About Holidays to Switzerland

Hi, I’m Carolyn, founder and Swiss travel expert at Holidays to Switzerland!

Carolyn of Holidays to Switzerland

I first visited Switzerland more than 30 years ago and it was love at first sight!  My happy place is Lauterbrunnen in the Jungfrau Region – it was my introduction to Switzerland and a place I’ve been fortunate to return to many times since.

I’ve never found a place in Switzerland I don’t love but Lauterbrunnen will forever hold my heart ♥.

After my first trip to Switzerland, my husband and I enjoyed numerous Swiss family holidays with our two boys.  Now that they’ve grown up and left home, the two of us visit Switzerland each year to indulge our love of this beautiful country.


I worked as a travel consultant for over ten years, the last five of those specialising in European trip planning. During this time I was invited by Switzerland Tourism to attend their week-long Travel Mart in Zurich in May 2012.

Switzerland has always been my number one love and I return as often as possible, but to keep my knowledge as up to date as possible, I have also completed the Switzerland Travel Academy course and received certification as a Switzerland Travel Expert.

Since 2021, I’ve been certified as a Swiss Travel System Excellence Expert after completing the annual online training programs.

On my many trips to Switzerland I’ve visited a vast majority of the country – travelling by both car and train (and on one occasion, on a coach tour) – to explore both the popular and less well-known destinations for myself.

Switzerland Travel Expert certificate awarded to Carolyn Schonafinger
Swiss Travel System Expert 2024


The Holidays to Switzerland website and podcast are your Switzerland vacation planning hub.

With so many Switzerland travel tips to share from our countless trips to this magical country, it seemed logical to create the Holidays to Switzerland website in order to help others with their Switzerland travel planning.  I’m passionate about encouraging everyone to experience the delights of a Swiss vacation.

Whether you are attracted by Switzerland’s elegant cities, charming villages or picturesque rural and mountain landscapes, you’ll find plenty of practical Swiss travel tips right here.  My aim is to help you plan the perfect Switzerland itinerary based on your interests, whether that be to the known tourist hot spots or to lesser-known parts of the country.

On the website you’ll find detailed information on the best places to visit in Switzerland, transport options – including info on the amazing Swiss rail network and the variety of Swiss rail passes that are available, things to do in Switzerland, itineraries by car and train, accommodation suggestions and resources to help you plan the ideal Switzerland vacation.

You can also tune in to the Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast where I chat with Swiss travel experts who share their tips and advice about a wide range of destinations and topics related to travel in Switzerland.

We partner with well-respected and reputable businesses in Switzerland to offer you the best travel services for your trip, no matter which style of travel you prefer. In many cases, we’ve also negotiated special discounts and bonus offers for our audience, too.

We may earn a small commission on products and services that we recommend. Any commission earned contributes to the running of our site and is fully disclosed.  You can read our full disclosure here and privacy policy here.

Thanks for visiting Holidays to Switzerland!

~ Carolyn Schönafinger


You can listen to Carolyn chatting about her love of Switzerland, her favourite things to see and do, and her top Swiss travel tips on The World Awaits podcast, the Global Travel Planning podcast and Yellow Shelf.

Carolyn from Holidays to Switzerland



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Here’s what other travellers are saying about the Switzerland Travel Planning group and website:


“Thanks for this awesome resource and for all of the great tips that you share on your podcast! It has made planning our trip much less intimidating.”

Liz L, via email

“Thank you Carolyn for your website and podcast. My husband and I just returned from a 9-day trip to Switzerland and I planned every detail from what I learned from you.”

Katie F, via Facebook

“I really can’t thank you enough for all the information and videos. your website and Facebook group were so helpful. I recommend both to anybody I talk to that is interested in planning a trip to Switzerland.”

Corey B, via Facebook


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