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Switzerland Holidays

Swiss Summer Holidays

Wellness, watches and cheese are three things Switzerland does with class - and let’s not forget the chocolate - but there’s a lot more that makes this country worth visiting (even the flag’s a big plus...).

This is a nation of iconic peaks; the Matterhorn, Jungfrau and Eiger soar over the landscape, making hikes, climbs and bike rides as scenic as they get. The mountain villages have that classic ‘chocolate-box’ appeal - wake up to scenes straight from Heidi and hop on one of the high mountain trains to get from A to B.

"Top Ten Best" Swiss resort lists

List of all Swiss summer resorts

Famously the highest town in the Alps as well as one of the ‘classic’ mountain destinations, Davos is the bigger an...more ‣

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Highlights Petting zoos & campfire spots for families Adventure Park Färich Surf, sail & pedalo on the lake and lido

Overlooked by the north side of the Eiger, Grindelwald’s the life and soul of the Jungfrau towns. It’s a mix of vin...more ‣

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Highlights 500km walking paths 160 km mountain bike trails First-Flyer Zip Line & indoor rope park

The clue’s in the name with Interlaken: it’s situated between two fabulous lakes, the Thun and the Brienz. As well ...more ‣

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Highlights Water sports on the lakes Amazing views from the Two-lake Footbridge Excellent train connections

On the banks of the Kander river and framed by colossal Alpine peaks, Kandersteg is small, friendly and utterly ‘Swi...more ‣

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Highlights Kandersteg-Allmenalp via ferrata Summer toboggan run 360 panorama from Niesen

Klosters is the smaller and prettier of the two Graubünden villages - and it’s near enough to Davos that you can st...more ‣

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Highlights 700km marked footpaths Paddle at the lido Great for tennis

With the warmest weather in Switzerland, Locarno is a brilliant blend of Italian and Swiss on the tip of the legendar...more ‣

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Highlights Fantastic parks and gardens Swim at Lido Locarno Boat trips to Italian markets

Lucerne is one of the cultural hubs of central Switzerland. Picture a fairy-tale town and this is probably what you’...more ‣

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Highlights Rigi, Pilatus & Stanserhorn mountains Visit the famous Lion Monument Water sports on the lake

If your idea of a summer break involves rest, relaxation and gobsmacking views, you’ve hit the nail on the head here...more ‣

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Highlights Water sports on Lake Thun Golf & mini golf Amazing views from the Panoramebrücke Sigriswil

Freddie Mercury got it in one: “If you want peace of mind, come to Montreux”. The Jazz Festival put this town on th...more ‣

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Highlights Warm climate UNESCO Lavaux vineyard terraces 12th century Chillon Castle

Peering over the Lauterbrunnen valley and with the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger in its sightline, the views from Mürren...more ‣

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Highlights 200km walking trails Visit the Trümmelbach falls Funicular to Allmendhubel from resort

Saas-Fee is quiet and rustic, complete with old barns and narrow pathways but there’s nothing quaint about the activ...more ‣

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Highlights Views from the rotating restaurant 350km of hiking trails and Nordic walking routes Acclaimed for family and hiking holidays

Three things you can’t visit Vitznau without doing: 1) Get a boat out onto the lake to fully appreciate its location...more ‣

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Highlights Try tandem paragliding Visit the Swiss Army Fortress Boat trips to Lucerne

Mark Twain called Weggis the ‘loveliest place’ he’d visited... and we’re inclined to agree. Known as the ‘Rivier...more ‣

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Highlights Spot the ‘Elephant stone’ 46km hiking trails Lovely village park

Wengen’s storybook Switzerland – you reach the town by mountain railway (the whole place is car-free) and once you’...more ‣

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Highlights Climbing on the Eiger 500km+ walking trails See the Trümmelbach Falls

With easy access to Bernese Oberland’s massive array of activities and attractions, this lovely old village is spot ...more ‣

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Highlights Quieter alternative to Interlaken 13th century Unspunnen ruins Visit Gsteigwiler and Saxeten

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more iconic mountain than the Matterhorn or a more typically Swiss town than Zermat...more ‣

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Highlights Over thirty 4000m peaks within reach Summer skiing on the glacier Climbing & via ferrata

Cycling and mountain biking holidays

With gentle paths, road climbs, singletrack and pro-standard parks, everyone from families to full-sus head-cam heroes will have a smashing time in Switzerland. Regardless of the destination or surface, the mountains are an ever present theme here: whether you’re riding alongside or up them, the peaks dominate the trails in Zermatt and the Lauterbrunnen valley.

The cycling here is very well organised: designated national and regional routes, split between cycling and MTB, traverse the country. Smaller rides (like the ones around Lake Lucerne) pack plenty of features in a short distance, while the Lugano trail and other big tours will see you zooming through meadows, roads and narrow paths while the scenery unfolds around you.

There are lots of gentler paths through parks and by lakes for a family bike ride. The added battery power of E-Bikes has proven a popular way to get around; with 400 rental stations around the country and some 5600 miles of well-marked bike paths, there’s plenty to pedal.

Walking holidays

It looks like Mother Nature built the Swiss countryside just for hikers – paths are strewn across the landscape, where walls of saw-toothed mountain ranges preside over flower-strewn valleys and deep Alpine lakes. Take advantage of the trains and lifts that make so much of the area accessible – even if you just want an easy wander with some sightseeing before going the easy way down.

Try out some stages on massive national routes, like the Alpine Panorama Trail which finishes up in Lake Geneva or have a go at a meticulously planned regional route like the one from Zermatt to Saas-Fee.

The valleys and lakeshores make a lovely setting for a simple stroll – far away from those gruelling hikes but still within view of their epic settings. Traipse along promenades from Montreux or Lugano or work up an appetite in the Lauterbrunnen valley – or countless others like it – before easing any hunger pangs with local delicacies like Gruyere cheese...


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