backdrop of the mountains.

Castelgrande, also known as Castello di San Michele, is the oldest of the three fortresses (ca. 1250-1500). It sits majestically on a rocky plateau high above the old town and is particularly fascinating with its two towers: the imposing 28-metre-high Torre Nera and the 27-metre-high Torre Bianca.

Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio

From the top of the 1,097-metre-high Monte San Giorgio, you can enjoy a fantastic view over the peaks of the Lugano Alps and Lake Lugano. But the real treasures of this mountain lie hidden beneath the surface: marine fossils dating back up to 245 million years can be found here.

Monte San Giorgio lies between the two southern arms of Lake Lugano in southern Ticino and is not called the “Swiss dinosaur mountain” for nothing. Hidden inside the mountain is an impressive collection of well-preserved marine fossils.

Since the 19th century, this place has been a pilgrimage site for paleontologists. Several thousand fossilized fish and marine dinosaurs have been discovered here, some of them up to six metres long. Due to its unique significance, Monte San Giorgio was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. In 2010, the Italian side of the mountain was also added to the list.

St. Gallen Cathedral

St. Gallen Cathedral

Abbey district of St. Gallen

The abbey district of St. Gallen is an outstanding feature of the city, characterized by its baroque cathedral and the world-famous abbey library. A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site can be ideally combined with hikes in the idyllic surroundings between Lake Constance and Appenzell.

The origins of the abbey district of St. Gallen date back to the earliest days of the city, which today has around 80,000 inhabitants in eastern Switzerland. The city was founded in 719 by the Irish wandering monk Gallus, who founded the Benedictine monastery of St. Gallen. St. Gallus is still revered today as the patron saint of the city.

La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Urban landscape watch industry La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle

La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle are impressive examples of how cleverly urban planning and the watch industry can be combined. In June 2009, they were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, a recognition of their remarkable cultural significance.

These towns are known worldwide for their deep roots in the art of watchmaking, which became flourishing centers for the production of high-quality timepieces in the 18th century.

The urban landscapes of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle are fascinating examples of planning and architectural development during the Industrial Revolution.

Panorama luxury trains

The Glacier Express winds its way through the Swiss Alps from Zermatt to St. Moritz, while the GoldenPass Express connects Montreux with Interlaken. Both trains offer luxurious comfort and breathtaking panoramic views.

The Glacier Express is known for its spectacular route and slowness, while the GoldenPass Express impresses with state-of-the-art technology and an incomparable travel experience. Both journeys offer unforgettable insights into the majestic landscape and cultural heritage of Switzerland.

Glacier Express

Glacier Express

Glacier Express

A trip on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt through the Swiss Alps is an unforgettable experience that creates lasting memories from start to finish. In St. Moritz, you immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the rich and famous, while in Zermatt, the imposing Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world, makes an impression.

Panoramic journey over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels

Experience a journey of around eight hours from Zermatt to St. Moritz on the “slowest express train in the world”. Along the way, you will cross 291 bridges and travel through 91 tunnels, through untouched landscapes, deep gorges and up to the 2033-metre-high Oberalp Pass. This is the wonderful way to get from Valais to the Engadin.

Starting in St. Moritz, the train winds its way picturesquely through the Albula Valley. The journey takes you through the impressive Rhine Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon of Switzerland”.

On the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route at 2033 meters above sea level, a breathtaking view awaits you. The ride then leads downhill through Andermatt and Fiesch in idyllic Goms. The destination draws closer and soon the majestic sight of the Matterhorn opens up before you.

GoldenPass Express

GoldenPass Express

GoldenPass Express

The GoldenPass Express is a remarkable jewel among luxury trains and offers an incomparable journey from Montreux to Interlaken. Thanks to its innovative bogie technology, the GoldenPass Express can seamlessly switch between different track gauges during the journey, a world first in the train industry.

GoldenPass Express adventure from Montreux to Interlaken

The GoldenPass Express panoramic train takes you in 3 ¼ hours from Montreux via the Pays-d’Enhaut region of Rougement and Château-d’Œx to Gstaad and finally to Interlaken. The change in track gauge was made possible after more than 120 years thanks to state-of-the-art technology.

Since 2022, the new GoldenPass Express luxury train offers an unforgettable travel experience without changing trains between Montreux and Interlaken.

