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Switzerland is a great destination all year round, and it could be argued that its climate is the best in western Europe.

For those not looking to ski, spring, summer and autumn all have much to offer. In late summer the stunning alpine flowers are at their very best.

However, this is one of the most popular times of year to visit, so make sure you book well in advance. Whilst it is likely to be warm through the day, you are likely to experience at least a couple of instances of rainfall, so remember to pack accordingly.

Switzerland is a made up of a series of micro-climates, meaning that the weather can vary quite wildly form one region to another. In the more mountainous regions the weather can vary from hour to hour, to the north of the alpine region summers are predominately warm and dry. The Foehn winds are peculiar to Switzerland and the strength of these winds can take your breath away if you’re not used to them. There is a close correlation between temperature and elevation, that is, the higher you go, the colder it gets. Sheltered areas at a low level can be almost Mediterranean in climate.

Lucerne, for example, does not see the extremes in weather experienced by other regions, and is a lovely location to enjoy activities such as cycling, hiking and walking. Geneva sees its warmest weather in July and August and despite the nearness of the mountains is fairly dry all year round, although it can get pretty chilly during the autumn months. The climate in and around Zurich is influenced by its inland position, its proximity to Lake Zurich and the northern hills. Summer is an ideal time to visit, as the days are long and the temperature pleasantly warm. These weather conditions last well into the autumn, even as far as the end of October. Basel’s climate is typically European - with mild winters and warm summers that can see height of 25 degrees centigrade. It also boasts a refreshing breeze all year round, making it ideal for a relaxing summer holiday. In the winter, snow is plentiful in this region, so perfect for those looking to hit the slopes to the south east of the city.

Gifted with a climate that, while having clearly defined seasons, lacks the sudden extremes of other northern European countries, Switzerland is a wonderful place to visit all year round.

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