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8 best Mountains in Switzerland

A visit to Switzerland can’t be complete without visiting at least one of the best mountains. Switzerland is the perfect place to experience high peaks, ice caves, stunning views of crystal-clear lakes, green meadows, and, most importantly, the snowy mountain ranges.

I lived in Switzerland for 3 years and visited these stunning mountains. So in this article, I’ll present the 8 best mountains you must visit, giving information about their locations, ways to get there, and activities you can do on each mountain.

So, pick one or more of these impressive mountains to visit this year.

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List Of The Best Mountains In Switzerland To Visit & Map

SWISS MOUNTAINS
1.Mount Titlis – Engelberg
2.Mount Pilatus
3.Jungfraujoch
4.Schilthorn – Piz Gloria
5.Glacier 3000°
6.GornergratMatterhorn
7.Diavolezza
8.Rochers De Naye
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1. MOUNT TITLIS – ENGELBERG

Walk On The Highest Suspension Bridge In Europe.

Mount Titlis prides itself in the middle of the country as one of the highest mountains in Europe. It’s also called ‘Engelberg’, which translates to English as ‘Angel Mountain.’ With its 3,020 altitudes (9’908 feet), you’ll experience the real power of a Swiss mountain.

Ride on the world’s first revolving cable car up to the top and enjoy 360° views of the region and mountain ranges. Afterward, walk through the ice caves and dare stand on the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Are you ready to walk in the air?

best mountains in Switzerland Mt. Titlis
Mt. Titlis

Where Is Mount Titlis Located?

Mount Titlis is located close to Lucerne, in the middle of Switzerland. The nearest village from where you will get to the mountain is called Engelberg.

How To Get To Mount Titlis?

First, you must get to Engelberg village, where our excursion starts.

You can take the Zentralbahn train from Lucerne directly to Engelberg, which takes 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can also get there by car.

You’ll take 3 cable cars from Engelberg to get you to the top of the mountain.

First, you’ll hop on the TITLIS Xpress from Engelberg to Trübsee (Trüb Lake). From there, change to a connecting cable car to the Stand station. Finally, you’ll get on the Rotair cable car, which will get you to Mount Titlis.

Best Things To Do On Mount Titlis

TITLIS CLIFF WALK – walk through the spectacular suspension bridge high on the summit. It’s the highest suspension bridge in Europe. If you manage to walk through, which you must, another adventure awaits you on the other side of the bridge.

GLACIER CAVE – once you walk through the bridge, you’ll enjoy a mysterious walk inside the Glacier Cave. Imagine the glacier above you and walk inside its ice, which is over 5000 years old.

TITLIS GLACIER PARK – a real adventure will await you after the thrill walk. In summer, you can enjoy the activities of the Titlis Glacier Park, such as snow tubing, sit-skis, snake gliss, or mini bobs.

ICE FLYER – the glacier adventure is not over yet. The Ice Flyer will take you on a short excursion and fly you above the glacier, where you can enjoy the glacier below and see the entire area. Only Mt. Titlis gives you such a real glacier experience. In summer, you can also fly down to Glacier Park.

STOTZIG EGG HIKE – I also highly recommend you hike the Stotzig Egg trail, which will give you the full experience of this mountain. The hike takes only 40 minutes, and from the top, you will enjoy the views of the Central Alps.

See Other Mountains From Mt. Titlis

If the weather is nice and the sky is clear, you’ll get to see other mountains, like those in Bernese Oberland (also on this list), Valais mountains (Zermatt), and even the Black Forest in Germany. You can’t miss it.

Mt. Titlis suspension bridge
Mt. Titlis suspension bridge

How Long Does Excursion To Mount Titlis Take?

Plan half a day for the excursion to Mount Titlis. It’ll take about 2 hours to get there from Lucerne, the closest city. Then, plan around 2 to 3 hours on the top of the mountain.

Overall, the excursion to Mount Titlis, including the journey from Lucerne, will take 5 to 6 hours.

Is Mt Titlis Worth Visiting?

Yes, Mt. Titlis is well worth visiting. It’s one of the most beautiful mountains in the country. The highlights are its revolving cable car that offers spectacular 360°C views of the entire region, spending time in its ice cave and walking through the highest suspension bridge in Europe.

Best Time To Visit Mount Titlis

Titlis Mountain is open all year round, every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, the best time to visit it is in the summertimefrom May until October. You’ll get to enjoy all the activities and have a better experience.

In the wintertime, it gets cold, and you might miss the Egg Trail with its spectacular views.

If you want to avoid tourist crowds and have an even better experience on Mount Titlis, visit in June and September.

best mountains in Switzerland Mt. Titlis views
Mt. Titlis views

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How Much Does It Cost To Go Up Mount Titlis?

The regular price to get to Mt. Titlis from Engelberg for a return ticket is 96 CHF for adults. Children get 50% off the regular price. 

Does Swiss Travel Pass Cover Mount Titlis?

Swiss Travel Pass covers the visit to Mount Titlis partially. You’ll get a 50% discount for getting to Mt. Titlis. 

Mt. Titlis Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: 96 CHF (adult), 48 CHF (youth 16 – 19 years old)
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass: 48 CHF (for everybody)

Where To Stay Near Mt. Titlis

The best places to book accommodation near Mt. Titlis are Lucerne or Engelberg.

