Rent a vacation home or apartment in Switzerland and enjoy a vacation in your own country
The versatile Switzerland lets you forget the everyday life in your vacations without having to travel far. Whether as a couple or with the whole family: in a vacation home you enjoy pure freedom and independence. Choose, for example, one of our many alpine huts and Maiensässe, a cozy chalet on the ski slope or a vacation home directly on the lake - the possibilities are almost endless.
The most beautiful vacation regions in Switzerland
Small but mighty - Switzerland is where four language cultures meet. We introduce you to the individual regions so that the decision for your next travel destination will hopefully be a little easier.
Vacations in German-speaking Switzerland
Vacations in Central Switzerland
According to the Willhelm Tell legend, everything began in Central Switzerland. 1291 was the birth of modern Switzerland. According to the story, a man from Uri, a man from Schwyz and a man from Unterwald joined forces on the Rütli meadow, above Lake Uri, and founded Switzerland. Today, the center of Central Switzerland is near Lucerne. A boat trip across the winding Lake Lucerne leads past steep rock faces and fjord-like scenery. But the best way to get a panoramic view is to climb the mountains Pilatus, Rigi or Titlis near Engelberg. Another highlight for nature lovers: the UNESCO biosphere area Entlebuch.
Vacations in Eastern Switzerland
Eastern Switzerland stretches from glittering Lake Constance and the rushing Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen across a hilly landscape into Appenzellerland. Here in the Alpstein, the three-lake hike to Seealpsee, Fählensee and finally Sämtisersee is worthwhile. Further on, eastern Switzerland stretches through Toggenburg, into the Rhine Valley and past the Principality of Lichtenstein. Up into Heidiland and finally into Glarnerland. From there, the first high mountains of the Alps also rise up.
The Swiss Plateau
Urban - or is it? The Swiss midlands are more urban than the mountain regions. Nevertheless, there are wonderful retreats here as well. The Zurich Oberland relaxes the atmosphere near Switzerland's largest city. And also in the vicinities of Basel and Bern you can find cozy vacation apartments and houses where you can come to rest. You can quickly reach the city centers by public transport and cross historic old towns. In Aargau, you will follow in the footsteps of the Habsburgs and stroll past medieval house facades.
Vacations in the Bernese Oberland
After Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the valleys branch up to the Bernese Oberland. One strand leads along the Simmental and into Saanenland to the stylish, but authentic, Gstaad. Another reaches Adelboden and Kandersteg with the picturesque Lake Oeschinen. A third one points to the imposing mountain massif around Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau of the Jungfrau region. At their feet are Lauterbrunnen and Mürren as well as Grindelwald. Here in the Bernese Oberland, the Aare river rises from its source. In summer, rubber boats and canoes line the river. Families and groups of friends float down from Thun to the federal capital of Bern. The train then takes less than 30 minutes to return.
Vacations in Grisons
One of the classic travel destinations for Mr. and Mrs. Swiss is the canton of Graubünden. Linguistically, it combines three of the four national languages: German, Italian and the various idioms of Romansh. The approximately 40,000-60,000 Romansh-speaking people are particularly proud of their culture and like to bring it closer to others. Therefore, in some valleys there are even crash courses to learn the basics of Romansh during the vacations. For example, you can learn "Putèr" in Samedan in the Upper Engadine and Vallader in Val Müstair. The mountain regions of the Grisons originally found their way to tourism through the many healing springs. Sanatoriums and health resorts were founded - thanks to the good air. Today Davos, the Engadine and Lenzerheide are starting points for all kinds of mountain sports, both in summer and in winter.
French-speaking Switzerland: a bit of France for Switzerland
People often speak derisively of the "Röstigraben" when referring to the differences between the German and French-speaking Swiss. On the other side of the river Saane, however, the French ambience does not bring any culture shock, but above all solidity with good wine. Wine lovers will definitely get their money's worth in the Jura and the three-lake region around Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Biel and Lake Morat. Incidentally, the canton of Vaud, with its vineyards on Lake Geneva, accounts for about 26% of Switzerland's total wine production. Lavaux, one of these wine-growing areas, is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely worth a trip.
