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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.

  • Glacier express train journey
    The train passes over the Landwasser viaduct

    Glacier express train journey

    St. Moritz

    Glacier express train journey

    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.

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  • Lavaux wine tour
    Lavaux wine tour , Montreux

    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.

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  • Private chocolate tasting at a boutique chocolatier
    Chocolate tasting in Lucerne

    Private chocolate tasting at a boutique chocolatier

    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.

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  • Emmental Show Dairy
    Traditional cheese making

    Emmental Show Dairy

    Bern

    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.

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  • Day trip to Pilatus Kulm
    Mt Pilatus excursion , Lucerne

    Day trip to Pilatus Kulm

    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.

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  • Gornergrat glacier
    Gornergrat under a blanket of snow

    Gornergrat glacier

    Zermatt

    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.

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  • Stein am Rhein
    Stein am Rhein , Zurich

    Stein am Rhein

    Zürich

    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.

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