The 10 Best Cities & Towns in Switzerland to Visit

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Its no secret I am head over heels in love with Switzerland. The rolling hills, the impressive scenic railways, the delicious pastries and the difficult to beat ski destinations… Switzerland is a winter playground but also has so much to offer year-round when visiting the beautiful cities and towns dotted throughout the landlocked country.

As this is my fourth visit to Switzerland and I have now seen more of the country than I could have ever imagined a few years ago on my first visit, I feel it is my duty to share my findings to help you plan your Swiss adventure and be sure to get the most out of your trip!


Bern switzerland


The Swiss capital is quite literally as pretty as a postcard when viewed from above and the heart of the Old Town never fails to impress travellers in search of that quintessential Swiss experience. You can expect a great range of restaurants here in Bern but my favourite culinary feature is the endless supply of choices in terms of patisseries, here known as a condettorei. The swiss hot chocolate is a perfect way to warm up in the cooler months, whilst in the summer Bern features some great ice creameries if you just ask a local which direction to head in.

Zurich Switzerland | World of Wanderlust


As my personal favourite, Zürich is a pastel-coloured dream that is not only on par with, but if you ask me, is prettier than a postcard. The winding alleyways of the Old Town, the charming little shop fronts, the smell of a nearby kondetorei and the beauty of the flowing Limatt river through the centre of town are all reason enough to visit this gorgeous Swiss city; the biggest in Switzerland with a population of 380,000.



Characterised by its lake and iconic snow capped mountains as a backdrop, Lucerne is far and beyond one of the most picturesque cities in Switzerland. The city is compact in size and has one of the friendliest vibes out of all the picks, making it a great pit stop for a day or two to appreciate Swiss hospitality (image).



Located on Lake Geneva and just a short train ride from the city with the same name, Lausanne has a more medieval feel than anywhere else on the list and warrants it as another Swiss beauty to visit on your travels. Even if visiting for just a day between cities or as a day trip from Geneva, Lausanne is sure to please the eye! (image).

A Guide to Zermatt Switzerland | World of Wanderlust


As the most famous ski resort in Switzerland and one of the most renowned in all of Europe, Zermatt is as classic and clichè as they come. The small town is covered in a thick blanket of snow throughout the winter, though what makes Zermatt so popular is the availability to ski year-round, given its remote location high in the alps and the assistance of man made snow machines. Be sure to avoid peak season if possible as prices are sky high and availability low, particularly throughout Christmas and New Years celebrations.

Arosa Kulm Hotel


Another great ski destination that also comes to life in the summer is Arosa; a short train journey from Chur. This small village has a lot to offer by way of winter activities, however if you decide to visit outside of the ski season you will still find beauty in the rolling hills, lush greenery, and ample opportunities to kick back and unwind in one of the many alpine spas. My favourites include the Tschuggen Hotel (with the best alpine spa in town and the best restaurant at La Vetta) and Arosa Kulm, a more low key choice and also a nice alpine spa.

kulm hotel st moritz

Saint Moritz

I first visited Saint Moritz in the summer a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the gorgeous mountain scenery, lakeviews from my balcony, friendly locals and range of hiking available in the immediate area and further into the Engadine.

Ticino: Luganersee und San Salvatore


Located in the South of Switzerland near the Italian border is Lugano, a gorgeous little city on the lake that near enough feels as if you have crossed in to Italy, with Italian being the recognised language of the region. Situated on Lake Lugano, this city is incredibly picturesque and a great stopover if travelling between Switzerland and Italy or vice versa (image).

Basel Switzerland (Wikicommons)


Located on the Rhine River, Basel is a gorgeous insight into another of Switzerland’s neighbours: Germany. The city also borders with France and thus has a unique mix of architectures, making it one of the most unique cities to visit in Switzerland and certainly one of the most intriguing. Plus yes, it is gorgeous! (image).

Geneva Switzerland


Located in French speaking Switzerland is Geneva, a city that reveals its charm upon further look (typically recognised as an international business city). Although not as picturesque as many of the other locations on this list, Geneva offers a great location to stop over between Italy and France, allowing for a short visit to Switzerland. Otherwise if you have more time to uncover Geneva’s hidden beauty, you will find it lying in the backstreets of the old town! (image).

