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.