Switzerland holidays and resorts

Holidays in Switzerland are for bold explorers, tranquillity seekers and mountain lovers. Steep cogwheel trains and paddle steamers meet epic mountain passes and crystal-clear lakes

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Your Switzerland holiday will always be set against a dramatic and breathtaking backdrop, with over 7,000 lakes and 4,000 snow-capped peaks to explore including the legendary Matterhorn, Eiger, and Jungfrau, as well as miles of mountain trails, lush forests, and deep valleys.

But apart from being big on adventure, Switzerland manages to combine traditional mountain villages, ice palaces, and the occasional yodel with a seamlessly efficient transport network, and incredible engineering that gives you access to hidden waterfalls, plateaus, and gorges. And back in town, you’ll love the tranquillity and calm, the pure air, and the many flower-lined promenades and lakeside cafés.

Walking holidays in Switzerland

Will you tackle the iconic Eiger Trail in the shadow of the brutal north face of the Eiger mountain in Grindelwald or try the famous Via Valtellina, an ancient wine route that takes you 2,000 meters up over the Scaletta Pass in the Graubünden region? Or is a scenic trail from the Medieval town of Thun across the spectacular Sigriswil bridge high above the lake and some easy lakeside meanders from Interlaken more your thing?

Exploring Switzerland

Stroll around the colorful old town of Lucerne with its Medieval bridge, unusual fresco-painted houses, and 17th-century church. Or from Kandersteg, take the gondola up to the turquoise waters of Oeschinensee (a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1,578 meters above sea level). It’s so easy to hop on a bus or a train to explore - take the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe - at the top, you get the most impressive view of the Aletsch glacier.

Action and Adrenaline in Switzerland

Fly down a zip line in Grindelwald, swing through the treetops at Davos Adventure Park, or take the kids to Switzerland’s largest mountain adventure park - Madrisa Land in Klosters. And we dare you to try the magic of paragliding high in the fresh mountain air above the Alps or kayaking down one of the fast-flowing rivers. And of course, there are always the bike trails to explore.

Culinary Switzerland

Chocolate making has been engrained in Swiss culture since the 17th Century, so you must dip into one of the many chocolate-tasting experiences while you’re here - there's even a Chocolate Train experience from Montreux. And when you’re hiking in the mountains, it’s almost compulsory to stop at the many mountain huts and enjoy wholesome local dishes like rösti, raclette, or fondue.

Switzerland by train, bus, boat, or cable car is both exciting and relaxing. Swiss public transport takes you to the most beautiful mountain panoramas and romantic lakes. Covered by a variety of travel passes: 

Jungfrau Travel Pass - This great pass covers many excursions and walkers’ lifts in the Jungfrau Region including to Kleine Scheidegg, Schynige Platte, Harder Kulm, Männlichen, Pfingstegg, and First. Jungfraujoch is available for a supplement payable locally (approx. CHF 63 (CHF 75 Jun-Aug)).
Available from: Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Interlaken & Wilderswil (pre-bookable).

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass - Best for those wishing to explore further afield in the Bernese Oberland, this pass includes most benefits of the Jungfrau Travel Pass, plus regional trains to Gstaad, Bern, Lucerne and Meiringen and travel on the Brienzer Rothorn. Jungfraujoch is available for a supplement payable locally (approx. CHF99 adults, CHF30 children). Schilthorn is available for a supplement payable locally (50% off).
Available from: Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Interlaken, Wilderswil, and Kandersteg (pre-bookable).

Tell Pass - Best for exploring Lake Lucerne and further afield, this pass includes travel to the Pilatus Kulm, Rigi Kulm, Mount Titlis, and Stanserhorn for great walking opportunities. Unlimited boat trips on Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug as well as train travel to Meriringen, Engelburg & Arth-Goldau.
Available from: Lucerne and Weggis (pre-bookable).

Zermatt Peak Pass - Ideal for sightseers, walkers, and nature lovers alike, the Peak Pass gives you unlimited travel on Zermatt’s cable cars, gondolas, and mountain railways to discover the Matterhorn country terrain.
Available from: Zermatt (pre-bookable). High season July/ August. Low season all other months. 

