About this seminar. The content of this Seminar gives you an overview of summer activities in Switzerland. You will get the chance to study sample itineraries, discover all the main regions to visit in summer and discover active holidays in Switzerland. The UNCESCO World Heritage sites will be presented as well as family holidays and cultural events.
At the end of the seminar you will have to answer test questions. Achievements after having done so:
Being able to provide your customers with ideas of itineraries
Basic knowledge about the most important summer destinations
Having an idea about activities like hiking and biking
Knowledge about the UNESCO World Heritage sites
Being able to point specific family holdiay destinations
Our Alpine summer
The natural paradise that is Switzerland offers endless summer experiences waiting to be discovered: swimming in a mountain lake; spending the night surrounded by mountains in one of the 156 huts of the Swiss Alpine Club or, as in bygone days, in a historic hotel; climbing one of the 48 four-thousand-metre mountains with a mountain guide; or journeying onto a summit with one of over 600 mountain railway companies and enjoying a breathtaking panorama.
Bernese Oberland The traditionally minded Bernese Oberland has enjoyed worldwide fame for more than a hundred years. Mountain peaks soar high above the valley floors; wild rivers cascade over the rocks and plunge over dizzy waterfalls, only coming to rest when they reach Lake Thun or Lake Brienz. In the heart of this magical mountain world lie charming villages such as Gstaad, Meiringen and Lenk. For the romantic at heart, they can also be reached by train. Even if you are there for the first time, you are sure to feel instantly at home in the Oberland.
Central Switzerland Lucerne, you could say, is the essence of Switzerland: city, lake and mountains. From the shores of Lake Lucerne, famous railways and cable cars lead up to some of the most beautiful viewpoints and mountain peaks: the Rigi, for example, “Queen of the Mountains”; the permanent snow on the Titlis; and the Pilatus, via the world’s steepest cog railway. The lakeshores are fascinating too: here, the Swiss hero William Tell is said to have fought for freedom, while on Rütli meadow in 1291, the Swiss Confederation was founded.
Eastern Switzerland & Principality of Liechtenstein From the colourful picture-postcard world of Appenzell to the snowy peaks of the Heidiland region, and from the sweeping orchards of Thurgau to the vineyards of Schaffhausen, Eastern Switzerland boasts an exceptional variety of scenery. Not to mention the famous abbey library in St. Gallen, mighty fortresses and magnificent castles, picturesque rivers, glittering, silvery-blue lakes – Lake Constance, Lake Zürich and Lake Walen – and the gently sloping paths through lush nature that have given Eastern Switzerland a name as a paradise for inline skaters.
Fribourg Region The Fribourg Region is a concentration of what makes Switzerland special. The people speak both French and German in the streets, and have adopted the best of both cultures. In addition, this compact area is home to three completely different holiday regions, all waiting to be discovered: the Prealps, with their glorious bike trails, footpaths, and the picturesque small town of Gruyères; the medieval art-filled capital of Fribourg with its lively student atmosphere; and the Three Lakes Region with its Mediterranean style.
Graubünden When it’s hot in the valleys, conditions in the mountains are ideal for longer hikes. Switzerland’s largest holiday region boasts a record-breaking network of marked footpaths – 10,000km in all – and is keen to share them with guests. Visit the website and you’ll find yourself transported to an enchanting and varied Alpine world – with advice on everything from active holidays and gourmet breaks to classic excursions and insider tips. Board one of the legendary mountain trains, and experience the magical mountain world of Graubünden up close.
Destination Bern This region is exceptionally picturesque, from the buzzing Swiss capital of Bern to the mystical hills of the Emmental and the enchanting prealpine nature park of the Gantrisch region. These are the beautiful landscapes that have shaped the region's exceptionally melodious dialect and the legendary hospitality of the Bernese. The countryside is also ideal for exploring under your own steam - along idyllic footpaths, thrilling inline skating routes or cool bike trails.
