📂 The 25 Best Activities by Category in French-Speaking Switzerland

The Torpille team lists below the best activities by category in French-speaking Switzerland in order to quickly choose the attraction that suits your choices. You can view all categories using the summary above.

Historical Buildings


🏰 Castles


🔗 Chillon castle Veytaux- VD

Chillon Castle is by far the most beautiful castle in French-speaking Switzerland. Built on an island a few metres from the shore, it has been under the control of Savoy since the 12th century, then Bern since 1536 and finally, since the beginning of the 19th century, the property of the new canton of Vaud.

An signposted route allows you to discover the many buildings of the castle such as the chapel, the keep or the ramparts. It is a visit to be made without hesitation.

A boat sails next to the castle of Chillon.
A boat sails next to the castle of Chillon.

A drone video of Chillon Castle.

The castles of French-speaking Switzerland

⛪ Religious buildings


🔗 Cathedral of Lausanne VD

Lausanne Cathedral is the most beautiful religious building in French-speaking Switzerland. Remarkably elegant, it is built on the hill of the City. The visitor will not miss climbing to the top of the belfry, the square tower supporting the bells and from which one can enjoy a pretty view of the Lake Geneva region and the Alps.

Lausanne Cathedral from the Bessière Bridge.
Lausanne Cathedral from the Bessière Bridge.

A drone video of Notre-Dame de Lausanne Cathedral.

Religious buildings in French-speaking Switzerland

⛏️ Mines


🔗 Salt Mines of Bex VD

The mines of Bex are the most beautiful mines in French-speaking Switzerland. Discovered in the 16th century, these are the only mines still in operation in French-speaking Switzerland. The visitor follows with a guide a tour through a few rooms dug by the miners and discovers the different ways of extracting salt over time. The visit begins and ends with a trip in a former small train used by miners.

The locomotive of the small train used to transport visitors to the bottom of the salt mines.
The locomotive of the small train used to transport visitors to the bottom of the salt mines.

A video about the visit of the Bex salt mines.

Caves of French-speaking Switzerland

Autres bâtiments historiques


🔗 The underground mills of Col-des-Roches NE

The underground mills of Col-des-Roches at Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel are mills that used groundwater in a way that is unique in Europe. Abandoned and used as a landfill in the 20th century, they are now restored and opened to visitors.

Walkways allowing to observe a reconstructed mill at the underground mills of Col-des-Roches.
Walkways allowing to observe a reconstructed mill at the underground mills of Col-des-Roches.

A video on the discovery of the underground mills at Col-des-Roches.

Caves of French-speaking Switzerland

Modern Buildings


🏗️ Dams


🔗 Grande Dixence Dam Hérémance – VS

The Grande Dixence dam is the largest dam in Switzerland. Almost 300 metres high, this is a structure not to be missed in French-speaking Switzerland.

The guided tour allows you to explore the inside of the dam and discover its history, while a small cable car takes you to the top of the dam and offers a view of the dam’s reservoir, Lake Dix.

The impressive Grande Dixence dam, it is the highest weight dam in the world.
The impressive Grande Dixence dam, it is the highest weight dam in the world.

A drone video of the Grande Dixence dam.

Dams of French-speaking Switzerland

⚔️ Military Forts


🔗 Pré-Giroud Fort Vallorbe – VD

Abandoned at the end of the 20th century for tactical reasons, the military forts in French-speaking Switzerland are now open to visits by the largest of them.

Fort Pré-Giroud is the best preserved of all the military forts open to visitors without reservation. It is a large underground structure composed of many rooms such as quarters or technical rooms connected by tunnels to casemates in which there is a machine gun or artillery gun.

The visit is done with enthusiastic guides and lasts about 2 hours in an environment left as it was when the troop left in the 1990s. It is thus possible to discover the lives of the soldiers and observe the weapons used to defend the fort.

The entrance to the fort of Pré-Giroud masked as a chalet. At the time of the war, the red and white cross did not exist.
The entrance to the fort of Pré-Giroud masked as a chalet. At the time of the war, the red and white cross did not exist.

A video documentary on the fort of Pré-Giroud.

Miltars forts of French-speaking Switzerland
Caves of French-speaking Switzerland

🗼 Modern Towers


🔗 Sauvabelin Tower Lausanne – VD

The Sauvabelin Park Tower is a magnificent observation tower on the heights of Lausanne. Built of wood with a pretty spiral staircase, it allows you to pass the tops of the forest trees and enjoy a pretty view of the Lake Geneva basin and the Alps. The tower is located within Sauvabelin Park, which also has a beautiful lake and a mini-Zoo for children.