Lucerne is a bigger city that has many beautiful hotels. Engelberg is a little town in the Swiss Alps, perfect for relaxation and a day excursion to Mt. Titlis:

BEST HOTELS IN LUCERNE:
Backpackers Luzernbudget-friendly optionbook here
Hotel Des Balancesmid-range hotelbook here
Lake Villa Lotusstunning apartments at the lakebook here
Mandarin Oriental Palaceluxury hotel book here

BEST HOTELS IN ENGELBERG:
Sport- Und Wellness Hotel Einwäldlimid-range hotelbook here
Kempinski Palace Engelbergluxury hotel book here

Organized Excursion From Zürich/Lucerne To Mount. Titlis + Skip-the-Line Ticket

If you are coming or just staying in Zürich or Lucerne and want to visit Mount Titlis as a day trip, I recommend you book this day tour below.

Or just book a single Skip-the-Line Ticket for the cable cars from Engelberg (but first see additional discounts if you have a Swiss Travel Pass).

 

2. MOUNT PILATUS

Ride on the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.

Pilatus Mountain is famous for its Golden Round Trip from Lucerne. This mountain excursion will take you to the top of one of the most stunning mountains, including a ride on a Swiss lake, the steepest cogwheel train, and a cable car.

So stay tuned and explore another great mountain day trip from Lucerne.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Mt. Pilatus
Mt. Pilatus

Where Is Mount Pilatus Located?

Pilatus Mountain is located close to Lucerne. The 2 starting points from which you’ll get to the mountain are Alpnachstad (by cogwheel train) or Kriens (via aerial cable car).

How To Get To Mount Pilatus – Golden Round Trip?

You can access it in 2 different ways.

The first way is to take the Golden Round Trip, as mentioned above. From Lucerne, you’ll take a boat to Alpnachstad and enjoy a beautiful cruise on Lake Lucerne. From Alpnachstad, hop on the steepest cogwheel train, which will take you up to the top of Pilatus Mountain.

After your excursion, you’ll take the aerial cable car down to Kriens, where a bus will drive you back to Lucerne.

Or you can do it the other way around. In the morning, take the cable car from Kriens to the top of Mount Pilatus. And in the afternoon, take the cogwheel train to Alpnachstad and a boat to Lucerne.

Mt. Pilatus steepest cogwheel train
Mt. Pilatus – steepest cogwheel train

Best Things To Do On Mount Pilatus

DRAGON WORLD – enjoy the virtual tour of the dragon saga inside the mountain. Play interactive games and more.

FLOWER TRAIL – walk the Flower Trail at the top of Mount Pilatus and learn more about the wildflowers there.

IBEX SAFARI – watch the ibex colonies living in the mountain for over 50 years.

PARAGLIDING – if the weather is nice, you can also paraglide right from the top of the mountain.

PILATUS Z’NACHT – enjoy the panorama from Mount Pilatus in the evening, watching a beautiful sunset over the mountain ranges around with a culinary experience inside the Pilatus Bellevue restaurant.

Best Things To Do In Fräkmüntegg (Middle Station)

PILATUS ROPE PARK – experience some adrenaline on one of the 10 Parkours below Pilatus Mountain. They have trails for everybody, from children to adults, from beginner level to the most advanced.

WIPFELPFAND – climb the trees and slip back into a cozy nest on the trees.

DRAGON GLIDER – fly through the forest and touch the tree with a beautiful panorama of the mountains and valleys around on the Dragon Glider.

TREE TENTS – you can spend the night in the local tree tens, have an authentic nature experience, and wake up to the stunning sunrise with the beautiful colors of the sky.

MOUNTAIN BIKIN – if you are into more adventure and have more time, you can also do mountain biking down to Kriens.

WINTERTIME: you can go sledging and snowshoeing on the FRÄKMÜNTEGG below Pilatus mountain.

How Much Time Do You Need For Mount Pilatus

Plan 5 to 6 hours for the entire excursion of Pilatus mountain.

Is Mt. Pilatus Worth Visiting?

Yes, Mt. Pilatus is well worth visiting. It’s one of my favorite mountains in the country. The highlights are the steepest cogwheel train in Switzerland and the stunning views of the area.

Best Time To Visit Mount Pilatus

Summer (June until September) is the best time to visit Pilatus Mountain and take the Golden round-trip.

To avoid tourist crowds and have the best experience, visit Mt. Pilatus in June and September.

Note that the boat and cogwheel train are NOT operating in the wintertime. Therefore, the only way to get to the top of Pilatus in winter is to get to Kriens and take the aerial cable car.

Mt. Pilatus views
Mt. Pilatus views

How Much Does It Cost To Go Up To M. Pilatus

The Golden Round Trip from Lucerne to Mt. Pilatus costs 111.60 CHF for a return ticket (including a bus to Kriens and a boat ride from Alpnachstad to Lucerne or vice-versa). A return ticket for children (up to 16 years old) costs 56.20 CHF.

If you don’t want to make the Golden Round Trip from Lucerne and take the boat, you can get to Kriens or Alpnachstad alone. The return ticket is more affordable if you start your excursion in Kriens or Alpnachstad. For adults, it costs 72 CHF, and for children, it’s 37 CHF.

