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7 Reasons to Visit Switzerland This Winter

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For some there is no question that Switzerland is the best in winter. There is guaranteed snow on the slopes, wacky cultural festivals, great food and beautiful Christmas markets to name just a few of the highlights. Read below to find out why you should make Switzerland your destination when the mercury plummets.

Great place to ski

Most people visit Switzerland for its skiing. Whether you are looking for the glitz and the glamour of high-end resorts or simply the best and most spectacular slopes, Switzerland will have you covered. You can ski here without breaking your bank account in the process as well.

Spectacular glaciers

Despite the fact that Switzerland’s glaciers are beating the climate change, the country still boasts some of the most spectacular ice blocks in the European continent. Chief among these gigantic forces of nature is the Great Aletsch Glacier which stretches for twenty-six kilometers, making it the biggest glacier in Europe.

Thermal baths

There are many thermal baths in Switzerland that you will be too overwhelmed to choose which one to visit. Whether you prefer looking out over the city of Zurich or prefer the spectacular mountain views from Les Bains d’Ovronnaz, you will find a thermal bath that is going to help you drop all that winter stress.

Christmas markets

Montreux’s winter market steals the show as the Chateau Chillon joins the festivities. This is a winter wonderland that both kids and adults will love. Throughout Switzerland, the festive season is celebrated in style with Basel’s beautifully illuminated city center, Interlaken’s ‘Ice Magic’ skating rink and Einsiedeln’s spectacular notable highlights.

Traditional fondue

Winter is the traditional time to eat delicious fondue. You can be sure that nothing thaws out the cold like molten cheese. This is usually found across the entire country, but the best place to try it is in the medieval town of Gruyeres.

Snowy playground

If you do not like skiing, there are plenty of other things to do in the snow during the wintertime. Go to the ice fields with snow-shoes, go for a spot of night sledding or show off your ice skating skills. One of the best places to do these activities is Interlaken. This is the self-proclaimed adrenaline capital of Switzerland.

Winter festivals

The summer season may have the largest festivals in Switzerland, but the winter season comes with their own great events as well. One of the biggest festivals is the relatively new Polaris Festival in Verbier where the main stage sits right on the ski slopes blaring out techno music until the early hours. Others festivals include White Turf, which brings together art, horse racing and music at St. Moritz. The International Balloon Festival at Château-d’Oex is an altogether more calm affair when the sky is dotted with hundreds of hot air balloons.

Unique places to stay

Have you ever wanted to sleep surrounded by ice in an igloo? Or is relaxing in an outdoor heated pool with beautiful views of the Alps surrounding you more your kind of thing? There are so many unique places to stay in Switzerland that you will be spoiled with places to choose.

Do you need help planning your vacation to Switzerland? Contact Mariners Travel here!

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