From lakes to mountains, vineyards, rivers, forests, and amazing rail journeys, Switzerland has it all

Summer in Switzerland – well, where do you start? It is the classic ‘Lakes & Mountains’ holiday destination. We work with a selection of respected tour operators who have been looking after guests in many of the world-famous Swiss resorts, such as Wengen, Grindelwald and Interlaken for upwards of 50 years. Each community offers something slightly different. However, what they all have in common is incredible scenery, and numerous paths and trails designed to suit walkers and ramblers of all standards and levels of fitness – from the gentle ambler to the serious hiker. The local Tourist Offices in the resorts organise their own programmes of guided walks and other activities, and many resorts, such as iconic Zermatt, also have their own ‘alpine schools’, where you can find professional guides and advice, especially if you are looking to be really adventurous, and fancy an overnight stay in one of the many ‘mountain huts’ that are dotted throughout the peaks.
Of course, you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to get the most out of the mountains. All you need is a pair of sensible shoes, a selection of clothes that enables you to cope with the changeable alpine weather conditions, and some suntan cream, as you’ll need to make sure that your skin is protected whether you are walking in the bright sunshine or even in the rain. All the resorts open their extensive lift systems throughout the summer months, giving you easy access to the peaks and walking paths by cable-car, chair-lifts, and mountain railways, with the mountain restaurants also open, you won’t go short on delicious food and drink either.
Switzerland in the summer months is not just a paradise for walkers and climbers, there are extensive opportunities for mountain-biking, or less vigorous cycling or ‘Trottis’, horse-riding and lots more. Getting about couldn’t be easier either. There are spectacular roads to drive if you are travelling by car. Alternatively, there is the option of using the wonderful Postbus service or rail services.
And then there are the lakes – and there are many of them. Some, such as Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), the Zürisee (Lake Zurich), Lake Lugano, the Bodensee (Lake Constance), which straddles the Swiss, Austrian and German borders and Luzern’s Vierwaldstättesee (Lake Lucerne) are seriously large bodies of water – many kilometres long, wide and several hundreds’ of metres deep – and best negotiated by using the regular boat services that connect the towns and communities around the lakes. Others are smaller, but no less impressive, such as the beautiful Thunersee (Lake Thun) and the Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) that sandwich the famous resort of Interlaken, and which themselves are best explored using the ships and steamers that connect the towns and villages around the Lakes. Then there are even smaller lakes and reservoirs, many of which are frozen solid in the winter months and they are just perfect for walking around, sailing on or just lazing by, such as the Silsersee and Silvaplanasee which are near neighbours to the world-famous resort of St Moritz.
Throughout Switzerland during the summer months, virtually every weekend you can be assured that there will be a Fest somewhere, celebrating something. It could be Dorffest, or village party, a Seefest – a lake party -, a Waldfest, or party in the forest, or often the most raucous of the lot, a Feuerwehrfest, where the local firemen throw a party at the Fire Station, and everyone is invited. Whatever the excuse, you can be certain that the Fest will be a lot of fun, with music, dancing, traditional food, and maybe a glass or so of wonderful Swiss wine will be downed, but only in moderation, of course. Enjoy in and you’ll make friends for life!
The start of the summer is marked by the sudden bursting into bloom of the meadow flowers, as the snows disappear, and these form the basis for the wonderful grazing that will see the herds of cattle making their way up from the barns in the villages where they will over-winter, to the high alpine pastures where they will spend the summer months. Then, as the first frosts of Autumn arrive, the cows, goats, sheep and, of course the farm-boys and girls who look after them, return to the villages, and are welcomed with the annual Almabtrieb celebration. If you are planning to holiday in September or October, check with us, and we’ll let you know where an Almabtriebfest is taking place near you – you won’t want to miss it.
Summer holidays in Switzerland – perfect whether you are looking to be active, or relax just taking in the views, or somewhere in-between.
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