Finally we are in the last chapter or Switzerland season time, we already talked about Spring, Summer and Autumn in my previous thread and now we talked about the last season and it’s call “Winter in Switzerland”. Winter in Switzerland is a magical time when the country transforms into a picturesque wonderland, blanketed in snow and illuminated by festive lights. From December to February, Switzerland offers a wide range of winter activities, cultural events, and stunning scenery that attract visitors from around the world.

First let see about weather : Winter brings cold temperatures and snowy conditions to Switzerland, particularly in the mountainous regions. Daytime temperatures typically range from around -2 to 7 degrees Celsius (28 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit) in the lowlands, while temperatures in the Alps can drop significantly lower, especially at higher elevations. Snowfall is common, creating ideal conditions for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Be prepared for colder temperatures, particularly in the high-altitude regions. Pack warm clothes, including layers, waterproof boots, and a hat.

There are still some activities can be done during winter period, from Snow activities, Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledging until time to see the beautiful Christmas Market in Switzerland. Switzerland is renowned for its world-class ski resorts and pristine alpine landscapes, making it a paradise for snow sports enthusiasts. From the iconic slopes of Zermatt , Verbier, Berneroberland area ( Lenk, Gstaad, Grindelwald, etc ) to the charming villages of Davos and St. Moritz, Switzerland offers a wide range of ski areas catering to all skill levels. Visitors can enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, and snowshoeing against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. Please keep in mind during winter period, Daylight hours are shorter in winter, so plan your activities accordingly. Many winter sports activities are best enjoyed during the day.

As Winter is an ideal time to embark on scenic train journeys through Switzerland’s snow-covered landscapes. The Glacier Express, Bernina Express, and GoldenPass Line are just a few of the iconic train routes that offer breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and picturesque villages. Whether traveling through the heart of the Swiss Alps or along the shores of Lake Geneva, these train journeys provide an unforgettable way to experience Switzerland’s winter wonderland.

Other activities in December is time to visit Christmas Market in Switzerland, there are several Christmas market you have to visit and see , and here are some of recommendation place to go :

  1. Zurich: The Zurich Christmas Market, located in the heart of the city’s old town, is one of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Switzerland. Set against the backdrop of historic buildings and twinkling lights, the market features over 150 wooden chalets selling handmade gifts, ornaments, and Swiss delicacies. Visitors can also enjoy festive music, carousel rides, and ice skating on the nearby rinks.
  2. Lucerne: The Lucerne Christmas Market, situated in the picturesque old town by the shores of Lake Lucerne, is a charming and atmospheric affair. The market’s wooden stalls offer a variety of traditional crafts, toys, and seasonal treats, while live music and street performers entertain visitors. The nearby Christmas lights and decorations add to the festive ambiance of the market.
  3. Basel: The Basel Christmas Market, held in the historic Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz squares, is one of the oldest and most traditional Christmas markets in Switzerland. Visitors can browse through stalls selling handcrafted gifts, ornaments, and regional specialties such as Basler Läckerli (spiced cookies) and Glühwein (mulled wine). The market’s festive decorations and illuminated Christmas tree create a magical atmosphere for visitors of all ages.
  4. Montreux: The Montreux Christmas Market, located along the shores of Lake Geneva, offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The market features over 160 chalets selling handmade crafts, artisanal products, and gourmet treats. Visitors can also enjoy live music, a Christmas village for children, and a festive Ferris wheel offering panoramic views of the lake and mountains.
  5. Bern: The Bern Christmas Market, held in the UNESCO-listed old town of Bern, is a festive and traditional affair. The market’s wooden stalls offer a variety of gifts, decorations, and seasonal foods, while live music and entertainment add to the festive atmosphere. Visitors can also explore the city’s medieval streets, decorated with Christmas lights and decorations.

After Christmas time and new year passed, and time now to face back to Spring season, but before Spring come, a yearly traditional fest in Switzerland always offer something unique and fun, it is called “Fasnacht” also known as Swiss Carnaval. Here are some place to go to see the Carnaval :

  1. Basel: Basel is renowned for having one of the largest and most elaborate Fasnacht celebrations in Switzerland. The Basel Fasnacht, also known as Basler Fasnacht, typically takes place in February or March, starting on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasting for three days. The carnival features elaborate parades of costumed participants known as “Cliques” and “Guggenmusik” bands, who march through the streets playing lively music and performing traditional dances. Visitors can also enjoy street performances, lantern exhibitions, and festive activities throughout the city.
  2. Lucerne: The Lucerne Fasnacht, held in the historic old town of Lucerne, is another popular carnival celebration in Switzerland. The carnival typically takes place in February and features colorful parades, street parties, and masquerade balls. Participants don elaborate costumes and masks, while Guggenmusik bands provide musical entertainment throughout the festivities. Visitors can also enjoy traditional foods, drinks, and cultural events during the carnival.
  3. Bern: The Bern Fasnacht, also known as Berner Fasnacht, is one of the oldest carnival traditions in Switzerland. The carnival takes place in the capital city of Bern and features colorful parades, elaborate costumes, and lively street performances. Participants, known as “Narren,” wear elaborate masks and costumes representing various characters and themes. Visitors can also enjoy traditional music, dance, and food stalls throughout the city.
  4. Solothurn: The Solothurn Fasnacht, held in the historic city of Solothurn, is known for its colorful parades, elaborate costumes, and lively atmosphere. The carnival typically takes place in February and features traditional Swiss folklore, music, and dance. Visitors can also explore the city’s historic landmarks, museums, and cultural attractions during the festivities.

Overall during Winter period in switzerland, The atmosphere in Switzerland during winter is one of enchantment and adventure, with something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills on the slopes, cozy evenings by the fire, or festive holiday cheer, Switzerland’s winter season promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you spellbound by its beauty and charm.

Visiting Switzerland in any circumstance is more like to plan in above, and please think and adjust your needed and budget, while Switzerland is one of the expensive country. Please refer also to my previous thread about visiting switzerland in limited budget.

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