The old town of Bern has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It fascinates with the imposing sandstone buildings and with their unmistakable charm.
The small alleys and the six-kilometre-long arcades are also typical of Bern.
"We saw panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular and got a great perspective on the city. We always liked to head high for a panoramic view in a new destination. There were many opportunities on this tour around Central Europe. When we started our visit to Prague, we went to the top of the Petrin Tower. Later when we visited the countryside outside of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, we went to the Lipno Lake ski area and walked high above the treetops. From there we saw clear to Germany.
On a day trip from Zurich to Shaffhausen, we walked up to the Munot Fortress for a great view.We could not miss the opportunity to take the funicular in Gurten for a panoramic view of Bern."
"The world-famous Jet d'Eau dates back to the 19th century. Its white plume rises 140m into the air from a stone jetty on the lakeside at Eaux-Vives; that is about 50m higher than the Statue of Liberty. Turned on each morning by caretakers whose job it is to keep the fountain working, the Jet d'Eau is one of the city's most famous landmarks, and is considered to symbolise the city's ambition and vitality – a mark of its international status.
Where did the idea come from to build a fountain in the harbour? The first Jet d'Eau actually came about because of technical issues. ""It's a bit of a fluke that there's a water jet in Geneva,"" jokes Hervé Guinand, a member of the environmental department at Services Industriels de Genève (SIG), which operates the attraction."
Maybe it’s the way the sunlight shimmers on the lake or the way the sunset casts its warm glow. Maybe it’s the bird-like sensation of soaring through the air on a zipline or in a hot air balloon. Or laughing with friends after a fun-filled day on the trails. Or perhaps it’s a well-deserved afternoon of posh pampering at one of our acclaimed spas, followed by a stroll on the shore path.
You might reminisce of time spent exploring the area’s distinctive shops and sampling our award-winning restaurants. Whatever your choices, Lake Geneva promises experiences worth coming back for time and time again. Like generations before us knew… it’s always been the place.
"Located in the province of Haute-Savoie in France, Mont Saleve is a mountain of both France and Switzerland offering spectacular views and amazing experiences. It culminates at 1379 meters and is known as the balcony of Geneva. You can not only see the Jura Mountains and the Mont Blanc, but an extravaganza view can be seen when the sky is crystal clear. Even if Geneva is cloudy or facing rain, the weather in the mountains is sunny and beautiful. It is located just 20 kms from the center of Geneva and it is the best place for a one day trip. There are different paths to reach the top and all the paths differ from the level of difficulty. Tourists climb the mountain and get lost in the mesmerizing beauty of nature and amazing views of the mountains.
Mont Saleve is a hub to various adventurous activities, you can indulge in hiking, mountain biking, hand gliding, rock climbing, paragliding, trekking, and more at Mont Saleve. Cable car ride is also there for everyone which takes you to the top in just five minutes and gives marvelous views of the valley, mountains, lake and beauty of nature. Mont Saleve is a thrilling spot for the adventure freak and the nature lovers."
A boat trip on the clear, blue waters of Lake Thun amid the mountains of the Bernese Oberland is an unforgettable experience. During the unhurried two-hour trip from Thun to Interlaken,
you can indulge in fine cuisine while casting admiring gazes at the castles on the banks and the mountains beyond. Leave your daily routine behind and enjoy the passing landscapes.
"Ever wondered what would give you the best panoramic view of the Swiss Alps? Switzerland teems with such viewpoints but the one that tops the list is the Harder Kulm mountain in the beautiful city of Interlaken! Standing at 1322 m above sea level, the Harder Kulm is the nearest mountain to Interlaken. It offers spectacular vistas of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger peaks. Harder Kulm is not just a viewing-platform, but also a springboard for adventure activities and nature-lovers.
Atop the Harder Kulm is the popular Panorama Restaurant, which resembles a castle straight out of a fairy-tale book. Apart from the sumptuous local fare one can indulge in at the restaurant, the sundeck here is a great place to capture beautiful shots of the Swiss Alps - the best time for this being sunset. Just within easy reach of the restaurant, there is the Zwei-Seen-Steg or the Two-lake Footbridge that offers panoramic vistas of the Interlaken and the majestic mountain peaks. So, gear up for one-of-a-kind experience at Harder Kulm! Explore the different trails of natural beauty, feel the highs of capturing the Alps at its best!"
"The highest railroad station in Europe at 3,454 meters, the Jungfraujoch is like a small village, with a hotel, restaurants, research stations, and underground passages leading to an Ice Palace carved from the glacier and to sports venues for skiing and dogsledding. An elevator climbs even higher to a viewing platform at the 3,573-meter summit of the Sphinx, not far below the summit of the Mönch. To the south, you can see the Aletsch glacier, and to the north, the mountain world of the Alps. On clear days, the view extends to the Vosges in France and to Germany's Black Forest. The Aletsch glacier, 22 kilometers long, is Europe's largest and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and like glaciers throughout the Alps is seriously threatened by the warming of the planet. Although it is visible from other locations, the best view of the glacier is from the Sphinx viewing platform. The Jungfraubahn railway begins its climb at the Kleine Scheidegg, which you can reach from Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. The best plan is to go one way and come back the other. The rail line from Grindelwald to the Kleine Scheidegg runs below the treacherous north face of the Eiger, the most dangerous rock wall in the Alps. The first stop on the Jungfraubahn is Eigergletscher (Eiger Glacier), at 2,320 meters and surrounded by magnificent, wild scenery.
