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Fresh mountain air, blissful walks and spectacular views. The wonderful Swiss winter has arrived. Face and embrace the cold weather - venture outside to discover walks, sports and vistas that leave you with memories that last a lifetime. Check out our top picks below and click here for more inspiration and insider tips.

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What's there to do in Switzerland in winter?

Switzerland is worldwide famous as the quintessential winter destination. Davos, St. Moritz, Verbier - anyone and everyone outside of Switzerland surely knows these glamorous ski resorts. Of course, this image of Switzerland as a paradise for winter sports is well deserved - the Swiss have impeccable infrastructure, a great transport network and numerous winter resorts throughout this small country.

What's there to do in Switzerland if you don't ski?

Loads, and so many amazing outdoor activities so you can still enjoy your winter holiday without too much corona panic. Winter hikes on amazingly prepared slopes, ice skating on lakes (although some ice skating rinks should also be opened), sledging on astounding mountain slopes, sleeping in an igloo or a winter POD and simply enjoying the snow and having a snowball fight. 

Most spas are also opened and we have some great suggestions for beautiful spas and thermal baths. 

Here are our top tips for amazing winter activities in Switzerland 

Spas, Wellness centers & Thermal baths

One of the pools at the luxurious Ermitage Wellness-&Spa-Hotel © Gstaad Tourism

From family friendly wellness centers to exclusive architectural gems, here are our main suggestions. 

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9 ideas for ski-shy folks

Soaking in the jacuzzi at Engelberg Igloo Village © Engelberg Titlis/ Christian Perret

From amazing winter hikes to driving dog pulled sleds, here are some great ideas to spend your winter.

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International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Château-d'Oex

It's a special sight to see so many balloons taking to the skies.  

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Enjoying Fondue like the Swiss

To the Swiss, fondue isn't just about dunking a bit of bread into a pot of melted cheese; it's also a kind of festive ritual with its own customs and rules of etiquette.

And because it seems fondue is not a corona hazard - sigh of relief from Swiss people everywhere - you'd better learn some fondue etiquette. 

Become a fondue connoisseur

The complete guide to skiing in Switzerland

Enjoying the humbling view in Zinal, Valais, with Matterhorn to the right and Obergabelhorn to the left. Just stunning © Switzerland Tourism/ Silvano Zeiter

This detailed guide to Swiss ski resorts provides links to opening times, pass prices, and special offers at over 50 resorts across 9 regions.

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Some snowshoe walking trail suggestions

Snowshoe walking checks all the right boxes this year (it's outdoors so you can also meet some friends, it does not really require traveling by cable car and it allows you to explore up close beautiful scenery). Here are some tips from the archives for winter walks around 1 hour's drive from Geneva. 

Snowshoe walking around Geneva

Must see and do this winter in Zermatt

Zermatt Winter Wonderland © Zermatt Tourism

The charming village of Zermatt, lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and it's one of the most beloved winter destinations in Switzerland. Care to find out why?

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Your perfect ski holiday in Arosa

Skiing on Weisshorn mountain © Arosa Tourism

Guaranteed snow is simply music to any winter sports fan, but Arosa has much more than that. Make sure to check out the special offers for skiers!

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How to make homemade mulled wine

Tried, tested and delicious. 

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Top Christmas markets in Switzerland

Switzerland offers a variety of Christmas markets throughout the festive season, where you can grab a glass of mulled wine and enjoy the smell of roasted 'marroni'. 

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The Ultimate Swiss Gift Guide ❄︎ Christmas 2021 Edition

Welcome to a wonderful place where inspiration for the holidays runs plenty! We’ll help you go beyond Swiss chocolate and find some exciting gifts for Christmas that are typically Swiss as well as unique.

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New Year's Celebrations

Some New Year's Eve public celebrations and fireworks have been canceled this year, but if you're in the mood for a party, a few hotels and restaurants do offer New Year's dinners, subject to current regulations. Check out our suggestions. 

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Free 'Discover Switzerland' Welcome Pack

Order your free 'Discover Switzerland' Welcome Pack from Switzerland Tourism. It contains essential travel information so you can enjoy exploring the best of Switzerland

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Need more inspiration?

Spring is just around the corner or maybe you'd like to be extra prepared and check out our tips for summer and autumn. No one yould blame you for doing that in Switzerland - quite the contrary.

 

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