Dream now ... travel later

Switzerland. Close your eyes and picture the majestic mountains. Larch and pine trees creating a swathe of green on the lower reaches; maybe a snowcapped peak or two on the highest crests. The contrast of the blue sky. And the water: sparkling lakes, icy streams gushing with alpine meltwater, scenic waterfalls. 

Acknowledged as one of the world's most beautiful landscapes, Switzerland is certainly a place for daydreams. If you've been before, you'll have wonderful memories of that glorious scenery - the places you visited, the views you had from your hotel balcony or through the window of your scenic rail carriage. Warm memories of enjoying a drink in the sun with your family or friends, or people you met while on holiday. 

Haven't been before? Take a moment to picture yourself in Switzerland. Things may be on hold for now, but the mountains and lakes are eternal and when we can travel again, they will be waiting for you.  

Dream now ... travel later. In the meantime, here is a small taste of Switzerland to inspire your dreams.

The Matterhorn

Matterhorn

Matterhorn

The Matterhorn - symbol of Switzerland, renowned the world over for its iconic silhouette and spellbinding views. 

Mesmerised by the Matterhorn? You can enjoy a holiday in the idyllic, car-free resort of Zermatt, which sits at the foot of the mountain. Well known as a superb ski resort, Zermatt is also a charming place to visit during the summer months, with its traditional chalet-style buildings and fresh mountain air. You can travel via cable car or mountain railway to high altitude beauty spots and enjoy views of the Matterhorn from captivating new angles. Glorious alpine vistas, icy clear mountain lakes, scenic walking trails: holiday perfection.

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne sums up quintessential Switzerland. The vast blue lake is surrounded by mighty mountains to create dazzingly beautiful scenery. Stay in historic Lucerne with its boutiques, museums and restaurants or opt for a quieter village on the water's edge such as Weggis or Brunnen. A highlight for everyone must be taking a lake cruise on the clear waters - stay on board for the day to experience the full beauty of the lake and its surrounding scenery. Don't worry, you can enjoy a fine lunch on board, or hop off at one of the villages for a meal in a lakeside café.

Cruise top tip - upgrade to a first class ticket for access to the quieter upper deck. 

Scenery near Davos

Monstein, near Davos

Monstein, near Davos

This idyllic alpine scene is Monstein village, not far from the resorts of Davos and Klosters in the Graubünden countryside.

You can visit this area for the day, enjoying walks on the Rinerhorn mountain and stopping for a picnic lunch with an almighty view! Monstein even boasts Switzerland's highest brewery; enquire in the resort tourist offices for details of visits. Davos and Klosters are good choices for summer mountain holidays, with a wide variety of alpine visits close at hand and plenty of walking trails with marvellous scenery that will linger in your memory for years to come. 

Glacier Express

Glacier Express

Glacier Express

Glacier Express, the most famous journey in Switzerland, is made for dreaming.

On this slow journey across the Alps (between the high altitude resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz), the huge panoramic windows allow you to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and truly relax as the glorious sights unfold. The journey is the highlight of a Switzerland holiday for many people! Lunch is served at your seat in 1st and 2nd class. Celebrating a special anniversary or birthday? Upgrade to stylish Excellence Class, where you will be treated as a VIP while you traverse the spectacular mountains and gorges. 

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano

Switzerland with a Mediterranean feel!

Heartbreakingly beautiful Lake Lugano, on the border with Italy, combines the bluest water with the lushest green mountains and an explosion of colourful flowers at the water's edge. Relax in the balmy sunshine and enjoy the dolce vita. This view is taken from Parco Ciani in the heart of Lugano itself - a superb resort for a relaxing lakeside holiday. There are plenty of restaurants with delicious Italian style dishes to try. After dinner, it is a joy to slowly wander along the lake promenade, totally carefree as you take in the exquisite views.

Wengen

Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen

Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen

The Bernese Oberland is one of our favourite places in Switzerland, with unbelievably beautiful mountain scenery and innumerable walking trails. The best place to stay? It's hard to choose between the pretty villages of Grindelwald, Mürren and Wengen as they all offer the visitor a marvellous holiday in the Jungfrau mountains. We've handpicked our hotels in all the resorts, so you can be sure of a warm welcome and good food to look forward to when you return from your days out.

The Hotel Alpenrose in Wengen is just one example of a lovely, family-run hotel that we've been working with for over 25 years. 

Bernina Express

Bernina Express

Bernina Express

The Bernina Express travels through the most perfect alpine scenery.

You can enjoy the journey as a part of a two centre lakes and mountains holiday, staying in St. Moritz and Lugano. Alternatively, you can book a Bernina Express day trip, which allows you to experience the indescribably scenic journey from a number of Graubünden resorts. There are viaducts, bridges and tunnels to help the train traverse the mountains and plenty of magnificent views to thrill you along the way. An unforgettable day on this impressive Swiss rail journey.  

Read more about Switzerland holidays

The Swiss Holiday Company offers a tailor made service, with holidays throughout country in the resorts mentioned above and many more. We can book the Glacier and Bernina Express and other scenic trains which cross the spectacular lakes and mountains landscape. Call our Switzerland experts on 0800 619 1200 to discuss your holiday plans!

Traditional Wengen

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Mountain holiday

3 star Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen

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Lugano lakeside

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Lakeside holiday

3 star Hotel Federale, Lugano

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Stunning views from Mount Rigi

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Best of both holiday

3 star+ Hotel Waldstätterhof, Lucerne

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