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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

Rail Journey in Switzerland - Across the Roof of Europe

From the Eiger to the Matterhorn, discover classic Alpine landscapes on a fantastic rail journey - including a chance to ride the Glacier Express - through the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, enjoying genuine Swiss hospitality along the way.
From £2170pp (from £2495pp 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 places to stay in Switzerland

Whitepod

Whitepod, Swiss Alps

Tucked beneath the Dents du Midi above the Swiss alpine town of Les Cerniers, this innovative low-impact, hi-tech camp of domed “pods” is a glimpse of how eco chalets could look in the future. Winter perfectly placed for skiing, summer for walking.
15 pods for 2, 1 refuge for up to 72

Pods from €234. Refuge from €47 Euros pp for double, €20 pp for dorm

More holidays in Switzerland

Pretty villages of the Engadine

Walking in Switzerland - The Villages of the Engadine

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 on this self guided walking holiday travelling from hotel to hotel..

From £1060pp (from £1440pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from June - October 2016
Magnificent walking

Walking in Switzerland - The 'High Route'

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, which you can explore on this self guided walking tour.

From £945pp (from £1255pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from June-October
Walk through some beautiful villages

Walking in Switzerland - Wildflowers in the Engadine

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 single centre hotel base.

From £850pp (from £1270pp inc rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures in June
Trekking with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Walk The Haute Route | 9 Days

Swiss walking holiday for the experienced walker, travel through high mountains and low valley accommodations on this challenging but self-guided and rewarding trek at your own pace.

From £1050pp based on twin sharing

9 Days
Various departures from July to September
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 £839.

8 days
Saturdays from May to Sep
Snowshoeing Switzerland

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Meisser, Guarda

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 £1250pp (including rail) based on two people sharing.

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from December 2016 March
From the Eiger to the Matterhorn Iconic peaks of the Bernese Oberland & Valais

Walking in Switzerland - From the Eiger to the Matterhorn

This is a holiday promising challenge and fulfilment, covering over 150km and at times reaching altitudes of almost 3,000 metres.

From £2225 (including rail) based on two people sharing

12 Days
Various departures from June to October
The Glacier Express takes you through Switzerland's stunning scenery

Glacier and Bernina Express: Switzerland by Train

Enjoy some of most spectacular rail journeys in the world, including the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express, offering beautiful views over the Alps, from your bases at Interlaken and Chur - from where you can explore Switzerland by rail.

See full itinerary

5 days
Daily
Spectacular views with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Walk the Alpine Pass Route | 14 Days

Join Sherpa Expeditions Swiss alpine walking, encompassing a wonderful range of landscapes as you stroll on a self-guided trek at your own pace through much of the best mountain scenery Switzerland has to offer.

From £1450pp based on twin sharing

14 Days
Various departures daily from July to September
 Emerald water surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains

Lake Oeschinensee & Beyond, walk Switzerland

Arguably one of Switzerland’s most exquisite lakes, emerald Oeschinensee is one of the jewels of the Bernese Oberland, set in an amphitheatre of mountains which at points rise sheer from the water as you walk at your own speed in Switzerland.

From £1110 (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 Days
Various departures from June to October
Hotel le Grand Chalet Favre - dining room

Skiing in Switzerland, Grand Chalet Favre, St-Luc

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. Perfect for the whole family

From £1125 per person (including rail from UK)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from December to April
Self guided walking holidays in Switzerland with Inntravel

Walking in Switzerland - The Bernese Oberland

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, self-guided and hotel-to-hotel, offers breath-taking scenery and thrilling vistas.

From £895pp (from £1235pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from June- 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 May to Sep
Valais vista

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

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

From £1375 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from DecemberApril Saturday/Sunday
Discover stunning snow-covered Alpine scenery by train

Peaks of Switzerland by Train

Visit Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station - 'the top of Europe' and journey around the beautiful landscape of Switzerland by train with a Swiss Pass, as well as visits to Lucerne and Interlaken.

See full itinerary

5 days
Daily
Sweet chalet style hotel

Cross country skiing in Kandersteg

Semi-guided cross country ski week aimed at beginners and those wanting to improve. Breathtaking scenery - the Matterhorn, Dents du Midi, Mont Blanc - with beautifully groomed trails (direct from hotel) linking postcard-pretty villages.

Tour only from £979. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

8 Days
Departs Sundays from Dec to March
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 £1299. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Every two days from Jun to Sep
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!

£1295

11 days (land only)
Various Thursday departures from July to September
Cross country skiing

Skiing in Switzerland, Castle Hotel, Blitzingen

Choose this truly hospitable and tranquil 4-star hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country and downhill skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels. Fully catered, perfect for families.

From £1180pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December-March
Hiking on the Alpine Pass Route with Sherpa Expeditions walking holidays

Alpine Pass Route Guided Walk | 14 Days

Swiss Alpine walk encompassing a wonderful range of landscapes on Sherpa Expeditions guided trip.

From £1750pp based on twin sharing

14 Days
Various deaprtures from July to August
Walking holiday Switzerland, Val d'Anniviers

Walking In Switzerland - Towards the Matterhorn

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 £715pp (from £1048pp inc rail) based in two people sharing

6 days/7 nights.
Various departures June-September
Bustling Christmas market in Europe

Basel Christmas Market

With as many as 140 stalls selling Swiss handicrafts you'll be spoilt for choice. Highlights are the many concerts, the longest illuminated Christmas street in Europe and Basel’s “Winter Magic’ with a Ferris wheel and ice rink.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Swiss Alps reflected in a silent lake

The Haute Route Guided Walking | 9 Days

Join Sherpa Expeditions for a classic Itinerary making up this ideal Swiss guided walking holiday where the paths are little trodden, giving rise to an excellent variety of alpine flowers and frequent sightings of alpine animals for you to see.

From £1450pp based on twin sharing

9 Days
Various departures during July
Beside Swiss Lakes Cycling, Switzerland

The Swiss Lakes Cycling, Switzerland

This lakeside holiday, hotel to hotel, 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 and good food daily

From £1228 

9 Days
Every 2 days from May to September
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 £1099 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

11 days
Departs every two days all year around
Self guided walking holidays in Switzerland

Walking in Switzerland - Lake Lucerne

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

From £1098pp (from £1398pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from June to October
Learn new skills

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

This is a deservedly popular hotel in a village with cross-country skiing for all levels, fun downhill skiing, winter walking and much more. Perfect family holiday, slopes are great for beginners - stay in a high-quality 3-star hotel with pool.

From £1045 per person (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from December March
Jungfrau Train

Rail Journey in Switzerland - Across the Roof of Europe

From the Eiger to the Matterhorn, discover classic Alpine landscapes on a fantastic rail journey - including a chance to ride the Glacier Express - through the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, enjoying genuine Swiss hospitality along the way.

From £2170pp (from £2495pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

13 days, 14 nights
Various departures from June-October
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 (based on two people travelling together)

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 2016
Easy Alpine Climbing routes ideal for beginners on Bernese Oberland Switzerland

Trekking the Bernese Oberland (East) in Switzerland

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

£1495 land only

8 days
Various Saturday departures from July to August