The Swiss winter has many faces: from the colourful Carnival celebrations in the cities to a string of glamorous sporting events and all kinds of fun activities in the snow, there are attractions for all interests.
This month, our winter expert Tom Aellig reveals his insider tips for his native Bernese Oberland, where he teaches skiing and runs a mountain rescue station.
And in case you don't have time for a trip to our winter wonderland, we give you a taste of Switzerland with a recipe for a Swiss speciality to enjoy at Sunday breakfast.
Alex Herrmann Switzerland Tourism, Director Americas
This month we bring you insider tips for one of Switzerland's top winter vacation regions, chosen by an expert with unrivalled local knowledge. Tom Aellig heads the rescue team at the Adelboden mountain rescue station and also works as a ski instructor, so he knows the region inside out.
How about speed-dating on a T-bar ski lift, sharing a fondue in a rickshaw or riding a sleigh pulled by St Bernard dogs? We have countless fun and unusual snowy activities for you to try on your winter vacation.
Which mountain vacation resort suits you best? You can find out quickly and easily using our interactive winter resort finder. With a couple of clicks, you can generate your own personal vacation profile: you'll be amazed what you discover!
Carnival celebrations in Swiss cities attract crowds from throughout the region as well as spectators from across the globe. Colorful processions, musical bands, extravagant costumes and confetti battles make for a dazzling show.
Winter vacations offer countless ways to be active and get fit in spectacular settings. Our selected hotels provide the perfect combination of activity and relaxation for your vacation – and a great opportunity to follow your New Year's resolutions!
Slides, whirlpool baths, bubble loungers, wave pools, fast-water channels, underwater jets – everyone has their favorite water attractions. At our selection of Switzerland's finest adventure pools, visitors of all ages are guaranteed fun, action and relaxation.
In 2015, the resort celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Throughout the year, Zermatt is staging events and activities in honour of the ultimate mountain. Highlights: Hightlights: Open-air performance of "The Matterhorn Story" and the Festivity Week in July.
Ricola, the company that makes the throat lozenge made out of Alpine herbs found only in Switzerland, would like to hear from you. Tell them how you would spend a day off work and you might win a free trip to Switzerland. How’s that for feeling well!
Did you ever fantasize about being a TV travel show host? Then keep on dreaming some more, because your wish may come true. Starting January 29, you can sign up to win a chance to host your own TV Travel show and travel to Switzerland.
SWISS can now take care of your check-in and send you your boarding card automatically: simply register for Automated Check-in when you book at swiss.com or select this option on your "Miles & More" profile.
The W wow factor comes to Verbier in the form of this newly opened uber-chic alpine enclave – located at the foot of the slopes on Place Blanche and the only five star ski-in hotel in town. Included are 7-night stay, breakfast and first class train transfer from the airport. From US$1,999.
St. Moritz Every year the White Turf horse races, with international jockeys riding thoroughbred horses across frozen Lake St. Moritz, thrill guests from all over the world. The party atmosphere and the spectacular location, with views of the snowy mountains, are mesmerising.
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