15 Things to See in Switzerland in Summer: 2020
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Things to Do in Switzerland in Summer

Jungfraujoch, Experience the Paddle Boarding at Lake Geneva, Taste the Best Swiss Chocolates, Skydiving in Interlaken, Mountain Biking at Rothorn, Bern, Trummelbach Waterfalls, Montreux, Rhine Falls and Matterhorn Mountains.

Enjoy a wonderful vacation and take home the best memories of life with the best places to see in Switzerland in Summer. Starting from the month of May and lasting until September, the summer season in Switzerland is one of the most fascinating tourist seasons.

During this time one can enjoy the beauty of Switzerland with lesser crowds, great weather and reasonable prices for accommodation and activities. There are many things to see in Switzerland in Summer to appreciate the postcard perfect alpine landscape of the country.

It is a great time to indulge in outdoor activities in places like skiing in Jungfrau region, skydiving in Interlaken, paddle boarding at Lake Geneva etc. Moreover, this is the time when you can attend many international and local events on sports, music, movies and art in Switzerland.

This is also a wonderful time to see places like Bern, Montreux, Rhine Falls etc. If you are wondering what to see in Switzerland in summer, there are plenty of picturesque vistas that will catch your eyes. With plenty of sunshine, these tourist places offer a remarkable time as you get to spend time in the green meadows and the cultured urban backdrops of Switzerland.

Here is the list of some of the best things to see in Switzerland:

01

Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch
Located at an altitude of 3454 metres, Jungfraujoch is one of the best places to see in Switzerland in Summer for the mountain lovers. One can reach here through the cogwheel train and then bask in the surreal views of this impressive alpine attraction.

During the summer season, Jungfraujoch offers numerous activities like sledging, skiing and snowboarding for the adventure lovers. Jungfraujoch is also famous for having the Sphinx observatory where you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the surroundings.

Other popular attractions at Jungfraujoch include the Ice Palace which boasts of many beautiful ice sculptures and Alpine Sensation where you can have an experience of a moving walkway with images, dazzling lights and music.
02

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls
Visiting Rhine falls is one of the most popular things to see in Switzerland in summer for the adventure lovers. It is the largest waterfall in Europe and enthrals your soul with its thundering roars and gurgling waters. There are a number of great vantage points, among which the castle of Worth is the most famous place from where one can see the mesmerising waterfalls.

Rhine Falls is an impressive natural phenomenon where you can enjoy a wonderful holiday by taking a round trip on the boat or a guided tour and see the powerful spectacle in all its glory during the summers in Switzerland. 

Timing: During daytime
03

Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm
At an altitude of 1322 metres, Harder Kulm is one of the most breathtaking things to see in Switzerland in summer. One can take a thrilling journey from Interlaken and pass through the lovely forests to reach Harder Kulm. The journey that can be enjoyed in the evening, offers the beautiful sights of Eiger, Monch, Lakes Brienz and Thun and Jungfrau mountains.

The place is also known to organise folklore evenings and also has a playground where children can enjoy. After the thrilling excursion, tourists here can enjoy a wonderful dinner at the Panorama Restaurant.
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Basel

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Basel, sharing its borders with France and Germany, lies on the banks of the River Rhine in the northwest region of Switzerland. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, especially known for the diversity of its flora and fauna. It has miles and miles of lilac flowers edging along the stunning Rhine River. Like all the major Swiss cities, Basel also has its own charming Old Town area, which takes one back in the luxurious and slow pace of life as it was in the medieval era. It has stone houses with tiled roofs, beautiful cafes, well-kept boutiques, and vantage points to see stunning views of River Rhine. There are numerous cruises available for you to see the pristine beauty of the river its promenades. 

The most famous attraction here is the 10th-century Basel Minster known for its architecture heavily influenced by Roman and Gothic architecture. Almost as a symbol of its diversity, near the church, stands the striking 18th-century Jewish synagogue. The city is a haven for those who love nature and the outdoors. Basel Zoo, the oldest and the largest in Switzerland, houses over 600 species of rare animals like Indian Rhino, Flamingo, African elephants, and panthers. The sun-drenched city of Basel is the cultural epicentre of Switzerland. This is the most vibrant of places in the country famed for its festivals, art events, concerts, and open-air cinemas. Due to its location on the French and German borders, it is a melting pot of people, languages, and cuisines. It is known as the ‘city of museums’ and has over 40 museums that house world-famous galleries, collections of paintings and artworks.

