As the birthplace of winter tourism is Switzerland great destination to visit in winter. Snowy landscapes, winter sports opportunities, Christmas markets, plentiful of snow and foggy lakes are just few of the reasons why you should visit Switzerland in winter time.
Here is my pick of suggestions what to do in Switzerland this winter:
Attend one of Christmas Markets
Allow yourself to be captivated by the festive atmosphere at one of Switzerland’s Christmas markets. It doesn’t matter whether you visit Luzern, Basel, Zürich, Montreaux, Rapperswill-Jona, Chur, Bern, St Gallen, Locarno, Lugano or any other town. They are all great choice for a stroll through festively decorated streets and exploring enchanting Christmas Markets.
Release your inner child by going sledding at one of numerous sledge runs in Switzerland. Just choose the location, rent a sled, take a lift to the top of the hill and have fun whizzing down the mountain!
But, be aware sledding in in Switzerland is not a child’s game. Some of the runs are rather demanding so you better be careful! Also, make sure you have a good insurance covering accidents.
Take a trip up to the mountains for the winter sun and snowy views
Doesn’t matter what mountain you chose for your trip, all offer panoramas to stunning snowy landscape.
Be aware, in winter-time often happens the lowland and valleys are covered with tick layer of clouds, while mountain tops are sunlit with winter sun. If this happens, you might not be able to see the snowy landscape, but the view to the mountain tops peeping out of fog and clouds is no less spectacular.
Attend FIS ski-jumping World Cup in Engelberg
Would you like to see man on skis flying? If the answer is yes, then you have to attend Switzerland’s only ski jumping world cup event held in Engelberg on 19th and 20th December 2015. Ski jumping might not be the most popular winter sport, but it is definitely interesting to see the best athletes in the world ski down a steep ramp, leap and fly to the bottom of the hill. Would you dare to try it?
Go ice-skating at one of the open-air ice-rinks
Ice-skating is a great winter activity – it is something everyone can do and is more affordable than some of the other winter activities. Bigger or smaller, natural or artificial – open-air ice-rinks can be found all around Switzerland. Find the nearest ice-rink, hire skates and enjoy on ice!
Go skiing or snowboarding
Switzerland has a great number of ski resorts. Enjoy the winter sun and have fun in the ski area of your choice. Non-skiers could try and learn the arts of this sports at every ski resort – they all have ski schools and ski/snowboard rental possibilities.
See the penguin parade at Zürich zoo
Zürich zoo is a great zoo worth visiting in every seasons. In winter-time, when the temperatures drop below 10 degrees, one special event happens: King penguins take a walk outside their enclosure.
Aren’t they cute?
Step into a world of Swiss chocolate at Maison Cailler
There is never a bad time for chocolate. Visit Maison Cailler, learn all you need to know about chocolate and sample some of the delicious Cailler chocolate!
Warm yourself inside one of the Swiss museums and galleries
Switzerland is a home of many great museums and galleries. To name just a few: National Museum in Zürich, Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern, Kunstmuseum in Bern, Museum Tinguely in Basel, Rietberg Museum in Zürich, Technorama in Winthertur, etc. Everyone could find a museum or a gallery to suit its interests where they could warm itself while enjoying the exhibitions.
Try swiss cuisine
When in Switzerland do try local cuisine. Most of the dishes are super heavy and cheesy, but are is a great choice for a lunch or a dinner on a cold day. Don’t leave Switzerland without trying cheese fondue (melted cheese served with potatoes and bread to dip in), raclette (cheese grilled slowly over a fire, with layer-by-melted-layer sliced off to blanket boiled potatoes, pickles and onions) and rösti (thinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden).