Explore Switzerland: 10 Places to Visit During Summer

Particularly during the summer months, Switzerland offers a unique combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities and cultural happenings. The short distances, long days and warm weather make it the perfect time to go exploring. Here are 10 of our recommendations:

  1. 1. Jungfraujoch is a mountain railway station in the Bernese Oberland. It is located at an elevation of 3,454 meters, making it the highest railway station in Europe. The views are simply breathtaking, and you are in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage site!
  2. 2. World-famous for the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a car-free Alpine village and a popular destination for hikers, bikers and paragliders in summer. For the best views, head up to the Gornergrat or Sunnegga. 
  3. 3. Interlaken is located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is perfect for thrill seekers. Here you’ll want to go canyoning, whitewater rafting or skydiving! 
  4. 4. Only a stone’s throw away, Lucerne’s medieval architecture is definitely worth exploring in detail. We also love a boat trip or the Swiss Transport Museum, plus you won’t want to miss the Lucerne Festival that is internationally leading for classical music.  
  5. 5. Near the Swiss-French border, Lake Geneva is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and sailing. It is also home to numerous resorts and spas, making it a great place to relax and enjoy the summer weather. While you’re there, make sure to visit Château de Chillon.
  6. 6. Located on the Rhine River near the town of Schaffhausen, the Rhine Falls are the largest waterfalls in Europe. They are a popular tourist destination and especially beautiful in the summer when the water is flowing at its highest.
  7. 7. St. Moritz may be best known for winter sports but is equally beautiful for a luxurious getaway in summer. There are plenty of events and things to do including the Jazz Festival and St. Moritz Summer Polo Cup. 
  8. 8. As Switzerland’s capital, it’s no surprise that Bern has one of the most stunning and well-preserved Old Towns in the country. It’s the perfect place for visiting museums, art galleries and historical sites. 
  9. 9. Gruyères in the canton of Fribourg is classed a Swiss heritage site of national significance. It is known for its cheese, medieval castle and beautiful scenery. Summer is the perfect time to explore the charming town.
  10. 10. Located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, Ascona’s colourful promenade screams dolce vita and invites you to stroll, shop and dine. When in Ticino, you should also plan to explore the nearby Verzasca valley, known for its imposing dam, gorges and pools. 

Choosing the top places to visit in Switzerland is quite a task and these are just a few of the many great places to see. How lucky we are to call this place that captivates the hearts of travelers from across the world, home!