Family holidays in Switzerland

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  • Switzerland Family holidays

    The Swiss are famed for their attention to detail, whether they are crafting the world's most precise pocket watches and cuckoo clocks, ingenious multi-tool penknives, or some of the most delicious chocolate on the planet. So it's no surprise that family holidays in Switzerland receive equivalent care and attention from those working in the local hospitality industry. The Swiss Alps are one of the main tourist markets in the country, and their snowy slopes make a great destination for a family break, no matter how confident you are on a pair of skis.

    Alpine hospitality

    For some people a trip to the Swiss Alps is as much about the apres ski partying as it is about actually getting out on the slopes, so even if you are not experienced at skiing or snowboarding, you can still have a great time on cheap family holidays in Switzerland's mountain resorts. The children will still enjoy playing in the snow, building igloos and throwing snowballs at one another, and whether or not you choose to go up the mountain, the surrounding scenery is still among the most spectacular in Europe.

    Breaks without borders

    The freedom to move around the EU without extensive border checks means that a cheap family holiday in Switzerland doesn't have to confine you to the one country. If you have a hire car or other transportation, there's a host of neighbouring countries to drive over into, including Austria, France, Liechtenstein, Germany and Italy. The list is a little longer because Switzerland is landlocked, meaning it has more borders than it might otherwise have, rather than a coastline.

    Blown away by Switzerland

    The Fohn or Foehn is a warm wind that blows across the continent and into Switzerland, and it can make a big difference to the temperatures during your stay. If you are on a family holiday in Switzerland when this unpredictable breeze arrives, you can expect a hotter and drier climate. This contrasts with the usual continental climate of landlocked Switzerland, which is warm and quite dry during the summer months, but cooler with more precipitation during the winter. Of course, if you are travelling to the ski resorts, that precipitation is typically more likely to come in the form of snow, creating the ideal conditions to hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding.

    Why Switzerland is so great for families

    The Swiss have a great deal of affection for children and always ensure that youngsters are just as well catered for as their parents. A variety of sports, including skiing and snowboarding, can be enjoyed on family holidays in Switzerland. This welcoming country is also home to an impressive number of theme parks and other family-orientated attractions. This, combined with Switzerland's spectacular landscapes and laid-back culture, ensures that tired families can reacquaint themselves with the art of relaxation for the duration of their stay.

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