Since I have first published this post in late 2018 so much has happened since. Most probably also in your life.
Our beautiful twins are no babies anymore, more very experienced mountaineers 🙂 and have been up many more mountains and marvelled at uncountable Swiss views.
This is why I felt this beautiful post needed some love. I have added 13 more scenic Swiss viewpoints to the list, all reachable with ease. Suitable for everyone. Whether it is for the whole family, your grandparents, your toddler, a friend with mobility difficulties or simply anyone who is not really a mountain hiking person but wants to enjoy some of the most amazing views Switzerland has to offer.
How to Get as Many of the Most Beautiful Viewpoints in Switzerland?
To be able to cover as many Switzerland’s scenic Viewpoints – reachable with ease, I reached out to other amazing travel bloggers from all around the world who have helped to make this list possible.
These most beautiful Viewpoints in Switzerland have been listed by their region (canton)
Some of the fellow bloggers that wanted to join in this amazing post said quite rightly, that not everyone is seeking high altitude viewpoints but would travel for a great lake view. At the end of this post you will find some great recommendations for lake views.
36 of the Best Viewpoints in Switzerland
New Updated February 2021: 14 more Most Scenic Viewpoints in Switzerland have been added. Enjoy the virtual tour of Switzerland’s most scenic viewpoints reachable with ease. “No Hiking required”
❀ Bernese Oberland :: Swiss Viewpoint Schilthorn – Mürren (007 filming location)
If you are looking for an amazing view in Switzerland with some 007 charm, then Schilthorn should be on the list! You can access the lift from the mountain base town of Stechelberg You’ll want to ride the Schilthorn cable to Mürren, then up to Birg with your final destination being Schilthorn at almost 3,000m. Total time spent on the cable cars is just over 40 minutes, but allow up to 60 minutes with transfers. Ticket prices start at 105 euros for adults, 52.50 euros for children aged 6-15 and free for children under 6 years of age.
Once you reach your final destination, you’ll want to first take in the amazing views from multiple observation points. On a clear day you can see all the way to the mountain tops of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Enjoy a nice lunch in the world’s first revolving panoramic restaurant or explore the interactive exhibition featuring “Bond World 007” from the James Bond film ‘on Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Our son really enjoyed exploring the helicopter and putting his hand on the actor’s handprints.
On your way back down (or up), stop at the Birg station to enjoy the Skyline walk and the Thrill Walk. Imagine walking over a steel path attached to the side of the cliff face! Certainly not for the faint of heart!
Top Tips: Be sure to check the weather, you don’t want to start your ascent if the weather isn’t favourable. Dress in multiple layers so you can adapt to the changing temperatures as you go higher and lower in altitude.
This Swiss viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours.
❀ Bernese Oberland :: Swiss Viewpoint Grindelwald First
Grindelwald sits in the middle of the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland and offers incredible views of the Swiss Alps. While Jungfrau, the mountain for which the region is named, is the most popular viewpoint, you can find spectacular views on Grindelwald First as well. The enclosed lift (or gondola) to Grindelwald First leaves from the centre of town. On the way up, you’ll get views of the beautiful countryside and cow farms below. The ride takes about 25 minutes and riders will stay on the lift at Bort and continue on to the FIRST stop. Where a the beautiful view of Switzerland’s Grindelwald awaits.
Steps from the lift drop off, is a cafeteria serving classic Swiss food with an incredible open air patio. This is the perfect spot to take in the views of the Eiger’s North Face. For those looking for an even more panoramic view, Grindelwald First has a free Cliff Walk. If you are traveling with kids, you may also want to check out the playground at the Bort stop on the way down. To say the views from Grindelwald First are amazing, is an understatement. It’s so beautiful that my friends and I had to keep reminding ourselves that they were real. Even if you’re not skiing, you won’t want to miss Grindelwald First!
This Swiss viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours to be sure.
❀Bernese Oberland :: Swiss Viewpoint Oeschinensee – Kandersteg
Are you ready to dive in to a wonderland? Then head over to Kandersteg in the Oeschinen Valley in the Canton of Bern, grab the cablecar and head up to paradise. For me here is one of the best Views in Switzerland.
At the top of the cable car you can already enjoy an amazing view over the whole Oeschinen valley. But hold on this is not it. A gentle 30min walk will bring you to the viewpoint you can see in the photo featured. Have you seen anything more beautiful lately?
No worries, you do not need to hike, jump on the electric bus and let yourself be chauffeured down to the shore of the amazing Oeschinensee and enjoy the peaceful view and the bluest lake there is.
Many BBQ stations are provided on the right-hand side of the lake, whilst you can go swimming on the left side. A beautiful restaurant invites to enjoy some delicious Swiss specialties.
