Switzerland, a country so blessed with majestic, jaw-dropping views, and heavenly sceneries requires little introduction, but deserves all the wonderful adjectives. Every time I hear about Switzerland, I get excited! It is a winter wonderland that is home to some of the most fascinating places on the planet. Here are the 10 best places to visit in Switzerland with your family.
1. Matterhorn, Zermatt
There is a reason why this place is considered to be one of the most photographed peaks in the world – its beauty is unrealistically fascinating. Its natural wonders have captured the hearts of snowboarders, skiers, and even international tourists. Photos of Matterhorn and even of the town where it is located, Zermatt, are all over magazines, postcards, and the Internet. Its pinnacle, believed to be the logo-inspiration of the world-renowned chocolate company – Toblerone, lies along the Alps. Though not everyone is bold enough to reach the summit, your family can definitely enjoy the cable car ride to Zermatt during winter or walk to various sites during summer.
With a colorful history that dates back to the 12th century, Bern, the Swiss capital is a wonderful place to take the kids to learn Switzerland’s medieval past. While parents explore the city’s shopping complex, kids can go around visiting museums, historical sites, and churches.
Home to Lake Zurich, Zurich is a global financial center and a cultural hub. The city appeals to anyone whose inclination is into culture and history. To top it all off, they have more than 50 museums and hundreds of art galleries that your kids will love. Hiking off some famous trails in the mountains, shopping for some internationally-known Swiss brands, or visiting the Swiss National Museum is not a bad idea to kill the time.
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the word, Lucerne, the German-speaking city of Switzerland, has it all – the city life, the lake, and the mountain. It is in this city where you can find the world-renowned Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, which is said to be the most photographed monument in all of Switzerland.
This Italian-speaking city of Switzerland is the best place to spend summer in the country. Blessed with the heat of summer sun, Lugano provides travelers with several outdoor activities in the lake. Dubbed the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland,” celebrities frequent the Swiss summer capital for its beauty, heritage sites, and lively atmosphere.
Thanks to its international influences such as the International Red Cross Committee and the United Nations, Geneva is probably more popular than the Swiss capital of Bern. Given that Geneva is a “green city,”a family trip to this beautiful city will be worthwhile, especially if the kids love visiting parks. Nicknamed the “city of parks,” kids can run freely or play around. Biking on pedestrian-friendly lanes or boating on Lake Geneva are popular activities, too.
A glitzy luxury resort in the Alpine Engadin Valley, St. Moritz is one of the world’s best winter holiday destinations. St. Moritz, a UNESCO Heritage site whose name is a trademark and synonymous with style and class, is famous for its winter sports that the family will love.
8. Juangfrau Region
Enchanting views of the “big three” Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger await those who wander this part of Switzerland. This winter wonderland in the Alps offers travelling families a plethora of activities and a wide range of hotel options, including the resort towns of Wengen, Mürren und Lauterbrunnen. Skiing in Grindelwald is also an ideal family activity during winter.
9. Rhine Falls
Switzerland is not only home to one of Europe’s largest lakes but also to Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls! Even though the falls can be reach through several villages and entry points, it is commonly associated with Schaff hausen. Rhine is a mighty waterfall of 29 feet (150 meters) wide and 75 feet (23 meters) high. A huge amount of water welcomes travelers and tourists traveling in May or June, when the water level is at its peak.
Interlaken used to be known as Switzerland’s watch making center, but today it is more popular as a tourist resort. This highland is popular to tourists who love to try spa treatment or simply want to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau, and the Monch. It also served as the basecamp for adventurous paragliders.