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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 holidays in Switzerland

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 £1990pp based on twin sharing

14 Days
Various deaprtures from July to August
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
Train with Monch views! On Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Meiringen: Panoramas of the Swiss Alps | 5 Days

Walk and see the panorama's of the Swiss Alps as you hike beneath the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau lakes, gorges, glaciers and dramatic alpine scenery as you walk at your own pace on this self guided tour.

From £650pp based on twin sharing

5 days
Various departures daily from May to October
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
Cross-country skiiing in Sils

Skiing & Winter Walking, Sils, Switzerland

Nestled in the western end of Switzerland's Engadine Valley, the atmospheric village of Sils offers the perfect winter wonderland in which to enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing, winter walking and picturesque rail journeys.

From £1295 per person (inc flights) for 7 nights, based on two people sharing

7 nights, 8 days or 10 nights, 11 days (min. stay may apply)
Various departures from December to March
Ferry on Premium Rhine Cruise

Premium Rhine Cruise

This is a truly relaxing holiday cruising along the river Rhine and stopping off at various cultural and historic castles, cities and towns. Explore on land as well as enjoying beautiful views from aboard the deluxe 5 star ship.

From £2695

8 days
Various departures in June
Bridge over the river Traditional Glacier Express, Switzerland

Traditional Glacier Express, Switzerland

This holiday encompasses breathtaking views on a rail journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Explore the historic towns Chur, Poschiavo and the mountain resort of Kandersteg, as well as travelling on the iconic Glacier Express.

From £1335

8 days
Various departures from April to October
Village overlooking Lake Garda

Enchanting Lake Garda

Our eight day Lake Garda rail holiday is based in Desenzano, on the shores of the lake. Enjoy exciting excursions to picturesque Sirmione, famous for its imposing 13th century castle as well as lively Verona and Venice.

From £945

8 days
Various departures from April to October
Classic Glacier Express (Brig to Chur)

Classic Glacier Express (Brig to Chur)

Experience the iconic Glacier Express and enjoy classic rail journeys through central Europe, the Interlaken with views of the Jungfrau. Relax on the fabulous Bernina Express with a backdrop of stunning views and scenery.

From £2035

9 days
Various departures April to October
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.
Various departures from January to March
Beside Lake Como, Italy

Beside Lake Como, Italy

This rail tour explores pretty little Italian towns and admires gorgeous mountain scenery. Discover the history and culture that surrounds the picturesque Lake Como by Bernina Express and steamer.

From £1395

10 days
Various departures April to September
Swiss train journey

Travel on the Jungfrau Express train

Breathtaking views from the 'Top of Europe', combined with journeys by mountain railway on the Jungfrau Railway and lake steamers, all from our base in the quintessentially Swiss town of Meiringen - a favourite destination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

From £2055

9 days.
various departures from May to September