Snow and ice
There’s a lot more to Switzerland than just skiing. Taking in some clear mountain air on a snow-shoe trek, admiring the mass of a glacier or simply going for a winter walk are just a few of the great things on offer. Wherever you go, and whatever you do, take care to remember and be a respectful visitor.
Top of most Switzerland winter wish lists is a trip to the slopes. Choosing Switzerland as your destination of choice is wise for it’s home to some of the world’s finest resorts like Zermatt and St. Moritz, which combine great skiing with a relaxed vibe. There are also low-cost resorts spread across the country and others that are particularly family-friendly. You will definitely be spoiled for choice when it comes to skiing in Switzerland.
Across Switzerland, hundreds of winter markets open up, vendors sell hand-crafted gifts and delicious snacks that you can gulp down with delicious mulled wine. Take a look at the most magical Christmas markets that take place every winter in Switzerland.
Catching a glimpse of the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s iconic tooth-shaped mountain, from Zermatt is awe-inspiring at any time of the year, but in winter it’s a little more picturesque. A crisp coating of snow makes the mountain majestic and you’ll find yourself admiring it for hours. However, if you’re looking to explore further than Zermatt, have no fear because Switzerland is packed with mountainous summits that look great in winter.
Eat and drink
Do you need to knock off that winter chill and defrost your toes after a day on the slopes? Nothing does it like a pot of molten cheese, that’s for sure. Swiss food is notoriously hearty and made precisely for the winter time when the last thing you want to do is go outside and brave the snow. Whether it’s cheese fondue or raclette, smooth chocolate or a fine wine that you fancy, Switzerland’s winter culinary options won’t disappoint.
Visit Swiss towns
During winter in Switzerland, the best place to be is outside of the bigger cities. Sure, they have the winter markets and giant ice rinks, but to truly experience Switzerland you need to explore the smaller towns. Places like Grindelwald, Zermatt, Engelberg, and Andermatt are all great winter destinations that’ll allow you to be closer to nature.