The Matterhorn is synonymous with Switzerland – the pyramid-shaped mountain, which can only be scaled by experienced alpinists, is thought to be the world’s most frequently photographed. Nearby is the Klein Matterhorn, which is accessible by cable car and offers a spectacular view of its big brother.
The Rhine Falls
Europe’s biggest waterfall can be reached both from the Zurich side and the Schaffhausen side of the Rhine, and offers visitors a truly memorable experience: those standing on the viewing platforms or the mighty rocks in the middle of the river, which can be reached by boat, can feel the thundering mass of water through their whole body.
Creux du Van
Located on the border between the cantons of Neuchâtel and Vaud is a natural amphitheatre-like rock formation of magnificent proportions: the 160-metre-high vertical cliff faces of Creux du Van form the outline of a cirque that is four kilometres long and more than one kilometre wide.
Visitors come here to experience close-up views of the monumental Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, as well as the longest glacial flow in the Alps. For over 100 years now, the Jungfrau railway has been travelling to Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station at 3,454 metres above sea level – along a route consisting of many tunnels.
The striking mountain to the south of Lugano offers visitors a spectacular panoramic view. Once you have made the trip with the funicular railway from Paradiso, Lugano’s landmark mountain affords fantastic views of the lake, large stretches of northern Italy and the High Alps.
It controls the weather, is home to dragons and giants and is the grave of ancient emperors – Lucerne’s landmark mountain is one of the most legendary places in central Switzerland, as well as being one of the most beautiful. On a clear day, Pilatus captivates its visitors with a panoramic view of more than 70 Alpine peaks.
The Viamala Gorge
The via mala (bad path) through the deep and menacing gorge along the Hinterrhein was for centuries an obstacle to crossing the Alps and was accordingly reviled. Today, visitors can enjoy the natural environment of this unique gorge from a range of vantage points and explore the area on well-maintained paths.