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Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

1. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. Trips up to Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp, Stanserhorn and Rigi are included in the Pass. A 50% reduction is offered on most other mountain and cableways (Gornergrat, Titlis, etc). Enjoy free entrance to museums like the the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, the National History Museum of Bern, the Paul Klee Center in Bern, and the Natural history museum in Geneva. Explore with access to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

2. Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

Secure your ticket to take a trip on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car. Ascend to Europe's highest mountain station and travel to Trockener Steg to ride by heated cable car across the Theodul Glacier. Start your journey at the Zermatt-Matterhorn valley station. Within 45 minutes, reach Europe’s highest mountain station at 12,740 ft (3,883 meters) above sea level - the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. First, travel in comfort in an 8-seat gondola of the Matterhorn Express on your way to Trockerner Steg. Pass lush green meadows, old Valais hamlets, and enchanting forests before the landscape changes to one with impressive moraines and stones polished by ice and glaciers.  At Trockener Steg, hop into the highest 3S cable car transporting you up to the peak. Take in spectacular views through the panoramic windows and enjoy the heated seats while crossing the Theodul Glacier. Once you reach the summit, visit the viewing platform and marvel at 38 alpine giants of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps as well as 14 glaciers. At the cinema lounge, enjoy short movies about mountaineering, the local fauna and flora, the lift facilities, and ice and snow. Or explore the highest ice palace in the world and admire handmade sculptures in the eternal ice. Before you leave the magical fairytale behind, try regional specialties at the restaurant or purchase Matterhorn souvenirs.

Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel Train Ticket

3. Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel Train Ticket

Cross stunning bridges, ride through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes as your climb the Gornergrat on the cogwheel train with the Matterhorn continually in view. At the summit, explore the picturesque alpine world of the Swiss Alps. With a sunny observation deck that remains accessible throughout the year, the Gornergrat at 3,089 metres above sea level provides spectacular views. The Gornergrat is surrounded by 29 four-thousand metre peaks including the highest Swiss mountain, the Dufourspitze, which has an altitude of 4,634 metres, and the third-largest glacier in the Alps, the Gorner glacier. The mountainscape panorama you'll experience is completely unique.

Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

4. Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

Explore the beauty of Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex available for 3, 4, 6, 8 and 15 flexible days within 1 month. The freely selectable travel days can be activated and changed on www.activateyourpass.com at any time. You will receive the login information by e-mail after your purchase. The pass offers hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Travel System, buses, and public boats as well as unlimited public transport in cities, discounts on many mountain excursions and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country on the validated days. You can use the pass on the panoramic routes however, seat reservations are mandatory. Children under 6 years old travel free. Children aged 6 and under 16 years when accompanied by at least one parent (holding Swiss Travel Pass) travel for free with the Swiss Family card.

From Geneva: Chamonix, Mont Blanc & Ice Cave Guided Day Tour

5. From Geneva: Chamonix, Mont Blanc & Ice Cave Guided Day Tour

On this guided day tour from Geneva, experience the stunning landscapes the French Alps have to offer. Immerse yourself in the scenic atmosphere and cultural charm of the mountain village Chamonix. During the tour, board a unique cogwheel train to visit France's largest glacier. Begin your tour in Geneva, where you'll meet your guide and board the bus bound for Chamonix. This historic French village, once a medieval priory, serves as a gateway to one of the high peaks of Europe, the Aiguille du Midi. Embark on a cable car ride to ascend to the peak. From the top of the peak of Aiguille du Midi, marvel at the breath-taking views at 3,842m. Nearby, spot Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. Glimpse the Matterhorn standing proudly in the distance. Next, descend once more to the village of Chamonix for some free time in this picturesque alpine destination. Peruse local shops and restaurants for their local specialties. You'll have about an hour and a half of free time before re-joining your guide for the afternoon. Your tour continues with a stroll to the train station, admiring historical landmarks of Chamonix as you go. Then, embark a historical cogwheel train and ascend 1900m (6,300ft) to take in the spectacular view of the Mer de Glace, or "Sea of Ice." Gaze in wonder at France's largest glacier. At the Mer de Glace, choose between the enticing opportunity to visit the glacier's ice caves or to hike down the 550 stairs to the glacier itself. Whether you explore the frozen halls of the ice caves, or trek up and down the stairs to the glacier, let yourself be amazed by this natural phenomenon. Finally, board the train to return to Chamonix. If you wish to buy a souvenir, take a few minutes to do so before climbing aboard the bus to return to Geneva. Relax on your ride home and conclude your tour when you arrive in Geneva.

