Best Swiss Rafting Resorts

Switzerland’s top rafting destinations in 2016 and 2017.

Interlaken

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

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Zermatt

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

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Grindelwald

00km walking paths, 160 km mountain bike trails, Firs...

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Wengen

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

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Murren

00km walking trails, Visit the Trümmelbach falls, Fu...

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Wilderswil

Uieter alternative to Interlaken, 13th century Unspu...

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Saas Fee

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

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Meiringen

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

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Davos

Etting zoos & campfire spots for families, Adventure...

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Klosters

00km marked footpaths, Paddle at the lido, Great for ...

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Top 10 Most Popular

The rivers of meltwater from Switzerland’s colossal glaciers race down the steep mountains and through rocky gorges, forming a perfect set-up for some top-class rafting. The incredible Lutschine River winds down from the Eiger’s high peaks; it’s easy to get to from any of our Jungfrau resorts (Mürren, Wengen, Grindelwald) and not far from Interlaken either. You can raft in loads of the other rivers feeding into the Thun and Brienz – the Simme is another winner.

Davos and Klosters are also pretty well connected – the rapids are turbulent and fierce on the Landquart and Vorderrhein Rivers so there’s some solid rafting to take advantage of. The Matterhorn and the hefty mountains around it are all perfectly kitted out with swirling gorges and sharp turns to test your mettle; stay in Zermatt or Saas Fee, where canyoning is also really popular. There’s not a lot to separate the best rafting resorts but take a glance at our Top Ten below and see if you can pick out a favourite...

Holidays in the ten best Swiss rafting resorts

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.

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.

Overlooked by the north side of the Eiger, Grindelwald’s the life and soul of the Jungfrau towns. It’s a mix of vintage Swiss and newly built architecture, topped off with sights of the big three – the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger. If you can drag your eyes away from the mountains, there’s plenty to do, from walking and golf to bungee jumping and Via Ferrata. Kick back and watch the world go by in the evenings (best accompanied by a glass of chilled Valais wine).

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.

Peering over the Lauterbrunnen valley and with the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger in its sightline, the views from Mürren might just be some of the best on earth. You can’t come here without taking the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn – of James Bond fame – for a staggering 360° panorama. The car-free village is a quiet spot for a proper getaway and there’s seemingly no end to the hiking and mountain bike trails... as well as loads of opportunity to sample some more obscure sports like ‘trotti-biking’ (riding big-wheeled scooters).

With easy access to Bernese Oberland’s massive array of activities and attractions, this lovely old village is spot on if you’re after a convenient base that’s far from the madding crowd. Not only are you at the entrance to the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valleys, formed by the Lutschine River, you’re also only a few miles from the popular town of Interlaken. Use the rack and cog railways to reach the surrounding villages, lakes and mountains but don’t forget to explore closer to home – Wilderswil’s Pièce de résistance is the Schynige Platte Bahn, which takes you to some terrific walks, restaurants and vantage points.

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.

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.

Famously the highest town in the Alps as well as one of the ‘classic’ mountain destinations, Davos is the bigger and livelier of the Graubünden resorts. The area is a sight to see in the summer; all sun-drenched gorges, flowering valleys and towering peaks. Hiking is huge here (there are 700km of footpaths in the surrounding area) and you can also enjoy the views by cycling, paragliding or just doing backstroke - there’s nothing like a swim in the Davos Lake. For something different but well worth doing, take a tour around Monstein, the highest brewery in Europe.

Klosters is the smaller and prettier of the two Graubünden villages - and it’s near enough to Davos that you can still make the most of the larger town’s spas and bars. The village has a definite air of ‘country chic’ and its surrounding hills have hundreds of kilometres for walking, cycling and pony trekking (or scooter descents if you’re after something a bit unconventional...). Visit the Madrisa adventure park if you’re here with the clan – it’s the largest of its kind in Switzerland.


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