Is Mt. Pilatus Free With Swiss Travel Pass?

No, the Swiss Travel Pass doesn’t fully cover the excursion to Mt. Pilatus. However, if you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you’ll get a 50% discount for the entire golden round trip to Mt. Pilatus.

Mount Pilatus Excursion Price

  • Full price for Golden Round Trip return ticket: 111.60 CHF (adult) & 56.20 CHF (children)
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass: 39 CHF (return ticket from Kriens/Alpnachstad) – boats and buses are included in your Swiss Travel Pass

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Where To Stay Near Mt. Pilatus

The best place to stay near Mt. Pilatus is Lucerne. Check out the best hotels below:

BEST HOTELS IN LUCERNE:
Backpackers Luzernbudget-friendly optionbook here
Hotel Des Balancesmid-range hotelbook here
Lake Villa Lotusstunning apartments at the lakebook here
Mandarin Oriental Palaceluxury hotel book here

Organized Excursion From Zürich/Lucerne To Mount Pilatus + Skip-the-Line Ticket

If you are coming or just staying in Zürich or Lucerne and want to visit Mount Pilatus as a day trip, I recommend you book this day tour below.

Or just book a single Skip-the-Line Ticket for the cable cars & cogwheel train from Alpnachstad (but first see additional discounts if you have a Swiss Travel Pass).

 

3. JUNGFRAUJOCH – TOP OF EUROPE

Visit Europe’s highest train station and stand on the Top of Europe.

I fell in love with Jungfraujoch. It’s one of the best Swiss mountains, which you shouldn’t miss. It’s mainly thanks to the beauty of the entire Jungfrau region and the excursions it offers.

Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe, is 3,454 meters above sea level (11’332 feet). It comprises two words, ‘Jungfrau,’ meaning virgin, and ‘joch,’ which translates as pass. This pass sits between two mountains – Mönch and Jungfrau, which perfectly explains its location and untouched nature.

It’s a meteorological station that measures precipitation, forecast weather, and study the largest glacier in the Alps, Aletsch Glacier.

Jungfraujoch also hosts the highest train station in Europe, often called the ‘Top of Europe‘.

best things to do in Jungfrau region & Interlaken: Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
Me at the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Where Is Jungfraujoch Located?

Jungfraujoch is located between the famous Mönch and Eiger mountains in the Jungfrau region. It’s close to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland.

How To Get To Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe?

Your excursion to Jungfraujoch will start in Interlaken, the adventure capital (specifically at the train station Interlaken Ost). You have three options to get to the Jungfraujoch from Interlake Ost.

Getting To Jungfraujoch From Grindelwald -Eiger Express

The first option is to take the train from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald. Get off 1 stop before the final stop called the Terminal. From there, hop on the Eiger Express Gondola and ride to the Eigergletscher. Then you’ll take the red Jungfrau railway up to Jungfraujoch.

PRO TIP: Taking the Eiger Express Gondola is the fastest way to get to Jungfraujoch.

Getting To Jungfraujoch From Grindelwald

The second option is to train to Grindelwald (the final stop). From Grindelwald, take another cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg. From there, take the red Jungfrau railway, which will take you to the Jungfraujoch. It’s slower than taking the Eiger Express gondola, but it’s a stunning ride.

PRO TIP: Going up to Jungfraujoch, take the Eiger Express Gondola. Returning from Jungfraujoch to Grindelwald, take the train from Kleine Scheidegg.

Getting To Jungfraujoch From Lauterbrunnen

The third option is to take a train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen. Once you get to Lauterbrunnen, a yellow-green train (called Wengeneralp) will be waiting for you on the opposite side of the train platform. So get on this yellow-green train, direction Kleine Scheidegg.

Once you get to Kleine Scheidegg, you’ll take the red Jungfrau railway to Jungfraujoch again.

PRO TIP: It’s the most beautiful ride in the Jungfrau region.

Best Things To Do In Jungfraujoch

JUNGFRAUJOCH 360°C CINEMA – watch a short video about Jungfraujoch and be driven into the Aletsch Glacier and mountains around. After, learn about the activity of the meteorological center.

SPHINX OBSERVATORY – go to a lift to take you to the terrace. You will have 360° spectacular views of the whole area, looking down the valley, and see the largest glacier in the Alps, Aletch Glacier.

ALPINE SENSATION – get to know how locals built the railway and discover a little bit of the history of the whole place.

ICE PALACE – walk through the ice cave, watching the art of icy sculptures while feeling like you are in an Ice Age movie.

GLACIER PLATEAU – walk outside of the station and take a photo with a Swiss flag. Get other stunning views of the glacier and the entire area.

LINDT SWISS CHOCOLATE HEAVEN – explore the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven. You will see how they make the chocolate and after you can, of course, buy some chocolate treats in the shop.

JUNGFRAU PASS – outside of the station, there is a Fun Park, where you can do some sledding, skiing, or snowboarding (just in summertime).

MÖNCH HUT – if you feel like hiking, surrounded by glaciers and massive mountains, you can walk through the Jungfrau Pass to see the Mönch hut, a traditional Swiss mountain hut. Walking on the snow at such a high altitude is not so easy. But it’s an easy hike that takes about 45 minutes. Have some Swiss lunch up there.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Jungfraujoch
Jungfraujoch – views of Aletsch Glacier

How Long Does It Take To Visit Jungfraujoch?

