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Unique Places To Visit In Switzerland

Lake Lucerne, Stoos, Lauterbrunnen Valley, Wengen, La Gruyere, Aletsch Glacier, Val Mustair, Nendaz, Lugano, Grindelwald, Bettmeralp and many more.

Are you looking for a quick escape from the chaotic city life? Do you want to fly away to a place that is an ideal blend of serene spots and vibrant streets? If yes, then look no farther than Switzerland. There are several unique places to visit in Switzerland, which will serve you with an offbeat experience. While an evening walk across its Lake Geneva will fill up your senses, the picturesque village of Wengen will take your life down a few notches and treat you with a laidback summer vacation.

From the hilly villages of Grindelwald and Engelberg to the spectacular resort town of St. Moritz, there are many offbeat places to visit in Switzerland which deserve a special mention in your travel diary. With scenic spots like Brienz, Lugano, and Lauterbrunnen in its reserve, this alpine country has got a special place in the hearts of nature-buffs and peace seekers. So, if you are all set to explore the hidden gems of Switzerland, here is a list of some unique places in the country which are too good to be missed.

Here is the list of unique places to visit in Switzerland:

01

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Flaunting picture-perfect backdrops of Alps, Lake Lucerne is one of the many unique places to visit in Switzerland. Perched in the quaint city of Lucerne, this turquoise beauty will bewitch your heart with its serene environment and steamer cruises.

If you want to get the detailed views of the lake, just head to Mt. Pilatus and treat your eyes with its awe-inspiring views. Apart from its vantage points, the lake also houses several classy resorts where you can plan your stay for a while. A boat trip on Lake Lucerne is the most exhilarating thing to do among the vacationers.

Best time to visit: June to September marks the peak season for Lake Lucerne visit as the weather around this time is pleasant.

Highlights:

- Boat trip on Lake Lucerne
- Mt Pilatus
- Lion Monument
- Winter sports at Rigi

02

Stoos

Stoos

If you are looking for affordable and offbeat places to visit in Switzerland, Stoos is your best bet. As you will reach this spot, you will be taken to a scenic alpine village through the steepest funicular across the globe.

From here, take a ride to a charismatic viewpoint which flaunts breathtaking views of Lake Luzern. If you are too exhausted to hike further, just take a halt at the picnic area and treat your taste buds at one of the nearby restaurants.

Best time to visit: Stoos is best visited in the months from June to August.

Highlights:

- Bouncy Castle Park
- Skiing tour
- Snow-shoe tour
- The ethereal views from Fronalpstock.

03

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Set amidst rocky cliffs and pristine Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen Valley is truly a sight to behold. Situated in an idyllic Swiss hamlet, it features 72 magnificent waterfalls, which form its major highlight. From the vibrant meadows to quaint valleys and gigantic mountain peaks, Lauterbrunnen Valley has everything that makes it one of the most unspoiled and unique places to visit in Switzerland.

It also acts as a starting point for several excursions around the Jungfrau region. As you will go a few kilometres up the valley, you will usher into a serene village of Isenfluh, which is a preferred holiday destination among the couples.

Best time to visit: April to June is the best time to plan a trip to Lauterbrunnen valley.

Highlights:

- Eiger mountain peak trek.
- Jungfraujoch train ride
- A romantic day out to Isenfluh

04

Wengen

Wengen

If you have never been to an unspoiled destination endowed with pure natural beauty, a trip to the car-free village of Wengen is all that you need. A tiny village situated in the Bernese Oberland region, Wengen welcomes you with its green meadows, lofty mountain peaks, and scenic views of Alps.

While it transforms into a hiking destination in the summer months, the winter season in Wengen calls for exhilarating adventure sports like skiing. If you are tired of overcrowded city streets and want to escape to a serene location in the Alpine, Wengen is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Switzerland.

Best time to visit: Winter season is the best time to explore this city as, during the colder months, the city turns into a snowy paradise.

