Panoramic Switzerland: Sights and Insights

Panoramic Switzerland: Sights and Insights

Put a little Swiss in your summertime and see the sights most people only dream about or see in photographs.

Feel like you’re on top of the world; the views from Switzerland’s high summits are heavenly. Discover the awe-inspiring, natural landscapes overlooking mountains, glaciers, forests and lakes, as well as gain insight on what makes Switzerland special. Your group will truly appreciate the chance to see these priceless panoramas and experience Swiss culture, as you’ll be able to tell from their oohs, ahhs and constant camera-clicking.

Lake Lucerne Region

Nationalquai in Lucerne. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch / Elge Kenneweg

Nationalquai in Lucerne. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch / Elge Kenneweg

Ready for the “Swiss Chocolate Adventure”?

Starting June 19, the Swiss Transport Museum features a new attraction: the “Swiss Chocolate Adventure.” This multimedia experience utilizes all five senses while focusing on chocolate as a Swiss quality product. Developed in conjunction with Lindt Chocolate, this exhibit portrays the entire process from the cultivation of the cocoa bean, the transport to Switzerland’s manufacturers and the sale of the finished chocolate product.

You Won’t Want to Miss Breakfast on Mount Rigi

View of Mt. Rigi. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

View of Mt. Rigi. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

Some hundred years ago, adventurous travelers— including Mark Twain—visited Mount Rigi to see the world-famous sunrise from the top of the mountain. Modern trains allow you to experience this natural spectacle effortlessly. The panoramic view of 13 lakes, the Alps and the entire Swiss Mittelland create a great sunrise setting. Afterward, your group can breakfast at Rigi Staffel.

Do Lunch at Art Deco Hotel Montana

The Art Deco Hotel Montana was built as a palace hotel more than 100 years ago. Today, the hotel welcomes you with an elegant Art Deco atmosphere. At the hotel’s Scala Terrace, enjoy lunch with a panoramic view of Lake Lucerne, the city and the mountains.

Dine with the Stars on Mount Pilatus

Lake Lucerne with Buergenstock and Rigi, seen from the Pilatus in Central Switzerland. Copyright by Luzern Tourismus Byline: swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret

Lake Lucerne with Buergenstock and Rigi, seen from the Pilatus in Central Switzerland. Copyright by Luzern Tourismus Byline: swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret

A steamship takes your group from Lucerne to Alpnachstadt, where the world’s steepest cogwheel train takes you 6,995 feet high to Pilatus Kulm. Its 48% gradient makes it the world’s steepest funicular today. On the ride, your group will get a chance to experience the beauty of the mountain and Lake Lucerne, followed by dinner under the stars.

Zurich Region

Zurich, view of the river Limmat and the Old Town. In the backdrop of Lake Zurich, the panorama of the Central Swiss Alps. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Zurich, view of the river Limmat and the Old Town. In the backdrop of Lake Zurich, the panorama of the Central Swiss Alps.
Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Elephants are Happy in Zurich

The newest addition to Zurich Zoo is the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park: a huge, sustainable, near-natural environment full of enrichment activities. Observe the mighty animals in their new compound and even watch them swim from an underwater viewpoint. Your group will love a tour of the main building and the path through the imitation river landscape and woodland, which offers several viewpoints overlooking the outdoor enclosure.

Brunch, Hustle and Bustle at Café Sprüngli

Melt-in-your-mouth truffles, light and delicate Luxemburgerli macarons, handmade dark chocolate, tarts and cakes are just a sample of the many sweet and tempting offers at the café of Confiserie Sprüngli at Paradeplatz. This classic and arguably most famous café-salon in Zurich is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious breakfast amidst the city life. Café Sprüngli is known for its gourmet brunch buffet with homemade bread, fresh jams and marmalades and delicious Birchermüesli with cream.

Lunch with a Jungle Twist at the Masoala Hall

Masoala Rainforest is the centerpiece of the Zurich Zoo’s nature conservation strategy, complete with lemurs, turtles, chameleons, exotic birds and frogs. Gain insight on the Masoala Rainforest along a twisting path and have lunch in the adjacent restaurant with a stunning view of the rainforest.

Swiss Travel System: Geheimtipps - Schokoladenzug. Copyright by: Swiss Travel System By-Line: STS/

Swiss Travel System: Geheimtipps – Schokoladenzug. Copyright by: Swiss Travel System By-Line: STS/

Dinner at die Waid Restaurant: Dive into a Sea of Lights

Enjoy one of Zurich’s most impressive panoramas at any of the sections of die Waid Restautant. Your group can dine outside on the terrace, or see the view from large windows in Seasons Restaurant, the Red Hall or the Wok-Pub with the Wok Rondo. Seminar rooms are available for reservation. Indulge in gourmet delights with a view of the entire city, the lakes and even the Alps. In the evening, Zurich transforms into an enchanting sea of lights.

Night Cap at Jules Verne Bar

Enjoy cocktails in the tower of this former observatory, where views from the bar leave all of Zurich at your feet, and the Alpine panorama above Lake Zurich puts the cherry on top.

Dada in Zurich at the Cabaret Voltaire

Dadaism, the most important art movement that has ever taken place in Zurich, had its origins at the legendary Cabaret Voltaire in 1916. The Dada art movement began as a “protest against the madness of the times.” Artists, musicians, dancers and literati met in the Cabaret Voltaire and called the entire existing art into question. Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich’s Old Town reopened in October 2004 and is open to the public with its exhibitions, events and bar, as well as its small specialized lending library.

Zurich, view of the river Limmat and the historic center. The spiders mark the churches Prediger, Grossmuenster, Fraumuenster and St. Peter. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Zurich, view of the river Limmat and the historic center. The spiders mark the churches Prediger, Grossmuenster, Fraumuenster and St. Peter. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Moving Views

A Swiss Peak Pass Offer that’s Unstoppable

Spectacular views, stunning rides and simple access come with exploring the Swiss Alps with the Swiss Travel System. Some of Switzerland’s peaks can be discovered via mountain trains and cable cars. You can book a four- or eight-day Swiss Peak Pass in addition to the consecutive four- or eight-day Swiss Pass. The Swiss Peak Pass grants access to eight specific Swiss Peaks including Mt. Allalin, Mt. Brienzer Rothorn or Mt. Stanserhorn.

Swiss Peak Pass. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

Swiss Peak Pass. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

Bonus Look: Engadin Valley

Endagin Valley’s St. Moritz is a resort town and one of the world’s most famous holiday destinations. The highest summit in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, lies a few kilometres south of the town. You can see these heights from new bike trails or partake in the Sunrise Event on Piz Nair, easily accessible from the village with a funicular and a cable car. The valley is also home to the Swiss National Park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. There are plenty of group activities in this area including hiking, climbing, stand-up paddling or simply sightseeing.

 

Switzerland Tourism offers services, such as a hotline, itineraries and discount transportation passes, to assist in planning your group trip to Switzerland. Take advantage of this opportunity to see some of the world’s grandest sites and contact Switzerland Tourism via phone, email or website contact form.

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