World record mountain railroads Switzerland

According to the Global Innovation Index 2023, Switzerland tops the list of the most innovative countries for the sixth time in a row with 67.6 points, ahead of Sweden (64.2) and the USA (63.5).

Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world

Switzerland has been a pioneer in the development and installation of mountain railroads in particular for decades. With numerous world record-breaking mountain railways, it is a world leader.

Here our  Switzerland Travel Guide World record mountain railroads:

Eiger Express inside cabin

Eiger Express inside cabin

 

Eiger Express – Cable car of superlatives

The Eiger Express enables a fast journey from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier in just 15 minutes. There you can transfer directly to the Jungfrau Railway, which shortens the journey time to the Jungfraujoch by 47 minutes. This time saving allows more time to enjoy the panorama and the Jungfraujoch experience.

The 3S system of the Eiger Express stands for “3-cableway system”. This modern technology uses three suspension ropes, two of which are used for the stability of the cabins and the third as the drive rope. As a result, the system offers a higher transport capacity, greater spans and higher speeds compared to conventional ropeways.

Matterhorn Glacier Ride I

Matterhorn Glacier Ride I

Matterhorn Glacier Ride I – Europe’s most luxurious cable car

Experience the Matterhorn Glacier Ride, one of the most luxurious cable cars in Europe, which takes you to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise on the Klein Matterhorn at an altitude of 3,883 m and offers a panoramic view of the fascinating mountain landscape surrounding the legendary Matterhorn.

The Matterhorn Glacier Ride is the highest 3S cableway in the world and connects Trockener Steg with the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn). With its panoramic cabins, designed by the renowned Pininfarina design studio, and heated seats, it offers a unique ride experience through the majestic mountain world. Enjoy a 9-minute ride through this incomparable Alpine panorama.

Matterhorn Glacier Ride II

Matterhorn Glacier Ride II

Matterhorn Glacier Ride II – Alpin Crossing

On July 1, 2023, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II was successfully opened. This innovative 3S cableway runs from the Klein Matterhorn mountain station at an impressive 3,883 meters above sea level to the Testa Grigia valley station at 3,458 meters above sea level.

A revolutionary innovation now allows visitors to travel between Italy and Switzerland not only on skis and snowboards, but also on foot.

The Matterhorn Glacier Ride II closes the last remaining gap between Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia, thus realizing the long-cherished vision of the highest cable car crossing in the Alps.

FlemXpress

FlemXpress

FlemXpress – The world’s first gondola cab!

The FlemXpress gondola lift relies on innovative autonomous technology that is only activated when required. While movement along the route is conventionally by rope, the cabins move independently on rails in the stations.

Each cabin has its own electric drive. When not in use, the gondolas are not on the track, which significantly reduces energy consumption. Boarding the stationary cabins is easy, stress-free and barrier-free. Simply select your destination at the touch of a button, board and enjoy the ride in the panoramic cabins.

The first two sections of the FlemXpress gondola lift, Flims-Foppa and Foppa-Startgels, were officially put into operation on December 23, 2023.

Titlis-Rotair

Titlis-Rotair

TITLIS Rotair – The 360° panoramic adventure

The Titlis-Xpress gondola lift is a crucial part of the Titlisbahn and transports visitors from Engelberg to the intermediate station Stand at an altitude of 2,428 meters. There they can change to the Titlis Rotair, which offers an unforgettable glacier experience.

The world’s first rotating aerial cableway provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain landscape. During the seven-minute ride, guests can enjoy breathtaking views. The cabin gently rotates, offering a 360-degree view. At the summit, guests can explore the glacier garden, the ice cave, and the Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe’s highest suspension bridge.

Stanserhorn CabriO

Stanserhorn CabriO

CabriO aerial cableway Stanserhorn

Experience the groundbreaking innovation of the double-decker CabriO cable car, a world first with an open upper deck that takes you up to the Stanserhorn at 1,900 m above sea level in just 6 minutes and 15 seconds.

At an impressive speed of 8 meters per second, this unique cable car covers 1,139 metres in altitude and offers an unforgettable ride on the open upper deck.

Enjoy the fascinating ride as the wind blows through your hair and you feel the fresh air on the upper deck. The Stanserhorn funicular welcomed its first guests to the Stanserhorn back in 1893, and the ride on the CabriO cable car and the historic funicular is like a journey through cable car history.

