Best time to visit Switzerland

Hiking in Lauterbrutten - Switzerland

Switzerland at a Glance: Best Time to Visit

Recommended time to visit: Lasting from June - August, this is the peak tourist season in Switzerland. The weather is generally warm, and outdoor activities are in full swing. You can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, swimming in lakes, and exploring cities and towns. However, it can be crowded, and prices for accommodations may be higher.

Less popular time to visit: Autumn lasts from September - November and sees the crowds reducing, but the ski season is yet to really get going. Early fall is a great time to visit as the weather is still pleasant, and you can catch the changing colors of the Swiss landscapes. It's a quieter time compared to summer, and prices begin to drop.

Best time to hit the slopes: The ski season in Switzerland lasts from November - April, but for the best conditions, head to the country in the middle of winter, from December - February. The country's renowned ski resorts come alive during this period. Christmas markets and festive events also make it a charming time to explore the picturesque Swiss cities.

Best time for a city break: The cities of Geneva, Bern and Zurich are some of the many attractive options for a weekend break, and spring from March - May can be a good time to go. Spring offers milder temperatures, blooming flowers, and fewer crowds compared to summer. It's a good time for hiking, as lower elevations begin to thaw. However, higher-altitude destinations might still have snow.

Climate - Bern

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Temp Min °F252730364550525246413228
Temp Max °F363948546472737264554336
Rainfall (mm)6055658011510011011090858080

Climate - Geneva

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Temp Min °F303036394652555552453632
Temp Max °F394150576472797772594641
Rainfall (mm)9080806070100701001101107090
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