Historic Sites in Switzerland

If you’re looking to discover historic sites in Switzerland and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of Historic Sites in Switzerland and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the historic sites of Switzerland you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other historical sites or ruins in Switzerland you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

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Augusta Raurica

Augusta Raurica is an ancient Roman archaeological site near Basel in Switzerland.

Augusta Raurica is a well-preserved Ancient Roman site near Basel in Switzerland. Founded in 15 BC, Augusta Raurica grew into a thriving colonia by the mid-first century with a population of over 20,000 people. Amongst its sites, Augusta Raurica has a fifty-row theatre, the remains of several public and private buildings... Read More

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Aventicum

Aventicum is an impressive ancient Roman site in Switzerland which was the thriving capital of the Helvetians.

Aventicum is an impressive ancient Roman site in Switzerland which was the thriving capital of the Helvetians. It is unclear as to exactly when Aventicum was founded, but it reached its peak between the 1st century BC and 5th century AD, during its time as capital of the region... Read More

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Bex Salt Mines

The Bex Salt Mines are a living museum of the salt mining industry which has operated here since the 17th century.

The Bex Salt Mines (Mines de Sel Bex) are a living museum of the salt mining industry which has operated here since the 17th century up until present day. Visitors to the Bex Salt Mines can discover the story of this site, from the time salt was first discovered... Read More

Chateau de Chillon

Castle Chillon is a beautiful fort using Lake Geneva and a moat created between a small island and the mainland for defense.

Chateau de Chillon, also called Castle Chillon, is a beautiful fort which uses both Lake Geneva and a moat created between a small island and the mainland for defense. First mentioned between 1160 or 1005 AD, it is along the shoreline of Lake Geneva near Veytaux. Through the centuries it has... Read More

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Chateau de Prangins

Chateau de Prangins is an 18th century French style castle and home to one of the branches of the Swiss National Museum.

Chateau de Prangins (Prangins Castle) is an 18th century French style castle and home to one of the branches of the Swiss National Museum. Dating back to the 1730s, Chateau de Prangins was home to great figures ranging from barons to Joseph Bonaparte and Voltaire before becoming a school.... Read More

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Einsiedeln Abbey

Einsiedeln Abbey is a picturesque Baroque style Benedictine monastery with an illustrious history dating to the 9th century AD.

Einsiedeln Abbey (Kloster Einsiedeln) is a picturesque Baroque style Benedictine monastery with an illustrious history dating to the 9th century AD. Founded in 835AD by a monk called Meinrad - later murdered by robbers - Einsiedeln Abbey flourished into a cultural hub and a great pilgrimage site. Its chapel... Read More

Fort Vallorbe

Fort Vallorbe was a World War II artillery fort which had great strategic importance defending the Col de Jougne Pass as well as the Swiss-French border.

Fort Vallorbe was a World War II artillery fort which had great strategic importance defending the Col de Jougne Pass as well as the Swiss-French border. Construction of Fort Vallorbe, also known as Fortress Vallorbe and the Pre-Giroud Military Fort, began in 1937 and was completed in 1941. Above... Read More

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Fraumunster

Fraumunster is a medieval church and one of the most famous in Zurich, renowned for its stained glass windows.

Fraumunster (Church of Our Lady) is one of the most famous churches in Zurich. First built by King Louis the German in 853AD, most of the current site dates from the mid-13th century, when the Abbess Judenta Hagenbuch undertook renovations of Fraumunster. Fraumunster is now famous for several aspects,... Read More

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Geneva Museum of Art and History

The Geneva Museum of Art and History is Switzerland’s largest such museum and home to a world renowned collection.

The Geneva Museum of Art and History (Musee d’art et d’histoire) is Switzerland’s largest such museum and home to a world renowned collection. From contemporary works right back to those of antiquity and prehistoric times, the Geneva Museum of Art and History displays some 7,000 exhibits including artefacts and items... Read More

Geneva Museum of Ethnography - Carl-Vogt

The Geneva Museum of Ethnography in Boulevard Carl-Vogt exhibits historic items from around the world and a range of civilisations.

The Geneva Museum of Ethnography in Boulevard Carl-Vogt exhibits historic items from around the world and a range of civilisations.... Read More

Geneva Museum of Ethnography - Conches

The Geneva Museum of Ethnography in Conches displays historic pieces from all five continents and an array of civilisations.

