Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of Switzerland’s land mass. Many enjoy the immense beauty of the mountains including the Matterhorn. Others enjoy visiting the 140 glaciers including the Aletsch covering over 31 square miles. People have lived in the Alps for over 30,000 years, so there are many outstanding historical places to visit.

Swiss Alps contain some of the darkest skies in the world making it great for stargazing. A scenic train ride through the Alps is filled with unforgettable scenery. With so many reasons to visit the Swiss Alps, you will want to arrange for luxurious accommodations allowing you to easily visit all the region offers.

Swiss Alps Traveling Overview

The Swiss Alps spread across Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. Over 70 ski lifts make it a skier’s paradise containing the world’s oldest downhill course. Make sure to ride one of three fully rotating ski tram in the world on the Engleberg. Go heli-skiing at Grimentz heli-skiing. Explore hut-to-hut skiing opportunities near Zinal and Griment. Be sure to get a Swiss Alps map before heading to remote locations. Snowboarders rate Les Crosets as one of the top spots in the world. The Swiss Alps skiing offers a large variety.

When the snow is not falling, Swiss Alps offer awesome hiking adventures. The 11 mile Höhenweg Höhbalmen trail located just five minutes from Zermatt, Switzerland, offers hikes through scenic meadow and larch forests along steep valley walls to the beautiful Höhbalmen alpine meadow filled with edelweiss. Alternatively, leave Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, on a five mile hike along quiet mountain streams along a trailed ringed with 72 waterfalls including some of the highest in Europe on your way to Grütshchalp. Go glacier hiking on the Aletschgletscher which is the largest glacier in Europe. Rock climbers love testing their skills by climbing the Mattehorn.

It is easy to see why Ernest Hemingway chose the Swiss Alps for the setting of his novel “A Farewell to Arms.” Listen to jazz music at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Take a ride in a hot air balloon during the International Balloon Festival featuring balloons from more than 20 countries. Place your bets as the horses race across the frozen St Moritz Lake in the last remaining ice horse race. Practice your yodeling to participate in the International Yodeling Contest. Celebrate by watching fireworks or a parade on National Day. Watch the amazing films as 3,000 film professionals convene at the Locarno International Film Festival. Get covered in mud as highly-decorated cows make their way to their winter home during Alpabfahrt.

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Top 3 Luxury Hotels in the Swiss Alps

There are many luxurious accommodations in the Swiss Alps. Reading through an overview of each will allow you to choose the one best meeting your needs. Each of these hotels are rated five-stars for providing guests with an outstanding experience.

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel

The Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel  is located in the arts and crafts community of Interlaken, Switzerland. Since 1865, this hotel which has been recognized as an important Swiss historical site has been hosting the most discriminating guest. Dine on Mediterian and French-inspired cuisine at La Terrasse Restaurant. Alternatively, consider dining on barbecue at The Garden featuring panoramic mountain views.

  • Prices: Starting at $389/night;
  • Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  • Accommodations: Five-star luxury hotel;
  • Best for families;
  • Address: Hoeheweg 41, Interlaken 3800, Switzerland;

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Just steps away from the famed Montreux Music Convention Centre that hosts the September Music Festival, guests find the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.. Visitors to this hotel enjoy dining on locally-sourced meat at MP’s Bar and Grill or for a spectacular Sunday brunch stop at the Salons. Two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness room and spa services make it easy to relax. Explore the Queen Studio Experience where Queen recorded seven albums. Learn about the area’s fascinating history at Musee du vieux Montreux. Visit the Chillon Castle built during the 13th century.

  • Prices: Starting at $269/night;
  • Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  • Accommodations: Five-star luxury hotel;
  • Best for Families;
  • Address: Avenue Claude Nobs 2, Montreux 1820, Switzerland;

Hotel Firefly

The 16 rooms at Hotel Firefly in Zermatt offers guests ski-in ski-out luxury. It is recognized as one of the best Swiss Alps ski resorts. An easy 10-minute ski gets visitors to Zermatt-Furi Gondola. Glacier trekking is convenient because this hotel is conveniently located near the Furi and Matterhorn glaciers. Each room comes with a large kitchen. Read a book by the fireplace in each room. Cozy up to the bar in your pajamas while seated on a Chesterfield sofa. Swim in the indoor pool. Explore the area’s history at the Matterhorn Museum. Go Swiss Alps hiking on the 5-Seenweg trail winding its ways around five lakes with three of them reflecting the Matterhorn.

  • Prices: Starting at $435/night;
  • Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  • Accommodations: Five-star luxury hotel;
  • Best for couples;
  • Address: Schluhmattstrasse 55, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland;

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Other Things to Do in the Swiss Alps

Go stargazing at Riffelberg which is located over 10,000 feet above sea level with an incredibly dry climate. Boating and other water activities are very popular on over 7,000 lakes. Ride the Glacier Express train that runs along almost 200 miles of glaciers. View some of Switzerland’s most iconic places by jumping aboard the cogwheel railway called Jungfrau. Tour the Château de Chillon that once included over 100 separate buildings that are now all connected forming one of the most unusual castles in the world. See the ibexes, marmots, stags and chamois at the Swiss National Park. Celebrate Carnival in the Swiss Alps by heading to the largest parades of the year.


The Swiss Alps is a great place to visit with world-class skiing and hiking. The regions many festivals spread throughout the year offers a super region to visit. Even if you cannot time your trip to attend a festival, there are many unique opportunities including the playing on the lakes, riding the trains including the cog railroad, visiting the animals at the region’s only national park and celebrating Carnival. If you have been to the Swiss Alps, please share your experiences with us.

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