Apr 22, 2013 - 10:25 AM
I am seeking advice for friends this time! They will be in Interlaken during the second half of May and wish to see spring flowers (they are recently retired and have previously only visited Switzerland during high season of school holidays). The earliest visits we have made ourselves were a couple of times in early and then mid-June and the first time we did that there was still snow up on Brienzer Rothorn with only a few flowers poking their heads through the snow! In later June we did the walk from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and were lucky enough to see quite a lot of different spring flowers on that walk. We also went up to Retterli (I think from Schonried?) where we saw drifts of tiny crocuses, gentians and primroses etc. I am a bit worried on their behalf that in May there may not be much to see. When does the Schynigge Platte railway open for the summer season? As it is further south I wondered if the Alpine Garden at Rochers-de-Naye above Montreux might be a better bet? We ourselves usually visit in July/August so don't know much about conditions at other times of year so would be grateful if anyone can help us to help them!
PS We are busy researching and planning for this year's trip - a whole month this year mid-July to mid-August, apartment accommodation booked in Thun, flights booked and paid for and Swiss Saver Pass ordered! Despite this being our 14th visit I have found out about a long list of places we haven't been to yet - no danger one could ever get bored when visiting Switzerland, is there?