Plan 5 to 6 hours for the visit to Jungfraujoch if you also want to see the Mönch hut. If not, then 4 to 5 hours will be enough (including the train rides from Interlaken).

Is It Worth Visiting Jungfraujoch?

Yes, Jungfraujoch is worth visiting. It’s my second favorite mountain excursion in Switzerland. Even though it might seem like a tourist trap, it’s not.

The best time to visit Jungfraujoch is in the morning, taking the first train from Eigergletscher. This way, you’ll enjoy Jungfraujoch to the fullest without major tourist crowds.

Best Time To Visit Jungfraujoch

The best time to visit Jungfraujoch is definitely in summer. You can do the summer activities on the Jungfrau Pass, and the Mönch Hut is open. In the wintertime, there are no summer activities, and the Mönch Hut is closed.

To avoid tourist crowds, visit Jungfraujoch in June and September.

Jungfraujoch is one of the mountains that you can also visit during the winter in Switzerland.

PRO TIP: The best time of day to visit Jungfraujoch is in the morning. Take the first train departing from Eigergletscher in the morning. This way, you’ll have the best experience and have Jungfraujoch for yourself without tourist crowds.

Jungfraujoch Ice Palace
Jungfraujoch Ice Palace

How Much Does It Cost To Go Up To The Jungfraujoch

The regular roundtrip ticket to Jungfraujoch costs around 220CHF, depending on your starting point.

If you have the Jungfrau Travel Pass or Bernese Oberland Pass, you’ll only have to pay an extra fee of 63 CHF for the train section between Eigergletscher and Jungfrajoch. Everything else is included in your pass.

Jungfraujoch Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: around 220.00 CHF (adult) – prices might vary depending on the route you take
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass: 139.60 CHF
  • Check out the Jungfrau Travel Pass for additional discounts

Where To Stay Near Jungfraujoch

You have many options for places to stay if you want to visit Jungfraujoch. My favorite town to stay in is Grindelwald. But you can also stay in Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken. See some of the best hotels in the area below:

BEST HOTELS IN GRINDELWALD:
Jungfrau Lodgebudget-friendly hotelbook here
Hotel Belvedere Swiss Qualitymid-range hotelbook here
Boutique Hotel Glacierluxury hotel with Jacuzzibook here

BEST HOTELS IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
Hotel Staubbachmid-range hotel book here
Wasserfallhüslimid-range apartmentbook here

BEST HOTELS IN INTERLAKEN:
Interlaken Youth Hostelhostelbook here
The Hey Hotelmid-range hotelbook here
Jungfrau Victoria Grand Hotel & Spaluxury hotelbook here

Organized Excursion From Zürich/Lucerne To Jungfraujoch + Skip-the-Line Ticket

If you are coming or just staying in Zürich or Lucerne and want to visit Jungfraujoch as a day trip, I recommend you book this day tour below.

Or just book a single Skip-the-Line Ticket for the cable car & cogwheel trains (but first see additional discounts if you have a Swiss Travel Pass. But don’t buy any of these if you have the Junfrau Travel Pass).

 

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4. SCHILTHORN – PIZ GLORIA

Walk in the footsteps of James Bond on the top of the Swiss mountain.

Schilthorn is my favorite mountain in Switzerland and in the Jungfrau region. Seeing the incredible scenery and clouds, revealing the panorama of three mountain peaks in front of me (Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau), blew my mind away.

This mountain is a must on your list. I recommend you wake up early for this excursion and take the first cable car after it starts to operate. So you can avoid masses of tourists.

This spectacular mountain was featured in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It was the hideaway of Blofeld, Bond’s enemy, whom they named Piz Gloria for the time they were making the movie. So, let’s explore it together.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Schilthorn
Schilthorn

Where Is Schilthorn Located?

It’s located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, above the Mürren village, overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley, near Interlaken.

How To Get To Schilthorn?

Your day starts again in Interlaken Ost, where you’ll hop on the train to Lauterbrunnen.

When you reach Lauterbrunnen, walk out of the train station, and just across the road, there will be a bus number 141, direction Stechelberg. Take this bus.

After about 14 minutes, you’ll see a huge cable car running up the mountain. This is the stop at Stechelberg Schilhornbahn, where you get off the bus. And that’s where our excursion starts.

You’ll then take the following cable cars:

Stechelberg station – Grimmelwald station – Mürren station – Brig station

Birg Thrill Walk

Stop and get out of the Birg station to the terrace. Admire the stunning panorama of the three mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

After, enjoy the thrill walk on the side of the Brig station. The views are simply breathtaking. Can you overcome your fear and walk on the edge of the rocky cliffs? You’ll have to; it’s an amazing experience.

If you have enough of those stunning views, continue with another cable car, which will take you to the Schilthorn mountain.

The Birg Thrill Walk is free of charge.

best day trips from Interlaken Birg Thrill Walk
Me enjoying Birg Thrill Walk

Things To Do In Schilthorn

INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION ‘Bond World 077’ – learn about the scenes from the James Bond movie and information about where different parts were shot here.

