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From charming cities to breathtaking mountain views, our time in Switzerland has been straight out of a storybook. With our friends at Switzerland Tourism, we encountered hidden gems and magical landscapes in the Land of Milk and Honey. Join us as we take the scenic route aboard trains, boats, and funiculars and enjoy all the Playground of Europe has to offer. Spoiler alert: it’s a whole lot.


All aboard! Our morning commute would be a lot brighter in a perfectly pink tram. Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist set out to design this bubble-gum beauty as part of a project to incorporate art into urban life. Mission accomplished!

1204 Geneva, Switzerland

Patek Phillippe Museum

This is one museum where you will never lose track of time! Considered to be the world’s foremost horology museum, the Patek Philippe Museum celebrates over five centuries of watch making history. The museum also houses the earliest watch ever made! As well as the namesake watches, the museum also features other brands, so don’t worry if you’re on a budget 😉

Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Genève, Switzerland

 Featuring an equally elegant interior to match its exterior, the SS Rhône harks back to the Belle Epoque era, where travel by water was as luxurious as it was necessary. Part of a fleet run by the Lake Geneva General Navigation Company (CGN), the Rhône and her fellow ferries over the past century have transferred vacationing patricians, everyday commuters, and even spies. 

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Jardin anglais, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Musée d'histoire des Sciences

Microscopes, telescopes, thermometers, oh my! This scientific studio is home to important instruments that aided in biological breakthroughs in Geneva and around the world. The museum also brings the past to the present through hosting scientific conferences and citizen debates.

Rue de Lausanne 128, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Built on the site of a former fortification ring, Geneva’s Art and History museum houses more than 7,000 artifacts from around the globe. A competition was held in 1900 to decide who would design and construct the museum. After crowning architect Marc Camoletti the winner, the facade was decorated to reflect the contents inside: sculptures depicting painting and a plethora of other art forms.

Rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206 Genève, Switzerland

Phare des Pâquis

After hosting the Swiss National Exhibition in the late 1800s, the city of Geneva realized that their waterways weren’t properly lit for incoming sailors to see. As a result, the Phare des Paquis was constructed so seafarers would no longer confuse lighthouses with the city lights. Today, the lighthouse stands tall as an iconic symbol of the city.

1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva Airport

Comfortably buckled into their plush tan seat, passengers aboard this aircraft can technically claim to be at the highest point in Switzerland–only a few minutes after leaving Geneva airport. Climbing high above the country’s famous mountaintops and valleys, Swiss Airlines can lift passengers where no funicular can.

Rte de l'Aéroport 21, 1215 Genève, Switzerland

Although the Golden Pass Railway is one of the oldest in Switzerland, that doesn’t mean it has lost any of its charm. “Panoramic” rail cars are a key component to this dreamy pass, and provide a full view of your journey through the rolling hills throughout Montreux, Interlaken, and Lucerne.

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Rue de la Gare 22, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland

Climbing an intense 54% incline in the Swiss Alps, this is no ordinary train ride. While passengers sit tight enjoying the pastoral views, a 19th century invention is hard at work making the journey as smooth as possible.

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1833 Montreux, Switzerland

Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

With Swiss tourism taking off in the mid 1800s, this hotel was built in a record 18 months! Transitioning between being a temporary hospital during both of the World Wars and a luxury retreat for the rich and famous, Le Montreux Palace has been the location of peace treaties and legendary parties.

Av. Claude-Nobs 2, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland

Originally built as two separate lines, the the Montreux Glion Rochers-de-Naye Railway passes through flowery fields and steep hills. The railway from Montreux, which departs from platform 8 of the main line Montreux railway station, begins to climb steeply almost as soon as it leaves the station and enters the first of many tunnels. Fear of heights? Don’t fret- the views will make you forget all your worries!

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1820, Veytaux, Switzerland

Chillon Castle

Dating back to the 10th century, Chillon Castle is one of the most visited castles in Europe. Its strategic position allows for easy passage to both Germany and France, and it is the only medieval castle in Europe that has never been captured in a seize! It has also been the source of inspiration for a variety of artists, even inspiring the castle in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Av. de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland

Fribourg Funicular

This nostalgic mode of transportation has been running since 1899 with no exhaust fumes (it’s powered by wastewater!) Also known as “Funi,” this funicular is considered to be a technological marvel and remains a beloved landmark throughout Europe.

Fribourg-St-Pierre, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Auberge Aux 4 Vents

In need of a recharge? This charming hotel sits on the edge of a lush forest, and is home to a farm-to-table restaurant. Originally built as a private residence in the 17th century, the hotel currently boasts an ornate interior and relaxing atmosphere. Just take a look at the massive golden bathtub- you’ll never want to leave! Just make sure you don’t fall in or out the window.

Rte de Grandfey 124, 1763 Granges-Paccot, Switzerland

Originally a defensive tower on the city’s first outer wall, the Zytglogge would ultimately would ultimately inspire a young Albert Einstein to begin working towards his theory of relativity Today, a city worker whose title translates to “Governor of Time” and his assistants maintain the tower’s magnificent movement every day.

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Bim Zytglogge 1, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne Cruises

The site of a tsunami in the early 1600s, the uniquely shaped Lake Lucerne is known for its variety of scenery with everything from medieval views to city lights and gorgeous mountain ranges. The lake itself was an integral part of the transalpine trade route in the mid 1800s, and with a ride on the Lucerne Ferry you can take in everything the lake has to over. Just keep your fingers crossed for calm waters.

