The Swiss Alps: Mountains, Lakes and Waterfalls

In the heart of Europe you will find a small peaceful land unlike any other. A small peaceful land where mountains and lakes are common and yet they can still marvel all of your senses.

This small peaceful land is Switzerland and here’s 12 photos that will make you fall in love with it.

Are you ready to behold the best mountains, lakes, waterfalls and sunsets of the Swiss Alps?

The Matterhorn of the Swiss Alps

The Matterhorn of the Swiss Alps

Switzerland, a small peaceful land of natural beauty

“Neutral like Switzerland” is probably the most well-known reference to the country in the minds of people all over the world. And well, when you visit Switzerland, the answer to that is blatantly obvious: why make war when you can just enjoy the natural beauty of your own country?

Switzerland is without any doubt, the most beautiful country that I have visited so far in terms of natural landscapes.

Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect during your visit…

Nature at the Jungfrau region of Switzerland

Nature at the Jungfrau region of Switzerland

Amazing, uh? If you love nature, Switzerland is a natural choice for you to visit and since the distances are quite small, you can go anywhere in just a couple of hours thanks to the efficiency of the Swiss rail system.

Fancy some wine with chocolate and melted cheese? Then Switzerland will definitely amaze you with its culinary choices.

A couple of Ibex at the Niederhorn, Switzerland

A couple of Ibex at the Niederhorn, Switzerland

Trust me when I say that taking a boat trip in one of the lakes while savoring fondue is one of the coolest experiences in this side of the world!

Plus, nothing beats the joy of enjoying a glass of wine as the sun sets behind the snow caped mountains of Switzerland.

The beauty of the Swiss Alps

The beauty of the Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps: Where to go in Switzerland

Mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and much more awaits you in this small peaceful land located in the heart of Europe.

However, the problem with Switzerland is that it has way too many beautiful towns and regions so a traveler will have a hard time choosing which ones to prioritize:

“Where to go in the Swiss Alps region, Raphael?”.

Top things to do and see in Interlaken

Morning reflections at Interlaken, Switzerland

Well, during my latest journey, I focused on exploring the German speaking part of Switzerland using Zurich (check out the best things to do in Zurich here) as a base.

It is definitely hard to believe that mere two hours away from the buzz of the city you can actually find impressive landscapes such as these ones.

Can someone pinch me please?

Murren, the car-free alpine village

Murren, the car-free alpine village

No town or region in Switzerland is the same and each one of its 26 cantons (think of them as states) has its own unique charm.

This time I explored four of them (Zurich, Lucerne, Bern and Valais) and two weeks was not nearly enough to explore all of their amazing sights!

Horses at Matterhorn

Horses at Matterhorn. Be careful since they don’t like selfies!

In fact, the canton of Bern (which includes Interlaken, my favourite Swiss town by far) is so big and diverse that it will take you at least one month to explore it all. Lakes, mountains, waterfalls and sunsets.

What’s not to love about Switzerland?

Related: Check out the amazing Trek of Mont Blanc in France for more Alps Wonders! 

Lake Oeschinensee, Switzerland

Lake Oeschinensee, Switzerland

Winter, Summer, Spring or Autumn? When to visit Switzerland?

If you ask me about the best time to visit Switzerland, I would say that you should at least try to do so in each one of its four seasons since that way you can watch how the nature will change its colors and how the mountains truly come to life. 

Temperatures never get that cold in Switzerland so even in Winter you can still enjoy a picturesque boat ride in Lake Lucerne to explore the many little villages that surround it.

The Alpine Mountains of Switzerland

The Alpine Mountains of Switzerland

Don’t you just love the way that man has found to co-exist with nature and with themselves? Seeing how people in Switzerland have managed to stay peaceful and still be one of the most successful nations in Earth sure brings me hope for the future of mankind.

I mean, who needs war when you have nature?

Top things to do and see in Interlaken

The Train to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

Practical information about Switzerland and the Alps

Switzerland is a fairly small country so no matter where you’re based, you can just take a train ride and explore every single region of it.

For exploring the German speaking area of Switzerland, I would recommend basing yourself in either Zurich, Lucern, Interlaken or Bern and purchasing a rail pass to get unlimited train travel.

How to save money in Switzerland

Pink Sunset at Interlaken, Switzerland

This time I based myself in Zurich and I took many day trips using my Eurail pass. Most boat companies are also included in the pass so you can enjoy Switzerland’s many lakes without paying extra.

However, be warned that Switzerland has some private rail companies that are not included in the pass (such as the route Visp-Zermatt) so you’ll have to pay extra for them.