The tower of Sauvabelin Park. The summit is accessible by 150 steps.
The tower of Sauvabelin Park. The summit is accessible by 150 steps.

A drone video from the Sauvabelin tower.

Watchtower in French-speaking Switzerland

🌉 Hanging Bridges


🔗 Niouc hanging bridge Anniviers – VS

The Niouc footbridge in the Val d’Anniviers above Sierre is the most impressive suspension bridge in French-speaking Switzerland. The bridge is associated with bungee jumping activities.

Niouc footbridge sometimes also called the spider bridge.
niouc suspension bridge anniviers

A video of the crossing of the Niouc footbridge.

Hanging bridges in French-speaking Switzerland

Natural Curiosities


⛰️ Gorges


🔗 Gorges of Trient Vernayaz – VS

The Trient gorges are the deepest in French-speaking Switzerland. The visitor follows a twenty-minute walkway on footbridges at the foot of the river with vertical walls nearly 200 metres high. The entrance fee is charged through the flower shop by the roadside.

The footbridges along the Trient gorges.
The footbridges along the Trient gorges.

A video on the Trient gorges.

🔗 Gorges of Durnand Bovernier – VS

The route along the Durnand Gorge follows the riverbed to enjoy magnificent glacial pots and waterfalls. The way back down is through a pine forest. The entrance fee is located next to the gorges restaurant from which tickets are purchased.

The ascent along the Durnand gorges.
The ascent along the Durnand gorges.

A video of the walk along the gorges of the Durnand.

Gorges of French-speaking Switzerland

🕸️ Caves


🔗 Caves of Vallorbe VD

The caves of Vallorbe are the largest in Switzerland. Visitors can admire the sculptures and cavities shaped by the action of water on the limestone of the Jura. The highest room called the cathedral is 30 meters high. At the end of the visit, an exhibition presents minerals from all over the world.

Sculptures created by the flow of water and limestone.
Sculptures created by the flow of water and limestone. caves of vallorbe

A video on the caves of Vallorbe.

Caves of French-speaking Switzerland

🏊 Lakes


🔗 Saint-Léonard Underground Lake VS

Among the particular lakes of French-speaking Switzerland, the Saint-Léonard underground lake is the most interesting. It was created following the earthquake in the middle of the 20th century that lowered the water level that filled the cave.

The visitor can explore the lake, which is the largest navigable underground lake in Europe, with a large boat of about twenty people led by a guide who explains the history of the cave and its geological features…

The silent cave of the underground lake of Saint-Léonard.
The silent cave of the underground lake of Saint-Léonard.

A video on Lake Saint-Léonard.

Other natural attractions


🔗 Creux du Van Rock Cirque La Grande-Béroche – NE

The Creux du Van Rock Cirque is a magnificent rocky cirque in the canton of Neuchâtel with vertical cliffs 150 metres high. It is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in French-speaking Switzerland. A path is available to walk around the circus inside a protected natural park.

The impressive rocky cirque of  the Creux du Van.
The impressive rocky cirque of Creux du Van.

A drone video on the Creux du Van.

Entertainment


🌳 Accrobranches


🔗 Signal of Bougy Bougy-Villars – VD

The Bougy Signal accrobranche is the largest in French-speaking Switzerland.  It offers 5 courses for children aged 4 to 7, 11 courses for children over 8, 247 workshops and 52 zip lines.

Workshops of the Signal de Bougy accrobranche.
Workshops of the Signal de Bougy accrobranche.

A video on the adventure park of Signal of Bougy.

Accrobranches of French-speaking Switzerland

🧗‍♂️ Climbing rooms


🔗 Vertic-Halle Saxon – VS

The climbing room at Vertic-Halle in the central Valais is the most beautiful of French-speaking Switzerland. It offers track climbing at a height of more than 10 metres, many boulders and a children’s area.

The Vertic-Halle block area.
The Vertic-Halle block area.

A promotional video of Vertic-Halle.

Climbing rooms in French-speaking Switzerland

💧 Baths


🔗 Thermal baths of Saillon VS

The thermal baths of Saillon are the ones that come first in the Torpille’s ranking. They include 1 indoor and 3 outdoor pools as well as a current river and slides in summer.

Le bassin extérieur des bains de Saillon.
bains thermaux de saillon

Une vidéo promotionnelle des bains de Saillon.

