Switzerland’s top attractions

From grand buildings to stunning natural wonders, here's our checklist of the essential Switzerland attractions and sights
Palais des Nations
By Time Out editors |
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Rhine Falls
©Rheinfall
Things to do

Rhine Falls

icon-location-pin Schaffhausen

At 150 metres wide and 23 metres high, the Rhine Falls are Europe's largest waterfalls

Jungfraujoch railway statoin
© Marcus Gyger
Museums, Transport

Jungfraujoch railway station

icon-location-pin Jungfrau-Region

Surrounded by the largest glacier in the Alps, Jungfraujoch has been a top Swiss attraction since 1912. 

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Lavaux vineyards

icon-location-pin Lavaux-Oron

A short ride from Lausanne you can find this UNESCO World Heritage site which dates from the 12th century.

Contra Dam bungee jump
©Switzerland Tourism
Things to do, Sport events

Contra Dam bungee jump

icon-location-pin Tenero-Contra

Go bungee jumping off the 220 metre tall Contra Dam in Ticino, as seen in the Bond film GoldenEye. 

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Things to do

Chillon Castle

icon-location-pin Montreux

Explore one of Switzerland's top historic tourist attractions, which inspired the likes of Lord Byron, Rousseau, Delacroix and Courbet. 

Jet d'Eau Geneva
© Olivier Miche
Things to do

Jet d’eau - Geneva

icon-location-pin Rive Droite / Right Bank

Don’t fight it: as possibly the most recognisable image of Geneva (you can even see it from the plane), it’s practically the law to get your photo taken in front of the city’s giant water fountain. Originally built as a pressure release valve for Geneva’s water supply, rather than for any aesthetic reason, the jet d’eau spurts 500 litres of water per second some 140m (459ft) into the air, before thundering back into Lake Geneva. You can get up close to the refreshing spray by walking the path to the fountain from the lake’s left bank. The jet really comes into its own during the city’s annual August fireworks display, when the colours are reflected and refracted in the spray. The fountain is occasionally switched off in high winds.

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Museums

Palais des Nations

icon-location-pin Servette/Petit-Saconnex/Sécheron

This huge 1930s houses the European headquarters of the United Nations

Museums, Specialist interest

CERN - Geneva

icon-location-pin Meyrin

Straddling the Franco-Swiss border is the world’s largest physics lab 

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Things to do

Cathédrale de Lausanne

icon-location-pin Cité / Old Town

Perched atop a hill in the Cité, Lausanne’s 13th century gothic cathedral is the largest in Switzerland. 

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Things to do

CGN Lausanne-Ouchy

icon-location-pin Ouchy

Making the most of its position on one of Europe’s largest lakes, Lausanne’s ferry port at Ouchy offers cruises to many destinations around the lake in both Switzerland and France. 

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