The Most Beautiful Places in Switzerland
Looking for the most beautiful places in Switzerland? Switzerland is full of many of the prettiest spots in the entire world, whether you are visiting in winter, summer, or somewhere in between.
I have read many posts with a similar topic to this but found they all have the same cliche places listed. So, in an effort to share some more unique spots, I have come up with the following list to help you craft your Switzerland itinerary. Here are the most beautiful places in Switzerland!
The Most Beautiful Places in Switzerland
Interlaken in the canton of Bern is a popular tourist destination and a place some might argue is the most beautiful place in Switzerland. Situated between two lakes, Brienz and Thun, it’s also the gateway to the rest of the enchanting Jungfrau Region. I have visited in both winter and summer and cannot recommend it more, especially if you love outdoor adventure!
WHERE TO STAY: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa. Click here to check it out.
Lauterbrunnen, also in the canton of Bern, is a place I often see called the most beautiful place in Europe. Lauterbrunnen, which translates to “many fountains”, is home to 72 waterfalls, despite being a tiny village.
Grindelwald, another popular village, is home to the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region. It’s also home to my favorite sledding route of all time, the Eiger Sledge Run. Click here for my full recap of it. Don’t miss the Cliff Walk, either. Click here for more information.
Thun is located on Lake Thun (duh) and has a historic Old Town. It’s beautiful and certainly worth a visit while in the canton of Bern!
WHERE TO STAY: Boutique Hotel Spedition with a perfect 10 out of 10 rating!
Bern is the capital city of Switzerland but you’d never know it by looking at it! Why? It looks like a charming medieval town with an Old Town so lovely it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The photos speak for themselves, as it is the most beautiful city in Switzerland.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & The Spa. Click here to see the latest prices.
Adelboden is a charming village, great for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
Trying to find the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland? This one is for you! Kandersteg is home to Lake Oeschinen, one of the most photographed lakes in Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
WHERE TO STAY: Bernerhof Swiss Quality Hotel. Click here for more info.
Gstaad is an upscale resort town in southwestern Switzerland in the canton of Bern. It’s a popular destination for many, including a handful of famous celebrities like Julie Andrews, Salma Hayek, Valentino, and Elizabeth Taylor. Don’t miss the fondue hike, which you can click here to learn more about.
WHERE TO STAY: Le Grand Bellevue. Click here for more info.
Mürren is a totally car-free village located above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Accessible only via an aerial cableway, the ride alone is reason enough to visit!
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Alpina Lauterbrunnen (confusing name, but it is actually in Murren)
Zermatt is a charming mountain resort town in Switzerland, most widely known for it's skiing, climbing and hiking as well as for its iconic views of the famous Matterhorn. It is located in the Valais canton and is one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland as well as one of the best ski places in Switzerland. The entire village is car free, making it great for walking around and shopping at the many boutiques. For more information on Zermatt, click here for my guide to visiting.
Sion, also in the canton of Valais, is the sunniest town in Switzerland!
Oberwald is a tiny town of only a few hundred, located directly before the famous Furka and Grimsel passes.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Alpenhof Oberwald
Riederalp, like Zermatt, is a car-free resort town, great in both summer and winter.
Chexbres is a wine-growing town with magnificent views of Lake Geneva.
Lausanne is a picturesque city located on Lake Geneva, home to the International Olympic Committee who recognizes it as being the Olympic Capital. It’s the fourth largest city in Switzerland, with more to do than there is room for here! It is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland.
Bourg-en-Lavaux is a newer municipality, formed when Cully, Epesses, Grandvaux, Riex and Villette merged in 2011.
Château-d’Oex is a charming little town, famous for being the World Alpine Capital of Hot Air Ballooning. Each year there is a nine day international festival which takes over the entire town at the end of January. For more information, click here to read my guide.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Valrose in Rougemont (next to Chateau-d’Oex, this is where I stayed)
Camedo is a tiny Swiss village near the Italian border. So small, in fact, that even Google maps can’t accurately locate it! They mistakenly recorded it as Borgnone which is a different village. Click here for the accurate location.
Ascona is located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region. It has a beautiful old town and a famous promenade on the lake lined with cafes. The colorful houses along the water remind me of so many places I have seen in Italy, making it seem more Italian than Swiss to me!
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Eden Roc. Click here for more info.
Mugena is a small village in Ticino that I have dreaming of for years thanks to the above photos!
WHERE TO STAY: Guesthouse Arosio B&B (half a mile from Mugena)
Switzerland Tourism calls Onsernone one of the most impressive and mysterious valleys in Ticino. If you want to be isolated in one of the most scenic places in Switzerland, this is for you.
Bellinzona is the capital of Ticino and is home to three medieval castles — Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro. They are said to be some of the most well preserved in all of Switzerland.
Lugano is the largest town in Ticino yet has, my favorite, a car-free historic town centre! It is a mixture of Swiss and Mediterranean, both in architecture and cuisine.
WHERE TO STAY: Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel. Click here to check it out.
Orselina is a town of 727 with an almost 50/50 split of German and Italian-speaking residents. If you are looking for a place to relax for a few days, Villa Orselina, below, is an incredibly highly rated option.
WHERE TO STAY: Villa Orselina
Lucerne is a popular tourist destination in central Switzerland. It’s located on Lake Lucerne, of course, and is surrounded by mountains (Rigi, Pilatus, and Stanserhorn). Don’t miss its covered Chapel Bridge, the Museggmauer, and a lake cruise.
Fluehli is a town in the canton of Lucerne and is part of the unreal UNESCO Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve.
Roaming through the streets of Soglio is said to feel like stepping back in time. Famous for its flowers, it’s been called “the gateway to paradise” and it is easy to see why!
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Stua Granda
St. Moritz, which has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, is a famous luxury resort town. Wondering what to do in St. Moritz? Click here to read their own list of 30 things to do before you leave!
WHERE TO STAY: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Click here for more info.
Beautiful Fribourg is one of the largest medieval towns in all of Switzerland. It lies above the Sarine River which surrounds it on three sides and has a charming Old Town full of other 200 unique Gothic facades.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel de la Rose. Click here for more info.
St. Gallen is in northeastern Switzerland, just south of Lake Constance (one of my favorite lakes in Europe!). The Abbey Library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is reason enough to visit. Trust me, Google it!
WHERE TO STAY: Oberwaid - Das Hotel. Click here to check it out.
The city of Basel lies in the Rhine river in northwestern Switzerland, near the border of France and Germany. After Zurich and Geneva, it is the third most populated city in Switzerland and with the second largest economy (after Zurich). The official language in Basel is German, but most locals speak Basel German, a local dialect.
Laufenburg, Switzerland is located on the border of Switzerland and Germany. On the opposite side of the Rhine River is Laufenburg, Germany. One city, two countries! How’s that for unique?!