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What to do with visitors in the autumn?

I have some London friends coming to visit me in Zurich in late October, and to be honest, I'm at a loss for what I should do with them.

Summer is easy — you can jump in the sparklingly-clean river, bike around the lake, etc. And in winter, there are snow-capped Alpine peaks, fondue trams, and Christmas markets.

But I find that October is sort of an awkward in-between. Any ideas? How would you show off Switzerland in the autumn?
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Lots of train journeys: St Gallen and Thurgau are lovely in autumn.

Food: Wildsaison and dismantled pig!

Amble up the Linth in Glarnerland.

If there are kids with you, go to a pumpkin farm (Jucker near Rapperswil is great!)

And there are still boat rides on the lakes, hot chocolate, city strolls, roast chestnuts, rösti and raclette.

Autumn in Switzerland is magic!
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Lovely lakes with autumn colours, mountains with autumn colours, just do the same (maybe apart from jumping into the lake). Hiking tours, fondue is already available and if it is colder in the evening, what stops you from eating that?
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Go for the scenery, yellow larches in Graubunden are always amazing. Then spend a lot of time eating autumn food like game meat (perfect season), chestnuts, cheese and wine.
Try looking for autumn fairs, Basel herbstmesse kicks off on the 27th of October for example.
By the way it's not so cold that you cannot use the bike around the lake on a beautiful day.
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

1. go and see one of the cow mountain decent. there is are many happening at the moment
https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...he-cattle.html


2. Last year I went to Klontalersee. driving distance from ZH and very nice/
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Lovely lakes with autumn colours, mountains with autumn colours, just do the same (maybe apart from jumping into the lake). Hiking tours, fondue is already available and if it is colder in the evening, what stops you from eating that?
In short: just go out, OP! Wherever you go, there's something beautiful to see here. :-)

All the visitors I ever had were simply humbled by the beauty of this country.
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Depending on your budget, have a spa day somewhere. You can get a day / half day pass and you can either just lounge around and drift from pool to pool or you can book a massage or some other treatment.

Or if you've got kids with you, go to Alpamare/Saentispark. It's no longer school holidays so it should be fairly quiet mid-week.
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

All the hikes will be beautiful in autumn.
Creux du Van, Aletsch... you name it!
You're spoilt for choice here in CH Given the weather complies.
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Autumn is wine touring season around here. Most of the caves are open with lots to see and do, and drink...
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

It is a difficult season to entertain yourself, especially if you like activities. 'Activities' as in, you are an active participant, rather than just an observer /i.e. wandering about museums, art galleries, concerts, walking around old town/. But that's just my thought on the definition of 'to do' and 'activities'.

Google local tourist websites, try to book thinks, like, making your own swiss watch (not really, but you get to personalise it and put your name on it/, blacksmithing experience /a bit wine, fondue after you and your guests make your own bit of metal something.../, chocolate making afternoon or possibly a visit to swiss brewery....
I have just looked what's on offer in my canton, here are few links to get you going:
https://m.zug-tourismus.ch/en/group-...ts/curling-fun
https://m.zug-tourismus.ch/en/group-...-art-design-en

Mind you, awfully costly, but beats walking around the lake with a selfy stick.
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It is a difficult season to entertain yourself, especially if you like activities.
No idea what you're talking about.
Unless it's pouring rain, there are the exact same things to do as in summer, except for perhaps swimming in lakes/rivers (unless you enjoy bit colder waters).
Hiking, cycling, climbing, kayaking/rafting - endless possibilities.

October comes in less than a week, and I expect to go into nature on the weekends until at least end of it for sure.

You guys speak about it like it's end of the world if the temperature drops by 10-15 degrees
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

No idea either - October is one of the most, probable THE most glorious month in Switzerland - certainly my favourite. Colours are fabulous for hikes and cycling- vineyards, woods and larches. Great time to visit spas all over the Valais for instance too. Fabulous for keen photographers as everything is crisp and clear, without the haze of Summer.

I take mine foraging for wild mushrooms and foods too, make sloe wine, etc.
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Shoot them ?
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

Now that I've done a bit of research, in addition to the ideas above I can offer the following suggestions:

1) Follow the Igeljagd of Wangen. This is a wonderful event which takes place in the middle of October on the Linth Plain near Wangen. All the children of the surrounding villages gather sticks and golf clubs and cover themselves with a coat of fallen leaves in order to disguise themselves as they purge the countryside of hedgehogs. It's quite a bloody affair, but very quaint and traditional in its way. Bring wellington boots.

