Whatever your reason for visiting Switzerland, you’ll depart enriched and enchanted by the magic of this landlocked nation and the beauty of its breathtaking landscapes.
Switzerland is a destination synonymous with fantastic alpine landscapes, and its striking mountains, quaint villages, idyllic lakes and vast forests are a joy to explore. Whether on a short break or longer holiday, our travel guide will help you to start planning a trip.
The country benefits from one of the best national public transport systems in the world and meticulous Swiss efficiency means you can enjoy the whole country without a car, whether you prefer travelling on trains, boats, cable cars, on foot or by bike. With some of the most dramatic railway journeys in the world – from the breathtaking mountain passes of the Glacier Express to lakeside stretches along Lake Geneva – visitors can discover stunning scenery that’s inaccessible by road and relax in the tranquility of car-free resorts. Take to the water on one of the country’s 12 navigable lakes, including spectacular Luzern where old-fashioned paddle steamers cruise against a backdrop of towering mountain ranges, or journey on one of the distinctive yellow postbuses that cover a network of nearly 12,000km.
Beyond the abundance of natural activities there are thousands of fine museums, castles, mansions and outstanding churches to discover. The UNESCO-listed old town of capital city Bern is home to over 6km of covered arcades, and as well as being one of the world’s foremost financial centres, Zürich has a vibrant cultural scene with many theatres, museums and concert halls to entertain visitors. For adventure-seekers, the Bernese Oberland abounds with opportunities for outdoor activities, offering exceptional winter sports facilities, miles of walking and cycling trails and some of Europe’s favourite climbing peaks.