Switzerland is home to some of Europe's most impressive and staggering landscapes. From remarkable mountain ranges and glacial lakes, to splendid highland villages mired in tradition, this small Alpine nation defies its size in terms of its natural wonders.
The country boasts thousands of lakes, hundreds of world class skis resorts and spas, as well as dozens of enchanting villages shielded from time. Ski arrivals are the main ticket in winter, although Switzerland has a lot more to offer winter visitors than its slopes.
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If you are not into skiing, you might want to try sleeping in an igloo, go dog sledding or visit a chocolate factory – or do any of the nine non-ski winter activities we've listed below.
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Either way, as sub-zero temperatures kick in across the Alpine nation, we've dived into exploring these dramatic – yet very cosy – swimming pools in Swiss spas and hotels.
The 'winter pool' at Hotel Villa Honegg perched above Lake Lucerne. Photo: Hotel Villa Honegg.
The 'Infinity Pool' is part of the 102-room and suite 5-star Burgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa, which also offers stunning views of Lake Lucerne. Photo: ©Bürgenstock Hotels AG.
The Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort in Lenk, nestled amidst the Simmental Valley and mountains of western Switzerland, offers breathtaking views of the Bernese Highlands. Photo: ©Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort.
The Riffelalp Resort in Zermatt, in the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais, is home to St Trop Alp Spa and Europe's highest outdoor pool. Photo: ©Riffelalp Resort.
Situated at 1,400 metres in the traditional town of Adelboden, Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa boasts a 1,700 m2 spa in the western Bernese Highlands, as well as the enchanting pool above. Photo: ©Bellevue Parkhotel & Spa.
The Park Hotel Viznau also boasts marvelous views of Lake Lucerne from its pool. Photo: @Park Hotel Vitznau.