This Most beautiful Viewpoint in Switzerland is accessible all year round. But check time table and opening hours as they do have some off-peak months where the cable car is closed. In this case you would have to walk up. 🙂
❀ Bernese Oberland :: Swiss Viewpoint Allmendhubel Flower Park
Our favourite way to enjoy the Swiss alps with kids is on a playground with a view. The Allmendhubel “Flower Park” near Mürren checks all the boxes and it belongs on the Switzerland’s most scenic Viewpoints list. It’s easy to access (and surprisingly affordable compared with other options in this region) with cable cars, a short stroll through an adorable car-free village and a funicular ride up to the viewpoint and playground. From here, you get a spectacular view of the famous Jungfrau and Eiger peaks among many others.
The playground is enormous, with slides, swings, a zip line, obstacles for climbing, a mole tunnel to crawl through, and even a play alpine dairy farm. There is also an alpine flower garden and short “flower” path with interactive signboards educating you about the flower’s native to this area.
While the kids play, you can enjoy a hearty Swiss meal or well-deserved beverage at the adjacent restaurant or lounge in one of the many sunbeds scattered about the surrounding alpine meadows. If you want hike, you can easily add-on one of the beautiful hikes that connect here, including ones suitable for strollers and small children. We’ve sent lots of friends, family and tourists here and we always get back glowing reports. We hope you love it as much as we do. Then this place has some of Switzerland’s best views for sure.
❀ Bernese Oberland :: Swiss Viewpoint Gelmerbahn & Gelmersee
This is not only one of Switzerland’s most scenic viewpoints, but also to reach it is a real adventure. Located in the Grimsel Valley in the Berner Oberland one can find the Gelmersee up on a plateau. From the car park you do have to walk a little bit up to the funicular station. But should you have people in your team that have difficulty in walking, you can drive up close to the funicular station and drop them off before you head down again and park your car. However, it is only a 5-10 min walk.
Now, take a seat in Europe’s steepest open funicular and enjoy the backwards ride uphill. If you are nervous maybe you should not sit at the front, as it will pump your adrenaline high.
Arriving at the top, stroll to the lake shore and the dam wall where the beautiful Grimsel Valley presents itself in front of you. A magical set up amongst some ragged mountains.
Of course, you could walk around the lake if you like. You will find here a full detailed article on How to Hike around Gelmersee . ATTENTION you do need to pre-book the funicular.
This viewpoint is accessible only during the summer months.
❀ Bernese Oberland :: Swiss Viewpoint Brienzer Rothorn 2350m
Ride a vintage cogwheel train up the mountain to this spectacular viewpoint in Switzerland, lying at 2351m offering a view over the Berner Oberland region.
Gorgeous views of the bright blue Brienz lake below and dozens of mountain peaks await. You can stroll on the easy path along the ridge, then lounge at the restaurant’s outdoor terrace and observe serious hikers attempting the famously dangerous Hardergrat ridge trail.
There’s a 360° viewpoint situated only a 5 min walk from the restaurant and well worth the small effort. You can also catch a chair lift down to a beautiful Eisee alpine lake (skipping the hike), a great place for a picnic.
On Sundays during the summer months, you can ride the Sörenberg cable car from Lucerne up to this same peak- Brienzer Rothorn- to experience a magical sunrise and enjoy an alpine breakfast with breathtaking panorama views.
Brienzer Rothorn is a great choice for locals and visitors of all ages who want to see some of the Best views Switzerland has to offer with minimal effort.
This viewpoint is accessible only during the summer months.
❀ Bern :: Swiss Viewpoint Suspension Bridge in Sigriswil
With its length of 340 meters, the suspension bridge in Sigriswil sits proudly on the list of longest suspension bridges in Switzerland. It was opened on 14 October 2012 and connects Sigriswil with Aeschlen over the Gummischlucht Gorge in canton Bern. A scenic location well worth the visit.
The bridge is high above Lake Thun, from where you can get incredible views over the the Bernese Oberland included the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The suspension bridge is accessible from both its sides. Either from the village of Aeschlen where you park at the Hotel Panorama and then stroll the easy 300 meters to the suspension bridge, or start at the village of Sigriswil by the Parkplatz Raft. The bridge is just vis-a-vis from the parking lot.
Children up to 16 years of age have free access over the bridge, adults pay 8 Chf. It is a full-day ticket, so at this price, you can cross the bridge as many times as you like during the day.
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❀ Graubünden :: Swiss Viewpoint Weissfluhjoch – Davos
The Weissfluhjoch Ridge (2,693 m) above Davos, Switzerland can be reached with almost no effort whatsoever!
