Central Switzerland is a place of great natural beauty and historic importance. It’s where the modern confederation began, and it boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in all of the country. Here, we’ve brought together the best of the best for you to enjoy on your trip there.
Andermatt is a small town in Central Switzerland that is a popular hiking destination in summer and a favourite ski haunt during the depths of winter. There are 60 signposted trails to follow, including the famous Gotthard Pass. Andermatt, with its typical Swiss feel and a great range of activities, makes it onto our list of the most beautiful towns in Switzerland.
Take a ride in Europe’s highest elevator to relish the spectacular views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding area. The Elevator opened for the first time in 1905, and it has gradually increased its speed over the years; today, it will lift you up 152.8 metres (501 feet) in less than a minute. Follow this guide to get to the Elevator.
Step back into different time periods in Swiss history at the quirky Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. Here, old homes and workplaces are meticulously reconstructed down to the minute details so that you can see exactly how people have lived in the Alpine country through the ages. Even non-history buffs will enjoy the Ballenberg, which also keeps live farm animals that happily wander around, adding a little more realism to this surreal experience.
Ballenberg, Museumsstrasse 131, Hofstetten bei Brienz, Switzerland, +41 33 952 10 30
One of the lofty gems of Central Switzerland is Mount Titlis, the region’s highest mountain. It’s also where you’ll be whisked up the mountainside in the world’s first revolving cable car. Once at the top, test your nerves on the notorious Titlis Cliff Walk, a nerve-wracking one-metre-wide bridge that lets you see all the way down to the valley floor.