Stoos Bahn - the steepest funicular in the world

Stoos Bahn – the steepest funicular in the world

Stoos Bahn – steepest funicular in the world

The Stoosbahn, the world’s steepest funicular railroad with four round cabins, takes you to Stoos. With a gradient of 110%, passengers are always horizontal as they cover the 1,740-metre route with a height difference of 744 meters in just 4 minutes – at a speed of 10 meters per second. The Stoos funicular brought guests to Stoos as early as 1933.

The world record-breaking mountain railroad to Stoos is a technical masterpiece that makes the journey itself an impressive experience. Arriving guests can expect a true paradise with breathtaking views, which unfolds its charm in both summer and winter.

Pilatus Railway - the steepest cogwheel railroad in the world

Pilatus Railway – the steepest cogwheel railroad in the world

Pilatusbahn – steepest cog railroad in the world

The Pilatus Railway, the steepest cogwheel railroad in the world, climbs an impressive gradient of 48% over a distance of 4,618 meters from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm at 2,132 meters above sea level.

It covers a difference in altitude of 1,635 meters along a 4.6-kilometre-long narrow-gauge line (track gauge 80 cm). The uphill travel speed is between 9 and 12 km/h, while the maximum downhill speed is 9 km/h, allowing a journey time of 30 to 40 minutes.

This technical masterpiece of the world record mountain railroad was developed by engineer Eduard Locher in 1889 and presented at the World Exhibition in Paris in the same year.

RIGI Queen of the mountains - Europe's first mountain railroad

RIGI Queen of the mountains – Europe’s first mountain railroad

RIGI Queen of the mountains – Europe’s first mountain railroad

The opening of the RIGI Railway on May 21, 1871 marked a milestone as Europe’s first mountain railroad.

Prior to this, aristocrats were carried up the Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains, in sedan chairs. One notable episode was the transportation of Queen Victoria in 1868, before the steam locomotive replaced the sedan chairs.

Today, you can reach the Rigi Kulm in just under an hour from Vitznau or Goldau to enjoy the royal 360° panoramic view.

Rigi-Nostalgia steam rides very popular

Passengers on the nostalgia steam train to the Queen of the Mountains are captivated by the rhythm of swinging metal pistons and drive shafts, the smell of burning coal, the hissing of steam, and spraying sparks. This makes the journey an unforgettable experience. Nostalgic steam rides on Mount Rigi are one of the last authentic adventures of our time!

Swiss chocolate and cheese tasting…

Here our  Switzerland Travel Guide Highlights for tastings:

Lindt Home of Chocolate Tour ♦ Visit to the Maison Cailler factory ♦ Emmental show dairy ♦ Maison du Gruyère show dairy ♦ Appenzell show dairy

Lindt Home of Chocolate-

Lindt Home of Chocolate

Lindt Home of Chocolate

At the Lindt Home of Chocolate, chocolate lovers can experience an unforgettable journey of discovery through the world of Swiss chocolate. Fascinating chocolate tours lead through the impressive facility, accompanied by an imposing 9-meter-high chocolate fountain.

The Lindt Chocolate Shop, the largest of its kind in the world with an area of 500 m², invites you to browse and explore.

In the CHOCOLATERIA, visitors can conjure up their own chocolate creations under the guidance of experienced Lindt Maîtres Chocolatiers and gain exciting insights into the origin, history and production of LINDT chocolate.

The world’s highest chocolate fountain, over 9 meters tall, mesmerizes visitors. It contains 1400 kg of real chocolate and appears weightless.

In Switzerland’s first Lindt Café, guests can enjoy a variety of delicious sweet and savory treats and make the most of their stay.

Audio guide and guided tours

The chocolate tour at the Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg in the Canton of Zurich is accompanied by an audio guide in six languages (German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Mandarin). There is also a version in German specially adapted for children.

To enhance the experience even further, visitors can be accompanied through the exhibition by experienced guides. In this way, every step of the tour becomes an unforgettable experience.

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Maison Cailler / Photo Brigitte Heller

Maison Cailler / Photo Brigitte Heller

Maison Cailler Factory

For almost two centuries, Switzerland’s oldest chocolate manufacturer has been creating its unmistakable chocolate at Maison CAILLER, in the idyllic surroundings of Gruyère. This family business from western Switzerland carefully monitors every step of the production process, from the cocoa bean to the lovingly packaged chocolate. Quality is CAILLER’s top priority, which is why only natural and high-quality ingredients are used.