From Davos’ main street, you can take the Parsenn funicular railway right to the top. It’s the longest funicular in Switzerland and has an interchange in the middle where you must change trains to keep going up. It was built in 1931 to take advantage of the amazing skiing in the area. You can also take a gondola up another 200 meters to Weissfluhgipfel, about as far up as you can go!
You can buy tickets for the funicular and gondola at the base Parsenn station. If you spend a night in a local hotel you will receive a guest card good for all transit and all mountain railways during the summer months. If you go as a family without the guest card it will cost 75 CHF or 30 CHF for a single adult.
There is a restaurant at the Weissfluhjoch where you can sit inside or outside and enjoy a hearty meal and the panoramic views (although even in summer it can be quite chilly, so take a sweater).
I really enjoyed our visit here and took a lot of photos; it was really gorgeous.
❀ Graubünden – Engadin :: Julier-Silvaplana – Mountain & Lake
And this is why we love road trips in Switzerland . This Swiss viewpoint is a real hidden gem. When you are driving along the mountain road coming from Chur make sure you are not missing the road viewpoint at Julier-Silvaplana. At first it does not look like much, but wow, you will get a jaw dropping moment when you’re standing at the front of the viewing area.
In front on your right, the Silvapalersee (lake Silvaplana) and to the left is Lej da Champgèr (lake).
This is the perfect Swiss viewpoint to stop after a drive or just to marvel at this most amazing Swiss view in Engadin.
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❀ Graubünden – Engadin :: Diavolezza 2973m
Whenever you are in the Engadine, a ride up to the Diavolezza at 2,973 metres above the Val Bernina in Graubünden should not be missed. Park your car at the base station in the Bernina valley and from here you can reach the summit by cable car.
The summit is well known for early and late season skiing due to its excellent snow conditions. Therefore, don’t be surprised when you see skiers gliding down the slopes even outside of the normal ski season.
When at the top you will be greeted by the highest peak of the Eastern Alps: the Piz Bernina and the Morteratsch Glacier.
Sit down and marvel from the panoramic terrace at these impressive and most beautiful views Switzerland has to offer. The hotel offers both hotel rooms and bunk-style accommodation, therefore if you can, this would make the ideal overnight place for an exceptional experience.
This viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours
❀ Fribourg :: Swiss Viewpoint Moléson
The Moléson is a 2002 metre mountain located in the Swiss Prealps. With the beginning of alpine tourism Moléson started to be popular in 18thcentury. The cable car was built in 1960 and the holiday village in 1980. Overlooking picturesque medieval village of Gruyères is an all-season sport playground for mountain lovers. Via ferrata, hiking, skiing, sledging, bobsleigh, downhill cart, minigolf, slackline – you name it – it’s there.
What makes it perfect is also the fact that it is easily reachable. Can’t go easier than that. When you arrive in the village of Moléson-sur-Gruyères you will see the funicular that will take you up to 1517 metres – station Plan Francey. From then you can continue your trip up to the summit with a cable car. The end station is on 1982 meters and from there on it’s just an easy little walk to reach 2002 m.
Next to the station there’s a restaurant “Le Sommet” with a huge terrace that offers a breathtaking panorama. You can also take a stairway up to a viewpoint. Take a drink and just look around.
❀Lucerne :: Swiss Viewpoint Mt. Pilatus
Getting there is half the fun! There are a few ways in which you can reach the summit of Mt. Pilatus that don’t involve any hiking. One option is to take a trip on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. The railway climbs 1,600 meters from the village of Alpnachstad to the summit of Mt. Pilatus in 4.6 km with a gradient of up to 48%. It’s a thrilling 30 minute ride to some of the best views in Switzerland I’ve ever seen!
Another option to get to the summit is to take a gondola and an aerial cableway. The gondola is a 30 minute ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg station. From Fräkmüntegg station, the aerial cableway takes you to the summit in a short, but exhilarating 3.5 minute ride. With large windows extending from floor to ceiling, the aerial cableway offers spectacular 360 degree views and truly gives you the sensation of flying. Perhaps the best way to experience Mt. Pilatus is to try all of these options in one epic round trip excursion!
❀Lucerne :: Lake Lucerne View & Hammetschwand Lift
Best views in Switzerland are not always high up. Maybe this beautiful viewpoint in Switzerland should be under the Swiss Lake Views, but because you also have a mountain top viewpoint, I left it here.
Hop on the Bürgenstock Catamaran in Lucerne at the harbour and enjoy a 20 min cruise over to Kehrsiten, the Bürgenstock Resort boat stop. You can buy a combined ticket from Lucerne to save a bit of money.
The 2nd ticket is for the ride in the funicular up to the Bürgenstock Resort itself.
By the way you can already see the Hammetschwand lift from the boat. It is to the left of Kehrsiten. Whether you are walking to the Hammetschwand lift or not, the beautiful views are already seen from the resort. Head to the terrace and enjoy a refreshment whilst marvelling at these most beautiful views in Switzerland.
