Although not too big of a country geographically speaking, Switzerland is considered to be a tourist paradise. We all know its reputation for the majestic Alps, skiing, and other winter activities which are one of the greatest tourist attractions. But if you thought that Switzerland has nothing to offer to visitors during the summer, then you were wrong.
There are plenty of things to do and visit in the Swiss country during all seasons. You can swim in the crystal blue lakes, rolling green hills, and exquisite hiking trails while being sun-kissed in the summer.
10 of the best places to visit in Switzerland during the summer
The city with the best quality of life in Europe is our top recommendation if you want to visit Switzerland during the summer. On this season, Zurich buzzes with life while its citizens enjoy Lake Zurich’s promenades, in town squares, or garden terraces.
Things to do in Zurich
- Strolling along the blue waters of Zürichsee
If not doing these activities, visitors (and natives alike) will probably be sitting in the numerous park spaces and having picnics on a summer day. On the other hand, if you’re searching for quiet and relaxing mornings, you can make that happen on the east side of the lake – all this while still having a fantastic view of the Alps from Bürkliplatz or Zürihorn.
This quaint historic city located in the northern part of Switzerland is indulged in art. Basel is a city of vibrant history, countless exhibits events, and the home of several festivals that amaze tourists all over the world. In the art world, it is best known as the home of Art Basel – an international art fair.
Things to do in Basel
- Explore the unique architecture of the old town
- Enjoy the stunning views of the Rhine river
- Visit the open-air cinema, cool bars, and annual dances by the river
You may know Verbier as one of the most famous Swiss winter playgrounds, but this beautiful location in the Alps has so much more to offer than just that. It is also a top destination to visit during the summer season as the perfect spot for a break or retreat. This beautiful Swiss Alps village is located in the south of Switzerland and perched on a south-facing plateau 1500m above sea level.
Things to do in Verbier
- Rock climbing
- Biking along the trails of Verbier Bike Park, which has a vertical drop of around 700 meters.
- Dine in the village at Namaste or La Marmotte
- This Swiss canton is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland, so if you enjoy fine wine, do not forget to grab some while you’re there.
Located in the heart of Europe, Lugano is the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino which joins together the best of both Switzerland and Italy. The reason why this city is mostly visited during the summer is because of its micro-climate, which makes Lugano one of the sunniest places in Switzerland.
This town is a world-class city, combined with flowers, sacred buildings, and villas. Lake Lugano makes certainly the largest summer attraction for many people (especially well-known celebrities), because of its views and refreshing waters. Considering the Italian influence in this region, you’ll bet that there will be plenty of food and shopping choices to seek.
Things to do in Lugano
- Visit the Hermann Hesse Museum
- Visit the Alprose Chocolate Museum
- Enjoy the climate in Switzerland’s Sonnenstube which stands for “sunny room”
- Eat at the Restaurant Gallery Arté al Lago – a restaurant in an art gallery
- Go shopping at Via Nassa
The mountain town of Lungern is located between Luzern and Interlaken. This place is more than worthy of our top 10 list of the best places to visit in Switzerland during the summer, because of the amazing turquoise lakes and rolling green pastures.
This natural paradise, surrounded by mountain trails, is the perfect destination for nature lovers and hikers. And just like almost every valley in Switzerland – Lungern also has its own beautiful lake known as Lungernsee. You can take advantage of the town’s perfect climate and go into the lake for a memorable summer bath.
Benefiting from the town’s pleasant climate, the lake is perfect for swimming in summer.
Things to do in Lungern
- Swimming in Lungern Lake
- Mountain biking
- Experience the magical Butterfly Trail through lush flowery meadows
The city of Geneva offers visitors some must-experience cosmopolitan feels. There is a variety of things you can do in this beautiful city, and one of them is enjoying the famous boat excursions at Lake Geneva. There are countless daily cruises that offer you the chance to discover the most beautiful shores of Lake Geneva.
The boats date from the early twentieth century, and while you’re cruising, you’ll notice that vintage and nostalgic feel. And of course, you cannot go by not visiting the Geneva Water Fountain (Jet d’eau de Genève). The fountain is a historic and symbolic icon of the city.
Things to do in Geneva
- See Geneva’s Italian side
- Explore the Old Town
- Summer tobogganing
- Mountain biking
- Paddleboard on Lake Geneva
- Visit the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Bern is undoubtedly a beautiful capital and possibly one of the most beautiful ones in the world. And if there’s one reason you should visit Bern in summer, then that should be the atmosphere of the Aare river. During this season, it’s like Aare river becomes the soul of the city.
With temperatures rising and the sun showing its face, that’s where you’ll find so much joy and spirit. Summer in Bern is all about the Aare, and if you want to get to know this relaxed city, that’s where you should turn to.
What to do in Bern
8. The Rhine Falls
Europe’s largest waterfall – the Rhine Falls is mostly recommended to visit during May, June, and July. That is the time when the water density peaks, and you’ll surely get a spectacular view from any standpoint nearby.
It is known as an incredible experience from tourists worldwide, who say to feel the roar and the vibration of the water flowing over their entire bodies. The falls lie in the northernmost part of Switzerland near the town of Schaffhausen. By ship one can reach castles, the Rhine Falls Basin and the mighty rock right in the middle of the waterfall.
What to do in the Rhine Falls
- Boat trip
- Picture taking
Interlaken is a beautiful town in the heart of Switzerland attracting thousands of tourists from all around the world that want to see the wonderful Jungfrau region with their own eyes. Interlaken is utterly magnificent in both seasons, winter and summer, so in this case, it depends on what type of person you are and what you prefer to do while traveling.
What to do in Interlaken
- Enjoy the fresh air
- Outdoor sports
- Enjoy the crystal clear blue water lakes surrounded by majestic mountains
10. Furka Pass
Furka Pass is the legendary Swiss mountain pass that gained fame after it was featured in a car chase scene in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger” from 1964. An Aston Martin DB5 and a Ford Mustang climbed this scenic driving road, located in the Uri/Valais region of Switzerland.
More than 50 years later the landscapes have remained almost the same, and this is most certainly a road in the Alps that those in search of the best driving roads in Europe should experience. Furka Pass provides a truly scenic ride – panoramic views with its height, twists, and turns – so it’s definitely worth paying a visit.
Things to do in Furka Pass
- Drive in a panoramic view
Have a fun Swiss summer!