Switzerland in July: Things to Do & Places to Visit 2024
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Mount Pilatus, Old Town of Bern, Lake Geneva, Rhine Falls, Sulwald Lake Lucerne, Bernina Express Through the Swiss Alps, Zurich, Schilthorn Zurich, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Simme River and Harder Kulm.

A trip to Switzerland in July is an excellent idea and you can plan a trip of a lifetime around this time! There are quite a few things that make it the perfect time to visit; firstly, the Switzerland weather in July is warm and mild which allows plenty of outdoor opportunities. From hiking up mountains to swimming across rivers and lakes, from canyoning in the gorges to walking around town centres, July offers warm and relatively dry weather to do all the above! Summers are a fun time to be in the Alpine country. Don't forget to explore Europe trip packages for a comprehensive experience!

The list of the most fun things to do in Switzerland in July is long; including boat rides on vast lakes like Lake Geneva, scenic train journeys onboard the Bernina Express and hikes to Harder Kulm. Apart from this, you can also spend your time discovering some fascinating places to visit in Switzerland in July. You can plan visits to the summit of Mount Pilatus, explore the old town of Bern, go to the Matterhorn glacier and discover art and culture in Zurich. For a hassle-free and unforgettable Swiss experience, consider booking a Switzerland travel package. This way, you can seamlessly enjoy all the incredible activities and sights that this beautiful country has to offer in July.
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Essential Information About Switzerland In July

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Switzerland Weather In July

July is considered the peak summer season in Switzerland and this is the time the country experiences the maximum influx of tourists. Depending on which part of the country you are in, you can experience warm, pleasant to cold climates. Jungfrau is one of the few places where you can still experience snow and ice.

On average, the Switzerland weather in July remains pleasant throughout the month with the average low dropping till 14 degrees Celcius and the average high reaching 24-degree Celsius. You can expect average sunshine hours to be around seven hours, allowing you ample time to discover the place. 

With the sun, it also arrives rainfall and July receives an average of 80mm rainfall with around seventeen rainy days. Therefore, it is advisable to carry a raincoat or an umbrella when on a holiday in Switzerland in July.
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Why To Visit Switzerland In July

July is the time of the year when the snow starts to thaw in Switzerland, even in the higher passes. This makes it the perfect time to go discovering the country as it allows you to hike in the remotest and most beautiful corners of Switzerland.

The daylight hours are also at their maximum in Switzerland in July, with seven to eight hours of sunlight on average. Longer days ensure that you can spend more time outdoors, discovering the different wonders the place has to offer.

Milder weather also means that you can visit the highest peaks like the Bernese Oberland, Graubünden and Valais without having to deal with extreme weather. Apart from the peaks and snow-capped destinations, the lakes and canyons of Switzerland also become more approachable.

Mild weather offers greater opportunities for going swimming in the lakes and rafting in the rivers, which swell in size in summers. Activities like canyoning also become more popular in summers as you do not have to deal with freezing cold water as you dive off cliffs or float in water pools.
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Things to Do & Places To Visit in Switzerland in July

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Go To Mount Pilatus

If you are in or around Lucerne in Switzerland, you must take the cogwheel train to the top of Mount Pilatus. The train journey in July offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and green forests and you can also take a break at Fräkmüntegg on your way to the summit.

The place has a toboggan run, a rope park and a restaurant. When travelling to Mount Pilatus, you get to ride on the steepest cogwheel in the world. The journey offers unforgettable thrills as you climb along the rock walls and stare into the impressive landscape.

When you reach the top, you can enjoy a scenic meal at one of the several restaurants and cafes or visit the ‘Dragon Path’ where you can get information about the myths around the mountain. 

Location: Mount Pilatus, 6010 Alpnach, Switzerland

Timings: May to October (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Price: Rs. 5,329 per person
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Meeting Location: OUTDOOR - Interlaken Shop, Höheweg 95, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland

Activity Timings: 10:45 AM

Activity Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)

About Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Mountain from Interlaken:

Visit the highest train station in Europe at Jungfraujoch Mountain and take in the breathtaking views of the surroundings. Take a ride on a cogwheel train and see the renowned triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Admire the panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains, neighboring countries, and the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe as you the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau. Stroll through the Ice Palace and see a range of ice sculptures. Book Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Mountain from Interlaken and enjoy riding on the Eiger Express, the state-of-the-art V-Cableway.

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Pick-up Details: Hotel pick-up within Interlaken

Paragliding In Interlaken Timings: 08:00 AM - 05:15 PM

Activity Duration: 1 hour - 30 minutes (approx.)

About Paragliding In Interlaken:

Are you ready to challenge yourself to be a part of great heights? Soar like an eagle to enjoy 10-20 minutes worth of amazing bird's eye view of Interlaken. Let your adrenaline rush and help yourself to create a memory that will be stored in your head till your last breath. Swiss mountain ranges Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau lined along the deep cyan lakes of Brienz and Thun are ready to mesmerize you with their breathtaking sites. Freefall gently over a paradise of stunning landscapes and make it a memorable experience.