Farther on is the Eismeer (Sea of Ice) at 3,160 meters on the south face of the Eiger, with views over the much-crevassed surface of the glacier towards the Wetterhorn, the Schreckhorn, the Fiescherhörner, and the great crevasse under the Mönchsjoch. From here, it is a journey of 50 minutes along the rack-railroad to the Jungfraujoch."
"Situated in the Canton of Berne, Lake Brienz is a wonderful lake in the north of the Alps spread over an area close to almost 29.8 square kilometres. The lake is about 14 kilometres long, 2.8 kilometres wide and 260 meters deep. Lake Brienz is one of the deepest lakes in Switzerland. Forested by hills of Faulhorn and Schwarzhorn, the lake projects an amazing scenic magnetism. Also recognized as the turquoise gem, Lake Brienz is brighter and intense than any other lakes in Switzerland. The colour of the lake is turquoise because of the waters coming from the glaciers of the Lütschine and the river Aare carry small particles of the sediments into the lake. With the deposition of the particles in the lake, a magical effect is created and is amplified to a greater extent as the lake is well maintained. Tourists at all times love to come to Lake Brienz because of its calm and still nature.
The lake reflects the clear skies and the surrounding mountains, which makes the surrounding scenic. You would also find a number of castles and vineyards on the shores of this lake, which entices the tourists to take part in a number of water-based activities and even hosts a number of music festivals all over the year. If you have not paid a visit to this beautiful lake in Switzerland, then why not take a trip to this amazing place with your loved ones and witness the magic of the enchanting environment."
"The open-air museum Ballenberg is a foundation whose purpose it is to preserve historical rural edifices from all parts of Switzerland by taking them apart piece by piece and reassembling them on our grounds for everyone to visit and as a basis for scientific enquiry.
Ballenberg is a living cultural centre with events, courses, exhibitions and publications.More than one hundred centuries-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 200 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by."
Lake Lucerne, also called Lake of Lucerne, or Lake of the Four Cantons, German Vierwaldstätter See, French Lac Lucerne, or Lac des Quatre Cantons, principal lake of central Switzerland, surrounded by the cantons of Lucerne, Nidwalden, Uri, and Schwyz. The lake is named after the city of Lucerne, which lies at its western end.
The lake is most beautifully situated between steep limestone mountains, the best-known being the Rigi (north) and Pilatus (west), at an elevation of 1,424 feet (434 m). The lake’s area is 44 square miles (114 square km); it is about 24 miles (39 km) long, with a maximum width of 2 miles (3 km) and a maximum depth of 702 feet (214 m). Great promontories such as Horw (west), Bürgenstock (south), Meggenhorn (north), and Seelisberg (south) project into its waters, giving it an irregular shape. The Reuss River enters the lake near Flüelen (southeast) and leaves it at Lucerne, and the lake receives the rivers Muota (northeast) and the Engelberger Aa and the Sarner Aa (south).
"Carved in stone, yet deceptively alive – Lucerne’s world-famous Lion Monument has been impressing visitors from near and far for very many years. The imposing stone lion, however, is more than “just” a monument. Depending on your point of view, it can be seen as a commemoration, a work of art or a memorial. And as a proud landmark of the city of Lucerne.
The “Lion of Lucerne” is nestled in a rocky grotto in a charming park setting in Lucerne. Ten new interpretation panels outline the history and multilayered significance of the monument. The information is in German and English, while French and Italian versions are available by scanning a QR code. The same link provides more in-depth information surrounding the eight thematic areas outlined by the interpretation panels. The Lion Monument is visited by around 1.4 million people every year, though few of them are aware of the tragic story behind this imposing work; this can be remedied by taking a journey back in time."
"Not for nothing is the world-famous timber bridge Lucerne’s most photographed destination, it being held in high esteem by visitors and residents in equal measure. Together with the Water Tower, the bridge forms a landmark in the townscape like no other attraction.
The Chapel Bridge these days links the Lucerne Theatre on the south bank of the River Reuss with St. Peter’s Chapel on Rathausquai, passing the Water Tower on the way. The devastation that caught the world’s attention was one that no one would have wished to have happened."
Lake Lucerne, also called Lake of Lucerne, or Lake of the Four Cantons, German Vierwaldstätter See, French Lac Lucerne, or Lac des Quatre Cantons, principal lake of central Switzerland, surrounded by the cantons of Lucerne, Nidwalden, Uri, and Schwyz. The lake is named after the city of Lucerne, which lies at its western end. The lake is most beautifully situated between steep limestone mountains, the best-known being the Rigi (north) and Pilatus (west), at an elevation of 1,424 feet (434 m).
