Discover what it’s like to travel to Switzerland in August: the weather, incredible places to visit, and things to do for an epic Swiss vacation.
If you are wondering if it’s a good time to visit Switzerland in August, I am here to tell you it is THE best time to travel to this wonderful country in Europe.
Not only will you have amazing weather in August (fewer chances of rain compared to other months), but also you will get to experience the best of what Switzerland has to offer: epic hikes and nature adventures!
As we’ve just spent an incredible 2 week holiday in Switzerland last August, I am here to tell you everything about traveling to this beautiful country in summer.
In this post, we’ll cover the key things you need to know about planning a holiday in Switzerland: the weather, what to wear in August, the best places to visit, and a lot more!
But first, let’s talk about traveling to Switzerland (getting there) and transportation advice.
Switzerland in August: Travel & Transportation
Arriving in Switzerland
As I know most of you guys & girls live in the US, I am going to go ahead and assume you’ll be flying.
The best airport to fly into is Zurich, as it’s generally closer to the mountains. Also, the city is beautiful and worth a visit if you have some time (even half a day is enough to explore its main landmarks).
Geneva airport is another good option and it is well connected with low-cost carriers such as Easy Jet from many European destinations.
Traveling through Switzerland
The next thing you’re going to want to do once you’ve landed is rent a car.
Yes, many travel bloggers are recommending traveling by train in Switzerland, and it can be an incredible experience.
But if you are looking to save money, and have additional flexibility during your trip, the car is the better option! (Especially if you are traveling with family or a larger group, train tickets can be pretty expensive in Switzerland).
Having said that, you should know that some of the most beautiful Swiss mountain resorts are car-free, but there is always a nearby parking lot where you can leave your car.
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Switzerland in August: The Weather
The weather in August is what makes this month the BEST time to plan your holiday to Switzerland.
July and September are also good months to visit the country. Yet having experienced the weather in both July and August, I can definitely say that August is a safer bet when it comes to rainy days in Switzerland.
While you can never completely predict the weather and there might be cloudy days during your trip, the chances are much lower in August.
The average temperature is around 73F (23C), higher in general in the larger cities. Last summer, we had around 72F (22C) in Zermatt and even 82F (28C) in Grindelwald.
These are the 2 most spectacular mountain villages and it did get pretty hot. Of course, higher up in the Swiss Alps, the weather can be unpredictable and much colder. This is why it’s SO important to be well-prepared when it comes to your travel outfits for Switzerland.
What To Wear in Switzerland in August
Giving a good thought on what to wear in Switzerland in August is pretty important and mostly depends on the activities you plan to do during your holiday.
So if you’re anything like me, I’m going to assume you’d want to do some hiking (check out these insanely beautiful hikes in Switzerland) but also visit some of the most important cities (this 10-day Switzerland itinerary will show you the best way to travel through the country).
Switzerland Travel Outfit Checklist for August:
- hiking shoes & socks
- windproof and waterproof jacket (The Northface is the one I always wear)
- leggings (alo yoga, vuori or lululemon are my go-tos)
- sports bra (alo yoga are THE BEST in my opinion)
- moisture-wicking t-shirts
- breathable mid-layer (do not overlook this one, it’s SO important as it will keep you warm enough but you won’t sweat during your hikes. Mammut mid-layers are the best ones in my opinion).
- sun hat and a warm hat (you will reach altitudes close to 4.000m, 13.000ft and it will get cold)
- comfortable shoes and sneakers for your city visits
- light summer dresses, pants, and tops for the city trips
21 Places To Visit in Switzerland in August
Having spent our summer holiday in Switzerland for the past 2 consecutive years, we have discovered and explored some of most of the stunning places and views of this gorgeous country.
These are the top 25 places to travel and visit during your holiday in Switzerland:
- Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
- Gornergrat & Gorner Glacier
- Walensee lake
- St. Moritz
- Rhine Falls
Epic Things To Do in Switzerland in August
If you’re a nature lover like me, hiking and exploring the Swiss Alps is one of the best and most beautiful things to do in August.
Another reason August is the best month to travel to Switzerland is that all hiking trails are open as the snow has mostly melted by now.
The most spectacular areas to hike in Switzerland are (in order of my preference) Zermatt, Grindelwald, and Murren (Lauterbrunnen).
Must-do Hikes in Switzerland
Here are the must-do hikes in each region (don’t worry, most of them are easy to moderate, so nothing too challenging):
- 7 Best and Easy Hikes in Zermatt, Switzerland
- Matterhorn Glacier Trail: A Spectacular Hike in Zermatt You *Need* To Do
- 5 Epic and Easy Hikes in Grindelwald, Switzerland
- 3 Amazing Hikes in Lauterbrunnen You Don’t Want To Miss
Besides hiking, exploring the fairytale mountain villages, tasting the traditional Swiss food (hello raclette!) and chocolate, and doing a via Ferrata are other exciting things you can do in August during your trip to Switzerland.
Where to find snow in Switzerland in August
Did you know you can ski all year round in Switzerland? Yes, even in August! 🙂
The best places to find snow are the glaciers, of course: The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Gorner Glacier (Zermatt), or the Jungfraujoch- Top of Europe (Grindelwald) – where you can walk on the old glaciers.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post on the best things to do and what to visit in Switzerland in August and that it helped plan your future trips.
If you have any questions, just drop them in the comments below, and I’d be happy to answer.