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Wonders of Switzerland

Landscape in Bern Alps
Landscape in Bern Alps. / sbmeaper1, Flickr / public domain

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The gorgeous country of Switzerland is rich both with natural and human-made heritage. Here the most amazing wonders are:

  • Historical abbeys – there are several very old and once influential monasteries with immense art values. Especially rich is Abbey of St. Gall – once an important center of knowledge.
  • Urban planning monuments – Switzerland is rich with well preserved historical villages, towns and cities. Here are many interesting medieval towns (Bern Old City, Murten, Stein am Rhein) but of great value are early industrial cities La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle.
  • Waterfalls – some of Europe’s tallest and most spectacular waterfalls are found here. Most waterfalls here are thin streams falling over multiple cascades and flowing down along nearly vertical cliffs but one stands out – the powerful Rhine Falls, one of the widest waterfalls in Europe.

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of Switzerland

Geological wonders

Hölloch

Schwyz

Very long cave system, total length of explored passages – 200.421 km, depth 938.6 m.

Rhine Falls

Zurich (Zürich)

One of the largest waterfalls in Europe, formed on Rhine River. Waterfall is some 150 m wide and 23 m high, with water flow fluctuating between 250 and 650 m³/s.

Rhine Falls, Switzerland
Grotte aux Fées

Valais

Well known show cave, known since the Roman times at least. Contains impressive, 77 m tall underground waterfall. 3,620 m long.

Rinquelle

St.Gallen

One of the most impressive springs in Europe. It beats from the cliff face, forming very tall waterfall with three steps. The upper step is 40 m tall. The medium output is 2,650 l/s. Spring cave has been explored up to 1920 m far, most of it is under water.

Rinquelle with Seerenbach Falls in the background, Switzerland

Archaeological wonders

Wildkirchli

Appenzell Ausserrhoden

Group of three closely located caves, interesting monuments of history. In these caves have been found some 90 thousand years old remnants of cave bears. Later, some 50 – 30 thousand years ago here lived Neanderthals. In the 17th – 19th centuries caves were inhabited by hermits.

Architecture wonders

Abbey of Saint Gall

St.Gallen

Very old monastery, started in 719 AD (or even 613 AD) and gained much influence. It contains one of the richest medieval libraries in the world – Abbey library of Saint Gall, with a beautiful interior in Rococo style. Another beautiful structure is St. Gall Cathedral (1681 – 1766) – enormous church in Baroque style, with wonderful interior.

Kapellbrücke

Luzern

170 m long covered bridge, made from wood. The oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe and oldest existing truss bridge in the world. Most of bridge was lost during a fire in 1993 but in some part the interior paintings from the 17th century have been preserved.

Kapellbrücke, Switzerland
Chillon Castle

Vaud

One of the most beautiful castles anywhere, located on an island on Lake Geneva. Constructed in in 10th – 13th centuries.

Chillon Castle, Switzerland
CERN Large Hadron Collider

Geneva

World’s largest particle collider. It located in a specially made tunnel – ring that has a circumference of 27 km. Scientific experiments here are expected to bring very important discoveries regarding the basic rules of the Universe. Constructed in 1998 – 2008, initially used for the electron-positron collider. Contains two parallel beam pipes made in extremely high precision – these pipes intersect in two places, where the collision takes place and is documented.

Bern Old City

Bern

Historical city on a peninsula formed by a loop of Aare river. This city has remained almost unchanged since the 15th – 18th century, with numerous valuable buildings. Many great buildings are in Renaissance style. Many streets have arcades.

Old City of Bern from Rosengarten
Stein am Rhein

Schaffhausen

Beautiful town with numerous historical buildings, many covered with frescoes. Most of the old town is off limits to cars.

Saint Ursanne

Jura

Well preserved medieval town at Doubs River, with Romanesque church, historical bridge and other old structures.

Saint Ursanne, Switzerland
St. John Abbey in Müstair

Graubünden

Well preserved early medieval monastery with great examples of Carolingian art. This abbey was founded circa 780 AD, frescoes were painted around 800 AD.

Morcote

Ticino

Gorgeous historical town at lake Lugano, with densely located historical buildings lined along the lake. Mountain scenery and almost subtropical plant life add to the beauty of the site.

Tarasp Castle

Graubünden

Spectacular mountaintop castle, its construction started in 1040.

Tarasp Castle
Einsiedeln Abbey

Schwyz

Enormous Benedictine monastery with its history starting in the late 9th century, a pilgrimage site. Contains important Baroque and Rococo artworks.

Interior of Einsiedeln Abbey church, Switzerland
St. Maurice’s Abbey

Valais

Enormous monastery encompassing whole town. Started to develop around 515 AD.

Spreuer Bridge

Luzern

Old wooden bridge, originally built in 1408, rebuilt after 1566. 81 m long bridge contains 45 paintings of Danse Macabre and other motives.

Aigle castle

Vaud

Impressive, well preserved castle, rebuilt over an older castle in the 13th century.

Landwasser Viaduct

Graubünden

Emblematic structure – railway viaduct with six arches. Constructed in 1901 – 1902, 65 m high and 136 m long.

Basel Minster

Basel-Stadt

Large, ornate church, built from red sandstone in Romanesque – Gothic styles between 1019 and 1500. The building is ornate, with numerous art values.

Basel Minster, Switzerland
Langwieser Viaduct

Graubünden

Impressive viaduct – amazing achievement of structural engineering for its time, built in 1912 – 1914. The first large railway bridge from concrete, the longest railway bridge in the world at its build time, 284 m long.

Luzerne Jesuit Church

Luzern

The first large Baroque church in this part of Europe, built in 1667 – 1673 and later.

Fribourg Old City

Fribourg

One of the largest and best preserved medieval cities in Switzerland with numerous Gothic structures. Most buildings were built before the 16th century, city for most part is surrounded by city walls with 14 towers.

Murten (Morat)

Fribourg

Nearly intact medieval city at Lake Murten, encircled with city walls, with castle.

Murten

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