The most beautiful countries in the world, the most romantic destinations in the world, the most peaceful countries in the world, the countries having the best qualities of life, the countries with the highest GDP per capita – Switzerland makes its way to every good list.

If you are planning a visit to the country, read our suggestions on the best time to visit in Switzerland.

Quick Facts: Best Time to Visit

Geographic Location Between latitudes 45° and 48° N, and longitudes 5° and 11° E
Climate Type Temperate Climate
High Season July to August
Low Season October to March
Shoulder Season May to June

Shoulder Season: May to June

General Tips: Due to the mountainous terrain the weather fluctuation is common. Learn about the weather and weather forecast when you plan your things to do or sightseeing.  Keeping umbrella and raincoat can be helpful.

May

Temperature 65.3°F (18.5°C) to 47.8°F (8.8°C)
Rainfall 4.8″
Humidity 71
Daylight 15.1 hours
UV Index 7
Snowfall 0

May marks the end of spring. Comfortable temperature, moderate humidity, and sufficient day light make it easy for travelers to explore Switzerland.

June

Temperature 70.9°F (21.6°C) to 53.4°F (11.9°C)
Rainfall 5″
Humidity 71
Daylight 15.9 hours
UV Index 8
Snowfall 0

June marks the beginning of summer and is a good time to explore outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, paragliding, jetboating, etc.   Whit Monday, Corpus Christi and Independence of Jura are the popular events in January.

Peak season: Summer (July to August)

General Tips: Since this is the peak season, confirm your flight and hotel reservation in advance. Include cool and warm clothes. Carry a sunscreen and stay hydrated lest the heat gets the better of you.

July

Temperature 75.2°F (24°C) to 57.2°F (14°C)
Rainfall 4.9″
Humidity 71
Daylight 15.5 hours
UV Index 8
Snowfall 0

 Temperature soars a bit but stays around manageable range in July.  Places of hiking, rafting, paragliding and jetboating witness good crowds. Paléo Festival De Nyon (music festival), and Zurich Festival are the popular events falling in July that you shouldn’t miss.

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August

Temperature 73.9°F (23.2°C) to 56.8°F (13.8°C)
Rainfall 4.9″
Humidity 74
Daylight 14.2 hours
UV Index 7
Snowfall 0

August is one of the best times to visit Switzerland. Climate doesn’t throw any surprises. If you want to experience the Swiss National Day celebration then considering visiting on July 31 or August 1, the day of celebration. The day is marked with paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of Swiss flags, and fireworks. Bars and restaurants and other public places remain open.

Low Season:  October to March

General Tips: Pack ample woollen clothes including shawls, mufflers and gloves. Some routes may be blocked due to heavy snowfall and hence plan your itinerary accordingly. Consume plenty of water, tea or hot beverage to stay hydrated.

October

Temperature 56.7°F (13.7°C) to 44.6°F (7°C)
Rainfall 3.4″
Humidity 83
Daylight 10.8 hours
UV Index 3
Snowfall 0.3″

October carries the mild effects of autumn month. The average high-temperature in October drops, from an enjoyable 65.8°F (18.8°C) in September, to a mild 56.7°F (13.7°C). The outdoor activities might get impacted if you want to avoid rain. The number of rainfall days equals 9 to 10 per month.

November

Temperature 45°F (7.2°C) to 35.6°F (2°C)
Rainfall 3.1″
Humidity 84
Daylight 9.3 hours
UV Index 1
Snowfall 3.2″

November is the last month of the autumn. November is a chilly month, but if you are crazy about the best sightseeing of snow-clad mountains and trees, you should plan your Switzerland vacation in November. It’s the beginning of cold and winter sports.

December

Temperature 38.7°F (3.7°C) to of 30.7°F (-0.7°C)
Rainfall 3.3″
Humidity 84
Daylight 8.6 hours
UV Index 1
Snowfall 7.5″

Winter intensifies with further temperature drop and rise and increased snowfall. Christmas and Geneva’s biggest celebrated event, Fête de L’Escalade are some of the primary factors that keep travelers interested in visiting Switzerland.

January

Temperature 37.2°F (3.7°C) to of 28.4°F (-2°C)
Rainfall 2.5″
Humidity 83
Daylight 9 hours
UV Index 1
Snowfall 7.2″

 January is the coldest month. If you are planning a winter vacation to Switzerland, this is the perfect time. Do not miss the Grindelwald World Snow Festival (Jan 17 to 22). Sculptors are their art works are the focus of the festival.

February

Temperature 40.3°F (4.6°C) to of 29.1°F (-1.6°C)
Rainfall 2.5″
Humidity 78
Daylight 10.3 hours
UV Index 2
Snowfall 8.7″

Temperature starts picking up.  Basel Carnival is the highlight of the month. It helps you unlock the traditional beauty of Switzerland. The festival’s fame has brought it to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.

March

Temperature 49.1°F (3.7°C) to of 35.1°F (-0.7°C)
Rainfall 3.1″
Humidity 72
Daylight 11.9 hours
UV Index 3
Snowfall 5.4″

March is the first month of spring. Skiing on Alps Mountains is the favorite of many visitors. Some of the best places in Switzerland to explore in March are Matterhorn (Snow Covered Peak), Chateau De Chillon (Centuries Old Castle), Jungfrau Area (Alpine Wonderland), Swiss National Park (Home To Woodlands And Falls), Lugano (Italian Influenced Town), and Bern (Medieval Aura).

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