I‚Äôve always thought of Switzerland as being a lovely place to visit during the winter months with its snow capped mountains and cozy cottages, or during springtime with all the lush green hills, flowers blooming and yodelers high on the Alps decked out in their dirndls and such.¬† But did you know that in autumn time, their fall foliage is fairly comparable to that of New England?
You can drive to Lake Geneva where the rainbow of the trees‚Äô changing colors reflects beautifully off of the water.¬† Then after that, maybe go up to Creux du Van for a hike up to its cliff for panoramic views or to Lake Oeschinesee for a leisurely stroll.¬† There is a small mountain village called Kandersteg that UK Times reporter Vincent Crump describes as a place where there are ‚Äúcuckoo-clock houses, blinding-white peaks and flower ‚Äìpricked meadows full of cowbells and yodeling‚Äù. What a perfect description!¬† Kandersteg is an ideal spot to stay if you are looking for a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the quiet and beauty of your natural surroundings.
Switzerland also has a variety of wine festivals, chestnut and cheese fairs during the autumn months.¬† To name a few, we‚Äôve got the Berne Cheese Festival 10 October 2009, The Grape Harvesting Sunday near Lake Biel 3-4 October 2009, and the Valais Chestnut Festival 17-18 October 2009.
To see what each city, village and meadow has to offer, you should rent a car and do a tour of Switzerland at your own pace.¬† The peak time for the leaves changing colors is middle to late October and with all the beauty this little country has to offer from the mountains and lakes to the valleys and villages, one thing you better not forget to bring along is your camera!¬† There is a photo opportunity at each place you go.