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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
And if you have time…why not pop over to the tiny nation of Liechenstein?
Spent winter in Switzerland, or other parts of Europe? Let me know other highlights in the comments section below!