5 Countries Near Switzerland to Visit (By Train or Car)



Wondering which countries are near Switzerland by train or car? I’ve got you covered!

Switzerland is renowned for its stunning landscapes and picturesque villages, but there are also many other countries nearby that make amazing destinations.

Colmar in Italy a country near Switzerland to visit by train or car

With easy access by train or car, you can explore a variety of cultures and experiences without having to fly to each destination.

Our family had the privilege of visiting Switzerland, Italy, France, and Austria on a road trip with our kids.

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We found that each country offered something unique and we highly recommend some stops at the neighboring countries whilst visiting Switzerland.

The 5 countries near Switzerland to visit are France, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Lichtenstein – there’s never a dull moment when exploring nearby countries by train or car from Switzerland!

5 Countries Near Switzerland to Visit By Train or Car

Annecy in France

Our curated list presents 5 countries near Switzerland by train or car.

Plus, we provide clear instructions on which town or city in Switzerland to leave from.

Before we jump into them, it might be helpful to outline some countries you can visit easily from various cities in Switzerland.

  • Countries near Geneva Switzerland: France
  • Countries near Zurich Switzerland: Lichtenstein, France, Germany
  • Countries near Basel Switzerland: France, Germany
  • Countries near Lugano Switzerland: Italy
  • Countries near St. Gallen Switzerland: Austria

So let’s jump in and look more specifically at which cities or towns in each of these countries are closest to Switzerland – and how to reach them.

1. France (Closest from Geneva, Basel and Zurich)

France is a country near Switzerland that is easy to visit from either Geneva or Basel by either car or train.

Here are some of our favorite destinations in France that you can easily visit from Switzerland.

  • From Geneva: Yvoire, Annecy, Chamonix, Chambery, Lyon, Paris
  • From Basel: Colmar

a)  Geneva to Yvoire

Yvoire in Italy near Switzerland

It is easy to reach Yvoire via car, ferry, or train.

How to Reach Yvoire From Geneva
  • By Car: The drive from Geneva is quick and easy. It only takes around 45 min. Rent a car in Geneva through DiscoverCars.
  • By Ferry: Alternatively, you also have the option of catching a ferry from Geneva to Yvoire. It takes around 1h 20m.
  • By Train: There are no direct trains from Geneva to Yvoire. You will have to change trains in Nyon. The journey takes around 55 minutes. Grab your tickets here.
Why You Should Visit Yvoire
Countries near Switzerland- Italy, Yvoire

Yvoire, France is a stunning historical town nestled between the mountains of the French Alps and the beautiful Lake Geneva, just a stone’s throw away from Switzerland.

Whether you’re taking a day trip from Switzerland or planning a longer stay, Yvoire is an ideal destination for travelers looking to experience France in all its glory.

Take a step back in time and explore the medieval streets and towers of this beautiful village.

For an unforgettable experience, take a leisurely boat ride along the lake, admiring the views from the boat deck as you relax in style.

If you’re looking for a more active outing, Yvoire offers many hiking trails that are ideal for getting out into nature.

Yvoire is all about slowing down, about strolling through streets or along the lake and just taking in the beauty of it all. It’s a great place to visit for the day.

I recommend you visit Yvoire on a day trip, rather than staying there for a few nights.

b) Geneva to Annecy

Palais de I Isle Annecy France

It is easy to reach Annecy via car or train, or to make it really easy you can also book a tour.

How to Reach Annecy From Geneva
Why You Should Visit Annecy
Lac d Annecy

If you’re looking to escape Geneva for a weekend and explore some of France’s beauty, Annecy is the perfect destination.

Just 45+ minutes away by car or 1 hour 30 minutes by train (or book this half-day tour to Annecy), this quaint town is full of picturesque canals and colorful buildings that make it feel like a fairytale.

We took our one-year-old there for 3 days and had an absolute blast!

The old-town area was particularly special; as we strolled through the winding streets, we were surrounded by flowers and cobblestones.

Things to do in Annecy Old Town

From the lake to the bridges to the chalets, every corner held something new to explore.

There are also some amazing day trips to include from Annecy as well. We especially love the Gorge du Fier one. Read more about what you can do in Annecy here.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or just want to experience charming French villages, Annecy is an unforgettable place to visit.