I know all these viewpoints are reachable with ease, so if you are happy with what you see in front of you then just enjoy some time walking around the resort or even just relax in their restaurant. But you can also go on a small walk up to the Lift and head higher. It is a 30 to 40 min walk. Find out more about the Hammetschwand Lift view point
This Swiss viewpoint is accessible all year round at the resort. For the Hammetschwand Lift you may want to check, as I am not sure it is open during winter time. Just check the timetable and opening hours .
❀ St.Gallen :: Swiss Viewpoint Säntis – Schwägalp
Säntis at 2501m is the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif of northeastern Switzerland. It is also the culminating point of the whole Appenzell Alps, between Lake Walen and Lake Constance.
Due to its location not lying on the touristy-must-see-route, it is wrongly overlooked and missed by international tourists. What a shame. It is such an amazing viewpoint in Switzerland and by the way also on the Grand-Tour of Switzerland itinerary.
Located in eastern Switzerland, Säntis can be reached by cable car from the station Schwägalp.
Experience a floating feeling up to the summit of Säntis with the lofty heights of the Schwägalp Pass beneath your feet. Don’t worry if you arrive at the base station and it is foggy, you will most probably be floating out of the foggy sea into the blue sky. Another of Switzerland’s best viewpoints – reachable with ease.
Why not plan a great family lunch at the top or a birthday celebration? Whatever you do add Säntis to your next “must visit when next in Switzerland” list. Here is an insider tip. If you can plan the visit at full moon the station organizes special night trips. Imagine how close you can be to the moon.
❀ St.Gallen :: Swiss Viewpoint Staubern 1860m
This has got to be an insider os the most beautiful viewpoint in Switzerland tip from a local. The Staubern mountain cable car is world’s first system that uses solely solar energy to operate.
From Frühmsen in Rheintal canton St.Gallen this amazing cable car will bring you up to one more amazing Switzerland’s most scenic viewpoint. And guess what, you can get there with ease. If you love alpine flowers like I do then this place will amaze you. Bring an alpine flower identification book and try to identify some of the most beautiful alpine flower species there are. Kids normally love such an activity too.
The restaurant provides great Swiss style menus and some nice local wines. From here you could do an amazing ridge hike over to the Hoherkasten or to Saxer Lücke. Or simply stay at Staubern, have lunch and relax in the Alpine meadows.
❀ Schwyz :: Swiss Viewpoint Rigi Kulm 1787 m
“Queen of the Alps”, a name the Rigi mountain massive located in Central Switzerland well and truly deserves. The Rigi Kulm ist the highest peak on Mount Rigi, and the breathtaking 360-degree panorama offers no fewer than 13 lakes, and an impressive “sea” of mountain peaks.
Board the cogwheel train in Vitznau or Arth-Goldau and head for the summit at Rigi Kulm! Make sure your camera or video is ready on the journey and if possible find a place on the left-hand side. Although having said this, nearer to the peak, the right side opens up with equally beautiful Swiss views.
A short, although steep path of no more than 10min, if walking slowly, brings you to the very top viewing platform. If you can manage the effort it is well and truly worth every step.
The mighty Grosser Mythen dominates one part of the 360 degree viewing platform.
But that’s not all, why not stay at a Rigi Hotel nearby , head up to Kulm with the 1st train and and witness one of the most spectacular sunrises in Switzerland.
This viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours
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❀ Schwyz :: Rigi Scheidegg 1665m
Again we’re on the “The Rigi, Queen of the Alps” offering a myriad of options to take in Switzerland’s most beautiful views. With my favourite being the less crowded Rigi Scheidegg. Take the 6-minute long cable car (usually departing half-hourly) from Kräbel just above the Goldau train station up to Rigi Scheidegg. The moment you step on to the mountain you’d better have your camera ready. The views are majestic, with the Mythen, big and small, stealing the show to the east. Here you will find a small restaurant and a playground for the kids.
Taking a short walk following the signs to Rigi First will get you a little more bang for your buck, with the central alpine vista appearing from behind the trees.
If you have people in your group that like to walk a bit, take this path. Walk a little further, passing Pilatus as you go, and meet up with the Rigi cog railway for a trip to Rigi’s highest point for 360-degree Swiss views, which is Rigi Kulm viewpoint detailed above.
This beautiful viewpoint in Switzerland is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours
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❀Schwyz :: Fronalpstock 1921m – Stoos
Another peak on Switzerland’s most beautiful viewpoints reachable with ease is the Fronalpstock in Canton Schwyz.
Fronalpstock is easily accessible for all to enjoy.
