Must-See Switzerland Tourist Attractions for Memorable Swiss Holidays

Published: 26th February 2009
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The Land of the Alps. A neutral territory. A country famous for good cheese and fine chocolate. These are just a few things Switzerland is known as. There are several spectacular Switzerland tourist attractions, too, which is why many travellers flock to this Swiss nation each year. Here are just five of them which should definitely be included in your itinerary.

1. The Chillon Castle - Also known as the Chateau de Chillon, the Chillon Castle is one of the most famous castles in Switzerland located near Montreux. It was home to the Count of Savoys from the 12th to the 14th century, and consists of 100 buildings, several dungeons, three courtyards and four great halls. Each hall provides spectacular views of Lake Geneva.

2. Zermatt - Located at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is not just a favorite destination for skiiers from all across the globe. It is also one of the top Switzerland tourist attractions. It is here where you can truly be captivated by the sight of the Swiss Alps while skiing the slopes or shopping and dining around town.

3. Geneva Jet D'eau - Projecting water up to 140 meters high, the Geneva Jet D'eau is one of the tallest fountains in the world. It was built in 1891 and is also considered one of the symbols of the city of Geneva.

Other sights to see in Geneva include the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, the Cathedral de St. Pierre, as well as several other museums and historical buildings. When taking a break from sightseeing, you might want to dine at one of its excellent restaurants.

4. Swiss National Park - The Swiss National Park is the only national park in Switzerland and one of the earliest in Europe, which is why it is one of the top Switzerland tourist attractions. Covering almost half of the area of the entire country, it offers different stunning views of the Alps and is the protected home of animals such as elks, marmots and eagles.

5. Swiss Transport Museum - Take a look at the exhibit of locomotives, ships, aircrafts and automobiles at this popular Swiss museum or drop by the Planetarium for an out-of-this-world experience. You can also see the paintings and sculptures of Swiss artist Hans Erni or simply catch a film at the museum's IMAX theatre.

These are just the top Switzerland tourist attractions. If you want to make the most of your trip, you can always see much more but as long as you visit these spots, you're sure to understand why Switzerland is a popular tourist destination, and one you'll want to revisit in the future.

Isabella Olsen is a writer who has explored major tourist destinations around the globe, including Switzerland, by car. To book your cheap car rental Switzerland or learn more about car hire worldwide, visit

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