Swiss winter

Swiss winter

While summer continues to be the most popular travel period to Switzerland, more travellers are discovering that a Swiss winter holiday is appealing and eventful. 
Switzerland Tourism points out that the colder months transform the country into an ‘icy wonderland’, bringing out different characteristics and personalities of the country.

Christmas Markets from Zurich (home to Europe's largest indoor Christmas market), to Basel (where fairy-tale dollars are used as legal tender in the markets), and Montreux (the gateway to Santa Claus' Swiss abode atop

Rochers-de-Naye), these seasonal markets always impress.

They include live entertainment, traditional food, craft, beverages and art.

And there are elite sports events including snow polo and White Turf (horseracing) which take place each January and February respectively on the frozen lake in the winter resort of St Moritz.

Both events not only see the gathering of horse lovers, but also the rich, royal and famous.
Panoramic Rail Rides such as Taking in the Swiss scenery by train is another recommended winter activity.

The Glacier Express (from Zermatt to St Moritz), Bernina Express (from Chur to Tirano) and the GoldenPass Line (from Interlaken to Montreux) are three panoramic rail journeys that take their passengers through some of the country's most spectacular snowscapes. 
The tourism office advises travellers to stay in one of the many cosy winter hideaways on offer, where guests can relax by their very own fireplace. Ski-in ski-out hotels are readily available, as are ski-in spa-out and cross-country ones.