Your trip will start with a ride in the steepest funicular railway in the world, starting at the car park in Stoos, followed by a comfortable and scenic chairlift ride up to the Fronalpstock.
If you have ever wondered how the view from heaven must be, well I believe it is exactly like this. You may have to pinch yourself a few times to realise that, YES, Switzerland is really that beautiful.
The view offers an impressive 10 lakes, the Rütli field, Lucerne’s landscape with the Mt.Rigi and Mt.Pilatus. Furthermore, you can marvel at the Glarus and Uri Alps and the midlands, a sea of mountain peaks as far as your eyes can see.
TIP: The sparkles on Lake Lucerne during sunset and the fiery mountain peaks around it, make it well worth to stay up at the Fronalpstock Hotel to enjoy this amazing view after the lifts have closed.
This Swiss viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours
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❀ Ticino :: Swiss Viewpoint Monte Generoso
I am talking about a 360 degrees incredible panorama over Lake Ceresio, local villages and distant snow-covered mountain peaks – including the Gotthard Massif and Monte Rosa. On a very clear day, you can even see the spires of the Duomo of Milan.
All this, from a cozy panoramic terrace, right next to (extra points for this) a brand-new playground. You can reach Monte Generoso by cogwheel railway, from the train station of Capolago (take any S10 train southbound from Lugano). The Monte Generoso cogwheel railway operates all year round and kids under 6 travel for free. With a Swiss Traveler Pass you pay half price (kids 6-15 are free); there are special offers for families, too.
❀ Ticino :: Mount Cardada 1340m & Cimetta 1670m – Locarno
Named “The Pearl of Lake Maggiore” and quite rightly so.
To reach the summit of Cardada in Ticino, it is best to board the funicular in the city of Locarno which brings you and the family up to the cable car station, and then onwards to the summit of Cardada.
A large kids play area awaits the little adventurers and a further 2 min walk brings you to a spectacular viewing platform from where the view opens up far past Lake Maggiore, Ascona and Locarno.
TIP: You are in luck, as a further summit with a beautiful view point in Switzerland can be reached with ease. Stroll along the flat path for about 10 min, to the chairlift that brings you up to the Mountain peak Cimetta at 1,670 metres above sea level.
From there the view widens out even more, and you will get some of Switzerland’s most beautiful views. On one side Switzerland’s lowest point, the Lake Maggiore basin and on the other side the highest peak, the Dufourspitze, situated in the Monte Rosa massif.
This viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours.
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❀ Uri :: Swiss Viewpoint Gemsstock – Andermatt
In the middle of the Swiss Alps where the Rhine and three other massive rivers originate, a modern cable car takes you over the Gurschen glacier to almost 3000 meters high, with a 360° view of a gigantic mountain range.
You can admire the glacier closely from the Summit Lounge and the restaurant’s terrace.
Take in the stunning Swiss views of the valley and Andermatt. If you visit in summertime, you can enjoy a walk to the Lutersee Lake for a barbecue or a demanding hike up to the Gotthardpass or the Vermigelhütte. Don’t worry, if you see some Yaks. The biggest herd in Switzerland grazes in full freedom without fences below the Gemsstock.
Children find dwarf goats to pat and a playground with a jumping castle, trampoline, sandbox and a slide to offload energy. All at the middle station Gurschenalp, where adults can hunt scavengers with satellite support or learn on the theme trail “Bannwald” about the importance of protecting forests on mountain slopes above settlements.
Most enjoyable is an alpine breakfast on Sundays in the mountain restaurant Gurschenalp, when the sunrise turns the mountain peaks pink.
If you visit Switzerland in the winter, Andermatt-Sedrun is a busy winter-sports area. Escape the mist, which normally covers the midlands of Switzerland during the winter obstinately and enjoy the Alps under a massive blanket of snow.
How to get to the Gemsstock: Take the train from Göschenen (Gotthard line), Disentis or Brig to Andermatt, where the cable car takes you via Gurschenalp to Gemsstock.
❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Gornergrat – Zermatt
Zermatt. Matterhorn – yes, the Toblerone shaped mountain. You see it all over the place. You walk on the main street Bahnhofstrasse and it sometimes decides to show its beautiful face. Almost wherever you go – it is there! But what would be one of the best view points in Zermatt? There’s Sunnegga, but Gornergrat for me is a winner in this competition.
Firstly you take a stunning train ride up from Zermatt (1620 m) to Gornergrat (3089 m). Europe’s highest open-air cog railway offers breathtaking views through the whole trip. You can admire Zermatt and all the surrounding mountains from the comfort of the train seat. Tip: when going up sit on the right-hand side. When going down – sit on the left.