Landungsbrücke 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Stepping off the Lake Lucerne boat into the port of Vitznau, one is immediately welcomed by the bright red train cars of the first cog railway in continental Europe. With laid track climbing all the way up to the summit of towering Mt. Rigi, the inventor behind this engineering feat took railroading to new heights.

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Rigistrasse 2, 6410 Goldau, Switzerland

Hotel Restaurant Bellevue des Alpes

Constructed in the mid 1800s, this charming hotel has some of the best views of the Kleine Scheidegg pass. A family run hotel (currently five generations in!), this alpine escape has been featured in a variety of films, from “The Eiger Sanction” to “North Face.” With its pretty facade and picturesque location, it’s no wonder why this hotel made it into some iconic films.

Kleine Scheidegg, 3823 Wengen, Switzerland

High in the Bernese Alps, the Wengernalp Railway winds its way through the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass at 2,061 meters above sea level. As the longest cog railway in the world it transports passengers through nine villages – one of its most traveled stops is to Wengen, a village without cars.

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Bahnhofstrasse, 3823 Wengen BE, Switzerland

Sportchalet Murren

A car-free village, Mürren lies high above Lauterbrunnen valley. Taking cues from its name, the Sportchalet Mürren hotel is a prime place to stay if you’re into winter sports and hiking. Located a mere 1,000 feet from the ski area, it is every avid skier’s dream!

Lungeli 1063, 3825 Mürren, Switzerland

Winding through the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland, the Lauterbrunnen-Murren Mountain Railway – a hybrid cable car and rail line – provides rail service to Murren, a resort village situated above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. With limited road access to the village, the Railway offers a safe – and scenic – mode of transportation for passengers and goods.

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3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Jungfraujoch Cogwheel Train

Riding through the Swiss Alps along the Kleind Scheidegg Pass, you are bound to see not just beautiful mountains and green pastures, but also some black and white four legged friends as well! The highest railway in Europe, Jungfrau Railway has five operational stations to allow for anyone to experience the height- and the cows.

3801 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Built in 1882, the Hotel Belvédère is cradled by a hair-pin turn in the Furka Pass, a road that winds in dramatic loops through Switzerland’s Alps. In its heyday, guest rooms overlooked icy stretches of the Rhône Glacier and a grotto carved into the blue-tinged ice.

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3999 Oberwald Switzerland

Cardada Cimetta

Home to the only chairlift in Switzerland with a side seat for unobstructed views, Cardada Cimetta will get you a look at some of the highest and lowest points in the country! Cardada’s slogan is “The Place to Be,” which is something that we can 100% support! Just don’t look down 😉

6647 Mergoscia, Switzerland

In this part of the Switzerland, a town center may look like the nearby Italian villages on Lake Como, but one element is unequivocally Swiss–a perfectly engineered funicular rising above the coastal mountainside. This royal blue car was the dream of man who brought his immense fortunes back to Locarno.

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Via alla Ramogna 2, 6600 Locarno, Switzerland

Noted as the largest railway in Switzerland, Swiss Federal Railways is the national railway company of Switzerland. This amazing train service handles most of the domestic and international locomotive commutes. We were frequent users of Swiss Federal Railways, and were blown away by the views offered on these magnificent trains.

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6600 Locarno, Switzerland

Madonna del Sasso

One of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Switzerland, this shrine’s origin dates back to the mid 1400s when the Virgin Mary appeared to a Franciscan Friar. After the sighting of Mary, the Friar then decided to build a place of worship on the “rock” of Locarno.

Via Santuario 2, 6644 Orselina, Switzerland

Neoclassical motifs decorate this Italian theater, reminding us that the border of Switzerland and Italy is somewhat blurred. Closer in proximity to Milan than Zurich, this simple and symmetrical facade is the doorway to the only existing 19th century theater in the Swiss confederation. 

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Piazza Governo 11, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland

Ristorante Vetta

Delicious food with a view? What more can you ask for? Located on the peak of Monte Bre, this gorgeous restaurant allows visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in nature. Whether you’re recovering from a hike or mountain bike trek, or merely just took the funicular to the top, this is the perfect place for some peace and quiet (and a nosh).

Via alla Vetta, 6979 Brè Paese, Switzerland

Monte Bré Funicular

Located on the “Sunniest Mountain in Switzerland” this 100+ year old funicular can get you to the summit of Monte Bré in just over 10 minutes! Originally built to allow for Lugano residents to get a break from the heat in the summer without straying too far from their homes, the funicular offers a quick and enjoyable ride with breathtaking views!

Via Pico 8, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

On the border between northern Italy and Switzerland, Lake Lugano winds its way around dramatic mountains and picturesque towns. Navigating these glacial waters for more than a century, the Societe Navigazione del Lago di Lugano or ‘Lake Lugano Navigation Company’ (SNL) offers visitors one of the best ways to explore this stunning landscape.

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6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Carona Tunnel

Looking for a little thrill? Look no further than the Carona Tunnel: a narrow passageway entering the ancient village of Carona. Winding up the roads from Lugano, this yellow postbus barely squeezes its way through the rocky tunnel. Nervous about the tight journey? The busses have been making this trek for many many years without issue, and even still, Carona wouldn’t be the worst place to get stuck!

Via Principale 6914, 6914 Lugano, Switzerland

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