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Switzerland’s top attractions

From grand buildings to stunning natural wonders, here's our checklist of the essential Switzerland attractions and sights

By Time Out editors
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Rhine Falls
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Rhine Falls

Things to do Schaffhausen

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

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Lavaux vineyards

Things to do Walks and tours 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
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Contra Dam bungee jump

Things to do Sport events 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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Chillon Castle

Things to do 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
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Jet d’eau - Geneva

Things to do 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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CGN Lausanne-Ouchy
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CGN Lausanne-Ouchy

Things to do 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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Inspiring ski-in and ski-out hotels across Switzerland

Things to do

Make the most of skiing in Switzerland during winter with a ski-in and ski-out hotel. These venues are the ideal getaway for skiers wanting super-easy access to the slopes, because they’re located right by those very slopes – metres away, in some cases, meaning you can spring out of bed and straight on to the piste. Time Out has chosen some of the very best venues from around the country – in association with Switzerland Tourism – which boast even more than superb slopes by your door.

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