Travel Time: 21½+ hours from East Coast & 18+ hours from West Coast (depending on duration of stop-over)
Weather: Switzerland experiences freezing winters, with snow guaranteed in all mountainous regions and common in the major cities. Spring brings warmer weather to areas such as Lake Geneva, but remains quite cold in most other regions. Summer brings warmer, mild weather across most part of the country.
Language: French, German, Italian and Romansh
Currency: CHF (Swiss Francs)
Major destinations/attractions: Lake Geneva, Interlaken, Jungfrau region, Swiss National Park, Lucerne, Bern, Zurich, Basel
Holiday types: Ski and snow, city break, active adventure for older kids & teens, lake/resort
Switzerland is the quintessential paradise for outdoor adventure! Families of all ages will find active entertainment throughout the country, which each distinct season bringing its own charm. During winter, and the surrounding months, Switzerland is truly transformed into a winter wonderland unlike any other. In the country’s breathtaking mountainous regions, notably the Swiss National Park and Jungfrau, immerse the family in a surreal world of outdoor adventure.
Snow sports abound (almost year-round) in these most idyllic ski slopes in the world; while the warmer months are just as exciting, bringing the perfect atmosphere for hiking, biking and adrenaline-fuelled sports – great entertainment for older kids and teens! In Switzerland, the major cities and small towns alike bring an eclectic mix of culture and more outdoor entertainments. World-class museums and exhibitions abound, many with dedicated interactive exhibitions to keep children (and adults alike) entertained. Lake activities and sporting activities are ubiquitous in Switzerland. With water parks, hiking, cycling, beaches, boating, zip lining, ropes courses, active camps, horse riding and much more – Switzerland has something for active families of every age and interest.