360° ROTATING RESTAURANT – was the first one built at such a high altitude, almost 3000 meters above sea level when it was constructed. So have a nice drink while enjoying the views.

SWISS SKYLINE TERRACE – get other stunning views of the whole mountain range and the Bernese Oberland region lying below.

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How Long Should You Spend At Schilthorn?

You can plan to spend between 4 to 5 hours doing a Schilthorn mountain excursion. The time includes getting to Schilthorn from Lauterbrunnen or Interlaken.

Best Time To Visit Schilthorn

The best time to visit Schilthorn is the summertime. The weather is much nicer, and you’ll enjoy it more with these incredible views.

If you want to avoid tourist crowds, the best months to visit Schilthorn are June and September.

Is Schilthorn Worth Visiting?

Yes. Schilthorn is worth visiting A LOT. It’s my favorite mountain excursion in Switzerland. But, unfortunately, many people skip it. So please, don’t make a mistake and visit Schilthorn. It’s mainly worth it for the stunning panorama and the incredible Thrill Walk in Birg.

best day trips from Interlaken Birg
Birg – Panorama of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau

Is Schilthorn Free With Swiss Travel Pass?

Schilthorn is not free with a Swiss Travel Pass. However, if you’re a holder of the Swiss Travel Pass, you’ll get over 50% discount.

Check prices with a Swiss Travel Pass on this website.

Is Schilthorn Free With Jungfrau Travel Pass?

No, Schilthorn is not free with Jungfrau Travel Pass. But you’ll get a 50% discount for the excursion if you have the Jungfrau Travel Pass.

Note that it’s not possible to buy a ticket to Schilthorn online if you want to use your Jungfrau Travel Pass. Instead, you’ll have to go to the station in Stechelberg or Mürren and buy a ticket on the spot.

Schilthorn Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: 108.00 CHF from Stechelberg (adult) & 85.60 CHF from Mürren (adult)
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass is: 42.80 CHF

Where To Stay Near Schilthorn

The best places to stay near Schilthorn are InterlakenLauterbrunnenGimmelwald, or MürrenGimmelwald & Mürren is the closest town to Schilthorn. Check out the previous mountain excursion for the best hotels in Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen (Where to stay near Jungfraujoch).

Here, I have the best hotels and hostels in Mürren and Gimmelwald for you:

BEST HOTELS IN Mürren & Gimmelwald:
Eiger Guesthousebudget-friendly apartments in Mürrenbook here
Hotel Jungfrau Mürrenmid-range hotel in Mürrenbook here
Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald – budget-friendly hostel with the best views – book here

Organized Excursion From Zürich, Lucerne or Interlaken To Schilthorn + Skip-the-Line Ticket

If you are coming or just staying in Zürich or Lucerne and want to visit Schilthorn as a day trip, I recommend you book the Swiss Travel Pass for 3 days. It’ll be the cheapest option and the best value for money.

There are no good offers for organized excursions to Schilthorn from these 2 cities. That’s why I highly recommend you get the Swiss Travel Pass. Remember, this excursion is included in it.

Or, if you are staying in Interlaken, this excursion is a great option as well:

 

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5. GLACIER 3000°

Immerse yourself into the Glacier of Swiss Alps doing a Glacier Walk & hop on the world’s highest toboggan run.

I dare to say that Swiss people are crazy, in a good way. I just can’t get how they built all these cable car stations on the mountain peaks and railways through the valleys and mountain ranges.

So let’s give them the honor of visiting another exciting mountain in Switzerland. The Glacier 3000° offers a panoramic Peak Walk at 3000 meters above sea level. Walk through the 107-meter-long (351 feet) suspension bridge, the only one connecting two mountain peaks worldwide.

Glacier 3000° - suspension bridge
Glacier 3000° – suspension bridge

Where Is Glacier 3000° Located?

Glacier 3000° is close to the Swiss city of Gstaad, located 58 kilometers from Montreux and 70 kilometers from Interlaken, the adventure capital.

How To Get To Glacier 3000°?

By car, follow the road ‘Gsteigstrasse from Gstaad direction Les Diabetes and stop at the cable car Glacier 3000°.

If you travel by train, you get to Gstaad by train. From there, change to bus B 180 (direction Les Diabetes) and get off at the station called ‘Col-du-Pillon, Glacier 3000°’.

Things To Do In Glacier 3000°

✅ PEAK WALK – walk through the 107-meter-long suspension bridge (351 feet) connecting 2 mountain peaks. This is the best spot to get incredible views of other Swiss mountains, such as Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, and Matterhorn.

✅ GLACIER WALK – take the Ice Express chairlift from Scex Rouge station to the Glacier and start this spectacular walk through the Glacier. This walk aims to get to the Restaurant refuge landscape on the edge of the Glacier with stunning views and some delicacies. It takes about an hour to get there.

✅ ALPINE COASTER –hop on the highest toboggan run in the world. Try to concentrate and use breaks with the spectacular scenery around you. Note that it is only open from May until mid-September.

✅ DOGSLED RIDES – enjoy an adventure with Huskies and ride in Glacier 3000°. Reservations are mandatory.

✅ ICE CATHEDRAL – known as ‘devil’s hole‘- a natural ice cave 20 meters long. It isn’t always accessible since the snow and ice melt in the summertime, so it might be full of water or covered in snow at another time. But if it’s open, check this unique place out.

