A tourist planning for a Switzerland Tour
is always inquisitive about the tourist
places to be visited during that Switzerland
Tour. Fortunately in the whole of Western
Europe, which is thronged by the travellers
during the vacations, Switzerland is the
most popular tourist country. The most popular
tourist places within Switzerland are Geneva,
Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt, Interlaken etc.
Apart from these, there are other ones too,
though less popular yet picturesque. Switzerland
Tourism Department is also active in the
area of promoting travel and tourism in
the country. Here under we are providing
you the information valuable for you while
your Switzerland vacation.
Places in Switzerland
This northern city (pop.
170,000) on the Rhine River, is situated
at the meeting point of Switzerland, France
and Germany. Known as the centre for fabric-dye
production in medieval times; Basel is now
the base for many of the international pharmaceutical
companies. It is also one of the most frequently
visited tourist destinations in Switzerland.
The city's tourist attractions while on
Switzerland Tour include the Munster (9th-century
red sandstone cathedral), the 11th-century
cathedral (which holds the tomb of Erasmus),
University of Switzerland (the oldest in
the country), Three-Country Corner and Market
Square (with its surrounding medieval-era
houses). Drei Konige, or the "Three
Kings on the Rhine," is Europe's oldest
There are a number of museums: the Kunstmuseum
(one of the country's best fine arts museums),
Antikenmuseum (ancient Greek and Roman artifacts),
a small Jewish Museum and the Paper Museum
(covers the history of printing). The Museum
Jean Tinguely offers a sampling of the Swiss
sculptor's delightfully whimsical mechanical
contraptions. The Fondation Beyeler contains
works by Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and other
If the time permits, you can also enjoy
a dinner cruise on the Rhine in the evening.
If the date of your Switzerland Tours is
likely to coincide the city's Carnival,
make the accommodation arrangement in advance
in Zurich or Bern from where you can get
special morning trains for Basel.
The ancient capital of Switzerland, its
also known as 'Berne' by Switzerland's French-speaking
citizens. The whole city was renovated after
it was ruined by fire in 1405. It has many
fine examples of early-15th-century architecture
- so U.N. declared it a 'World Heritage
Site'. The Old town is identified by its
thick-walled stone houses brightened by
the boxes of geraniums on the balconies
overlooking the Aare River.
Bern's 11th-century arcaded streets provides
wonderful opportunities for tourists for
sightseeing and shopping. Mountains around
Bern provides a beautiful backdrop - the
northwest is dominated by the Jura and the
Alps and their foothills provides a wonderful
backdrop to the south. The city centre with
its beautiful medieval architecture is located
on the Aare River between the the striking
copper spire of the Nydegg church (Nydeggkirche)
and the 13th-century clocktower (Zeitglockenturm).
Vegetable and flower markets are held everyday
during the summers. A celebrated onion market
is also held here on the fourth Monday of
Make sure that you visit the Rhone Glacier
which lies nearby when you're in Brig. Ypu
can also visit the resorts of Saas Fee and
Zermatt which are near to Brig as well as
Italy via a major tunnel through the Alps.
One of the oldest city in Switzerland, Chur
has been inhabited since at least 3000 BC.
Chur is the capital of the canton of Graubunden
(or Grisons in French). A Stone Age relics
which was found here has been displayed
in the splendid archaeological museum in
the Old Town.
The main tourist attractions at the city
are the Rhine River and spectacular mountains
and valleys in the area. The world famous
ski resorts of St. Moritz, Arosa and Davos
are also nearby. A special treat in Chur
is the Romantik Hotel Stern, with its impressive
collection of old coaches and sleighs.
Fribourg is the Swiss region where the French
and German languages and cultures merge
together. Fribourg is a beautiful little
town built on a hillside. Red-tiled buildings
in the old section lead your way up from
the Saane River to the Gothic St. Nicholas
Cathedral. It also has a pretty Town Hall
and a Museum of Art and History.
This town in the Jungfrau region offers
winter horse-drawn sleigh rides and good
skiing. Be sure to visit one of the nearby
glaciers (the higher one, Obergletscher,
is the best). The ideal route is via train
from Interlaken. The trip turns spectacular
- if you go all the way up to Jungfrau Station,
the highest railway in Europe.
Chalets in the mountains, ski lodges and
horse-drawn sleigh rides that portray Switzerland
can be seen live at the Bernese Oberland,
and the Heidi Area near Chur in eastern
Switzerland. Alphorn blowers, beautiful
hilly pastures, waterfalls, glaciers and
detailed wood carvings on houses and bridges
is something not to be missed.
A truly sparkling little city (its yellow
sandstone buildings glitter in the sun),
Neuchatel, is situated at the foot of the
Jura Mountains on the largest lake in the
entire Switzerland. The city is acclaimed
academically because of its outstanding
prep schools and universities.
The Art and History Museum and Swiss clocks
and watches that are made in the city tempt
the tourists to be a part of the city for
This typical Swiss town is near Lucerne
in central Switzerland. The surrounding
canton of Schwyz (pronounced shfeetz) was
one of three founding members of the Swiss
Confederation and gave its name to the rest
of the country (Switzerland is called "Schweiz"
in German). The Victorinox factory, where
the original Swiss Army knives are made
are also available for sale. Travel by a
train up to the resort town of Stoos which
is worth watching.
At St. Gallen (pop.73,000), visit St. Gallen's
town square, the baroque cathedral and the
world-renowned Abbey Library with an excellent
collection of medieval manuscripts.
Thun is a well-established market town,
which explores the Bernese Oberland Mountains
well. Thun is one of the Switzerland's largest
military training bases, and relics of the
town's early military origins. Thun Castle
built in 1190 is a classic monument. A stroll
from the medieval Rathausplatz to the lakeshore
provides wonderful views.
This area is home to some of the most dramatic
Alpine sceneries in the country, including
the town of Zermatt. The Matterhorn, Eiger
and Mt. Blanc can all be seen (on clear
days) on a trip via bus and cable car along
the Pillon Pass. Other sights in the canton
include a fresco that tells the story of
William Tell (it's painted on a house in
Ernen/Muhlebach) and Grand St. Bernard.
Sion has enough old cathedrals and interesting
buildings to justify an overnight.
This city (pop. 85,000) is quite famous
for its artwork. Visit the Oskar-Reinhart
Foundation Museum, where paintings by Swiss,
German and Austrian artists are on display.
There is also a nice fine arts museum in
town, as well. The Collegium Musicum (founded
in 1629) stages wonderful concerts. Nearby
is the Kyburg Castle that is worth watching.