Switzerland Things to Do

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Switzerland Things to Do

  • Le Jet d'Eau

    4 out of 5 stars

    Geneva Things to Do

    Photos: 1. The Jet d'eau in Geneva harbor. 2. During the European football (soccer) championships in the summer of 2008 a huge ball was suspended above the fountain and kept up in the air by the force of the water. 3. Most people in Switzerland really enjoyed having the football championships in their cities of Zürich, Basel, Bern and Geneva -- but...

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  • Bahnhofstrasse

    4 out of 5 stars

    Zürich Things to Do

    The Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich is a ca. 1,5 km long street which - as the name says - starts at the Zürich "Bahnhof" (central station). It is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world; shop owners pay the highest rents per square meter in Europe. The sales revenues here are some of the highest in Europe and the world, it pays off to do...

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  • Mount Pilatus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucerne Things to Do

    Probably the best view of Lucerne and its surrounds can be seen on a clear day from atop Mt Pilatus. In summer there are many hiking and walking trails to explore which will amaze and delight the true devotees of these activities. For those of us who are less energetic, the view is more than enough to suffice, not to mention the cafe and of course...

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  • Jungfrau

    Interlaken Things to Do

    What a delight for train lovers with all these alpine railways. During your journey you will enjoy the great landscape, you just need to choose your destination... The Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) linked Interlaken Ost railway station to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. A modern, straight-track shuttle service is operated with two train...

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  • Bear pit

    Bern Things to Do

    The BaerenPark is home to four brown bears and can be visited 24 hours a day. Keeping live bears in the city is not a new thing. The tradition dates back to 1513 when, on returning from the Battle of Novara, the Bernese forces brought with them a live bear that was kept in the city's moat. Since then, bears have been kept in a pit at the Bärenplatz...

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  • Gornergrat

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Zermatt Things to Do

    Gornergrat is a Swiss montain with an altitude of 3,085 meters above sea level. The journey takes you in around 40 minutes and accessible the whole year. The rack railway which is built in 1898 and incidentally the first electric railway of its kind in the country winds its way up the mountain from the village of Zermatt. The ride offers wonderful...

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  • Cathedrale Notre Dame

    Lausanne Things to Do

    One of the most beautiful Gothic structures in Europe, Lausanne Cathedral stands ,150m above Lake Geneva. Construction on the cathedral began in 1175; in 1275 it was consecrated by Pope Gregory X. The architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began a restoration of the cathedral in the 19th century -- and it is still going on! The doors and façade of the...

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  • Muenster Cathedral

    Basel Things to Do

    The Baseler Münster (cathedral) is the main church of the area, built from red sandstone between 1019 and 1500 in romanic and gothic architectural style. The front of the Münster is decorated with staues of St. Georg and St. Martin; inside, many beautiful stained-glass windows, a magnificent altarpiece and medieval sculptures can be found. One...

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  • Monte Bre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lugano Things to Do

    Monte Bré provides fantastic views over Lugano and the easiest way to reach the top is by funicular. Bear in mind though that this is Switzerland and the price is steep as well. We paid 23 CHF for a return ticket (approx £15 / €19 - Sept 2012). To get there from Lugano city centre you can take bus no.1 to bus stop Cassarate/ Monte Bré or from the...

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  • Oeschinensee

    Kandersteg Things to Do

    This is a nice easy hike in the Oeschinensee area (in the Unesco world heritage part). It is 7 km long and gives you nice panorama views of the lake and the peaks. It will take you about 3.5 hours. Height difference is 350 m. You start at the Seilbahn Oeschinensee (or walk up which adds an hour to the trip) From the station follow the signs to...

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  • Old Town

    Geneva Things to Do

    If you walk around the Old Town don’t miss a chance and make a small turn into promenade de la Treille, a long terrace over parc des Bastions. It was created during 16th century as observatory for the army but the promenade we see today was created in early 18th century with a double row of trees in front of the mansions you can see at the back...

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  • Grossmünster Churche

    Zürich Things to Do

    The beautiful Grossmünsterchurch at the Zwingliplatz - an iconic view of Zürich - has two main attractions. The church as we know it now was built in the romanic style between the 12th and 13th century. Its main draw are the modern stained-glass windows of artist Sigmar Polke, some of them abstract, others with a biblical theme. There is a...

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  • Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucerne Things to Do

    Ask anyone what is Lucerne's most iconic site and I am sure that the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge over the Reuss River would be at the top of the list. Its diagonal path and covered character makes it a charming place to view as well as walk across. Imaging that it was originally built in the 14th century is unbelievable. From what we read the...

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  • Trummelbach Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Trummelbach Falls has 10 glacier waterfalls that are inside a mountain. The thundering falls are fed by Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau Mountains. You reach the falls by a tunnel-lift. It is a Unesco world natural heritage site and it was pretty cool. The area around the falls are really beautiful - perfect for walking/exploring.

