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Tourist Places to Visit in Switzerland in October

Rhine Falls, Lugano, Grindelwald, Matterhorn, Zermatt, St.Gallen, Interlaken, Mount Rigi, Mount Titlis, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Mount Pilatus, and many more.

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Places to visit in Switzerland in October are surely worth a try. This landlocked country is for anyone who is looking for a place where one can enjoy the shades of green while exploring some extreme places having storybook charm.

Visiting this scenic delight in October offers you a chance to admire the surrounding in a better way. Around this time, the leaves start to change their colour, thus revealing the true beauty of the scenery. While Matterhorn challenges the most experienced rock climbers as the high winds start, Piz Gloria on the other place offers fingerlicking, lip smacking food as well as panoramic views of beauty underneath.

Visiting Switzerland is not only a treat to eyes, but also a satisfying outing for the soul as the places like St. Peter Church and The Church of Our Lady offer the required solace and Spiritual vibes. The mesmerising architecture of Montreux and the lush green forests of Bern have attracted millions of tourists from all over the world. Places to go in Switzerland in October become as beautiful as ever and provide scenic vistas. So pack your bags, and get ready to visit the significant landmarks of the beautiful country of Switzerland.

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No trip to Switzerland is complete without paying a visit to Europe's biggest waterfall, the Rheinfall. Located right on the border between Switzerland and Germany, it is often called the Niagra Falls of Europe. Formed more than 15,000 years ago due to certain tectonic shifts, the falls have now gained popularity among those visiting Switzerland.

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Interlaken is a quintessential Swiss town that sits in the lap of the majestic Alps. The long-fabled mountains surrounding the town have welcomed visitors for over a hundred years, making Interlaken the much-visited destination that it is today. The unparalleled scenic beauty of the Swiss Alps along with its rich culture and a very quaint, small-town vibe make Interlaken a holiday-maker's paradise.

From it's azure lakes to snow-capped mountains, Interlaken has a lot to offer! The old heart of the town, its centre is dotted with buildings that date back centuries. You can walk past old hotels, quirky cafes and chocolate making workshops here. Just like the rest of Switzerland, Interlaken also has an enviable variety of cheese that you must try. As far as culture is concerned, Interlaken has loads of it, including ancient musical instruments, colourful traditional dresses and local food. If you are lucky, you will be able to have a glimpse into all of these on a walk through the town.

If you love nature and would love to go on hikes and treks on your trip to Interlaken, then you have landed at the right place. You can catch one of over 45 cable cars that leave from Interlaken and get off at a different destination, allowing you access to hundreds of trails, summits, cliff-fronts, caves, waterfalls and more! There are trails that would take you through old villages, trails that run along Lakeshores and trails that go up the mountain tops. Whether you are here to enjoy the luxurious holiday destination of the Victorians or want to get your heart pumping with some amazing adventure sports, Interlaken has everything.

You can stand at the highest point of the continent or float down rivers, you can enjoy a private spa by a lake or glide through the air. Its beautiful landscape is steeped in history, myth, and legend and you will find everything from dragons to castles and old convents here.  Interlaken has something for everyone!

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Discover the jewel in the crown of central Switzerland which is the only glacier in the area that is accessible to the public. The ski area at Mount Titlis comprises over 80 km of pistes with slopes of varying gradients that can accommodate skiers at any level of proficiency.

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Famous for being one of the highest accessible points in Europe, Jungfraujoch lies at a height of 3,463 meters above sea level. This iconic destination in Switzerland is a must visit for the state of the art rail ride, some of the most spectacular views, and lovely ice sculptures at chilling temperatures.

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This charming alpine village lies at the foot of one of the most mystical and majestic mountains of Switzerland- The Matterhorn. Zermatt.One of the most impressive places to visit in Switzerland, Zermatt is famous for its rugged untouched beauty that’s so peaceful and calm that it will take you away from all your worldly problems. This is mostly because Zermatt is a car-free village and its beauty can be savoured leisurely on foot, horse-driven carriages, electric cars, and gondolas. 

