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Wildlife holidays in Switzerland

Tell me about Switzerland …

Although Switzerland covers an area of only 41,000 square kilometres, it has a great wealth and diversity of landscapes and cultures.

Bordered to the north by Germany, the south by Italy, the east by Austria and the west by France, the Swiss countryside is home to the highest mountains in Europe, spectacular waterfalls and numerous lakes set within flower-filled Alpine meadows.

The Swiss people also display a character and way of life all of their own. Each of the surrounding four countries has, over time, influenced and shaped the adjacent Swiss population, creating the series of overlapping cultures which typify Switzerland. This is especially true in the heart of the Alps where the French, German, Italian and Romanish cultures meet. 

Our Switzerland specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Wengen – Alpine Flowers of the Swiss Alps’ tour is an 8-day appreciation of the wonderful alpine flora, birds and butterlies of the Bernese Oberland. We are based in the idyllic village of Wengen, in this spectacular landscape, throughout the holiday."

Kerrie Porteous
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What’s special about the wildlife?

Switzerland is home to a wonderful variety of alpine flora. It also has a rich butterfly and bird fauna.

Naturetrek tours to Switzerland

Naturetrek offers a selection of wildlife holidays in Switzerland, including alpine flora, birds and butterflies of the Bernese Oberland, and a summer tour focusing on the flowers and glorious scenery of the Upper Engadine Valley.

What might I see?

  • High alpine pastures around the Mannlichen including species such as Alpenrose & Globeflower, plus an array of orchids, gentians, saxifrages & violets
  • The legendary Schynige Platte where we search for St Bruno’s Lily, Black Vanilla Orchid & many other exciting species
  • We’ll look for King of the Alps, sheets of Primula integrifolia & Soldanella pusilla among many other species on the wet turf beneath the glacier around Murtel
  • A chance to see Alpine Marmots, Ibex & Red Squirrels as well as birds such as Crossbill


David was a fantastic leader. Nothing was too much trouble; his picnics were fantastic and the locations he took us on some challenging walks were awesome, enabling us to see superb flora.
I really enjoyed every minute and I thought David was an excellent leader. It really couldn’t have been better, a huge thanks to all concerned.
Our guide, David, was outstanding and great company throughout the trip. He carefully selected routes according to the weather and despite some rainy days prepared delicious picnics for lunch. His knowledge of mountain plants is clearly outstanding, but what is even more impressive is his ability to share that understanding and enthusiasm with comparative beginners like us.