Visit the Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Forbidding mountain faces, glacier-fed lakes, emerald-green pastures and conifer forests — Switzerland is home to some of the Alps’ highest peaks and most impressive panoramas. But there’s more to this country than just its Alpine scenery.
Our specialists have trekked the Swiss Alps from the shores of Lake Geneva to the easternmost peaks on the Italian border. They can guide you whether you want to relax in a mountain spa, sample the country’s renowned cheese and chocolate or take a panoramic train ride over stone-arched bridges and through mountain tunnels.
You can travel from lakeside vineyards to snowy glaciers in the space of a day. Taste the wines from the lowland valleys and walk the silent pine forests. Hike the grassy foothills above the tree line, then taste local cheeses subtly touched by each specific pasture’s bouquet of mountain flowers. Or venture toward the peaks: the shark-tooth of the Matterhorn, the glacier-lined wilds of Gornergrat or the heady views from Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe.
The high Alpine resort towns of Zermatt, Gstaad and St. Moritz are known for some of Europe’s best winter sports, but are also havens for warm-weather activity and high-style relaxation. Whatever the time of year, the Swiss Alps invite you to wander.
Places to visit in the Swiss Alps
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Swiss Alps, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Swiss Alps
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Swiss Alps, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Swiss Alps
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Swiss Alps
- St. Moritz The Swiss Alps
- Zermatt The Swiss Alps
- Grindelwald 26 miles away
- Wengen 31 miles away
- Interlaken 35 miles away
- Bernese Oberland 35 miles away
- Lucerne 36 miles away
- Lugano 43 miles away
- Zürich 56 miles away
- Bern 60 miles away
- Montreux 80 miles away
- Lake Geneva 98 miles away
- Geneva 119 miles away
Photos of the Swiss Alps
Accommodation choices for the Swiss Alps
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Swiss Alps. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located in the heart of St. Moritz, the Steffani is a classic Alpine resort with pine furnishings, wood flooring and log fires. You can walk to the funicular, head to the shops or stay in and enjoy the spa and fine dining that the Steffani offers.
The Unique Hotel Eden is located steps from exclusive shopping boutiques in a quiet, pedestrian-only area of St. Moritz. It offers a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere for guests, and pine accents throughout the hotel give it that authentic Alpine feel.
The boutique, family-run Hotel Bellerive is an intimate, stylish and comfortable hideaway tucked into the middle of Zermatt. Enjoy balconies in every room, a locally made hearty breakfast buffet and a location convenient to the attractions around the Matterhorn.
The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is the high-end hub of resort life in the Alpine village of Zermatt, with the familiar Matterhorn as its backdrop. Arrive by horse and carriage, then enjoy indulgent comfort in the luxe rooms, gourmet restaurants and full-service spa.
The Hotel Daniela provides traditional Alpine comfort in the heart of Zermatt. Traditionally decorated rooms, with timbered roofs, Alpine scenes and textiles made from the hoteliers’ own wool, all add to the feeling of home that this family-run hotel seeks to create.