Have you ever travelled to Europe over the Christmas holidays? To my mind, there isn’t a better time to visit than during the festive season. There is so much joy to be found all over the place. It’s probably the one of the biggest reasons I love living in London so much. Christmas starts showing signs in October as there isn’t a November holiday to contend with like we have in the United States. And Switzerland is especially beautiful at Christmas. It’s like a being in a greeting card.
Last December, we spent a few days visiting Lucerne and Bern, Switzerland. Our one and only goal was to soak up as much of the merry-making as we could. We leisurely meandered about, visited Christmas markets and ultimately fell in love with Switzerland’s quiet beauty. It was 100% the perfect experience to get us into the festive season spirit.
Everything about it looked like it jumped right out of a storybook. As I write this I’m longing to go back.
In the evenings it would snow and lightly coat everything in a shimmering white blanket. And we would go out and play in it. It was just enough to make a few snowballs. We usually don’t see too much snow in London so it was especially fun for us.
It was nice to do a little bit of touring, as well. And while we mostly kept our time in Switzerland super relaxed and focused on absorbing the holiday magic, we did manage to see a few sights.
In Bern, we visited Zytglogge, a tower built in the early 13th century. The tower has had many uses over the years such as being used as a prison. And it also houses an astronomical clock from the 15th century. I’m fascinated by these clocks. We saw a stunning astronomical clock while we were in Prague, Czech Republic, as well.
Albert Einstein Museum
We also took some time to tour Albert Einstein’s home in Bern. Although it wasn’t large, it was really very interesting. Einstein was quite an individual. There is also a nice cafe located on site.
Because we always love a good chocolate tour, we took a morning to make the trek to visit Cailler Chocolate in Broc. The factory has an interesting exhibit and there were so many types of chocolate to try at the end. A few of the chocolates we sampled were boozy, too! There may have been a few boxes of those brought back with us to London.
And as much as we really enjoyed just walking around taking in all of the sights during the day I cannot begin to describe how incredibly magical it was to see it all at night when the city was illuminated.
Everything was bathed in a golden, glowy light and you couldn’t help but have all the holiday feels from it.
I’m so glad we made the time to visit Switzerland at Christmas. It really was a great way to put us in the holiday spirit. I’d love to hear about your favorite places to go during the festive season. Share them with me in the comments area below!
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