15 Best Cities to Visit in Switzerland

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Map of cities in Switzerland

The list of cities in Switzerland is based on the number of attractions they offer to tourists. It includes those who benefit from international tourism by providing a different and unique experience, rather than a relaxing getaway. The list also includes those who enjoy cultural and recreational activities, such as the art galleries and museums. A mix of unique activities and the finest quality facilities, this list has it all.

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is known for is spa complexes and its wellspring mineral water. Glaciers are common in the surroundings and the scenic natural landscape is a sight to behold.

Kandersteg

Kandersteg, known for its spa resort, is easily accessible from the city of Bern. It is also home to the San Pellegrino Terme and Thermehotel Arena spa pools.

Arosa

Arosa is known for its ski resort, of course, and is one of the largest such resorts in Europe. It is also home to a range of other activities that make it a popular business hub for Swiss companies.

Vevey

Vevey, on the shores of Lac Léman, is known for its manicured lawns, gardens, fine restaurants, and luxury hotels. Its serene atmosphere attracts visitors all year round.

Biel-Bienne

Biel-Bienne is a proud city that is proud of its history. As most of the city is situated inside a bowl, which helped to put the city in a sacred place in history, it was a small city with a Roman presence that later became part of the Holy Roman Empire (Magna Germania). Biel-Bienne was a pretty big part of the dynasty, although the claim of the list of the 3 most important castle of the Holy Roman Empire is not as important as it once was.

Biel-Bienne is surely one of the cities in Switzerland with the most beautiful place for a picnic, especially outside the tree-framed, and the market that runs from April to November is one of the largest of Switzerland.

Even though the population is rather small, the visitors grow in the summer time and the summer festivals are very popular. They gather in the Bundesplatz and in the open-air balconies. With the statue of the Virgin Mary that plays a significant role in the religion of the city, the cathedral, and the house in which the King of France lived, Biel-Bienne is a beautiful city to visit.

The unique thing about the city is that it has a lovely combination of being a modern city, with the urban and rural areas very much integrated and the modern technology with its environmental awareness.

Sion

Sion, the capital of the Valais canton, is the most beautiful of the Swiss cities located in the political heart of Europe. It is here that the river Rhine divides the land before flowing north into France. The area, which also includes a mountain valley below the mountain-locked towns of Sion, Glion and Leukerbad, is a veritable paradise for those who love art and history. Even those who do not realize it, the valley of the Rhone is world-famous for its art and history. The Romans, who believed that this was the legendary site of the battle between the Gauls and the Romans, mined precious metals such as gold from the river Rhone that lies below the city. The gold that they mined established the city of Sion as the financial capital of Switzerland. This wealth is why a number of the most famous artists in history chose to make Sion their home. Caspar David Friedrich, who loved to paint pictures of the Alps, lived in Sion from 1807 to 1816. More recently, Sion was the home of Claude Monet in 1887 and James Thurber, who was well-known for his sketches of the city and its residents, was a resident of Sion from 1922 until his death in 1961.

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Interlaken

If you have ever been to Switzerland, you may have enjoyed a tour of Interlaken (Interligi) and Kandersteg (Kandersti).

Both places have towers. One is the Interlaken Tower, and the other is the Kandersteg Tower. The towers in Interlaken are located in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland. They are home to some of the highest peaks in the Bernese Alps, namely the Schilthorn and the Brienzer Rothorn.

If you like to ski, then you will enjoy skiing around the Interlaken region. It offers easy access to the Jungfraujoch plateau, which is located between the peaks of Eiger and Mönch.

The region is also a great place to visit for summertime. It has many hiking and other outdoor opportunities. You can go kayaking, rafting, enjoy the view from a mountain, take a boat tour, or visit the Brienzer Rothorn and Brienz waterfalls.

Many cyclists and joggers will also enjoy the area. It is a great tourist spot for people who enjoy the outdoors and for families who want to enjoy nature.

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Thun

There is something about Thun that makes you want to take pictures of everything you see. Those pictures may not be all that great when they come out, but the moments of joy you feel while taking them are priceless.

Located in eastern Switzerland, this city is a larger than life tourist attraction that oozes European charm. The stone houses that date back centuries to the time of the Romans along with the city’s architecture makes it an appealing attraction for photographers.

Speaking of photography, Thun is also a city that is a photographer’s paradise. The city stands as one of the best places to pick up a DSLR from a local store or finding the best camera for your needs along with photography tours for you or the family.

The town’s most famous landmark, the Schloss Thun, is a castle that was built in the 13th century and now serves as a museum. The castle is a graceful structure that has served as the home to many key figures in Swiss history.

A number of other museums are found in the city to help with your traveling experience including the Berg House, the Hand and Stone Museum and a number of thematic exhibits that include the art of the ice-men and the Alpenrose.

Bellinzona

St. Gallen

Lugano

Lausanne

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Lausanne is the second biggest city in Switzerland and is completely bilingual. It is home to the University of Lausanne, the first French speaking university in Switzerland, and is a member of multiple prestigious European research organizations.