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a chocolate factory? Indulge in the captivating world of chocolate making at Cailler of Switzerland (Nestlé) in Broc. Let the delicious aroma enchant you as you explore this famous chocolate factory near Gruyères.

During an interactive guided tour, you will have the unique opportunity to experience the entire chocolate production process in a factory in full operation. This informative tour takes you through the history of the site, from its foundation in 1898 to the present day.

Emmental cheese storage

Emmental cheese storage

Emmental show dairy

The Emmental show dairy in Affoltern is a fascinating place where visitors can experience the process of Emmental AOP cheese production up close every day.

The opportunity to make cheese yourself and follow the entire process is particularly outstanding. With comprehensive audiovisual explanations in several languages, every guest is introduced to the art of cheese production.

The concept of the show dairy is extremely family-friendly and offers exciting experiences for visitors of all ages. In addition to insights into traditional cheese production, there are interactive stations and activities to deepen visitors’ understanding and enthusiasm for Emmental cheese.

After exploring the show dairy, visitors can relax at the in-house restaurant and spacious panoramic terrace. Here, they can indulge in regional dishes and delicious cheese specialties, experiencing the unique taste of Emmental cheese in various ways.

La Maison du Gruyère / Foto Brigitte Heller

La Maison du Gruyère / Foto Brigitte Heller

Gruyère show dairy

La Maison du Gruyère offers a fascinating insight into the industrial production of Gruyère AOP and much more. Discover the rich history and centuries-old know-how behind this famous cheese and the demanding steps of its production. Learn more about the high quality standards and traceability requirements that apply to Gruyère AOP.

Experience the careful maturing and care in the cellar, which allows Gruyère AOP to develop its full flavor and splendor. Explore traditional cheese production secrets at La Maison du Gruyère! Discover Gruyère AOP!

Appenzeller cheese

Appenzeller cheese

Appenzell show dairy

At the Appenzell show dairy in Stein (AR), visitors can immerse themselves in the authentic life of Appenzell farmers and dairymen, characterized by long-standing traditions. Here, time-honored cheese-making customs merge with state-of-the-art technology to create a fascinating combination of tradition and innovation.

A visit to this unique show dairy promises a very special journey of discovery. From the traditional craftsmanship of cheese making to the breathtaking landscapes of the Appenzellerland, visitors can expect an unforgettable experience.

In the newly designed show area, visitors can discover the secret of the unique taste of Appenzeller cheese, while the recipe for the herbal salt is closely guarded. Visitors have the opportunity to create their own herbal mixtures and take them home as souvenirs.

The show dairy also provides insights into the cheese vat and the impressive cheese cellar. During the visit, guests can listen to typical sounds of the Appenzellerland. These include the melodic sounds of the hammered dulcimer, lively accordion tunes, enchanting yodeling, and majestic alphorn tones.

Luxury, private and round trips through Switzerland

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey through Switzerland – a country that captivates with its unique beauty, luxury and exclusivity.

Switzerland unfolds like a poetic masterpiece with majestic mountain peaks, glittering lakes and valleys where world-famous sights are woven into the melody of nature, while emotions sway through the landscape like a lyrical dance.

The diversity of Switzerland’s regions is impressive thanks to their individual characters, traditional characteristics and fascinating sights.

We present you 7/10/14-day luxury round trips through Switzerland, which you can also organize yourself as a private traveller without expensive luxury hotels, also as day trips. If you are interested in a luxury trip through Switzerland with every comfort, without any restrictions, without any ifs and buts, you have come to the right place.

Here our  Switzerland Travel Guide Luxury travel, private and round trips:

Our luxury tours through Switzerland are designed to meet the highest standards and create unique experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Luxury Switzerland Tours – unique, personal and unforgettable:

  • Private tour for 1 to 4 people, family and friends up to 10 people
  • Personal tour guide by the Swiss Brigitte Heller
  • Selected TOP destinations and sights
  • Several excursion options to choose from every day
  • Visit special places that are often only known to insiders
  • chauffeured in a comfortable private car
  • Overnight stay in luxury hotels or unique first class hotels and castles
  • Private guided tour in German, English and French at the same time
  • Day of departure freely selectable
  • 24/7 all-round support
  • Options in bad weather
  • Daily adaptation to individual wishes

Brigitte Heller from Switzerland is your personal guide on our luxury tours in Switzerland and leads you through the entire trip in Switzerland.

