Route: London Paris Geneva Interlaken Zurich Salzburg Vienna
Duration: 14 nights
Transport: This route is a 15 day trip taking you from London to Switzerland’s most charming cities – surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the mountains. All 14 nights of the trip will be in your accommodation and you’ll travel by train during the day. Start your trip from your nearest UK station for free!
Accessibility: This route is wheelchair accessible
Sustainability: This trip only creates 44 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 407.
Reviews: All independent reviews
Not scared of heights? Have a yearning for that fresh alpine air? Then our Swiss Explorer route is the perfect fit for you! This trip might be about seeing Switzerland by rail, but don’t forget about Austria either! Culture vultures and outdoorsy types alike will be in heaven as you end your trip in Vienna, the music capital of Europe.
Stunning Swiss landscapes galore!
Start your Swiss Explorer route off with a quick hop, skip and a jump across the channel to Paris where the Eiffel Tower and a coffee on the Champs-Elysees await you. After indulging in some Parisian cuisine and a glass of French red, your next stop is stunning Geneva.
Geneva boasts some of the most spectacular scenery of any European city as it’s surrounded by the Alps and the highest peak of them all – Mont Blanc. Take in the natural beauty whilst relaxing or strolling along Lake Geneva.
Next up is Interlaken and you’re now well and truly into the mountains. This picturesque city has mountain peaks as its backdrop and is just a few cable car rides away from the Schilthorn summit – James Bond fans will recognise these views from the 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Staying there in winter? Get down to the Winter Wonderland ice skating circuit and show off your skills! Interlaken is also the perfect spot for snow bunnies, with several ski stations and resorts all within easy reach.
All year round, why not try paragliding over the town? Even if the thrill doesn’t take your breath away, the stunning scenery is sure to! If this seems a bit much for you then keep you feet on the ground and check out the surrounding valleys instead where innumerable charming and picturesque mountain villages are all served by regular public transport.
Heading north, Zurich is your final destination in Switzerland. Check out some of the many lakeside watering holes and get lost in the pretty old town district whilst you search for the perfect coffee and chocolate combo – Swiss chocolate is famous for a reason! Zurich is great all year round but if you’re visiting in the summer, take advantage of the warm weather and have a dip in the lake.
Time for a change of country now as you continue through the Alps to Salzburg. Welcome to Austria! The breathtaking alpine backdrop of Salzburg is the perfect excuse for an Instagram worthy picture. If the mountains and surrounding green landscapes don’t keep you busy, there’s plenty more to see. Mozart was born here, so if classical music is up your street make sure to visit the museum dedicated to preserving his childhood musical instruments.
Finally, after a short train journey you’ll find yourself in the music capital of the continent – Vienna. This often overlooked city is teeming with palaces and historical buildings. After some sightseeing, you’ll be ready for a slice of apple strudel and a beer or two to round off your amazing trip!
Whether it’s from a train window, or from your accommodation, you’ll never be far from a sublime view. So with all of the picturesque cities we’ve managed to cram into this route, we can’t think of a better way to see some of Europe’s best mountainous cities in all their glory…
London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city makes it one of the most culturally diverse in the world.
Fancy staying in the capital for a few nights? Get in touch for a custom route!
See Buckingham Palace and wave to Her Majesty (if she’s in!)
Hop on the London Eye for views across the city
Eurostar to Paris – 4 hours
Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.
See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais
Train to Geneva – 3.5 hours
Geneva lies at the southern tip of charming Switzerland and is surrounded by the Alps, offering spectacular views of Mont Blanc and Europe’s biggest mountains all year round. The city is the perfect place to experience contemporary art and culture before relaxing by the glittering Lake Geneva.
Climb the steps of the Cathedral’s towers for spectacular views of the city and lake.
A must see is the Jet d’Eau in Lake Geneva. Best in the evening.
Relax and take in the scenery by the lake or people watch in one of the many cities cafes.
Trains to Interlaken – 3 hours
Interlaken is truly a hidden Swiss gem, a pretty little town nestled in between two gorgeous lakes and a valley of three snow-capped peaks, it has earned a reputation for adventure sports like paragliding and an exciting apres-ski scene to rival that of any other Alpine resort.
Jump off the mountain to paraglide over town
Go skiing at a number of renowned local ski stations
Test your skating skills on the impressive ice circuit
Trains to Zurich – 2.5 hours
Being a city in a historically neutral country means that the medieval centre of Zurich is untouched by war damage, unlike many of its European neighbours. The city has a lot more going for it than the banks it is associated with, and a walk along the picturesque lake Zurich is a must.
See the glass-stained windows of Fraumünster
Go to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet
Go window-shopping on Bahnhofstrasse
Trains to Salzburg – 7 hours
The hills are alive with the Sound of Music – not just Julie Andrews, but Mozart’s hometown too. You can do a tour of the locations of the opening scenes around Salzburg, or you can also just stay and admire the beauty of the town and the fun of the beerhalls.
See the nearly thousand-year-old hilltop fort
Visit Mozart’s house or do a Sound of Music tour
Drink at StieglKeller, a Munich-style beer hall
Train to Vienna – 3 hours
Vienna is crisp, clean and chic with its biggest draw factor being the multitude of classical palaces and grand imperial buildings. Whether you’re into your royal history or not, the sheer scale of it here will be encapsulating for all, whilst not forgetting the great bars and eateries.
Visit the Spanish riding school of Vienna
Eat real Apple Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel
Go to a classical concert in a city renowned for music
You can use your Interrail pass to travel to London from your nearest UK train station for free on the same day as your Eurostar to Paris!
If you’d like to make this trip into a loop then get in touch and we can include overland transport from Vienna back home, or alternatively, arrange your flight back from Vienna – easy!