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Welcome to Switzerland

From the soaring Alpine peaks of the Jungfrau region to the peaceful shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland welcomes visitors with a wealth of great outdoor adventures. Private and small-group tours led by in-the-know guides help you navigate your way through regions with inspiring landscapes, medieval history, and multiple languages. In summer, take a hiking tour through lush pastureland and paddle along choppy rivers; in winter, ski, and snowboard in the Alps. Whether you tour by foot, bike, or coach, you’ll find places to sample Swiss cheese, chocolate, and wine; and learn about the country’s folklore. Take a walking tour of Zurich to admire monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street and Old Town, browse the Swiss National Museum, or cruise on Lake Zurich. Head to pretty Lucerne to view the Museggmauer, a 14th-century city wall with nine towers. Add a day trip to Montreux, home to the internationally renowned Montreux Jazz Festival and Chillon Castle, immortalized by Lord Byron in a poem, and explore its turrets and dungeons. For high-altitude action, take a day trip to the Alps and the Bernese Oberland, Mt. Pilatus, Jungfraujoch, or the charming mountain town of Chamonix, France, home to Mt. Blanc. Tours start from a variety of base towns, including Geneva and Zurich, to guide you to Interlaken and Grindelwald, with their spectacular scenery and crisp air. Take to the skies on a paragliding adventure, cruise the calm waters of magical Lake Lucerne, or visit Zermatt to experience the Matterhorn.

Top 10 attractions in Switzerland

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Glacier Express

Glacier Express

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The bright-red Glacier Express passes over glaciers, across gorges, and above river valleys through Switzerland’s spectacular mountain scenery. This narrow-gauge line is the only direct service between the exclusive ski resort of Zermatt and chic St. Moritz—and is considered among the most beautiful scenic trains in Europe.More
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Jungfrau

Jungfrau

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The Jungfrau, a sky-high saddle in the Swiss Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers jaw-dropping views of the Bernese Oberland’s massive glaciers and snowy peaks. Travel by narrow cog railway to Jungfraujoch and stand on “the Top of Europe” as you gaze out at the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, and far, far beyond.More
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Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

Rhine Falls (Rheinfall)

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At Rhine Falls (Rheinfall), sheets of white water tumble from a height of 75 feet (23 meters) across a 492-foot-wide (150-meter-wide) rock ledge. Created by the movement of the Earth’s crust about 15,000 years ago, this natural wonder is among Europe’s biggest waterfalls. The riverbanks near it are laced with walking and biking trails.More
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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is Switzerland's largest body of water, though most of its southern shore lies within France. A crescent of blue hemmed in by the snowy peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, the lake is a year-round hotspot for outdoor activities, with a northern shore covered in picturesque villages, terraced vineyards, and medieval castles.More
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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

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Located at the heart of Bernese Oberland and surrounded by the famous peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is one of Central Switzerland’s most photographed natural wonders and the country’s fourth largest lake. Whether you’re soaring overhead in a cable car, cruising the lake itself, or visiting waterfront villages such as Weggis and Gersau, Lake Lucerne is mesmerizing from all angles.More
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Bernina Express

Bernina Express

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Soaring over the Bernina Pass and climbing to a dizzying 7,392 feet (2,253 meters) above sea level, the famous Bernina Express is one of Europe’s most beautiful railway routes. Running for 75 miles (122 kilometers) from Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, it’s the only railway that connects the North and South Alps, and offers dramatic mountain views.More
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Mt. Titlis

Mt. Titlis

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Reaching 10,626 feet (3,239 meters) above sea level, Mt. Titlis is Central Switzerland’s highest peak and probably its finest vantage point. The mountain has a cutting-edge transportation system—including, most famously a revolving cable car that turns 360 degrees during the ride to the top station at 9,908 feet (3,020 meters). Those lucky enough to be inside the car are graced with stunning panoramic views of Alpine peaks, sheer rock faces, and an icy crevasse-cracked glacier.More
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Mt. Pilatus

Mt. Pilatus

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A multi-peaked massif, Mt. Pilatus towers over Lucerne and Central Switzerland. Though Queen Victoria enlisted a mule to help her ascend the mountain in 1868, visitors now venture up by cable car or cogwheel train, which—with a gradient of up to 48 percent—is said to be one of the world’s steepest. Crisscrossed by hiking trails and sled runs, Mt. Pilatus features a kid-friendly adventure park and a suspension rope park. From the top, you can see as far as Italy on a clear day.More
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Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Empire State Building, and Geneva has the Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)—a stunning feature in Lake Geneva launching water 460 feet (140 meters) into the air. Enjoy views and snap a souvenir photo from the waterfront, where the River Rhône meets Lake Geneva.More
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Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Shop

Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Shop

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Switzerland is famous for many things, including mountains, clocks, and, of course, chocolate. Legendary Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli has been churning out smooth and delicious confections since 1845. Today, visiting the Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Shop, just outside of Zurich, is a must for any chocolate lover.More

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Top activities in Switzerland

Recent reviews from experiences in Switzerland

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Amazing trip to Jungfraujoch
Renzo_C, Sep 2021
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
Got to see a the Switzerland towns and lakes on the may.
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The best Switzerland hidden gems
NGA_B, Jan 2022
Private tour to the most breathtaking insider spots in Switzerland (1 day)
He made a great picnic lunch, and also flew a drone for us to see Switzerland in many other ways.
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Winter Wonderland of a Lifetime!
Cassie_B, Dec 2021
Private Day Tour to Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen Valley and Mürren from Zurich
Unbelievable winter wonderland!
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The only way to view the Alps- best day of my life
Tyler_B, Nov 2021
Swiss Alps panorama Tour with private guide from Zurich
By the end of our tour in Switzerland, we gained valuable knowledge through the help of our guide, amazing photography, and a wonderful friend who knows the best places to visit in Switzerland.
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The Rhine Falls!!!
Carol_M, Sep 2021
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
Seeing the Rhine Falls is a definite must tour when you visit Switzerland!
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Brilliant tour with the best Switzerland
Xin_Tong, Sep 2021
Zurich Super Saver 2: Rhine Falls including Best of Zurich City Tour
We talked all way when we went Rheinfall.
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Amazinngggg
Nashita_M, Aug 2021
Paragliding Over the Swiss Alps from Lauterbrunnen
The paragliding itself was indescribable, you'll really have to try it to see for yourself.
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Stunning Switzerland away from the crowds!
Victoria_U, Aug 2021
Private tour to the most breathtaking insider spots in Switzerland (1 day)
From the stunningly picturesque village of Iseltwald to the spectacular waterfall and ravine at Rosenlaui and finally, the beautiful green glacial lake of Haslital.
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Day trip was smooth as glass
Michael_H, Jul 2021
Schilthorn Piz Gloria (James Bond Location) Private Tour from Zürich
Could not have dreamed of a better way to see Switzerland and the Schitlhorn.
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Trip of a lifetime
rokeefe1rok, Feb 2020
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
If you have a limited time in Switzerland and want to see beautiful scenery this is a great trip
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Good way to spend a day
giulissalanda, Jan 2020
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
These waterfalls are a much see if you have the time while in switzerland and we took some amazing pictures while in Stein am Rhein which is a quiet small town.
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Excellent tour
LI_T, Jan 2020
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
the two guiders are very nice, they can speak English, Spanish and Chinese.
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Amazing!!
Michelle_D, Sep 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Perfect day to see Switzerland!
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Annecy half-day trip.
Bette_R, Sep 2019
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
We were on a tour of Switzerland, but were looking for a way to see Annecy.
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Mount Pilatus
Denise_C, Sep 2019
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich
We were able to visit this wonderful area of Switzerland on a very sunny clear day.
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Awesome
Lukas_H, Jul 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Highly recommend this to anyone looking to see Switzerland .
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Great views of the Swiss countryside/ Lichtenstein
ron_p, May 2019
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
Great way to see Lichtenstein.
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Excellent tour company warm friendly caring and informative staff
Jeremiah_S, Oct 2018
Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich
the Rhine falls your and the 11 century village was excellent.
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Switzerland tour
Lorraine_H, Jun 2018
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
Very long drive to Liechtenstein and when you arrive there’s nothing to see except 2 gift shops.
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AWESOME TRIP
JOSE_A, Jul 2018
Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich
The Rhine Falls experience was awesome too.

All about Switzerland

When to visit

Switzerland’s snow-caked mountains and valleys were made for the winter months, when skiers make a beeline for the Alps, and events such as Basel Carnival and Lake Geneva's Christmas markets pull in the crowds. The shoulder season months—May and September—are ideal for hiking and outdoor activities without the crowds and high prices of summer.

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