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

June 27, 2016





    July 14, 2016

    Geneva is my favorite of the towns in Switzerland! Make sure to go in the summer. We stayed at an amazing Airbnb property in the Old Town, just like Paris but more peaceful. So many cafes and tearooms! Take a lake cruise or rent a motorboat and GO TO MOVENPICK FOR AMAZING ICE CREAM!!!!



    July 10, 2016

    U actually missed to name Locarno which I love even more than beautiful Lugano 🙂


    Kristine Li

    July 9, 2016

    So beautiful! I have only been to Lucerne (and fell in love with Switzerland from there), it looks like I need to make more trips to see the rest in your list!


    the adventurer

    July 6, 2016

    Switzerland is so beautiful =o) I have been to Lucerne, Basel and the little town of Murren tucked away in the alps



    July 3, 2016

    its nice, wanna go there 🙂



    July 1, 2016

    I already went to Basel and loved it ! It’s so nice to wander in the city during summer 🙂
    Love your post, makes me want to discover more of switzerland.
    I actualy put some of my pictures of Basel here 🙂


    Dr.Rowan Rustem Molnar

    June 30, 2016

    These pictures are absolutely stunning. Been wanting to take a trip to Switzerland since quite some long time. Thank you for the post and the information.



    June 30, 2016

    So happy to see Lugano on the list! One of my favourite places!


    Bridget @ A Traveling B

    June 29, 2016

    Great list! We are in the middle of planning a trip to Switzerland this winter and this helps narrow down some of the places we want to see. It looks like Zurich and Geneva with possibly a stop in Lausanne on the way!



    June 29, 2016

    There’s so many places to visit in Switzerland I wouldn’t know where to begin! Thanks for these recommendations <3


    Stephanie Be

    June 29, 2016

    Loving these photos! The Swiss landscape and architecture is stunning.



    June 29, 2016

    My husband recently received the chance to live in Switzerland for a couple of months and I used it as a home base for travel. All these recommendations are excellent!

    xo Tessa



    June 28, 2016

    I am visiting Switzerland in September! I cannot wait!!!! <3



    June 28, 2016

    Interlaken was my favourite place in Switzerland. So beautiful if you haven’t been there I highly recommend it.



    June 28, 2016

    Awesome post



    June 28, 2016

    Absolutely love each of these places! If you get the chance, I highly suggest exploring the Austrian Alps as well. Equally gorgeous and the hospitality of the Austrians is just amazing. And the food!! Swoon alert. Love keeping up with you Brooke and a HUGE congrats on the new book. You were one of the bloggers who made me decide to quit my job as an editor and pursue the life of travel and writing I always dreamed of. Three months in it was the best decision of my life and my blog is growing in ways I never thought possible. I truly hope our paths cross one day or we can do a little meet up happens one day!!

    Looking forward to following more of your adventures and pre-ordering that fab book.




    June 28, 2016

    Wow! Beautiful photos! I visited Switzerland ages ago with my family, but have forgotten so much. I guess it’s time to start planning a return trip!

    Kate |


    sara mcavoy

    June 28, 2016

    I am moving to Zermatt in Decemeber and I am so excited!


    monkey go happy

    June 28, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information to our vision. You have posted a trust worthy blog keep sharing.



    June 28, 2016

    Oh wow, are there any words? Switzerland looks stunningly beautiful. I can’t imagine how wonderful Swiss hot chocolate tastes!

    Nicky xx |



    June 28, 2016

    I was only in Zurich for a small time, but it was enough to warrant me to want to go back. Would love to see the Matterhorn too!



    June 28, 2016

    It looks so so stunning. I’m visiting a friend in Switzerland this summer and she’s showing me around! I cannot wait!


    Anne @

    June 28, 2016

    We were in Geneva a few weeks ago. If you’re visiting for a couple of days, I would recommend visiting CERN and Annecy (technically in France but very close to Geneva). In fact I posted about our visit there today. 🙂



    June 28, 2016

    Little side note: it’s called Konditorei and the river flowing through Zurich is the Limmat river 🙂

    Also, next time you’re around you definitely need to check out Fribourg (especially the old town), Ascona, Locarno and Schaffhausen!

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