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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 attractions in Switzerland for Spring

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Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

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Fed by clear glacial waters that flow down the Swiss Alps, the crescent-shaped Lake Zurich (Zurichsee) forms the scenic backdrop to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, which spreads along the western tip of the lake. Measuring 25 miles (40 kilometers) in length and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) in width, this alpine lake offers an easily accessible escape to nature for those based in the city, with plenty of swimming spots, hiking routes, tranquil islands, and picturesque mountain scenery.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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Lucerne Old Town

Lucerne Old Town

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Set on the left bank of the River Reuss, the Lucerne Old Town is encircled by medieval walls and watchtowers and connected to the right bank by two covered wooden bridges: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). The narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are lined with half-timbered houses and 15th-century buildings.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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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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Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zürich)

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The Zurich Opera House (Opernhaus Zurich is one of the busiest classical music venues in the world and is a delight for both classical music lovers as well as architecture enthusiasts. Opened in 1891, the building was designed by Viennese architects and incorporates neoclassical and rococo styles.More
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Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse

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One of the most expensive strips of retail space in Europe, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is known for its many luxury shops that sell designer fashion, jewelry, perfume, chocolate, and, of course, watches. While many visitors only go to window shop, the street is one of the city’s main commercial areas, frequented by both locals and travelers.More
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Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)

Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)

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With its striking 19th-century buildings and winding cobblestone lanes stretching along both sides of River Limmat, Zurich’s Old Town (Altstadt) is the most atmospheric part of the city and home to many principal tourist attractions.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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Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

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Nicknamed the “Queen of the Mountains,” Mount Rigi has long captured the hearts of writers like Mark Twain and painters like JMW Turner. Encircled by a trio of lakes—Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz—and adjacent to the neighboring peaks of Mount Pilatus and Brunnistock, Mount Rigi is the enduring postcard star of Central Switzerland.More

Trip ideas

Swiss Alps Adventures from Zurich

Swiss Alps Adventures from Zurich

Top activities in Switzerland

Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
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Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
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Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
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Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich
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Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Recent reviews from experiences in Switzerland

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Our guide Ante was very...
Viviana_T, Apr 2022
Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich
Our guide Ante was very professional and gave us lot of information about Switzerland, the Rhine river and waterfalls, Stein am Rhein and much more.
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Wonder Experience, Breathtaking Scenery
David_H, Apr 2022
Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
Lots of fresh snow and related activities to enjoy.
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Tour of all the hidden gems of Switzerland!
Leontine_C, Mar 2022
From Zurich: The most beautiful insider spots in Switzerland (private 1-day tour)
I highly recommend if you want to see the real Switzerland away from the crowds!
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Beautiful Tour
Elizabeth_F, Feb 2022
Glacier Paradise Mount Titlis Guided Tour from Zurich Including Lucerne
It was a great day trip to take from Zurich too to be able to see the mountains that Switzerland is known for.
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An Absolute Highlight
Cathy_S, Apr 2022
Private Day Tour to Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen Valley and Mürren from Zurich
Marc made it possible for us to see and experience parts of Switzerland we would not have been able to see on our own using the train system.
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My wife and I truly...
Michael_S, Mar 2022
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken
Eduardo, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and personable, and conducted the tour in both English and Spanish.
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Good trip to learn about and sample chocolate and cheese!
Ellen_O, Mar 2022
Winter Gruyères, chocolate and cheese tour from Lausanne
If you want to see the castle, bring your own lunch!
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Absolutely worth it for the views!!
Nicole_C, Mar 2022
Paragliding Over the Swiss Alps from Lauterbrunnen
Absolutely incredible to be able to see both mountains and the valley.
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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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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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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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Phenomenal Switzerland. Great 4 day tour.
Mark_Y, Sep 2019
4-Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich Including Mt. Titlis Cable Car
Gave us a great taste of many of Switzerland’s biggest attractions and cities.
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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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Amazing!!
Michelle_D, Sep 2019
Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
Perfect day to see Switzerland!
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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 .

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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