The 10 most beautiful Cities of Switzerland

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Switzerland is the place where technology, high-level infrastructures, modern urban areas and idyllic mountain landscapes meet, giving life to a very special reality. Despite being a cutting edge country, remains a nation full of dream landscapes, And characteristic customs. Analyzing them from this point of view, let's try to see what they are the ten most beautiful cities in Switzerland!


  1. Geneva
  2. Lausanne
  3. Montreux
  4. Bern
  5. Lucerne
  6. Zurich
  7. Crans-Montana
  8. St.Moritz
  9. Zermatt
  10. Lugano
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Geneva

Central hub of the entire region in matters of economy, health, education, culture and transport, Geneva hosts the headquarters of the WHO and WTO, as well as twenty-five museums, including the clock museum. From the stunning old town, Geneva's main tourist attractions include the Reformation Wall, the Flowery Clock, the Brunswick Monument to Charles II, the Jet d'eau (Water Jet) and the Palais des Nations, which houses the European headquarters of the United Nations.
In a cosmopolitan city like Geneva, you certainly can't miss the worldly life, located for the most part in the Carouge district, where you can breathe the bohemian spirit. For nature lovers, however, the botanical gardens of Mon Repons are the right place to admire approximately ten thousand different plant species.

  • Best time: from mid-May to mid-September, being the hottest and sunniest period. However, the possibility that it rains or that it is cool / cold cannot be ruled out entirely, especially in May-early June
  • Main attractions: the old town, the jet of water, the reform museum
  • starting from € 54,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 61,27 per room -
  • city ​​tour and boat cruise Pass with discounts and free offers at 40 sites From Geneva: day trip to Lausanne and cruise to Montreux

2 - Lausanne

Lausanne is the fourth largest city in Switzerland and is located on the northern shore of Lake Geneva.
Important center of commercial banking and university activities, in 1994 it was declared the Olympic Capital and is therefore headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.
Sauvabelin park, one of the main attractions of the city, is ideal for those who love being in contact with nature, perhaps surrounded by deer, peacocks and various birds, which can be seen.
In addition, Lausanne is home to the Musée Elysee dedicated to photography, the Hermitage Foundation, the Pipe Museum and many others.

  • Best time: from mid-May to mid-September, being the hottest and sunniest period. However, the possibility that it rains or that it is cool / cold cannot be ruled out entirely, especially in May-early June
  • Main attractions: Olympic Museum, Saint-Maire Castle, Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Flights to Geneva (60km) from € 54,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,88 per room -
  • hike to glacier 3000 with cable car from Lausanne From Lausanne: chocolate and cheese tour Winter Gruyères From Lausanne: Chaplin Montreux Gold Tour

3 - Montreux

Montreux and its 26.629 inhabitants are known to the world for their relationship with the entertainment world: it hosts some important festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as being linked to the biography of numerous great artists. Typical tourist town, located on the shores of Lake Geneva, between the slopes of the mountains and the lake.
Characteristic is its main street, lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and imposing Belle Époque buildings. Continuing along the road it is possible to arrive on the top of a hill, which offers a splendid view over the whole city. Walking on the shores of the lake you can see some of the beauties, which make the city very characteristic. On one side we have an islet, adjacent to the shore, which houses the Castle of Chillon, built in medieval times. On the other hand, stands the statue of Freddie Mercury, who spent the last years of his life here, and bought, together with the rest of Queen, a recording studio.

  • Best time: from mid-May to mid-September, being the hottest and sunniest period. However, the possibility that it rains or that it is cool / cold cannot be ruled out entirely, especially in May-early June
  • Main attractions: Musée du vieux Montreux, Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva
  • flights to Montreux or Geneva (65km) from € 57,88 per room -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 74,00 per room -
  • Gold Tour at Glacier 3000 and Montreux

4 - Bern

La capital of Switzerland it stands on a peninsula created by the Aare river, populated by its 130.015 inhabitants. The city is home to an important historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made famous by the Clock Tower and the Einstein's house, in which he elaborated his theory of relativity. Going then to the Cathedral of Bern, and seeking the strength and courage to climb the 254 steps of the tower, it is possible to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the place, which allows you to admire from above even Rosegarten, the rose garden .

  • Best time: from late spring to early autumn (May to September); for skiing the second part of winter and the beginning of spring (February-March) are preferable.
  • Main attractions: the bear pit, Bern Cathedral, Zytglogge tower
  • flights to Zurich (120km) from € 74,48 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 92,00 per room -
  • Bern Zytglogge: Visit of the Clock Tower Bern: Walking Tour of the Old Town Interlaken: scenic and thrilling 75-minute boat ride

5 - Lucerne

Lucerne, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, stands on the banks of the Lucerne lake. Its colorful Altstadt district, the old town, is bordered to the north by the Museggmauer, a 870th-century bastion 1333 meters long and comprising nine towers, three of which can be visited. The covered bridge Kapellbrücke (chapel bridge), built in , connects the Altstadt to the right bank of the Reuss river, and forms the city's most distinctive attraction, along with the Sleeping Lion, symbol of Lucerne.