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Pick-up/ Drop-off Location: Any centrally located hotel/ residence in Interlaken

Starting Timings: 3:30 PM

Activity Duration: 4 Hours (Approx.)

About 4-Hour Rafting on Simme River, Switzerland:

Interlaken is home to numerous activities, white water rafting being a popular one among them. If you are here and willing to let your adrenaline rush, this activity is for you. You can participate solo or bring your group of adventure lovers with you. Navigate against the raging water of the Simme River and make the most out of this 4-hour simme river rafting experience. A professional instructor will accompany you to ensure your safety and help you avail of the ultimate thrill.

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Enjoy The Thrills At Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

A visit to an Alpine peak at Europe’s highest mountain station, at the height of 3,883 metres above sea level, is a must thing to do in Switzerland in July. A thrilling ride on a lift takes you up to the viewing platform which offers 360-degree views of the stunning four-thousand-metre peaks and fourteen glaciers! 

When on the top, you can explore an actual glacier palace, catch a movie at the cinema lounge, go skiing and even enjoy fine dining. During the summer months, many hiking trails also open up, offering several opportunities to explore the lush greenery of the area.

Location: Klein Matterhorn, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
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Go Hiking At Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm is the nearest mountain to the city of Interlaken and takes only a 10-minute ride on a 100-year-old funicular railway to reach. Once on the summit, you can choose from the hundreds of hiking trails and enjoy your day discovering the pristine landscape.

Standing at a height of 1,322 metres above sea level, the mountain affords breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch. No matter where you choose to hike, you are sure to enjoy dramatic scenery and hiking routes fit for almost every fitness level. If you are not afraid of heights, you can enjoy even better views of this masterpiece of nature from the overhanging Two-Lakes-Bridge or Zwei-Seen-Steg.

Location: Harder Kulm, 3800 Unterseen, Switzerland

Entrance Fee: Free

Timings: The funicular railway runs every day from 9:10 AM to 9:40 PM

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Explore Old Town Of Bern

Bern is the capital city of Switzerland and like all major cities in the world, is situated on the edge of a river, River Aare. The oldest part of the town, known as Altstadt, goes as far back as the 12th century, giving the town an interesting character. The place attracts thousands of tourists every year with the top attractions being Zytglogge, a 13th-century tower with a 15th-century astronomical clock which is also the town's oldest monument.

On a trip to Bern, you must also visit the local gothic cathedral known by the name of Munster of Bern, walk on the oldest bridge, Untertorbrücke, spend your day visiting the local art museums known for their eclectic design or spend your time enjoying a meal by the riverside.

Location: Altstadt, Bern
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Meeting Location: Stechelberg LSMS, 3824 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Operational Timings: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Activity Duration: 10 Hours (Approx.)

About Schilthorn Cable Car Tickets:

Take a wonderful cable car ride to the Schilthorn and grasp in some breathtaking views of the alpine meadow vistas and the valley's far below the summit. Soaring through beautiful waterfalls and ragged cliffs to Gimmelwald village, this experience will definitely make your day unforgettable!

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Take A Boat Ride On Lake Geneva

If you are in Geneva, then taking a boat out into Lake Geneva during sunset is one of the most popular things to do in Switzerland in July. You can spend hours together boating and cruising on one of Western Europe’s largest lakes.

What makes Lake Geneva special is the fact that it shares its waters between two countries; Switzerland and France. When on the water, you can enjoy scenic sunsets and cool evening breeze as you travel through the lake. Depending on the boat and cruise you choose, you can also enjoy delicious food and live music during your ride.

Location: Lake Geneva
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See Rhine Falls

One of the top things to do in Switzerland in July is paying a visit to the magnificent Rhine Falls. The falls are situated in the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland and make for an excellent half-day trip from Zurich.

These are the largest falls in entire Central Europe and if you really want to witness their strength, you must visit during the summer months of July and August when the ice from the glaciers melts, making the falls swell in size. The Jurassic limestone landscape offers a Stark contrast, making these a sight to behold! You can view them from the viewing platforms or from a cruise on the river.

Location: Rheinfallquai, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

Timings: Open 24 hours

Price: Rs. 3,699
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Go Boating On Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne is one of the most beautiful and vast lakes in the entire country and if you are in the region during summer, you must plan a boating trip on the lake! It offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a romantic evening with your significant other.

You can choose to rent a boat, ferry or book a table on a steamer and enjoy fine dining as you cruise down the lake. Depending on the cruise you go for, you can choose to stay for a colourful sunset on the waters or have an early breakfast as the town wakes up with the sun. Audio guides are also available on these tours, offering options to choose the language of your choice.

Location: Lake Lucerne

Price: Rs. 1,349
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Ride The Bernina Express Through The Swiss Alps

One of the best things to do in Switzerland in July is to take a ride on the Bernina Express. The railway line that connects Albula/Bernina enjoys a rare status of being featured on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The train's carriages have been especially designed to facilitate sight-seeing through their panoramic glass windows that run the entire length of the train.

