The Best Time Of The Year To Explore Switzerland

Tiina Kivelä

Today was a good day. That kind of warm, sunny, bluebird kinda spring day. Which makes everybody rush out and find a spot in the sun. Or at least the ones loving the spring in Switzerland.

It would have been a good day in the mountains, and it was definitely a good day in the city. Where I stayed the day doing city stuff and running. And thinking that I have a one small tip for you, if and when you are thinking of traveling to and in Switzerland.

The best time of the year to explore Switzerland.

Or well. Dor me there are really two great seasons –spring and autumn – in between the classic (and for some the only possible) holiday seasons in summer and winter.

Early spring, from late February to end of March, in Switzerland means good. It’s the best time to travel for the skiing, skitouring, ski mountaineering and sledging up in the mountains. And down in the valleys there are many warm enough afternoons to sit outside and enjoy a well deserved after ski or apéro. Later in the spring, the magnolias and other blossoming trees and  flowers arrive. And wine festivals and tasting, especially in the canton of Valais/Wallis. As well as time to change the skis to bikes.

Then, fast forward over summer and the holiday season crowds we arrive to autumn in Switzerland. From late September to late November even. When we get perfectly mellow temperatures for the really long hikes, less crowded paths and air so clear it brings in mind he best kind of crispy autumn days.

It’s also the perfect time for farmers markets, autumn colors and mountainbiking.

Tiina Kivelä

Ps. In addition to doing good for yourself, traveling outside the traditional high seasons of the destinations also makes sense for doing good in general. This way, your travel practices are more sustainable – simply the way you help the destinations to spread the amount of visitors more evenly over the year and this way help the (tourism) business, environment and local culture thrive better than with very short intense seasons.

Where: St Gallen, Switzerland