Switzerland is a paradise for hiking and skiing. Adding to that you can go by train to most places and create your own road (train) trip.
We like the Jungfrau region a lot. Here you find the small villages of Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Murren, surrounded by the the 4000 metres high mountains of Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau.
Zermatt is another lovely village. This car free village is full of charming old wooden houses and the conditions for skiing and hiking great.
Switzerland is also a perfect country to start hiking with small kids since you can make short easy hikes filled with stunning experiences like hiking to lovely lakes like Bachalpsee, swimming to waterfalls in Oeschiensee or walking in the snow in the middle of Summer in the Jungfrau region. Kids up to 6 go for free on all lifts.
Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch. In Zürich, Zermatt and the Jungfrau region the main language is German. Most people also speak English.
When to visit? For hiking the season starts end of June when the snow has melted in the valleys and it is usually quite warm and sunny. The hiking season ends in the end of September with the snow. The peak tourist season starts in the middle of July and continue until the end of August and it might feel a bit crowded during these months. We usually try to go in end of June since there are fewer tourists and usually quite warm and sunny. For skiiing January until April is perfect. Most randonée tours are in March-April.
Zermatt is the perfect village for a holiday. This car free village has kept its charm with wooden houses, narrow streets and small shops. A perfect day trip is skiiing or hiking to the gourmet paradise of Findeln where you find three mountain restaurants serving great food with the most amazing views of Matterhorn...
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