Summer Time in Schwyz Authentic experiences in sunny Schwyz

Feel the fire of freedom in the region of Schwyz this summer. Whether you wish to quench your thirst, get down with nature or are looking to create some memorable family moments – the central canton of Schwyz is the perfect day-trip or vacation getaway for leisure enthusiasts.


The region of Schwyz lies in the heart of central Switzerland. The destination is just a stone‘s throw away from the major cities of Zurich, Lucerne and Zug and can be easily reached within 30 to 60 minutes of travel time. All major mountain outlets and lakesides are mostly accessible by car, train, bus and even ferry.



Steamboat Pleasure on Lake Lucerne

Traditionally known for its rich cultural and historic foundations, the region of Schwyz offers a diverse range of authentic summer experiences. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice, with a plethora of untouched natural scenery to be discovered. This summer, visit one of Switzerland's most beloved local holiday destinations.


There are hundreds of hiking trails to be explored and vary for all ages and levels across the canton of Schwyz. For example, the car-free resort of Stoos is situated high above Lake Lucerne and is a leisure paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Once visitors reach the top of the mountain, there is no rush to appreciate the beautiful views. Excursionists can take in the panoramic 10 lake view and countless Alpine peaks from all angles on the Stoos ridge hike and Stoos-Frontalpstock panorama trails.


Family Hiking through canton of Schwyz

Endless lakeside and mountain peak views can also be admired from the Rigi – Queen of the mountains. Dating back to the 18th century, mountain tourism has been a popular recreational activity for a variety of local and international visitors. Much has been documented about the Rigi's breath taking views. The famous American author, Mark Twain, even recalls his own experiences in his novel "Climbing the Rigi". On a perfect summer day, your eyes can travel across an ocean of mountain peaks; Säntis, Glarner, Urner, the Bernese Alps, the Joura Mountains and even to the Black Forest in the north.


Cable car to the famous Mount Rigi

This year marks a period of celebration, with the Rigi Kulm Hotel's 200-year anniversary. The milestone will be celebrated throughout the summer months of 2016, with a calendar of events that recall the mountain's history. It's certainly something not to miss!

Among Alpine peaks and lake-side views, visitors can enjoy nature's creations down low in the Muota Valley. The Muota Valley is a wildly romantic and attractive stretch of nature in the foothills of Schwyz. The area is famous for being home to the largest primeval spruce forest in Europe, the Höllach karst cave (Europe's longest cave system and the one of the largest in the world!) and the ever so adorbale weather prophets. When visiting the caves, make sure to book in advance, as viewing is permitted solely through guided experiences.


View to the Mythen Region and the mountain "Grosser Mythen" 

Just around the other side of the valley lies the Mythen Region. When travelling through the canton of Schwyz, it is hard not to miss the landmark of Schwyz, the Mythen peaks. The "Grosser Mythen" towers majestically over Schwyz and is commonly known as the "Matterhorn of hikers". To reach the heart of the Mythen Region, simply jump on the Rotenflue cable railway from Schwyz or the Brunni-Holzegg cable car from Alpthal. Here there are trails for all tastes, with the mystical Jakobsweg (Route of St James), the "Lady Beetle Path" (a family favourite!) or the ascent to the Mythen.  

Canton Schwyz Hiking App

When planning your next excursion to the canton of Schwyz, look no further than the canton's very own hiking App. The Schwyz Hiking App is a user friendly App that allows you to discover the region's comprehensive footpath network with the touch of a button.

Whether you're planning a day trip, a mountain peak climb or are in need of a nearby campsite, the all-round Schwyz Hiking App ("Schwyz Wandern") is your essential outing tool. The free App can be used on any iOS and Android devices. Click on the Canton Schwyz Hiking App link to download the App today from either the Apple or Google Play Store.

Water Sports

Stand Up Paddling on Lake Lucerne

The perfect way to cool down this summer is by taking a dip in one of the region's well-known lakes, including; Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich, Lake Zug and Lake Sihl. Visitors can undertake a diverse range of water sport activities in the canton of Schwyz. Whether it be motorised water sports or slow and steady paddling, there is something for everyone to enjoy - windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and even Stand Up Paddling. For example, the beautiful lakeside resort of Brunnen is offering free Stand Up Paddle taster courses every Thursday throughout the summer months.

Family Fun

Family visit at Swiss Holiday Park in Morschach, Schwyz

Meanwhile, the region of Schwyz is also renowned for it's family inclusiveness. For instance, the Swiss Holiday Park resort is your one-stop-shop for families. The resort is located on the highlands of Morschach and overlooks the famous Lake Lucerne. There are plenty of ways to keep the kids cool and the parents blissful in the family resort. As parents indulge in the wellness facilities, kids will be kept entertained through the water-park fun. Overnight guests can save during their visit, as any child under the age of 15 eats and drinks for free!


Water adventure in Alpamare

The Alpamare in Pfäffikon is Europe's biggest covered water and fun park and is also a great option for a day out. With over 11 water slides that total a length of 1800m, a drifting stream, wave pool, wellness and fitness facilities, there is something for all ages and interests at Alpamare. However, if you're looking for something on dry land, why not visit the Animal Nature Park in Goldau. Here you will find over 100 species of European wildlife, including a bear and wolf enclosure. The mountain resort Sattel-Hochstuckli also promises a fun day, where you can walk across the suspension bridge, tire yourself out on the jumping castle, ride the toboggans and try out the latest fun to be had this summer - tubing.  


Feeling inspired? Start planning your next visit to the region of Schwyz with our online brochure catalogue. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Author: Amy Roulston

Amy Roulston is a student intern at Schwyz Tourismus. Originally from Australia, Amy is currently undertaking a Masters program in Tourism. Amy is a Schwyz enthusiast and enjoys the diverse natural, historic and cultural elements the region has to offer.

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