30 fun things to do in November

From chilling out in a spa to cultural highlights and music events to thrilling activities, check out some of our best things to do this November in Switzerland.
Wave Pool Splash & Spa
Wave Pool © Splash & Spa
By Time Out contributors |

Embrace all things autumnal in Switzerland and get stuck into November's offering of cool, crisp things to do. From some of the best places to eat fondue to walks in pretty parks, we've lots of ways to keep you entertained during the upcoming chilly days.

Restaurant Les Mazots, Les Diableret restaurant, Time Out Switzerland
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Restaurants, Swiss

Restaurant Les Mazots • Les Diablerets

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Decked out in an alpine style (wood furniture, red and white curtains and placemats), the main restaurant serves traditionally Swiss dishes drawing on local ingredients, including large salads, fondue, dried meats, Swiss sausage and beef tartar.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Themed trams • Zurich

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Looking for that special ride on a tram? Seasonally changing themed trams like the fondue tram offer some great views of the city while sipping on a glass of wine or stirring in a big pot of tasty cheese.

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Le Barbare • Lausanne

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Get cosy with what is arguably the best hot chocolate in town – pure, thick, melted loveliness and little else, unless you fancy it topped with whipped cream.

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Health and beauty, Spas

Splash & Spa Tamaro • Lugano

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A day trip here is the perfect tonic for grey November days. From five exciting waterslides to splashing into the wave pool or chilling out in the spa section, with four different saunas there is enough here to keep everyone busy, especially the kids in their very own play section.

Zoo Zürich
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Things to do

Zoo Zürich

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Zurich’s zoo has risen to international fame for its 'Masoalahalle': a large dome filled with the wildlife of Madagascar. 

Morcote Route
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Travel, Public transport

Morcote Route

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Discover Lugano's architectural masterpieces and beautiful scenery with this bus ride through Switzerland's Ticino region. Strolling through the picturesque towns of Morcote and Bissone, travellers will zoom past Lake Lugano's Mediterranean landscapes.

Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Neuchâtel © MHNN / Jérôme Mayerat
© MHNN / Jérôme Mayerat
Museums, Natural history

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle • Neuchâtel

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The Natural History Museum in Neuchâtel is stuffed full of stuffed creatures, so you can get up close and personal with some fascinating wildlife displays. It's a great spot for a family day out, with a pleasant indoor-outdoor cafe and gift shop containing some cool kids' toys as well as quirky souvenirs.


Café du Soleil • Geneva

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Like a picture out of a fairy-tale, the majestic house that shelter Café du Soleil welcomes clients from all over the world. Located a few minutes by car from the United Nations headquarters, this homey establishment is known for its’ delicious homemade fondue. 

FIFA World Football Museum
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FIFA World Football Museum • Zurich

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In a move to reduce the unwanted influx of tourists Fifa recieves at their headquaters in Zurich, this museum is dedicated to the triumphs of football and its heroes.

Trift bridge
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Trift Bridge

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A solution born out of the Switzerland’s changing environment, this 170 meter long pedestrian suspension bridge allows intrepid hikers to complete the Trift mountain route without the Trift Glacier serving as a natural crossing. 

Restaurants, Swiss

Wynegg • Zurich

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Located close to Zurich's Botanisher Garten this restaurant is a cozy bolthole that serves mostly Swiss specialties.

Museums, History

Museum of Communication • Bern

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Explore human communication, from gestures and body language to media, telecommunications and the stamp collection, which happens to be one of the largest in the world.

Glacier Express
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Things to do

Glacier Express

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Zooming along the south of Switzerland is an express ride that is as one for the journey as much as the destination, ploughing through 91 tunnels and crossing 291 impressive bridges. So as the mesmerising scenery of Switzerland’s natural wonders, such as Swiss National Park and Matterhorn, pass by, there’s also an option for the on-board catering, with a three-course meal.

Indoor Rope Park
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Things to do

Indoor Rope Park • Davos

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Fancy taking on the challenges of mountain climbing without the risk? Look no further to Europe’s largest indoor rope adventure park with 5 courses to test your climbing skills on. Tackling tricky scenarios like overcoming giant icicles, abseling and the odd zip-lining.

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The Castles of Bellinzona

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Among the most famous monuments of Ticino are the impressive collection of medieval castles at Bellinzona, the capital of the canton, just north of Lugano and has been designated a World Heritage Site.

Focus Terra Zürich
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Things to do

Focus Terra • Zurich

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Run by the ETH's university's geology department, this museum focuses on our planet and its wonders. If you participate in a guided tour you will even be allowed inside the spectacular earthquake simulator!

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
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Museums, Specialist interest

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum • Geneva

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It’s a fascinating and rather humbling experience to visit this museum, which documents the work of the Red Cross. The immense scale of the work involved is drummed home by the museum’s extraordinary collection of six million record cards containing the fate of prisoners of war during World War I.

Les Bains de Lavey
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Things to do

Les Bains de Lavey

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Drawing on the hottest thermal water in Switzerland, its large outdoor pool is equipped with various jacuzzis, massage water spouts, a mushroom fountain and a rather addictive whirlpool that’s fun to drift around in the strong current. 

Museums, Natural history

Aathal Dinosaur Museum

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Aathal's Dinosaur Museum (Saurier Museum) is the largest museum of its kind in Switzerland and features fossils and skeletons from its own excavations across the globe, as well as loads of other models and displays. 

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Sauvabelin • Lausanne

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At the top of Lausanne’s broad sweep from hilltop to lakeside, this forest is a pretty spot for a Sunday stroll or cycle along the leafy trails. Visit in autumn and the turning leaves can be spectacular.

Museums, Transport

Swiss Museum of Transport • Luzern

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With separate sections for transport by track, road, air, water and space travel, there's loads of interactive displays and exhibits for kids of all ages plus a planetarium, 3D cinema and a large cafe/restaurant.

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Sole Uno Wellness Giuseppe Penone • Bern

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The Sole Uno Wellness World offers an array of ways to relax. This large wellness facility includes three types of saltwater pool and an upmarket spa space which is a good choice for a cold winter’s day when the sky is grey and your system needs a pick-me-up.

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Things to do

Inspiring ski-in and ski-out hotels across Switzerland

Make the most of skiing in Switzerland during winter with a ski-in and ski-out hotel. These venues are the ideal getaway for skiers wanting super-easy access to the slopes, because they’re located right by those very slopes – metres away, in some cases, meaning you can spring out of bed and straight on to the piste. Time Out has chosen some of the very best venues from around the country – in association with Switzerland Tourism – which boast even more than superb slopes by your door.

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