Already up on Gornergrat? Take a walk around, there’s a panoramic Swiss view point, take a look at Monte Rosa massif, the Gorner Glacier which is the second largest glacier in Switzerland and admire 29 above 4000 m peaks. Walk up to the Bernhard von Aosta chapel, take a drink on the sun terrace of Europe’s highest-altitude hotel – 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat. Or just take a picnic with you and sit on the bench and breathe in fresh air before going down to Zermatt.
❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Klein Matterhorn 3380 – Zermatt
If you have the need to get closer to the Matterhorn and would maybe also like to enter 15 metres inside the highest Glacier Palace in the World, where amazing sculptures are on display, then you should not miss The Klein Matterhorn at 3380m altitude. It simply has to be on your Switzerland’s most scenic viewoints – reachable with ease list.
The scenic ride starts with the Matterhorn Express bubble car and brings you high up to Trockenersteg. The start of the Glacier Paradise in Zermatt. The Matterhorn is now right in front of you and it feels like you can see the climbers heading up to the summit. Simply impressive.
The next ride is as amazing as the surrounding views. You will glide over and up the glacier. Make the most of this and have your camera ready. There are not many cable cars rides in the world that have such a breathtaking views of glaciers and their surroundings.
Arriving at the top you can go up to the viewing platform from where you can marvel at 16 glaciers and thirty 4000m peaks.
The Ice Palace is located at the other side of the Klein Matterhorn, just follow the sign. It is well worth the visit, but make sure you are dressed with warm clothes.
To finish this epic experience why not have lunch at the restaurant at 3380m altitude.
TIP: You can get a Day Pass in Zermatt und visit all the peaks. The Gornergrat and the Rothorn as well. And if you stay overnight you might as well purchase a 2-day pass as the price difference is minimal. This way you can make the most of all of these Switzerland’s most scenic Viewpoints – reachable with ease.
This viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours as some months might be closed for the off-season break.
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❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Rothorn 3103m or Sunegga 2288m – Zermatt
There are two more viewpoints that should be on this list even thought they are similar to the Gornergrat. The reason why I am adding these two is the price. To head up to Sunnegga from Zermatt costs a fraction of the price than going up to Gornergrat or the Klein Matterhorn.
And if you are a family I fully understand that the other two may be out of your budget. But Sunnegga should be well within and there is the most amazing play area at the top. You will have an amazing view of the Matterhorn and its surrounding ragged mountains.
A restaurant with its large sunny terrace invites you for lunch or a dessert.
One more ride in the Blauherd Cable car will bring you slightly higher up to the Rothorn.
No matter which viewpoint you will chose whilst in Zermatt, they all provide a special feel and beauty.
This viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours as some months might be closed for the off-season break.
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❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Mont Fort 3330m – Nendaz
One of Switzerland’s most scenic viewpoints reachable without any effort has got to be the Mont Fort at 3330m in the Valais. The adventure starts at 1800m in Siviez from where a chairlift ride will bring you up to Tortin passing beautiful Alpine meadows with the chance of seeing the cutest locals there are, the Marmottes.
Arriving in Tortin climb into the cable car and enjoy the altitude gain whilst peeking out for the Bouquetin family which lives mostly at the right-hand side near the top. You are now at the Col de Gentianes which may already satisfy your hunger for an epic mountain view.
But there is more, make your way into the last cable car which rides over the Tortin Glacier to 3330m altitude and the Mont Fort viewing platform. Yes you are allowed to keep your mouth open, as it is absolutely stunning to be able to stand here, at such a great altitude and not even having had to train to enjoy the view.
From the Matterhorn (Cervin) all the way across to the Grand Combin and the Mont Blanc, it is all yours to enjoy. Honestly I am not sure how many of the 24 Swiss 4000m summits peaks you can see from here, but I am certain you can tick a few.
There is a great playground including a trampoline at the lower station for the kids with a beautiful Igloo restaurant.
❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Tracouet – Nendaz
I have done a few of Switzerland’s scenic viewpoints – reachable with ease, but seeing it purely from a family perspective, Tracouet in Haute-Nendaz must be one of the better ones.
Let me tell you why. It is easy to access with a gondola from the village of Haute-Nendaz whisking you up to 2170m altitude, which is a pretty manageable altitude for the whole family. But this is not the main reason, Tracouet rolls out the red carpet for multiple family activities.
Once at the top take a seat in the garden restaurant and enjoy the 360-degree views on offer, whilst the kids are getting rid of their energy on the great playground.
Or you could make a bit of an effort and walk 5 minutes down to the Lake Noir whilst still admiring the view.
Take a picnic with you, lay out the blanket, get comfortable as this will be your place for the day. Kids can play by the water, search for tadpoles, salamander and other great creatures, whilst you absorb the beauty and the fresh Alpine air. And if one of your family needs to get rid of a bit more energy, you can climb up to the cross La Dent de Nendaz which will take you about 40min or alternatively enjoy the 2km panorama path starting from the lake.
❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Eggishorn :: Aletsch Area
A lot of Switzerland’s scenic viewpoints offer amazing views over a valley, a lake and several mountains. The Eggishorn view point is different. Although you also have an amazing view over some of Switzerlands most famous peaks such as the Mönch, the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Matterhorn, you will also be looking down onto Switzerland’s most impressive glacier, the Aletsch Glacier. Admire the full length and vastness of this great Glacier in all its glory.
This impressive Switzerland’s scenic viewpoint is just a 20-minute cable car journey from Fiesch; the change at Fiescheralp is easy and suitable for those with limited mobility. The whole family can enjoy this great place, it is suitable for wheelchairs and prams which makes it even better.
There is a restaurant on the top which makes it a perfect place to have a family lunch. The platform is a pretty safe area for kids to play around the rocks.
A bit of an insider tip, find a rock you like, write your wishes, worries or happy moments on your lucky stone and leave it at Eggishorn viewpoint. It guarantees you a return to the valley with a lighter step and a lighter heart.
TIP: The Alestch Arena has an additional 3 viewpoints of the Aletsch Glacier and its surroundings. You can also make your way up from the village of Mörel on the valley floor which brings you to Riederalp. From there take a seat on the Hohlfluh chairlift which carries you up to 2270m altitude, where the Hohfluh viewpoint over the Aletsch Glacier can be found.
If this chairlift is not running check if the Moosfluh gondola is. This station is located only a few minutes walk through the village Riederalp and brings you up to the Moosfluh Viewpoint.
From all these viewpoints you also see the Matterhorn in the distance and of course many, many more famous peaks.
❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Gemmi Pass – Leukerbad
Gemmi Pass is a viewpoint 2350 metres above sea level. On a clear day, there are great views to the surrounding mountains including the Matterhorn, as well as down to the picturesque town of Leukerbad.
It is easy to get here and there is no hiking. There is a cable car to this pass from the town of Leukerbad. You can drive to the cable car or catch a bus to Leukerbad and the views at the top (as pictured) are at the end of the cable car journey. It’s quick, easy and affordable.
In winter, you can ski or play with the snow at the top. There are also chair lifts going to other locations.
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❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Croix des Ruinettes 2195m – Verbier
Who has not heard about the Swiss high society village of Verbier? Well if you do not mind so much about the see and to be seen, then I suggest you take the cable car Medran from the centre of the village and enjoy a tranquil day up the mountain.
Nestled on a sun-exposed terrace with a view over the resort of Verbier, the panoramic Swiss views of the splendid mountain scenery and the lush valley will make you stop and marvel. Get back some energy and vitamin D. This Switzerland’s scenic viewpoint can be reached by wheelchair and pushchair which makes it even more a great family day out.
If you like paragliding, you will have a front row seat at their taking-off area. Kids love it. The restaurant up at the Croix des Ruinettes is not always open during low season so best to check.
If you’re up to for some adventure then enjoy a Trottinette run back down to Verbier. Great fun to end the day and not a lot of effort involved.
❀ Valais :: Swiss Viewpoint Crêt du midi – Vercorin
This beautiful and lesser known summit is accessible by cable car from the valley bottom Chalais or from the mountain village also by cable car, Vercorin itself. Well known by the locales as the gateway to the nature reserve of the Vallon de Réchy, “the natural jewel of the region”!
But a ride up to Crêt du Midi is well worth it even if you are not heading for a multi-day hiking trip. Just marvel at this amazing view that stretches along the Valais Valley on one side and as mentioned over the Vallon de Rèchy at the other.
At the summit you will find a restaurant and a play area with nature obstacles. Many paragliders will start their flight from up here and to watch them taking off is mesmerizing.
If you have any hikers in the group with you, a beautiful path guides you all the way down to the middle section of Vercorin, first along the marmot path and further down it changes to a theme path with great activities. It finishes by the adventure tree park from where you can catch the 2nd gondola back down in to the village.
This Swiss viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours as some months might be closed for the off-season break.
❀ Valais :: Jungen Alp 1960m – St.Niklaus
This is a total local insider tip, and therefore most people do not know the Jungen Alp . But it is one of the most amazing places we have visited and I cannot wait to go back once the snow has melted and the 1st spring alpine flowers are reappearing.
This adventure starts in St. Niklaus a Valaisanne village you will pass through when driving to Zermatt. Park your car at the carpark by the cable car station or further down in the underground car park. An adventurous ride up the tiniest cable car will bring you steep up to the Jungen Alp. Local chalets, pastures and a beautiful church make this a hamlet where peace and tranquility can be felt the moment you step out onto solid ground.
