Switzerland ranks as one of the prettiest places on the planet. It’s also one of the most expensive. But that doesn’t mean budget travelers have to steer clear. Here are five wallet-friendly summer deals to help you stretch your dollars and expand your fun.

Alpine Summer Switzerland

Better still, discover how you can win a free one-week Swiss summer holiday.

1. RAIL TRAVEL: Fantastic Freebies with First Class 8 Days Swiss Pass

Now through July 30, 2013 book the First Class 8 Days Swiss Pass Summer Promotion and receive a free one-way Fast Baggage voucher, as well as Swisscom’s 8 days WiFi Pocket Connect. For more information or to book, please visit Rail Europe.


2. ACTIVE ADVENTURE: Summer skiing on the Matterhorn 

Snowboarders and skiers will be thrilled to know that Zermatt has the antidote to summer. With the highest summer skiing in the Alps and Europe’s largest snowpark, located on the Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt is Switzerland’s only holiday resort with 365 days of sensational skiing. For discounted summer ski pass packages now through September 14, 2013 visit Zermatt Tourism.


3. FREE TRIP FOR TWO: Swing a flag and win a holiday! 

Flag twirling is one of the oldest national sports of Switzerland. Like wrestling or yodeling, this art is presented primarily at traditional festivals. But you won’t even have to leave home to give it a try. All you have to do is place your flag onto the image, swing it through the air and, with a little luck, win the most typical Swiss holidays you could possibly imagine. Enter to win at myswitzerland.com.


4. BUDGET FRIENDLY: Package deal Basel Budget

From CHF 65 per person and night this attractive deal offers an over-night stay, breakfast, a Mobility Ticket for the use of public transport free of charge, and a BaselCard including numerous attractive offers and benefits. For more information and bookings, visit myswitzerland.com.


5. ONE OF A KIND: FLYER e-bike adventure at an unbeatable price

Spend a weekend of playful fun on a FLYER e-bike as you explore some of the Bern region’s most beautiful tourist attractions, lookout points and cultural highlights. Combine your visit with our three exciting FLYER e-bike Tour de Berne routes and save 35%. For more information and bookings, visit myswitzerland.com.


For complete Switzerland vacation planning, visit MySwitzerland.com


Source: Switzerland Tourism. 

About Ellen Barone: Consumer travel expert Ellen Barone is the founder and publisher of TravelUpdatesbyEllenBarone.com and YourLifeIsATrip.com. She’s currently at work on her first book - I COULD LIVE HERE. Click here to learn more or stay connected on Twitter at,FacebookGoogle+, Pinterest and LinkedIn