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

If you wish to only visit the town itself, you could easily do this on a day trip or spend a night so you can enjoy the morning vibe.

However, I recommend you stay for at least 2-3 nights so that you can include some of the day trips.

For the best hotel close to the Old Town, we suggest you stay at Le Splendid Hotel Lac D’Annecy – Handwritten Collection.

Le Splendid Hotel Lac D'Annecy

Hotel Le Splendid is an ideal destination for couples looking to explore the beauty of Annecy, France.

With stunning lake views, delicious cuisine nearby, and cozy rooms to relax in after a day of exploring, your stay will be unforgettable!

c) Geneva to Chamonix and Mont Blanc

Chamonix in France

Chamonix can be easily reached by taking a tour, driving, hopping on a bus, or catching a train.

How to Reach Chamonix From Geneva
  • Via a Tour: Take a scenic day tour from Geneva to the charming Chamonix resort, at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc. Marvel at the view atop Aiguille du Midi’s cable car ride! Book this tour from Geneva.
  • By Car: We chose to drive to Chamonix from Geneva. The drive took around 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can rent a car for an affordable price from DiscoverCars.
  • By Bus: You can book a direct bus transfer to Chamonix. It only takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Book your bus tickets here.
  • By Train: No direct trains from Chamonix Mont Blanc to Geneva. A minimum of 2 changes is required, taking about 2 hours 40 mins by train. Grab tickets here.
Why You Should Visit Chamonix and Mont Blanc
Mont blanc in chamonix

Chamonix and Mont Blanc are situated in the breathtakingly beautiful French Alps, making them a must-visit destination for travelers.

Hiking and climbing promise stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks, while winter sports offer a thrilling time on the slopes!

Even if you don’t want to ski there are so many unique and incredible things to do such as taking the Mont Blanc Tramway to see stunning Alpine scenery.

Or perhaps hop on the Montenvers railway to see the Mer de Glace glacier at Montenvers, or ride the cable car to Aiguille du Midi for panoramic views.

Aiguille du Midi, mont blanc chamonix France

Exploring the town of Chamonix was a treat for the senses. The cobbled streets were alive with activity, full of bustling bars and cafes, and it was easy to get lost in all the winding alleyways.

We had some delicious food while we were there; local favorites like fondue, tartiflette, and raclette all made for a truly memorable meal.

The backdrop of the dramatic mountains created a stunning view wherever you looked.

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

To truly appreciate all that Chamonix has to offer, we highly recommend spending a week in this enchanting place.

However, if you’re pressed for time, a minimum of three nights is recommended.

For a special treat, we recommend you stay at the luxurious Heliopic Hotel & Spa.

Heliopic Hotel & Spa

From the cozy spa and ice cave to the indoor swimming pool and Two Hammams and sauna, you can find solace and relaxation at Helipic Hotel & Spa.

In addition to its amenities, Helipic Hotel & Spa also offers direct access to the L’Aiguille du Midi Cable Car and an on-site shop where guests can buy ski passes and rent ski equipment.

Helipic Hotel & Spa has every traveler covered; whether you seek relaxation or adventure, find your perfect stay here.

d) Geneva to Chambery

Chambery France - Places near Switzerland

Chambery is conveniently accessible by both car and train, providing visitors with multiple options for transportation.

How to Reach Chambery From Geneva

By Car: The drive from Geneva to Chambery will take roughly an hour and ten minutes. You can rent a car for an affordable price from DiscoverCars.

By Train: A direct train will get you there in just 1 hour and 20 minutes. Grab tickets here.

Why You Should Visit Chambery
Chambery France

Chambery offers a unique experience for travelers wanting to explore another country while vacationing in Switzerland.

Situated in the Savoie region of France, Chambery is an easy day trip from Geneva and offers both historical sites as well as stunning vistas of the surrounding alpine landscape.

Panorama of Alps and Chambery city ,France

For starters, the city center is home to numerous monuments and museums filled with art and artifacts that evoke its long-storied past, including the iconic Dukes’ Castle.

With its cobblestone streets and rows of centuries-old buildings, Chambery also offers travelers the perfect base to explore other destinations in the French Alps such as Chamonix or Annecy.

