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Best time of year to visit Switzerland

August–September is the best time to visit Switzerland and enjoy its fabulous landscapes either on a hike, or a cruise, a train or a bike ride. You’ll be able to discover the Alps, its blacknose sheep, and glaciers. This season allows to combine the incompatible, namely beach holidays on the lakes and summer skiing. In winter, there’re generally fewer things to do but enchanting Christmas atmosphere makes for it. Moreover, wintertime is rich in extravagant events: Basel Art and L'Escalade highlight December; and February is known for Europe’s most spectacular horse races—White Turf St. Moritz, Basel Fasnacht carnival, and bizarre Eis-zwei-Geissebei or Sausage Tossing.

22 THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 10 - AUGUST 19)

The Trift Bridge

The Trift Bridge

May–October • activity

Walk the longest pedestrian bridge in the Swiss Alps for exceptional views

Hiking and Trekking

Hiking and Trekking

April–November • activity

Switzerland with its alpine landscapes is a true hiker's paradise

Bernina Express

Bernina Express

May–October • activity

This amazing Alpine journey guarantees spectacular views all the way

Summer Skiing

Summer Skiing

May–September • activity

If you missed the skiing season, don't worry. Try glacier skiing in Switzerland during the summer

Cheese

Cheese

May–October • food

Witness how some of the world's fine cheeses are made in the heart of Swiss Alps

Jungfraujoch and the Sphinx Observatory

Jungfraujoch and the Sphinx Observatory

May–October • activity

This mountain is often called the peak of Europe

The Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls

April–September | August 01 • nature

The largest waterfall in Europe is often called Switzerland's natural wonder

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Valais Blacknose Sheep

May–October • nature

Some of the cutest residents of the Swiss Alps

Cycling

Cycling

March–November • activity

With its great lakes and wide meadows Switzerland is a paradise for cyclists

Lac Léman or Lake Geneva Cruise

Lac Léman or Lake Geneva Cruise

mid-April–mid-October • activity

Explore one of Europe's largest lake and its picturesque surroundings

Teufelsbrücke or Devil's Bridge

Teufelsbrücke or Devil's Bridge

May–October • activity

One of the most stunning bridges in Switzerland

Gotthard Pass

Gotthard Pass

June–October • activity

Enjoy the majesty of Alps from one of the most scenic routes

Aletsch Glacier

Aletsch Glacier

mid-June–mid-October • activity

This enormous ice river could have provided every human being on Earth with a litre of water per day for six years

Grimsel Pass

Grimsel Pass

June–mid-October • activity

The road that crosses the continental divide between the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea

Susten Pass

Susten Pass

mid-June–October • activity

One of the most scenic roads in Europe with bridges and tunnels

Great St Bernard Pass

Great St Bernard Pass

June–September • activity

A scenic mountain pass that gdot famous thanks to its dogs

Simplon Pass (Passo del Sempione)

Simplon Pass (Passo del Sempione)

all year round • activity

One of the most scenic drives in the Alps, featured in Giro d'Italia

Alpine Herbs

Alpine Herbs

April–October • nature

The plants growing on high altitudes have become na​t​ural remedies for many health problems

Beach Season on Lakes

Beach Season on Lakes

June–August • activity

Only in Switzerland you can find such clean lakes in the middle of big cities!

Maloja Pass

Maloja Pass

all year round • activity

A mountain road in the scenic Alps in southeastern Switzerland

Furka Pass

Furka Pass

June–mid-October • activity

A scenic winding road loved by cyclists and motorcyclists

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–August • nature

Hundreds species of migrating and resident birds breed in Switzerland

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Glacier Express

Glacier Express

December 09 2018–October 13 2019 • activity

Take a train from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz to see unique Alpine landscapes

L'Escalade​

L'Escalade​

December 13–15, 2019 • event

Don't miss this original and colourful Swiss celebration in Geneva

Räbechilbi: Gourd-Lantern Parade in Richterswil

Räbechilbi: Gourd-Lantern Parade in Richterswil

November 09, 2019 • event

Step into a real Halloween atmosphere with this sparkling procession

Eis-zwei-Geissebei (Sausage Tossing)

Eis-zwei-Geissebei (Sausage Tossing)

February 25, 2020 • event

An old pre-Carnival tradition from Rapperswil, near Lake Zurich

Grape Harvest and Wine Season

Grape Harvest and Wine Season

October–November • food

Visit the Canton of Valais or the famous region of Lavaux that boasts 830 hectares of terraced vineyards that stretch for almost 30 km along Lake Geneva

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

late November–early January • event

Check out some of the most atmospheric Christmas fairs in Europe to get into the mood before the holidays

Montreux Jazz Festival

Montreux Jazz Festival

June 29–30, 2019 • event

Plunge into the world of music at one of the biggest and best-known annual jazz festival in Swiss "Sun Riviera"

Basel Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht

March 11–12, 2019 • event

If you think the best carnivals are only in South America, visit Basel and you might change your mind!

Art Basel

Art Basel

December 05–08, 2019 (Miami Beach) | March 19–21, 2020 (Hong Kong) | June 18–21, 2020 (Basel) • event

Don't miss the chance to become a part of the art world for a week full of exciting events

Martinstag: St. Martin Festival

Martinstag: St. Martin Festival

November 11 • event

A colourful celebration marking the end of harvest time and the beginning of winter festivities

White Turf St. Moritz

White Turf St. Moritz

February 02, 2020 | February 09, 2020 | February 16, 2020 • event

Some of the most amazing horse races in Europe

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)

August 26–September 01, 2019 • event

One of the most challenging races in Europe, which goes through the territory of three countries, astonishes with views of mountains, rivers and glaciers

Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival

August 07–17, 2019 • event

Whoever gets Pardo D'oro in Locarno will surely become a new star in the cinema skies

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

World famous ski resorts are not cheap but they are well worth the price

Les Pleureuses or the Mourners

Les Pleureuses or the Mourners

April 10, 2020 • event

The town of Romont is home to an unusual Easter tradition

Ticino Flower Fields

Ticino Flower Fields

March–May • nature

During spring Ticino becomes the most romantic region of Switzerland

Open Air Gampel

Open Air Gampel

August 15–18, 2019 • event

One of the largest Swiss open-air festivals held in a beautiful Alpine valley

Faulhorn-Grindelwald​ Toboggan

Faulhorn-Grindelwald​ Toboggan

December–March • activity

If you enjoy sledding, try the longest toboggan run in Europe

Rendez-vous Bundesplatz

Rendez-vous Bundesplatz

October 19–November 23, 2019 • event

See the Switzerland's parliament in an unexpected light

Mustard Fields in Bloom

Mustard Fields in Bloom

May • nature

Spring means yellow blossoms all over Switzerland