✅ GLACIER FLIGHT – get even higher above the mountains and enjoy the panorama of the Swiss Alps more. Reservation is necessary.

WINTERTIME – you can go skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing at Glacier 3000°.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Glacier 3000
Glacier 3000°

How Much Time Is Needed For Glacier 3000°

Plan 3 to 4 hours if you don’t want to do the Glacier Walk. If you want to hike the Glacier Walk, plan 5 to 6 hours for the entire mountain excursion.

What Is The Best Time To Visit Glacier 3000°

As with other mountain peaks, the best time to visit Glacier Glacier 3000° is from mid-May until the middle of September. You can enjoy the full experience with all activities.

The Alpine Coaster is closed in the wintertime. But you can experience the Peak Walk throughout the entire year.

Is Glacier 3000° Worth Visiting?

Yes, Glacier 3000° is worth visiting. It’s not the most famous mountain in Switzerland, but the experience is incredible. If you want to experience snow and glaciers and like to hike on the peak, visiting Glacier 3000° is worth it.

Is Glacier 3000° Safe?

Yes, Glacier 3000° is safe. You might only be scared of heights. But if you overcome your fear, it’s fine. There is nothing to be afraid of when visiting Glacier 3000°.

Glacier 3000° Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: 80.00 CHF (adults)
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass: 40.00 CHF

Where To Stay Near Glacier 3000°

The closest place to stay near Glacier 3000° is Gstaad. Alternatively, you can also stay in Montreux (scroll down for the best hotels) or Geneva.

BEST HOTELS IN GSTAAD:
Hotel Arc-en-Ciel Gstaadbudget-friendly hotelbook here
Geniesserhotel Le Grand Chaletmid-range hotelbook here
Le Grand Bellevueluxury hotelbook here

Organized Tour From Geneva/Montreux To Glacier 3000° + Skip-the-Line Ticket

If you are coming or just staying in Geneva or Montreux and want to visit Glacier 3000° as a day trip, I recommend you book this day tour below.

Or just book a single Skip-the-Line Ticket for the cable cars (but first see additional discounts if you have Swiss Travel Pass).

 

6. GORNERGRATMATTERHORN

Drive to the highest situated hotel in Europe and enjoy stunning views of Switzerland’s highest mountain.

The Gornergrat railway started operating in 1898 and is one of the oldest ones in Switzerland. It’ll take you toward Matterhorn, showing you a stunning view of other Swiss peaks over 4000 meters high (13’123 feet), including the highest mountain in Switzerland (Dufourspitze 4’634).

The Gornergrat railway has a regenerative braking system, which saves energy while going downhill. Enjoy the ride on the cogwheel train, the first fully electrified cog railway globally, and hike around the Lake closest to Matterhorn.

You can visit the highest-located hotel in the world, 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, which has shops, a restaurant, and an astronomical observatory. Or even spend the night in the hotel, star-gassing at night.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Gornergrat Matterhorn
Gornergrat – Matterhorn

Where Is Gornergrat Located?

The excursion on the Gornergrat railway to the Matterhorn starts in ZermattZermatt is a car-free village in the middle of the Swiss Alps, only accessible by train.

How To Get To Gornergrat From Zermatt?

Note that Zermatt is a car-free village, meaning you can only get there by train. From Zermatt, you can hop on the Gornergrat railway every day during the year.

PRO TIP: Zermatt is the starting/ending point of the fabulous Glacier Express route, one of the best panoramic trains in Switzerland. So you can ride on Glacier Express to Zermatt and then stay a couple of days in Zermatt, doing a Gornergrat excursion.

👉 READ ALSO: How To Get To Zermatt From Zurich Airport.

Zermatt Gornergrat cogwheel train
Zermatt: Gornergrat cogwheel train

Things To Do On Gornergrat – Matterhorn Mountain

In the summertime, you can do the following things on Gornergrat:

Panoramic viewing platform – enjoy the views of the highest Swiss mountains and Italy, including the stunning Matterhorn.
Wild Ibex
Sunrise Trips
Sunset dinners

Winter in Gornergrat offers these activities:

Dining with the stars
Moonlight visit
Highest sledging slope in Switzerland
Igloo Village

How Long Should You Spend In Gornergrat?

Plan half a day for this excursion, between 4 to 5 hours. The Gornergrat train ride from Zermatt to Gornergrat takes 33 minutes. So it’s 1 hour up and down. Then, plan to spend around 3 hours on Gornergrat.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Gornergrat?

Gornergrat is one of the only mountain excursions on this list, which is also worth visiting in winter, as in summertime. In winter, you can sleep in the Igloo village and slide down the highest sledding slope in Switzerland, which is an experience on its own.

The railway operates daily throughout the year, so it only depends on the activities you want to do.

PRO TIP: Take the first Gornergrat train from Zermatt in the morning to avoid tourist crowds.

Can You See Matterhorn From Gornergrat?

Yes, you can see Matterhorn from Gornergrat. In fact, Gornergrat offers the best views of Matterhorn in the entire area.

Is It Worth To Go To Gornergrat?

Yes, going to Gornergrat is worth it. The Gornergrat cogwheel train is an experience of a lifetime. Even the night in the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat and watching the stars is an incredible experience. So I highly recommend visiting Gornergrat.