In the old village area, there are as many as 30 ancient buildings including granaries that depict the traditional way of living of mountain communities. This area also has a beautiful ancient church, Mountaineer’s cemetery, and a museum dedicated to mountaineering. The village streets are dotted with cafes with flower-lined walls in typical Swiss style. It is an amazing experience as you tuck into delicate pastries, cheese, and coffee while looking onto the Matterhorn, looming just miles away. 

Travellers from all over the world visit Gornergrat, the sun-drenched observation deck that offers one of the finest views of over 38 thirteen-thousanders and 14 glaciers including Monte Rosa, Matterhorn, and the Gorner Glacier. The ride to this deck, in a glass cable car, is as exciting as the destination itself. This is where Europe’s highest hotel, the Kulmhotel Gornergrat, is located. No visit to Zermatt is complete without venturing into the breathtaking mountainside. Zermatt is one of the few places in Switzerland where you can get up close with wild Ibex and visit a village consisting entirely of igloos. This is the place where you can get direct access to miles of pristine skiing pistes and paragliding points. Zermatt is also one of the places that offer unforgettable dining experiences.

Whether it is authentic Swiss mountainside cuisine in rustic cafes, or award-winning restaurants serving hearty meals with the most exquisite of ingredients, or having a meal in a sky-high gondola ride while enjoying the sunrise or the moonlight, the choices here are endless. Zermatt, due to its location, enjoys extremely pleasant weather throughout the year. In summers, the days are cloudy and the temperatures average at around 22°C. The winters are long and harsh, with snowfall almost daily. 

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Located in central Switzerland, overlooking Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus is counted among the top hiking destinations in the world. You can enjoy some of the most amazing sights from here in the Swiss Alps especially if you hike up to Tomlishorn, one of its most beautiful peaks.

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Mountain peaks surround the stunning landscape of Lucerne, amongst them is the most popular the "queen of the mountains," Mount Rigi. It sits atop three lakes, namely, Zug, Lucerne, and Lauerz. At the height of 1797.5, the panoramic views of the Swiss town are enchanting.

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Lugano, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, offers multiple sites like beautiful quasi-Mediterranian scenery and view of Lake Lugano. Being one of the places to visit in Switzerland in October, Lugano is famous for its exclusive shops and ancient architecture. This town fades into multiple waterfront communities which are said to be established back in the stone age.

Passing the lazy afternoons in its many gardens placed on the foot of the mountain Monte Bre is common here. October, being the autumn season, makes it warm enough to stay on the lake when the soft sun rays light up the alleys.

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Hiking, cruising the lake, shopping, Monte bre hiking trail, visiting museums and sights of palm trees.

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Settled on the falling side of Lutschental valley, Grindelwald is surrounded by lavish green gullies and high mountains. Over the past few years, the town has gained popularity but has managed to remain as authentic as it used to be. Winters in Grindelwald start around the mid of October, making it a perfect snowy spot for various winter sports.

One of the top things to do in Grindelwald is to visit Jungfraujoch which has an ice palace known as “Frozen Wonderland”. Jungfraujoch also has 3 ski areas: Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen, Bod Mirena and Grindelwald First.

Activities to do:

Skiing, visiting frozen wonderland(ice palace), sledging and cliff edge walk at Jungfraujoch.

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Fall or Autumn is an excellent season to visit Matterhorn which is the most perceptible peak in Switzerland. This peak offers the ultimate challenge for the most experienced rock climbers, making it one of the best places to go to Switzerland in October. Matterhorn also has several hiking trails, ski parlours and some resorts which only operate in the winters. A visit to Matterhorn and experiencing the peak is totally worth it.
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St. Gallen

St. Gallen is one of the best places where you can plan a tour with your friends and family in the month of October. This place has almost everything, from wildlife park to the fashion hub and even chocolate factories where you can make your own chocolates. 