The Geneva Museum of Ethnography (Musee d'Ethnographie de Geneve) in Conches displays historic pieces from all five continents and an array of civilisations. With some 80,000 items from Africa, America, Asia, the Pacific and Europe, the Geneva Museum of Ethnography offers a fascinating insight into historic cultures from around the... Read More

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Grossmunster

Grossmunster is a famous medieval church in Zurich with a history dating to Charlemagne.

Grossmunster (Great Minster) is a famous medieval church in Zurich with a history dating to Charlemagne. Indeed, it is said that this Frankish king built the first incarnation of Grossmunster on the site where he found the graves of the city’s patrons, Felix and Regula. However, the Romanesque style version... Read More

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Gruyeres Castle

Gruyeres Castle is a picturesque medieval castle which was the seat of nobility for centuries.

Gruyeres Castle (Chateau de Gruyeres) is a picturesque medieval castle which was the seat of nobility for centuries. Indeed, built in the 13th century, Gruyeres Castle was called home by some nineteen of the counts of Gruyeres, a tradition only ended in the 16th century upon the bankruptcy of the... Read More

International Museum of the Reformation

The International Museum of the Reformation in Geneva presents the story of the Protestant Reformation which occurred in Switzerland in the 16th century.

The International Museum of the Reformation (Musee International de la Reforme) in Geneva presents the story of the Protestant Reformation which occurred in Switzerland in the 16th century. Spread over some twelve rooms, the International Museum of the Reformation looks at this important event and the history of Protestantism... Read More

National Museum Zurich

The National Museum Zurich displays some one million exhibits relating to Swiss history and culture.

The National Museum Zurich (Landesmuseum Zurich) displays some one million exhibits relating to Swiss history and culture. From ancient artefacts to medieval costume and modern furniture, the National Museum Zurich covers a diverse range of subjects and periods, from the prehistoric to present day. Amongst other things at the... Read More

Palais des Nations

The Palais des Nations in Geneva has been the official European headquarters of the United Nations since 1966.

The Palais des Nations (Palace of Nations) in Geneva has been the official European headquarters of the United Nations since 1966 - second in importance only to New York. Prior to this, the Palais des Nations, which is a 1930s built complex, was originally home to the League of Nations,... Read More

Peterskirche - Zurich

Peterskirche in Zurich is a medieval site famed for having Europe’s largest clock face.

Peterskirche in Zurich (St. Peter’s Church) is a medieval church famed for having Europe’s largest clock face. Whilst a church has stood on the site of Peterskirche in Zurich since the 9th century, the church itself has undergone several transformations and mostly dates from the 13th century. Amongst its... Read More

St Peter’s Cathedral - Geneva

St Peter’s Cathedral is a famed cathedral in Geneva dating back to the 12th century with an adjoining archaeological site.

St. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Pierre) is a famed cathedral in Geneva dating back to the 12th century. Originally begun sometime around 1160 and completed in 1260, St. Peter’s Cathedral would undergo several incarnations. In particular, whilst the original builders of St. Peter’s Cathedral adorned it with ornate and lavish... Read More

The Barbier-Muller Museum

The Barbier-Muller Museum is a famous art museum in Geneva with an impressive collection of historic pieces from civilizations around the globe.

The Barbier-Muller Museum (Musee Barbier-Mueller) is a famous art museum in Geneva with an impressive collection of historic pieces from civilizations around the globe. In fact, from Africa to Oceania, Indonesia to America, the Barbier-Muller Museum has some 7,000 pieces representing the works of peoples from a variety of places... Read More

The Reformation Monument

The Reformation Monument in Geneva is a tribute to the 16th century Protestant Reformation in Switzerland.

The Reformation Monument (Monument de la Reformation) in Geneva is a tribute to the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland which occurred in the 16th century. It was in 1909, on the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jean Calvin, that construction of the Reformation Monument began, with its location adjacent to... Read More

The Rietberg Museum

The Rietberg Museum in Zurich displays a world renowned collection of art from America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

The Rietberg Museum (Museum Rietberg) displays a world renowned collection of art from non-European cultures including from America, Africa, Asia and Oceania and is located in Zurich. From early Buddhist sculpture to pre-Columbian ceramics, Indian paintings to those of the Chinese Ming and Qing dynasties, The Rietberg Museum displays... Read More