When to visit Switzerland for Hiking

When to visit Switzerland for Hiking

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Apr 12, 2014 - 9:07 PM
My family and I, 5 adults and 5 children, ages 5-13, will be traveling to Switzerland for the first time next year. We would like to know the best time to visit. We plan to spend time in Berne as well as hike in the Swiss Alps and visit Gimmelwald, Murren and Zermatt. We had thought of traveling in April, but I read on a couple websites that for hiking in the Alps, April is not necessarily a good time for that and that June through September are best. Just want to get more input on this topic. Thanks!
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Apr 14, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Hello Sue601,

Well, you can hike all year round, but indeed there are much more options in Summer. I would say that July, August and September are the best months, as the chance of the higher trails being inaccessible because of snow is very low. In Winter you're limited to the Winter trails that have been cleared from snow. In Spring and Fall there are still lots of options, but mostly in lower altitudes. Trails might be snow covered or muddy in those seasons, so it takes a bit more preparation to pick the best options. Also, Spring and Fall are low-season, which means that some cable cars are closed.

It all depends on your expectations, but for high altitude trails, Summer is best.

I think the pages below may be interesting for you:

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Apr 14, 2014 - 7:53 AM

April, May, and early June are not good times for hiking in the Alps around Bernese Oberland. Most of the high mountain transports will be shut down until at least early to mid-May and the walks (which are the truly stunning ones) accessible from those points are usually not open until mid-June, sometimes later. Most likely nothing at all will be open in Gimmelwald and very little in Mürren or Wengen. Even the lower elevation walks might still be snow-covered and/or muddy in April.

Suggest you plan for late June through mid-September.

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Apr 14, 2014 - 7:54 AM

Good to see we're on the same page here Kim! Thanks for posting!

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Apr 14, 2014 - 8:05 AM in reply to Arno

Hello Arno, looks like we pressed the "Post" button about the same time! Glad we didn't provide conflicting/confusing info :-)

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Apr 14, 2014 - 5:43 PM
Thank you so much Arno and Kim for your comments! My family is getting together this coming weekend so we will have lots to discuss, including a change in the time-frame for our trip. Thanks also, Arno, for the other information links. This is going to be quite an undertaking . . . good thing we're starting early with the planning:)

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