Bernese Oberland/Jungfraujoch while snowing?

Bernese Oberland/Jungfraujoch while snowing?

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susanl
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Dec 23, 2017 - 4:42 PM

We depart for Zurich and Lucerne tomorrow (24 December). We hope to spend a day in the Bernese Oberland midweek. The current forecast is snow Tuesday, Wednesday and Thiursday, getting progressively colder. We are a couple in our late 60's, mobile and healthy who enjoy walking but not committed hikers. With the snow, I am assuming that going all the way up to Jugenfraujoch may not be enjoyable, as there won't be much visibility. What alternatives would you recommend? Should we plan to visit a village or 2 and if so which wouod you recommend? Or should we plan on visiting the Bernese Oberland some other trip? Thanks for any advice. Happy Holiday everyone!

Lucas
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Dec 23, 2017 - 5:05 PM in reply to susanl

Hi susanl,

Its tough to say about visibility, check the webcams before you head up to see if it is indeed cloudy at the top or just in the valley below. https://www.jungfrau.c h/live/webcams/

If it doesn't look good to you at the top, look at Wengen and Lauterbrunnen in the valley or perhaps further in Thun. There is a fair bit to do around Lucerne, so staying in the area is also an option, depending on how long you plan to be there.

susanl
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Dec 23, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Thanks, Lucas. We will be in Lucerne several daysand I'm sure we will find fun things to do there. I thought I'd plan our Obernese Alps trip for a time before the snow gets too heavy and before it reaches its coldest point. I will check out the villages andplan to send a day in the vallies, as I'm assuming snow in the Alps does not slow down the Swiss!

fredch
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Dec 23, 2017 - 11:53 PM in reply to susanl

In Luzern on a shoddy day for mountains, please consider a trip to the Swiss Museum of Transport. You can spend a full day in comfort and English among some fascinating exhibits, planetarium, and movies, have lunch, and not have to mortgage the house.

swiss transport museum luzern

susanl
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Dec 24, 2017 - 12:13 AM in reply to fredch

Thank you for the interesting suggestion. We will check it out.

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Dec 24, 2017 - 3:02 AM in reply to susanl

>> We hope to spend a day in the Bernese Oberland midweek. The current forecast is snow Tuesday, Wednesday and Thiursday, getting progressively colder. We are a couple in our late 60's, mobile and healthy who enjoy walking but not committed hikers.

If you come from somewhere where you don't experience snow in winter, walking around the villages of the Jungfrau Region could be a fun and charming experience, as long as you are suitably dressed.

I have been in Mürren in such conditions, and while fog prevented any views of the mountains, the village atmosphere was wonderful in my opinion, and I enjoyed the experience immensely. I have attached some photos.

>> With the snow, I am assuming that going all the way up to Jugenfraujoch may not be enjoyable, as there won't be much visibility. What alternatives would you recommend?

Going up to the Jungfraujoch in snowy weather is still quite an experience if you are not used to that. However, it is hard to justify the expense. You could just go as far as Kleine Scheidegg. If the fog is quite dense, then it wouldn't be worth it, but if the fog still permits some views, and it is a bit on the wild side, with snow blowing about, it can be quite a thrill.

>> Should we plan to visit a village or 2 and if so which wouod you recommend?

I would recommend Wengen and/or Mürren. You may not get any views, but the villages are so charming and look beautiful under snow. Lauterbrunnen is less charming when the views are obscured by fog.

>> Or should we plan on visiting the Bernese Oberland some other trip?

Yes, come back some time in early autumn, for a completely different experience. But if this will be your only winter experience in the Berner Oberland, I would say go for it! You can still have a wonderful experience. However, if you come from somewhere where you get snow in the winter, such an experience may not have the same charm for you!

Alpenrose

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susanl
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Dec 24, 2017 - 3:17 AM

AlpenRose66, Many thanks! This is most helpful and encouraging (especially for my husband who is dubious about this part of our excursion).

maggiehorswell
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Dec 24, 2017 - 10:25 PM in reply to Removed user

What beautiful photos Alpenrose! What time of year were they taken?

Maggie

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Dec 25, 2017 - 11:50 PM in reply to maggiehorswell

Thanks Maggie! Those photos were taken on 2 January 2012. The snow was falling steadily for most of the day, and (as you can see) they had already had substantial falls of snow that Christmas. I love Switzerland in the snow!

Alpenrose

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