The drive from Geneva to Chambery is just as rewarding! Just outside of town lies breathtaking natural sights like Lac du Bourget and Le Grand Arc.

Personally, I prefer Annecy over Chambery, however, if you have been to Annecy before and would like to go somewhere different, Chambery is a great option.

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

Chambery is a great base for day trips to nearby gems like Annecy, Chamonix, and even Lyon. With so much to see, it’s worth staying 2-4 nights.

I recommend you base yourself at the luxurious 4-star Château de Candie.

Château de Candie in chambery france

Château de Candie has all the elements that make for a perfect getaway. Nestled in the foothills of Chambery, this historic 14th-century château is an idyllic escape.

Spend your days lazing outdoors at the swimming pool with its shaded terrace, and enjoy a delicious generous breakfast every morning.

Choose from beautiful rooms for couples or families of up to 6, where everyone can relax in privacy after exploring the area.

With its history and charms, Château de Candie offers an unforgettable escape for every traveler!

e) Geneva to Lyon

City of Lyon in daytime, France

Lyon is conveniently accessible by both car and train.

How to Reach Lyon From Geneva

By Car: The drive from Geneva to Lyon will take around 2 hours. You can rent a car for an affordable price from DiscoverCars.

By Train: A direct train will get you there in around 2 hours from Geneva. Grab tickets here.

Why You Should Visit Lyon
Lyon, Aerial view of Notre Dame de Fourviere Basilica

Lyon is a beautiful city full of unique experiences that will take you to the heart of French culture and history.

From touring the Vieux Lyon district, which is renowned for its ancient architecture, to wandering the Parc de la Tête d’Or and visiting the Fourvière Basilica, there’s plenty for travelers wanting to visit another country as part of their vacation to Switzerland.

And don’t forget about the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral, both stunning examples of classic architecture!

If you’re looking for a more modern way to experience this amazing city, buy a ticket for the 1-hour guided sightseeing cruise or buy a seat on the hop-on hop-off bus tour.

And as a last tip, make sure you purchase the Lyon city pass that gives:

  • Unlimited Lyon public transport
  • Free entrance to 25 museums and temporary exhibitions
  • Free entrance to guided tours, river cruises, puppet shows and more!

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

Lyon is a city that begs you to linger and explore. Its meandering cobblestoned streets, lush parks, and inviting quayside restaurants beckon you to stay for a while.

A minimum of three days in the city is recommended to get the most out of your visit.

I recommend you base yourself at the beautiful 5-star Boscolo Lyon Hotel & Spa.

The Boscolo Lyon Hotel & Spa offers a delightful and luxurious stay in the heart of the old part of Lyon.

Surrounded by sights and attractions, this hotel has rooms that offer stunning views that overlook the river.

The hotel also features an on-site spa and fitness center as well as an in-house restaurant for guests.

Couples will love the combination of luxury and convenience available at the Boscolo Lyon Hotel & Spa.

f) Geneva to Paris

Paris with a Baby at the Eiffel Tower

The best way to get to Paris is on a train ride.

How to Reach Paris From Geneva

By Train: There are 7 direct trains from Geneva to Paris each day – 3 hours 13 minutes. Grab tickets here.

Why You Should Visit Paris
Paris, France

Paris is a destination like no other, and travelers looking to have a truly unique experience should add it to their itinerary.

There are endless cultural experiences available for visitors including The Louvre (purchase skip-the-line tickets here), the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

We highly recommend you book a seat on this 1-hour Seine River tour. If you are trying to see Paris in one day, we recommend purchasing a ticket for the Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus.

Lourve Museum Paris France

With its stunning architecture, vibrant art scene, and delectable gastronomy, Paris should be at the top of your list if you wish to include a visit to a city in another country located close to Switzerland.

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

Paris is a city with so much to offer, it’s hard to know how long would be best to stay. However, in my opinion, 4-5 days are plenty of time to see most of the major attractions and experience French culture.

I recommend you base yourself in the 14th arrondissement, a hotel that is gorgeous to stay in there is the Voco Paris Montparnasse.

voco Paris Montparnasse

The 4-star Voco Paris Montparnasse is the perfect place to stay during your exploration of the romantic capital city.

