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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.

16 THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 07 - AUGUST 16)

The Trift Bridge

May–October • activity

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

Hiking and Trekking

April–November • activity

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

Bernina Express

May–October • activity

This amazing Alpine journey guarantees spectacular views all the way

Summer Skiing

May–September • activity

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

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

May–October • activity

This mountain is often called the peak of Europe

The Rhine Falls

April–September | August 01 • nature

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

Valais Blacknose Sheep

May–October • nature

Some of the cutest residents of the Swiss Alps

Cycling

March–November • activity

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

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

May–October • activity

One of the most stunning bridges in Switzerland

Gotthard Pass

June–October • activity

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

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

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

June–August • activity

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

Birdwatching

April–August • nature

Hundreds species of migrating and resident birds breed in Switzerland

19 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Glacier Express

December 10 2017–October 14 2018 • activity

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

L'Escalade​

December 08–09, 2018 • event

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

Räbechilbi: Gourd-Lantern Parade in Richterswil

November 10, 2018 • event

Step into a real Halloween atmosphere with this sparkling procession

Eis-zwei-Geissebei (Sausage Tossing)

March 05, 2019 • event

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

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

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

Martinstag: St. Martin Festival

November 11 • event

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

Basel Fasnacht

February 11–13, 2019 • event

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

Art Basel

December 06–09, 2018 | March 29–31, 2019 | June 13–16, 2019 • event

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

Montreux Jazz Festival

June 29–July 14, 2018 • event

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

White Turf St. Moritz

February 18, 2018 • event

Some of the most amazing horse races in Europe

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)

July 27–August 02, 2018 • 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

August 01–11, 2018 • event

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

Les Pleureuses or the Mourners

April 19, 2019 • event

The town of Romont is home to an unusual Easter tradition

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

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

Faulhorn-Grindelwald​ Toboggan

December–March • activity

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

Ticino Flower Fields

March–May • nature

During spring Ticino becomes the most romantic region of Switzerland

Rendez-vous Bundesplatz

October 19–November 24, 2018 • event

See the Switzerland's parliament in an unexpected light

Mustard Fields in Bloom

May • nature

Spring means yellow blossoms all over Switzerland