Switzerland Holidays

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Scenic and stylish Switzerland

Switzerland holidays take you to a majestic European nation filled with stunning architecture, mesmerising mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes and cities rich in culture and heritage.

For urban explorers, Switzerland holiday packages can transport you to the historic quarters of Geneva or Zurich, where you'll stroll along cobbled streets lined with stone churches, ornate fountains and quaint bistros.

Soak up the boundless beauty with boat trips across the stunning lakes around Geneva and Zurich, drifting from island to island as you take in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Step into one of the elegant chocolate shops to watch the country’s masters at work and sample their finest creations. If you’re heading to Geneva, take the time to explore the high-end shops along the Rue du Rhône – the heart of Swiss watchmaking. 

A short distance outside the cities you’ll find stunning ski resorts and opportunities for hiking adventures – all surrounded by views you’ll find nowhere else on Earth.

 

Things to do in Switzerland

Whether you’re into mountain hikes, world-class restaurants or exploring traditional lake towns, Switzerland holidays cater for every type of traveller.

Enjoy stunning lakes

Experience Geneva's pride and joy with a day out across the stunning blue expanse of Lake Geneva. Resting next to the city, this serene body of water offers a tranquil retreat amid extraordinary landscapes.

Take to the water with a range of water sports available, from jet skiing to paddleboarding.

Hop on a boat tour out to the islands for mesmerising views of the Alpine mountain ranges that frame this beautiful city. Then return to the shore for al fresco dining at the cafes and bistros along the lakeside promenade.

Where to stay in Switzerland

Zurich's old town

 

Zurich's Old Town, or Altstadt, is the ideal place for romantic holidays in Switzerland. This charming district is packed with traditional Swiss restaurants, trendy bars and high-profile hotels. The excellent Central Plaza Hotel is superbly located for exploring the area on foot.

The Old Town is also wholly pedestrianised, making it ideal for exploring and meaning there’s no chance of traffic disturbing your night’s sleep, leaving you refreshed for all your adventures.

The waterside wonder of Geneva Harbour

 

Perfect for an active holiday in Switzerland, the picturesque hotel boat of Floatinn sits on the shores of Lake Geneva and is ideally located for pleasant walks and cultural attractions.

Stroll along the waterside, try your hand at water sports, visit castles and fascinating museums. You can also enjoy the best fresh local food and vibrant music at the regular festivals and markets held here. 

Luxury Rue du Rhône

For a luxury Switzerland package, book a hotel near Geneva's Rue du Rhône. The epitome of European elegance and sophistication, this exclusive district is home to luxury shopping malls and many of the finest restaurants in the city.


The grand five-star Hotel Metropole Geneve boasts spectacular suites and wonderfully attentive staff happy to cater to all your holiday needs. You’re moments away from Place du Bourg-de-Four and the fabulous Flower Clock.

All you need to know about Switzerland

Getting around

Switzerland has one of the best public transport systems in the word. Buses, trams, and train services are reliable and efficient. Buy all-in-one travel tickets for the best value.

Public holidays

Switzerland marks several public holidays throughout the year, including Ascension Day (May) and Swiss National Day (August 1). Some individual cantons also observe local holidays. 

Languages spoken

Switzerland has four official languages – German, French, Italian and Romansh – with Zurich predominately German-speaking and Geneva in the French canton. Many Swiss people also speak excellent English. 

Local currency

The local currency in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF). ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted at most locations. 

More about Switzerland

Food and drink

Swiss food draws on the country's French, Italian and German traditions to create a unique culinary style famous for indulgent cheese fondues, delicious meat dishes and world-renowned chocolates.

Look out for raclette – a melted cheese delight served on rosti potatoes or bread, topped with gherkins, onions and pickled fruit.

Meat lovers will never forget their first taste of zürcher geschnetzeltes, a national classic of thinly sliced veal in a creamy white sauce with mushrooms and fried onion.

Confectioners in both Zurich and Geneva are famous for their delectable Swiss chocolate – ideal for an after-dinner treat or a gift to take home. 

Swiss culture

The Swiss are celebrated for their practical approach to public planning, which helps make the country such a great place to visit.

Transport systems are quick and efficient, the streets are practically spotless, and traffic seems to flow seamlessly even during peak rush hour. Swiss people are friendly and value trust, honesty, tolerance and consideration.

As the different cantons of Switzerland draw influence from differing languages, heritages and histories, you can also expect to encounter a range of local cultural traditions. 

A major global player

Switzerland is a renowned presence on the world stage, where classic European values meet the world of 21st century high finance, banking and technology.

Geneva and Zurich are thriving economic hubs and bases for some of the largest banks and insurers in the world.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, sits on the Swiss border – where the brightest minds of today conduct experiments into extraordinary realms of science.

Why we love Switzerland

"Few places can match Switzerland for sheer elegance and variety. Every visit feels like a different experience. You can climb mountains and water ski across lakes or explore the museums and beautiful restaurants.”

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