Visiting the mountain tops of the Swiss Alps

Visiting the mountain tops of the Swiss Alps

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Must knows about the mountains of Switzerland

  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly. Check the forecast before going up;
  • Although it can be comfortable and sunny at the top, be prepared for low temperatures and strong wind;
  • Tickets are quite expensive. A rail pass will get you a discount.

The rotating cable car to the Titlis ensures panoramic views during the ride.

It's easy to go up into the Swiss mountains

The mountains in Switzerland are easy to access. There are cable cars, funiculars and cogwheel trains throughout the country. That allows everyone to enjoy the high alpine scenery. Try not to leave Switzerland without having visited a mountain top or two!

THE PEAKS OF SWITZERLAND

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Gornergrat

Cogwheel train to the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

The highest train station in Europe is located in a magnificent landscape of eternal snow and glaciers.

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Mittelallalin

A spectacular trip leading to the largest ice grotto and highest revolving restaurant in the world.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Saas valley (Valais)

Pilatus

Cogwheel train across a spectacular rocky landscape, plus views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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Schilthorn

The James Bond mountain, and one of the best places to view the Jungfrau massif.

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Titlis

Revolving cable car to an altitude of 3032 m. Great views and snow all year round.

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Bettmerhorn

First class view of the largest glacier in the Alps.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Brienzer Rothorn

Cogwheel steam railway across an extraordinary landscape. Breathtaking views of Central Switzerland and the Bernese Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Brienz (Bernese Oberland)

Corvatsch

Extraordinary view of the Upper Engadine lakes and Piz Bernina.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Upper Engadine (Graubünden)

Eggishorn

Go here for the very best views of the Aletsch glacier.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)

Discounted tours and attractions

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Insider tips about the Swiss mountains

  • On average the weather for going up into the mountains is best in the morning;
  • The air is thin at higher altitudes, from about 2000 m up. Take your time to adjust to it. If you plan to visit the highest peaks it's advisable to consult your doctor if you take along children under 3 years old or if you're in poor health;
  • A rail pass will get you a discount on many mountain excursions. If you don't have one, you can still get a discount in some cases, with special tickets that allow traveling in the early morning or late afternoon only.

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