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Central Switzerland is where the modern country that we know today began. It’s a land of unparalleled natural beauty, boasting high mountain peaks, shimmering lakes and charming little towns in abundance. Here, we’ve brought you 15 photos that prove that Central Switzerland is a stunning place to visit.
Einsiedeln is a beautiful small town in Central Switzerland that’s famous for its huge monastery, which dominates the skyline. During winter, it hosts one of the most charming Christmas markets in the country.
Schwyz, both the name of a town and canton in Central Switzerland, is a hub of natural beauty. Its cherry blossoms in spring are a highlight, but no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be in for a treat.
Switzerland is home to an incredible number of lakes, with many of the most beautiful in Central Switzerland. Here, the clouds shimmer in the mirror-like surface of Lake Zug, which spans 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) and lies between Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne.
Travelling up Mount Titlis allows you to use the world’s first rotating cable car, from which the views of the Swiss Alps are unmatched anywhere else in the region. Here, you can also take on the infamous Titlis Cliff Walk, if you’ve got the stomach for it.
A visit to Mount Titlis is not complete without a trip into the Glacier Cave. Following the 150-metre (492-foot) tunnel, you’ll be taken 20 metres (65.6 feet) below the surface of the glacier. The lighting transforms the short walk into an otherworldly experience, plus it’s totally free.
Lake Brienz is one of Interlaken’s two lakes, the other being Lake Thun. Interlaken is Switzerland’s adventure capital and a must-visit for adrenaline junkies and lovers of beautiful views like this one from the Brienzer Rothorn.
The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) is the highlight of Lucerne. Beneath its wooden roof are faded depictions of historic moments from the city’s, and Switzerland’s, past. To catch this landmark bridge at its best, visit early in the morning near sunrise or at dusk, as it is lit up.
There is much more to see in Lucerne than the Chapel Bridge. Wandering through the city’s old town is just one of the highlights of Central Switzerland. Take a walk along the lakefront and riverfront at night and be transported back in time.
Close to Lucerne, Mount Rigi, on the left in this picture, sits between Lake Lucerne and the Zugersee. Rigi is known as the Queen of the Mountains and is one of the best places to hike in the region.
Take the world’s steepest cog railway to climb up Mount Pilatus, Lucerne’s local mountain. Once you reach the top, the views across Central Switzerland will take your breath away.
The Gotthard Pass is a famous hiking trail near the town of Andermatt in Central Switzerland. Traversing the pass offers up spectacular views, such as those below, as you see the highlights of the four cantons of Uri, Ticino, Wallis and Graubünden.
Spirstock peak is a popular ski destination in winter. From its peak at 1,771 metres (5,810.3 feet), you can glimpse the finger-like prongs of Lake Lucerne far off in the distance.