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Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

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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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#1 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).

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#2 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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#3 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.

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#4 Geneva

#4 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Set along the banks of Lake Geneva in western Switzerland, this city is famous for its incredible views and is known as being the headquarters of the Red Cross and the United Nations. Geneva is also home to some iconic sights, including the Jet d'Eau, one of the world’s tallest water fountains (it shoots water 459 feet in the air), and the old town, which features cobblestone streets and several museums. Read More »

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#5 Zurich

#5 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Zurich is a cosmopolitan financial center, a foodie haven and a romantic European city that appeals to all types of travelers. A vacation here should include spending time admiring Lake Zurich, exploring the trendy bars and restaurants (try some fondue), meandering through Lindenhof park and exploring the city's distinct neighborhoods. And you must sample the famous dark chocolate Champagne truffles from specialty chocolatier Teuscher. Read More »

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#6 Lausanne

#6 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

The second-largest city on Lake Geneva, Lausanne is characterized by its renowned gothic cathedral and surrounding hilly terrain. The stunning lake views and colorful city center don't hurt, either. Travelers can soak in Lausanne's lively atmosphere by checking out the cafes, wandering through the old town to admire the architecture and visiting the nearby, UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards.

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#7 Bern

#7 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

The capital of Switzerland, Bern sometimes gets overlooked for flashier Swiss cities like Zurich and Geneva. But Bern is home to many fun things to do and explore, including a UNESCO-recognized old town, a towering gothic cathedral and many museums. Head to Gurten mountain – which can be reached by funicular, bike or on foot – for sweeping views of the city below.

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#8 St. Moritz

#8 in Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

The birthplace of alpine winter tourism, St. Moritz welcomes travelers with exceptional skiing, swanky hotels and top-notch restaurants. In addition to downhill skiing, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding and winter hikes. Come summertime, the area invites outdoor lovers to golf, bike and hike or enjoy water sports and swimming in the surrounding lakes.

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