6 best views in Switzerland
Switzerland’s famous for its breath-taking scenery, from soaring mountains to shimmering lakes. Take a look at our top picks for the must-see sights on your next Lakes & Mountains holiday. Cameras at the ready…
Two Lakes Bridge, Interlaken
Take the funicular up from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm mountain, for some of the most incredible views in Switzerland. Called Zwei-Seen-Steg in German, this bridge juts out from the cliff face at 1,322m high. Stroll to the edge for uninterrupted views of Lake Thun on your right, Lake Brienz on your left and the country’s most famous peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – straight ahead. And if you dare, look straight down through the glass panel, all the way to the valley floor below.
Next to the bridge is the Harder Kulm restaurant, which looks like a mini castle with its red-tiled roof and turret. Pop in for a drink or bite to eat, and sit out on the terrace to soak up the views.
The Gornergratbahn cog railway has been chugging its way up to 3,089m since 1898. It winds through tunnels, forests and ravines on the way, and stops at four stations so you’ll have plenty of time to take in the scenery. Get off at Rotenboden to take a 10-minute stroll to Riffelsee – an alpine lake that perfectly reflects the Matterhorn on the surface of the water.
Then take the train the rest of the way to the top to get panoramic views of the Matterhorn, Gorner glacier and Dufourspitze, Switzerland’s highest mountain at 4,634m. You might even spot some of the local wildlife up there, like ibex, chamois and marmots. If you’re peckish, stop for a snack at the Hotel Kulm, the highest hotel in the country.
Switzerland’s got loads of must-do mountain railways and summer lifts – including the series of four cable cars that stretches from Stechelberg to the Schilthorn summit at 2,970m. If you think the views on the way up are impressive, just wait till you see what’s at the top. On a clear day, you can spot the tops of over 200 mountains, including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – and even see as far as the Mont Blanc in France and Black Forest in Germany. Make a beeline for the sheltered benches on the Schilthorn ridge, where you can linger and just enjoy the sights.
And don’t miss having a meal at the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant. It’s famous for its role in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and has a themed menu to match – so you can watch the scenery slowly swirl around you as you tuck into a 007 burger or Skyfall beef. Afterwards, visit the interactive Bond World exhibit to learn more about how the film was made.
Grindelwald First, Grindelwald
Catching the gondola up from town to the First mountain is one of the best things to do in Grindelwald. You can sit back and enjoy sights of the countryside and cows on the 25-minute trip up – then at the top, gaze at panoramic views across the town and Jungfrau region.
There are loads of hiking trails suitable for different fitness levels, and kids will especially love the Marmot Trail, a 2-hour walk where you can spot some of the local wildlife. Thrill-seekers can fly above the ground at over 80km/h on the First Glider and First Flyer ziplines, or pedal down the hill on a mountain cart, a cross between a go-kart and sled. And you can peer down at the ground 2,167m below on the First Cliff Walk, a suspension bridge that juts out over a sheer drop.
Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, Zermatt
Opened in 2017, this is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world at 494m and hangs 85m above the ground. It marks the end of the Europaweg trail, a 2-day hike between the towns of Grächen and Zermatt – or you can take a short train ride from Zermatt to Randa and walk a few hours through lush forest and meadows to get there instead.
Take your time crossing and soak up the 360-degree views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn and Weisshorn peaks.
No holiday to Switzerland would be complete without visiting the Jungfraujoch – also known as the Top of Europe, this is the glacial ridge that links the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks. Ride the Jungfrau Railway from Interlaken to Europe’s highest train station at 3,454m for the most incredible views of the Swiss mountains, including the famous north face of the Eiger.
If you can tear your eyes away, there’s plenty of other things to do up there too. See the glittering tunnels and sculptures of the Ice Palace, try tubing and sledging on the Aletsch glacier, or pick up a sweet treat at the Lindt chocolate shop. You can also pop into the café for lunch or tuck into a meal at the world’s highest Indian restaurant.
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