“The Alps are calling and I must go!”
Well, forget John Muir’s quote about the Mountains calling out. This is winters and we are talking about Switzerland, and its frozen grounds, comfortably chilly air, pounds of Swiss cheese, uncountable bars of chocolates and memories that are etched to your travel-soul forever. Switzerland is blissfully nestled between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura Mountains; and speaks the language of beautiful lakes, quaint villages and snow-clad mountains. In a nutshell, they are the door to explore what Heaven feels like.
Whilst you read the word ‘Winter’ in the title forces you to think, who goes to Switzerland in Winters? Well, they state that every destination has a ‘best time to visit’ tag attached to its invitation card, yet Switzerland stands immune, here. The winters of Switzerland have the Magical Power to turn time, bring out the child in you, really! Start December, the cities light up for Christmas, the Alpines stretch their arms and welcome you in all white gasp to play in their laps and ski down their hair in the most carefree manner, and the country breathes snow.
The Winters of Switzerland are not an invitation for the travel frenzy; they’re the reason to your passport’s basic existence. We kid you not! Read below to find out why.
1) We pronounce Switzerland as WHITzerland!
The city streets and lower slopes change their color from grey to white, and we can’t help but just fall in love with the terrain. Here, traverse through time to witness what Switzerland is like during winters. Zoooooop (relax, that’s just the teleportation machine starting – look below to find your teleported destination)
Grisons, the largest canton of Switzerland widely known for the scenic Alpine views
2) We also Pronounce it SKIItzerland!
Switzerland is known for its skiing soul. One should (read ‘must’ to the power infinity) visit Switzerland between December to March to experience the amazing skiing courses and activities it offers. Skiing board, chilly winds, and slicing down the mass of snow as you traverse down those curvaceous slopes, how can one not be SKIItzerlanding?
There’s more to Switzerland than just skiing, we must tell you. Winter Walks, Cheese Fondue (the best in the world) Tasting, Night Snow Sledding and Snowshoeing are just some of the simple reasons why you must be in Switzerland this winter.
P.S. Can you imagine yourself sledging on the mountain tops in the dark? Here, let us help.
3) Less Crowd, Mixed Lights, You and I.
We need not convince you that less people visit Switzerland during winters. Most of the traveling folks are there for the winter sports on the slopes, and this leaves the cities less crowded. You know it, and so do we. Leverage on the less city crowd and explore those colorful city lights drenched with the right amount of pinch of snow, thereby adding life to the Winter’d Switzerland. Truly, winters in Switzerland are a delight for the photo-frenzy. Someone just got their lenses out; look!
Here, check out one of our favourite winter clicks of the city lights.
4) The Christmas Celebration Will Light Up Your World
Christmas in Switzerland dolls it up like Life is a fairytale. Take a stroll into the Christmas markets to witness celebrations like you have never seen before. We’d name Montreux’s winter market as the country’s showstopper; however Chateau Chillon is an equal delight. Basel is magically lit up like the city’s wearing a beautiful smile; Interlaken’s ‘Ice Magic’ skating rink instantly makes the child in you dance whilst Einsiedeln’s set-up is bound to take your breath away. We don’t mean, literally, no.
5) Hotel Deals You Can’t Say No To
Imagine traveling to a location where you have to be a little cautious about your accommodation and stay options. Now, re-imagine not imagining about the previous statement. The time frame after New Year’s Eve and before Easter is beautiful; beautiful because the hotel tariffs almost become half the rate. Now which travel bug wouldn’t want to fly off to Switzerland? Also, we almost forgot. Just in case you’re withered with the high fly, some of the hotels have swimming pools which emanate natural minerals in the form of hot steam coming out from the pool. That’s it, we need it now!
Wait.. did we mention that the Hotel Null Stern in the Alps does not understand gates, walls, well boxing of any sorts?
How about this exotic hotel with the view of Matterhorn at Zermatt, Switzerland?
6) There’s Snow, There’s Height, and you’re on Top of the World – literally!
The visit to Switzerland in winters is incomplete without the visit to this one place we know as Jungfraujoch. Well, the next thing you’re wondering is ‘Why?’ correct? Let’s feel ice sculptures, let’s walk in ice tunnels and let’s just stop and let the snow surprise our spirits – well, that’s Jungfrajoch for you. It looks at the plateau below from a height of 11,332 feet, almost after having pierced the sky.
Well connected by railways, as you peak out of the train your feet just can’t remain calm , literally, the thoughts of walking along with the slow paced train comes to the mind. Don’t believe us? Here check it out.
7) Can’t Not Miss This – Chocolate Swear!
We are more than aware that the Swiss take their chocolates very seriously, which is why the world is all gaga over the wonderful chocolate they produce. From Lindt to Minor to Toblerone to the regular Nestle that we consume, does not the Swiss chocolates just make you droooool?
Land down the airport, take the taxi and make your way to one of the vibrant cafes which serve hot drinking chocolate. Hot Drinking Chocolate and winters go hand in hand, and you simply must try this during your amazing Winter Switzerland escapade. Also, don’t forget to stock up on satchels of Caotina, Swiss hot chocolate powders which instantly mix with hot milk to become your best friend.
Many will listen to others’ experiences with a pinch of enviousness; some might watch videos on YouTube; some shall keep reading on the internet, while a carefree soul is on his way to the winter’d Switzerland.
Breathe the snow’d air, gulp down the hot-cheese (almost melting) fondue, make your way down the slopes on your skiing board (sometimes in darkness), celebrate Christmas with super-warm locals stay at the awfully amazing hotel rooms (maybe without a wall?)…
And let Switzerland surprise you this winter.
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