Best time to travel to Switzerland

Birdwatching

Hundreds species of migrating and resident birds breed in Switzerland

Birdwatching in Switzerland 2020 - Best Time

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Switzerland's varied landscape makes it an excellent birding destination. It has a large number of lakes with aquatic birds, wetlands with herons and storks, and of course the Swiss Alps. The Cuckoo is probably the most well-known Swiss bird and was once abundant all over the country. Altogether, about 200 different species of birds breed in Switzerland. The best time to see them is during spring​ and summer.

Flock in Swiss Alps 2020
Flock in Swiss Alps
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Purple heron in Fribourg, Switzerland 2020
Purple heron in Fribourg, Switzerland
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Grey heron approaching land, Greifensee District, Switzerland 2020
Grey heron approaching land, Greifensee District, Switzerland
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Bearded vulture, Gemmi pass, Leukerbad, Switzerland 2020
Bearded vulture, Gemmi pass, Leukerbad, Switzerland
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White storks, Penthaz, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland 2020
White storks, Penthaz, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland
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Stork with its chicks, Zoo Zürich, Switzerland 2020
Stork with its chicks, Zoo Zürich, Switzerland
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Reed Warbler feeding a Common Cuckoo chick in a nest 2020
Reed Warbler feeding a Common Cuckoo chick in a nest