Holidays in Switzerland

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Switzerland Overview

Visiting Switzerland

Crystal-clear lakes, breathtaking summits, fairytale castles, chocolate-box villages and incredible mountain railways and cable cars. Where else could we be but Switzerland? Answers on a postcard… home!

Feel Switzerland

We’ll come clean; Switzerland is a very tidy country. Though the mountains’ snow-capped peaks are Europe’s spectacular showpiece, there’s plenty going on at ground level. Sparkling lakes, flower-strewn meadows, castles, churches and pretty villages with windows boxes ablaze with colour. The mountains can be explored by car, on foot or by the mountain railways and cable cars which provide unforgettable rides to the summits.

Explore Switzerland

Switzerland is a skier’s delight, and even in the pleasant summer climate, there’s an opportunity to ski if you travel high enough. For those not on the piste, the Swiss have fabulous carnivals, stylish resorts, sophisticated cities and around 20,000 miles of rivers (and lots of lakes) to explore. Hiking, biking and car are great ways to move around, but if you want to be one-up, balloon rides provide an unequalled way to rise above it all.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

Camping in Switzerland guarantees you access to some truly beautiful cities, as well as some of the most perfect scenery on the planet:

Geneva
On the shores of Lake Geneva you will find one of Europe’s most charming cities, with a host of sights to enjoy; from the famous Jet d’Eau fountain shooting water 140 metres in to the air, to the wonderful old town and St Peter’s Cathedral.

Berne
The Swiss capital is a beautiful, medieval city with a host of sandstone buildings, towers and bridges to enjoy. Built largely in the gothic style, it is most famous for the multitude of stone arcades that shelter its main promenades.

Interlaken
A lovely town in its own right, Interlaken is perhaps most famous for its views, as it stands in the shadows of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. A trip on the Jungfrau cog railway to the world’s highest railway station is also recommended.

Lucerne
Picture-postcard pretty, Lucerne is lined with historic houses and decorated with lovely frescoes. It also features the picturesque Chapel Bridge, a covered, wooden bridge decorated with heraldic and religious images, that crosses the lake.

Lugano
Lying on the lovely banks of Lake Lugano, the town has a wonderful, historic centre, with many fine buildings in the Italianate Lombardy style. It is also home to the Museo Cantonale d'Arte, where you will find works by Klee, Renoir and Degas.

Lausanne
With a perfect setting on the banks of Lake Geneva, and the Savoy Alps on the horizon, Lausanne is a very beautiful old town. It also offers a number of parks with a surprisingly Mediterranean feel, and perhaps the finest gothic cathedral in Switzerland.

Thun Castle
Built by the Dukes of Zähringen in the early 12th century, Schloss Thun is a striking and perfectly preserved medieval castle set high above the town of Thun. The interiors and even the dungeons are superb, as is the regional museum that is housed here.

St Léonard
This vast subterranean lake is the largest of its kind in all Europe. Measuring 300m long and up to 20m wide, the caverns have been beautifully lit, making the 30-minute guided boat trip a unique and memorable experience.

Thermal Baths, Leukerbad
The thermal baths at Leukerbad are some of the most popular in the Alps, and while there are many treatments available here, it is the chance to lie in thermal springs under clear skies that makes it such a popular attraction.

Great for younger kids

Happyland
Located in Granges, Happyland is Switzerland’s biggest theme park, with a wide range of rides and attractions for all ages, including the Splash River log flume for older children and teens, plus lots of fun rides for little ones.

Swiss Open-Air Museum, Ballenberg
This lovely farm museum features historic farm buildings in the style of all thirteen of Switzerland’s rural regions, together with more than 250 farm animals including sheep, goats, hens, bees, pigs and rabbits.

Great for older kids

Lake Thun
The lake offers more than 20 outdoor activities, including kayaking, paragliding, sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and bungee jumping, making it an evergreen favourite with older children and teens.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Ballooning
There is no better way to enjoy the majesty of the Swiss Alps than from a hot air balloon, and as there are reckoned to be no less than 600 balloons for hire in Switzerland, you will be spoiled for choice wherever you are in the country.

Golf
The high cost of land in Switzerland means that there are only about 30 courses in the whole country, and playing 18 holes can be very expensive. Nevertheless, if you play the courses at Geneva, Lucerne or Lausanne, you will find all they offer a superb setting.

Hiking
There are a multitude of hiking trails offering spectacular scenery in Switzerland, though the Chemin du Gruyère: The Swiss Chocolate and Cheese Trail, from Charmy, with its added sampling opportunities, is one of our favourites.

Cycling
Switzerland is a great place for both cycle touring and mountain biking. There are also no less than 53 marked regional routes that allow you to discover the best of your chosen region in a day, and plenty of cycle hire shops too.

Unmissable events in Switzerland

Montreux Jazz Festival – Early to Mid July
From humble beginnings in 1967, the Montreaux Jazz Festival has grown to become one of the most venerable Jazz events in the world, with acts such as Santana, BB King, Sting and Eric Clapton among its guests.

Jungfrau Music Festival – Early July
Interlaken hosts this popular festival of classical music every July, with orchestras of international standing taking the same stage as younger competitors in the festival’s competitive sections.

Lucerne Summer Festival – August/September
One of the leading European music festivals, the Lucerne Summer Festival offers you the chance to see some 30 symphonic concerts, together with a host of contemporary music.

Festival of the Future – Early August
Strangely named for a festival of Chamber Music, this appealingly informal event in Valais is designed to ensure a future for this charming but old-fashioned musical genre.

 

Places to visit - Eating out

Best-known for its cheese and chocolate, you will find that Switzerland offers a rich and varied cuisine with many influences: though the cheese dishes really are something special:

  • Raclette – Mild cheese made from the milk of cows from the high pastures, gently melted on a charcoal fire and served with hams and potatoes.
  • Kalbsbratwurst – Switzerland’s signature sausage, made from veal and often served by street vendors in the crispy roll they call Bürli.
  • Bündnerfleisch – Wafer-thin beef, air-dried in the high Alpine passes for at least 12 weeks and delicately flavoured with herbs and spices.
  • Willisauer Kirsch – This strong spirit made from Morello cherries is the ideal digestif after a rich meal, and the only acceptable alcoholic ingredient for Black Forest Gateaux.

Campsites in region

Susten Bella Tola pool
Bella Tola | Susten

The wine region isn’t the only little-known thing about Switzerland. Bella Tola parc is our only Swiss parc with a pool.

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Interlaken Manor Farm lake
Manor Farm | Interlaken

In Switzerland it’s not only the mountain air that catches your breath - it’s also the parcs like Manor Farm.

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Lauterbrunnen Camping Jungfrau restaurant
Jungfrau | Lauterbrunnen

We’re pretty sure you won’t have seen anything quite like Camping Jungfrau before.

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Location reviews

Switzerland reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
9.1
Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 216 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Michael

Wistaston
Eeally nice location lots of nice walks.Plenty to do if you are active.
Confirmed stay: 23 September 2013
10 out of 10

Beryl

Switzerland is a stunning country and this part of it is particularly awe inspiring - even the drive down is beautiful!
Confirmed stay: 19 September 2013
10 out of 10

clive

Beautiful country, so many scenic views and lovely landscapes, well worth a visit, will return!
Confirmed stay: 17 September 2013
10 out of 10

Confirmed guest

Interlaken is stunning. The Swiss seem to go out of their way to help visitors to the area. Travel passes into and out of town were used a lot and really good.
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
7 out of 10

Rebecca

Ngatea
Lovely scenery but we got rain and it was exceptionally cold and snowed to quite low for the time of year we were there so that didnt make it that pleasant
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
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