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Are you thinking about an energetic summer holiday? Do you need to reenergize in unspoiled nature? Or are you looking for adrenaline-rush activities? Look no further. Switzerland is a huge playground for outdoor lovers whether you simply want to relax by exploring the great outdoors or if you are seeking summer thrills for an adventure. Here are some recommended summer activities in Switzerland – on the ground, in the water and up in the air:
Swiss Travel System
Swiss Travel Pass
You can count on the Swiss Travel System for its reliability and extensive public transportation network to get around Switzerland, including places in high altitudes. With the Swiss Travel Pass, you simply hop on and off any means of public transport hassle-free for unlimited times within the pass duration. More time spent doing what you love with less planning time! Even better, the pass also includes some free mountain excursions and discounts on many others which is one of the great money-saving benefits of being a pass holder.
Lake Lucerne Region
Summer Toboggan Run upon Fräkmüntegg
Get into the groove on Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan run – 1,350 metres of tempo and top-notch fun. The racy ride down the long shiny steel channel begins on Fräkmüntegg (1,415 metres altitude). Plenty of cool curves, dragon caves and in-built jumps make every toboggan run an unforgettable fun experience.
Titlis glacier excursion
The excursion up to Titlis – the only accessible glacier in Central Switzerland – is a real treat. At 3,020 m, as there is a variety of things to experience in addition to the breathtaking view. On the summit, a 360° panoramic view of majestic Alpine peaks and the surrounding glaciers are sure to amaze you. Discover the Trübsee Adventure at the intermediate station Trübsee for more attractions such as zip lining, rowing and kayaking.
Jungfrau – Interlaken
Paragliding above Interlaken
For paragliding fans, Interlaken has long been known for its excellent flying opportunities and nearly year-round good conditions. There is a wide range of unique opportunities for paragliding and seeing extraordinary views of the lakes and mountains. As a passenger, no previous experience is required. You are given a few instructions and then a few steps later, you take off with your pilot. Getting a bird’s eye view of the unique Jungfrau panorama will make you forget everything else for a while!
Loud thundering and roaring in the interior of the mountain, gurgling, foaming and churning water: these are the Trümmelbach Falls. They are Europe’s largest subterranean waterfalls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls. The hike on mainly flat land leads from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, past water gushing from vertical rock faces that are several hundred meters high.
Vaud – Lake Geneva Region
Paddleboarding among Lavaux
The terraced vineyards of Lavaux, along the shores of Lake Geneva, are some of the most stunning natural sights in Switzerland. Extending over 800 hectares, the vineyards are a UNESCO World Heritage site that can be enjoyed not only through hikes, bike tours, but also by water. Aside from Lavaux, paddlers can also enjoy the unique views of the Swiss and French Alps. You may definitely savour local wines after the paddle while enjoying the majestic views of the lake.
Cycling through the vineyards of Martigny to Leuk
This route is a trip through the wine-growing region of the canton of Valais. The 82-km trail winds up and down through cultivated vineyards and historic locations. You find yourself climbing through the beautiful terraced vineyards on quiet back roads with stunning views over the Rhone valley. Small wine producing villages along the route offer wine tasting mostly without appointment. With around 40 types of grapes grown in the Valais, you are spoiled for choice.
Hiking in Zermatt five-lake trail
The five-lake trail is a magnificent hiking tour through the mountains of Zermatt: three of these mountain lakes reflect the Matterhorn. Each of the five lakes – Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee – has its own unique characteristics. You can enjoy a swim at Leisee, or enjoy the beauty of the alpine flora at the banks of Grindjisee. Offering unique views of the many peaks, the hiking route is extremely diverse.
Travel across the Alps with the world’s slowest express train
The Glacier Express offers a journey for the sense – from Engadine right to the Matterhorn. On its relaxing drive from dazzling St. Moritz to equally sophisticated Zermatt, the Glacier Express delights travelers with scenic attractions and technical state-of-the-art achievements. With its panoramic windows, the Glacier Express opens up unobstructed views of unique landscapes. Excursion tips include exploring the “Grand Canyon” of Switzerland between Ilanz and Reichenau or Corvatsch, a paradise for hikers and skiers.