📂 The 25 Best Attractions by Category of Western Switzerland in 2020
📂 The 25 Best Activities by Category in French-Speaking Switzerland
- 1 Historical Buildings
- 2 Modern Buildings
- 3 Natural Curiosities
- 4 Entertainment
- 5 Museums
- 6 Special trains
- 7 Questions
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.
🔗 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 drone video of Chillon Castle.
⛪ Religious buildings
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.
A drone video of Notre-Dame de Lausanne Cathedral.
🔗 Bisse of Savièse VS
The bisse of Savièse or bisse of Torrent-Neuf is a magnificent walk along an old canalization which was used to convey water. Four suspended footbridges make it possible to observe at best the bisse which progressed along cliffs.
A drone video on the Savièse bisse.
🔗 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.
A video about the visit of the Bex salt mines.
⚙️ Old Mills
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.
A video on the discovery of the underground mills at Col-des-Roches.
🔗 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.
A drone video of the Grande Dixence dam.
⚔️ 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.
A video documentary on the fort of Pré-Giroud.
🗼 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.
A drone video from the Sauvabelin tower.
🌉 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.
A video of the crossing of the Niouc footbridge.
🔗 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.
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.
A video of the walk along the gorges of the Durnand.
🔗 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.
A video on the caves of Vallorbe.
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…
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.
A drone video on the Creux du Van.
🔗 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.
A video on the adventure park of Signal of Bougy.
🧗♂️ Climbing rooms
🔗 Villeneuve climbing room – VD
The climbing room of Villeneuve is the most impressive in French-speaking Switzerland. Inside the Rocville shopping centre, it is the largest climbing gym with 4000 m2 of climbing surface.
💧 Therml baths
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.
Une vidéo promotionnelle des bains de Saillon.
🛷 Winter sledding
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.
A video of the descent of the Tzoumaz sledge run.
🛷 Sommer sledding
🔗 Glacier 3000 VD
The Glacier 3000 summer toboggan run is the most impressive in French-speaking Switzerland. It is located at the top of the Les Diablerets cable car.
A video about Glacier 3000
🤸 Trampoline Parks
🔗 Jumpark Yverdon – VD
The Jumpark trampoline park in Yverdon is the best in French-speaking or Western Switzerland, closely followed by Jumpland in Aigle. It offers about forty trampolines on almost 800 m².
A video on the Jumpark trampolines.
🎢 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.
A video about the Happyland amusement park.
🔗 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.
A video about the visit to the Servion zoo.
🧒 Playful attractions
🔗 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 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.
A video on the Geneva Natural History Museum.
🚂 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.
A video about the train ride from Montreux to the Rochers de Naye.
🔗 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.
🚂 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.
A video about the little train of Lavaux Express Cully.
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