The Swiss forests are ablaze with the hues of autumn making it the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers. Here is the best of what you can do indoors and outdoors during this wonderful season:
Hike at the Aletsch Glacier World
If you want to soak in the colours of fall, trek along the great Aletsch Glacier, said to be the jewel of UNESCO’s Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site. Europe‘s largest ice flow takes you through majestic peaks and lush foliage. Walk through the pram-friendly paths to trails through the magnificent Aletsch Forest, hikes between the mountain huts and high Alpine walks with views of the Great Aletsch Glacier. Idyllic autumn is the perfect time to trek along this glacier and soak in the mountains adorned with the rich reds, oranges and yellows of the season.
Chestnuts in Ticino
Pick up smooth chestnuts hidden in spiky casings from the forests of Ticino and bring them home to roast on a bonfire. Chestnuts are definitely a big part of the Swiss autumn season. It is a tradition that invokes warm memories just before everyone gets ready to usher in the cold winters. Children love going on a chestnut trail through the forest. In fact, chestnuts are taken so seriously in Switzerland in autumn that not only is there a Chestnut festival every year in Ascona in October, you will also find delicacies made with chestnuts on the menu of most restaurants.
Take a Grand Tour of Switzerland
The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a combination of the highlights of Switzerland with a beautifully scenic route. It’s home to a dozen UNESCO sites, a topographic diversity that includes palm trees, glaciers and some of Europe’s most modern cities contrasted with tiny Alpine villages. The Basel-Lucerne is one the most popular routes that goes from the assorted cultural and well-preserved old town to the unbelievably beautiful Lucerne situated on the eponymous lake. A hike around the Etang de la Gruère in the glorious autumn season is a true highlight and a must-do for every traveller. Other cultural highlights include the towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, which both have UNESCO World Heritage status.
Stroll through the vineyards
Visitors can now discover the Lavaux wine-growing region with the Vaud:Guide app. Vines were already grown here in the 11th century on terraces buttressed by walls. Since then, generations of vintners have cultivated and cherished this exceptional natural mosaic. Visit the vineyard and soak up the late autumn sun.
Discover Autumn with the Swiss Travel Pass
Explore picturesque landscapes, pristine mountain lakes and charming villages in Switzerland with an all-in-one ticket – the Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Travel System is the best way to discover every nook and corner of this gorgeous place. What’s best, Swiss Travel Pass has an exclusive offer for India, where visitors can get one extra travel day free with the four-day consecutive; and two-extra travel days free with the eight-day consecutive travel with the Swiss Travel Pass.