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Jungfrau Region The world-famous trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are the crowning glory of a magnificent mountain holiday region. Alpinism was born here 150 years ago, and today the area offers glorious hiking trails and all manner of adventure up on the crags. There are plenty of gentler attractions, too, making Interlaken and the Jungfrau Region ideal for families with children of all ages: crystal clear mountain lakes to splash around and cool off in, and the Lauterbrunnen valley, festooned with Europe’s highest waterfalls.
Jura Region / Three Lakes Region The Watchmaking Route leads through the scenic Watch Valley region. It was here in the 17th century that the first mechanical workshops were founded, leading to Switzerland’s international reputation as a watchmaking nation. The most important brands still have their factories here, while La Chaux-de-Fonds is also home to the International Watchmaking Museum. But Watch Valley also offers very different attractions, such as the musical-box village of Sainte-Croix, the absinthe-producing Val de Travers, the mighty cliffs at Creux du Van, and a host of dramatic gorges.
Lake Geneva Region Adventure-filled mountains, idyllic lakes, exciting towns and charming landscapes: the Lake Geneva Region is home to four very different worlds, all close to one another. There is the Jura, with its vast meadows, traditional crafts and famous watch brands; barely half an hour away, by the lake, are elegant, buzzing cities. The countryside is popular for leisurely hikes from one historic village to the next. The Alps, meanwhile, are a thrilling playground for outdoor sports lovers – as well as being home to delightful and unspoilt mountain villages.
Zürich Region Zürich may be Switzerland’s urbane heart, famous for its art, design and lifestyle, but the city is also delightfully compact. To maintain the harmony of the picturesque Old Town by the lake, there are hardly any modern skyscrapers. Once by the shore, you realise how close nature is. All around are picturesque villages, thrilling bike and hiking trails, and a host of excursion possibilities: around Lake Zürich, to the wine-growing region, to the culture-filled city of Winterthur, to the town of Baden – and to Zug for the most beautiful sunsets.
Ticino Ticino occupies the southernmost corner of Switzerland. Here, people speak Italian, eat well and enthusiastically embrace the sunny side of life. “In summer it’s so magical here,” say the old Ticinesi, “that at night the stars move closer together, so that they all find room above paradise.” And this paradise is exceptionally varied: with its lakes and romantic shores, its charming towns full of boutiques and music, and its unspoilt valleys, swathed in forests of sweet chestnut and laced with beautiful long footpaths.
Valais No fewer than 45 mountain peaks here top 4,000 metres. It is no surprise, then, that the Valais is regarded as the ultimate destination for fans of the mountains – whether hikers or mountain-bikers, artists, sun lovers or gourmets. Indeed, the people of the Valais are proud of their local specialities: from saffron rice to air-dried meat, and from leek tart to raclette and a huge variety of cheeses. Not to mention that the Valais is the biggest wine-producing region in Switzerland – with styles and standards to match.
SwitzerlandMobility is the national network for non-motorized traffic, in particular for leisure and tourism. Non-motorized traffic is the official general term used in Switzerland for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, skating and canoeing with an extensive network of signposted trails of about 25'800 km. SwitzerlandMobility coordinates an official and standard signalized route network for non-motorized traffic. This is made up of the best national and regional routes. Thanks to coordination of the sections with public transport, they are also ideal for on-day excursions. All routes are arranged in consultation with the cantonal and municipal authorities and the Swiss federal and cantonal environmental authorities. They cover all parts of the country and are suitable for every taste and level of ability. Find details of each route at www.MySwitzerland.com, along with information on access by public transport, as well as sights, accommodation and useful services along the way.
Hiking in Switzerland They lead through forests and valleys, over panoramic ridges and to the horizon and beyond… From Switzerland's world-famous network of footpaths, SwitzerlandMobility has picked the most beautiful routes, totalling 15,300km in all – the very best of Switzerland.
Cycling in Switzerland There are cyclists who like to take it gently – and those who want to push themselves to the limit. Whether your ride is to be easy or taxing, short or multiday, SwitzerlandMobility's 11,000km cycle network is varied enough to suit all tastes.
