Travel to Switzerland this Winter

Over 100 adventures for a thrilling escape

Doing something for the first time is invigorating. It boosts creativity, creates new connections in the brain, and releases unique energy driven by excitement and anticipation.

When it comes to travel, people are craving new discoveries like never before. At the same time, they want to ensure that their travel destination is safe to travel in these pandemic times. Switzerland, which lies at the heart of each traveller, is the perfect destination for extraordinary experiences in one place and of course, with safety protocols in place.

Travelling is possible without quarantining in Switzerland.

Travelling from the UAE to Switzerland is currently possible without having to quarantine in Switzerland. However, the European/Schengen states (to which Switzerland belongs) still have entry regulations in place for certain nationalities/residents. It’s, therefore, necessary to check the requirements before making a booking. For Europeans, it is possible to travel to Switzerland without barriers. The UAE currently offers several connections per day to Switzerland, with SWISS International Airlines, Emirates, and Etihad all operating between Dubai/Abu Dhabi and Zurich/Geneva.

Matthias Albrecht, Director GCC, Switzerland Tourism, explains: “Switzerland has always been a popular winter playground thanks to its stunning natural beauty and a wide variety of activities. And now, travellers are more eager than ever to try things they’ve never done before. Conscious travel is emerging as a key trend; people expect to travel less frequently, so they want to maximise each trip with more once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Swiss winter (from December to March) has something uniquely memorable for everyone, whether you’re a rookie or a veteran.”

Here are top five activity picks in Switzerland-

  1. Geneva- gourmet flight in a hot air balloon.

One of the most original and peaceful ways to discover Geneva’s idyllic landscape is by hot air balloon, enjoying a meal above the breathtaking scenery. Carried along slowly by the winds, you can admire Lake Geneva, the famous Alps or the Jura. Different menus are available depending on your tastes, from a traditional fondue to an exquisite gastronomic feast. Back on the ground, you’ll marvel at this unique experience.

2. Crans–Montana- ski touring in the Alps.

Get away from the well-trodden slopes on a ski touring trip into the untouched snowy landscapes of Crans-Montana. There are fifteen marked trails to practice ski touring without getting lost, based on three types of difficulty: blue/easy, red/medium, and black/difficult. What better way to get in touch with nature and try something new while getting some exercise? Discover unexpected places at your own pace, and admire Crans-Montana’s superb 180° panorama on a chain of 18 peaks above 4000m, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Whether you want to be on your own or with a guide from the ski school, uncover the pleasure of ski touring in the Swiss Alps.

3. Lenk, Bern- paragliding at night.

Enjoy an unforgettable paragliding experience during the full moon. In the afternoon, experienced paraglider pilots will take you up to the Metschstand by mountain railway. During dusk, you can enjoy a sociable evening with a fondue at the Metschstand hut. As soon as the full moon appears in the sky, guests and their pilots prepare the gliders at the launch site. Then it begins. Just a few steps later, you take off to experience complete freedom, paragliding weightlessly over the moonlit hills into the Simmental region.

4. St. Moritz- the Olympic bob run.

Moritz–Celerina is the only natural ice bobsleigh run and the oldest operational bobsleigh track in the world. As well as the professional annual national and international bobsleigh race, there are also exciting and challenging skeleton and luge competitions. Another seasonal highlight is the guest bobsleigh programme, where you can race down the bobsleigh track at an incredible speed of up to 130 km per hour, guided safely by a knowledgeable pilot. It’s an adrenalin-fuelled experience you’ll never forget.

5.Gstaad- stay in an igloo hotel.

 With winter-proof expedition sleeping bags and lambskins laid out, you’re guaranteed not to freeze. At around 2000m above sea level, the romantic snow huts of the Igloo Village in Gstaad at the Saanerslochgrat mountain station are designed by international artists. Each one is individual – perfect for special occasions. There are different categories to choose from in all sizes, suitable for couples, families, and groups of up to six people. A whirlpool jacuzzi is all part of the experience at the Igloo Village. Guides will ensure your well-being and pamper you with homemade tea and a traditional cheese fondue. As if that weren’t enough, the view of the surrounding valleys and mountains is absolutely stunning.

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