From its contemporary rooms and onsite restaurant and bar, you can easily access some of the most iconic sights in the city.

Take a stroll down Avenue Champs Élysées, or take a short walk to Trocadero for one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower!

Voco Paris Montparnasse is ideally located to make sure you get the most out of your stay.

g) Basel (or Zurich) to Colmar

France with Kids - Colmar with Kids

Colmar in France can be easily reached by driving or catching a train.

How to Reach Colmar From Basel or Zurich
  • By Car: It is only a 50-minute drive to Colmar from Basel or a 1-hour-45-minute drive from Zurich. You can rent a car for an affordable price from DiscoverCars.
  • By Train: The direct train from Basel to Colmar takes only around 45 minutes, or the train from Zurich will take around 2 hours and 5 minutes – depending on the train you take. Grab tickets here.
Why You Should Visit Colmar
Alsace City Colmar Old Town

Colmar, located in the picturesque and historic region of Alsace in France, makes for the perfect addition to any Switzerland vacation.

It’s easy to get from Switzerland to Colmar, but once you make it there, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale with its brightly-colored houses, cobblestone streets, quaint canals, and old-world charm.

There are plenty of things to do in Colmar – from shopping in traditional markets or exploring the many museums dotted throughout the city, to leisurely wandering down narrow streets and admiring the beautiful architecture.

Colmar in France

With its stunning views and fascinating culture, any traveler looking for an extra bit of magic on their Swiss holiday should add Colmar to their itinerary!

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

Whilst you could do Colmar for a day trip, we recommend 3 – 5 days, so that you can explore the other Alsace towns in the region as well.

If you don’t have a car, we highly recommend you book this 4 Wonders of Alsace Day Tour from Colmar.

For a hotel in the best location, we recommend you stay at the 4-star Hotel Le Colombier.

Hotel Le Colombier

Hotel Le Colombier is located in the Little Venice district of Colmar, France, and is a wonderful boutique hotel.

Their rooms are cozy and so are the beds! In addition to being incredibly comfortable, one of the highlights is having a yummy breakfast in the inner courtyard.

It is a charming hotel for your stay in Colmar.

2. Italy (Closest from Lugano and Locarno)

Italy is another country that is easy to visit from Switzerland. If you are spending time in either Lugano or Locarno, why not pick a destination or two to include in your itinerary?

Here are some of our favorite destinations in Italy that you can easily visit from either Lugano or Locarno in Switzerland.

  • From Lugano: Lake Como, Varese and Milan
  • From Locarno: Domodossola and Lake Garda

a) Lugano to Lake Como

Bellagio the prettiest town on lake Como

Lake Colmar in Italy can be easily reached by driving or catching a train.

How to Reach Lake Colmar From Lugano
Why You Should Visit Lake Como
lake como villages - Varenna

Lake Como is a stunningly beautiful destination in Italy, located just a short drive away from Switzerland. It’s the perfect spot for travelers wanting to add another country to their vacation in Switzerland.

The Lake Como towns of Bellagio, Varenna, and Menaggio are all must-see destinations in Lake Como with plenty of unique culture and interesting landmarks to explore.

Best Time of the Year to Visit Lake Como for Flowers

The stunning villas of Lake Como are also well worth visiting, with lush gardens and breathtaking views across the lake.

For those who want to experience life on the lake itself, boat tours are a great way to gain an even better appreciation of Lake Como’s beauty, or take part in some of the summertime activities – sailing, wakeboarding, or waterskiing – for a fun-filled adventure!

And lastly, if you are basing yourself at Lake Como for multiple days there are also plenty of day trips from Lake Como to enjoy as well!

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

Lake Como is gorgeous and should not be explored in a rush. We recommend you spend around 4 – 5 days in Lake Como.

Many people head to Lake Como for a luxury holiday, if that is you, you can find a list of our favorite 5-star Lake Como hotels here, otherwise find a more affordable option listed below.

Our favorite town to base ourselves in is Bellagio. For a popular but affordable stay, look no further than Hotel Fioroni.

Hotel Fioroni Bellagio

Hotel Fioroni is a 3-star hotel in the beautiful town of Bellagio, located right on the banks of Lake Como.

