6 Ideas to Experience the Best of Swiss Autumn
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6 Ideas to Experience the Best of Swiss Autumn

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If you're new to Switzerland, and eager to explore, we're letting you in on a secret: autumn is perhaps the most beautiful time of the year for a quick trip. 

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The weather is warm, the parks and squares are more colourful than ever, the trails are still opened...autumn makes for a perfect time to enjoy Switzerland. 

From exploring the country's renowned museums, to indulging in delicious Swiss autumn cuisine or simply strolling through the charming shops in the old town, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of Swizterland. In this guide, we gathered our favorite ideas for quick outings during autumn time. Enjoy!


 🍷 Discover the Best Wine Regions in Switzerland

The resplendant vineyards of Spiez © Switzerland Tourism/Andreas Gerth


Switzerland has much more to offer than just excellent wines, especially in autumn. 

Whether you are an avid wine connoisseur or simply appreciate a glass of wine with your meal, you can find many opportunities to explore Switzerland's wine culture: from taking a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, exploring a winery or spending a night near the vines.

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🏔 Stroll down the Swiss Culture Trails

Plenty Swiss culture can be find throughout Via Calanca © Switzerland Tourism/Daniel Loosli


Did you know that Switzerland offers a unique opportunity to travel back in time? Surprisingly, this doesn't require a time machine.

By simply taking a stroll along culture-themed trails, you can experience this country's rich heritage and relive the spirit of the past.

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🌳 From City to Nature: Plan a Quick & Stunning Getaway

Up the Brambrüesch, the local mountain of Chur © Switzerland Tourism/Dominik Baur


In Switzerland, you'll never be too far away from nature, even in the bigger cities. The country's urban areas merge with nature in an effortless way, so as a visitor you can enjoy plenty of quiet, green spaces in close proximity to the city center.

Unwind in a city park, go on a hike up the nearby mountain or take a short trip to the neighboring wine region. The choice is yours.

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🏛 Discover Swiss Architectural Wonders

The central architectural element of the hall complex developed by Herzog & de Meuron in Basel's City Lounge © Switzerland Tourism/Jan Geerk


Many of Switzerland's towns and cities display impressive architecture which blends old buildings with modern structures designed by leading international architects. The mix of old and new creates a captivating cityscape.

But where should you start? Here are a few architecture-rich spots that we love to recommend.

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🏃‍♀️ Keep it Active

Discovering the streets in Zürich by bike © Switzerland Tourism/Jan Geerk


Exercising outdoors is beneficial for both physical and mental health, whether it's for recreational purposes or fitness. If you're planning a city break in Switzerland, rest assured: you can keep being active during your stay. Below, a few ideas on how to do that.

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🏰 Encounter Charms of the Past

Bellinzona's Montebello Castle © Switzerland Tourism/Nicola Fürer


Switzerland has a rich cultural heritage that has been preserved through its history, traditions and historic landmarks. It's not surprising that some of the country's cities have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

If you want to delve deeper into Switzerland's history, you'll find a wide array of historical tours, castles and many other fascinating sights to discover.

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Need even more ideas for autumn?

We gathered plenty of uniquely Swiss experiences for you. Embrace the autumn charm like a Swiss and try out amazing walks, new experiences, and awe-inspiring sights.

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Cover photo credits: Autumn panorama in Scuol © Switzerland Tourism/Jan Geerk