Switzerland is a beautiful country, but there are so many places there that you’d be driven crazy trying to visit them all. These are the major cities in Switzerland that you should visit when you go.
Often overlooked, Bern is actually the capital of Switzerland, contrary to what most think. It’s a real hidden gem, with a beautiful old town that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s not yet filled with tourists and the streets are comfortably filled with mostly Swiss. The city has a certain old charm and appeal, and feels like history brought back to life with the cobblestones, decorative fountains, and farmers’ markets.
Geneva can certainly be considered the culture capital of Switzerland. Popping into the UN, seeing the Jet d”Eau, or visiting the Art and History Museum, all seem like the quintessential Geneva experience. Geneva is a mix of historical architecture in modern surroundings.
Zurich is the place to be for modernity. Even with it’s old architecture, Zurich manages to infuse its streets with irresistible post WWII feeling. There are many cultural attractions around town, but Zurich is also a city worth shopping in, with many high-end stores.
Both of these cities are gorgeous, but both are also essentially the same for tourists. I’d say pick one. Zermatt has the Matterhorn, Interlaken has the Jungfrau. Zermatt has the small town charm and winter skiing, Interlaken has two beautiful lakes and an ice carving cave. I recommend Interlaken for those with younger kids, and Zermatt for adults.
Lucerne, as well, is not often mentioned when people are recommending places to visit in Switzerland. The city is beautiful and there are a dearth of places to visit, but my favourite is the Kapellbrucke, the painted bridge spanning the Reuss River.