The abbey of St. Gallen, a significant landmark in the town, has been added to UNESCO world heritage list in 1983. The mind-blowing architecture of this building represents the most crucial period, starting with the high middle ages. Being full of attraction and entertainment, the city of St. Gallen is one of the beautiful places to visit in Switzerland in October.

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Visit wildlife park, vineyards, abbey library and buy chocolates from a famous chocolate factory.

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With exceptional scenery, eternal snow and purity of air, Schilthorn is a set of mountains that surround Switzerland. The major attraction at this place is the 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss skyline. On top of it is a rotating restaurant, Piz Gloria, which provides visitors with great food as well as a magnificent view.

Just like other peaks, the ropeway is the best option to reach on the top. With all these activities, Schilthron also offers skyline walks in winters, making it one of the best places to visit in Switzerland in october. Being surrounded by ice and snow, skiers and mountaineers are familiar with this place,thus making it popular among the people who live in snow-free areas.

Activities to do:

Piz Gloria(rotating restaurant), skyline walk, skiing and hiking.
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Nestled amidst the two Bernese Oberland towns called Thun and Interlaken, Lake Thun is a beautiful Alpine Lake brimming with deep blue water. Cuddled on the northern periphery of the majestic Mount Alps, the lake possesses a beautiful backdrop which is reflected vividly on its crystal clear surface.

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Basel, sharing its borders with France and Germany, lies on the banks of the River Rhine in the northwest region of Switzerland. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, especially known for the diversity of its flora and fauna. It has miles and miles of lilac flowers edging along the stunning Rhine River. Like all the major Swiss cities, Basel also has its own charming Old Town area, which takes one back in the luxurious and slow pace of life as it was in the medieval era. It has stone houses with tiled roofs, beautiful cafes, well-kept boutiques, and vantage points to see stunning views of River Rhine. There are numerous cruises available for you to see the pristine beauty of the river its promenades. 

The most famous attraction here is the 10th-century Basel Minster known for its architecture heavily influenced by Roman and Gothic architecture. Almost as a symbol of its diversity, near the church, stands the striking 18th-century Jewish synagogue. The city is a haven for those who love nature and the outdoors. Basel Zoo, the oldest and the largest in Switzerland, houses over 600 species of rare animals like Indian Rhino, Flamingo, African elephants, and panthers. The sun-drenched city of Basel is the cultural epicentre of Switzerland. This is the most vibrant of places in the country famed for its festivals, art events, concerts, and open-air cinemas. Due to its location on the French and German borders, it is a melting pot of people, languages, and cuisines. It is known as the ‘city of museums’ and has over 40 museums that house world-famous galleries, collections of paintings and artworks.

Some of the best museums to visit are the Basel Toy World Museum, Antiques Museum for Egyptian artefacts, and Basel Museum of Ancient Art. The people of Basel love to celebrate and welcome everybody to the amazing carnivals held here throughout the year. These carnivals are an absolute riot of music, satirical performances, hand-painted lantern processions, and parades by pipers & drummers in colourful costumes. Basel remains rainy throughout the year with overcast skies. The summers are comfortable with July being the hottest month. The winters are freezing with January being the coldest month. The temperatures fall below zero often accompanied by snowfall. 

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Situated in the Canton of Berne, Lake Brienz is a wonderful lake in the north of the Alps spread over an area close to almost 29.8 square kilometres. The lake is about 14 kilometres long, 2.8 kilometres wide and 260 meters deep. Lake Brienz is one of the deepest lakes in Switzerland.

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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Switzerland?

    1. Rhine Falls: Rhine Falls is one of the best places to visit in Switzerland in October as during this month you can enjoy boating here. The waterfall is known for its breathtaking beauty, and you can take a walk along one of its trails to admire the stunning beauty of the falls. The best thing is that you can discover the waterfall from various viewing platforms, some of which will take you incredibly close to the falls. 

    2. Matterhorn: 
    This is the jewel of the Swiss Alps, with several ski parlours, hiking trails, and resorts that only operate in winters. During October, you must visit Matterhorn if you want to enjoy hiking and rock climbing as the weather is pleasant, making it ideal for enjoying these activities.

