In response to today’s traveller’s need for authenticity, proximity to nature, and environmentally conscious consumption, Switzerland Tourism has developed a new Swisstainable sustainability plan, with the goal of making the country the world’s most sustainable tourist destination.
This new initiative encompasses the whole Swiss tourism sector and is intended for everybody and everyone, locals and visitors alike, who are seeking sustainable choices when travelling inside the nation.
For decades, sustainability has been an integral element of Swiss culture. The Swiss are well-known for their low-waste/sustainable lives, with a shared passion for home recycling, preferring public transport over their own automobiles, and a strong affinity for the outdoors.
Here are some characteristics that will help the ecologically aware global traveller select Switzerland over any other location as the best spot to spend a stress-free vacation surrounded by nature in its purest form.
· SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), the country’s largest transport business, derives 90% of its train electricity from hydropower!
· The Staubern cableway, the world’s first battery-powered cableway that goes to the top, is powered entirely by solar energy.
· In Interlaken, the e-bus by PostBus allows visitors to tour the city pleasantly. The Postbus charges its batteries entirely with renewable energy relying on the natural resource of hydroelectric power.
· Zermatt, best framed for being the home of the Matterhorn summit, is a completely car-free town that can only be reached by rail or on foot.
· Not only that, but Switzerland is full of surprises when it comes to the variety of eco-friendly, sustainable activities that may all be pre-booked.
1. Enjoy nature up, close and first hand:
Switzerland invites visitors to explore the nation on foot and provides a plethora of hiking options, ranging from one-day walks in Switzerland’s National Park to multi-day expeditions. You may take a ten-day trek along the Waldstatterwerg with the Swiss Path around Lake Lucerna, which will leave you in amazement with its picturesque perfection and transport you to another planet with each historical monument you visit along the route! In addition, there is over 12,000 km of defined, signposted bicycle routes across Switzerland. The many beautiful walks along the riverbanks and coastlines, with just modest uphill portions, are a particular feature. With low rental rates and interconnected railroads, one can mix and match a bike experience with public transport to cover every nook and cranny of this beautiful country.
2. Consume Regional Products:
Switzerland is well-known for its excellent food and friendliness. However, many people are unaware that Switzerland is also a bastion of the nature-based, gastronomical experience. Many restaurants in the nation employ seasonal and regional ingredients to create genuine meals that bring nature directly to the plate in a sustainable manner.
3. Stay for Longer and Delve deeper: Travellers may stay longer, relax and form tighter bonds with one another and with the environment by participating in activities such as barefoot hiking, lake diving, e-biking and Yoga paths. All of these activities may help one feel at home in the country, relaxing and relieving tension. Often guest extended their stay to feel rejuvenated.
4. Grand Train Tour: Trains with panoramic views transport you to all the attractions and vistas of Switzerland- from glaciers to lakes, mountains to towns- all year around the Grand Tour of Switzerland. This is important because an electric automobile emits 13 times more CO2 than the train, yet railway activity generates just 0.2% of total CO2 emissions! Only walkers and bicycles are more environmentally Friendly than Swiss trains.