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The rail trips through Switzerland from Arena Rail Holidays provide an opportunity to explore the pastoral atmosphere and pristine scenery of one of central Europe’s less imposing countries. Sharing borders with much more boisterous countries, such as France, Germany and Italy , Switzerland is certainly more relaxed, but just as cultured as its neighbours.

The many glorious lakes that stretch their way through the lush green hills of Switzerland are heavily contrasted with the snowy mountains that populate the north west of the country. It is a climate to be admired, especially given the country’s small size. Switzerland’s many wonders await you on our European rail trips.

Switzerland by rail

With Switzerland having such a variety of terrain, the country can be difficult to navigate by road. Rail travel ensures that all areas of Switzerland can be accessed easily, while allowing some time to behold the country’s glaciers, woodlands and seemingly endless meadows.

Fantastic cities

Switzerland is not all just gorgeous scenery; its major cities of Zürich and Geneva are two global economic heavyweights. Despite Switzerland being politically neutral, Geneva harbours many agencies of the United Nations and has often been used as a location for the signing of peace treaties. Switzerland is an inherently harmonious, peaceful country.

Food and drink

The traditional dish of Switzerland is fondue, which is excellent news for cheese and/or chocolate lovers. The Swiss themselves are the world’s largest consumers of chocolate and are credited for the invention of milk chocolate in 1875.

Rich cultural history

Despite the love of cheese and chocolate, the Swiss have a history of talented athletes, including Roger Federer – the most successful men’s tennis player of all time. Many of its activities are centred around snow and ice, with ski lodges a popular attraction for both natives and tourists. In the hotter parts of Switzerland, there are several mountain bike trails that are regarded as some of the best in the world.

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  1. Glacier Express

    Glacier Express Winter Magic

    8 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019

    Be transported to a winter wonderland on this magical rail holiday, as you board the Glacier Express and journey into the heart of the Swiss Alps. Visit Lucerne, Chur, Brig, Bern and Mount Rigi and traverse some of the world’s most spectacular train journeys including the GoldenPass Line.

    5 days from £899
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  2. Gorgeous Gardens of Switzerland with Helen Yemm - Telegraph Exclusive

    Gorgeous Gardens of Switzerland with Helen Yemm - Telegraph Exclusive

    4 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
    With soaring peaks, thundering waterfalls and green grassed meadows, Switzerland is renowned for its natural beauty. Join us on our eight day tour as we explore cultural and horticultural highlights, with gardening columnist Helen Yemm.
    8 days from £1,959
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  3. Grand Swiss Railways

    Grand Swiss Railways

    7 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019

    A grand Swiss adventure awaits! Take to the tracks on this tantilising rail holiday and be left in awe as you explore the very best of Switzerland by train. This ten day tour begins in Lucerne and includes journeys on the GoldenPass Line, the Glacier Express and more. You will also get the chance to see the Matterhorn, spend time in Lausanne and see the stunning Lake Lugano. It's Switzerland at its best.

    10 Days from £1,895
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  4. Glacier Express

    Christmas Glacier Express Magic

    23 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019

    Spend this Christmas in the heart of the Swiss Alps and enjoy a world full of festive magic.

    6 days from £1,295
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  5. Glacier Express

    New Year Glacier Express Magic

    28 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

    See in the New Year in Switzerland and travel aboard the Swiss Glacier Express as you discover a world full of festive magic on this rail holiday. From the stunning alps to the capital city of Bern, you'll also enjoy seasonal celebrations, a journey to Lucerne & a cruise on Lake Thun. Tuck into a delicious gala dinner on New Year's Eve and enjoy a fabulous concert and firework display on New Year's Day.

    6 days from £1,395
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