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Green Holidays in Switzerland

This pint-sized country at the heart of Europe packs more breathtaking scenery into its small area than most countries several times its size: dominated by the towering peaks of the Alps, Switzerland is paradise for snow sports enthusiasts, walkers and the millions of people who have found themselves spellbound by dramatic vistas of jagged mountains reflected in crystal clear lakes.

With busy, dynamic cities and picturesque half-timbered villages, fairytale castles and vineyard-carpeted hill country, Switzerland's appeal is endless, and its vastly varied landscapes give the opportunity for all sports and activities imaginable.

Add into the mix a wealth of eco-friendly places to stay, this is a country which prides itself on its natural environment - so it's no surprise the Swiss Tourist Board has a dedicated section on Sustainable tourism in Switzerland on its website.

Switzerland is also closer than you might think: just a few hours from St Pancras on the train, so you can travel with a clear conscience - and it's also possible to ski and snowboard without ruining the environment, check out greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's guide to responsible skiing.

Below are some of the best green places to stay and holidays in this stunning country, all of which you can reach by train or ferry - from a ski holiday in beautiful Blitzingen to walking around Lake Lucerne and some of the world's most spectacular rail journeys through the Alps.

Jungfrau Train

A Grand Tour of Switzerland

Discover classic Alpine landscapes on a fantastic journey - including the Glacier Express - through the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, enjoying genuine Swiss hospitality along the way.
From £1895pp (from £2240pp inc rail) based on 2 people...

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How to travel by train from London to Switzerland

 

Our detailed travel planner shows you how to take the train from the UK to Switzerland, where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Follow these links to find more information on these journeys:
Train from London to Geneva
Train from London to Zürich
Train from London to Lausanne

Our detailed travel planner shows you how to take the train from the UK to Switzerland, where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Follow the links below to find out more information on these journeys:

Train from London to Geneva
Train from London to Lausanne
Train from London to Zürich

A Golden Pass Panoramic train journeys through Switzerland.A Golden Pass Panoramic train journeys through Switzerland.

More holidays in Switzerland

Self guided walking holidays in Switzerland with Inntravel

Walking the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland

The Bernese Oberland is well-known as the most dramatic region of Switzerland and perfect for exploring by foot. The walk, from valley to valley, offers breath-taking scenery and thrilling vistas.

From £880pp (from £1235pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
10 June-4 October 2015; start any day
The Swiss Lakes Cycling, Switzerland

The Swiss Lakes Cycling, Switzerland

This lakeside holiday, on virtually traffic free lanes offers effortless self guided cycling on interest packed routes. Past Roman remains, majestic chateau and postcard pretty villages, with swimming opportunities everyday.

From £1228 tour only Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 Days
Every 2 days from 7 May to 24 Sep
Magnificent walking

Walking the 'High Route', Switzerland

In the whole Alpine region, no ridge of mountains can boast such romance as that combining the high route of Switzerland: the awe-inspiring peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, all around 4,000 metres.

From £925pp (from £1232pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 27 June to 4 October 2015; start any day
Learn new skills

Skiing in Kandersteg, Switzerland

This is a deservedly popular hotel in a village with cross-country skiing for all levels, fun downhill skiing, winter walking and much more.

From £960 per person (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
19 December 2015 to 20 March 2016

Skiing in St-Luc, Switzerland

For relaxing but first-rate downhill skiing, the majestic and undiscovered Val d’Anniviers is unbeatable. Here, the 4-star Hotel Bella Tola offers fittingly elegant accommodation, wonderful cuisine and spa facilities.

From £1232 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 December 2015 to 27 March 2016; start Saturday/Sunday
Cycle through the bucolic scenery around Lake Constance

Lake Constance Cycling Tour

Beautifully flat, flexible cycling tour following impeccably signed lakeside paths past poppy-dusted fields, vineyards and cherry orchards. Plenty of options to hop on/off local trains to shorten/lengthen your cycling days as you fancy.

From £1179 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

11 days
Every two days from 25 Apr to 4 Oct
Jungfrau Train

A Grand Tour of Switzerland

Discover classic Alpine landscapes on a fantastic journey - including the Glacier Express - through the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, enjoying genuine Swiss hospitality along the way.