  • Best time: June, July, August and September, when the weather is hot and rainfall is limited, but not entirely absent.
  • Main attractions: the transport museum, the sleeping lion, the nine towers
  • flights to Zurich (58km) from € 74,48 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 27,00 per room -
  • Lucerne and Engelberg 1-Day Tour from Zurich The Total Swiss Experience: Lucerne Boat & Walking Tour From Lucerne: Round-Trip Self-Guided Silver Trip to Mount Pilatus

6 - Zurich

Zurich is divided into 12 districts, and has 402.762 inhabitants, a detail that makes it largest city in Switzerland. Along the shores of Lake Zurich, where the city is located, is the Blatterwiese garden, frequented by sports lovers, which characterizes the panorama, once they have climbed the towers of the ancient Grossmunster Cathedral. At the Lindenhof instead, the particular elevated square, it is possible to enjoy a splendid view of the historic center. Going to the church of Frumunster, you can admire the large windows decorated even by Chagall.
Zurich is a very lively city with a thousand activities: athletics meetings and street parades take place in August, a parade is held on the third Monday of April and, of course, at Christmas the city offers a show not to be missed.

  • Best time: Zurich is not a cheap city. If you want to save money, the best time is spring, but the temperatures are still low and there are frequent rains. From a climatic point of view, summer is the most suitable period, but it is also the season with the greatest tourist turnout and therefore with the highest prices.
  • Main attractions: St. Peter's Church, Fraumünster the most important church in Zurich, the Lindt
  • starting from € 74,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 63,00 per room -
  • From Zurich: Jungfraujoch tour on the roof of Europe Rhine Falls: coach tour from Zurich Zurich 101: city tour

7 - Crans-Montana

Crans-Montana is a decidedly "new" Swiss municipality of 10.711 inhabitants in the canton of Valais: it was established on 1 January 2017 with the merger of the suppressed municipalities of Chermignon, Mollens, Montana and Randogne.
The city is a well-known ski resort, which offers 160 km of slopes and 40 ski lifts. Also frequented during the summer by trekking and climbing enthusiasts, Crans-Montana also owes its fame to Plaine Morte: a glacier of about 10 square kilometers at 3.000 meters high.

  • Best time: despite the altitude it enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with sunny days, little rain and snow. The best times to visit the city are summer, autumn and spring
  • Main attractions: Plaine Morte, Caprices festival
  • Flights to Geneva (180km) from € 54,98 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 63,00 per room -
  • Private transfer from Geneva Airport to Crans-Montana

8 - St. Moritz

Saint Moritz is a Swiss town of 5.067 inhabitants located in the Upper Engandine, on the left bank of the Inn, overlooking the lake of the same name. Renowned destination for winter tourism, the town has hosted numerous international sporting events, including two editions of the Winter Olympic Games, and boasts three ski areas: Corviglia, Diavolezza and Corvatsch, and about 200 km of ski slopes basically.
Visiting the center it is possible to immediately notice the luxury that distinguishes the town, characterized by the churches Dorfkirche and St. Karl.

  • Best time: St. Moritz is not characterized by particular climatic events and temperatures are low all year round, so the seasons are divided into dry and rainy. The first covers the months between December and April, the average temperatures oscillate between -5 ° C and 1 ° C, while the rainfall is maintained on an average of 60mm / month. The second, on the other hand, includes the months between May and September, with average temperatures between 5 ° C and 11 ° C, while the rainfall intensifies, reaching about 115mm / month.
  • Main attractions: leaning bell tower and the churches Dorfkirche and St. Karl
  • flights to Zurich (200km) or Bergamo (140km) from € 74,48 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 76,00 per room -

9 - Zermatt

Zermatt is a Swiss municipality of 5.714 inhabitants. Renowned winter and summer resort in the Alps, specialized in Alpine skiing, with numerous ski lifts and many kilometers of slopes.
Located at the foot of the MatterhornAt 1.600 meters above sea level, Zermatt can only be reached by taking a train from Tasch. The old part of the town still has the old houses of the past, while the new one is characterized by commercial luxury. What makes the area special are the spectacular views, mainly dominated by the Matterhorn.

  • Best time: May-September for hiking and mountain tours, December and early spring for skiing. Favorable climate even in summer, but very frequent rainfall.
  • Main attractions: Z'Mutt dam, Church of San Maurizio, Matterhorn Museum
  • flights to Geneva (220km) or Milan (200km) from € 69,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -
  • Swiss Coupon Pass: 2 for 1 offers in Switzerland

10 - Lugano

Lugano, with its 151.522 inhabitants, is the main urban center of Italian-speaking Switzerland, and extends from the slopes of San Salvatore to Monte Brè to the top of Gazzirola. Very popular tourist spot, Lugano is also one of the leading international banking centers.
It is among the Swiss cities most loved by Italians, thanks to its linguistic and geographical proximity. Among its main attractions we have the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, which is located right in the historic center of the city, the LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura - the cultural center of the city, which houses the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Lido di Lugano , the beach of the Swiss: open every day, from May to September, it is the ideal place for sunbathing, relaxing or playing sports. In fact, in the lido there is an Olympic-size swimming pool, pools for children and even a swimming pool for diving from the trampoline. For risk lovers, in the evening it is possible to visit the Casino to try your luck.

  • Best time: spring and early summer, especially mid-April to mid-June, but September is also a good month. However, some precipitation must be taken into account, especially in May.
  • Main attractions: Episcopal Curia, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, The arcades of via Nassa
  • flights to Lugano or Milan (80km) from € 91,57 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • From Milan: trip to Lake Como, Bellagio and Lugano

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