The lake’s area is 44 square miles (114 square km); it is about 24 miles (39 km) long, with a maximum width of 2 miles (3 km) and a maximum depth of 702 feet (214 m). Great promontories such as Horw (west), Bürgenstock (south), Meggenhorn (north), and Seelisberg (south) project into its waters, giving it an irregular shape. The Reuss River enters the lake near Flüelen (southeast) and leaves it at Lucerne, and the lake receives the rivers Muota (northeast) and the Engelberger Aa and the Sarner Aa (south).
"Carved in stone, yet deceptively alive – Lucerne’s world-famous Lion Monument has been impressing visitors from near and far for very many years. The imposing stone lion, however, is more than “just” a monument. Depending on your point of view, it can be seen as a commemoration, a work of art or a memorial. And as a proud landmark of the city of Lucerne. The “Lion of Lucerne” is nestled in a rocky grotto in a charming park setting in Lucerne. Ten new interpretation panels outline the history and multilayered significance of the monument. The information is in German and English, while French and Italian versions are available by scanning a QR code. The same link provides more in-depth information surrounding the eight thematic areas outlined by the interpretation panels.
The Lion Monument is visited by around 1.4 million people every year, though few of them are aware of the tragic story behind this imposing work; this can be remedied by taking a journey back in time."
"Mount Pilatus is a tiny paradise of Lucerne in Switzerland that is considered to be the greatest hiking destination. It is composed of many beautiful peaks out of which Tomlishorn is the highest. Once you have reached Mount Pilatus and you look down, the most amazing sight awaits you- Lake Lucerne nestled right into the Swiss Alps!
When you have reached the top, there are a plethora of things for you to do! You can gaze at the Swiss Alps from the viewpoint, or you can drop into one of the bars or restaurants scattered all over the place! You’ll also find a Dragon path at the top of Mount Pilatus where information about the hiking trails and viewing points has been mentioned."
Step out of the daily grind, and escape to Mount Rigi. Now is the time. Located in the heart of Central Switzerland, Mt. Rigi is easily accessible from every direction.
Travel in comfort by mountain rail and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. Ride up, get off, and enjoy – it's as simple as that.
"Out of thousands of heart swinging tourist attractions in Switzerland, Mount Titlis stands out as one of the highest alpine hill-stations situated between the cantons of Obwalden and Bern. To reach the summit of Titlis, you have to cross four stops, Gerschnialp, Trubsee, Stand, and Klein Titlis. These four places themselves are home to the alluring environment and have many places where you can sit back and relax or participate in the fun-packed adventure. As you reach atop, you will be welcomed by snow-swept mountains and bewitching beauty of the hill-station which makes it a perfect holiday destination for a reviving experience. The prismatic view of the white and rocky mountains along with the changing hues of the Swiss horizon is an added perk of visiting Mount Titlis. Mount Titlis is best suited for people who are driven by adrenaline and are particularly fond of adventures as there are a plethora of winter and summer adventure sports that go round the year.
The place attracts a lot of skiing lovers especially in the winters when the thick snow covers the steep shoulders of the peak. Tourists can also engage themselves in other winter activities like winter walking and snowshoeing which is suitable for people of all ages. Biking, zip-lining, and scootering are also popular here as it proffers the thrill of whisking on the white along with sailing through the thick frost. If you want your mountain expedition to be more challenging, you can choose to take the trails and hike around the mountain with your friends and family."
"The world-renowned shopping boulevard was created after construction of Zurich’s Main Railway Station. At the spot where city moats were 150 years ago, today it connects Lake Zurich with the Main Railway Station on a length of 1.4 kilometers (0.87 miles).
You find numerous boutiques, department stores and timepiece stores here, as well as at Paradeplatz – the Swiss banking center. Bahnhofstrasse is just as popular with locals and visitors, and it is always worth a visit. You can stroll relaxed along the lake in the summer as well as enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate at every corner in the winter. Rennweg and Augustinergasse lead off from Bahnhofstrasse into the picturesque old town."
Lake Zürich, also called Lake of Zürich, German Zürichsee, Swiss lake extending southeast from the city of Zürich. It lies at an altitude of 1,332 feet (406 m) and has an area of about 34 square miles (88 square km); its extreme length is 18 miles (29 km), maximum breadth 2 1/2 miles, and maximum depth 469 feet. The Linth River flows into it and emerges as the Limmat. The greater portion of the lake is in the canton of Zürich, but 8 square miles are in Schwyz and 4 square miles in Sankt Gallen.
The banks rise in gentle slopes, covered with vineyards and orchards, to hills with views of the Alps to the south.
Rhine Falls, German Rheinfall, the most spectacular waterfall in central Europe, on the upper Rhine River just below Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland.
The total fall of the cataract, including the rapids, is about 100 feet (30 m), the width 492 feet (150 m). There are two main falls divided by a pillarlike rock formation, that on the right bank dropping about 50 feet (15 m), on the left, 65 feet (20 m).