20 Pictures Depicting the Surreal Beauty of Switzerland

Switzerland needs no introduction. Being one of the most breathtakingly beautiful countries in the world, I knew I had to pay the Swiss mountains and valleys a visit during my Euro trip.

Even though it is one of the most expensive countries in Europe, as per my experience, I still managed to make the most of my one week there and cover a lot of ground.

My Swiss itinerary looked something like this – GenevaLucerne – Titlis – Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Lotschberger – Zermatt – Gornergrat – Geneva and it was just perfect. Of course it sounds a bit rushed but honestly, I wanted to spend some time in Croatia as well so one week was just about all I could spare…and afford.

With this post, I will take my readers down memory lane with me and show some of the most amazing spots in Switzerland, through pictures. The beauty of Switzerland cannot be explained in words so this is the only way to do justice to it.

Photoblog through the best of Switzerland

beauty of switzerland

Our journey started with Lucerne and our first impression of Switzerland was made – It was simply incredible. This bustling city was full of scenic views, modern amenities, luxury retreats and relaxing spots by Lake Lucerne. The entire city looks like a Swiss storybook with mountains making for impeccable backdrops.

From Lucerne we took the LSE to Engelberg and a small gondola took us further up to Trübsee, Stand and finally to Mt Titlis.

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Once on top, we enjoyed the stunning views from Mt Titlis.

View from Mt Titlis

View from Mt Titlis

I also had a lovely time on the ice flyer chairlift and going through the glacier caves. It was my first time on a chairlift and it was really exciting. I could see deep valleys and snow covered mountains all around.

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ice flyer view

View from ice flyer chairlift

View from ice flyer chairlift

Glacier caves with snow sculptures

Glacier caves with snow sculptures

The next day, we headed to Interlaken and I must say all the train journeys are so enjoyable in Switzerland. Here are few snapshots I took from the train –

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swiss waterfalls

lovely swiss cottage

All through our Swiss adventure, I really enjoyed the train rides. Usually, I doze off while commuting but the surreal beauty of Switzerland kept me wide awake and clicking.

Once in Interlaken, our next stop was Jungfraujoch – the top of Europe. The best way to reach there is via Eiger glacier by the Jungfrau railway.

jungfrau

Yes I was there! lol

After spending a night in Interlaken, we headed towards Zermatt, which was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip. I mean, one look at the mighty Matterhorn and the snow covered landscapes of Gornergrat, had me going ga-ga all over the place.

Gornergrat is easily reachable via a cogwheel railway from Zermatt and offers spectacular views of the majestic Matterhorn and other peaks like the Monte Rosa. I was simply star-stuck by the Matterhorn and for me, Gornergrat has, till date, been the most awe-inspiring place I have ever seen.

Snow covered landscape - Stunning view from Gornergrat

Snow covered landscape – Stunning view from Gornergrat

Breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps wherever you look

Breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps wherever you look

A lovely short hike from Gornergrat to Rottenboden station takes us through mind-blowing views of valleys and the Swiss alps. This hike is a must do. You just need to skip a station (instead of taking the cogwheel, walk down a couple of stops). It’s the perfect way to indulge in this exotic, tranquil setting and see the Riffelsee up close. These are the kind of views you can expect en-route –

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And finally… my favorite picture of the trip – The lovely alpine lake Riffelsee with the Matterhorn making for the most perfect view I have ever seen.

mighty matterhorn

You see what I am talking about? I could gaze at this view all day!

Well after Zermatt, we just had a day in Geneva to relax, unwind and catch our flight for our next destination – Croatia.

The adorable Glacier Express

The adorable Glacier Express

So friends, have you ever visited Switzerland? What was the highlight of your trip? Tell me about your Swiss adventures or if you are planning one, what all do you have in mind? I would be happy to share a complete DIY Swiss itinerary with anyone who is interested.

 

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  • Joella

    Hi Jo – I was in Switzerland a long time ago and was lucky enough to be visiting family. I have to agree it is very expensive and if it were not for the room and board I was provided for free I probably would not have stopped there because of cost. But I am glad I did because like you I experienced some of the most amazing views. And Lucerne was the nicest town. So glad you got to spend 1 week there and experience it and what beautiful pictures you took. Happy Roving!!!

    • I agree expensive but sooooo beautiful. I am glad you had room and board, that helps to cut costs big time. Lucerne is so pretty.

  • I have only been to Switzerland in winter or spring so mainly snow covered. How gorgeous in summer

  • Cori Carl

    Switzerland is so beautiful! I love your pictures. I’ve spent a lot of time there, but usually in the cities – I’m going to have to check out those ice sculptures!

    Have an amazing time in Croatia – it’s one of my favorite places to visit! I’ll be spending a few weeks there again this winter and I can’t wait.

    • Yup I love Croatia (already visited, this is a “late-post” lol 🙂

  • Switzerland is one of those countries that has its charms in all seasons. Been only to Zurich, but hop to see more specially Zermatt in winter. You flew directly to Croatia? Why didn’t you stop in Slovenia, we have some nice parks, very similar to Switzerland, just cheaper:)

    • Zermatt has those “to-die-for” views – you need to go there girl!
      From Geneva, yes, I took a flight to Split. Yup Eastern side is def cheaper, I had just 40 days – Slovenia next time for sure- which are your fave parks there?

  • Vyjay Rao

    Switzerland is a veritable heaven on earth, I can never forget the time spent in this paradise. Natural beauty lurks in every nook and corner to bewitch you with its charm.

    • So true. Its like a beautiful storybook unfolding in front of you. Which all places did you visit?

      • Vyjay Rao

        Zurich, Jungfraujoch, Gornergrat and Zermatt, Lucerne, Berne etc..

  • How naturally beautiful is Switzerland, it reminds of of Canada or New Zealand. I love countries which don’t even have to try to be amazing!

    • Haha I love that about nature – no make up, no stress, no “trying”.

  • Samantha Applewhaite

    I’ve always been fascinated with Switzerland and I would love to visit when I make my way to Europe, eventually!!

  • Those are really gorgeous views. I’ve always heard the train trips there just make you want to stay up the whole time looking out the windows. Thanks for the post. ^^

    • Yeah, thats exactly what I did. No sleeping on the rides for me, just enjoying those epic views!

  • Megan Claire

    Stunning photos Jo! Brings back memories from my own trip to Switzerland – my favorite part was Interlaken; had saved up for months to be able to skydive there and it was the most amazing experience of my life!! Views were incredible!