Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Switzerland is known around the world for its chocolate, cheese, charming towns and scenic landscapes. Everywhere you turn, you're treated to a little bit of history and a little bit of nature's beauty as well as plenty of mouthwatering cuisine in between. U.S. News considered factors like sights, culture, accessibility and variety of things to do, plus traveler and expert input, to calculate the Best Places to Visit in Switzerland. Peruse the list below and vote for your favorite spots.

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Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

  • Swiss National Park
  • Montreux
  • Lucerne
  • Geneva
  • Zurich
  • Lausanne
  • Bern
  • St. Moritz
  • Swiss National Park
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    Swiss National Park

    #1 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

    Switzerland's only national park is located in the east portion of the country and sprawls across 65 square miles of land. The sheer beauty of this national park is what draws travelers here: Verdant valleys stretch for miles amid the backdrop of the Swiss Alps. Hikers have 50 miles of trails to explore and nature lovers can admire the flora and fauna that call the park home (including various birds, ibexes, goats and marmots).

  • Montreux
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    Montreux

    #2 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

    Tourists may not be as familiar with Montreux as they are with its Lake Geneva neighbors, which makes this Swiss city such an undiscovered gem. The quaint Montreux features a waterfront promenade dotted by flowers and trees, a medieval castle and a charming old town, not to mention a statue commemorating Freddie Mercury (Queen recorded in the city).  Montreux is also surrounded by vineyards and hosts a popular jazz festival each summer.

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    Lucerne

    #3 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

    Picturesque Lucerne sits on Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland, framed by snowcapped mountains and medieval buildings. This city's old town is home to historic attractions, lively town squares, boutique shops and old churches. Make sure to see the Musegg Wall and its towers (the preserved fortifications date back to 1386) and the world’s oldest covered wooden bridge, Chapel Bridge, which was originally built in 1332.