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7 Must-Visit Natural Wonders in Switzerland

Rhine Falls

Originated from an ice age, Rhine falls are the largest plain waterfall in Europe at about 150 meters wide and 23 meters high. In summer, about 700,000 liters of water per second comes crashing down to the edge. The rocks at the center withstand the abrasive power of the water for centuries. The visitors stand on a concrete platform to witness the gusto of the roaring white foam-like water thundering down the valley. You can also opt for a boating voyage to the island located in the center of the falls.

The Matterhorn

You have seen this mountain peak in many calendar photos. The post-card picture-perfect mountain ranks among the top natural wonders in Switzerland. With 4,478 meters of height, it stands as the tallest mountain in the Swiss Alps.

Besides its gigantic size, Matterhorn seems appealing to the tourists because of the crooked peak. The signature pyramidal shape of this mountain provides four faces to the four compass directions. The visitors can see all the four faces of the mountain along with the glaciers that have disposed of at the pedestal of each peak.

Oeschinensee

This horseshoe-shaped lake settled above Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. With the deep turquoise blue water and the shimmering effect, it works like a mirror from the top view.

The lake may be very small covering only 1 square kilometer, but it looks majestic with the steep peaks rising above its surrounding sides. From Kandersteg, the visitors can reach this dramatically beautiful lake within 20minutes by a gondola lift.

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Surrounded by the humongous vertical rocky cliffs and towering snow-covered mountain peaks, Lauterbrunnen valley is a homeland of 72 waterfalls. Here, the highest free-falling waterfall in Europe, Staubbach Falls, rushes down from almost 300 meters of height from an overhanging mountain.

This beautiful glacial valley is about 1 kilometer wide and 3 kilometers deep with distinctive U-shape and flat valley bottom. It is one of the most majestic and idyllic valleys decorated with colourful alpine meadows.

Eiger

Eiger has overshadowed its two neighbours Jungfrau, Monch for its severe North face. It is technically tough to climb than the two mentioned taller mountains. Many expert mountain climbers have lost their lives while few of them have reached the 3,970-meter summit. It is one of the most famous mountains in Europe.

In German, 'Mord' means 'murder'. So, the Swiss call this perilous North-facing mountain 'Mordwand' or 'Death Wall'.

Lake Lucerne

Though you will find more than 1,500 lakes within this small nation, Lake Lucerne offers panoramic views of Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi.

The tourists explore the beauty of the surrounding of this lake by boat ride or paddle steamer. It is popular as ' lake of the Four Forested Elements' in German because of its width that reaches four valleys. The visitors can capture the stunning views of the mountain cliffs immersing down the magical clear, blue water.

Aletsch Glacier

The popular Aletsch glacier rests in the eastern Bernese Alps in Switzerland. It is a jaw-dropping remnant of the last ice age which has carved out the Swiss Alps.

It is the largest glacier in the Alps as well as in Europe. With 23 kilometers of length and 120 kilometers of width, the great Aletsch glacier is comprised of 27-28 billion tons of ice. The visitors can catch a gorgeous view of this glacier by a cable car.

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