    3. Grindelwald: 
    This is a famous mountain village you can visit in October as winter starts during this time, making it an ideal snowy spot for tons of adventurous activities. With its clear skies and alpine beauty Grindelwald is a welcome respite from the cacophony of city life.

  2. How many days are enough in Switzerland?

    12-15 days are enough in Switzerland if you just want to visit the prime locations. Starting from the village of Lugano, the maximum time needed to explore the lakes and other waterfront communities is around two days after which one can take a flight to St. Gallen.
    St. Gallen can be fully explored in three days as it has more places which have time limits, so after ten midnight, the only thing left to do is sightseeing. Considering other sites like Jungfraujoch, Matterhorn, Monte Bre and Schilthorn, you can cover them in 1-2 days each.
  3. What clothes to pack for Switzerland in October?

    The climate of Switzerland in October is somewhat unpredictable. Considering the higher places, you will need woollen clothes as these areas have a temperature of around 5 degrees so finding snow is common there. In case of valleys, the temperature remains about 12 to 14 degrees in October so it is better to pack that can be layered so that they can be adjusted as the requirement.
  4. Is there snow in Switzerland in October?

    Yes, snow is fairly guaranteed as the temperature in Switzerland ranges between -1 degrees to 10 degrees in october. However, there is no snow in the plains, but hilly areas provide perfect ice and snow needed for skiing. Snowing in October depends on the temperature, there are higher chances of finding snow on mountains in every season, but if we consider the plains and the valley, the chances are less.
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23 January 2020
The Mount Titlis Day Tour with Cable Car was a delightful experience for me. I was traveling with my spouse. The views were gorgeous and something that I can never forget about, it was dramatically gorgeous. If you are visiting Switzerland then Mount Titlis cable car ride is a great way to spend some time in the arms of nature and enjoy a great time. I was also able to capture some really good photos of the cute little snow penguins.
10 February 2020
The fully rotating cable car experience topped with interacting with the snow penguins makes for a really fun time to enjoy. I recommend everyone should once visit the Mount Titlis and do the Cable Car ride. And I must say that the view from the cable car was amazing.
04 November 2019
It was great to spend such a great evening enjoying a ton of fun activities. I had a lot fun sledding and I must say that the fondue dinner was delicious. Fun and food, a great way to spend a night indeed.
10 December 2019
Anilaabh Bharadwaj Night Sledding Interlaken
The dinner was on point, the activities were really fun and I along with my kids had a lot of fun exploring the night night sledding experience. If you are in interlaken you have to take one night out and enjoy this thrilling adventure with your family or your friends. The drinks served were also delicious.
19 September 2019
The best fun I had at night in Switzerland was with sulwald Sledding experience at Interlaken. The activities are really organized and the guide gives thorough instruction about the details of the night. I must say that these instructions can get really boring but the guide found a way to make it really fun. I and my partner I was able to get into the action really fast with Sledging which followed dinner. All in all, I must thank Thrillophilia for making our night adventurous.
24 October 2019
Chamonix Mont Blanc Day Tour was an amazing experience. We could visit a number of tourist attractions and sight the mesmerizing views of the white mountains. A delightful and fun filled tour indeed. Thanks to the team Thrillophilia and our guide for making it happen.
13 November 2019
The overall service was satisfactory and very cost effective at the same time.
05 October 2019
Girindra Pillai Zurich Airport Transfers
The experience of being received at the Zurich Airport was very smooth. The car had arrived at the location on time and we had a very comfortable ride.
10 February 2020
The place is perfect for half a day trip. It takes around 5 hours to completely enjoy every part of the museum and it is the place worth visiting. Everything about the museum is great, I mean the first thought in my head when I heard the museum was boring but the Swiss Museum Of Transport is completely opposite. There are a ton of fun activities to do and cars to admire.
28 August 2019
We took a ton of pictures and explored a number of ancient and modern transportation vehicles. Overall, a fun place to visit.

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