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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
Operations Manager

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View from top of Diavolezza cable car (Kerrie Porteous)Gentiana acaulis & Gentiana verna (Kerrie Porteous)Saxifraga oppositifolia (Kerrie Porteous)Val Roseg (Kerrie Porteous)View from Schynige Platte (Kerrie Porteous)Hotel Berghaus (Kerrie Porteous)View from the Berghaus (Kerrie Porteous)Train to Wengen (Kerrie Porteous)Black-veined White (Jon Stokes)False Heath Fritillary (Jon Stokes)Picnic StopDamon Blue (Jon Stokes)Apollo (Jon Stokes)Spring Gentians (Jon Stokes)Bettmeralp (Kerrie Porteous)Alpine Choughs (Arto Hakola)

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

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Switzerland HOLIDAYS

We would like to say of David, his knowledge and experience was unrivalled. His organisational skills as well as his patience and care were exceptional.
We had a very full week and it met all my holiday wishes. Beautiful scenery, very knowledgeable leader on the butterflies, flowers, birds, etc. The leader's enthusiasm encouraged the enthusiasm of the group and we all got on very well and had a really fun and education week. The hotel was very good and we were made very welcome.
The highlights of the trip were the carefully chosen walks with glorious alpine views in every direction. As well as the beautiful alpine flora, we had butterflies, birds and the company of marmots. The flexibility of the trip with the use of trains and cable cars meant that the walks were accessible to all.