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  • Old town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bern Things to Do

    As soon as he could afford it, Einstein moved from the Gerechtigkeitsgasse 32 about half a kilometer up the hill to Kramgasse 49, where he and Mileva lived from 1903 to 1905. Actually these are both the same street in the center of the Old Town of Bern -- the name of the street just changes about halfway up. Their apartment in the Kramgasse has...

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  • Matterhorn

    5 out of 5 stars

    Zermatt Things to Do

    Matterhorn is the largest icon in Switzerland and one of the most photographed mountain. Haven for climbers and for viewers, an amazing and stunning spot. The perfect area to catch some good captures is more probably from Gornergrat, but, the other perspective can be viewed from Klein Matterhorn.

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  • Ouchy

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Lausanne Things to Do

    After walking around the Old Town we decided to visit Ouchy. Once a fishing village turned during 19th century into the port of Lausanne serving the Geneva lake (Lac Léman ). Getting out of the metro station we were surprised that the lake was just there in front of us with amazing background of the Alps. There are many café, bars and restaurants...

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  • Rathaus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Basel Things to Do

    My first visit in Basel was to a square with stalls selling fruits where is located the City Hall. It was beautiful. I was allowed to visit it inside. I saw frescoes and the statue of the founder of Basle: the Roman senator Lucius Munaties Plancus. The Town Hall is a five hundred years old building, and houses the meetings of the Cantonal...

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  • Parco Civico

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lugano Things to Do

    A beautiful large park located lake side. Excellent walking paths take you throughout the park which when we visited in June had colourful garden beds, lush green lawns, many magnificent large trees. From most sections of the park we could see glimpses of Lake Lugano. Inside the park is the Villa Ciani which was not open when we visited. We also...

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  • Sunnbüel and Gemmipass

    Kandersteg Things to Do

    Probably the most popular hike in the Kandersteg area is the trek to the Gemmi Pass. While many tourists find the hike very strenuous, locals call it the "Grandmothers' Walk," and you will indeed see many senior citizens making the journey. The most efficient way to get there is to either take the "Sunnbuel-bus" or walk a scenic 20 minutes to the...

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  • Lake Boat Trips

    Geneva Things to Do

    A nice boat trip with an experienced skipper. We rented a fast Sea Ray boat. We went to Yvoire and Nyon. So many lovely houses and we also tried wakebording. A nice moment with a flat lake. It was a really nice ride. The reservation was very quick. We found the contact on www.genevaboats.com. The relpy very quickly.

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  • Lindenhof

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Zürich Things to Do

    The "Lindenhof" on a hill close to the Rennweg, is one of Zürichs prettiest squares, named after the many linden trees that grow here and spend shade. The square was historically a place of public announcements and meetings. The Lindenhof area is technically the smallest quarter of Zürich. From Lindenhof, one has fine views on the Zürich oldtown,...

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  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucerne Things to Do

    The old town area of Lucerne is called the Allstadt. It is compact and easily walkable with only the most minor of hills to get the blood pressure moving. The majority of the streets are free of automobile traffic making walking around even more enjoyable. Daily and weekly markets also add color to the area. There are also several small squares...

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  • Ice Palace

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Eis-Palast / Ice Palace is another great sight on top of Jungfraujoch : It is a big area inside the mountain, where all of the corridors and all of the halls are made by solid ice. You may see various sculptures made of ice and you have to be careful, when walking, but there are hand-rails and somehow it was less slippery than outside at the...

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  • Cathedral - Münster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bern Things to Do

    Bern Minster is a superb late Gothic cathedral; the tower of which is the tallest church tower in Switzerland at 101 metres in height. I did not visit the interior of the minster as I was tired from a day of sightseeing. Nevertheless, the exterior of the minster was well worth a look around. Next time I visit Bern, I would like to go to the top of...

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  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Zermatt Things to Do

    The best thing to do on a visit to Zermatt is to get up into the mountains, and the ultimate place to do this is at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. At 3,883 metres above sea level, this is the highest sightseeing point in Europe which is accessible by cableway. One of the best things for me was the journey to get up there. It started with a trip...

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  • Place de la Palud

    Lausanne Things to Do

    The Old Town of Lausanne is full of cozy pedestrian streets and some interesting squares, laid back atmosphere in summer, good for some relaxing in the outdoor cafes and ideal for people watching. Place de la Palud is a central cobbled stone square that houses some nice old buildings, among them the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) (pic 4) that was...

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  • Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Basel Things to Do

    The Basel Zoo is located quite central in the city, therefore being relatively small as there is no additional space for expansion left. It is nonetheless one of the most important zoos in Europe, owning many rare and interesting species. One of the unique features of Basel Zoo is an enclosure where hippos, zebras and ostriches are combined. Basel...

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  • Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lugano Things to Do

    Santa Maria degli Angioli is Lugano's most famous church, and the one closest to the lake. From the outside, it looks pretty, but a little plain - however, once you enter, it takes your breath away. There is a huge fresco painted on the wall that is separating the two parts of the church. It was created by Bernardino Luini in the 16th century. This...

