As most people love to visit Switzerland during the winter for the world famous ski slopes and snow fun, many of us forget about the beauty of Switzerland in summer. Therefor many people also do not know of the spectacular flowers all over Switzerland.
In my opinion the flower period (spring time) in Switzerland is one of the best times to visit: Especially if you love hiking or if you’re just looking for a fantastic family holiday. Between April and June you will find many spots around Switzerland well worth a flowery-visit. During this time beautiful spring flowers popping up everywhere after the snowy season boldly announces that summer is on its way.
A flower tour in Switzerland, should definitely include a visit to the Flower Clock.
Geneva, Switzerland is known for their tradition of watch making. Being called the ‘mother of high-end watchmaking’ it is then just fitting to pay tribute to this honor. So Geneva created the biggest clock in the world: And it is made from flowers.
Since 1955 it is a world famous attraction of the city: Especially as the clock always changes, with new plantings of flowers at different times of the year. This certainly is one of the most famous Instagram spots worldwide.
As the ever popular Japan is the favorite spot for cherry tree blossoms, so is Switzerland spectacular during the cherry blossom season. Weather permitting any time from late March to early May. With April probably being the best time to go.
Popular cherry blossom spots in Switzerland:
If you love tulips and you’ve probably already visited the beautiful flower markets of Holland and the gardens of Keukenhof … then definitely do a trip to the Tulip Festival in Switzerland.
Experience a unique festival of flowers.
The Tulip Festival which takes place each year in Morges, Switzerland (known as the “Fête de la Tulipe”) was founded in 1971. (They celebrate their 50th birthday in 2021.) Every year it takes place in the Parc de l’Indépendance at Lake Geneva in Morges and it is definitely worth a visit. The festival usually lasts for about 7 weeks from mid-March / April to early May (always check with the local Tourist Information Centre for updated info) and the admission is free. Beautiful parks filled with tulips in all colors: A wonderful experience of approx. 145,000 tulips and around 275 different varieties.
For the more adventurous, a hike up to the Engstligenalp waterfall (in the canton of Bern) in Adelboden, during June will reward you with beautiful flowers and a stunning waterfall.
Visit the rolling hills of apple blossoms in April and May.
‘The start point for the Altnauer Apple Trail is at the foot of the village, just 500 meters from the station. The regional Thurbo train arrives once every half an hour from Schaffhausen, Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn and St. Gallen. Visitors from Kreuzlingen can reach Altnau in half an hour with the Postauto, line 923. Regular ferry services from Romanshorn, Kreuzlingen, Immenstaad and Hagnau moor at Lake Constance’s longest jetty. From here, signposts direct you to the start of the Apple Trail. For those who prefer to come by car, there are (paid) parking spots by the train station or the harbor.’ Thurgau-bodensee