This family-run hotel offers affordable prices and stunning panoramic views of the lake.

Guests can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast every morning to start their day off right.

With its convenient location and delightful amenities, Hotel Fioroni is an excellent choice for anyone looking for comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

b) Lugano to Varese

Picturesque Italian town of Varese Ligure, La Spezia with the Roman bridge, Italy

You can reach Varese from Lugano via either a rental car or a train.

How to Reach Varese From Lugano:
Why You Should Visit Varese
Sacro Monte di Varese, Lombardy, Italy

Varese has breathtaking churches and villas, stunning gardens, and old town streets, it is one of Italy’s most underrated yet extraordinary cities.

Sacro Monte di Varese is a well-known Christian sanctuary that has been around since the 16th century. The site was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and it attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The Estense Gardens are also worth visiting during your stay. This Italian-style garden was once the summer palace of Francesco III d’Este and provides visitors with spectacular views over the city below.

Villa Panza is a beautiful villa where you can browse art from renowned artists such as Della Robbia, Pollaiuolo, and Crivelli among others!

No visit to Varese would be complete without exploring its charming old town area too.

In my opinion, Varese is the perfect day trip destination, if you do wish to stay for longer a night should be enough to allow you time to explore at a more leisurely pace!

c) Lugano to Milan

Milan Duomo, Italy

Milan is pretty easy to reach from Switzerland, you can do so either by driving or taking a train.

How to Reach Milan From Lugano
Why You Should Visit Milan
Milan - Northern Italy Itinerary

Milan is the perfect destination for travelers looking to add some more culture and history to their Swiss getaway.

From the Duomo di Milano (grab your cathedral and rooftop ticket here), a magnificent Gothic cathedral that dominates the city’s skyline, to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic ‘The Last Supper’ (book this popular Last Supper tour) – displayed in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie – Milan has sights enough to fill any traveler’s days.

And don’t forget about shopping. Milan may be known as a fashion capital, but it’s also home to plenty of other great stores and markets, including local food specialties like Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham.

If you have time, we recommend you book a food tour in Milan.

Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience or just want to try some tasty Italian food, come visit sunny Milan!

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

Whilst you could see the highlights of Milan in one day, I recommend you spend 2 – 3 days in Milan.

For a hotel in the best location, we recommend you stay at the 4-star The Corner Duomo Hotel.

The Corner Duomo Hotel in Milan is a stunning hotel that offers guests an unforgettable experience.

Just a 3-minute walk from the iconic Duomo di Milano, this modern hotel provides its visitors with comfort and style.

Enjoy some pampering in the private spa with its jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower, and fitness room. Then take it all in from the rooftop bar while admiring the breathtaking views of the city below.

Not to mention the interior design of each room is truly amazing!

So if you’re looking for a luxurious stay with all the bells and whistles in one of Italy’s most cosmopolitan cities, The Corner Duomo Hotel is your perfect stop.

3. Locarno to Domodossola

View on central square of Domodossola, Piedmont, Italy

Domodossola in Italy can be easily reached from Locarno by driving or catching a train.

How to Reach Domodossola From Locarno
  • By Car: I don’t recommend driving as the road is a bit of a nightmare to drive, but if you do want to drive, the drive should take you around 1 hour and 10 minutes. You can rent a car for an affordable price from DiscoverCars.
  • By Train: There are no direct trains from Locarno to Domodossola. The whole train journey will take around 2 hours. Grab tickets here.
Why You Should Visit Domodossola
Ancient square in an old city in Europe. Domodossola, city in northern Italy, historic center with bars, cafe, shops and colorful houses. Square del Mercato (piazza del Mercato)

Domodossola, in Italy, is an amazing place to visit for travelers looking to explore another country during their vacation in Switzerland.

Stroll through the quaint village and take in the spectacular views, or make your way to the historic central piazza.

The Teatro Galletti, a beautiful theatre from 1787, provides yet another reminder of Domodossola’s long history. Make sure you also check out the 14th-century Briona Tower and Palazzo Silvia while you’re here.

On Saturdays, you can explore the bustling markets. And don’t forget to get lost in the streets of the old town where vendors sell everything from bread and produce to clothing and kitchen items.

