Responsible and mindful travel, in Switzerland

From sustainable gastronomy to stays with eco-conscious properties


Sustainability is a big word – particularly when it comes to travel. But one thing is certain: the more mindful and responsible we are when we travel, the smaller our negative footprint.

Eating, sleeping and getting from A to B – with a minimal footprint.

Sustainable Gastronomy

What makes Switzerland particularly advanced in terms of sustainable gastronomy?
Earth-kind organic vegetables, social integration projects in the restaurant industry, or new technology for less food waste: the Swiss culinary industry has been working towards a more considerate and respectful approach to nature and to its dealings with one another for decades. Does that mean Switzerland has done enough already? Not at all. The number of initiatives for more sustainable gastronomy has never been higher than today. Visitors can see and enjoy the change that is taking place at all levels of sustainable gastronomy.

Rohrschacherberg Schloss Wartegg | Credit: Switzerland Tourism/Giglio Pasqua

Swisstainable Vegi Day on 1 October 2022

October 1 was World Vegetarian Day – and Switzerland celebrated Swisstainable Veggie Day. Guests enjoyed creative vegetarian dishes in more than 1,200 restaurants across Switzerland. It was all about local vegetables – healthy, delicious and good for the climate. With this day of action, the country jointly set an example for sustainable gastronomy.

Impressions of the distant view


Hiltl, the first vegetarian restaurant in the world, was founded in 1898 in Zurich – and still remains a firm favourite today. Hiltl Saga (pdf)

Hiltl Zurich

Vegimetzg (Vegi butcher)

The first vegetarian butcher in Switzerland with homemade delicacies and exclusive Hiltl presents. Vegan Hiltl Tartar, Burger, Cordon Bleu & co. to enjoy at home.

Restaurant Hiltl, Zurich

Tips & tricks for guests

Look for the Swisstainable emblem.
The Swisstainable emblem makes it easy for visitors to see which Swiss restaurants have committed to sustainability and put this into practice. The three designations of Committed, Engaged and Leading rank the restaurant’s level of accountability.

Schloss Schauenstein

A historical castle in the tiny town Fuerstenau, which features Andreas Caminada’s award-winning restaurant and nine unique, individually decorated guestrooms.

Suite Carschenna, Schloss Schauenstein


A blend of fine dining and homely comfort. The concept of IGNIV by Andreas Caminada, is centred around comfort and deliberate sharing. IGNIV means “nest” in Romansh, and Andreas wants his guests to feel as comfortable and cared for as a little bird in its nest.

The restaurants of the IGNIV family are all dedicated to the same culinary philosophy – and yet each of them has its own unique character.
IGNIV Bad Ragaz
IGNIV St. Moritz
IGNIV Zurich
IGNIV Bangkok

The essence of Switzerland
Memories, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz with 4 Michelin stars and 76 Gault-Millau points stands for indulgence with style. The signature restaurant of Sven Wassmer, “Memories”, focuses on product awareness, innovation and seasonality – clear and reduced, the New Swiss Alpine Cuisine is transformed into a genuine and natural overall experience.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Schloss Wartegg, Rorschacherberg

Lying between the gently rolling hills of Appenzellerland and the expanse of Lake Constance, the picturesque port of Rorschach has something of a Mediterranean flair. The restaurant in Schloss Wartegg is considered to be one of the most innovative in the region and is a benchmark for organic cooking. Herbs from the garden are used directly in the kitchen – in both food and drinks.

Hotel Schloss Wartegg, Roschacherberg | Credit: kurzschuss photography gmbh / Damian Imhof

The 15 best fully or partially vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Switzerland.

All 15 restaurants listed below offer guests fully vegetarian options, from rustic to fine dining. One thing is certain: the number of Swiss vegetarians (today just under 6%) and vegans (not even half that) is set to grow, as is the number of those happy to dine without meat sometimes. Flexitarianism is the name of the game!

Rohrschacherberg Schloss Wartegg | Credit: Switzerland Tourism/Giglio Pasqua

Spend the night doing your bit for the environment

In Switzerland, the locals have always taken care to find a balance between the needs of guests, the local populace and the environment. This is also a major concern for the hotel industry.

Wartegg Castle | Credit: Schloss Wartegg

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