Experience the best of winter in Switzerland with the magical experiences the region of Vaud has to offer. Travelers are invited to explore the many spectacular adventures with breathtaking views, from activities in the sky to deep underground. Here are five activities to experience in Vaud this winter:
1. The Bex Salt Mine, Bex
Set aside an afternoon to embark on a journey through a fascinating underground world and catch a glimpse of incredible Swiss history. Located at the foot of the Vaud Alps in Bex, explore the mines’ most spectacular and unusual features, such as the various mining techniques used over the last five centuries, the construction of the first gallery, the spectacular stairways carved out by human hand, halls stretching over 50 kilometers, and much more.
2. The Château-d’Oex International Hot Air Balloon Festival, Château-d’Oex
Whether a family adventure or a night out with friends, the Château-d’Oex International Hot Air Balloon Festival is the place for you. This festival brings the city alive with hundreds of colorful hot air balloons, taking flight for their annual January outing. This nine-day event brings together pilots from over 20 different countries to take advantage of the exceptional winter climate of the Alps. It includes a nighttime show, hot air balloon rides, special shaped balloons, and much more. Visitors can also trace the story of this adventure and how it came to be at the Château-d’Oex hot air balloon museum.
3. GoldenPass Express
A trip to Switzerland is not complete without a ride aboard the GoldenPass Panoramic, and the region is set to welcome the new, upgraded GoldenPass Express. Embark on a scenic journey and take part in an exceptional trip of over three hours from Montreux Riviera to the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps, and soak in the stunning views of the canton of Vaud. Experience high-quality service and comfort along with breath-taking scenery of Interlaken, Gstaad and Montreux.
4. CRYSTAL, Cirque du Soleil, Lausanne
Cirque du Soleil invites you to discover a new, first of its kind, performance as it brings its first on-ice experience, CRYSTAL, to Lausanne, Switzerland. This one-of-a-kind family show combines circus arts and skating to create an impressive production that transports the audience to a new frozen playground where sliding disciplines, acrobatics, and aerial abilities collide.
5. Peak Walk by Tissot, Glacier 3000
Set off on an adventure aboard the Glacier 3000 to the highest peak in the canton of Vaud for an experience you will never forget. The Peak Walk is the world’s only suspension bridge connecting two summits with views of the Les Diablerets glacier and the highest mountains. The 107-meter walk and a 5-meter slope will bring you to the summit of Scex Rouge where you can celebrate your victory with a breathtaking view of mythical mountains like the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and Jungfrau.