20 great things to do in Switzerland this summer

Switzerland is yours to discover with our list of the most fun things to do in the country. From big days out to brilliant activities, this is your ultimate checklist for finding fun in Switzerland this summer.
Summer skiing
Sport and fitness

Summer skiing

Located 3,883 metres above one of Switzerland's best ski resorts, the Snowpark Zermatt offers a summer skiing adventure with the advantage of doing it in your beach wear.  

Seebad Luzern
Sport and fitness, Yoga and Pilates

Seebad Luzern

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With two courtyards surrounding open air pools, luxury surrounds the crystal clear waters of one of the world's most beautiful lakes. As well as food and drinks being served, dance and yoga classes are also on offer.

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Things to do

The Swiss National Day firework displays

August 1 is the day the Swiss go wild for their national holiday by setting off the fireworks and having bonfires. Thousands of people attend festivities in the largest cities (Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Bern and Lugano), but the main celebrations take place at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen and at the Ruetli Meadows alongside Lake Lucerne.

El Mojito
El Mojito
Bars and pubs

El Mojito • Lugano

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El Mojito Tropical Lounge is a throbbing summertime cocktail bar-cum-beach shack on a lakeside jetty. Chill on deckchairs or dance to DJs. The mojitos, as you might imagine, are sublime.  

Pedalo Zurich
Things to do

Hire lake pedalo on Lake Zurich

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Don't just stand there on the promenade admiring the lake, get out and enjoy it. Pedalos can be hired from the lake's many boat hire companies and although it may look like you're messing around with an oversized child's toy, you'll be burning more calories than on a bike ride up an Alpine pass.

E-Bike basel
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Take an E-bike tour around Lake Lucerne

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Using Swiss engineered electrically-powered bikes, you can explore the beauty of Lucerne and its surrounding areas in a three hour tour. The tour winds up at the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Visitor Centre, where you'll be able to assemble your very own knife. 

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Things to do, Walks and tours


‘SolarBob’ is a nifty no-snow-required bobsled in Basel’s leafy outskirts which allows you to hurtle down a one kilometre long track, before being carried back to the top by a solar-powered lift. Fun and ecology? We like it.

Thun-Bern rafting, Time Out Switzerland
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Rafting along the River Aare

icon-location-pin Espace Mittelland (Jura & Three Lakes, Bernese Oberland)

Enter Bern in style this summer by rafting the River Aare from Thun. This hugely popular event brings together thousands of people in a three hour downriver floatathon. 

Whey bath
Things to do

Open-air whey bath

Looking for a quirky trick to get the revitalised look? Well then, why not try having a whey bath at the foot of the Titlis mountain. Said to contain healing properties, bathing in the dairy product is a unique way to absorb the natural goodness of Switzerland.

Fondue mountain
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Fondue in the Alps

It's the ultimate pilgrimage for nature lovers and foodies alike: a trail that takes hikers up to a lodge atop the mountains of Gstaad to have high altitude fondue with locally sourced Swiss cheese with amazing panoramic views.

Hamam Splash & Spa
Things to do

A thermal bath with a view

Lean back, relax and get the pampered in the most scenic of settings. You’re spoilt for choice in Switzerland, but we recommend Leukerbad Therm in Leukerbad, Dampfbad in Basel and Thermalbad & Spa in Zurich.

©Lamatrek Jungfrauregion
Things to do, Walks and tours

Trekking with Llamas

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Enhance your hiking experience with the unusual additional of a Llama to your hiking party, who also acts as a mobile storage unit. From half-day excursions to tours lasting several days, the trek offers fun and adventure for all ages. 

cycling wine
©Switzerland Tourism
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Cycling wine day

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Wine and cycling, sounds like a dangerous mix right? Not in Valais, where the local athletes, politicians, cultural figures and the public gather to taste the region’s wine and cycling through the vineyards. It's not just locals that get involved, tourists are also welcome to join in the festivities too. 

Lavaux vineyards, Time Out Switzerland
Things to do, Walks and tours

Wine tasting • Lavaux

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The UNESCO protected vineyards of Lavaux are perfect for a stroll and a spot of wine tasting. Take a bus a short ride from Lausanne into the Lavaux vineyards and you’ll be in wine heaven.

The UNESCO protected vineyards of Lavaux are perfect for a stroll and a spot of wine tasting. Take a bus a short ride from Lausanne into the Lavaux vineyards and you’ll be in wine heaven.

Sentiero dello Yoga
©Tim Williams
Things to do, Walks and tours

Do a workout in the woods

Hewn into chestnut woodland high above glistening Lake Maggiore in Canton Ticino, the ‘Sentiero dello Yoga’ is self-guided outdoor yoga trail that incorporates nine exercises in the structure of a yoga class.

mountain view
Ivo Scholz

Watch a spectacular sunrise

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Be like an early bird and start the day with a bang by heading up 3,000 metres above sea level to watch the sunrise. Take a cable car up Piz Nair in the Engadine Valley for a healthy dose of spectacular views and sunshine before the crowds hit the summit. 

Uetliberg Zurich
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Things to do

Take a train up Uetliberg

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Departing from Zurich’s main station, you will go all the way up to the city’s local mountain, the Uetliberg. Take the journey up to the top where you can climb the observation tower and enjoy the stunning views in all directions.

Thunersee Swiss Tubes

Go camping

If you love the idea of camping in the middle of somewhere green and beautiful then Switzerland has loads of places where you get up close with nature. For those looking for accommodation beyond the no-frills tent option then try staying in a ‘SwissTube’ in the Thunersee camp park. overlooking Lake Thun .

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