Switzerland is a tourist destination of unique variety. It comprises the central part of the Alps and has extraordinary landscape. Majestic snow-capped peaks reaching more than 4,000 meters above sea level, picturesque valleys, virgin woods, alpine meadows, clear lakes and many other wonders of nature provide perfect conditions for all types of holidays. The climate is extremely varied – from the abundant snowfalls in all seasons in the highest parts of the mountains to the warm Mediterranean climate in the southern valleys. In Switzerland, everyone can arrange an active holiday that will exceed their expectations.
Skiing is the most important sector of Swiss tourism. Millions of tourists from all over the world crowd the world-known winter resorts. Places like Davos, St Moritz and Zermatt are among the best ski centers in the world. Excellent snow conditions, extensive slopes, breathtaking scenery and above all, the Swiss quality of service are only a small part of the reasons that make Switzerland one of the best destinations for a winter holiday in the world. Even if you don’t care for skiing, the resorts are worth visiting, as there is a tremendous variety of other winter activities which will make your holiday unforgettable. The ski season in most resorts lasts from the beginning of December through the middle of April, and on some glaciers, decent skiing is possible even in the summer. You can trust any of the tour operators or organize your holiday by yourself – no matter which way you choose, it will be pure pleasure.
Switzerland is a real hiking haven. The varied landscape guarantees that everyone will find the right hiking trail, depending on his abilities and wishes. An extensive network of over 180 maintained and marked (in three languages) trails comprises the whole country from the Rhine valley to the highest peak Matterhorn. This is an exceptional possibility for nature lovers to explore the incomparable beauty of the Swiss countryside on foot. The most popular and attractive trails are around Lake Geneva and in the Zurich region, as well as in the higher parts of the Alps for more advanced hikers. Another alternative is the Nordic walking, which can be organized by numerous local tour operators or by tourists themselves.
Switzerland is a cycling country. Here this is more than just an activity, it is a healthy way to enjoy the magic of nature and the hospitality of local people. The country boasts 3,300 kilometers of perfect cycling routes of all levels of difficulty. The project “Veloland Schweiz”, which was launched in 1998, provides a network of nine national cycling routes. In addition, there are countless regional and local routes. Switzerland is ideal for a cycling holiday for people of all ages and abilities – from professional athletes to families with children. Those who prefer to organize their routes alone will be delighted to find that there is no chance of getting lost – the red-marked cycling alleys are in abundance everywhere. Switzerland has a lot to offer to mountain bikers as well. More than 130 exciting mountain bike tours are available in all regions of the country. No matter whether you prefer short steep climbs or a long-distance tour lasting several days, you will find everything needed at the official Swiss tourism website where you can book your desired trip with all the details.
The landscape of Switzerland is second to none when it comes to rock climbing. It is a nerve-racking experience for seekers of emotions. Numerous clubs offer full service for climbers, including experienced guides and instructors as well as state-of-the-art equipment. Vie ferrate, a new way of climbing, has conquered the country recently. These are climbing routes which are also accessible for "non-climbers", thanks to the firmly-installed wire ropes and artificial hand and footholds. There are already 20 such routes in Switzerland.