I recommend a day trip to Domodossola instead of staying overnight. With so much to see and do in this small town, Domodossola is an excellent choice for those looking to add a touch of culture and adventure to their Swiss holiday.

4. Locarno to Lake Maggiore

Isola Dei Pescatori Island on the beautiful Lake Lago Maggiore in the background of the Alps mountains, Stresa, Italy

There are no trains from Locarno to Lake Maggiore, so you only have the option of renting a car or catching a bus.

How to Reach Lake Maggiore From Locarno
Why You Should Visit Lake Maggiore
Cannero Riviera in Lake Maggiore

Located on the Swiss-Italian border, Lake Maggiore offers a unique juxtaposition between European cultures and a chance to experience two countries in one trip.

One of the most popular attractions is Isola Bella, an island located in the middle of Lake Maggiore which hosts both gorgeous gardens and a glorious palace overlooking the lake.

Visitors can also explore Villa Taranto, which features multiple botanical gardens full of colorful flowers and plants from around the world.

There’s also Isola Madre where you can find yourself surrounded by breathtaking views for miles.

Wander around Isola dei Pescator or take a boat trip on Lake Maggiore to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the beauty that this place has to offer!

There’s even a popular tour to book: The Three Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour – perfect for travelers who want to make sure they’re seeing it all!

How Long to Go For and Where to Stay

You could visit Lake Maggiore for a day trip, however, I suggest that you try to set aside 1-3 days to really enjoy the lake, islands, villas, and towns.

For a hotel in the best location, we recommend you stay at the 4-star Grand Hotel Bristol.

Grand Hotel Bristol

Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa is a luxury hotel overlooking Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands.

Rooms are decorated in classic style, yet have an elegant feel, allowing guests to be enveloped in luxury. Enjoy the unobstructed views of either the mountains or lake with many rooms boasting private balconies.

Relax with a panoramic swimming pool and luxuriate in the lush garden. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool and fitness corner for those who prefer to stay active.

Drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the bars while taking in all that Grand Hotel Bristol has to offer!

3. Lichtenstein (Closest from Zurich)

Lichtenstein, a small country next to Switzerland, is the perfect place for a day trip out of your Swiss stay.

With stunning scenery, historic sites, and picturesque villages to explore, there’s something for every traveler visiting Lichtenstein.

1. Zurich to Vaduz

Wide view of Vaduz castle and Alps, Lichtenstein

It is easy to reach Vaduz via car or train. You can even get to explore this beautiful destination via a tour too.

How to Reach Vaduz from Zurich
  • By Tour: If you wish to explore Vaduz via a tour, you have two options. Both of which are really popular. The first tour includes Vaduz and Heidiland. Book this tour here. The second tour is a private tour (so much more pricey) but includes a visit to 4 countries in one day! Book this tour here.
  • By Car: The drive from Zurich to Vaduz takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can rent a car in Zurich through Discover Cars.
  • By Train: Similar in time, the train option will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to Vaduz. Unfortunately, there are no direct trains. Grab a ticket here.
Why You Should Visit Vaduz
Gutenberg castle in Liechtenstein Europe

Vaduz in Liechtenstein, a tiny principality tucked away between Switzerland and Austria, is an enchanting destination to explore.

Start at Vaduz Castle perched high above the city offering stunning views over the valley below.

Walk down into town and enjoy The Cathedral of St. Florin with its intricate wood carvings and ornate stained-glass windows.

Then take a stroll across Old Rhine Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest bridges still in use today – it’s an iconic structure that speaks volumes about Liechtenstein’s past.

Venture up to Gutenberg Castle, located just outside of town where you can soak in breathtaking views over Liechtenstein before heading back down towards The Red House – Mitteldorf in the heart of Vaduz city center.

For travelers wanting to experience authentic culture on a day trip from Zurich, Vaduz is the perfect place to visit!

4. Germany (Closest from Basel and Zurich)

Organizing a day trip from Basel to Freiburg can be a great way to experience two different countries in one go!

With the Swiss-German border just an hour away, Freiburg is the perfect destination for travelers looking for an exciting departure from Switzerland.

1. Basel to Freiburg

Historic town of Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

It is easy to reach Freiburg via car or train.

