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What to wear in Switzerland in Summer

What to wear in Switzerland in Summer

Do you want to know what to wear in Switzerland in Summer? In this guide, we will tell you EXACTLY what to pack for Switzerland no matter if you are visiting in June, July or August and if you are staying in Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Bern, Zermatt or heading into the Alps this is the guide for you.

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This includes guidance on how to dress for the weather, dress codes as well as Switzerland special events in Summer.

Summer Weather Switzerland

Summer in Switzerland is classified as June, July and August. So what can you expect from the weather in Switzerland in Summer?

How hot is Switzerland in Summer?

Woman taking a selfie in Bern Switzerland in Summer
Switzerland packing list

Switzerland has a moderate climate no matter whether you are visiting cities or Alps during Summer. Generally speaking the average temperatures in Switzerland in Summer range from 18°C / 65°f to 28 °C / 82° F. The higher ground is obviously cooler than the lower ground so having some layers on your Switzerland packing list is always a good idea.

The key to any capsule wardrobe for Switzerland has to be having lots of light layers that can be put on and removed as required.

How rainy is Switzerland in Summer?

Switzerland can be rainy whatever month you are visiting. But the truth is Summer is actually one of the rainiest times to visit Switzerland. Usually, there is around 11 rainy days of rain in each summer month. For this reason it is worth packing a compact travel umbrella and a packaway rain jacket too.

Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.

What to Wear in Switzerland in Summer

Before we get onto the specifics of what to wear in Switzerland in Summer for women and men, we wanted to reiterate that we think it is a great idea to pack a capsule wardrobe. It means you are less likely to lose your luggage when travelling and prevents you from overpacking. For help in packing a capsule wardrobe check out these posts.

Best Shoes for Switzerland in Summer

Two hikers sat on grass in the mountains in Switzerland
Best Shoes for Switzerland

But first we will turn our attention to shoes for Switzerland in Summer. And it is worth noting that the shoes you need for cities such as Bern and Geneva are very different to those you need for hiking in the mountains and in regions around the Materhorn and in Zermatt.

But the first shoe we recommend putting on your packing list is:


Sneakers are absolutely the best shoe for places like Bern and Geneva. These are great for walking around cities and cultural attractions and are comfortable for walking long distances.

My favorite brand of sneakers for walking are Hoka and AllBirds, however you also can’t go wrong with a plain white sneaker as they go with everything. One of my favorite pairs of white sneakers is the Adidas Cloud Foam shoes.

Hiking Boots

If you plan on doing more outdoor activities in Switzerland like hiking around Zermatt and in the Alps then we recommend packing hiking boots. I prefer these over hiking sandals as boots with some waterproofing will cope better if you get rain in Switzerland.

What to Wear in Switzerland in Summer for Women

Couple next to fence in the mountains of Switzerland in Summer
What to wear in Switzerland in Summer (June, July and August)

Waterproof Jacket 

Although you won’t need thick coats in Switzerland in Summer, it is worth having a lightweight packable waterproof jacket as summer is quite rainy in Switzerland.

But if you go with a packable jacket then you will need to layer with fleeces.


Lots of layers are the most important thing for your Switzerland packing list. Hoodies are a good choice, but I also like to pack a lightweight fleeces for hiking as they are really insulating, layer well but also pack away easily and dry quickly if they get wet.

Trousers / Pants

Trousers and pants are a great versatile pick for Switzerland and are way more useful than dresses and skirts especially if you are doing lots of outdoors activities.

Now depending on your Switzerland itinerary I would consider packing the below pants:

  • Convertible Hiking Trousers that can double up as shorts and trousers if you plan on doing hikes
  • Jeans – for in cities and towns
  • Shorts – for hotter months for hiking and cities
  • Athleisure – if you prefer hiking in leggings these can be a good pick.

Skirts and Dresses

These aren’t essential but are nice to have if you plan on going to nicer restaurants for upscale dinners.

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T Shirts 

T Shirts are perfect base layer for Switzerland in June, July or August.

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Loose blouses are perfect for Switzerland. I particularly like them for evenings paired with a waterfall cardigan or blazer or even for hiking.

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There are lots of opportunities for a swim or sauna in Switzerland so I definitely recommend having one piece of swimwear with you.

PJs or Nightie, Underwear and Socks

Goes without saying.

Note: as most of Switzerland does not have air conditioning you will want lightweight nightwear with you.


Be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses with good UVA protection as the sun can be strong in Switzerland.

For more tips on putting together a hiking outfit for summer check out this post.

What to Wear in Switzerland in Summer Packing List for Men

Alongside our regular men’s travel essentials we recommend adding the following items to your men’s packing list for Switzerland in Summer:


Again a lightweight waterproof jacket is perfect for summer visitors so long as you ahve something like a fleece to go underneath.

Pants and Shorts

As with the ladies packing list we recommend packing:

  • convertible walking trousers,
  • shorts and
  • something like chinos or jeans for cities and towns.

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T Shirts and Shirts

T shirts are great for days sightseeing. And on top of t shirts you may also want to pack a button down shirt for use in more upscale restaurants.


A hoodie, jumper and fleece alongside your waterproof are the perfect layers for 7 days in Switzerland.


For same reason as the female packing list.


Goes without saying.

What to pack for Switzerland in Summer (Non Clothing)

Couple stood in Switzerland countrysde in Summer
What to wear in Switzerland in Summer (June, July and August)
  • Crossbody Bag  – unfortunately any tourist site attracts pickpockets and Switzerland is no different. A crossbody bag with lots of zips is the best way to protect your belongings.
  • Backpack – for storing items on your day trips. We also recommend packing a waterproof cover to protect your pack and belongings should you get caught in a downpour
  • Travel adaptor – Switzerland uses traditional European plugs so UK and US visitors will need a universal adaptor to make their electronics work.
  • Power Pack / battery packs
  • Sun screen
  • Hiking Poles (Optional) – if you plan on doing any serious hiking. We recommend having a foldaway pair as they are much easier to pack.
  • Compact Umbrella  – important for any month you visit Switzerland.
  • Camera
  • Reusable Water bottle – again, important if you plan on hiking.
  • Mosquito Spray – if you are buy lakes and still water this is absolutely an essential.
  • Sleeping Mask – in the land of the midnight sun a sleeping mask is an essential throughout summer.
  • Travel First Aid Kit – especially important if you plan on doing lots of hiking.
  • Blister plasters
  • Toiletries – for our essential toiletries packing list click here. However toiletries should be easy to buy in Switzerland if you want to buy them on arrival. However Switzerland is generally an expensive place to shop so it may save you money to bring them with you.
  • Binoculars – the Fjords are beautiful be sure to have some binoculars with you to fully appreciate them.

FAQs About Switzerland in Summer

What should I pack for hiking in Switzerland?

The Alps should be on anyone’s Switzerland bucket list. The above packing list should work for hiking in Switzerland but the most important things to remember are:

  • waterproof jackets
  • layers
  • hiking boots and hiking socks
  • walking trousers

Can you wear jeans in Switzerland?

You can absolutely wear jeans in Switzerland in Summer. However I advise against wearing them on hikes as they are uncomfortable to wear on long hikes.

Have you been to Switzerland in Summer? What did you wear? We would love you to tell us in the comments below