This route is a 15 day trip taking you from London to Switzerland’s most charming cities – surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the mountains. Journeys are short apart from one 6 hour leg and there is room for flexibility too. All 14 nights of the trip will be in your accommodation. Start your trip from your nearest UK station.
This route is wheelchair accessible ♿️
This trip only creates 44 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 406.5 ♻️
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.
Interrail Europe’s most stunning landscapes
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. After indulging in some Parisian cuisine and a glass of French red, your next stop is Switzerland and Geneva.
Geneva affords some of the most spectacular natural scenery in any city in Europe as it’s surrounded by the Alps and the highest peak of them all – Mont Blanc. Take in the scenery whilst relaxing or strolling along Lake Geneva. Next up is Interlaken and you’re now well and truly into the mountains. This stunning city with mountain peaks as its backdrop, is just a few cable car rides away from the Schilthorn summit. 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! Too much adrenaline for you? Check out the surrounding valleys 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 Zurich’s 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 divine! 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 scenery and surrounding green landscapes don’t keep you busy, there’s plenty more to see. Mozart was born here, so get your classical music face on and 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 hostel, 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…
- All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
- Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
- Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
- Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
- Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
- Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
- A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
- Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
- Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
This is a medium-paced trip offering 6 cities in 15 days in France, Switzerland and Austria. You’ll travel during the day making the most of the views: The highlight of this trip is experiencing the charming landscapes of Switzerland as you discover just how beautiful this part of the continent is.
Paris (2 Nights)
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.Paris Guides
- See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
- Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
- Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais
Geneva (2 Nights)
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.Geneva Guides
- 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.
Interlaken (4 Nights)
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.Interlaken Guides
- 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
Zurich (2 Nights)
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.Zurich Guides
- See the glass-stained windows of Fraumünster
- Go to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet
- Go window-shopping on Bahnhofstrasse
Salzburg (2 Nights)
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.Salzburg Guides
- 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
Vienna (2 Nights)
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.Vienna Guides
- 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
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