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  • Day Trips

    Kandersteg Things to Do

    Lake Thun is easy to get to from Kandersteg -- about a 40 minute train ride. From Thun, it's easy to visit Schloss Thun, an interesting castle not far from the lake. After that, head for the lake and follow the hiking trail (yellow signs) in the direction of Oberhofen. The hike is mostly flat, though there are some hills. Just outside of Thun,...

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  • Flower Clock

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Geneva Things to Do

    If you're at the Jardin Anglais and aren't sure what time it is, there's an unusual and pretty way to tell the time. Constructed to celebrate Switzerland's long watch-making tradition, this clock made of flowers actually works. It must be an interesting job for the gardener whose duty it is to water the clock...

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  • Uetliberg

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Zürich Things to Do

    That is, assuming the weather is reasonable. If you only want the views...and they are superb....I think there would be little point in going up Zurich's very own little mountain on a less-than-clear day. But if you want to walk, it's excellent in any sort of weather (barring torrential rain, I suppose). There are lots of potential trails and...

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  • Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lucerne Things to Do

    During my visit to the city it was raining day and I left my umbrella in the car. Still, it was no reason to skip the famous monument in Luzern. The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal) commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

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  • Schilthorn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Leaving Trummelbach Falls we realized that we were fairly close to Schilthorn Mountain. It is one of the highest mountains in the area and was made more famous by being the shooting location for the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. When we decided to go to the top we had no idea how involved it would be to get there! We first...

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  • Clock Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bern Things to Do

    The Zytglogge (or Zeitglockenturm) is a beautifully ornate clock tower in the city centre. It has become Bern's most prominent landmark and is a must-see on any visit to the Swiss capital. The clock tower features an astronomical clock with figures that move when the clock chimes. The clock tower dates back to the early 13th century and the...

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  • Glacier Express

    Zermatt Things to Do

    This is the station where the Glacier Express arrives in Zermatt, the centre of town next to Bahnhof Platz. Bahnhof Platz is where the hotel pick up vans collect passengers and their luggage. Zermatt is a non motorised town, therefore no cars or buses. When we departed Zermatt the local train to Geneva departed from Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn....

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  • Olympic Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lausanne Things to Do

    Located in the Olympic Park in Ouchy, the Olympic Museum was opened in 1993. It was architectonically designed and built not only considering its location near the lake, but also with some Greek heritage included (there are six colums before the entrance of the Museum, similar to those of Zeus temple). The Olympic Museum contains the history of the...

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  • Tinguely Fountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Basel Things to Do

    The late Jean Tinguely (he died 1991) was a Basel artist who focused on "mechanical" or "kinetic" art, improvising moving machines that at first sight do not serve a recognisable purpose. One of his major works is the "Fasnachts"- or "Carnaval"-Fountain, often simply called "Tinguely-Fountain" on the Theaterplatz square in Basel. 10 mechanical...

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  • Piazza della Riforma

    Lugano Things to Do

    Piazza Riforma is Lugano's main piazza, and the biggest one. It is a pretty place to discover, with many nice houses surrounding it. The buildings are very colourful, and everything looks neat and clean. On tuesdays and fridays, a market is taking place here. No matter where you are walking to or from during your exploration of Lugano, you will...

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  • Allmenalp

    Kandersteg Things to Do

    The Allmenalp is easily reached with the gondola - if you can face the scary ride in it straight up the rock face. Up here you have a good view over Kandersteg, see cheese being made, watch mad paragliders launch themselves off the cliff edge or enjoy one of the many hikes which start here. August 2007 we made this trip again with VT'ers Rebibi,...

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  • Lac Léman - Lake Geneva

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Geneva Things to Do

    Geneve lives around the lake, and its beauty is enhanced with gardens and parks all around. Travelling with kids, we had to skip the centre of town, but they appreciated the freedom by the water, and the great views.

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  • Lake Zürich

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Zürich Things to Do

    Henry Moore's Sheep Piece by Lake Zurich is name for two connected huge bronze abstract sculptures. This sculpture was erected in 1976 and in that time Henry Moore has exhibition of his work at the lakeside promenade at Zürichhorn. Supposedly that attracted 74000 people as a public work of art. Henry Moor (1898-1986) was English artist and...

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  • Vierwaldstätter See - Lake Lucerne

    Lucerne Things to Do

    A visit to Lake Lucerne would not be complete without a cruise on beautiful Lake Lucerne. Here you can see houses of the rich and famous, A statute of Christ blessing the lake and a couple of castles.

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  • Walking

    Interlaken Things to Do

    Many people who pay a short visit to Interlaken take a walk on its main street, the Höheweg, they notice the many shops, the restaurants and cafes, the crowd of tourists, and come to the conclusion that they don't like Interlaken very much. A change of route would probably be enough to make them (or at least some of them) change their mind. For...

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  • House of Parliament

    Bern Things to Do

    The Bundeshaus or Federal Parliament Building was designed by an architect named Hans Wilhelm Auer and was inaugurated in April 1902. At the time they were proud of the fact that building materials from all over Switzerland -- but nowhere else -- were used for the building. From 2006 to 2008 the building underwent major renovation works, so it was...

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