Things to do in Switzerland this weekend

Check out our selection of what to do this weekend in Switzerland

By Time Out editors |
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Our pick of the some of the best events, cultural experiences and fun things to do happening across Switzerland this weekend

Sonnenberg Bunker
©unterirdisch-ueberleben.ch
Things to do

Sonnenberg bunker tours

Lucerne

This giant bunker was built between 1970 and 1976 at a cost of 40 million Swiss francs. If it ever had been needed, two motorway tunnels would have been sealed by four 350-ton gates, with room enough for 20,000 beds and hundreds of toilet cabins - in fact one third of the population of Lucerne would have found shelter here inside Mount Sonnenberg. The tour provides a fascinating insight into Cold War times and the fear of the nuclear bomb and illustrates the uses of the bunker today.

Restaurants

La Couronne d’Or • Lausanne

Ville Marché
4 out of 5 stars

You won’t stumble across this café, and so much the better for those who know about it. In a rather incongruous setting opposite a multi-story carpark, it’s a pocket of history in a concrete landscape. 

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Brisket pulled pork sandwich
© Claire Doble
Restaurants, American

Brisket • Zurich

4 out of 5 stars

Brisket is hipster Zurich at its tastiest. At lunchtime there's a short menu where, really, it's all about the melt-in-the-mouth pulled pork sandwiches - served with chilli on brioche-style hot-dog buns with a changing choice of side-salad including potato, green leaf or coleslaw. 

Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Neuchâtel © MHNN / Jérôme Mayerat
© MHNN / Jérôme Mayerat
Museums, Natural history

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle • Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel

The Natural History Museum in Neuchâtel is stuffed full of stuffed creatures, so you can get up close and personal with some fascinating wildlife displays. It's a great spot for a family day out, with a pleasant indoor-outdoor cafe and gift shop containing some cool kids' toys as well as quirky souvenirs.

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Swiss Chocolate Train

Switzerland

The Swiss Chocolate Train is a joint venture of GoldenPass Services and Cailler-Nestlé. Ride in first-class comfort in a "Belle Epoque" Pullman car, vintage 1915 and/or the modern panorama car affording stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères.

Restaurants, Italian

Café de la Presse • Geneva

Quartier des Bains
4 out of 5 stars

This classy corner cafe is open to anyone after a relaxed lunch or coffee in convivial surroundings. The café is attached to the restaurant Le Reservoir and shares a similarly Italian-inspired menu, though options in the café are generally simpler and less expensive. Sports are shown on large screens and on weekends the 4am opening time makes it ideal for a sobering coffee after a long night out in nearby bars.

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Museums

Musée d'Art de Pully

Lavaux-Oron
4 out of 5 stars

With an aim to presenting regional art, the Pully fine arts museum could easily have fallen into the trap of parochialism. Instead, it has become an exciting showcase for the vibrant local art scene. 

Café des Amis is a cafe and bar in Zurich
© Florian Kalotay
Restaurants, Cafés

Café des Amis • Zurich

Wipkingen
4 out of 5 stars

With its oh so French feel, cute interiors and lovely outdoor space, this café found the speedway straight into the hearts of Zurich's hip and cool when it opened in 2011. It's a place to chat, to relax, to read - and most of all to have breakfast. But beware, its Sunday brunch is one of the most popular in town and you will have to book a table well in advance.

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Rhine Falls
©Rheinfall
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Rhine Falls

Schaffhausen

At 150 metres wide and 23 metres high, the Rhine Falls are Europe's largest waterfalls - a fact that becomes apparent even before you can see them. The roar of up to 600,000 litres of water per second crashing over the rocks makes your ear drums throb. 

FIFA World Football Museum
©Fifa/Adam Naparty
Museums

FIFA World Football Museum • Zurich

Enge

Costing a cool CHF194 million, the museum has a focus on interactive experiences for all ages, with 3D animations and a giant football pinball machine as well as being home to the original world cup trophy and the biggest collection of football books in world.

Find more things to do in Switzerland

Things to do

Inspiring ski-in and ski-out hotels across Switzerland

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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