Aug 16, 2012 - 5:27 AM
Hi viv004! Yes, many mountain lifts are still closed down. You will be able to visit Rigi, Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, Pilatus, Titlis and Schilthorn though. To complicate things: I personally like Switzerland a lot in May. I have to confess that I've been lucky with great weather conditions several times, so that helped to create wonderful experiences. I especially like the snow, the blossoming spring nature and the peace and quiet; the tourism regions you describe are more crowded in July and August. But it's a matter of personal preference. If you want to be able to hike up in the mountains (which is often not possible in May), visit all viewing points, have the best chances of good weather and warmth and, as a summary, have the all-round alpine experience, you should indeed plan your trip in July, August or September.