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.
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.
Backroads of Switzerland by Stephen Goch
We had been looking at a tour from AFC Travel called “Backroads of Switzerland” for quite some time, but wanted to tie it in with a river cruise. This is actually a misnomer as there are no roads to the places we visited. Since neither Kathy nor I had been to Switzerland, we thought we could tie a Swiss tour ... Read more!
Italian Lakes and mountains by Robert Kemp
This June my wife and I,both in our 60's, flew from Manchester, England, to spend a few days at Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy. It was a fabulous short break,despite the bad start,and we will certainly return. Italy has always been one of our most favourite countries to visit and a few years ago we visited Lake ... Read more!
Alpine Delights by Joann Kniola
LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND The lovely covered bridge city of Lucerne was picture book perfect. Upon arrival we wasted no time and walked over to the Rosengart Museum across the street from the hotel. The museum contains 17-20th c art with a large collection of Picasso. The Rosengart family was good friends with ... Read more!
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