At the south-western tip of Switzerland's largest lake is the eponymous canton of Geneva. Here there is international air to breathe. The European headquarters of the UN and the headquarters of the Red Cross are at home in Geneva and give the city the nickname "Capital of Peace". The promenade of Lake Geneva invites you to a relaxing stroll in the afternoon sun. While doing so, you will pass by the Jet d'Eau, a 140m high water fountain. Not far from this landmark of the city of Geneva is the English Garden. The "Horloge Fleuri" displays a colorful clock made of flowers and symbolizes Geneva's watch industry.
Meanwhile, majestic mountains rise at the eastern tip of Lake Geneva. The canton of Valais is home to by far the most glaciers in Switzerland, which give the bilingual canton its very special charm. At the foot of the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn lies the fabulous and car-free Zermatt. Here and in Saas-Fee, thanks to the glaciers, skiing is even possible in summer. A worthwhile excursion is the UNESCO high-altitude trail in the Aletsch Arena. From here you overlook the resorts of Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp and see as far as the Bernese Alps. Verbier is considered a real Eldorado for mountain sports enthusiasts. It is located directly at the entrance to 4 Vallées, the largest ski resort, which is located entirely in Switzerland
The Gotthard Massif
In the very east of the canton of Valais begins the magnificent Gotthard massif. The mountain range forms a natural border between Central Switzerland and Ticino. The road tunnel as well as the railroad tunnel on the north-south axis therefore act as important links between German and Italian-speaking Switzerland. Those who dare to cross the mountain passes are rewarded with fabulous views. In Andermatt, it once became quieter due to the tunnel constructions. Today, the place is reviving as a popular vacation region. With the Andermatt-Sedrun ski link, the destination has also become more attractive than ever for winter sports enthusiasts.
Sunroom of Switzerland - Mediterranean flair in Ticino
Once through or over the Gotthard, a completely different picture of Switzerland stretches out before your eyes. The climate is warmer, palm trees line the lakeshores and little lizards scurry across the streets. With an average of 2,170 hours of sunshine per year, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland rightly bears the nickname "Sunny House of Switzerland". Ticino, or Ticino, creates a Mediterranean atmosphere: Simply perfect for summer vacations or the last late summer days in autumn, when it has already become cooler again in the rest of Switzerland. One of the most popular regions is the area around the town of Ascona-Locarno. From there, the Verzasca and Maggia valleys are ideal for exploring. Along the way, be sure to stop at a local grotto. Our tip for the ideal swimming spot: don't stop at the first swimming opportunity. To be able to admire the Ticino nature undisturbed, it is worth going a little further upstream. In the evening, stroll along the Piazza Grande and enjoy a fine ice cream along the lake promenade on Lake Maggiore. By the way, this is also worth seeing around Lago di Lugano. The fishing villages of Gandria and Morcote are particularly romantic. The latter was even voted the most beautiful village in Switzerland in 2016. Here, no one would say no to a beautiful vacation apartment directly on the lake.
The most beautiful ways to discover Switzerland
Vacations in the Swiss mountains - our top recommendations
Switzerland stands for mountains - and these are worth exploring. It's worth taking your sports equipment with you. From spring to fall, that means packing hiking boots and mountain bikes. In winter you need something more: skis/snowboard, cross-country skiing equipment, snowshoes and sledges as well as the ice skates should ideally all be with you. For hiking vacations, Mr. and Mrs. Swiss like to choose the Bernese Oberland with the fantastic mountain panorama around Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. In the canton of Valais, you can go mountain biking to the Riffelsee with a view of the famous Matterhorn. In Graubünden, you ski down the World Cup ski slope from Piz Nair, looking directly at the frozen lakes in the valley. With a bit of luck, you can ice skate on them as early as the end of autumn. Then the fascinating black ice attracts families and natural ice skaters to the glassy surface of the water.
Top recommendations for hiking:
- The treetop path in the Neckertal valley - an easy circular walk through the treetops.
- The Ravensburger Spieleweg in Grächen in the canton of Valais - suitable for all ages.
- The 5-lake hike on the Pizol in Heidiland - for experienced hikers.
