Switzerland

12 Things to Do During Winter in Switzerland

things to do during winter in switzerland

Who said skip Europe in the winter time? Christmas brings about all sorts of wonders, especially in a country like Switzerland, which sure has its fair share of picturesque, quaint cities. I visited in December, where the muted lighting created the perfect atmosphere and gave the city lights a chance to shine!

For top things to do during winter in Switzerland, make sure not to miss the following…

In Zurich

Take in the city from this lookout

I wandered upon it completely by accident, but turns out the place is a well known spot! I recommend waking up at sunrise, and watching the soft glow of the winter sun bathe the city in gold.

things to do during winter in switzerland

things to do during winter in switzerland

Stop by the Christmas Market

It doesn’t get more Christmassy than the giant Christmas tree, the smell of cinnamon wafting through the air, and Christmas music! Be sure to also check out the abundance of various cuisine around here, and try Switzerland’s native ice cream, Movenpick.

Take a stroll under the lights

One of Zurich’s most charming aspects is the thousands of tiny lights strung up all around the city! Perfect for getting lost in the winding streets as you discover hidden gems with a special someone.

Try some cheese fondue

Especially on a cold summer’s night, this will warm up your belly for sure! The pots are huge, and definitely meant for sharing.

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Eat your heart out at Confiserie Sprungli

Confiserie Sprungli is a luxury confectionery manufacturer, and known for its signature macarons called “Luxemburgerli.” These are absolutely scrumptious, and I recommend trying as many flavors as your stomach will allow you to!

It’s also where I bought a chocolate mousse cake the size of my face.

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In Lucerne

Cross the world famous Kapellbrucke

Literally translating to “Chapel Bridge,” Kapellbrucke is a famous wooden footbridge spanning across the Reuss River in central Lucerne. It’s also extremely picturesque and perfect for taking stunning photos!

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Take a walk around (or sail) Lake Lucerne

Whether you decide to go by foot or by boat, Lake Lucerne provides some of the most photographic opportunities. Stay for a sunset with gorgeous colors.

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Visit Mount Pilatus or Mount Titlis

What would winter be without some snowy mountains? These stops are great on a day trip, offering the chance to partake in winter sports, or relax and enjoy the scenic views of the alps that inspired so many poets in the Romantic era.

In Geneva

See the Jet d’Eau

This is Geneva’s symbol — the dramatic landmark water jet on the lake.

Stop by the Palace of Nations

A must see for history buffs! The headquarters of the League of Nations.

Check out a number of Geneva’s famous museums

These include the International Red Cross Museum, Patek Philippe Museum, Museum of Art and History, and the Natural History Museum.

Climb up to the top of Saint Pierre’s Cathedral

This was probably my favorite part of Geneva. Climb the numerous steps to the top, and take in the sprawling city below. Terrific for sunset views!

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And if you have time…why not pop over to the tiny nation of Liechenstein?

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Spent winter in Switzerland, or other parts of Europe? Let me know other highlights in the comments section below!

13 Comments

  • Reply dana vento August 26, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Ooh a trip in winter to Switzerland looks so intriguing from Geneva to the landscape and architecture. I can not wait to do a full Euro tour as we are long overdue. Your photos are amazing

  • Reply Vicky August 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I think I would visit for the food alone. The fondue? Oh my goodness. But then you throw in the beautiful scenery and it’s a no brainer. i have always wanted to visit Switzerland and now it seems like Christmas might be the best time to go there.

  • Reply Marysa August 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Switzerland looks like such an amazing destination. I love that there are so many different things to do, from exploring the cities to the mountains. And those macarons! All those amazing baked goods!

  • Reply the crunchy mommy (@thecrunchymommy) August 28, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Wow! Judging by this post I would have a blast in Switzerland! From the beautiful sunset to maccaroons (my favorite), beautiful memories are sure to be made! Adding this to my list of places I need to visit!

    • Reply Pier Nirandara August 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

      100%! Let me know your experience once you do go 🙂

  • Reply Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest) August 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I have always wanted to do more of that area… I need to explore Switzerland even sooner now! You have got my heart racing to travel there with all these amazing shots you took! I would love to see it soon – now I have to figure out if I should go winter or summer!

    • Reply Pier Nirandara August 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

      You can’t go wrong with either season, Karissa! 🙂 Would love to hear your thoughts once you visit – please let me know how you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Reply Kristy August 29, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Your pictures always leave me wanting to hop on a plane with my passport and go to far away places. Switzerland looks stunning. I can see myself spending lots of time taking in the views on Lake Lucerne.

    • Reply Pier Nirandara August 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I owe it to all the places for being so beautiful! Thank you for reading, and for all the support, Kristy 🙂

  • Reply kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor August 30, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Your photography is truly stunning. I think the lights would be my favorite part…but then you had me at cheese fondue as well. It doesn’t sound like you can go wrong with any of these awe-inspiring options!

    • Reply Pier Nirandara August 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you for your comment, Kristi! And who doesn’t love cheese fondue? 🙂

  • Reply SpringToMyMind October 18, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Raclette is also great Swiss food to try in winter. The smell is rather special, but taste is better 😀
    Your photos are really beautiful! I’ve never been to Lindenhof in Zurich at sunrise, but now I’m convinced to go 😉

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