Mountain-biking in Switzerland You're pedalling hard, you're feeling the bumps, your muscles are burning – but the only thing that takes your breath away is the stunning and ever-changing natural landscape. SwitzerlandMobility's 8,000km of mountain-bike routes promise ultimate freedom.
Skating in Switzerland The exhilarating dance on eight tiny wheels leads you ever onwards: past picturesque lakes, along gently sloping river banks and over endless plateaux. If you covered the whole of SwitzerlandMobility's inline skating network, you would glide for 1,100km.
Canoeing in Switzerland Go with the flow: in a canoe or on a raft, over crystal-clear water along one of the country's many, glorious watercourses. SwitzerlandMobility has 330km of idyllic rivers and picturesque lakes waiting to be explored by canoe.
Combine rail, bus and boat
Arriving by rail or want to make your excursion even
more interesting by using a cable car, postbus or boat? No problem! Public transport,
the sixth route network of SwitzerlandMobility, links with SwitzerlandMobility routes
in the timetable of departures and coordinated connections. The
SwitzerlandMobility local information boards at over 300 railway stations make
it easy for you to take your chosen route.
The timetable to enjoyment:
Planning your outward and return journey by public transport is
straightforward. In collaboration with Swiss Federal Railways, information on
the routes at www.switzerlandmobility.ch includes guidance on
your outward and return journey by public transport and on the practical services
you can expect onboard the train and at the station. Links to the electronic
route planner at www.rail.ch ensures that your information is up to date.
Simply enter your departure destination and required time of arrival, and the
timetable for the correct stop along the route of your choice is displayed.
Stops on the interactive map:
The www.switzerlandmobility.ch interactive map not only contains the
SwitzerlandMobility routes and the entire signposted network of walking trails
but also all public transport stops included in the official guide. All marked
stops are linked with the electronic route planner at www.rail.ch. Just enter
your departure point and required time of arrival, and your required timetable
is displayed. Planning the outward and return journeys for a walking and
cycling tour has never been easier!
If you don’t like making your own overnight reservations, you value the convenience of luggage transport and perhaps would like to rent a “Flyer” electric bike for an effortless cycling tour, you can book your tour on the SwitzerlandMobility network of routes with SwissTrails. Whether for just a couple of days or a whole week, you decide the length of the journey to suit your needs, choose the departure point and destination, the required accommodation category and luggage transport. As a SwitzerlandMobility official partner SwissTrails has the perfect package for a walking, cycling, mountainbiking, skating or canoeing tour. Just phone up and get advice, SwissTrails will fulfil (nearly) all your travel wishes.
Luggage transport: If you just want to utilise the luggage transport facility from the range of services offered by SwissTrails, no problem. For information and booking:
Tel. 044 450 2434
Tips on overnight options
If you’re just looking for a suitable overnight option
for your journey you can choose from the numerous hotels, campsites, rooms,
youth hostels and farmhouses which have been awarded the SwitzerlandMobility quality
label. These are committed to providing the following services in particular:
overnight stay, even for just one night
washing and drying facilities for clothes and
information on the SwitzerlandMobility routes
supply of brochures on local tourism offers
Guides and maps
The official guidebooks for the SwitzerlandMobility national and regional routes are a great help in preparing your journey. With lots of information on useful things to know along the way, they make short and long journeys a joy. The guides are published in conjunction with the partners AT Verlag, Werd Verlag and Swiss Sports Publishing.
All guides are available in German and French – and, in addition, the guides on the Via Alpina (walking), the Aare Route and Lakes Route (cycling) and the Alpine Bike (mountain-biking) are available in English.
The Swiss map publishers, including swisstopo and Kümmerly+Frey, continually
integrate the SwitzerlandMobility official routes into their maps on walking,
cycling, mountainbiking and skating in Switzerland. They are integrated as part
of the periodic updating of the individual map pages. Map pages that include
the SwitzerlandMobility routes are indicated with the corresponding SwitzerlandMobility
All SwitzerlandMobility guides and all the key maps can be ordered online at www.switzerlandmobility.ch.
