Must-knows about the mountains of Switzerland

  • There are many mountaintops to visit throughout Switzerland: even in lower areas such as southern Ticino.
  • The Swiss peaks are easy to reach. They’re accessible by cogwheel trains, funiculars, large cable cars, and small gondolas.
  • Reservations are usually not required.
  • The weather in the mountains can change quickly. Check the forecast and mountain webcams before going up.
  • Although it can be comfortable and sunny at the top, be prepared for low temperatures and strong wind.
  • Swiss mountain tickets are quite expensive. A rail pass will get you discounted or even free rides.

Find your mountain excursion in Switzerland

Jungfraujoch mountain station and Konkordiaplatz
Mountains, Scenic train tripMin. time required: 4:00
The Jungfraujoch excursion isn’t cheap, but it’s spectacular. We explain how to bring down costs, how to get there from Wengen and Grindelwald, what to …
Rotair cable car to summit of Titlis
Adventure sport, MountainsMin. time required: 3:30
Mount Titlis at 3032 m can be reached a by revolving cable car. Enjoy the high-alpine scenery, the suspension bridge “Cliff Walk”, the restaurants, and …
Dragon Ride cable car to Pilatus above Lake Lucerne
MountainsMin. time required: 3:00
Pilatus is a famous mountain close to Lucerne, with magnificent views over the lake area and the mountains of Central Switzerland. We give all the …
Top station of Gornergrat with Matterhorn view
MountainsMin. time required: 2:00
The Gornergrat offers a great view of the Matterhorn, and one of the best mountain panoramas in the Swiss Alps. We explain about the cogwheel …
Central and Bernese Alps from Rigi Kulm
Mountains, Scenic train tripMin. time required: 3:00
The Rigi area can be reached by cogwheel train and offers magnificent views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. Prepare with our planning guide.
Wetterhorn and Eiger above the clouds from Schilthorn
MountainsMin. time required: 2:00
The Schilthorn is one of the best locations to view the Jungfrau massif. We explain about the cableway from Mürren, prices, views and catering at …
Harder Kulm - panoramic view over Lake Brienz and Bernese Alps
Harder Kulm
MountainsMin. time required: 1:00
The Harder Kulm is an easy-to-reach and affordable mountain in Interlaken. It offers a panoramic view of the lakes and the Jungfrau Region.
Wetterhorn and Schreckhorn with gondolas to Grindelwald-First
Adventure sport, MountainsMin. time required: 2:00
The First is a mountain near Grindelwald, offering amazing views, hiking trails and fun family activities. Learn how to make the most out of your …
View of the glaciers from Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
MountainsMin. time required: 2:30
Prepare for a trip up to the Klein Matterhorn (often called “Matterhorn Glacier Paradise”). We explain about the spectacular cable car ride to this high …
Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau seen from Beatenberg
One day Jungfrau Region
Mountains, Scenic train tripMin. time required: 7:00
Don’t have much time? See highlights of the Jungfrau Region in just one day, with our varied and scenic step-by-step itinerary.
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The best mountains in winter

A lot of mountain tops can be reached by cable car in winter as well, but not all. The ones that are accessible in winter are the place to be for snow fun and for panoramic views of the wintry Swiss Alps.

Oldenhorn and Ice Express chairlift at Glacier 3000

Best snow mountains

Our insider tips for the best Swiss peaks to play in the snow, admire professional skiers, and enjoy beautiful winter …

Mountain tickets and reservations

If you don’t have a rail pass that includes free mountain rides, you need to buy a ticket. Reservations for mountains are usually not necessary. But in a few cases, it’s possible to secure a seat or priority boarding in advance.

Point-to-point tickets

Point-to-point tickets

Most Swiss point-to-point tickets include all modes of traveling on the route and are valid all day long. Such tickets …
1st class seat in panoramic Gotthard Panorama Express coach

Seat reservations

You don’t need seat reservations for Swiss trains and other public transport. There are exceptions, such as a few panoramic …

Weather forecasts and what to wear

White cloud over the top of the Mönch

Weather forecast

Only short-term Swiss weather forecasts are reliable, and you should consult forecast for your specific destination in Switzerland. We offer …
Hiking boots in snow at Rochers-de-Naye

Clothing and gear

How to dress and what to pack for your Swiss holidays, with tips for all sorts of activities: from summer …

Mountain hotels

Many mountain tops have a mountain restaurant to enjoy a drink, lunch or dinner. And on some of the Swiss peaks you can even spend the night. This allows you to watch sunset and sunrise in the Alps! Below are the mountain hotels we recommend for a unique alpine experience.

Hotels and restaurants at Bürgenstock above Lake Lucerne

Hotels in the mountains

Spending the night on one of Switzerland’s mountaintops is a special experience. You’ll get to enjoy dinner and breakfast, sunset …

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Page author: AnnikaSince early childhood I've been visiting Switzerland during my holidays and I just fell in love with the country. I spent many summers in the Bernese Oberland, which still feels like my second home, and then started to explore other areas. Traveling, hiking and photographing in the Swiss Alps are my absolute favorite activities.