Susten Pass passable in May?

Susten Pass passable in May?

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kokoru
kokoru
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Jan 26, 2014 - 7:10 PM
Hi!

We are wondering if the Susten Pass is open in middle of May? We would like to drive from Lucerne to Altdorf, then go south toward Wassen, go through Susten Pass to Meiringin and then to Brienz. We know we can take the easier route via Brunig Pass, but we heard the Susten Pass offers the best scenery. We are in the area on May 20-25. Is there an English website that can tell us if the mountain passes are open or closed?

By the way, which one do you recommend for us to visit: Mt. Rigi, Mt. Titlis or Mt. Pilatus?

Thank you for your help!
Annika
Annika
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Jan 27, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Hello kokoru! May is generally too early for the Susten pass to be open. The exact opening date depends on seasonal and current weather conditions and thus varies each year. Reliable up to date information can best be checked at the TCS website. It's not in English, but if you click 'Pässe' under 'Kategorie' information on the pass roads will be displayed. Zoom in on the map towards Meiringen/Andermatt and check the icon for the Susten pass. And don't worry, the Brünig pass is a good alternative.

Rigi, Titlis and Pilatus are all very different. I assume you're staying in Lucerne? In that case you may want to consider that Pilatus is very close; Rigi requires more traveling time but can very well be combined with a beautiful boat trip over Lake Lucerne; Titlis requires a trip by cog train to Engelberg first. Both Pilatus and Rigi allow for a roundabout trip with different routes up and down. Please check details in the timetable. You'll be closest to the snow peaks at the Titlis. Pilatus and Rigi on the other hand offer stunning, wide panoramas if skies are clear.
kokoru
kokoru
4 posts
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Jan 27, 2014 - 4:27 PM
Thanks for the response.

We will be based in Brienz, but will spend one night in Luzern. We will be taking a day trip from Brienz to Bern to Montreux and back to Brienz. Are there many beautiful scenery spots along the way from Montreux to Brienz? We do not mind driving on the country sides. Thanks.
Annika
Annika
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Jan 29, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Hi kokoru. Sections of the route you propose are very pretty, e.g. the first leg along lakes Brienz and Thun, and the last section towards Montreux. An even more scenic route would be the one roughly following the tracks of the Golden Pass: via Gstaad, Zweisimmen and Spiez. This could be an option for your way back from Montreux to Brienz. Please note that you will have long traveling times for one day trip only, especially if you want to spend some time in Bern. More information on traveling by car can be found here.

Last modified on Jun 13, 2014 - 3:31 PM by Arno
Annika
Annika
4415 posts
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Jun 8, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Hi kokoru,

I wondered if you enjoyed your trip? How did you like Brienz, and the Susten Pass? If you want, you can post a trip report here, that would be great. You're still in time to win a hotel gift card. I hope you had a great time in the Swiss Alps!

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