Swisstainable – sustainable travel in Switzerland. 

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Untouched nature touches our hearts. As a travel destination, Switzerland is synonymous with spectacular mountains, wild gorges and mystical forests; our nature has the power to provide energy. We aim to preserve this – for many generations to come.

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A new approach to travel

Sustainable travel doesn’t necessarily mean having to go without. Sustainable travel means greater awareness and depth and more enjoyment. With this in mind, Switzerland follows its own sustainability strategy: Swisstainable.

Swisstainable is all about having one’s finger on the pulse – and maximum relaxation in a natural setting:   

  1. Enjoy nature up close and at first hand 
  2. Experience the local culture in an authentic way 
  3. Consume regional products 
  4. Stay for longer and delve deeper   

Facts and figures What makes Switzerland a sustainable travel destination

One of the most closely-knit rail networks in the world, recycling champions, and impressive air and water quality – Switzerland is leading the way towards a sustainable future.

  • Mobility

    More than 11,000 trains travel daily on SBB's network, which is around 3,000 km long and carries more than 1.1 million passengers per day. With one of the densest rail networks in the world, even the most remote places are accessible by public transport.

  • Water

    Switzerland holds about 6% of the continent's fresh water reserves and is considered the water castle of Europe. Many large rivers such as the Rhone, Rhine, Ticino and Inn have their source here. It is unique in that even in the larger cities it is possible to bathe without hesitation.

  • Nature conservation

    A total of 20 Swiss parks cover one seventh of the country's surface area (5,839 km2). Furthermore, since 1876, the Forest Act has ensured that the area of Swiss forests does not decrease. Today, 31% of Switzerland is forested – and the trend is rising.

  • Air

    We have always been known as an air and climate health resort with therapeutic effects and already in 1853 the health-promoting climate of the Davos mountain air was discovered. Today, we are in a good position with regard to air quality. For example, Switzerland is one of the countries in Europe with the lowest concentrations of particulate matter.

  • Food

    Compared to our international counterparts, we consume the most organic products per capita. And Swiss retailers have been leading the international sustainability rankings for years.

  • Recycling

    Switzerland is one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to recycling and waste management, with almost 85% of PET bottles being put to new use.