Lausanne was originally inhabited due to its natural springs and the abundance of freshwater. It is also the site of the Trinity Chapel, where the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne took place in 1774, which put an end to the War of the Austrian Succession.

Until the second half of the 19th century, Lausanne was primarily a religious and educational center. By the beginning of the 20th century, the city had grown considerably, primarily due to immigration.

The following is a list of 15 of the best cities to visit in Switzerland.

Geneva

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The third largest city in Switzerland, Geneva is home to a great many international organizations. More than 80 percent of all Swiss laws are defined at the United Nations, and Geneva is the political center of the world.

It is also home to many beautiful parks, buildings, and museums such as the Palexpo, the Palais des Nations, and Lausanne-Ouchy Museum of Art. Along with its many attractions and history, Geneva is known for its food and chocolate.

The University of Geneva is the oldest in the country, and the water is said to be the most beneficial in the world.

The city has some amazing boulevards, parks, and green spaces.

One of the first signs you’ll see as you enter Geneva is the 7 obelisks that make up the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges. The Genevan Age of Enlightenment paved the way for the French Revolution, and played a part in the creation of the United Nation. Geneva is also a major center for high-end fashion and jewelry, and is considered a leading city for merchandising.

Basel

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Basel has a long and diverse history that dates back to the year 1121. It was the first city to host the Gutenberg Bible printing press in the early 1500s. Today, the city is home to many cultural and historical sites. Visitors can see the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, which was constructed in the 1500s and was the town’s main church until 1830. The church’s Basilica, or Renaissance building, has one of the tallest towers in Switzerland.

The city has many museums and galleries of fine arts, and art lovers, artists, and scholars make the city home. The largest medieval building in the southern part of the city is the Motte-St.-Remy. The Motte-St.-Remy was built between the 1950s and the 1970s, and it houses the StadtMuseum Basel. The museum goes above and beyond the usual museum experience. It has an exceptional collection of medieval timepieces. In the basement of the building is the Verein Basler Wein- und Sektspezialisten, which was founded in the mid-int

The city is also filled with Roman ruins and medieval foundations. Some of the old structures, such as the St. Alban’s Cathedral Church, are true examples of Old World architecture with arches and tiled roof tops.

Bern

Travellers love visiting this historic city in Central Switzerland around the Alps. It’s also one of the most enjoyable places to experience the charm of small-town living while being surrounded by the scenic wonder of its natural landscape. The city is accessible from Zurich and Basel, with easy access to other incredible places to see within the country. This is why it has also been selected as one of the Top 10 Cities to visit in Europe by TripAdvisor.

The city was at the centre of the medieval Swiss Confederation, making it the only city of Switzerland to have been ruled by five different political bodies. It was later be a part of the Austrian Oberrhein Canton until it was made independent again as the Helvetic Republic of Switzerland in 1803.

Lucerne

Known for: Lucerne simply lives up to its reputation for being an extremely beautiful city. Located on the Swiss plateau, the city is surrounded by mountains and extends over Lake Lucerne.

Legend tells us that Lucerne was founded by the Roman missionary, Claudius, in the year 39-AD; however, there is very little evidence of this and we don’t know for certain how the city came into existence.

Being so close to the border means that Lucerne has often been the target of disputes between the Cantons of Switzerland. During the political instability at the beginning of the 19th century, Lucerne briefly joined a federation of Swiss Cantons.

In 1833, Lucerne was the capital of the Canton of Lucerne before it was moved to Aarau. Today Lucerne is, again, the capital city of Lucerne Canton. In the city, you will be surprised to discover that it is filled with upscale boutiques.

When you take a stroll across the Swiss plateau, you will see that the mountain chains are splendid mountains. So, too, are the scenic views and inviting alpine meadows.

Zurich

Location: Switzerland, Lesser Switzerland

Settlement: 27 500

Incorporated: 12th Century

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the country. It is the seat of the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland. The city is located in western Switzerland at the western end of Lake Zurich at the foot of the Swiss Alps.

Zurich is a global city and considered the largest financial center of Switzerland as well as Europe, with the headquarters of many worldwide companies and multilateral organizations, including the International Olympic Committee and the Red Cross.

Zurich is one of the most important sites of the Old Swiss Confederacy. It has been the a major crossroad for all invaders of Switzerland. The Swiss would put « forts at each exit in the mountains leading down into Switzerland, thus preventing the possible attack of the invaders. This strategy led to the saying "Es gilt die gute Reise nach Zuricher Art" (= "Good day travels as they say in Zurich").

The Swiss National Bank as well as a number of other distinctly Swiss institutions are located at Bahnhofstrasse. Following the trend that developed in the 1970s, many international companies set up headquarters in Switzerland, including IBM (on the opposite side of the Limmat), Hewlett-Packard and Nestle SA.