Some of the best museums to visit are the Basel Toy World Museum, Antiques Museum for Egyptian artefacts, and Basel Museum of Ancient Art. The people of Basel love to celebrate and welcome everybody to the amazing carnivals held here throughout the year. These carnivals are an absolute riot of music, satirical performances, hand-painted lantern processions, and parades by pipers & drummers in colourful costumes. Basel remains rainy throughout the year with overcast skies. The summers are comfortable with July being the hottest month. The winters are freezing with January being the coldest month. The temperatures fall below zero often accompanied by snowfall. 

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Watch the Sunrise at Zurich

Watch the Sunrise at Zurich
One of the most incredible and free things to see in Switzerland in summer is watching the sunrise at Zurich Lake. The beautiful lake is known for its breathtaking sights during the time of sunrise when the sky is painted with brilliant hues of orange.

Zurich Lake is a wonderful spot to enjoy a picnic or take a lovely stroll in the panoramic surroundings. Moreover, watching the rays of the sun surround the entire atmosphere and cover the beautiful buildings of Zurich with its shine is a mesmerising experience for everyone. 

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Experience the Paddle Boarding at Lake Geneva

Experience the Paddle Boarding at Lake Geneva
Soak in the natural beauty of Switzerland by spending a day while doing paddle boarding at Lake Geneva. One of the best things to do in Switzerland in summer, paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of this beautiful lake.

One can easily rent the boards here at affordable prices and then go in the lake to have a fun-filled day with your loved ones. There are lessons offered here for different levels which one can enrol themselves in for taking their sport a level up. After a thrilling paddle boarding activity, tourists can enjoy the wonderful Lake Geneva by sipping on a cocktail or munching on some snacks at the lakeside bars. 

Price: US$36/person
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Taste the Best Swiss Chocolates

Taste the Best Swiss Chocolates
Known for producing the most drool-worthy chocolates across the globe, a trip to Switzerland is incomplete without sampling the best swiss chocolates. Some of the most popular names like Lindt, Toblerone, Nestle, Cailler etc which enchant the chocolate lovers have their origins in Switzerland.

These chocolate creators promise the smoothest and delicious chocolates. Switzerland is known to produce about 180,000 tons of chocolate every year that are savoured all over the world.  Offering a sweet retreat, there are a number of amazing chocolate shops where you can take chocolate tours and learn more about your favourite treat.

Some of the best places to see in Switzerland in summer for tasting the chocolates are Cailler Chocolate Factory – Broc, Sprüngli – Zurich, Du Rhône Chocolatier – Geneva, Max Chocolatier – Lucerne, Auer Chocolatier – Geneva, Läderach – Multiple, Lindt, etc.
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Skydiving in Interlaken

Skydiving in Interlaken
Have the most amazing adventure of your life by enjoying skydiving in Interlaken to soak in the views of the majestic Swiss Alps. After a breathtaking flight over Lütschental to the Schynige Platte mountain ridge, one can enjoy this fantastic adventure. 

With the clear skies and the beautiful weather, Switzerland in summer is a great place to enjoy skydiving. Interlaken has world class instructors who organise the tandem skydiving experience. The feeling of falling from an altitude of 13000 ft above sea level is a thrilling adventure in itself. The bird’s eye view of Interlaken from the sky above is totally exhilarating and offers an activity to remember for a long time to come. 

Price: $391-$475
09

Mountain Biking at Rothorn

Mountain Biking at Rothorn
One of the best things to see in Switzerland in summer, mountain biking is a winner when it comes to giving you an ecstatic memory of your Switzerland vacation. In the beautiful Alpine landscape, mountain biking is a challenging adventure where you can take easy, moderate and difficult routes based on your experience.

Pacing through the ascending and descending trails in the mountainous region of Zermatt in Rothorn is something that should not be missed. For the hardcore biking enthusiasts, there is also the mountain bike festival called Traillove which is organised in the month of September. 

Price: $158
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Bern

Bern
Encompassed with postcard perfect backdrops of scintillating natural beauty and idyllic streets, Bern is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. If you are wondering what to see in Switzerland  in summer or the most enchanting experience, Bern is a place where you will be charmed by its historic architecture, art scene, food markets, theatres and museums.

