Swisstainable – sustainable travel in Switzerland. 

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Intro

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   

 

Find out more about Swisstainable

Find out more about our sustainability strategy

Our manifesto

Swisstainable points the way to a responsible world of travel.

Swisstainable Winter stories

Handpicked by our Switzerland experts: sustainable stories from every part of the country.

Sustainable travel

We have put together a few basic tips to show how we can already travel more responsibly: 

  • Getting there Switzerland is a public transport paradise. If it is not possible to travel by train, there are numerous ways to offset your CO2 emissions, for example with myClimate, atmosfair or SWISS.
  • Accommodation Switzerland has a whole host of accommodation options that focus on sustainability. You’ll find a selection of companies that are pioneers in sustainability in the section entitled “The sustainable way to discover Switzerland”.
  • Length of stay Longer stays have a positive effect not only on relaxation but also on the local environment and economy. Even the most remote valleys in Switzerland are easily accessible by public transport.
  • Experiences For ideas and inspiration based around sustainable experiences, we have put together a wealth of wonderful activities that can be booked directly in our Experience Shop.
  • Clean water Switzerland is one of Europe’s prime water resorts. Quench your thirst along the way at one of the numerous drinking water fountains – ideally with a reusable drinking bottle.

Facts and figures



Switzerland assumes a pioneering role when it comes to sustainability – not only in terms of the landscape, but also in terms of its outstanding infrastructure.

  • Mobility

    Every day, 9,000 trains travel along the roughly 3,000-kilometre-long SBB network. Even small and remote locations can be reached by public transport. SBB sells around 3 million travelcards every year.

  • Water

    Switzerland invites guests to swim in the middle of its cities – a truly unique experience. Boasting some 1,500 lakes, Switzerland is seen as Europe’s moated bastion, and is home to the sources of many rivers, including the Rhine and the Rhône.

  • Nature conservation

    A total of 19 Swiss parks make up more than one eighth of the land area (5,269 km2). For the past 125 years, the Swiss Forest Act has also been ensuring that 30% of Switzerland remains forested – and this number is rising.

  • Air

    The air quality in Switzerland is excellent. We have always been appreciated as a climatic spa destination with beneficial therapeutic effects, and the health-promoting climate of Davos’ mountain air was discovered as far back as 1853.

  • 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 90% of PET bottles being put to new use.

Swisstainable summer stories

Handpicked by our Switzerland experts: sustainable stories from every part of the country.

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