This year, we need safe options to celebrate the holidays and Switzerland’s glorious winter season. Covid may require us to distance and imagine smiles behind masks…however, it cannot dampen our desire to explore.
We asked our friends at Switzerland Tourism to share some insider tips to keep our minds entertained and our agendas full of safe leisure activities this winter season.
Christmas Year Round.
Every city has it’s famous street, and when in Basel you will want to take some time to soak in every shop along the Spalenberg. This path may be less than 200 meters, but it is filled with enticing boutiques, smart galleries and irresistible delicatessens.
One such shop offering unique gifts and old artisanal art forms is Johann Wanner where Christmas is celebrated all year round with gorgeous hand-blown and hand-painted Christmas decorations. While there, you will not want to leave, so we suggest staying overnight at Hotel Basel, famous for it’s central location for Fasnacht!
Walking through the historic paths between the buildings in St. Gallen is special, but how much fun would it be to walk with a local who can share city secrets, myths and legends? Bundle up in your cozy scarves and gloves one bright day this winter and enjoy a walking tour of St. Gallen to discover stories beyond the buildings.
If you are looking for an experience a little closer to Zurich and outside the city center, you will find the magic of Wintialp, a charming chalet in the center of a park in Winterthur. Here you can enjoy seasonal cheese specialties such as fondue and raclette or home-brewed coffee, tea and gluhwein.
The Lausanne Light Festival is brightening up the city with colorful illuminations on 8 significant buildings through 24 December 2020. Free guided tours are on offer where you can discover the emerging artists engaged to highlight the city’s architectural heritage.
City Skating & Exploring.
In Zurich we have the Dolder Ice Complex – the largest in Switzerland with 6,000 square meters. Yet, we enjoy a winter walk through a historic city and Chur is certainly the oldest. Their new 43-chapter City E-guide is a great way to explore safely at your leisure.
Sledging, hiking and cross country skiing are great activities if you are not one to partake in the downhill options around the country. Not far from Zurich, we can recommend you go from the city to the snow to these wonderful winter wonderlands with great offers from peaks in the German speaking region such as Uetliberg and Säntis to those in the French speaking region such as Villars-sur-Ollon and Mont Salève…and don’t forget our beloved Mont Brè in Lugano.
Whether you wish to chart your own path or explore a well-traveled trail, Switzerland has some of the best snowshoe tours mapped out for your convenience. Let’s start with the one closest to home…do you know the Raten Trail in Oberägeri near Zug? Let’s go!
The perfect activity for a rainy day is a visit to the museum. This winter is a bit challenging, as many are closed due to Corona; however, with some time they will reopen with safe exhibition viewing requirements. Have a look at the schedule and explore the Art Museums in Switzerland.
The Schweizerhof Hotel and Spa in Bern has a menu of services dedicated to local honey. The fascia massage is exceptionally Bee-laxing and their warm pools and detoxifying sauna may be just perfect activity on a chilly day this winter. Check out our list of things to do in Bern.
We do not need to travel far to escape city life and disappear into a wellness hotel for the day, or for the weekend. The Limmathof Baden Hotel & Spa is an especially romantic option with private spa rooms.
Escape your routine for the day, for the week or the weekend and remember you can always reconsider working from home and enjoy working in one of these gorgeous locations complete with high-speed internet and room service.
Travel Luggage Free.
Through 20 December, you can enjoy luggage-free travel thanks to a special offer by the SBB who will pick up and deliver your luggage directly to your hotel or holiday home (in some destinations) within just 2 days. How’s that for relaxation?
Wishing you all a magical and safe winter season!
This article was graciously sponsored by our friends at Switzerland Tourism so that we can get the local scoop and share with you insider tips about these short trips from Zurich.
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