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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Switzerland

Peak Season: December to April

Switzerland is primarily known for its winter season, when international skiers arrive in droves (book 3-4 months ahead). Prices jump during the weeks surrounding Christmas, the February school holidays, and Easter weekend.

Off Season: May to June; September to November

Most mountain resorts close following Easter, opening again in summer (with another similar break in fall). Although open accommodations are hard to find, these can be the most beautiful – and the most economical – seasons of the year.

Sweet Spot: July to August

Though summer marks the high season for Swiss lakeside resorts and cities like Zurich, it’s a great time to snag bargains at dedicated ski resorts like Gstaad, Verbier, and Zermatt. These ski-centric locales have come to embrace year-round outdoor opportunities like climbing, mountain biking, and golfing – all of which can be enjoyed under the summer sun, minus the maddening winter crowds (and inflated hotel rates). Plus, the Swiss National Tourist Office has sweetened the pot by offering dozens of summer travel specials on their website. For even more bang for your buck on airfare and hotel rates, travel on summer’s fringes in June or September.

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