- Romantic winter hike to the foot of the Moteratsch glacier in the Engadine.
Top recommendations for biking:
- Below Flims Laax Falera runs the Rhine Gorge - perfect for a bike tour in the Beverin Nature Park.
- Panoramic route from Crans Montana to Leuk - suitable for advanced bikers.
- In the Chasseral Nature Park In the Bernese Jura, you will roam through lush pastures of the Lake Biel region and cool forests of the Bernese Jura.
Top recommendations for cross country skiing
- The Engadin Ski Marathon is the largest cross-country skiing event in Switzerland - the best thing to do is to train on site.
- You can train in a relaxed way on the cross-country trails in the canton of Obwalden near Melchsee Frutt or in Engelberg.
- The region around Davos Klosters is also one of the most attractive cross-country skiing regions in Switzerland. On 15km of dog trails, four-legged friends also get their money's worth.
Top recommendations for sledding
- A pass road that is open in winter only for toboggan enthusiasts - from Preda you go down several kilometers to Bergün by toboggan. Back to the start you get comfortably by train on a UNESCO World Heritage route.
- The longest toboggan run in the Valais attracts young and old from the Belalp mountain station in the Simplon region for the ultimate in sledding fun with a view of a fantastic mountain panorama.
- For the ride on the longest toboggan run in Europe, the Faulhorn must first be climbed on foot from the First mountain station. The effort is rewarded with a fabulous toboggan ride over 15km and a whopping 1,600 meters of altitude difference down to Grindelwald.
Top recommendations for skiing/snowboarding
- Families exercise on the slopes of Meiringen-Hasliberg or in the ski area of Arosa-Lenzerheide.
- Brave skiers will be delighted with jumps and deep-snow slopes in Laax.
- For pleasure skiers, the snow-assured Aletsch Arena is the right place to go.
World Cup Ski Holidays in Switzerland
Where there are the most beautiful slopes for skiing, the Swiss minds argue. But if you want to feel like a real ski pro for once, the following ski resorts are an absolute must. Why? - They all host a ski world cup once a year:
- In January, the "Chuenisbärgli" calls in Adelboden. For professionals, the giant slalom course is one of the most difficult in the world. It's a good thing that there are plenty of other slopes in the ski area for amateur skiers and families with small children.
- In Wengen, ski athletes rush past the Jungfrau and down the Lauberhorn in the Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen ski area. The 4.5km long downhill run is a true classic - but can also be skied leisurely for amateurs and pleasure skiers.
- In Moritz, the women's ski squad chases down the slopes in December. The Corviglia ski area is a World Cup venue with a fantastic view of the second Upper Engadine ski area on Corvatsch.
- In February, the women's elite meet again in French-speaking Switzerland. In Crans-Montana, spectators can easily watch the spectacle of the World Cup from the slope next to the start area, or directly on the finish slope.
Family vacations - for shining children's eyes
A total of 25 tourist regions in Switzerland bear the Family Destination label from the Swiss Tourism Federation. They often take up a theme from childhood. This makes for nostalgia and sparkling eyes among adults as well. You can follow in the footsteps of Heidi and Peter in Heidiland, for example. In Maienfeld, the original setting of the story, author Johanna Spyri was inspired. But she also spent many hours in the spa town of Bad Ragaz opposite. The best way for young and old to get to Engelberg is with the Globi Express. On weekends, Globi the parrot even visits the Brunni area in person. The cartoon character plays with the children and congratulates everyone who took part in his treasure hunt.
Those who don't know the Swiss children's book character Globi will be delighted to hear classic fairy tales in Grächen in the Valais. In the themed gondolas, children and adults listen to the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and the brave little tailor. Each fairy tale lasts just as long as the ride up to Hannigalp.
Legendary tales are also told in Toggenburg. Below the seven Churfirsten peaks, starting at the Sellamat Alp, there is a three-hour trail of legends that will delight curious children. The sound trail is even passable with baby carriages and wheelchairs. It leads from the Alp Sellamat in the other direction and trumps with the most surprising instruments along the way.