Brigitte Heller, General Manager Switzerland-Highlights, brings 30 years of experience and expertise from her many years as a director in the upscale hotel and hospitality industry as well as in the travel industry. You can find more information in Brigitte Heller’s personal video:

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Luxury travel offers – Switzerland-Highlights

Luxury travel offers through Switzerland – TAILOR-MADE, EXPRESS, GOLDEN, DIAMANT, RIVER CRUISE EXTENSION:

Tailor-made luxury trip

Private, individually designed luxury tour through Switzerland without restrictions:

  • Free choice of destinations
  • Number of travel days freely selectable
  • Departure date freely selectable
  • Luxury/first class hotels freely selectable
  • Number of persons/travelers freely selectable

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7 days luxury EXPRESS

  • Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen or the city of Zurich or Lindt Home of Chocolate
  • Luxury panorama train Glacier Express from Chur to Zermatt
  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise or Gornergrat or Rothorn with Sunnegga
  • Lake Geneva with Chillon Castle or UNESCO cultural heritage Lavaux vineyards
  • Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn
  • Lucerne and Rigi Queen of the mountains or local mountain Pilatus

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10 days luxury trip GOLDEN

  • Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen or the city of Zurich or Lindt Home of Chocolate
  • Eastern Switzerland Tour of Appenzell or Wildkirchli or Appenzeller cheese dairy
  • St. Moritz and Muottas Muragl with Zuoz or Corviglia and Piz Nair or Piz Corvatsch
  • Luxury panorama train Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt
  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise or Gornergrat or Rothorn with Sunnegga
  • Lake Geneva and the city of Geneva with Jet d’eau and old town or Watch Valley de Joux with watch museum and drive through the UNESCO cultural heritage Lavaux vineyards or the city of Lausanne and Charlie Chaplin’s World
  • Lake Geneva with Chillon Castle and drive via Gstaad to Interlaken
  • Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn
  • Lucerne and Rigi Queen of the mountains or local mountain Pilatus

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14-day luxury trip DIAMANT

  • Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen or the city of Zurich or Lindt Home of Chocolate
  • Private trip to the Verzasca natural valley in Ticino with a visit to the historic Ponte dei Salti stone bridge and Ascona with its Mediterranean lakeside promenade
  • Cable car ride up Lugano’s local mountain Monte Brè and sightseeing tour of Lugano or boat trip from Lugano to Morcote, Switzerland’s most beautiful village in 2016 or panoramic mountain Monte Generoso
  • Private drive along Lake Lugano and across Italian territory past Lake Como. Ascent over the Maloja Pass to St. Moritz
  • St. Moritz and Muottas Muragl with Zuoz or Corviglia and Piz Nair or Piz CorvatschSt. Moritz and Muottas Muragl with Zuoz or Corviglia and Piz Nair or Piz Corvatsch
  • Luxury panorama train Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt
  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise or Gornergrat or Rothorn with Sunnegga
  • Lake Geneva with Chillon Castle and drive through the UNESCO cultural heritage Lavaux vineyards
  • Lake Geneva and the city of Geneva with Jet d’eau and old town or Watch Valley de Joux with watch museum or the city of Lausanne and Charlie Chaplin’s World
  • Visit to Gruyère cheese dairy and Gruyère Castle or Caillier chocolate factory OR GoldenPass Express luxury train from Montreux to Interlaken
  • Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn
  • Lucerne and Rigi Queen of the mountains or glacier mountain Titlis
  • Lucerne and local mountain Pilatus or convertible mountain railroad Stanserhorn

More information: Luxury Travel Switzerland DIAMANT

Luxury trip before/after river cruise

How about an exclusive Switzerland round trip as a pre- or post-cruise program to your Europe river cruise?

Discover a fascinating country in Europe with idyllic lakes, breathtaking landscapes and majestic mountain peaks. Numerous historic cities dating back to Roman times also await you.

After your Rhine cruise ends in Basel, we will be happy to organize private transport and a tour guide to accompany you on a sightseeing tour of Basel’s historic old town, museums and art galleries. Alternatively, we also offer a direct trip to Zurich, the starting point of our luxury cruises.