From £1895pp (from £2240pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

11 days
13 June-1 October 2015; start any day
The Glacier Express

Glacier Express & Scenic Switzerland by First Class Rail

Journey to the roof of the Alps and enjoy fabulous scenery from alpine meadows to stunning lakes and picture-postcard towns and villages on this wonderful 7 night holiday.

From £1495.00 Per Person

8 days or tailor-made to your specific requirements
The Glacier Express departs year round and is tailor-made just for you. Dates in the Summer Season is from April to October 2015
Taking you to the water front

A Short Escape by Bike from Geneva

Switzerland presents it most beautiful region where pictures are too perfect! This leisurely tour takes you to fresh water, flat lands and to the foot of the mountains, through the vineyards of La Côte and into the medieval villages.

From £295 or 355 Euros per person based on double occupancy. Tour price is dependent on time of season and current exchange rates.

3 days
Self-guided tour. This tour runs from Monday to Friday, April through October.
Cool off your feet after walking through beautiful Alpine scenery

Walking in Davos, Switzerland

From your elegant 4-star hotel - with indoor pool, sauna, exquisite cuisine and extensive wines - there are over 430km of trail and footpaths to explore. Discover snow-capped peaks, flower-filled meadows, and beautiful Lake Davos.

From £827 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

8 days
Sundays from 31 May to 27 Sep
Easy Alpine Climbing routes ideal for beginners on Bernese Oberland Switzerland

Trekking the Bernese Oberland (East) in Switzerland

Spend 8 adventure-filled days enjoying high-level trekking and easy climbing in the beautiful Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, one of the most impressive mountain groups in the European Alps. FREE EQUIPMENT HIRE

£1295 land only

8 days
11 Jul, 15 Aug and 29 Aug 2015
Pretty villages of the Engadine

Walking through the villages of the Engadine, Switzerland

Step into another world as you explore the idyllic, Romansch-speaking Engadine Valley and its timeless villages, some of the most beautiful in all of the Alps.

From £1015pp (from £1398pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
10 June-4 October 2015; start any day

Skiing in Zuoz, Switzerland

Excellent cross-country and downhill skiing for all levels, plenty of winter walking, glorious scenery…romantic Zuoz has it all.

From £1095 per person (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 December 2015 to 13 March 2016; Start any day by air; any day except Sunday by rail
Dine with incredible views in the Swiss Alps

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

A walkers paradise with 1000s of miles of well-marked trails, breathtaking natural beauty, rare Apline flowers and abundant wildlife awaits on our independent walking holiday based at a friendly family-run hotel in the heart of the Bernese Oberland

Tour only from £767.

8 days
Saturdays from 30 May to 26 Sep
Oberhofen Castle on Lake Thun

Cycling around Interlaken lakes, Swiss Alps

On this week long cycling (and walking) holiday, you will cycle down pleasant country roads and designated cycle lanes, and walk along inviting footpaths, as your eyes are drawn to the beautiful snow-capped peaks in the background.

From £1172pp (from £1562pp inc rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 13 June to 4 October 2015; start any day
Self guided walking holidays in Switzerland

Walking around Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Walk through diverse landscapes, from mountain ridges to meadows on this wonderful week long holiday. Be awed by the stunning vistas of the lake, the varied nature and the picturesque villages.

From £1085pp (from £1378pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 6 June to 11 October 2015; start Thu-Tue
Walk through some beautiful villages

Walking & Wildflowers in the Engadine, Switzerland

Enjoy a walking holiday in the idyllic Engadine Valley in easternmost Switzerland, and discover carpets of wildflowers amidst wonderfully unspoiled scenery, on expertly guided walks from a truly wonderful hotel.

From £830pp (from £1250pp inc rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 13/14 June; 20/21 June 2015; start Saturday or Sunday
A typical view of the stunning scenery around Jungfrau

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk, Switzerland

Explore fabulous Alpine scenery and some of the finest high level walking trails in Europe, with thundering waterfalls, rolling glaciers and a stunning range of flowers and wildlife. High quality hotels and excellent cuisine throughout.