If your chosen map page does not yet include the SwitzerlandMobility routes
this will be specifically stated in the product description
(SwitzerlandMobility version). The shop is operated in conjunction with Orell
Füssli’s books.ch site, ensuring professional services: you can order all
products in return for an invoice or pay for your order by credit card.
Top 12 hiking routes (1-6)
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces: The Swiss Wine Route St. Saphorin - Lutry (Lake Geneva Region) A three-hour hike on the Vineyard Trail from St. Saphorin to Lutry is filled with temptations. Terrace after terrace offers fabulous views over Lake Geneva. While local delicacies beckon from the pubs, the winegrowers keep their cellar doors wide open for you to get a taste of the landscape. The Lavaux wine region is so spectacular that it has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2007.
Following the Doubs: The Swiss Water Trail Soubey - St. Ursanne (Neuchâtel / Jura / Bernese Jura) France to one side and Switzerland to the other, with a river running through the middle: the Doubs. Its long, ruggedly picturesque valley is virtually uninhabited and being a nature reserve it is even more of a paradise for fishermen and hikers. The riverside path between Soubey and St. Ursanne opens up a truly original part of Switzerland. Through almost untouched riverscape, it runs past fish taverns and swimming areas.
The Irrigation Channels of Nendaz : The Historic Water Trail Nendaz (Valais) Scorched by the sun and difficult to access, the steep Valais hillsides are often irrigated using "Suonen", or irrigation channels. Dug into the ground, hanging from rocks or carved from them, they are a constant reminder of the farmers' struggle against drought. Today, picturesque hiking trails follow these historic water channels.
Chemin du Gruyère: The Swiss Chocolate and Cheese Trail Charmey – Gruyères (Fribourg Region) A real insiders' tip! New territory waits to be explored on the diverse three-hour hike between Charmey with its spa baths and Gruyères with its castle, historic city centre and cheese factory. As part of the Alpine Panorama Trail from SwitzerlandMobility, this trail runs through the dream landscapes of the future nature reserve of Gruyère/Pays-d'Enhaut, past the coves of the artificial lake Lac de Motsalvens and through the spectacular Jaunbach Gorge.
Aletsch Panoramaweg: The Swiss Glacier Trail Bettmerhorn - Fiescheralp (Valais) Europe's longest glacier is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with good reason! The landscape through which this four-hour hike from Bettmerhorn mountain station runs is spectacular. Flagstones make the mountain trail easily accessible and on a panoramic level high above the Aletsch Glacier it leads towards the magical Lake Märjelen. The Talligrat tunnel is a shortcut back to Bettmeralp.
Eiger Trail: The Swiss Alpine Experience Trail Eigergletscher - Grindelwald (Bernese Oberland) This is the rock face of all rock faces, and its climbing routes are amongst the most spectacular in the world. But the myth of the Eiger’s North Face can also be an impressive experience from below - from the two-hour Eiger Trail, for instance. This runs close to the vertical rock face from the Jungfrau Railways' Eigergletscher station along to Alpiglen. An unforgettable Alpine experience for anybody – the peak of emotions.
The Swiss Path: The Swiss William Tell Path Rütli - Bauen (Central Switzerland) All 26 cantons in 2 days - on foot! Such a compact route through our country can only be found in one place – on the "Swiss Path" around the Lake of Uri. The three hour panoramic hike from Rütli is a rather special section. 850 steps lead up to Seelisberg with its bathing lake, past the famous lookout point and back down into Mediterranean Bauen. Romantic arrival and departure by boat.
Walenpfad: The Swiss Cableway Experience Trail Bannalp - Engelberg (Central Switzerland) This density is unique - nowhere else in Switzerland are there as many cable railways in such a small space as in central Switzerland. About a hundred of them transport passengers comfortably up to the most beautiful hiking areas. At the start of the four-hour Walen Trail the new cabin carries up to 15 passengers at a time to the Bannalp, and at the end there is the exclusive open panorama cabin to Engelberg.
