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Ashis63g
Ashis63g
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May 20, 2020 - 10:29 AM

sir, i would like to visit switzerland for four days from india alongwith my family of wife and daughter. what is the best time for the visit

pkerr
pkerr
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May 20, 2020 - 12:25 PM in reply to Ashis63g

I went early September and it was beautiful. Perfect weather and the crowds were manageable.

Shroffchetan
Shroffchetan
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May 20, 2020 - 12:34 PM

I am also from India. I visited in May. The reasons were obvious : Kids were having summer vacation. Being Spring I could see snow. Being a shoulder season prices were reasonable. Also weather was pleasant. It was like mild winter in India temperature about 10-15 C in Interlaken and other places except mountain tops

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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May 20, 2020 - 12:49 PM in reply to Ashis63g

Hi Ashis63g -

Welcome to the Forum.

You may find the information in this section of the site to be helpful:

www.myswissalps.com/aboutswitzerland.

Particularly:

www.myswissalps.com/besttimetovisit

My own pattern is to visit in September and late May. All of September usually has the best balance of good weather and reduced tourist density. The high Alps are still nice through most of the month, and tourist facilities in the Alps only begin to close down a bit late in the month or in October.

Late May and early June are quite nice at the lower altitudes, but the higher elevations may still have of snow blocking parts of the trails in April, and part of May, though skiing conditions are not good. So, many facilities in the high Alps take a between seasons break in April and May, and even early June. Parts of trails can be open. Cableways to higher altitudes generally don't eopen for hikers until early to mid-June.

So, I don't go up in the Alps on my Spring visit.

You might take a look at some webcams to get an idea of alpine conditions:

en.swisswebcams.ch/kategorien

en.swisswebcams.ch/suche/ort/jungfraujoch-8469019/

Slowpoke

Slowpoke.

Shroffchetan
Shroffchetan
104 posts
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May 20, 2020 - 1:07 PM

@Slowpoke you are right that most of hiking trails are closed in May. This is my experience and I may be wrong in case of Ashis63g. But most of Indian tourists visit Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch and Mt Titlis which are very popular among Indian tourists. Usually he visits as part of group tour or / and combines his Switzerland trip with Paris / Rome / Innsbruck. Switzerland became dream destination in India due to one legendary Indian filmmaker namely Mr Yash Chopra. An average Indian grows watching his romantic movies and scenic Switzerland. Sorry to go a bit offtrack from the object of this blog, but just wish to give information about profile of an average Indian traveller visiting Switzerland. But I may be wrong in case of Ashis63g

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
7481 posts
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May 20, 2020 - 1:11 PM in reply to Shroffchetan

Thanks-

Good point about May. And, as you point out, different visitors have different interests.

So, best for me may not be best for someone else.

The question

<<"what is the best time for the visit?">>

is easier to answer when you know someone's interests.

Slowpoke

Last modified on May 20, 2020 - 3:18 PM by Slowpoke
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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May 20, 2020 - 2:44 PM in reply to Slowpoke

I should have added these suggestions from the forum rules:

www.myswissalps.com/forum/rules

<<"Please provide enough information. For example: the question "What can I do in 7 days in Interlaken?" can be answered much better if you include some information about your interests, preferences, when you plan to travel, age of the travelers, etc.;">>

It would be helpful to know the child's age.

Slowpoke

Ildiko
Ildiko
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May 20, 2020 - 8:44 PM in reply to Ashis63g

Hi Ashis63g,

right, could you tell us a bit more information? What are your preferences?

I, personally love January and April but also September, October and December.

My experience is that January is usually sunny and cold, a great time for skiing. In April and May I love the flowers (although it rains a bit more in April). September is great because of the weather and in October I love colourful forests. As I am a huge fan of Christmas markets, I like December too.

Oh, I forgot to mention the summer months, when we can bath in Lake Geneva and also go for smaller hikes with my kids. :)

I recommend you browse this www.myswissalps.com/activities. It will help you decide what to do here.

Ildiko

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