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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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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  • Attraction type: scenic trip;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Pilatus

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

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Titlis

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Rigi

Cogwheel train and wide views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Schilthorn

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Klein Matterhorn - Glacier Paradise

The highest cable car in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the view of glaciers and peaks over 4000 m high.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Stanserhorn

Unique open air cable car to a panoramic restaurant at 1850 m.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Schynige Platte

Take the cogwheel train up to Schynige Platte for superb views of the Jungfrau massif and the lakes.

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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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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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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