2) Eat pickled mouse at the Dorffest of Pilzbecher. This is a rare delicacy, eaten only in the tiny hamlet of Pilzbecher at the annual festival to celebrate the descent of the cattle from the nearby Schleimalp. Devoured whole, these creatures have a pungent, musky flavour. They are best eaten with a side serving of apple mousse and chestnuts.

3) Take the underwater zipline from Quinten to Walenstadt. It's nice this time of year as the water of the Walensee is relatively warm and the freshwater whale calves (after whom the lake is named) are mature enough that their mothers are a little less aggressive. It is still advisable to wear tough motorcycle leathers all the same. You can dry out at the Popel Bar afterwards.

4) Drink wasp schnapps with the Old Man of Mollis. This one is pretty self explanatory. I presume you have an epi-pen?

5) Try leaf skiing down the slopes of Rigi. This is the perfect time of year to slide down the side of a mountain on a bed of dried leaves. Broken limbs are sure to follow, but think of the thrills and the views on the way down! Don't forget to stop before you get to the lake.

6) Enjoy a "duvet day" with your friends. This can be a very enjoyable autumnal activity in Switzerland. You will need a duvet, some box sets of DVDs (or, if you are an ultra-modern kind of type, a "Netsflicks" machine), and pizza. Try not to disturb the neighbours with your shrieks of delight.

If I think of any more ideas, I'll be sure to share them.

Have fun!
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No idea what you're talking about.
Unless it's pouring rain, there are the exact same things to do as in summer, except for perhaps swimming in lakes/rivers (unless you enjoy bit colder waters).
Hiking, cycling, climbing, kayaking/rafting - endless possibilities.

October comes in less than a week, and I expect to go into nature on the weekends until at least end of it for sure.

You guys speak about it like it's end of the world if the temperature drops by 10-15 degrees
You are right, I have underestimated autumn.
however, they can do running, walking, cycling in London/UK. I suggested creative activites that involve taking something you made yourself with you. In addition to all the ourdoor things listed above.
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You guys speak about it like it's end of the world if the temperature drops by 10-15 degrees
This is exactly how it feels for me. Or the end of my life in the cold world.
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however, they can do running, walking, cycling in London/UK.
it's slightly prettier to do those here
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Now that I've done a bit of research, in addition to the ideas above I can offer the following suggestions:

1) Follow the Igeljagd of Wangen. This is a wonderful event which takes place in the middle of October on the Linth Plain near Wangen. All the children of the surrounding villages gather sticks and golf clubs and cover themselves with a coat of fallen leaves in order to disguise themselves as they purge the countryside of hedgehogs. It's quite a bloody affair, but very quaint and traditional in its way. Bring wellington boots.

2) Eat pickled mouse at the Dorffest of Pilzbecher. This is a rare delicacy, eaten only in the tiny hamlet of Pilzbecher at the annual festival to celebrate the descent of the cattle from the nearby Schleimalp. Devoured whole, these creatures have a pungent, musky flavour. They are best eaten with a side serving of apple mousse and chestnuts.

3) Take the underwater zipline from Quinten to Walenstadt. It's nice this time of year as the water of the Walensee is relatively warm and the freshwater whale calves (after whom the lake is named) are mature enough that their mothers are a little less aggressive. It is still advisable to wear tough motorcycle leathers all the same. You can dry out at the Popel Bar afterwards.

4) Drink wasp schnapps with the Old Man of Mollis. This one is pretty self explanatory. I presume you have an epi-pen?

5) Try leaf skiing down the slopes of Rigi. This is the perfect time of year to slide down the side of a mountain on a bed of dried leaves. Broken limbs are sure to follow, but think of the thrills and the views on the way down! Don't forget to stop before you get to the lake.

6) Enjoy a "duvet day" with your friends. This can be a very enjoyable autumnal activity in Switzerland. You will need a duvet, some box sets of DVDs (or, if you are an ultra-modern kind of type, a "Netsflicks" machine), and pizza. Try not to disturb the neighbours with your shrieks of delight.

If I think of any more ideas, I'll be sure to share them.

Have fun!

We can see you're busy today, what's the problem, rain in Glarus ?
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We can see you're busy today, what's the problem, rain in Glarus ?
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Re: What to do with visitors in the autumn?

If you decide to come down around our lake, there is a special offer at the moment for entries to the Charlie Chaplin museum close to Vevey.

Here is the link:

https://www.buyclub.ch/geneva/deals/...18/?aff_id=100
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