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Have you ever been to the Swiss Alps? Would you like to? Share your thoughts and let me know what you think!!!

Until next time, my friends!

36 Responses

      • Yvonne

        I would want to go snowboarding there! I know that the Matterhorn (sp?) is open 365 days a year! No matter what time of the year, you can go skiing! That sounds good to me!

  1. Aileen

    Stop this, Raphael. Stop making me cry. Haha! The Swiss alps are absolutely one of my ‘European goals’ and it’s nice to have seen a ‘peek’ of it even more through your post here. Awesome shots/angles as usual. Safe travels!

  2. Howard @ Backroad Planet

    Incredibly beautiful photographs of a country still on my wanderlist, Raphael! We were supposed to end our river cruise last summer in Switzerland, but my retina detached and we had to be evacuated back to the states from Germany, and this year’s cruise ends in Budapest. I am sure we will get there eventually . . . . :)

  3. Michele TravelwithMrsT

    Beautiful photos. Switzerland is on my list, though I’ve heard it’s expensive when compared to neighboring countries. Definitely want to visit this year while I’m living in Europe.

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren

      Yes, food prices are over the roof! The same kebab you can get in Germany for 5 euros costs 15 Swiss Francs here (the conversion is roughly 1:1 these days!).

  4. Mary

    Great photos! I was in Switzerland in 1998 and adored it, even got to do some skiing. I wonder how you felt it was expense wise? Everyone told us it would be crazy expensive but we stayed in smaller towns and in the lovliest hostels I’ve ever been in and it was super cheap!

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren

      Food was very expensive and so was transportation but everything else was very cheap compared to European standards mainly because of the low tax rate of Switzerland. That being said, it is possible to survive on a low budget as long as you cook instead of eating out.

  5. Meg Jerrard

    Switzerland is such a great country – I also based myself in one area and used a Eurail pass to take day trips and explore the country. Thanks for the great feature!

  6. Dana

    Loved seeing all your photos! We are heading to Switzerland for the first time in June. My son is looking forward to the Matterhorn.

  7. Angie

    Yay! I am heading over to Switzerland this month and was wondering..
    Would you recommend Zermatt or Lucerne? I only have time for one..

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren

      It’s a hard choice, Lucerne has the lake and the old town while Zermatt has the Matterhorn. You can do skiing in both (well, around Lucerne) but if mountain climbing is not your thing, then Lucerne is the winner in my opinion!

  8. Vanessa

    The view is breathtaking! And your photos are very convincing…so beautiful! Your objective to make your readers want to visit Switzerland is very effective. Thumbs for this post. Im off to plan my itinerary!

  9. Bailey K.

    I’ve only been to Interlaken, but I absolutely loved it. We were there in the spring, and lucky with perfect weather. I’d love to visit the other Swiss towns on your list, especially Zermatt.

  10. Jessica

    These photos are unreal! Have only been to Geneva thus far, but would LOVE to explore more of the country!

  11. Francesca One Girl: One World

    Wow, I was surprised to read that two weeks weren’t enough! And to think, I was going to try to cram Switzerland into a day trip last time I was in Milan! I’m glad I didn’t… I’ll have to devote some time to exploring :D

  12. Gina Zammit

    Looking at these photos makes my skin feel cooler. The refreshing blues of the mountains and water – I can’t wait to visit someday!

  13. Renuka

    I was gasping at each photograph here! Switzerland is definitely on my bucket-list, and your post has just infused more wanderlust in me! Thanks for this visual treat. :-)

  14. Fabio | The Breathing Forest

    I have had the pleasure of going to Switzerland many times thanks to having close family there, and it truly is as stunning as these photos show. I’ve not been for a couple of years now, but you’ve inspired me to return!

  15. Robert Garza

    Hello Raphael,
    I was in Austria last October and I loved it. Salzburg is a beautiful city. I will definitively be visiting Switzerland in the next year or two. My sister told me that Switzerland is similar to Germany.
    I think Germany is beautiful. I’ll have to make my own decision about that.
    Love your blog.

    Robert

  16. Edith

    Hi Raphael!
    I’m going to Geneva the first weekend of June and then I have 4 free days to explore. Do you have any suggestions aroung Geneva lake or should head straight down to Interlaken?
    Edith

  17. Roxy Davis

    Hi! I’ve never been to Switzerland but your amazing photos just persuaded me to start planning a trip. Cause I learnt a lot about this country but never let myself to do something with my dream. I need to finish my book and piece is definitely what I need to get