With snow-capped Alps, forested hills, fairytale castles, Renaissance cathedrals, shimmering lakes, stylish spas and luxury ski resorts – it’s easy to see why Switzerland has been one of the world’s top tourist destinations for the past two centuries. It is the country that fashioned tourism, so it’s no surprise that Switzerland caters to visitors all year round. In spring and summer it offers lakeside chalets, mountain trails and spa resorts.

In November the country’s ski resorts begin opening, and visitors pour in throughout the Christmas season and until the snow begins to melt with the onset of spring. With the highest pistes in Europe, Switzerland’s ski runs offer reliable snow and breathtaking views. Most resorts also have plenty to do for those not so keen on skiing, making Switzerland the perfect destination for a winter fantasy of log fires, fondues and glistening snow.

Destination Highlights

  • Fraumünster Church
  • Rhine Falls
  • Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
  • Barbier-Mueller Museum
  • Château de Chillon
  • Lausanne
  • Bern
  • Public Parks
  • Polybahn and Rigiblick Funiculars
  • Niederdorf
  • Jet d’Eau
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
  • Swiss Alps

Time Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and October).
Communication: The international access code for Switzerland is +41
Currency: The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100 rappen (German) or centimes (French).

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