Best Swiss Resorts for Activities & Attractions

Switzerland’s best things to do in 2016 and 2017.

Interlaken

Ater sports on the lakes, Amazing views from the Two...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Merligen

Ater sports on Lake Thun, Golf & mini golf, Amazing v...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Montreux

Arm climate, UNESCO Lavaux vineyard terraces, 12th ce...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Lugano

La freccia rossa’ tourist train, Visit Lake Como & ...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Zermatt

Ver thirty 4000m peaks within reach, Summer skiing o...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Saas Fee

Iews from the rotating restaurant, 350km of hiking t...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Wengen

Limbing on the Eiger, 500km+ walking trails, See the ...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Lucerne

Igi, Pilatus & Stanserhorn mountains, Visit the famo...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Kandersteg

Andersteg-Allmenalp via ferrata, Summer toboggan run...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Meiringen

Elmer – Europe’s steepest funicular, Aare, Alpbach...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

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Switzerland’s mountain resorts are jam-packed with activities - with lakes, peaks and meadows in its surroundings, Interlaken is a superb adventure base where you can paraglide, hike or cycle your heart out. The surroundings of Zermatt, Saas-Fee and Kandersteg are just as diverse when it comes to alpine sports, with the resorts themselves having lots on the menu too. The Jungfrau area is famously Bond Territory and the journey up the Schilthorn to the rotating Piz Gloria restaurant

and Bond World is a must – whether you’re staying in nearby Mürren or further afield. Another place for fans of fiction is Meiringen; visit the 7-tiered waterfalls where Sherlock Holmes and Moriati had their fated final struggle and clue up on the legend himself in the Sherlock Holmes museum.

If art, history and culture are more of a draw, towns like Montreux, Lugano and Lucerne have some fascinating architecture including ancient chapels, towers and bridges and all are known for their big summer festivals.

Holidays in the ten best Swiss resorts for things to do and see

The clue’s in the name with Interlaken: it’s situated between two fabulous lakes, the Thun and the Brienz. As well as being easy on the eye, the waters open up a multitude of activities like windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. Looming overhead you can’t miss the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks – home to some wonderful hiking routes. The famous ‘Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe’ train is a brilliant way to see over the Alps and inside the glacier. Back at base the vibe is chilled out and cheerful – party with the backpackers or explore the restaurants around town.

If your idea of a summer break involves rest, relaxation and gobsmacking views, you’ve hit the nail on the head here: on the banks of the Thun Lake and at the base of the Niederhorn, this peaceful village has a healthy combination of all three. Fighting the sights of the Bernese Alps for the title of ‘Merligen’s best feature’ is the weather, which is hot enough to rival the Med.

Freddie Mercury got it in one: “If you want peace of mind, come to Montreux”. The Jazz Festival put this town on the map - bringing Freddie and other big names like Pink Floyd and Miles Davis to Lake Geneva’s Swiss shores. There’s plenty more on the menu, from the restaurants (with 20 listed in the Michelin and Gault Millau guides) to the clubs (which make up some of the best nightlife in Switzerland). Fill your days touring the local vineyards, relaxing in the spas, or simply strolling along the promenade.

On the top edge of Lake Lugano and 8km from the Italian border, Lugano is often called the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’ which gives you a taste of the town. The San Salvatore and Sighignola mountains provide plenty of scope for hiking and the area also has some of Switzerland’s best MTB thanks to the bike park at Tomaro. Zip-lining is also super fun if you have a need for speed... The pace isn’t always set at full throttle – wander down the promenade or around the Piazza Bernardino Luini. The Renaissance fresco at the Madonna degli Angioli church is probably the best known of its kind in Switzerland.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more iconic mountain than the Matterhorn or a more typically Swiss town than Zermatt. Prepare to be enchanted on seriously scenic hikes, bike rides and mountain climbs and enjoy the finer things in life in the posh bars and restaurants. Look carefully and you’ll discover little Alpine chapels and Alpine lakes dotted around on the 400km of hiking trails, including glacier routes. To enjoy the sights without the legwork, take the half hour train ride to Gornergrat.

Saas-Fee is quiet and rustic, complete with old barns and narrow pathways but there’s nothing quaint about the activities: hike hundreds of kilometres, get stuck into adventure trails and cycle a gruelling stretch of the Tour de Suisse. If winter feels a lifetime away, get your skiing fill on the awesome Allalin glacier – look out for the pro’s who practice here in the summertime. At the end of the day, recharge those batteries at the Kneipp hydrotherapy area and Aqua Allalin or tuck into some well-deserved Swiss cheese from the local dairy. Then there’s the scenery – up in the Saas Valley, at the base of the highest mountain in Switzerland with sights of 4000m summits, it’s pretty dazzling around here.

Wengen’s storybook Switzerland – you reach the town by mountain railway (the whole place is car-free) and once you’ve soaked up sights of colourful chalets decked with flower displays, look up and out for sweeping views over the Lauterbrunnen valley and iconic Alpine peaks. The train you use to arrive connects you to the Jungfraujoch railway, which climbs up, through the Aletsch glacier, before reaching 3454m - the highest railway station in Europe. The summit has awesome sights of the nearby mountains like the Monch, as well as distant landmarks as far as the Black Forest. Experience the landscape close-up on the 500km of hiking paths or by climbing, cycling or any other of the activities on the menu.

Lucerne is one of the cultural hubs of central Switzerland. Picture a fairy-tale town and this is probably what you’d come up with; the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, lakeside setting and mountainous surroundings make this one of the prettiest towns in the land. To really appreciate the setting, take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the top of the Pilatus for a panoramic view of 73 alpine peaks or look over the water from the medieval Kapellbrucke or the water tower. There’s a lot going on here in the summer – including the annual festival of classical and contemporary music which usually features big names from around the globe.

On the banks of the Kander river and framed by colossal Alpine peaks, Kandersteg is small, friendly and utterly ‘Swiss’. While the pace of life in the village is lovely and leisurely, things really heat up when you reach the mountains – this is a seriously good area for hiking and mountain biking. We love the downhill free-trail, which is packed full of berms and jumps and the area has plenty more for the to-do list including a rope park, swimming pool and summer toboggan run.

Near the River Aare and at the meeting point of some seriously stunning alpine passes, this market town is a great base in the Bernese Alps. Get the train to places like Interlaken and use the mountain railway for high altitude hikes. As well as being the hometown of the meringue (picture a world without Eton Mess...), the Reichenbach Falls are the locals’ claim to fame – the site of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty’s legendary final struggle.


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