Bernese Oberland 2nd week of May

Bernese Oberland 2nd week of May

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vivi004
vivi004
2 posts
new member
Aug 16, 2012 - 1:18 AM
Hello,
I have never traveled to Switzerland before.
This question is referring to Lucerne, Interlaken, wilderswil, wengen, Lauterbrunnen area.
Can anyone who has traveled to Switzerland in the early weeks of May tell me what the weather is like. I have heard many of the lifts and trails are closed at this time due to maintenance and snow. I would like to see Mt. Rigi and schynige platte, jungfrau etc. Any personal experiences are much appreciated.
Thank you.
kim11
kim11
320 posts
top member
Aug 16, 2012 - 3:53 AM
Early May is not a good time to visit the region. Most of the higher mountain lifts and trains are closed until the end of May. Most of the trails in the mountains are also closed due to snow. You can visit Lucerne, Interlaken,
Wilderswil, and Lauterbrunnen in May as these cities/villages are not in the mountains. But the magic of Switzerland is in the higher Alpine regions so you would be best advised to visit later in the summer (like beginning in July).
Annika
Annika
4351 posts
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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.
vivi004
vivi004
2 posts
new member
Aug 16, 2012 - 8:02 PM
Thank you for the valuable information! I think I may move Switzerland to the last leg of my trip so that I am there at the end of May. Thank you again!
kim11
kim11
320 posts
top member
Aug 16, 2012 - 8:06 PM
Good idea. The high mountain transports usually beginning running again between May 26 and May 28.

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