Excursions in Switzerland take you to breathtaking mountain panoramas and beautiful mountain lakes, in which the peaks of the mountains are reflected. Impressive glaciers, wild waterfalls, alpine meadows, mountain peaks and other spectacular natural landscapes want to be discovered by you.
Sixty percent of the destinations in Switzerland are in the Alps, the Central Plateau accounts for about thirty percent and the remaining ten percent are in the Jura. The destinations are very varied and it is not unusual to be able to combine several in one trip.
Switzerland is known for its high mountain peaks. There are 48 four-thousand-metre peaks in Switzerland alone, plus 329 three-thousand-metre peaks. In total there are more than 8,800 mountain peaks in Switzerland.
Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
Most of the peaks are accessible by mountain railways. Centuries-old nostalgic rack railways or super-modern cable cars with 360-degree panoramic views take you up to the Swiss mountain peaks.
Crystal-clear mountain lakes invite you to cool off in summer by swimming or hiking around the lake. When white mountain peaks are reflected in the lakes in summer, many a hike becomes a breathtaking experience.
Most mountain lakes can be reached directly by cable car, aerial cableway or chair lift. A variety of water activities on the Swiss lakes, such as rowing, kayaking or kite surfing, are becoming increasingly popular. There are about 1,500 lakes in Switzerland.
In Switzerland, at least 65 caves have been opened up. Among them are alpine karst caves, artificially created caves of our ancestors, caves with fossil remains of animals, crystal caves or stalactite caves. Other caves were formerly used for underground mills or for mining minerals and salts. Many of these caves are open to the public and have interesting lighting concepts. You can take a boat trip on an underground lake in one of the largest Swiss caves.
A cave in the Swiss Jura has a 250,000 year old stalactite that has reached a height of fifteen metres. Some of the larger caves offer artistic and gastronomic events. The largest accessible cave system in Switzerland is more than 200 kilometres long.
Glaciers in Switzerland still cover more than 1,100 km2. Glacier tours in summer are becoming more and more popular and because of dangerous crevasses you should go on one of these tours with an experienced mountain guide.
For the journey you use cable cars and chair lifts. There is even a cogwheel railway that takes you up to an altitude of almost 3,500 metres directly to the entrance to the glacier.
Switzerland is considered a museum country. In 2019 there were 1,129 registered museums, including exhibitions, which provided their own rooms for collections.
National Museum Zurich
Most of the museums are located in the municipalities as regional and local museums and contain collections that relate to that region or place. Art museums, technical museums and historical museums together make up another third of the museums.
Farms in Switzerland offer stable visits, horse rides or stroking possibilities. Llama and alpaca trekking tours are increasingly in demand, and there are about forty providers in Switzerland.
Encounters with the animals on the farm over a cheese fondue, bread roll or barbecue are also very popular. And there is always time for BuureZmorge, the popular brunch on the farm.
Switzerland’s infrastructure is very well developed by international comparison. The public road network amounts to more than 21,500 kilometres (as of 2015), plus more than 5,000 kilometres of track. 127 kilometres of rack railway line and almost 1,000 kilometres of cableways complete the Swiss infrastructure and are due to the special mountain situation in this country.
For pure leisure traffic, 66,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails and 20,000 kilometres for cyclists and mountain bikers are added.
You travel on the entire network of the Swiss Travel System with the Swiss Travel Pass or the Swiss Travel Pass Flex for an agreed number of days. This includes
50% discount on most mountain railways
It is also valid for many municipal transport companies
The same discounts apply to General Abonnements (GA).
Webcams are now common on the mountain peaks. You can get information about the summit and the current weather there before you arrive.
The WSL (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research) – Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF publishes daily updates on the current avalanche and snow situation in Switzerland.
This app is not only useful for skiers, but also for various winter sports
Many tourist offers include reduced rates for families. You can also find combined maps for hikes with mountain railway and mountain restaurant on the regional tourism pages.