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Trips to cities near Zermatt

Want to explore a little wider than Zermatt? Well here are some cities you can go by train in about 2 hours from Zermatt to explore the beautiful cities, the scenery, or shop!


Montreux is apporximately 2 hours and 40 minutes by train from Zermatt and it is the place where it crosses the border between German and French-speaking Switzerland and takes you to the shores of Lake Geneva. You can enjoy the mid climate and the beautiful terraced vineyards of Lavaux that are part of the UNESCO world heritage. While you’re in Montreux, you might want to consider visiting one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Switzerland, the Chateau de Chillon. This castle was built in the 13th century in a unique setting on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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Bern is Switzerland’s captivating capital and it is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes by train from Zermatt. Founded in 1191, this is a city of medieval magic and listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Attractions of Bern include several historic sites such as the famous Clock Tower, the bearpits, the House of Parliament, the Paul Kee Center, the Swiss Alpine Museum, and excellent shopping arcades.

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Thun is the gateway to the Bernese Alps and is apporximately 1 hour and 50 minutes by train from Zermatt. Thun is one of the most original towns in Switzerland. It occupies an admirable site with magnificent views of the Bernese Alps and is much overlooked by visitors pressing on to Interlaken. With its picturesque castle, the quaint medieval Old Town, and Lake Thun which is one of the loveliest and largest lakes in Switzerland, Thun is worth a visit.

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Interlaken is the Heart of the Swiss Alps and is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes by train from Zermatt. Interlaken is a small town between the crystal clear lakes of Thun and Brienz. It is surrounded by Alpine pearls such as sparkling streams, fantastic falls and extraordinary mountain scenery including the famous peaks of the Eiger, the Moench and the Jugfrau. You can stroll along Interlaken’s famous “Hoheweg” promenade which is one of the best locations in Switzerland for souvenirs, watches, and offers absolutely beautiful veiws of the Jungfrau mountain range. If you have time you might consider visiting other sights of the Jungrau region.

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