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Switzerland in winter

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Must knows about winter holidays in Switzerland

  • Switzerland is a great destination in winter time. All months from November to April have a lot to offer.
  • A winter vacation in Switzerland can be about skiing and snowboarding. But it doesn’t have to be: there are many other (snow) activities.
  • A winter stay requires planning. Learn about the weather and pack the right clothes. Choose base towns that match your plans.
Snowy terrace at Rochers-de-Naye

A snow-covered terrace at Rochers-de-Naye above Montreux (Lake Geneva).

Winter holidays in Switzerland

Switzerland has lots to offer during winter. The best snow months are January to March. But all months from November to April can be charming.

Temperatures range from mild in the lowlands to cold in the high resorts. Learn how cold it gets and which clothes to pack.

There are suitable destinations for each type of winter holidays. Choose from Christmas cities, centrally located towns or beautiful snow villages.

You can enjoy skiing or snowboarding, even if you have no experience. Switzerland offers many more snow activities, such as sledding, hiking and ice skating. Or visit a mountain top to enjoy the winter Alps. Train journeys in winter scenery are great too.

Prepare for Swiss winter weather

Learn what winter weather in Switzerland is like. Find out which months are best for your plans and which clothes to pack.

View from the Refuge L'Espace at Quille du Diable


How cold does it get in Swiss winters? How about snow, sun and rain? And which winter forecasts to use?

Lago Bianco in winter


The best snow months in Switzerland are January, February and March. November, December and April can be attractive too.

Cross-country skier in snowy Swiss mountains


Packing lists for winter city trips, snow fun and skiing. Plus: where to buy or rent your gear in Switzerland.


Swiss winter towns

Do you prefer a large city, a famous ski resort or a charming snow village? These are the best Swiss winter destinations.

Chesa Merleda along the Inn in La Punt-Chamues-ch


Find the best Swiss Christmas cities, winter sports resorts and pretty quiet snow villages.


Swiss winter activities

Switzerland has winter experiences for everyone. Skiers, non-skiers, snow lovers, Christmas enthusiasts: you'll all have a great winter vacation.

Jungfrau with family in ski lift


Learn about the many winter activities in Switzerland. Tips about skiing, snow fun, hiking, winter trains, Christmas markets and more.


Driving in Swiss winters

Traveling by car in Switzerland requires good driving skills and accurate preparation. Winter circumstances are even more challenging. Learn about the rules for winter tires, snow chains and more.

Mountain pass road in snow


This is what you need to know before you start driving in Switzerland during winter.

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