5 Ultimate offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland

If you are planning your trip to Europe, Switzerland definitely counts as an obvious choice. With a scenery that encompasses an unparalleled beauty and an intriguing experience, Switzerland would definitely score a special place in your memory. Switzerland is one country that never fails to impress and express. So this time when you plan for your trip, visit these offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland that will promise a memory of a lifetime and an album worth no comparison!

offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland
Rocher de Naye
Rocher de Naye is a valley over Montreux  that narrates the story of beauty and elegance. From Montreux, shift to regional train for a local experience that consequently trails around the place and reaches the peak. As you move upwards on a steep, bumpy ride, you discover a new facet of the city every time. A journey of 40 minutes from Montreux, the last top is a panoramic sight station to enjoy a city view.

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I have to admit, Gstaad has its own share of distinctive charm in every season but summers score the peak. MOB trains run from Montreux and take us on a journey of 9 chalet villages, each flaunting its own splendour. An offbeat summer destination in Switzerland that also pledges for a scenic train ride. Read more about Gstaad here.


Harder Kulm
What could be more inviting than to elope to the Swiss Alps. Mount Titlis, Matterhorn and Jungfrau are obvious choices and ofcourse most visited. For an offbeat bragging right, visit Harder Kulm. Overlooking the two lakes of Interlaken with a perfect background of Swiss Alps, this place should definitely be on your list of offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland. Other places like Matterhorn and Mount Titlis do promise an iconic experience but from such a height and with low clouds you might not get an equivalent view as Harder Kulm.
Judge it yourself!

offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland
Also if you are in Interlaken, include a visit to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen that would add an euphony of joyous legends in your story of Switzerland. They are again reachable by regional trains from Interlaken in two different directions.

Locarno and Ascona
Situated towards the south east part of Switzerland, Locarno and Ascona swear for an iconic experience.
Situated very close to Lugano, Locarno and Ascona can be reached by regional trains with a view that will not even allow you to blink! Stroll around the lake, chase the clouds, enjoy a cable car ride, relish Italian inspired cakes and pasta–an ideal romance binds these two offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland. Also if you are in Lugano, do not forget to include a visit to Mini Switzerland. It is an outdoor organised structure of all monuments, mountains, bridges and lakes in Switzerland. You get to ride the toy train too!

Berguen and St. Moritz

I have to acknowledge, Berguen is one of the angelic villages in Switzerland. Easily accessible from St. Moritz, Bergen illustrates a melody of dreamt whispers, that come to life. The highlight is the Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route that flaunts of remarkable man-made structures and displays an articulated engineering excellence. Switchback tunnels, lofty viaducts and astounded tunnels promise a ride that would remain in hearts for a lifetime. With a population of few hundreds, Berguen is a picturesque village with Engadine houses, Albula Railway Museum and ofcourse the world famous the Heidi trail. Definitely not a miss.

These were my best chosen offbeat summer destinations in Switzerland that should be in the bucket list if you plan your trip to Switzerland. Let me know in your comments section if there are more that I can add and write about..or maybe travel to! 

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  1. I would love the scenic train ride across Gstaad, have so much heard about the beauty this place holds. Amazing locations you’ve compiled for summer breaks!

  2. Despite the difficulty of pronouncing these places, all of them are breathtaking. It’s nice to have a guide that gears towards the off beaten path for a change.

  3. OMG I always wish to visit Switzerland! And learn the local designs they are proud of. I must save up for this Swiss trip.

  4. You made me nostalgic! I love Switzerland. I spent almost a month in Interlaken and we loved every single day, meeting new people, exploring new places and enjoying chocolates. Loved the pics you shared. 🙂

  5. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! The scenic train rides in Rocher de Naye and Gstaad sounds wonderful. I hope to one day be able to travel abroad and see all these beautiful sites in person!

  6. I’ve yet to visit Switzerland but it looks absolutely beautiful, and is definitely on the list of places to see. I love the log cabins and snowy photos, it makes the country look very cosy 🙂

  7. I think that a trip to Switzerland would be so amazing. Your pictures of the Swiss Alps are breathtaking. And all of those angelic little villages would be great to visit.

  8. I have been only in Basel, when it comes to Switzerland but I haven`t had the chance to visit any of these breathtaking places so far.

  9. Well, I could stare at your pictures for hours. They’re gorgeous! We’ve been waiting for our kids to get just a few years older before we make our way to Europe…but seeing pics like these make me want to just go now!!

  10. Oh wow, you have really sold these different sites in Switzerland. I think i’d head to the Swiss alps – Harder Kulm. Breath-taking.

  11. Your post reminded me of how beautiful Switzerland is. It’s such a beautiful country especially the alpine regions. I actually went to a town in Tasmania called Grindelwald, where the founder fell in love with Grindelwald in Switzerland so much that he decided to build a Swiss town in Tasmania called Grindelwald! Amazing ya~?

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  12. I must say that I never even considered Switzerland until now. Thank you for the pictures and inspiration, what a beautiful place.

  13. Switzerland has been on our list for this year 🙂 Perfect timing for this post. And I love how you have chosen to share beautiful offbeat places, we love photographing such cute little towns.

  14. Switzerland just might be the most beautiful country! Thanks for giving me even more ideas for places to visit. I’d better start saving now!

  15. I loved Switzerland when I went to Zurich and Lucerne. Thanks for this list of other destinations. They all look great. Can’t wait to go back!

  16. Sometimes it breaks my heart to see these gorgeous countries that are so far away. I can’t wait until I’m rich so I can travel the world and see first-hand places like this 🙂

  17. I went to Switzerland a couple of years back during winters. I’ll keep this post of yours in mind when and if I get a chance to visit the beautiful country again in summers. x

  18. I can’t believe all these photos are Switzerland in the summer, my sister went a few years ago and said that it was a highlight of her European trip. I can’t wait to go myself one day.

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