Autumn/Shoulder Season (mid-September through October)
Early fall is one of the best times to visit Switzerland. The days are crisp and often ideal for hiking, with vibrant foliage blankets the mountain slopes. Afternoon highs range anywhere from the upper 50s to low 70s. While the summer crowds have diminished meaning no fighting for a spot on a cable car. And the grape harvests will be happening too. It’s also a less expensive time to visit. Just keep in mind that If you hope to drive the higher mountain passes, be aware they’ll begin closing in October.
In Lugano, which borders Italy along the shores of Lake Lugano. The beauty is especially dazzling, beneath the shadow of soaring peaks highlighted with golden yellows, fiery reds and brilliant oranges. The town also hosts the Autumn Festival over the first weekend of October. With a celebration of grapes and wine alongside folkloric music.
Winter/Low and High Season (November through March)
As Switzerland is famous for snow sports, winter is a bit of a mixed bag as a high and low season. The slopes will attract lots of tourists who come to ski or board down them. Especially around the Christmas holidays, as well as to enjoy the Christmas markets. Generally, prices will be high anywhere skiing is possible, and these will be the most crowded areas as well. The Valais region is breathtaking, including famous Zermatt, overlooked by the Matterhorn, and Saas-Fee. Where there are some 310 miles of boarding and skiing available.
November won’t be as busy, but there may not be enough snow for skiing expect at high elevation areas. The Christmas markets begin around mid-month, With holiday music and lights, melted cheeses and roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and local handcrafted items. By the time December rolls around, there will be plenty, with the average maximum temperature in the upper 30s.