The city is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts of many amazing arcades, shopping streets and dazzling man-made landscapes like the high-level bridges. Along with offering many sightseeing opportunities, Bern allows the tourists to enjoy many cultural activities like the Summer and Winter Jazz festival, Buskers festival and Gurtenfestival which are famous all over the world.
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Trummelbach Waterfalls

Trummelbach Waterfalls
Famous as one of the largest subterranean waterfalls, Trummelbach Falls is set in the enthralling Lauterbrunnen valley. The thundering spectacle is a result of 10 cascades which has its origins in the Jungfrau glacier. The capacity of the waterfall is 20000 litres and serves as a delightful escape from the usual places to see in Switzerland in summer. 

The waterfall is located inside a mountain and can be reached by a tunnel lift to appreciate this majestic view. One of the must visit places to see in Switzerland, Trummelbach Falls is a spectacular sight by taking a hiking tour in Lauterbrunnen Valley. 

Timing: During daytime
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Montreux

Montreux
Find a surreal escape from the modern chaos in the sleepy town of Montreux. Located on the banks of Lake Geneva, this only city promises enthralling views of the mountains and forests where you can just relax and unwind. The old-world charm of this beautiful city can be witnessed in its pedestrian walkways, palm-fringed streets and the lake-view places.

The city offers breathtaking views of the mountains through its famous hiking trail and has the Chillon Castle is an artsy escape for all culture lovers. Moreover, the city is renowned for hosting the internationally acclaimed Jazz Festival.
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Matterhorn Mountains

Matterhorn Mountains
For the tourists searching among the most majestic sights on what to see in Switzerland in summer, Matterhorn Mountains is an easy answer due to its mystical panoramas. It’s a breathtaking escape for all the nature lovers who want to seek a quiet break from the mundanity of life.

The stellar landscape of Matterhorn mountains stands out due to its pyramidal shape that seems to diverge perfectly like the four cardinal directions across the land. Some of the popular things to do in Matterhorn include excursion to Gornergrat, enjoying views from Rothorn and skiing in Matterhorn glacier paradise. 

Timing: During daytime
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Ride in the Bernina Express

Ride in the Bernina Express
Browse through the most spectacular UNESCO World heritage sites by riding through the Bernina Express train. The scenic journey is an experience to remember as you cross places like Chur, Landquart, Davos, St. Moritz, Valposchiavo and Tirano.

The train journey promises some breathtaking alpine scenes through its panoramic sealed windows that reach all way up to the roof along the way and passes through 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and speeds up to 70 miles per hour. It is among the best things to see in Switzerland in summer where you enjoy the mesmerising views of Switzerland.
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Wine Tasting at Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

Wine Tasting at Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
For the wine lovers, Lavaux Vineyard is an astounding journey of sampling the most notable white wines amidst the breathtaking views. The place is famous for its wine production across the world for its climatic features and spans over an area of more than 800 hectares.