Sentiero Verzasca: The Swiss White Water Trail Sonogno - Lavertezzo (Ticino) The shimmering green river winds its way picturesquely through the primordial Verzasca Valley, spanned by elegantly arched Roman bridges. Together with the little rustic inns this makes for a picture perfect Ticino setting. Between Sonogno and Lavertezzo the mountain and valley trail becomes a cultural trail, and as the "Sentiero per l'Arte" (the Art Trail) takes the traveller in four hours past works by internationally renowned artists.
National Park Trail: The Swiss Family Trail Champlönch - Il Fuorn (Graubünden) From Marchet the park ranger to Piz dal Fuorn the mountain spirit - the new Champlönch Children's Trail from Parking Lot 1 to the Hotel Il Fuorn is quite an experience. Ten virtual companions appear at regular intervals on a hired GPS device, turning the two and a half hour hike into child's play. This wonderful hiking package includes a lovingly compiled booklet with CD.
Senda Ruinaulta: The Swiss Rhine Gorge Route Laax (Graubünden) The view down into the depths is dizzyingly beautiful! The Vorderrhein has eaten 400 metres into the limestone cliffs of the Ruinaulta. Accompanied by the Rhaetian Railway, it winds its picturesque way through the canyon - this part of the route is particularly spectacular. The lookout platform "Il Spir" offers an impressive bird's eye view. The best way to get there is along the Senda Ruinaulta, an easy hike brimming with temptations.
Appenzell Alpine Trail: The Swiss Flower Route Schwägalp - Kronberg (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein) Behind you the mighty Alpstein massif with the dominant Mount Säntis, and in front of you nothing but a vast expanse – the boundless view of the Appenzell hill country up to Lake Constance makes the Alpine Trail a real panorama tour. And in early summer the experience includes unparalleled flower scenery.
11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 Biosphere Reserves
Eleven sites and two Biosphere Reserves in Switzerland are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. The World Heritage sites are under protection of the International Convention to Protect the World's Natural and Cultural Heritage.
Val Müstair, UNESCO World Heritage: Monastery of St. John Charles the Great has left his mark on Müstair. Thanks to the Carolingian cloister and the church with its well-preserved frescoes, this lovely Alpine site has been declared part of our World Cultural Heritage.
Chur, UNESCO World Heritage: The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Cultural Landscape 130km on one train. The Albula/Bernina railway line forms the heart of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing and is regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular routes.
Bellinzona, UNESCO World Heritage: The Castles of Bellinzona Bellinzona enjoys a strategic location at the southern foot of the Alps. Its three mighty castles – Castelgrande, Castello Montebello and Castello Sasso Corbaro – were built for defence. These remnants of the past, together with some of the old fortifications, have become the hallmarks of this ancient town.
Monte San Giorgio, UNESCO World Heritage: Monte San Giorgio The Ticinese region of Monte San Giorgio is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, centred in the small triangular Mendrisiotto and Basso Ceresio (Lower Ceresio) region at the southern tip of Ticino, bordering Italy and close to Lugano, Como and Varese.
UNESCO World Heritage: Bern - Federal Capital The Old Town of Bern is located on a peninsula of the River Aare and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its medieval street plan. It offers Europe's longest covered shopping promenade – and is in the world's top ten cities for quality of life.
Engi, UNESCO World Heritage: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona The 300 square kilometre area around the Piz Sardona shows the geological phenomenon of overlay: older rock strata are found above younger ones. They bear witness to the formation of mountains and to plate tectonics.
St. Gallen, UNESCO World Heritage: Abbey Precints of St. Gallen The abbey precinct with its magnificent Baroque cathedral is a unique historic site. In St. Gallen, history comes alive. The city’s emblem is the abbey district with its Baroque cathedral, abbey library and archive, added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1983.
La Chaux-de-Fonds, UNESCO World Heritage: Watchmaking centres The two neighbouring watchmaking centres of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, in the Neuchâtel region, have been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO for their unique architecture and history.
Naters, UNESCO World Heritage: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch The Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn Region is labelled World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Known for the extraordinary beauty of its landscape, it is the first and only site in the Alps to bear this honorable distinction.
