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Switzerland

Rail holidays 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 holidays.
 

Things to know

  • Switzerland’s capital city of Bern has been synonymous with the bear since its creation and it is often said that the city owes its name to the animal. Throughout the city the animal appears on flags, as statues and on the side of buildings, and real bears can also be visited in the BearPark
  • Chocolate is one of Switzerland’s main exports and it is said that the average Swiss consumes 23 pounds of the sweet treats each year
  • There are over 1500 lakes in Switzerland, the most famous being Lake Geneva, Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore
 

Key Destinations

Glacier Express
Switzerland by rail

With Switzerland having such a variety of terrain, the country can be difficult to navigate by road. So, it probably comes as no surprise that some of the worlds most spectacular rail journeys can be undertaken in Switzerland. From the Glacier Express to the GoldenPass Line, rail travel ensures that all areas of Switzerland can be accessed easily, while allowing passengers to behold the country’s glaciers, woodlands and seemingly endless meadows.
 
Bern
Fantastic cities

Switzerland is not all just gorgeous scenery; its major cities of Bern 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.
 
Fondue
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.
 
Matterhorn
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.