The train journeys through some spectacular scenery, including several iconic viaducts, long tunnels which go on for several kilometres at a time, pristine Alpine landscapes and beautiful Swiss chalets sitting in the middle of nowhere. The 122-kilometre long route passes over 200 scenic bridges and some beautiful scenery which looks truly spectacular in the summer months, when the ice melts and the greenery blossoms.

Location: Chur to Tirano 

Price: CHF 148 or Rs. 10,600 for a return journey
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Visit Zurich

One of the top places to visit in Switzerland in July is its largest city, Zurich. This metropolitan centre, which was founded by the Romans, offers a glance into the heart and culture of Switzerland with its wide array of museums, gardens and collection of World Heritage Sites.

When here, you can spend your time discovering churches and cathedrals; some of the most noticeable ones include the Old Minster, Women’s Minster and St. Peter’s. Apart from the churches and cathedrals, Zurich is also home to some of the country’s best museums, including the Zurich Museum of Art, the Swiss National Museum, Centre Le Corbusier and the Museum of Design. 

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

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People Also Ask About Switzerland

  1. Is July a good time to visit Switzerland?

    Yes, July is a great time to visit Switzerland. You can enjoy mild weather and several experiences that would otherwise be unavailable. The major cities are bustling with festivities, cultural programs and tourists, making it a fun time to visit the place. The warm weather means that the scenery is dominated by wildflowers growing across the valley, snow capped peaks and mountaineers trying to make their way to the summit.
  2. How is the weather in Switzerland in July?

    The Switzerland weather in July is mild and most of the mountain passes are open and accessible. You can go on hiking, bike-riding and skiing expeditions to many places which are otherwise shut. Even on the higher passes, the weather is cold but not unbearably so, like in the winters. So, you can visit the summit and enjoy all the fun activities, including walking through glaciers without freezing. The many lakes and rivers of Switzerland also become accessible to the swimmers and they can enjoy swimming in the warm waters. July experiences around 17 rainy days on average but the rainfall is moderate and most of the time, will not interrupt your itinerary.
  3. Is there snow in Switzerland in July?

    It is hard to find fresh snow anywhere in Switzerland around this time of the year. If you visit the higher passes, you can experience the old, hardened snow. Places like Matterhorn offer frozen glacier walks at the summit as well!
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23 January 2020
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The Mount Titlis Day Tour with Cable Car was a delightful experience for me. I was traveling with my spouse. The views were gorgeous and something that I can never forget about, it was dramatically gorgeous. If you are visiting Switzerland then Mount Titlis cable car ride is a great way to spend some time in the arms of nature and enjoy a great time. I was also able to capture some really good photos of the cute little snow penguins.
10 February 2020
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The fully rotating cable car experience topped with interacting with the snow penguins makes for a really fun time to enjoy. I recommend everyone should once visit the Mount Titlis and do the Cable Car ride. And I must say that the view from the cable car was amazing.
04 November 2019
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It was great to spend such a great evening enjoying a ton of fun activities. I had a lot fun sledding and I must say that the fondue dinner was delicious. Fun and food, a great way to spend a night indeed.
10 December 2019
Anilaabh Bharadwaj Night Sledding Interlaken
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The dinner was on point, the activities were really fun and I along with my kids had a lot of fun exploring the night night sledding experience. If you are in interlaken you have to take one night out and enjoy this thrilling adventure with your family or your friends. The drinks served were also delicious.
19 September 2019
Excellent
The best fun I had at night in Switzerland was with sulwald Sledding experience at Interlaken. The activities are really organized and the guide gives thorough instruction about the details of the night. I must say that these instructions can get really boring but the guide found a way to make it really fun. I and my partner I was able to get into the action really fast with Sledging which followed dinner. All in all, I must thank Thrillophilia for making our night adventurous.
24 October 2019
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Chamonix Mont Blanc Day Tour was an amazing experience. We could visit a number of tourist attractions and sight the mesmerizing views of the white mountains. A delightful and fun filled tour indeed. Thanks to the team Thrillophilia and our guide for making it happen.
13 November 2019
Superb
The overall service was satisfactory and very cost effective at the same time.
05 October 2019
Girindra Pillai Zurich Airport Transfers
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The experience of being received at the Zurich Airport was very smooth. The car had arrived at the location on time and we had a very comfortable ride.
10 February 2020
Excellent
The place is perfect for half a day trip. It takes around 5 hours to completely enjoy every part of the museum and it is the place worth visiting. Everything about the museum is great, I mean the first thought in my head when I heard the museum was boring but the Swiss Museum Of Transport is completely opposite. There are a ton of fun activities to do and cars to admire.
28 August 2019
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We took a ton of pictures and explored a number of ancient and modern transportation vehicles. Overall, a fun place to visit.

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