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Historic Sites in Switzerland

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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 Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

Historical sites in Switzerland : Site Index

  • Augusta Raurica Augusta Raurica
    Augusta Raurica is an ancient Roman archaeological site near Basel in Switzerland.
    Photo by a-zehn-fr (cc)

  • Aventicum Aventicum
    Aventicum is an impressive ancient Roman site in Switzerland which was the thriving capital of the Helvetians.
    Photo by T.M.O.F. (cc)

  • Bex Salt Mines Bex Salt Mines
    The Bex Salt Mines are a living museum of the salt mining industry which has operated here since the 17th century.
    Photo by delaere (cc)

  • Chateau de Chillon 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 Prangins 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.
    Photo by Dirty S (cc)

  • Einsiedeln Abbey Einsiedeln Abbey
    Einsiedeln Abbey is a picturesque Baroque style Benedictine monastery with an illustrious history dating to the 9th century AD.
    Photo by Stephi 2006 (cc)

  • Fort Vallorbe 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.

  • Fraumunster Fraumunster
    Fraumunster is a medieval church and one of the most famous in Zurich, renowned for its stained glass windows.
    Photo by Al Ianni (cc)

  • Geneva Museum of Art and History 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.
    Photo by davehighbury (cc)

  • Geneva Museum of Ethnography - Carl-Vogt 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.

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

  • Grossmunster Grossmunster
    Grossmunster is a famous medieval church in Zurich with a history dating to Charlemagne.
    Photo by roger4336 (cc)

  • Gruyeres Castle Gruyeres Castle
    Gruyeres Castle is a picturesque medieval castle which was the seat of nobility for centuries.
    Photo by Olivier Bruchez (cc)

  • International Museum of the Reformation 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.

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

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

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

  • St Peter’s Cathedral - Geneva 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.

  • The Barbier-Muller Museum 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 Reformation Monument The Reformation Monument
    The Reformation Monument in Geneva is a tribute to the 16th century Protestant Reformation in Switzerland.

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

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