Graubünden Pass - Great for exploring further afield in Graubünden on the regional trains including to Chur, St. Moritz, and Arosa, plus the incredible UNESCO Bernina Express (seat reservation extra).
Available from: Davos, Klosters (book locally).

Lake Geneva Regional Pass - This pass covers unlimited travel on trains, boats, and mountain transport around Lake Geneva including boats to Vevey, Geneva, Evian, Lausanne, Gruyères & Gstaad, and the Rochers-de-Naye mountain railway.
Available from: Montreux (pre-bookable).

Swiss Travel Pass - The Swiss Travel Pass entitles you to unlimited travel on consecutive days throughout the rail, bus, and boat Swiss Travel System network.
This pass also covers scenic routes including free journeys on local trams and buses in around 90 towns, cities, and Mount Rigi. The pass offers a 25 - 50% reduction on most other mountain-top trains and cable cars as well as free admission to more than 500 museums. 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 days. If you are staying in Grindelwald, Wengen, or Mürren other passes might be more suitable if you wish to travel only within the Jungfrau region.

The Swiss Half Fare Travel Card

Half Fare Card worth over £100 is included in your Inghams holiday to Switzerland. This card is included within your transfer rail ticket and entitles you to up to a 50% reduction on first and second-class travel on most of the superb Swiss transport network (trains, cable cars, boats, etc). It also gives free travel to children from 6 to 15 years old, accompanied by a parent with the Family Card. Grandparents traveling with grandchildren are also able to benefit from this offer with the purchase of the Grandparents Card (now known as Children's Co-Travelcard), a 30 CHF fee to pay locally.

Switzerland is a pleasure to explore independently using the world-renowned network of mountain railways, steamboats, and buses. There is a wealth of excursions available from pretty lakeside towns and castles to stunning waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Using your half-price travel card included in your holiday is a great value way to explore all that Switzerland has to offer!

Transfers to Swiss Resorts 

Transfers in Switzerland via Zurich and Geneva airports are by train, using the excellent Swiss Federal and mountain railways. Your journey route is set and may involve a change of trains, and some transfers also involve travel by local bus, boat, or cable car. Zurich and Geneva have railway stations within the airport. Onward transfers within resorts to/from your accommodation are by taxi/minibus/bus where necessary. Swiss trains, and railway stations, operate a "no-smoking" policy. The train journey route will be shown on your train ticket which will be emailed to you a few days before your departure.

Regions in Switzerland

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All the resorts of the Bernese Oberland have so much to offer. They provide a diverse landscape from the mountainous regions above the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the lakeside splendours and medieval towns on Lake Thun.

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Experience the perfect summer holiday in the region of Graubünden, where the resorts of Davos and Klosters lie in a beautiful Alpine valley. Enjoy the superb walking terrain and discover this wonderful region with free use of mountain lifts.

Resorts in Graubunden Region

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A super Swiss lake with an intriguingly intricate shape, Lake Lucerne’s tantalising tentacles spread into four different cantons and are just begging to be explored - and you can do just that on a fleet of restored paddle steamers which plies back and forth against a background of snow-capped mountains such as Rigi and Pilatus.

Resorts in Lake Lucerne

Grindelwald gets a lion's share of the best walking trails in the Jungfrau region with gondolas up both sides of the mountain from its lush valley location. Summer holidays here promise spectacular scenery and plenty of adventure activities for all ages.

Best for: Walkers of all abilities, families, nature, activities, sightseeing

Paraglider over Interlaken

Interlaken sits between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is nicknamed the adventure capital of Switzerland, with a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy. It's a fantastic base to explore the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, thanks to the Jungfrau railway network and the extensive walking and biking routes. 

Great for: easy, moderate, and challenging walks; families with teens

 

Mountain View of Oeschinensee

Kandersteg is an attractive alpine village enjoying a relaxed and friendly atmosphere surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery in all directions. The main street is lined with inviting cafés and small shops and the walking possibilities are excellent with an abundance of trails around and above the village.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids, families with teens

Mürren sits at the foot of the Schilthorn peak

Mürren is one of the most enchanting mountain villages of Switzerland. Unspoilt by traffic, it sits on a sunny terrace high up above the Lauterbrunnen valley, and is reached only by cable-car.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks

Wengen village and valley

Hike amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps in Wengen, located on a sunny plateau above the dramatic Lauterbrunnen valley with the peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger towering above. 

