You’ll think of Switzerland quickly when it comes to a winter destination, but that’s not to say that it should be left out as a summer vacation. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit in Switzerland in summer. Think swimming in the crystalling blue lakes, exploring rolling green hills and hiking sun-kissed in the summer. There are lots of adventures to be had here during the summertime, and here are just some of the best places to visit!
1. St. Moritz
One of the most exclusive resorts in Switzerland is St. Moritz. While it is known for its wintertime fun, there are also countless things to do here in the summer! Enjoy discounted prices at luxury hotels, lesser crowds, and a great tourism infrastructure with high-end restaurants, luxury spas, and fantastic shopping. St. Moritz is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Switzerland in summer. There are also vast choices of stunning hiking trails, such as the Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard trail or the ascent to Piz da l’Ova Cotschna.
2. Lake Geneva
The largest body of water in Switzerland, when the snow melts and the temperature warms, Lake Geneva transforms into an adventure-lover’s dream. Swimming, boating, and other water sport activities are possible in Lake Geneva, while hiking and cycling opportunities abound on its shores. In the city of Geneva, don’t miss Fêtes de Genève, Switzerland’s most iconic summertime festival. Expect a smorgasbord of fun such as 200 free concerts on four stages, 180 food stalls, a funfair and fireworks show!
3. Rhine Falls
Europe’s largest waterfall – Rhine Falls is best to visit during May, June, and July. That is when the glaciers melt and water volume peaks, so you’re sure to get a spectacular view from any of the viewpoints nearby. If you’re staying in Zurich or even in Lucerne you can take a day trip here, and it’s just within an hour by train from Zurich. You can get up close with a boat tour and really feel the icy splashes as well as the roar and vibration of the water! Pro tip: if you’re getting a Swiss Travel Pass, the ride up to Rhine Falls is included in the pass cost.
Interlaken is a beautiful town in the heart of Switzerland and it is utterly magnificent in every season. Set between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, you can expect lots of outdoor activities here, making it one of the best places to visit in Switzerland in summer. It is also in close proximity to several mountain resorts such as Grindelwald, Wengen, and Murren. Interlaken is a great base for exploring the Jungfrau region, which is quintessentially what Switzerland vacations are all about.
You may know Verbier as one of the more famous Swiss winter wonderlands, but this beautiful destination in the Alps has so much more to offer. From walking and biking trails to spas and mountain yoga, there’s lots to satisfy the outdoor, nature and wellness lover. Great breweries, wine, restaurants and plenty of cheese ensure that more than just your belly will be well taken care of! And when you stay for a minimum of one night and pay the tourist tax, you’re issued with a Verbier Infinite Playground Pass (VIP Pass) which provides many great discounts to local attractions!
Gstaad is a car-free resort in the Bernese Oberland, and this charming mountain destination is known for its blend of modern and traditional Swiss culture. In the town itself you’ll find many picturesque shops, gourmet restaurants, luxury hotels, and art galleries. The area around Gstaad is also known for its hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, its mountain air, and overall ambience. From here, you can also take a cable car 10,000 feet to the top of Les Diablerets Glacier!