The very first thing you think about when you talk about Switzerland is the incredible available scenery. There are so many stunning lakes you can visit and you surely want to see as much of the Swiss Alps as possible. However, although it is incredible to stay at a chalet in Switzerland and there are many popular tourist attractions that will make your stay true paradise, there are countless destinations that are simply not discussed. Even locals do not know much about truly breathtaking travel destinations that you can enjoy.
Below you can find suggestions about some Switzerland attractions that are not normally offered by travel agents but that you do want to know more about because they are simply stunning.
Around ten thousand years ago there was a glacial run-off that eroded a huge fissure inside limestone. The result was the Aare Gorge and its deepness of 200 meters. There is now a very well-built network of tunnels and trails that allow you to walk through the whole gorge, which is 1.4 kilometers long. You can only imagine the sights and the memories you can make.
Creux De Van
This landmark appeared after erosion did its work for literally millions of years. It is located in Jura mountains and is 160 meters high, a vertical cliff that you want to visit so you can see birds of prey, marmots, ibex and many other animals. Creux De Van is quite close to the Neuchatel Val-de-Travers district. It is also only 2 hours away from Geneva by car.
Etang de la Gruere
This is another incredible spot in the beautiful Jura mountain range. It is practically just a small lake that is surrounded by a march. When you put it like that it is not special but the scenery and atmosphere you can experience here are simply incredible. It is really similar to what you would expect in Nordic regions so it is not as characteristic of the regular Switzerland landscape. If you want to take a walk around this lake you should allow yourself at least 45 minutes to do so. Also, you can be a part of guided tours that take you through the close-by nature reserve.
Tine Des Conflens – Cascade Du Dard
Start in Romainmotier and take a 2 hours hike towards the Vaud canton. This allows you to see 2 incredible natural waterfalls that are quite unknown. Trekking takes you through Nozon gorge, which many see as being similar to the US Grand Canyon in terms of beauty. Then, you are greeted by the majestic Cascade du Dard. If you continue on the trail you also reach the Tine Des Conflens in Venoge Valley. This second waterfall is particularly beautiful as it is shrouded in greenery.
St. Beatus Caves
According to local legends, St. Beatus, a pious monk, decided to live in a Lake Thun cave around the year 100 AD. The problem was that a fire-breathing dragon was already calling the cave home. St. Beatus managed to slay that dragon thanks to help from God. Then, he continued with his saintly work and not much is known about the rest of his life. Nowadays, tourists can visit a part of that cave and admire the setting it has, which is unique. The entrance building is placed right against a beautiful vertical cliff that will make you feel a little humble when you see it.
Saut De Brot
At Areuse Gorge’s bottom you can find a stone bridge that makes nature walks feel like magic. It arches across the local river and is located between 2 really steep cliff sides. Saut De Brot is placed in a way that makes it so easy to admire the scenery. You can practically feel how Areuse Gorge was created by nature. If you want to experience more during your trip, opt for a hike that moves you through Val-de-Travers.
Chateau de Tourbillon
Montreux’s Chateau Chillon does get all the laurels among tourists but in Sion there are 2 other castles that you do want to visit. They are imposing and are placed on 2 hills that are opposite in location. They overlook Sion, which was the Valais capital in the past. You should also consider visiting the old town area of Sion since there are numerous medieval buildings present that are perfectly preserved.
Trift bridge is 100 meters high and 170 meters long. It is actually the longest pedestrian bridge you can see in the Swiss area of the Alps. This marvel of nature appeared because of climate change. Trift Bridge was built in the year 2004 because of the fact that Trift Glacier could no longer allow hikers to gain access to Trift Hut. If you are afraid of heights, do not visit. If not, make sure that you do visit!
Last but not least, if you are looking for a lake that looks more like a mirror when you look at it, Oeschinensee Lake is what you want to see. It perfectly captures the reflections of the mountains that surround it in waters that are perfectly still. You can reach this lake through a gondola that starts at the Kandersteg resort.
As you can see, Switzerland is simply filled with nature gems. Those mentioned are just a really small fraction of what is available. Be sure that you learn all that you can about the incredible sights that surely surround you, no matter where you plan to go.