Gornergrat-Matterhorn Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: 110 CHF (adults)
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass: 55.00 CHF

Where To Stay Near Gornergrat – Matterhorn

The best place to stay for your Gornergrat excursion is in Zermatt.

I also highly recommend staying in the 3100 Kulmhotel right at the Gornergrat. It’s the highest-located hotel in the world, and staying there is an experience of a lifetime. Watch the stars in the evening.

BEST HOTELS IN ZERMATT:
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrathighest hotel in the Swiss Alps book here
Hotel Phoenixmid-range hotelbook here
Hotel Matthiolluxury resortbook here

Organized Tour From Zürich To Gornergrat-Matterhorn + Skip-the-Line Ticket

If you are coming or just staying in Zürich and want to visit Zermatt and Gornergrat-Matterhorn as a day trip, I recommend you book this day tour below.

Or just book a single Skip-the-Line Ticket for the cable cars (but first see additional discounts if you have the Swiss Travel Pass).

 

7. DIAVOLEZZA

Visit one of the best skiing regions for adventurers in Switzerland

If you are visiting the Italian part of Switzerland and still longing for a great hike and mountain peaks, visit Diavolezza.

Even though this mountain doesn’t offer as many activities as the other mountains on this list, Diavolezza is still a great choice, especially for those who want to do a more serious hike with majestic views of the highest peaks in Switzerland.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Diavolezza
Diavolezza

Where Is Diavolezza Located?

Diavolezza is situated in the middle of nowhere, in the Grisons region, surrounded by pure nature and mountain peaks, close to St. Moritz, Samedan, and Lago Bianco.

How To Get To Diavolezza?

You can drive to Diavolezza, taking Road 29 from St. Moritz or Samedan.

Alternatively, you can take a trainRhaetian railways stop right close to the Diavolezza cable car. The famous Bernina Express also rides through.

You can ride on one of Switzerland’s most famous panoramic trains, Bernina Express, and switch to this mountain excursion to kill two birds with one stone in a day.

Things To Do In Diavolezza

You can go hiking from Diavolezza to the Munt Pers (3206 m) in the summertime, which takes about an hour. You will get 360° views of the spectacular mountains, including the famous Bernina MassifPiz BerninaPiz Palü, and Bellavista.

Remember, you’ll be very close to the Italian border, so we switched the language a bit. Instead of saying ‘Mount‘ for a mountain, we will use the Italian word ‘Piz.’ 

In winter, it is a paradise and a famous destination for skiers, snowboarders, and free riders.

Piz Bernina Glacier
Piz Bernina, Glacier

How Long Should You Spend In Diavolezza?

If you want to go hiking to the Munt Pers, plan 4 to 5 hours for the entire excursion to Diavolezza. If you just want to go up with the cable car and enjoy the views, 2 to 3 hours will be enough.

Best Time To Visit Diavolezza

The cable car to Diavolezza operates throughout the entire year. It is only your choice what you prefer to see and do. If you want to go skiing, it’s a great place to visit in winter. For hiking, visit Diavolezza in the summertime.

Diavolezza Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: 39.00 CHF (adults) & 26 CHF (youth 13 – 17)
  • There is no discount with Swiss Travel Pass

Book tickets for Diavolezza excursion here.

Where To Stay Near Diavolezza

The best place to stay near Diavolezza is the luxury town of St. Moritz.

BEST HOTELS IN ST. MORITZ:
St. Moritz Youth Hostel budget-friendly hostelbook here
Hotel Waldhaus Am Seemid-range hotelbook here
Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinskiluxury hotelbook here

8. ROCHERS DE NAYE

Enjoy stunning views of the largest body of water in Switzerland, Lake Geneva, and the charming city of Montreux.

The pleasant ride on the cogwheel railway from Montreux up to Rochers-de-Naye will give you panoramic views of the Lake Geneva region. The ride takes about 55 minutes.

Rochers-de-Naye offers an adventure in the alpine garden ‘La Rambertia’, where you can learn more about alpine plants and see the collection of 1000 of them. After, check out the Marmots Paradise.

Where Is Rochers-de-Naye Located?

Rochers-de-Naye is located right above Lake Geneva and Montreux, in the French part of Switzerland.

How To Get To Rochers-de-Naye?

Go to the main train station in Montreux, and take the cogwheel train departs. It’s a direct train, and the journey takes about 55 minutes.

If you want to reach the mountain from Geneva, you’ll first have to take a train from Geneva to Montreux. Then, change to the cogwheel train to Rochers-de-Naye.

You can also hike up from Montreux, which takes around 3 hours.

best mountains in Switzerland to visit Rochers-de-Naye
Rochers-de-Naye

Things To Do In Rochers-de-Naye

Enjoy the atmosphere and spectacular views of Lake Geneva, Montreux, and the Swiss Alps stretching behind the Lake. Can you spot Chateau Chillon from here?

LA RAMBERTIA – a collection of 1000 alpine plants; learn more about them and explore the flora of this region.
MARMOTS PARADISE

How Long Should You Spend In Rochers-de-Naye?