Zermatt: Paragliding Tandem Tour with Matterhorn View

6. Zermatt: Paragliding Tandem Tour with Matterhorn View

Zermatt in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is one of the most popular mountain resorts renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. The town lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Here, you have the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - a tandem paragliding flight at a 3000-4000-meter altitude. At the meeting point, you’ll be introduced to your instructor, who will give you a presentation on the activity and safety protocols. You’ll take the cable car to the take-off point, as your pilot shares as much as of their knowledge, stories, and anecdotes about Zermatt as you want. Once you’re on the mountain, walk to the take-off point, and hear a short briefing and equipment check. Then, it’s time for the ultimate adventure, as you take a few steps into the air. Now just sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular 360° views over Switzerland, Italy, and France. The pilot will take care of everything, all you have to do is enjoy this magical moment to its fullest. Once you’ve landed, the pilot will download the pictures and videos onto a memory card, ready for you to take home and show off.

From Milan: Monte Bianco and Courmayeur Day Trip

7. From Milan: Monte Bianco and Courmayeur Day Trip

After leaving Milan early in the morning on an air-conditioned coach, you will reach the Alpine town of Courmayeur. You can ride up the Monte Bianco Skyway cable car to discover spectacular panoramic views of the Valle d’Aosta and the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. On a clear day, you may even see Mattherhorn, considered to be the icon of Switzerland and shared with Italy. The first stop on the way up is at Mont-Frety Pavillion. Here you can visit the "Botanic Garden Saussurea", one of the highest in Europe which offers a rich variety of incredible, rare and beautiful alpine plants from worldwide mountain areas. You can also enjoy a typical lunch (not included) at the restaurant Bellevue, the local dishes retrace the Aosta Valley tradition with polenta and meat but international cuisine is also available. Whilst up at the pavilion, you visit the Cave Mont Blanc and the experimental high altitude winery. In the afternoon, you will take the last leg of the skyway to reach Helbronner peak. Here you can enjoy free time at the top to soak up the views, and from its height of 3,466 meters, the terraces of the Helbronner peak offers a 360° view of all the Italian, Swiss and French Alps. After you are full of fresh alpine air and loaded with pictures, you can regroup with your guide and travel back down into the heart of the Courmayeur town center. Once there you can browse the shops at your leisure, enjoy a refreshing drink on a sun-drenched terrace (own expense), or admire the many chocolate-box chalets and boutiques you find.

Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat: Small Group Tour from Zürich

8. Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat: Small Group Tour from Zürich

To see the Matterhorn live - it's a must for every Switzerland traveler. Visit the alpine village of Zermatt with its typical chalet-style, surrounded by high alpine peaks, the Matterhorn in the face all the time. Experience the changing landscape and discover the old part of Zermatt and the Gornergrat mountain, from where you'll have all these "postcard" views of the Matterhorn. Be accompanied by a guide along the way who'll answer your questions about the country and its people, and explore a few places away from the tourist flow.

From Zermatt: Ticket for Gornergrat Matterhorn Railway

9. From Zermatt: Ticket for Gornergrat Matterhorn Railway

Ride a 125 year-old cog railway from the village of Zermatt up to Mt. Gornergrat. Board the cogwheel train in Zermatt, 1600 meters above sea level. Admire scenic views of the Matterhorn as you climb up to 3100m above sea level to reach Mt. Gornergrat. Be treated to panoramic views of mountains and glaciers when you reach the top. Enjoy the ZOOM interactive exhibition, included in the price of your ticket.

From Basel: Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour

10. From Basel: Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour

See the Matterhorn in person on your trip to Switzerland. Visit the alpine village of Zermatt with its typical chalet-style homes, surrounded by high alpine peaks and a constant view of the Matterhorn. Follow alongside your tour guide as you discover the old part of Zermatt and the Gornergrat mountain, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Matterhorn. Your expert local guide will be with you all the way from the beginning of the tour, and will show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Your guide knows the way and will show you a few places away off the beaten path.

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What people are saying about Zermatt

My mom and I were the only two people who had the “skip the line” ticket. You’ve the priority entrance to board the train and make sure to sit on the “right” side of the train for the gorgeous view of Matterhorn and Zermatt village. We didn’t know and sat on the wrong side! When coming down, you can sit on the same side if you want the same view. There is not much to see on the left side of the train. Also, you have free access to photo point. It took a while for people to figure out how to redeem the photo online. Make sure you choose the “4 part” and enter your ticket number to redeem it. It’s fun and beautiful. There will be a number of skiers with you on this train.

Bought the ticket online, exchanged the voucher with Tickets from Zermatter shop, and had a great time going up to the mountains.. there was a line but moved very quickly.. what a majestic view and experience .. it’s a must do for everyone..

A surprisingly easy trip, loved the new cable car system, this is an experience not to be missed. Just prepare for the cold, wear sensible shoes, clothing and enjoy one of the wonders of the world.

Many ski teams gather in the morning planning on their strategy. It is worth seeing this interaction.

Amazing views and overall pretty good infrastructure