Green guide of Switzerland

Clean and green, Switzerland offers breathtaking views: lakes nestled in the Alps, picturesque villages, cities of art and culture, vast field of green

Switzerland is among the first countries in the world in the field of sustainability and for this it’s the perfect destination for us eco-travelers. The waters of stunning lakes, the beautiful mountains to explore, the parks of nature, the endless kilometers of cycle paths and the livable and clean city of art and culture make Switzerland a paradise to visit unhurriedly in any season.

1. green travel

The best way to do that is through the SwitzerlandMobility,a route network for gentle mobility unique in the world. And so you can choose from the 9000km of trails to explore on foot, or between the many 9000km of cycle paths to which are added the 4500km of mountain bikes routes, but also among the 1100km of skating trails and 350km in canoe to explore enchanting rivers and idyllic lakes. And for those feeling less active, but always respecting the environment, you can choose to travel on the 5000km of a railway without equal. The network is virtually all electrified, so many trains moves with almost zero emissions reaching the best sights of the country.

2. Best things to do in Switzerland

Stretch of a cycle-path, photo by will_cyclist via Flickr

We can’t tell you all of them: winter and summer activities to do and wonderful places to get lost are many. In the summer you can’t miss the beautiful lakes, pearls set in lovely scenery. From Lake Constance (we talked about in this beautiful itineary) to Lake Geneva, from Lake Thun (which we described in this route) to the lake of Lucerne, from Lake Bachalpsee to Lake Neuchatel, everyone, that is mountain or slope, small or large, has its own peculiarities and offers unique views.

Lake Thun, photo by ClearFrost via Flickr

In winter, head for the ski area Schatzalp where you can spend the winter holiday living the authentic mountain: here the snow is always natural, and the noise of mass tourism gives way to the silence of nature.

Skiers in Davos, ski area Schatzalp-Strela
Davos, ski area Schatzalp-Strela, photo by Stewart Butterfield via Flickr

The major Swiss cities are predominantly German-speaking, as the ancient and fascinating capital of Bern (in this route a path to reach it) or Zurich, where you can enjoy an exciting cultural and artistic life.

Bern, photo by Martin Abegglen via Flickr

In Geneva, the main city of French language, with its people-friendly size, there’s an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

View of Geneva
Geneva, photo by Viktar Palstsiuk via Flickr

 

3. Natura e itinerari lenti

One of the best ways to experience the Swiss territory is undoubtedly the Glacier Express, the world's slowest express train.

One of most beautiful bridges of the path of Glacier Express
Glacier Express, photo by Germán Saavedra Rojas via Flickr

Sitting in the beautiful, modern and comfortable panorama coaches you can admire the mountain woods, the thunderous streams, the glaciers, the peaks of the most beautiful mountains, the Rhine Gorge, picturesque villages, the castles of the Domleschg.

Zermatt and the peak of Matterhorn
Zermatt and the peak of Matterhorn, photo by Freddy Enguix via Flickr

In less than eight hours, from the Queen of the Alps St. Moritz to the famous traditional village Zermatt, from the Engadine to the Matterhorn, through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, you will experience an unforgettable journey discovering the true star of Switzerland: nature.

Matterhorn
The wonderful Matterhorn, photo by Dimitrije Ostojic via Flickr

4. Tastes and local food

Swiss cuisine is the result of the many influences, a mosaic of aromas and flavors. In your journey in this beautiful country you will taste the dishes of cheese, like fondue with Gruyère or Vacherin, and Raclette, melted cheese with baked potatoes; stew from Zurich, the Rösti, a dish made with crispy potatoes, polenta with braised, dishes of sausage and, of course, chocolate.

5. Where to stay in Switzerland

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations in Switzerland, organic farms surrounded by nature and amazing chalets overlooking mountains.

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations in Svizzera

Cover image: Canton of Bern, photo by Tambako The Jaguar via Flickr

Author: Chiara Marras

Eco-friendly accommodations

Alphotel Eiger

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 151,84 €
Carlton-Europe Hotel

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 179,44 €
Hotel Derby

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 165,64 €
Hotel Eden Spiez

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 266,86 €
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 35,89 €
AZB Gästehaus Seeblick

Interlaken (Canton of Bern)

Starting from 0,00 €
L'Aubier

Montezillon, Switzerland (Canton of Neuchâtel)

Starting from 157,00 €
Gästehaus Seeblick

Spiez (Bern)

Starting from 105,00 €