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Switzerland on a Budget

Plane tickets to Switzerland are cheapest during winter -- but the same isn't necessarily true when it comes to accommodations. If you're planning a ski trip, you can expect to pay top euro for most ski resort lodging during colder months. However, prices for hotels in non-ski destinations, especially smaller towns and places in the Swiss countryside, are generally less expensive during winter and shoulder season. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, and the local currency is the Swiss franc -- not the euro.

Best Time to Go to Switzerland

The Swiss climate is quite temperate, so extreme hot and cold temperatures are uncommon. During summer, high season for travel to Switzerland, expect lots of crowds along with beautiful weather and sunny skies -- plus a rain shower now and then. Travelers seeking winter sports and snowy conditions should consider visiting the country between November and March. Avoid traveling during the holidays if you want to dodge high prices and crowds.


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