For the most memorable experience, one can take a quiet stroll amidst the landscapes or enjoy a picnic with your loved ones in the verdant grasslands. The vineyard is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a spectacular wine tasting experience for those who are looking to explore the Swiss countryside with a swirl.
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22 January 2020
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I was visiting Geneva for the first time with my family and wanted to explore as much as possible. The Geneva Pass was a pleasant surprise for us. We were able to cover a variety of tourist attractions and the best part is that the charges for kids under the age of 4 is nill and my daughters is 3 years old. In other words, get the best out of your trip by choosing a Geneva pass.
14 December 2019
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If you are in Geneva for several days, get the 72 hour pass to get the best out of your tour. Believe me you will save a lot. You can enter many paid attractions and also enjoy it both as a private or in a group tour. Definitely recommend it.
08 January 2020
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There is no better way of saying this, Get this pass if you are in for a tour in Geneva. I was able to grab the 24 hour tour and my God did I make the best out of it. I was able to visit a number of attractions in the 24 hour time just with the pass.
21 December 2019
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The sightseeing cruise is swift and the people serving on the tour are really professional. Everything was handled very carefully and in a manner that allowed us to have a great time. The cruise was also timed perfectly which did not make us miss out on our routine tour. We were able to capture various delightful spots and clicked a ton of photos. The cruise ship was clean and well maintained. Overall, I would give the entire experience a 5 star rating. We had a wonderful time during our honeymoon.
09 December 2019
Excellent
Oh! It was damn romantic. I mean the cozy ambiance, the soothing wind flirting with you, I was just mesmerized by the cruise and had a great time with my husband exploring various tourist destinations throughout Geneva. The Sightseeing Cruise in lake Geneva is really a cool and every couple must try it.
16 January 2020
Excellent
The best part about the entire experience was enjoying every bit of it hassle-free. I was in a big group with kids and thankfully I got to get into the Cogwheel car without waiting in the long queue and I thank the Thrillophilia team for it. The journey was also very well managed and the operator was really good. We got to explore a number of scenic locations and took various photos. The overall experience was really good and I would try it again.
The best part about the entire journey was the extreme professionalism that was carried out throughout the tour.. The guide was really informative and helpful. Transport was very comfortable. The view of the entire place was truly picturesque, and we took a ton of photos. I loved the entire tour and I along with my friends enjoyed a lot at Jungfraujoch but the only issue was that it was very cold.
16 January 2020
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I along with my partner visited the place for a day from Interlaken during our honeymoon and I must say that we really enjoyed the trip. I will definitely recommend to visit Jungfraujoch during your honeymoon tour to Switzerland.
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11 December 2019
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People Also Ask About Switzerland

  1. What are the best things to see in Switzerland in summer with kids?

    1. Jungfraujoch: Enjoy the cogwheel train journey across Jungfraujoch which is an eye-catching field nestled on the Bernese Alps. 

    2. Interlaken:
    Renowned for its paragliding experience, Interlaken is a beautiful Swiss countryside town with an emerald blue lake cuddled in the middle of it.

    3. Cailler Chocolate Factory:
    The Alpine milk and local cocoa butter combine to make the authentic Swiss Chocolate which is immensely popular among the tourists traveling to the country.

    4. Rothorn:
    A steep Swiss countryside, Rothorn presents great slopes and fields where you can enjoy mountain biking while snow-capped alps accompanying you along.
  2. Is Switzerland expensive to visit?

    Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries to visit in the world. But it is worth every penny you spend with the dazzling landscapes you get to see and the most thrilling activities you get to indulge in. From the Swiss Alps to the Swiss chocolates, a traveller is sure to have an incredible time in Switzerland. However, one can plan a little meticulously and save their money for their vacation in Switzerland. With a well-thought itinerary, Switzerland is a delightful tourist destination with a number of spectacular memories that it promises.
  3. What are the romantic things to see in Switzerland in summer?

    1. Rhine Falls: Gushing over a huge vertical rock cliff, Rhine Falls is a wonderful waterfall contrasting among the exotic Swiss greenery.
    2. Harder Kulm: Overlooking the majestic views of the Swiss Alps, Harder Kulm is a great place to witness the rugged and untarnished beauty of Switzerland.
    3. Zurich: An antique Swiss town, Zurich is clustered with Swiss architecture aligned parallel to Lake Zurich. You must watch the beautiful sunrise this town has to offer. 
    4. Lake Geneva: Surrounded by lush green forest, Lake Geneva is the best place to take your loved one to paddleboarding or a cruise to enjoy a serene time together.
  4. How many days are enough in Switzerland?

    The best itinerary for Switzerland is for 7 to 10 days. This allows enough time to enjoy the amazing things to see in Switzerland in summer which span over Berner Oberland, Luzern and Central Switzerland, Bern, Lake Geneva area along with Zermatt and Appenzell.
  5. What Switzerland is famous for?

    There are many famous places to see in Switzerland to have a remarkable vacation. Along with its scintillating natural beauty, Switzerland offers a plethora of attractions which makes your itinerary full of incredible places. Switzerland is famous for its museums, cultural places, dazzling art festivals and its gourmet experience that includes the best chocolates, cheese fondue and wines.
  6. How hot is Switzerland in summer?

    The temperature in Switzerland in summer varies between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The days are sunny and suited for sightseeing while the evenings can be a little chilly asking you to grab a light jacket on your evening strolls. However, the overall weather is pleasant as you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and swimming during the summers.

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