The whole family can look forward to animal encounters in the Engadine. Around 1,800 ibex roam the mountains of Pontresina. When the snow slowly melts, the kings of the Alps come down to the edge of the village. There they gleefully eat the first green blades of grass. The ibexes can be admired at close range at this time of year. If you don't have any luck on a wildlife sighting here, you should try the only national park in Switzerland. There in the Lower Engadine, the chances of encountering marmots and co. are particularly high. Somewhat larger wild animals can also be observed in Arosa Bear Country. The bears are given a second life in the loving Arosa enclosure. Meanwhile, things are a little less wild in the Jura. True to the motto "The happiness of the earth lies on the back of horses", the region promotes numerous riding activities for young and old.
Special accommodation for special vacations
If a normal vacation apartment is too boring for you, you can find unique vacation homes in Switzerland. In an alpine hut or a charming chalet in the mountains you come to rest. Even vacations in a historical building are possible. You can immerse yourself in different eras and Swiss regions. The houses have been renovated with the greatest care to preserve the historical memories. For a vacation experience for the whole family, a vacation apartment on a farm is recommended. Would you rather venture into the past for just one day? No problem. Visit the open-air museum Ballenberg in the Haslital. A journey into the hundred-year-old past - more than 250 farm animals to pet included. The best way to discover glamorous Switzerland is in appropriate accommodations. Moments of luxury in St. Moritz, Zermatt or Gstaad are also available in vacation apartments. Modern designs and wellness areas with sauna and whirlpool make the otherwise rather down-to-earth heart beat faster.
When you think of Swiss specialties, often only a handful come to mind. Raclette and fondue are classics that can also be prepared quickly in a vacation apartment for small and large groups. However, the e-domizil team recommends that you use local cheese blends. The Swiss Rösti is probably one of the top dishes of all mountain restaurants. After a hike through the Swiss countryside, the potato specialty also tastes especially good. If you just want to enjoy, you will find numerous mountain railroads that offer a gondola dinner on selected evenings. At lofty heights, you'll sample local cuisine while overlooking the valleys. For chocolate fans, several worlds of experience are waiting to be discovered and in Emmental, children from the age of 6 bake their own Kambly butter cookies.
Things to know for the vacations with the dog
Here your pet is welcome. There are many dog-friendly vacation apartments and houses in Switzerland. However, there is a general leash and muzzle requirement for certain dog breeds. In addition, the 26 cantons of Switzerland have different regulations for certain seasons. In some cantons, for example, there is a leash requirement in forests during the setting and breeding season to protect wildlife. Public areas where dogs are not allowed or where leashes are mandatory are usually signposted on site. As a general rule, it is always advisable to carry the appropriate dog equipment.
For the use of public transport, an additional ticket is usually necessary for larger dogs. However, it is advisable to ask the respective bus or train company about the conditions and terms.
For entry from the EU, it is important to take into account the carrying of a correctly completed pet passport. In addition, no more than five dogs may be carried without an additional permit. Each dog must be marked with a microchip and vaccinated against rabies.
Arrival and mobility
The small Switzerland is with its infrastructure on top level and especially in public transport perfectly connected. On the north-south axis, you can get from Zurich to Ticino by train in 2.5 hours. From the westernmost tip of Switzerland (Geneva) to eastern Switzerland (St. Gallen) it takes just under four hours. By train and bus you can also reach more rural regions in Switzerland without any problems. However, always check the timetables so you know when the last train/bus is leaving. Helpful companions are Google Maps as well as the timetable app of the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways). Cabs are usually available at train stations or can be requested by phone. With this means of transport, however, you are relatively expensive.
Our tip: Check whether you are entitled to a local guest card with a stay in a vacation apartment. Often public transport or the use of mountain railroads within the vacation destination is included. There are usually also discounts for museums or other attractions.
The climate & the best time to travel
Switzerland can be traveled all year round. In spring and autumn it is pleasant in the lowlands. In summer, enjoy the cooler air in the Alpine regions and the fascinating views of the majestic mountain peaks. In winter, you are sure to encounter a snow-white landscape here, which allows a variety of winter sports. However, appropriately warm outdoor clothing is always a must.