Winter in Switzerland: top things to do
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Winter in Switzerland: top things to do

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Fresh mountain air, blissful walks and spectacular views. The wonderful Swiss winter has arrived. Face and embrace the cold weather - venture outside to discover walks, sports and vistas that leave you with memories that last a lifetime. Check out our top picks below and click here for more inspiration and insider tips.

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What's there to do in Switzerland in winter?

Switzerland is worldwide famous as the quintessential winter destination. Davos, St. Moritz, Verbier - anyone and everyone outside of Switzerland surely knows these glamorous ski resorts. Of course, this image of Switzerland as a paradise for winter sports is well deserved - the Swiss have impeccable infrastructure, a great transport network and numerous winter resorts throughout this small country.

What's there to do in Switzerland if you don't ski?

Loads, and so many amazing outdoor activities so you can still enjoy your winter holiday without too much corona panic. Winter hikes on amazingly prepared slopes, ice skating on lakes (although some ice skating rinks should also be opened), sledging on astounding mountain slopes, sleeping in an igloo or a winter POD and simply enjoying the snow and having a snowball fight. 

Most spas are also opened and we have some great suggestions for beautiful spas and thermal baths. 

Here are our top tips for amazing winter activities in Switzerland 

Make Unforgettable Memories at Gornergrat

Experience the beauty of winter at Gornergrat: hikes, snowshoe tours, sledding, and delicious meals on sunny terraces.

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Europe at Your Feet, only at Hoher Kasten

Explore unrivaled winter scenery in a place that is the epitome of Swissness, a destination renowned for an almost inconceivable 360° panorama across six countries. 

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The Ultimate Winter Bucket List

This winter, try something you haven't tried before: from adrenaline-inducing devices to gourmet evenings at high altitude, either in well-known locations or off the beaten track.

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Top Adventures to try out in and around Interlaken

Interlaken is the ultimate spot for treating yourself to enchanting winter scenery, as well as memorable adventures.

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Spas, Wellness centers & Thermal baths

One of the pools at the luxurious Ermitage Wellness-&Spa-Hotel © Gstaad Tourism

From family friendly wellness centers to exclusive architectural gems, here are our main suggestions. 

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Bad weather? Explore Basel's art museums

With its bustling art scene, Basel is the perfect place to get cozy on a moody winter day.

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Get Cozy with some Grappa Tasting

Indulge in a warm and welcoming family farm experience. And for a truly authentic experience of Southern Switzerland, you cannot miss grappa tasting, a delightful ritual of leisure.

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9 ideas for ski-shy folks

Soaking in the jacuzzi at Engelberg Igloo Village © Engelberg Titlis/ Christian Perret

From amazing winter hikes to driving dog pulled sleds, here are some great ideas to spend your winter.

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Take the Guided Tour at Olympic Museum Lausanne

On the first Sunday of every month, starting at 11 am, The Olympic Museum opens its doors for a guided themed tour. Hear fun facts and athlete stories together with wonderful Olympic tales about friendship, solidarity and respect.

This activity is held separately in French, German and English at different starting hours, so make sure you check the schedule and register online. 

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International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Château-d'Oex

It's a special sight to see so many balloons taking to the skies.  

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Enjoying Fondue like the Swiss

To the Swiss, fondue isn't just about dunking a bit of bread into a pot of melted cheese; it's also a kind of festive ritual with its own customs and rules of etiquette.

And because it seems fondue is not a corona hazard - sigh of relief from Swiss people everywhere - you'd better learn some fondue etiquette. 

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Why Arosa is the perfect winter getaway

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Guaranteed snow is simply music to any winter sports fan, but Arosa has much more than that. 

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How to make homemade mulled wine

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Top Christmas markets in Switzerland

Switzerland offers a variety of Christmas markets throughout the festive season, where you can grab a glass of mulled wine and enjoy the smell of roasted 'marroni'. 

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New Year's Celebrations

Some New Year's Eve public celebrations and fireworks have been canceled this year, but if you're in the mood for a party, a few hotels and restaurants do offer New Year's dinners, subject to current regulations. Check out our suggestions. 

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Need more inspiration?

Spring is just around the corner or maybe you'd like to be extra prepared and check out our tips for summer and autumn. No one yould blame you for doing that in Switzerland - quite the contrary.


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