Thermal baths in French-speaking Switzerland

🛷 Winter sledding


🔗 Winter sledding at la Tzoumaz VS

The Tzoumaz sled run is by far the most beautiful in French-speaking Switzerland. It is 10 kilometres long, offers a magnificent course of nearly 800 metres of altitude difference and is ideal for children over 7 years old. It is the only track in French-speaking Switzerland that offers, for most of its course, a layout similar to that of a ski slope and not on snow-covered roads.

Sledders on the Tzoumaz toboggan run. It is by far the most beautiful sled run in French-speaking Switzerland.
Sledders on the Tzoumaz toboggan run. It is by far the most beautiful sled run in French-speaking Switzerland.

A video of the descent of the Tzoumaz sledge run.

Winter sled runs in French-speaking Switzerland

🎢 Leisure parks


🔗 Happyland Sierre – VS

Happyland is the only real attraction park in French-speaking Switzerland. It is suitable for children or teenagers up to 12 -14 years old.

The attraction of the logs sliding on the water in Happyland.
The attraction of the logs sliding on the water in Happyland.

A video about the Happyland amusement park.

Leisure parks in French-speaking Switzerland

🐘 Zoos


🔗 Servion zoo  VD

The Servion Zoo is the largest in French-speaking Switzerland. It features headliners of great wild animals such as tigers and lions as well as many other animals from all over the world. It also has a large playground that will please children.

Servion Zoo offers tickets combined with the Servion Tropiquarium.
Servion Zoo offers tickets combined with the Servion Tropiquarium.

A video about the visit to the Servion zoo.

Zoos in French-speaking Switzerland

Other entertainment


🔗 Inventions Space Lausanne – VD

The Inventions Space is the best interactive science park for children in French-speaking Switzerland. Through exhibitions on regularly renewed themes, it allows children to acquire scientific knowledge while having fun. It is located in the lower part of Lausanne, in Vidy.

The concrete roof of the Inventions Space built during the 1964 national exhibition.
The concrete roof of the Inventions Space built during the 1964 national exhibition.

🖼️ Museums


🔗 Natural History Museum of Geneva GE

The Geneva Natural History Museum is the most beautiful all-round museum in French-speaking Switzerland. It offers naturalized animals of regional or global fauna on several floors in very neat settings. It is free of charge with the exception of temporary exhibitions.

The space of the natural history museum dedicated to the great animals of the savannah.
The space of the natural history museum dedicated to the great animals of the savannah.

A video on the Geneva Natural History Museum.

Special trains


🚂 Rack and pinion trains


🔗 Rochers de Naye Train Montreux – VD

The Rochers de Naye train takes visitors from Montreux to the summit of the Rochers de Naye at an altitude of nearly 2000 metres, from which you can enjoy an exceptional view of the Lake Geneva basin and the Alps. The “marmot paradise” and the “Rambertia Alpine Garden” are two activities that can be seen for free on site.

The Rochers de Naye train at the terminus station.
The Rochers de Naye train at the terminus station

A video about the train ride from Montreux to the Rochers de Naye.

🚆 Funiculars


🔗 VerticAlp Finhaut – VS

VerticAlp is a series of 2 funiculars and 1 small train. They connect the Mont-Blanc Express station in Châtelard-Frontière to the Emosson dam. The route of the little train allows you to enjoy a magnificent view of the Mont-Blanc massif. It costs 40 francs for an adult and 20 francs for a child to go back and forth.

The three means of transport of Verticalp.
verticalp
A promotional video on VerticAlp.

Funiculars in French-speaking Switzerland

🚂 Little trains


🔗 Lavaux Express Cully Bourg-en-Lavaux – VD

The Lavaux Express Cully is the little tourist train that offers the most beautiful route in French-speaking Switzerland. It makes a loop from the edge of the lake in Cully to the Dézaley through the steep vineyards of Lavaux, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The little Lavaux Express Cully train stationed at Le Dézaley to allow visitors to admire the landscape.
The little Lavaux Express Cully train stationed at Le Dézaley to allow visitors to admire the landscape.

A video about the little train of Lavaux Express Cully.

Questions


Which of the activities listed above are free of charge ?

  • Natural History Museum of Geneva
  • Sauvabelin Tower

What are the six activities in French-speaking Switzerland that should not be missed under any circumstances ?

  • Grande Dixence dam
  • Chillon castle
  • Creux du Van rock cirque
  • Lavaux Express little train
  • Cathedral of Lausanne
  • Jet d’eau of Geneva