Highlights:

- Hike to the Alpine ranges of Jungfrau.
- Scenic vistas of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys.
- Paragliding over Swiss Alps
- Mannlichen Royal Walk

05

La Gruyere

La Gruyere

Known for its picture-postcard views and old-world charm, La Gruyere is a medieval town of Switzerland cradled between the slopes of Dent Du Chamois and Molseon. It is named after its lip-smacking cheese, Gruyere which is exclusively prepared in this region.

This traffic-free Swiss town houses a 13th-century castle, which stands as an epitome of architectural magnificence. One of the many crucial features of the town is its delectable cuisines that will leave your taste buds happy. La Gruyere has a bountiful of restaurants which serve you with special Gruyere cuisines, including fondue and raclette. In the winter months, this place sees a massive influx of travellers who visit here to enjoy skiing and other winter sports.

Best time to visit: La Gruyere is best visited in the months from March to August.

Highlights:

- The 13th century Gruyeres Castle.
- Adventure sports like sledging and hiking at Moleson.
- Gruyere Cheese Factory museum.

06

Bettmeralp

Bettmeralp

One of the most offbeat places to visit in Switzerland, Bettmeralp is a car-free village located in close proximity to the Aletsch Glacier. The village boasts 300 sunny days throughout a year which makes it an ideal winter getaway.

If you happen to visit here with your kids, don't forget to indulge your little one in its children's activity program. The place also features several hiking trails, which can be easily accessed by kids. Skiing, snowboarding, and carving are some of the most popular sports to be experienced here.

Best time to visit: the best time to visit Bettmeralp is between June and August.

Highlights:

- Hiking tour to Aletsch Glacier
- Cable car ride around Eggishorn Peak.
- Bettmerhorn mountain trek.

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Aletsch Glacier

Aletsch Glacier

A massive river of ice that stretches up to 23 Km from Jungfrau region, Aletsch Glacier stands as an epitome of primordial beauty. The vivid views of the glacier can be rejoiced from the top of Moosfluh, Eggishorn, and Bettmerhorn peaks.

If you want to enjoy this ice sea, just embark on a guided glacier walk and add the most liberating experience to your travel diary. The route will pass through the Grosses Gufer Glacier and take you to the Rote Chumma. On the way, you can also treat your taste buds with the delectable cuisines served at popular restaurants such as Alpina and Fiescheralp. If you are searching for unique places in Switzerland, Aletsch Glacier is totally unmissable.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are considered ideal for Aletsch Glacier trail.

Highlights:

- Aletsch Glacier trail.
- Delight your taste buds with popular cuisines at one of its restaurants.
- Admire the striking view of the glacier from the mountain peaks.

08

Val Mustair

Val Mustair

One of the largest villages in Mustair valley, Val Mustair will intrigue you with its well-preserved beauty and easy-breezy climate. The village streets are flanked by several restaurants and hotels which vouch for the local taste of the region.

It also features many camping spots where you can spend fun-filled time under the stars. The eighth-century monastery of St. John forms the major highlight of this quaint hamlet. While the summer trip to the village is ideal for mountain tours to Val Mora and Piz Chavalastch peak, the winter months in Val Mustair is all about skiing through the challenging slopes. If you are looking for unique places to visit in Switzerland, a trip to this village is all that you need.

Best time to visit: September to March is an ideal time to plan your Val Mustair visit.

Highlights:

- Val Mora.
- St John Monastery.
- Enjoy skiing through the challenging slopes of Val Mustair.

09

Nendaz

Nendaz

Are you planning a ski holiday in Switzerland? If yes, then look no further than Nendaz. Tugged in the 4 Valleys Ski Area, Nendaz offers ample skiing opportunities for both free riders, as well as, families.

The resort is surrounded by a quaint village that looks beautiful with its narrow streets and wooden houses. Its proximity with the Rhone Valley further quadruples its charm. From skiing to winter hiking and mountain biking, this resort is ideal for bountiful outdoor activities. With a classic blend of adventure and beauty, Nendaz is one of the unique places in Switzerland.

Best time to visit: Nendaz is best visited between May and September months.

Highlights:

- Outdoor activities at Premier Alpine Centre.
- Mount Fort.
- Stay at one of its spa resorts.

