As a travel destination, Switzerland is synonymous with spectacular mountains, wild gorges and mystical forests; the country’s nature has the power to provide energy. Switzerland Tourism aims to preserve this for many generations to come, thus introducing Swisstainable – a sustainable travel in Switzerland.
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
One of the most closely-knit rail networks in the world, recycling champions, and impressive air and water quality – Switzerland is a sustainable travel destination leading the way towards a sustainable future.
For example, everyday, 9,600 trains travel along the roughly 3,000-kilometer-long SBB network. Even small and remote locations can be reached by public transport. SBB sells around 3 million travelcards every year.
For 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.
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.
Other facets defining Swisstainable are the country’s sustainable water, air, and food systems.
For Switzerland Tourism, the more mindful and responsible we are when we travel, the smaller our negative footprint, thus planning a more sustainable holiday.
Author: Deb Davad