Schüpfheim, UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch Central Switzerland's first and only biosphere reserve offers natural beauty at its finest. Seemingly endless moors, craggy karst formations and wild unbridled mountain streams provide unique experiences and views.
Summer of action. In Switzerland it’s easy getting the young ones up and about. They’ll follow the trail of dwarfs and witches on secret paths; learn to bake bread and milk cows at fairytale hotels; splash about in crystal clear lakes and rivers; and find high thrills in the adventure-filled activity parks – without risk. Switzerland is a big playground for people of all ages. As the world becomes more artificial, holidays here remain authentic and natural.Where young dreams come true The sight of sparkling eyes, the sound of carefree laughter and the feeling that you could hug the whole world… Such are the unforgettable moments you have on the best family holidays – holidays in Switzerland. Among the places guaranteeing these are the 22 certified family resorts with their extensive facilities and activity programmes, which do everything possible to ensure that children and their parents go home with the best of memories. And at the 31 fun KidsHotels, young adventurers have the time of their lives while the grown-ups get to really relax. For in Switzerland, families get what they deserve: the very best.
The ultimate seal of approval Families are especially welcome here! Swiss holiday resorts that have devoted themselves specifically to the needs and wishes of children and parents have been awarded the “Families Welcome” seal of quality since 1996. All offer special activity programmes and accommodation, playgrounds, picnic areas, childcare, family-friendly packages and much more – and are all committed to steadily improving the family facilities and services they offer.
Adventure World, Saas-Fee A tree-top trek involving a variety of suspension bridges and aerial cableways. A sensational experience, open to everyone (minimum height 1m 10), to be enjoyed at your own pace. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a couch potato, you can have lots of fun.
The introductory course consists of 9 obstacles and is compulsory for everyone. You receive safety instructions as well as advice on how to tackle the various obstacles encountered on the tree-top circuit. Thanks to this course you will learn how to use the installations correctly.
The discovery tour consists of 15 obstacles and allows young explorers (who must be at least 1m 10 tall), as well as their parents or other accompanying adults, to succeed in conquering this route.
The grand tour provides a challenge with 3 different levels of difficulty for adults as well as children (minimum height 1m 40). There are 12 easy obstacles, 12 demanding obstacles and 11 difficult obstacles to conquer.
The longest "tyroliennes" (cable pulleys) in Europe: the two spectacular "tyroliennes" over the gaping Fee Gorge are the centrepiece of the adventure forest. The longer of the two, at a dizzy height, measures an adrenalin-charging 280 metres. The shorter one, which is used on the way back, is also an awe-inspiring 210 metres long.
Globi Trail, Lenzerheide The Globi Trail in Lenzerheide offers interactive learning with a water playground and a barefoot path. Globi Trail No. 2 with the theme "The diversity of nature in the Lenzerheide-Valbella region" is fun for young and old.
Globi tells you a bit about nature and shows you some impressive things: activities such as looking for animal tracks, identifying the skins of regional animals, throwing pine cones, watching the clouds and running barefoot over different natural ground coverings all turn a normal walk into a real walking adventure.
Children not only have fun while they're doing this, but they can learn a lot at the same time. And the goes for their accompanying adults. For some questions and puzzles, the whole family has to discuss them before the right answer can be found. And on top of all this, the highland walk offers some beautiful views.
You can choose your preferred route from 7 options. The blue section is quite easy with a baby buggy (downhill), but more strenuous going uphill.
Raptors in flight - demonstration, Malbun Fascinating falconry. Galina Falconry presents its raptors in a 45-minute flying demonstration. The show is accompanied by the instructive comments of the falconer.
Visitors to the little resort of Malbun can ask local falconer Norman Vögeli to take them on a falconry expedition, accompanied by no less a creature than the king of the skies – an eagle! The 90-minute tour is a unique opportunity to experience this wonderful bird both close up and on the wing before she returns to her perch on Norman Vögeli's leather-bound wrist ready for the journey home.