If your journey begins on the Rhine in Basel, we will bring you back to Basel from Zurich after your luxury trip.

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Luxury river cruises from Basel

My name is Brigitte Heller, I am your personal tour guide for your entire luxury trip through Switzerland.

My name is Brigitte Heller, I am your personal tour guide for your entire luxury trip through Switzerland.

The city of Basel is the gateway to a variety of enchanting river cruises. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and historic towns along majestic rivers such as the Rhine, Moselle and Main.

For travelers looking for a touch of luxury and elegance, we recommend the following renowned river cruise companies:

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is known for its unparalleled elegance and first-class service. Guests enjoy luxurious suites and are pampered with first-class gourmet cuisine.

Tauck River Cruises

Tauck River Cruises looks back on a hundred years of history and tradition. Since 1925, Tauck has been creating unforgettable travel experiences that combine luxury and history.

AmaWaterways River Cruises

On board the luxurious ships of AmaWaterways River Cruises, guests experience first-class service and modern, romantic suites. AmaWaterways River Cruises attaches great importance to culinary excellence.

Avalon Waterways River Cruises

Avalon Waterways River Cruises offers a variety of activities on board, including wine tastings, entertaining evening events, yoga classes and much more.

Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises offers cultural performances and informative lectures on board to help guests better understand the culture and history of the regions traveled.

Scenic Luxury River Cruises

Scenic Luxury River Cruises offers a wide range of onboard activities, including cooking classes, wine tastings and live entertainment, to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. Guests enjoy their stay in extremely spacious suites.

Emerald Waterways River Cruises

Emerald Waterways River Cruises is actively committed to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Their goal is to preserve and protect the natural beauty of the regions they visit by taking innovative and environmentally friendly approaches to their operations.

Riviera River Cruises

On the river cruise ships of Riviera River Cruises, guests enjoy the comfort of spacious suites. The company attaches great importance to personal service and offers tailor-made experiences that take individual needs and interests into account.

Customs and traditions Switzerland

Customs and traditions play an important role in Switzerland and are just as diverse as the country’s landscapes, lakes, valleys and mountains.

Alphorn

Alphorn

Most traditions and customs are rooted regionally or locally and contribute to Switzerland’s cultural diversity, reflecting the country’s unique cultural fabric.

Each region has its own distinctive traditions and customs that make the country a fascinating and diverse place.

Explore the living traditions, customs and culinary specialties of each of Switzerland’s 11 regions.

Here our  Switzerland Travel Guide Highlights for customs and tradition:

Lake Lucerne Region

There are many traditional events in the Lake-Lucerne Region throughout the year: in winter the Klausjagen and Epiphany festivals, the carnival; in spring the Easter customs and Corpus Christi processions; in summer the alpine processions, alpine and wrestling festivals; in autumn the harvest festivals, cattle shows, produce markets and amateur theater. Some unique traditions are the Muotathaler Weather Smeller, Whip Cracking, Naturjuuz, Bücheln, Gäuerlen and Prayer Call:

Here the visual experience of living Central Swiss customs:  Customs and traditions of the Lake-Lucerne Region

Bernese Oberland

Here the visual experience of living Bernese customs:  Customs and traditions of the Bernese Oberland Region

Graubünden Region

Here the visual experience of living Graubünden customs:  Customs and traditions of the Graubünden Region

Valais

Here the visual experience of living Valaisan customs:  Customs and traditions of the Valais Region

Ticino

Here the visual experience of living Ticino customs:  Customs and traditions of the Ticino Region

Eastern Switzerland

Here the visual experience of living Eastern Swiss customs:  Customs and traditions of Eastern Switzerland

Geneva-Vaud-Fribourg

Here the visual experience of living Romand customs:  Customs and traditions of the Geneva-Vaud-Fribourg Region

Jura-Three-Lakes

Here the visual experience of living Jurassic customs:  Customs and traditions of the Jura-Three-Lakes Region

Bernese Midlands

Here the visual experience of living Bernese Midlands customs:  Customs and traditions of the Bernese Midlands Region

Zurich Region

Here the visual experience of living Zurich customs:  Customs and traditions of the Zurich Region

Basel Region

Here the visual experience of living Basel customs:  Customs and traditions of the Basel Region