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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

Matterhorn Mountain in the mist with Sherpa Expeditions walking holiday

Walking the Bernese Oberland and Reichenbach Falls | 8 Days

A fantastic introduction to the delights of Switzerland during this self-guided walking trek around the classic Alpine peaks, Wetterhorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and The Matterhorn plus so much more!

From £890pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various departures daily from June to September
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
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
 follow the Rhone river from Geneva to Lyon on this cycling tour

Self-Guided Cycling Via Rhona: Geneva to Lyon

Cycle at your own pace through lush green vineyards on rolling hills; Alpine forests on the banks of crystal lakes; small traditional French villages (stop and taste fresh local cheeses and wines) and fortified castle walls…enjoy the Rhone!

€885 per person based on double occupancy. Tour price is dependent on time of season and current exchange rates.

8 days
Self-guided tour: starts any Sunday from April through October
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 £1100pp based on twin sharing

9 Days
Various departures from July to September
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
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
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
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
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
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
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