Top lakes and mountains excursions

Some of our favourites around Switzerland

 

Switzerland has a wonderful selection of exceptional lakes and mountains excursions, often using transport engineered over 100 years ago, and in some cases rising up to over 3,000m. The Half Fare Card included with your holiday allows you to explore to your heart's content, with up to 50% reduction.

Here are some of our favourite excursions around the beautiful regions of Switzerland. Please call us on 0800 619 1200 if there is somewhere you would particularly love to visit.


Bernese Oberland (including Interlaken, Wengen, Grindelwald, Mürren, Wilderswil & Spiez)

Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe - an unforgettable experience with a vantage point at 3,571m over the Aletsch Glacier and Jungfrau massif.
Schynige Platte - stunning views across the high Alps and down to the lakes of Thun and Brienz. Also a delightful botanical garden.
Brienzer Rothorn - this steam train has been chugging its way between Brienz and the Rothorn since 1892. 

For the full range of excursions in the Bernese Oberland click here.

Bernese Oberland (including Interlaken, Wengen, Grindelwald, Mürren, Wilderswil & Spiez)

Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe - an unforgettable experience with a vantage point at 3,571m over the Aletsch Glacier and Jungfrau massif.
Schynige Platte - stunning views across the high Alps and down to the lakes of Thun and Brienz. Also a delightful botanical garden.
Brienzer Rothorn - this steam train has been chugging its way between Brienz and the Rothorn since 1892. 

For the full range of excursions in the Bernese Oberland click here.

 
Central Switzerland (including Lucerne, Weggis & Brunnen)

Cruises on Lake Lucerne - paddle steamers and elegant saloon cruises criss-cross the beautiful lake, passing lovely villages & meadows with excellent catering on board.
Mount Pilatus - the steepest cog railway in the world, with a 48% gradient up to Pilatus Kulm. Walks and amazing views at the summit.
Mount Rigi - travel up via the cable car or the cog railway dating from 1871. Stunning views of the Alps and 13 lakes. 

For the full range of excursions in Central Switzerland click here.

Central Switzerland (including Lucerne, Weggis & Brunnen)

Cruises on Lake Lucerne - paddle steamers and elegant saloon cruises criss-cross the beautiful lake, passing lovely villages & meadows with excellent catering on board.
Mount Pilatus - the steepest cog railway in the world, with a 48% gradient up to Pilatus Kulm. Walks and amazing views at the summit.
Mount Rigi - travel up via the cable car or the cog railway dating from 1871. Stunning views of the Alps and 13 lakes. 

For the full range of excursions in Central Switzerland click here.

 
Lake Geneva (including Montreux & Vevey)

Les Rochers-de-Naye - climb by cog railway train to spectacular views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps. On a clear day, you’ll see the Eiger, Mont Blanc and Geneva’s famous Jet d'Eau. There is a panoramic restaurant, marmot centre and alpine garden.

For the full range of excursions in the Lake Geneva region click here.

Lake Geneva (including Montreux & Vevey)

Les Rochers-de-Naye - climb by cog railway train to spectacular views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps. On a clear day, you’ll see the Eiger, Mont Blanc and Geneva’s famous Jet d'Eau. There is a panoramic restaurant, marmot centre and alpine garden.

For the full range of excursions in the Lake Geneva region click here.

 
Ticino (including Locarno, Ascona & Lugano)

Centovalli Line to Domodossola - a two hour journey each way that takes you on one of the region's most scenic rail trips to Domodossola (in Italy) via tiny villages, clear waterfalls and vineyards. Time for an Italian lunch before your return visit.

For the full range of excursions in Ticino click here.

Ticino (including Locarno, Ascona & Lugano)

Centovalli Line to Domodossola - a two hour journey each way that takes you on one of the region's most scenic rail trips to Domodossola (in Italy) via tiny villages, clear waterfalls and vineyards. Time for an Italian lunch before your return visit.

For the full range of excursions in Ticino click here.

 
Valais (including Zermatt, Saas-Fee & Brig)

Gornergrat - travel on the cog railway and enjoy beautiful views of Zermatt - you might even spot some mountain wildlife. 
Klein Matterhorn - the highest cableway in Europe transports you to an alpine world, with various stops en route for walking or mountain lunches.
Aletsch Glacier - close to Brig are the southern slopes of the Glacier. The viewing points along the river of ice and the scenic walking trails are fantastic. 

For the full range of excursions in the Valais click here.

Valais (including Zermatt, Saas-Fee & Brig)

Gornergrat - travel on the cog railway and enjoy beautiful views of Zermatt - you might even spot some mountain wildlife. 
Klein Matterhorn - the highest cableway in Europe transports you to an alpine world, with various stops en route for walking or mountain lunches.
Aletsch Glacier - close to Brig are the southern slopes of the Glacier. The viewing points along the river of ice and the scenic walking trails are fantastic. 

For the full range of excursions in the Valais click here.

 
Graubünden (including St. Moritz, Pontresina, Davos & Klosters)

Piz Nair & Corviglia - starts from St. Moritz where you join the funicular to Corviglia before taking the cable car to the station of Piz Nair. From the terrace at Piz Nair you can enjoy a stunning view down the Upper Engadin mountains and its lakes. Allow time to relax over a drink or mountain lunch at the restaurants at either Corviglia or Piz Nair.

For the full range of excursions in the Graubünden click here.

Graubünden (including St. Moritz, Pontresina, Davos & Klosters)

Piz Nair & Corviglia - starts from St. Moritz where you join the funicular to Corviglia before taking the cable car to the station of Piz Nair. From the terrace at Piz Nair you can enjoy a stunning view down the Upper Engadin mountains and its lakes. Allow time to relax over a drink or mountain lunch at the restaurants at either Corviglia or Piz Nair.

For the full range of excursions in the Graubünden click here.

 
Eastern Switzerland (including Appenzell, St. Gallen & Schaffhausen)

Wasserauen and the Ebenalp - take the rail and cable car journey to this beauty spot. The Wildkirchli cave chapel, which appears to claw dramatically to the rock, and the spectacular Aescher hostelry can then be reached on foot.
Rhine Falls - the largest waterfall in Europe is at its most powerful in June/July. You can stand on platforms which jut out over the Rhine; the castles of Laufen and Worth can be reached by boat.

For the full range of excursions in Eastern Switzerland click here.

Eastern Switzerland (including Appenzell, St. Gallen & Schaffhausen)

Wasserauen and the Ebenalp - take the rail and cable car journey to this beauty spot. The Wildkirchli cave chapel, which appears to claw dramatically to the rock, and the spectacular Aescher hostelry can then be reached on foot.
Rhine Falls - the largest waterfall in Europe is at its most powerful in June/July. You can stand on platforms which jut out over the Rhine; the castles of Laufen and Worth can be reached by boat.

For the full range of excursions in Eastern Switzerland click here.

 

Swiss Travel Guide app

This free app is specially designed for tourists and offers timetables for the Swiss bus, boat and train network. There's also plenty of information about the lakes and mountains trips you can make in the surrounding area. Available for Apple and android

Swiss excursion tip

Please double check operating dates if there is a specific excursion which you are planning during your holiday; changes/maintenance dates may have been put in place that are not yet reflected on this site. Some mountain railways and cable cars may only be available Dec-Mar and Jun-Oct. Other mountains and lake cruises are available year round, with a reduced timetable in the winter. All excursions are subject to weather conditions.

Scenic rail holidays

Ask us about the Swiss scenic rail journeys - a great way of combining resorts to create your own two or multi centre holiday
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
GoldenPass Line
Gotthard Panorama Express

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