Only a few metres further up, is the Jungen-Restaurant and the most beautiful picnic place with a tiny lake. Firewood is provided and you also find a proper toilet. Should you rather lunch in the restaurant, you will be served fresh and local dishes with a view over to Grächen and the Matter valley where the Klein Matterhorn can be seen from pretty much all over.
This viewpoint is accessible all year round. But check timetable and opening hours as some months might be closed for the off-season break.
❀ Vaud :: Swiss Viewpoint Rochers de Naye
Rochers de Naye (2042 m) – which literally means ‘rocks of Naye’ is a mountain overlooking Lake Geneva. Not far from Montreux is a perfect idea for a half-day trip for all. The cog railway operates throughout the year and takes less than an hour to reach the summit from Montreux. From the station it is only a 5-minute walk up to the summit. On the way there’s an enclosed park with marmottes, which if you’re one of the crazy ‘how sweet the marmottes are’ people might make your day.
On the way to the summit or when walking around don’t be surprised when you happen to see a head popping out from the side of the mountain. There’s a very popular via ferrata and it just happens to finish on the trail.
The train ride itself is stunning but what will leave you speechless are of course the views. Lake Geneva, Swiss and French Alps from Eiger to Mont Blanc. Unbelievable.
There’s also a little surprise for the kids in December – Father Christmas resides on Rochers de Naye during this winter month.
❀ Vaud :: Swiss Viewpoint Berneuse Kuklos 2045m – Leysin
Now if you like a 360° mountain view, then the Berneuse peak with the Kuklos revolving restaurant, accessible from Leysin, may be your favourite of all the Switzerland’s scenic viewpoints.
The panorama covers part of the Bernese Alps, Vaud Alps, over to the Rhone Valley, even the Dents du Midi in France, down to Lake Geneva and over on the horizon the Jura.
Seriously what more can you wish for? From Leysin you start the gondola ride where already at the beginning the views will have you in awe.
And then the highlight, just as you think you saw the best, walk up past the restaurant and get blown away with the panorama that lies in front of you.
We have been up many mountain stations but the diversity and long views at the Berneuse make it one of our favourites Swiss Viewpoints. This is why there are two photos in two different directions. As you get out of the gondola there is a little area where different animals are kept and a play area for the kids just next to it.
Have a walk around the little lake, and depending on the season you will be able to show your kids hundreds of tadpoles which surely will amuse them for a while.
This is a place where you go and stay as the view is just simply so amazing. Have an extensive lunch up there with your family or friends and no one will be disappointed.
You can walk down, but it is quite a long and strenuous on your knees hike. So why not just stay up there and enjoy.
Switzerland’s Best Lake Views
❀ Vaud :: Swiss Viewpoint Montreux Lac Lemon
The little lakeside town of Montreux, Switzerland is the perfect place to catch some stunning views without much effort at all. If you take the extensive Swiss train system to the station Montreux Gare, it’s literally a three-minute walk to the lakeside promenade. If you are driving, there are small parking lots spread throughout the city.
Once you’ve figured out the transportation and parking situations, feel free to walk across along the promenade or sit on one of the many convenient benches. If you’re like me, you’ll plop onto one of those for a while and just stare at the awe-inspiring view of Lake Geneva and the French Alps (because France is just across the lake!). There are also several parks that line the promenade, which make for the perfect place for kids to run and play or perhaps a romantic picnic
❀ Ticino :: Swiss Viewpoint Lake Lugano
Lugano is a beautiful Swiss town along the Switzerland/Italy border that offers breathtaking views of Lake Lugano nestled in the Alps between the two countries. No hiking is required to get to the shores of this gorgeous Alpine lake, and you can catch amazing views like this one right from the road if you’re driving or the sidewalk if you’re exploring the town. When in Lugano, you’re never far from the sight of Alpine peaks and small houses climbing up the slopes reflected in the perfectly still waters of the lake. The views are best enjoyed from the walkway along the edge of the water or by taking a boat ride out into the lake.
❀ Lucerne :: Swiss Viewpoint Lake Lucerne
Switzerland is well-known for beautiful views everywhere you turn. A view that stood out to me as one of the most picturesque in all of Switzerland is overlooking Lucerne from Hotel Château Gütsch.
A 4-star hotel, Château Gütsch provides beautiful panoramic views of all of Lucerne from the walls and clock towers all the way to Lake Lucerne with the Swiss Alps serving as a dramatic backdrop.
TIP: You don’t have to be a hotel guest at the Gütsch to enjoy the spectacular views. To get to the top, take the Gütschbahn (or Gütsch Funicular) all the way up and the hotel literally sits right beside the top station. There is a very short walk around the back of the hotel where this view awaits you!
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