10

Lugano

Lugano

Hailed as the Monte Carlo of Switzerland, Lugano is a small city resting on the banks of Lake Lugano. The city dates back its existence to the 9th century and is one of the most unique places to visit in Switzerland. On your visit to Lugano, head for a heritage tour around the city which is home to two libraries, three cathedrals, and a bountiful of museums.

If you happen to visit here in the summer season, don't miss out on its annual music festival. Lugano is also famous as the city of flowers and parks owing to its lush green plantations. With its abundant sunshine, pristine lake, and vibrant shopping streets, it attracts a massive influx of travellers from the rainy northern region.

Best time to visit: The months from March to April is the best time to plan your Lugano trip.

Highlights:

- Lake Lugano
- Monte San hike
- A day visit to Villa Olmo
- Heritage tour to Swiss Customs Museum

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Vevey

Vevey

Cradled between Mount Pellerin and Lake Geneva, Vevey is one of the many unique places in Switzerland. With its favourable climate, lush vineyards, and several excursion destinations, it has emerged as the first choice among the vacationers. In addition to its intoxicating beauty, Vevey is also known for its exhilarating water sports. A large number of adventure enthusiasts flock this place for skiing, snow-shoe walking and cycling.

Hailed as the birthplace of famous comedian Charlie Chaplin, Vevey town encompasses a monument which is built in the loving memory of the artist. On your visit to this Pearl of Swiss Riviera, enhance your knowledge about nutrition at Vevey Alimentarium or take a stroll across the picturesque Wine Road. You can also head for a train ride from the wine hub of Lavaux to Chexbres.

Best time to visit: Mid June to Mid September is the best time to explore this place.

Highlights:

- Picturesque landscapes of Lake Geneva
- Bonjour
- A train ride from Lavaux to Puidoux-Chexbres.
- Charlie Chaplin Museum

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Ascona

Ascona

Nestled on the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, Ascona is reckoned as the low-lying lake town of Switzerland. The pleasant climate of the town, its old town settlement, and the famous Promenade Lake are the three bedrocks of its popularity.

The streets of Ascona are dotted with several old cafes where you can halt for a quick sip of coffee. Being home to the 16th-century church of San Pietro, Ascona has managed to preserve its old-world charm. If you want to delve deep into the history of this Swiss beauty, plan a visit to the Monte Verita museum and learn about its glorious past.

Best time to visit: Ascona town is best visited between April and October months.

Highlights:

- Promenade Lake
- Monte Verita Museum
- Visconteo Castle
- Piazza Grande
- Madonna Del Sasso

13

Grindelwald

Grindelwald

There is no better spot to rejoice the surreal beauty of Switzerland than Grindelwald village. The small Swiss village is blessed with lush green surroundings which will leave you in awe of this place. The village is also home to the glorious peak of Eiger, which stands at an altitude of 3970 meters.

The peak not only serves as an excellent vantage point but it has also emerged as a prominent hiking spot among the adventure junkies. Being a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding, Grindelwald is frequented by adventure enthusiasts from all across the world.

Best time to visit: In the months from June to August, Grindelwald witnesses easy-breezy climate. Hence, this is the best time to visit here for sightseeing and adventure sports.

Highlights:

- Trek to Monch, Jungfrau, and Eiger peaks.
- Faulhornweg hiking tour.
- The scenic trail from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg.
- Longest ski race at Lauberhorn.

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14

Weggis

Weggis

Perched at an altitude of 435 meters above the sea level, this holiday resort features spectacular views of Lake Lucerne. The lakeside resort is dotted with tall palm and fig trees which add to its existing charm. With its plenty of luxurious accommodations and hotels, Weggis offers a perfect getaway from the hectic city life. It also shares close proximity with Rigi, which is another popular walking region for the vacationers.

From Lucerne Concert Hall, Passenger Diaries, and Old Town Lucerne to Rosengart Collection and Spreuer Bridge, there are bountiful of tourist spots to explore around Weggis. If you are someone who fancies the idea of a leisurely vacation, Weggis resort is an ideal pick for you.

Best time to visit: The best time to plan a Weggis trip is between June and August.

Highlights:

- Rigi
- Lake Lucerne
- Burgenstock

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