Get inspired and plan your next trip with Fodor’s ebook travel guide to Switzerland (including Zürich, Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Graubünden, Ticino
, Luzern and Central Switzerland, Basel, Fribourg and Neuchâtel, Bern, Berner Oberland, Valais, Vaud, and Geneva).
: Zürich is surprisingly small, but its wealth of cultural riches—like luxurious Alstadt (Old Town), Grossmünster cathedral, and the modern art at the Bührle Museum—make up for its size. East of Zürich, discover the old Rhine city of Schaffhausen and its medieval frescoes, the busy textile center of St. Gallen, and princely Liechtenstein.
What’s Covered? Get to Know Switzerland
In Graubünden, take the gorgeous train ride to Arosa, visit Heidi country in Maienfeld, or ski and be seen in glitzy St. Moritz. Ticino’s lakes, like the beauteous Lugano, serene Locarno, and elegant Ascona, are perhaps its greatest attraction. Central Switzerland is the most-visited region in the country, with Vierwaldstättersee lake, Rütli Meadow, fabled Wilhelm Tell chapel, and the medieval town of Luzern.
Basel is home to great modern art, at Museum Tinguely and Fondation Beyeler. The largely undiscovered cantons of Fribourg and Neuchâtel are a favorite western Switzerland getaway, with treasures like the picturesque castle at Gruyères, lakeside Neuchâtel, and the medieval center of Fribourg. Bern, Switzerland’s federal capital, offers famed sandstone arcades, painted fountains, the Zytglogge performing mechanical clock, the Gothic Münster, and the art-filled Zentrum Paul Klee.
Berner Oberland, a summit of summits, includes the peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as well as glam Gstaad. Valais is home to the country's most photographed icon, the Matterhorn, in Zermatt. Don’t miss the resort luxury of Saas-Fee, Verbier, and Crans-Montana. Vaud is centered around Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and harbors alpine villages, glamorous lake resorts, and verdant vineyards. Be sure to visit the Old Town and hyperactive waterfront of Lausanne, harbor-front Vevey, Riviera-like Montreux, and Switzerland’s most fabled castle, Château de Chillon.