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Things to do in Switzerland

With over half of its landmass covered in mountains, Switzerland is best known for Alpine adventures, but it also boasts the lakefront Montreux Riviera, valleys full of half-timbered farmhouses and grazing cows, richly historical cities and grand 19th-century resort towns. Our specialists have picked out the best things to do in Switzerland, and can help you choose experiences based on your interests.

You can take a gondola to the top of a mountain and walk on the world’s longest glacier, or visit a traditional cheesemaking factory and see how they get the holes into Swiss cheese. Taste truffles at an exclusive chocolatier, then get on a cogwheel train that will take you to the top of a snowy massif. Whether you’d rather ride a luxury train through mountain tunnels in the Alps or take a boat to a grotto to learn how to make risotto, we can help you find the best ways to explore Switzerland.

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Ideas for experiencing Switzerland

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Switzerland, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • The train passes over the Landwasser viaduct

    Glacier express train journey

    St. Moritz

    The Glacier Express panoramic train meanders through the pine-covered valleys and barren mountain passes of the Swiss Alps between St. Moritz and Zermatt, and you can see it all while enjoying exceptional service on this day-long railway journey.

  • Les Diablerets

    Day trip to Gstaad


    This day trip takes you from lakeside vineyards to high Alpine peaks, where you can hike a glacier, walk suspended between mountains and visit the quiet playground of Hollywood’s elite. A panoramic train takes you back to Montreux through the Swiss countryside.

  • Risotto cooking station

    Cruise & cook risotto workshop


    Learn to make risotto from a local chef in a grotto restaurant on Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Cruise across the lake, enjoy the rustic hospitality, then prepare and eat a risotto dish with fresh ingredients, with local wine and appetizers.

  • Mt Pilatus excursion , Lucerne

    Day trip to Pilatus Kulm


    Take a boat ride, a steep tramway, a mountaintop walk and a gondola in this day-long trip to Mount Pilatus, which soars to several peaks above Lake Lucerne. You can revel in 360-degree views from the top of the tallest peak, Tomlishorn.

  • Stein am Rhein , Zurich

    Stein am Rhein


    Stein am Rhein boasts an impressive collection of 16th-century frescoes — all on the outsides of the medieval half-timbered buildings lining the old town’s Rathausplatz. Visit for a day, walk the storybook streets and stroll along the riverbank in this historic paradise.

  • Chocolate tasting in Lucerne

    Private chocolate tasting at a boutique chocolatier


    Get a glimpse into the workings of a boutique chocolatier, taste unusual single-origin chocolates and have a chance to make your own in this small-group visit to Max Chocolatier, one of the few small-batch chocolate makers in Switzerland.

  • Traditional cheese making

    Emmental Show Dairy


    The Emmental Show Dairy is the place to see where the best-known Swiss cheese gets made — and how. Take a tour of a working dairy and get a taste of the traditional methods used from the 18th century to today.

  • Schilthorn observatory

    Schilthorn Piz Gloria


    The summit of the Schilthorn provides 360-degree views of the Bernese Alps’ most renowned peaks, the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger. Soar through the mountain landscape in cable cars to the observation deck and revolving restaurant, which was featured in a 1960s James Bond movie.

  • Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe



    The highest train station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch gives you sweeping views of the Jungfrau, the Mönch and the Eiger, the storied peaks of the Bernese Alps. Walk the decks of the Sphinx Observatory and see the continent’s longest glacier, the Aletsch, on this day-long tour.

  • Appenzell valley

    Chocolate, cheese & mountains


    A tour encompassing three of the most well-known aspects of Swiss culture: chocolate, cheese, and mountains. You’ll board a bus and visit a chocolate outlet, a cheese factory, an Alpine summit and a storybook village on this drive through the northern Swiss countryside.

  • Lavaux wine tour , Montreux

    Lavaux wine tour


    You can enjoy a visit to Switzerland’s sunny Lavaux wine country, where red and white wines are created to be enjoyed almost entirely within Switzerland. Terraced lakeside vineyards, wine tastings and lunch with a local wine producer round out your day.

  • Gornergrat under a blanket of snow

    Gornergrat glacier


    Explore one of the Alps’ most accessible peaks with a rack-railway ride to the top of Gornergrat, overlooking the mountains’ longest glacier. Take in the seemingly endless sea of peaks and then marvel at the Matterhorn’s reflection in Riffelsee.