The Giardino routes

This way!

From north to south, from east to west – or vice versa. With a car and a bit of a taste for adventure, you can easily discover some of the most beautiful corners of Switzerland. The Giardino hotels in Zurich, St. Moritz, Ascona and Locarno are the starting points and destinations. In between, the routes allow you to experience up close the majestic panoramic views and the breathtaking natural scenery of the Alps.

Open the overview

Adventure and relaxation in perfect harmony. You can follow our recommendations or explore the countryside all on your own. Here are our 3 favorite routes:

Mountain Curves Sun Chaser Swiss Around

From Zurich to St. Moritz and back

Mountain Curves

Perfect for
Romantics who enjoy leaning into curves. A thrilling drive with spectacular views. This route is just as fun for the passenger as it is for the driver.

The route
This route takes you through the most beautiful Alpine region in Switzerland: the Engadine. It starts out quickly in the north of the region before moving on to curvy mountain passes and breathtaking high valleys. It’s almost too gorgeous to be true!

Don’t miss it
The spectacular cliffs surrounding the Walensee, one of the highest passes in Switzerland, and the shimmering turquoise waters of Lai da Palpuogna.

From Zurich to Ascona and back

Sun Chaser

Perfect for
Adventurers who are looking for spectacular experiences, and aren’t afraid of a long, challenging drive. Relaxation awaits in the south.

The route

Straight through the heart of the Alps. From the hilly north, over majestic mountain passes through the Alps, all the way to the Mediterranean south and back. Switzerland’s greatest hits.

Don’t miss it
See the blue waters of Lake Lucerne from the Tellsplatte, the surreal atmosphere of the Grimselsee, the ice caves of the Rhône Glacier, and the Brissago Islands.

Across Switzerland

Swiss around

Perfect for
Switzerland enthusiasts that want to see it all. This round trip with a touch of la dolce vita has everything you could possibly want from a tour of Switzerland.

The route

Switzerland! Lakes, mountains, tunnels, passes – from Zurich to the Engadine Alps, through Italy to Ticino and back north again.

Don’t miss it
Take the car transporter train through the mountains, drive along the shores of Lake Como to Como and the promenades of Lago Maggiore, and along the Tremola – the historic mountain road on the Gotthard pass.

For a safe ride


1. Always check in advance to make sure that all roads are open.
Many passes are closed before and after the summer months.

2. Mountain roadways can be extremely narrow and curvy in parts,
and should only be driven on by experienced drivers

3. Be sure to take a break every hour or switch drivers. If you’re feeling tired,
don’t get behind the wheel.

4. Most routes can be swapped out for shorter, more direct routes.
Decide which route you want to take before you set off.

5. Enjoy the drive through the mountains and take time to admire
the local sights and attractions on the way.

6. Your Giardino hotel is there for you at any time, whatever you need.
Be sure to note down our contact information before your trip. This way, you can ring us for tips while you’re on the road.

+41 800 333 313

Conditions of participation

Share and win!

This summer, we are giving away 2 overnight stays for 2 people at a Giardino hotel of your choice. How does it work? Share your personal highlight with us during your holiday in Switzerland or at a Giardino hotel:

1. Take a picture of your highlight through the water lily on the right.
Hold the water lily cut-out right in front of your camera.

2. Focus on your subject inside of the water lily.
It’s okay if the outline of the water lily is blurry.

3. Share your picture on Instagram, with the
hashtag #ilovegiardino. Also be sure to tag @giardinohotels.

4. The winner will be announced on 30.
September 2019 on our Instagram profile.

Conditions of participation    water lily cut-out