As one of the famous European tourist destinations, Switzerland is even more charming in the winter with loads of interesting activities. Put on a warm coat and explore the Swiss winter to the fullest!
Winter in Switzerland – where you will see snow falling
A snow-covered Christmas season may not be found in major cities like Zurich and Bern, as well as in the lower valleys. If snow is what you are looking for during your trip, the higher you get, the more you will be able to fully enjoy the joy of winter!
Around Christmas time all the ski resorts open and become a winter sports mecca in Switzerland overflowing with visitors from all over the world. Interlaken is one of the favorite Swiss tourist destinations of tourists. Here, you can enter the village of Interlaken on snowy days when you just need to rest your body. However, the village is not too high so if it is not too cold you will not be able to see snowfall or the snow-covered roofs.
Skiing in Switzerland in winter is a wonderful experience
Another equally great experience during winter in Switzerland is taking a train to Jungfraujoch and standing at 3,454 meters above sea level. On the way to Jungfrau, you will pass through the villages of Grindelwald, Wengen and Muerren. All of these towns have picturesque winter vistas for those looking for a snow-covered Christmas
Winter days are usually short so make the most of the daytime sunshine for your outdoor activities, plan outings between 8:00 am and around 4:30 pm.
Join the Christmas fairs
Switzerland has a lot of traditional Christmas markets and typical winter food. In the capital Bern, you will find a unique Christmas Market in Waisenhausplatz. This market, which runs from December 2 to 24, has a traditional 20-year history. Waisenhausplatz is known for displaying 50 wooden houses, each decorated to match the decorations and utensils sold inside. After Christmas, it turns into Altjahresmarkt on December 27th. Another festival in Bern is the Münsterplatz Christmas Market, which brings together many artists and artists who promote their crafts in front of the church.
In addition, winter in Switzerland also makes visitors wonder at the beauty of the Christmas Market in Zurich . This annual event is held at the Sechseläutenplatz, right in front of the Opera House. Here, you can put on a pair of ski shoes and admire the idyllic view from the ice rink.
Cities like Basel, Montreux and Lucerne also have Christmas markets that fill the entire town. Montreux – in particular, is known for its festive cheer. During the fair period, tourists here can enjoy an entertaining music event, with more than 160 artisans and merchants selling their unique products.
On the first Sunday of Advent each year, Brienz comes alive with the joy of Christmas and you can walk through Old Town with 90 stalls along the lake. In the village of Interlaken, you can enjoy the yuletide markets every day of Advent!
Enjoy the best Swiss winter food: Cheese, Chocolate & Gluhwein
Speaking of delicious food, the Swiss really know how to warm visitors with their traditional dishes. To start your Swiss culinary adventure you will enjoy the famous Swiss fondue . What could be more attractive than dipping freshly baked bread in a pot of melted cheese? Picture of you sitting in the Swiss Alps with snow all around and eating the best cheese you’ve ever tasted.
And the great fun doesn’t stop there! The Swiss also enjoy Rac Muff – large cheeses that are melted using a special tool and then swept onto pieces of other food (eg potatoes or meat) on your plate!
Of course, the Swiss are also famous for their unique delicious chocolate. In fact, Switzerland is the world’s most prolific chocolate-eating country, eating an average of 8 kg per person per year! In 1819, Cailler’s chocolate factory was founded and today, it is called Nestlé. The Lindt firm was founded in 1879 and is one of the reasons Swiss chocolate is so popular.
When you visit Switzerland, try a chocolate treat with Glühwein. This drink dates back to the 2nd century and it has achieved a very delicious taste until now. Glühwein is usually prepared from red wine, heated with spices with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, citrus, sugar and vanilla. The flavors that go well with chocolate!
Glühwein is a traditional Swiss drink
Switzerland – a country with unique traditions
The Swiss consider winter a time of celebration and festival of the year. While agriculture is predominantly in the summer, villagers are busy planting trees until the first snow falls they will stop the work and start a long festival. Each area in Switzerland celebrates winter in their own way including masked festivals to ward off evil spirits.
Smaller villages will count down to Christmas with the ‘adventure window’. The beautifully decorated window remains covered until they reveal it on the designated date. When the window is revealed, it will light up until Christmas. So from December 1 to 24, everyone gathered at the window during the day to watch the premiere. They share biscuits and hot chocolate with their neighbors. This shared culture continues across Switzerland so far, households will distribute their beautifully decorated cookies.
During winter in Switzerland , the tradition will be slightly different from the rest of the world. Santa Claus arrives on December 6th. Instead of gifts, Santa brings a bag full of chocolates, peanuts and tangerines!
Switzerland is one of the most attractive winter destinations in Europe! Are you ready to take part in the Swiss winter festivals ?