How to Reach Freiburg from Basel
Why You Should Visit Freiburg
Schwabentor - historical city gate in Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg is a beautiful and diverse city that is so easy to reach if you are visiting Basel in Switzerland!

The city has plenty of interesting attractions to offer day-trippers, including Freiburg Minster, the iconic Münsterplatz square, the charming Bächle water canals running through the old town, and the impressive Schwabentor gate.

On a sunny day, the view from Schlossberg Hill is absolutely breathtaking.

Other interesting sights in Freiburg are Rathausplatz and Martinstor.

To really get an in-depth look at all of these attractions and more in Freiburg Old Town, make sure to book this popular group walking tour to get to know all of the top sights!

I recommend you visit Freiburg on a day trip, rather than staying there for a few nights.

5. Austria (Closest to St Gallen)

Austria is an alpine country in the heart of Europe, bordered by Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

It has stunning mountain vistas and picturesque lakes in its many regions. And with Switzerland right next door, visiting both countries can be accomplished with ease!

1. St Gallen to Bregenz

City of Bregenz on Lake of Constanz , Bodensee, Town Center

It is easy to reach Bregenz via car or train.

How to Reach Bregenz from St Gallen
Why You Should Visit Bregenz
Bregenz in Austria

Visiting Bregenz from St Gallen in Switzerland is a great way to explore the beauty of both countries. It takes less than an hour to get there and it’s well worth the trip!

While in Bregenz, you should make sure to visit the Upper Town which boasts stunning Austrian architecture.

Also, be sure to take some time to explore Lake Constance and walk along the Bregenz Lake Promenade. Or get another perspective by taking a boat tour of Lake Constance.

I also recommend you head up to Pfänder Mountain on the Pfänderbahn cable car for a panoramic view of Lake Constance and the surrounding area.

If you’re curious about Bregenz’s rich cultural history, be sure to visit Vorarlberg Museum where you can learn all about it.

I recommend you visit Bregenz on a day trip, rather than staying there for a few nights.

FAQs: Countries to Visit Near Switzerland

Here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Switzerland’s neighboring countries.

1. Is there a train from Switzerland to Italy?

Yes, there are trains from Switzerland to Italy! Many of the high-speed trains, Trenitalia’s Frecciargento AV trains, make the daily journey between Milano and Zurich in just 3 hours and 35 minutes.

2. What is the closest French city to Switzerland?

Annemasse, a French town, is the closest city to Geneva and is situated just 4 kilometers to the east. Its proximity to Geneva is so pronounced that it is practically united with the city.

3. How far is Paris from Switzerland by train?

There are 7 direct high-speed trains from Geneva to Paris each day that take around 3 hours and 13 minutes.

4. What Italian city is close to Switzerland?

The Italian city closest to Switzerland is Como, which can be reached by taking a direct train from Lugano in about 33 minutes.

5. Which city in Switzerland is closest to Paris?

The city in Switzerland that is closest to Paris is Geneva. With the help of a high-speed train, it takes only 3 hours and 13 minutes from Paris to Geneva.

Final Thoughts on Countries Next to Switzerland to Visit

Annecy Old Town in France

In conclusion, the 5 countries near Switzerland that are worth visiting for an experience full of culture and joy are Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and France.

Seeing each of these unique countries is a must-have experience for any traveler.

For those who don’t have enough time to visit all 5 countries separately, you can book a tour and see 4 of them in one day from Switzerland!

🏆 Visit 4 Countries in One Day From Zurich

Don’t have time to read the whole article? We love this amazing tour from Zurich that allows you to visit Austria, Liechtenstein and Germany (and of course Switzerland).
Book This Private Tour from Zurich to Visit 4 Countries in One Day.

This is the perfect way to see the best of all these amazing cultures without having to sacrifice too much time in your schedule.

Don’t wait any longer—book your tour now and get ready to explore some of Europe’s most beautiful countries!

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Jolene Ejmont

Originally from South Africa, now living in Australia, Jolene is a wife and a mother to three beautiful daughters. Together with her family, she is embarking on a journey towards changing her current stress-filled life to one focusing on her dreams and her passion for travel. She wants to share her stories in the hope to inspire you to chase your own dreams!