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Switzerland

Dramatic peaks, skiing, hiking, shimmering lakes and much more

Switzerland has some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe with deep gorges, beautiful lakes and spectacular mountains. It is an all-year-round destination to suit so many different travellers, offering everything from skiing in the winter to fantastic hiking in the spring and summer.

The Swiss Alps provide a fantastic winter sports destination suiting all levels of skiers and snowboarders and the facilities are wonderful.  This is truly such a scenic and breathtaking destination and one which you won’t forget in a hurry!

There are some very pretty cities to visit as well as this being a great destination for a lakes and mountains holiday. Relaxing on a boat whilst crossing one of the many lakes and taking in the mountain scenery is amazing.  The summers here provide a lovely climate and, shielded by the mountains, it can get very warm.

Zermatt is a popular resort with holidaymakers. The village has winding alleys, plenty of charming accommodation and it’s car-free so you get around on foot or by electric vehicle or horse-drawn cab. You can take a short train ride from Zermatt to Sunnegga which has family friendly slopes, play areas, eateries and wonderful views of the Matterhorn.

If you fancy a lakeside setting, choose Lucerne – a fascinating and colourful city with charming streets, frescoed buildings and plenty of museums, shops, cafes and boutiques. You can take a lake steamer to one of the pretty lakeside villages such as Vitznau or Weggis or take a guided walking tour to learn more about this welcoming resort.

One of the best ways to appreciate the countryside is by rail, particularly the striking Glacier Express which winds its way through the Rhine valley between Zermatt and St Moritz in the Swiss Alps.

There’s so much more to explore in Switzerland including the Swiss National Park, Lake Geneva and the surrounding cities, Lugano with its abundance of heritage sites and neoclassical palazzos, the medieval city of Bern, the culture rich Zurich and the enchanting natural wonder that is The Rhine Falls.

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Key Highlights
  • No visit to Switzerland is complete without a trip to the Matterhorn – truly amazing
  • Zermatt offers good skiing and hiking opportunities
  • Gorner Gorge is considered by some to be the highlight of the Zermatt area
  • Cyclists will love the wide choice of scenic cycling routes
  • Lucerne and Montreaux have an abundance of medieval architecture to see
  • Take one of the many walking trails through the mountains of Mount Rigi, Stanserhorn or Pilatus Kulm
  • Enjoy a trip up to Europe’s highest altitude railway station at Jungfraujoch
  • There are plenty of skiing and snowboarding schools if you need to learn or improve your winter skills
  • We are sure you’ll be tempted by the tasty, authentic cuisine here including fondue and exquisite chocolate creations
  • Ask us about rail holidays that will make the most of  your time in Switzerland
  • We can plan multi-centre trips and personalised itineraries tailored exactly to your wishes

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +2 hours

Currency: Swiss Franc

Climate Information

Switzerland has a very moderate climate with very few extremes of temperature. July and August are the warmest months with average temperatures between 18 and 28°C.

The coolest months are January and February with temperatures averaging between -2 and 7°C.

Temperatures are cooler in the mountains with snow expected in the winter.

Leisure & Activities

Geneva
The ancient city of Geneva is simply beautiful and is easily discovered by foot. There are some stunning landmarks including the 850 year old St Peters Cathedral. Geneva is renowned the world over for its watch making industry and to celebrate the fact, there’s a magnificent flower clock situated in the English Garden near Lake Geneva.

Glacier Express
One of Europe’s greatest rail journeys, the Glacier Express winds its way through spectacular scenery, over stunning viaducts and through the Rhine gorge. You can travel on the train between Zermatt and St Moritz in the Swiss Alps.

Cycling
For the more energetic, there are over 5000 miles of fantastic cycle trails throughout Switzerland. Most of them offer easy cycling, but if you need a challenge, try taking the trails around the Matterhorn. Cycle hire is available at some railway stations.

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