Best location for non-skiers in Switzerland in May

Best location for non-skiers in Switzerland in May

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Saiyan18
Saiyan18
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Jan 15, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Hi,

First of all thanks for reading and apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere. I'm looking for the most suitable location to base a group of 6 for 4 nights towards the end of May?

As we do not want to go skiing we're mainly interested in hiking and enjoying the scenery. I've noticed Interlaken mentioned often with many saying it's a tourist trap - is this true?

I've also seen the Bernese Oberland region recommended most so that's where I began my search only to find myself with more choice!

Grateful for any suggestions/thoughts on my predicament.

Thanks in advance,

Sai

Chantal
Chantal
944 posts
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Jan 16, 2018 - 6:57 AM in reply to Saiyan18

Hi Saiyn, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

Interlaken isn't very pretty, but it's located centrally and offers many facilities. For mountain villages like Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen it's low season, but that doesn't mean all facilities are shut down. Grindelwald may be a good alternative. It's smaller than Interlaken, but still has more than enough stores and facilities, and has stunning scenery.

May is not ideal for hiking, at least at high altitudes. Hiking trails don't open up much before mid June. Read here more about the best time to visit Switzerland. Also, use the search box in the upper right corner to find several topics related to your question.

Last modified on Jan 16, 2018 - 6:58 AM by Chantal
Saiyan18
Saiyan18
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Jan 16, 2018 - 7:27 AM in reply to Chantal

Thank you very much for your reply Chantal.

We’re happy just to explore the sights by walking we’re happy not to hike at high altitude. Would it be easier to reach grindelwald from Geneva I presume as opposed to zurich?

thank you!

Chantal
Chantal
944 posts
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Jan 16, 2018 - 10:53 AM in reply to Saiyan18

It's faster from Zurich. The Swiss time table is very useful when planning your trip.

Saiyan18
Saiyan18
3 posts
new member
Jan 16, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Thank you. We have decided to stay in Brienz as we found a good deal for apartment so hope it’s Ok in May.

Thanks once again for all your help without doubt the most informative website for a travel destination i’ve ever used!

Arno
Arno
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Jan 16, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Hi Saiyan,

I stayed in Brienz once in May. It was absolutely wonderful, with amazing views of the lake and snow capped mountains. But of course it also depends on the weather of the day, which can vary a lot throughout the year.

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