The cogwheel train ride takes almost 1 hour, so we have to count on the 2-hour ride up and back to Montreux. Additionally, I recommend you spend 2 to 3 hours on the top of Rochers-de-Naye, depending on how much time you want to stare at the beauty of its surroundings.

So, all in all, plan 4 to 5 hours for the entire excursion.

Best Time To Visit Rochers-de-Naye

The best time to visit Rochers-de-Naye is in the summertime, from June until September.

The cogwheel train operates throughout the year, but the La Rambertia and the Marmots Paradise aren’t open in wintertime. So if you want to enjoy those, including hiking, you should go up in summer.

The best months to visit are June and September to avoid tourist crowds.

Is Rochers-de-Naye Included In Swiss Travel Pass?

Rochers-de-Naye is not fully included in the Swiss Travel Pass. But you’ll get a 50% discount to go up if you use your Swiss Travel Pass.

Rochers-de-Naye Excursion Price

  • Full price for return ticket: 70.00 CHF (adults)
  • Price with Swiss Travel Pass: 35.00 CHF

Get tickets for Rochers-de-Naye excursion by clicking this link.

Where To Stay Near Rochers-de-Naye

The closest and best place to stay near Rochers-de-Naye is Montreux. You can access the mountain directly from Montreux train station.

BEST HOTELS IN MONTREUX:
Le Coucou HotelSwiss hotel on a mountain hill with stunning viewsbook here
La Rouvenazbudget-friendly hotelbook here
Swiss Historic Hotel Massonmid-range hotelbook here
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic luxury hotelbook here

Practical Tips For Visiting Swiss Mountains

To help you plan your visit to these mountains in more detail, I’ve got some travel tips for you. Check them out below:

What Is The Best Time To Visit Swiss Mountains?

The best time to visit the Swiss mountain peaks is in the summertime, from June to late September.

If you want to avoid tourist crowds, visit them in June and September.

The best time of the day to visit the mountains is always taking the first train/cable car up to have it all for yourself.

What To Pack To Visit Swiss Mountains

Before we head to the list, I’ve prepared the ultimate Switzerland Packing list for you.

Packaging for your Swiss trip might be challenging as you have to prepare for all kinds of weather conditions. You’ll have to pack something warm for the mountains and light for the cities and Swiss lakes.

I traveled in Switzerland with 1 backpack and managed to fit everything inside. So get this Switzerland packing list now, pack your backpack without overthinking, and save time packing.

👉 READ ALSO: Is Switzerland Expensive? All You Need To Know

FAQs

To help you plan your visit to the Swiss mountains, I’ve also answered some of your most frequently asked questions. So check them out and plan accordingly.

What Are The Swiss Mountains Called?

The two main mountain ranges in Switzerland are called Jura and the AlpsJura mountain range is located in the north and western parts of Switzerland. The Alps stretch from the south to the eastern part of Switzerland.

What Is The Highest Mountain In Switzerland With Cable Car?

The highest mountain in Switzerland with a cable car is called Klein Matterhorn. You can reach it from Zermatt, a car-free village in southern Switzerland, by taking the cable car to the Zermatt Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. It’s the highest-located cable car in the world.

What Is The Most Beautiful Mountain View In Switzerland?

The most beautiful mountain view in Switzerland is from the Schilthorn mountain. It’s located in the Jungfrau region, in the middle of Switzerland. It offers a spectacular panorama of the 3 famous peaks: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

In addition, you can enjoy views of the entire region, and you might even see the highest mountain in Europe, Mt. Blanc.

Does Zurich Have Mountains?

Yes, Zurich has mountains, but not as high and spectacular as the mountains in the Swiss Alps. Zurich only has small mountains. The closest and most famous mountains to Zurich are Uetliberg and Felsenegg.

Is Alps Visible From Zurich?

Yes, you can see the Alps from Zurich. The best way to see the Alps from Zurich is by getting up to the Uetliberg mountain. To reach Uetliberg, take the S10 train from Zurich train station. It’ll get you there in 27 minutes.

Does Lucerne Have Mountains?

Yes, Lucerne has some of the most spectacular mountains. The best mountains you can visit from Lucerne are Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Titlis, and Rigi.

What Is The Most Beautiful Mountain Region In Switzerland?

The most beautiful mountain region of Switzerland is the Jungfrau region. It’s everything you ever pictured Switzerland to be: green hills with mooing cows, snowy mountains with glaciers, crystal-clear Swiss lakes, and waterfalls falling off the rocky cliffs and disappearing on the way.

Wrap-Up: Best Mountains In Switzerland To Visit

These are the 8 best Swiss mountains and excursions you shouldn’t miss during your visit to this spectacular country. The highlight of Switzerland is nature and these mountain excursions. You won’t find it anywhere in Europeso pick at least one of them and enjoy the experience.

My favorite Swiss mountains, which I recommend you visit, are Mount Titlis, Schilthorn, Jungfraujoch, and Glacier 3000°.

If you need help planning your itinerary to the Swiss mountains, contact me at info(at)voicesoftravel.com. I’ll gladly give you tips and planning your vacation.

Happy Travels!

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About the author: Nicoletta is a travel enthusiast and passionate language learner. While traveling, she loves to connect with locals using her language skills to learn about new cultures. Look for her skiing, hiking in the mountains, or exploring new destinations as she designs travel itineraries for her clients.

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