Mild summer evenings, a gentle breeze cooling your sun-drenched skin. While watching a golden sunset, we can reflect on our day and start making plans for our next summer adventure.
The ten most stunning sunsets in Switzerland that you can get to by public transport.
Taking an excursion up Mount Rigi is the perfect way to escape the summer heat in the lowlands. Leaving from Vitznau, the idyllic hiking trail leads you through Rigi Kaltbad and Rigi First up to the 1,798-metre Rigi Kulm. Take the Mount Rigi railway to make your way back down. If you happen to head for home at just the right time, you might be rewarded with a colourful dusk across Lake Lucerne.
2. Rose Garden, Bern.
A stroll through the lower part of the old town and a visit to the Kunstmuseum, topped off with a refreshing “Aareschwumm” swim and a delicious ice cream in the Gelateria di Berna: how could your summer visit to Bern get any better? With a picnic in the Rose Garden, watching the sunset with a sensational view across the city.
3. Montreux/Rochers de Naye.
The cog railway travels all the way up to the summit of the Rochers de Naye. Once you reach the top, in fine weather you’re greeted with an expansive view across Lake Geneva, the Swiss Alps and even Mont Blanc. Give your tired legs a rest after the hike by taking the 55-minute journey on the cog railway back to Montreux and make sure you don’t miss out on the sunset across the lake.
Boat trips, swimming, barbecues, a visit to the St Beatus Caves and hiking: there’s plenty to discover around Lake Thun. The best way to bring your eventful day to a close is with the sun on your face and a local beer in hand at Pier 17, right next to Oberhofen Castle.
High above Lake Lugano with a view across the city and the San Salvatore mountain, there’s a Mediterranean feel to these particularly impressive sunsets. You can ascend Monte Brè via the “Funicolare” funicular. The best way to pass the time until the golden hour is by taking a leisurely stroll or enjoying some delicious Aperoplättli (a selection of snacks) at Restaurant Vetta. And there’s no need for you to walk home in the dark – in July and August the funicular runs until 11.05 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Stockhorn mountain is always worth a visit during the day. But now that summer has arrived, you can even enjoy the view over a romantic dinner at sunset or take a moonlit stroll and see the sunset on the Stockhorn.
You’re sure to keep cool on one of Switzerland’s most beautiful hikes: the five lake hike on the Pizol. If you want to stop off in Lachen on your way back home, with a bit of luck you might see the red fireball slowly melting away into Lake Zurich.
8. Creux du Van.
E-bikes are a particularly good way to discover the Val de Travers along the Areuse river. On the way, why not stop off at the asphalt mines in La Presta, Travers, and visit the Absinthe House in Môtiers? Ascend the Creux du Van just before the sun sets to round off your excursion and be rewarded with a breathtaking view in good weather.
Take a look at the best Swiss press images of the year at the Swiss National Museum, stroll through the Bahnhofstrasse, enjoy an ice cream by the lake and later on delight in the pink sky above Zurich on the Uetliberg mountain.
10. Mythen mountains.
Experience both Mythen summits up close on the two-hour Mythen circular trail. But those who climb higher up the Grosser Mythen will really be rewarded. After a quick pitstop to recharge your batteries in the restaurant, you might see a stunning sunset over the mountains if you’re lucky. And if you don’t fancy walking back, why not stay overnight at the foot of the summit at the Skihaus Holzegg?
Where’s your favourite place to watch the sunset? We look forward to receiving your tips in the comments.