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Best Time to Visit Switzerland in 2024 for skiing, hiking, city trips. Switzerland Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Switzerland

  • Optimal: June to September (pleasant weather, great for hiking and sightseeing).
  • For skiing: December to March offers the best snow conditions.
  • Other favorable months: April, May, October.

Geography facts

  • Location: Central Europe.
  • Area: 41,290 km².
  • Borders: France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Italy.
  • Landscape: 60% mountains (Alps and Jura), 30% plateau, and 10% lakes. Highest point: Dufourspitze at 4,634 meters.

Switzerland offers a diverse landscape with majestic mountains, serene lakes, and charming cities. Known for its impeccable train system, traveling across the country is convenient and scenic.

Climate

  • Lowlands and Plateaus: Moderate (warm summers, cold winters).
  • Mountains: Alpine (cold winters, cool summers).
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Cold and snowy. Ideal for skiing in the Alps.
  • Expected temperatures: -2°C (28°F) to +2°C (36°F).
  • Snowfall: 70-100 cm in ski resorts.
  • Cities like Zurich and Geneva: Cold with temperatures around 0°C (32°F) and frequent snow.
Switzerland (c) www.freedreams.ch

February

  • Continues to be a peak skiing month.
  • Daytime temperatures: -1°C (30°F) to +3°C (37°F).
  • Snow conditions: Excellent for winter sports.
  • Mountain areas: Temperatures drop to -10°C (14°F).

March

  • Transition month with milder weather.
  • Temperatures: +4°C (39°F) to +10°C (50°F).
  • Snow starts melting: Skiing still possible in higher altitudes.
  • Rainfall: 70 mm.

April

  • Spring blooms with moderate weather.
  • Temperatures: +8°C (46°F) to +15°C (59°F).
  • Ideal for city tours and lower altitude hikes.
  • Rainfall: 90 mm.

May

  • Perfect for exploring Swiss cities and countryside.
  • Daytime temperatures: +12°C (54°F) to +19°C (66°F).
  • Hiking trails: Begin to open up.
  • Rainfall: 100 mm.

June

  • Great for hiking and outdoor activities.
  • Temperatures: +15°C (59°F) to +22°C (72°F).
  • Alpine meadows: Blooming with flowers.
  • Rainfall: 120 mm.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Warmest month, ideal for all outdoor activities.
  • Temperatures: +18°C (64°F) to +25°C (77°F).
  • Lake temperatures: Reach +20°C (68°F).
  • Rainfall: 130 mm.

August

  • Peak summer with warm weather.
  • Daytime temperatures: +17°C (63°F) to +24°C (75°F).
  • Popular for lake swimming and festivals.
  • Rainfall: 120 mm.

September

  • Mild and pleasant, great for hiking.
  • Temperatures: +14°C (57°F) to +21°C (70°F).
  • Fall colors: Begin to appear.
  • Rainfall: 90 mm.

October

  • Cooler with beautiful autumn foliage.
  • Temperatures: +9°C (48°F) to +15°C (59°F).
  • Ideal for scenic drives and walks.
  • Rainfall: 80 mm.
Switzerland (c) coolwallpapers.me

November

  • Transition to winter, cooler and wetter.
  • Temperatures: +4°C (39°F) to +9°C (48°F).
  • First snowfalls: Possible in higher elevations.
  • Rainfall: 100 mm.

December

  • Cold with the start of ski season.
  • Temperatures: -1°C (30°F) to +4°C (39°F).
  • Christmas markets: Festive and popular in cities.
  • Snowfall: 50-80 cm in ski resorts.

Switzerland offers a year-round appeal with its variety of activities. Whether you’re drawn to the winter sports in the Alps, hiking trails in the summer, or picturesque cities and lakes, there’s always something to enjoy. Each season brings its own charm, making Switzerland a versatile destination for all types of travelers.

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