One Day in the Swiss Alps – What to Do and Where to Go

Switzerland has always been one of the tops travel destinations in Europe. When you see the pictures of the alps, hiking, and historical sites, you get the psyche that you should visit this country. One outstanding thing is that it does not disappoint. If you are going to Switzerland for tourism, you should have a plan, especially if you have limited time to enjoy what the country has to offer. Take a highspeed train from Milan to a town called Domodossola on the Swiss border, and here you can begin your adventure of the Alps. Here you will go through the ‘Simplon Pass’ and you will get to see the beautiful hills and valleys.

Upon reaching Interlaken, you can explore the ancient architecture and enjoy the quiet snowcapped alps. A scintillating mix of the metropolitan vibe with the steep, rustic, and alpine mountain paradise set on a stunning backdrop of mountains presents one of the main areas that you should visit. The cultural diversity of the country is quite exceptional, and you can enjoy your time in this country during your visit. The Swiss alpine region is around 60 miles from Zurich, the biggest city in Switzerland. Therefore, if you are planning your activities, you can base in Zurich so that you can visit many places within a short duration.

We have summed up some of the best places that you should visit when you are in Switzerland if you have a day in the country, so keep reading to get some awesome ideas.

The Matterhorn

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As one of the most photographed mountains in the world, so don’t pass that opportunity. The pyramid-shaped colossus should be on your bucket list. The mountain stands over the picturesque peak of Zermatt and the region usually comprises of lush meadows and pristine landscapes. It is challenging to climb, and if you are interested in climbing it, you should consult expert mountaineers to help you reach the summit. Alternatively, hiking around the Zermatt region or visiting Engelberg will show you exceptional views from the comfort of a revolving cable car.


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If you want to experience a new world of snow and glaciers, then Jungfraujoch is the perfect location. The delightful views of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfraujoch mountains, coupled with exceptional glacier flow, presents one of the best views in Europe. The stunning tops of the mountain through the glacier mountains will take you to the top of Interlaken, and when you are there, be sure to visit the highest train station standing at 3,454 meters above sea level and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bernese Oberland

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Switzerland is one of the wealthiest countries when it comes to tourism and with multiple snow-capped mountains, romantic and picturesque mountains as well as emerald green lakes you are sure that you will enjoy your visit to the country. The Bernese Oberland region is no different. The area is filled with scenic splendor, and you can enjoy your stay as you hike or swim in the human-made lakes. It is a haven for outdoor and nature activities, and it has been visiting by many tourists since the 18th century. You can enjoy the stunning views of Eiger mountains or take a ride in the cable cars or sail on lake Thum and Brienz. You will really enjoy the diversity of this region during your visit.

Lauterbrunnen valley

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Lauterbrunnen is known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, springs, and some of the most outstanding sceneries. It is popularly known as the valley of waterfalls as it has over 70 waterfalls in between the mountain peaks and rocks. The waterfalls are set in beautiful alpine meadows and lovely scenery. It is the most beautiful valley in the world, and you can never miss an exciting opportunity to visit this region. Embrace yourself and explore the astonishing beauty of Lauterbrunnen.

Saxon Switzerland

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Saxon Switzerland welcomes you with majestic rock gates and high towers. The location also provides you with a chance to climb the fortress of Saxony. It is a quaint town with colorful houses and rich history located a hundred kilometers from the Polish border. A railway line along the Elbe river provides transport for people traveling through the region and via the rocky town, making the journey a memorable one.

Lake Oeschinen

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Lake Oeschinen is one of the most exquisite lakes in Switzerland, and it is renowned for its dramatic mountain scenery. It lies above Kandersteg and surrounded by cold brooks rising to 3000 meters above sea level. During the winter period, the glacial breakdown of ice creates human-made lakes that you can take a dip into and enjoy once it is warm. Always look out for information guide from the local tourism sector to avoid any confusion.

Interlaken and Grindelwald

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Many people talk about Zermatt, but as for me, Interlaken and Grindelwald are the best spots in Switzerland. There is so much that you can do in this location. It is a perfect place if you visit during a sunny day this way you will be able to see the beautiful mountains and the surrounding plains. You can take the road along lake Brienz, and this is the home of swiss meringue, and you can stop to marvel at a place where Sherlock Holmes met his demise. The Reichenbach falls, which are just outside the town, is a perfect place to look at the waterfall and other exciting places on the planet.

Switzerland promises to be one of the most amazing places that you can visit on the planet. A single day on the swiss alps is not enough for you to cover all the places you should visit to enjoy your visit to Switzerland. Take time whenever you want to visit the country and spend at least a day in one of these places. However, the list provides you with a glimpse of what you can do to enjoy your day fully.


Antonio is a passionate traveler who loves to explore off-the-beaten-path places and live with local communities. You can follow his inspirational journey through Asia on

One Comment

  1. ajay rastogi said:

    Switzerland promises to be one of the most amazing places that you can visit on the planet. Such a enjoy your day fully. Thanks for sharing this information.

    February 11, 2020

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