What's there to do in Switzerland in winter?
Switzerland is worldwide famous as the quintessential winter destination. Davos, St. Moritz, Verbier - anyone and everyone outside of Switzerland surely knows these glamorous ski resorts. Of course, this image of Switzerland as a paradise for winter sports is well deserved - the Swiss have impeccable infrastructure, a great transport network and numerous winter resorts throughout this small country.
What's there to do in Switzerland if you don't ski?
Loads, and so many amazing outdoor activities so you can still enjoy your winter holiday without too much corona panic. Winter hikes on amazingly prepared slopes, ice skating on lakes (although some ice skating rinks should also be opened), sledging on astounding mountain slopes, sleeping in an igloo or a winter POD and simply enjoying the snow and having a snowball fight.
Most spas are also opened and we have some great suggestions for beautiful spas and thermal baths.
Here are our top tips for amazing winter activities in Switzerland
Spas, Wellness centers & Thermal baths
One of the pools at the luxurious Ermitage Wellness-&Spa-Hotel © Gstaad Tourism
From family friendly wellness centers to exclusive architectural gems, here are our main suggestions.Pick a spa
Get Cozy with some Grappa Tasting
Indulge in a warm and welcoming family farm experience. And for a truly authentic experience of Southern Switzerland, you cannot miss grappa tasting, a delightful ritual of leisure.Tell me more
9 ideas for ski-shy folks
Soaking in the jacuzzi at Engelberg Igloo Village © Engelberg Titlis/ Christian Perret
From amazing winter hikes to driving dog pulled sleds, here are some great ideas to spend your winter.Skiing is not my thing, so tell me more...
Take the Guided Tour at Olympic Museum Lausanne
On the first Sunday of every month, starting at 11 am, The Olympic Museum opens its doors for a guided themed tour. Hear fun facts and athlete stories together with wonderful Olympic tales about friendship, solidarity and respect.
This activity is held separately in French, German and English at different starting hours, so make sure you check the schedule and register online.Shew me more
International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Château-d'Oex
It's a special sight to see so many balloons taking to the skies.Tell me more
Enjoying Fondue like the Swiss
To the Swiss, fondue isn't just about dunking a bit of bread into a pot of melted cheese; it's also a kind of festive ritual with its own customs and rules of etiquette.
And because it seems fondue is not a corona hazard - sigh of relief from Swiss people everywhere - you'd better learn some fondue etiquette.Become a fondue connoisseur
Why Arosa is the perfect winter getaway
© Stiftung Arosa Bären / VIER PFOTEN
Guaranteed snow is simply music to any winter sports fan, but Arosa has much more than that.Tell me more
How to make homemade mulled wine
Tried, tested and delicious.Show me
Top Christmas markets in Switzerland
Switzerland offers a variety of Christmas markets throughout the festive season, where you can grab a glass of mulled wine and enjoy the smell of roasted 'marroni'.Let's go
New Year's Celebrations
Some New Year's Eve public celebrations and fireworks have been canceled this year, but if you're in the mood for a party, a few hotels and restaurants do offer New Year's dinners, subject to current regulations. Check out our suggestions.Show me
Free 'Discover Switzerland' Welcome Pack
Order your free 'Discover Switzerland' Welcome Pack from Switzerland Tourism. It contains essential travel information so you can enjoy exploring the best of Switzerland.Order now
Need more inspiration?
Spring is just around the corner or maybe you'd like to be extra prepared and check out our tips for summer and autumn. No one yould blame you for doing that in Switzerland - quite the contrary.