Great for: challenging, moderate and easy hikes, families with kids, families with teens

Schynige Platte Cog Railway

Wilderswil is a charming, traditional Bernese village with a peaceful, rural ambience and wooden chalets dating back to the 17th Century. Set amidst flower-strewn meadows at the edge of the Bernese Alps, it's really well-placed for exploring the Jungfrau region and Lakes Thun and Brienz.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks

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With over 700 kilometres of marked walking trails, Davos is one of Switzerland's top walking destinations, located in a beautiful alpine valley in the Graubünden region with lush valleys and dramatic mountain peaks.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids, families with teens

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Set in a stunning valley of green meadows strewn with farms and sun-worn chalets, Klosters is a peaceful village, with wonderful scope for walking. It is surrounded by rolling hills and rural activity, providing a spectacular backdrop for the varied walking terrain.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids, families with teens

Lucerne Chapel Bridge

Occupying a stunning position on the banks of Lake Lucerne where the River Reuss meets the lake, Lucerne is a fascinating and colourful city winning the hearts of its many visitors. Small enough to discover on foot, with plenty of variety from city walks, lakeside strolls and mountains to discover.

Great for: easy and moderate walks

The picturesque villages of Weggis is located right on the shores of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by rolling green hills and interesting walking. Take a lunch cruise, try stand-up paddling on the lake, or head over to discover the city of Lucerne. 

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids

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Lake Geneva is an immense lake enjoying an unusually mild climate, and surrounded by gentle hillsides covered in vineyards & gardens. Montreux has a beautiful lakeside promenade lined with palm trees and flowers.

Great for: easy walks

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Beautifully positioned with a magnificent backdrop of snow-dusted peaks and cool blue glaciers, Saas Fee is a picturesque car-free mountain village retaining the charm of its rural past, with narrow streets and sun-worn barns.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids, families with teens

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Surrounded by some of Europe’s highest mountains and famous for the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a charming traffic-free village with amazing walking opportunities, dazzling glaciers, and an excellent mountain transport network.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids, families with teens

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Fly into: Geneva or Zurich on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May to October

Fly from: Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh .

 

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Switzerland Holiday FAQs

Why is Switzerland great for walking?

Switzerland is a great destination for those wanting to walk or hike, with access to a vast supply of trails through traditional Swiss villages, abundant wildlife and past dramatic views. With over 7,000 lakes and 4,000 snow-capped peaks to explore, Switzerland is a must for walking enthusiasts who crave adventure with a breathtaking backdrop. Read our guide to walking in Switzerland.

Are there walking trails suitable for beginners in Switzerland?

Definitely! Switzerland is a dream for walkers, with trails that cater to all levels of hikers and an amazing public transport system. From shimmering lakes and rolling meadows to snow-capped peaks and storybook villages, Switzerland has it all.

How hard are the walks in Switzerland?

The walks in Switzerland vary in difficulty. Take a leisurely stroll along the lakeside promenades from Interlaken, or complete a steep ascent to one of the summits in Grindelwald. Discover our Walking in Switzerland guide to find out more about the beautiful Swiss walking routes available.

Are there any guided walks available in Switzerland?

Yes! Included in your holiday at a number of our Swiss resorts you'll have the chance to join a small group of fellow travellers on up to two exclusive Inghams guided day walks, led by a professional guide. Read our Guided Walks guide to find out more.

Where are the best viewpoints in Switzerland?

Switzerland has some incredible viewpoints, including the fantastic view of the world’s most photographed mountain, taken from the Klein-Matterhorn. On the top of Europe, a visit to Jungfraujoch, by the cog railway, puts a jewel in the crown of any visit to Grindelwald, Wengen or Interlaken. There's also an alpine world made of ice, snow and rocks with views over Aletsch glacier which is a must-see when visiting Switzerland.

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