Tour only from £1199. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Every two days from 10 Jun to 20 Sep
Horse-drawn sleigh ride

Winter Activities in Kandersteg, Switzerland

Our winter activity weeks are ideal for those who have never been on a winter holiday before and want to find out if it’s for them, or for skiers who are interested in finding other ways to enjoy the snow.

£1162pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
9 & 10 January 2016
Self guided walking holidays in France

Walking in the Jura Alps, France/Switzerland

Explore the magical Jura Alps as you wend your way along high, broad ridges between France and Switzerland, from above Lake Geneva to Lake Neuchatel, discovering beautiful lakes, unspoiled, traditional villages and delicious regional cuisine.

From £865 per person (from £1135pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 1 June-4 October 2015; start any day Jul & Aug; Monday to Saturday other dates
Snowshoeing Switzerland

Winter Walking & Snowshoeing, Guarda, Switzerland

The sunny Engadine Valley in eastern Switzerland is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It is a place where winter is truly magical and is characterised by frozen lakes, quintessentially Alpine scenery and picture-book villages.

From £1085pp (including rail) based on two people sharing.

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 December 2015 to 20 March 2016

Skiing in Blitzingen, Switzerland

Choose this truly hospitable hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels.

From £1052pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
19 December 2015 to 20 March 2016
Stunning scenery and accessible walking for all

Swiss Mountain Trails; family self-guided walking holiday

Featuring exceptional, very friendly, hotels, this is a delightful route for all the family through magnificent Alpine scenery.

From £995 (£1285 inc. rail) per adult & from £585 (£775 inc.rail) per child based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 9 June to 20 September 2015; start any day
Tour de Monte Rosa Trek

Tour de Monte Rosa Trek - Classic Alpine walking holiday

A Classic Alpine trekking holiday around Switzerland`s highest peak, walking across the Teodulo Pass, the atmospheric Guglielmina Alpine Refuge, stunning Swiss Alps scenery. Simply one of Europe`s finest trekking holidays!

£1195

11 days (land only)
16 Jul and 20 Aug 2015

Skiing in Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg offers excellent pistes – and delightful cross-country trails – but what really makes the place is its refreshingly laid-back atmosphere – this is the quiet side of skiing. The 3-star Edelweiss is every bit as relaxed as the village.

From £855pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
19 December 2015 to 27 March 2016
Hotel le Grand Chalet Favre - dining room

Downhill skiing in St-Luc, Switzerland

For the classic downhill skiing experience from a Swiss chalet on the ‘quiet side of the mountain’, look no further than Le Grand Chalet Favre in the delightful village of St-Luc.

From £1252 per person (including rail from UK) or from £1232 including flights

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 Decmber 2015 to 27 March 2016
Dramatic vistas of rugged Alpine scenery as you hike

Secret Goms Valley Walk, Switzerland

Discover one of Switzerland's best-kept secrets - fantastic walking right off the tourist trail with a choice of routes every day. With snow-capped peaks, postcard-pretty villages and meadows ablaze with wild flowers.

From £1019 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

8 days
Sundays from 9 Jun to 15 Sep
Walking holiday Switzerland, Val d'Anniviers

Walking to the Matterhorn, Switzerland

This high-level route offers thoroughly rewarding and completely flexible walking through the awe-inspiring scenery of the little-discovered Val d’Anniviers, a high valley in the French-speaking Valais with a strong individuality and rich traditions.

From £818pp (from £1160 inc rail) based in two people sharing

6 days/7 nights.
20 June-30 September 2015, start any day
matterhorn-zermatt

The Matterhorn and the Glacier Express

From the unmistakable, pointy peak of the Matterhorn, travel on the World’s Slowest Express train to the glamorous resort of St Moritz. Visit the enchanting city of Strasbourg on the way south, and the cathedral city of Cologne on the way home.

from £1195 per person including rail travel from the UK

9 days
Departures all year round
Travel on the Classic Glacier Express Chur to Kandersteg

Travel on the Classic Glacier Express Chur to Kandersteg

This adventurous rail holiday provides opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps in their winter finery, and to enjoy the famous Glacier Express, surely the slowest, and certainly one of the most scenic 'express' trains in the world.

From £1,098

8 days.
From 25 January to 29 March