Expert advice needed - Lake Geneva in November

Expert advice needed - Lake Geneva in November

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DIDI27
DIDI27
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Apr 6, 2017 - 5:36 PM

hello

I visit Switzerland on 12-16 november

I plan to visit around Lake Geneva, but I have not yet decided where

Most activities are closed during this period

Please help me decide where to go given the weather; cable Cars that are still open and other attractions

thank you

Annika
Annika
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Apr 7, 2017 - 6:45 AM in reply to DIDI27

Hi DIDI27,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! You're right, November is low season and quite some cable cars and mountain trains will be shut down for maintenance. I'd advise to pick the eastern part of Lake Geneva, near Montreux. You'll find some very nice towns over there, and you're closer to the mountains than in/near Geneva. Day trips to Geneva are still possible. You'll also be able to make scenic train rides, e.g. into the Rhone valley or using the Golden Pass line up north. The Rochers-de-Naye train is available all year round. Further tips for this region can be found here.

DIDI27
DIDI27
2 posts
new member
Apr 7, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Hi Annka

thank you for your advice!

i plan to rent a car- do you have tips for driving in this season?

my problem is to find attractions like glacier 3000 that open in this season

I'm not interested in reustaurants and want to enjoy amazing sights from top of mountains and interesting activities like Site "Mines de Sel de Bex"

please help me to find some

thank you!!!

Arno
Arno
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Apr 7, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Hi DIDI27,

You'll find driving tips on our car page. You really don't need a car unless you have very specific remote locations in mind you'd like to visit. Driving in November should not be an issue, but there's always a risk of Winter starting early. The highest pass roads will be closed but that won't be a problem in that area.

A lot is closed for the season or for maintenance in November. So for cable cars and mountains trains it's wise to check the timetable. Apart from the options Annika mentioned, city walks in Geneva and Lausanne can be nice if you're interested in history and architecture. Also Chillon Castle near Montreux is worth a visit. Glacier 3000 should be accessible. If you don't a long day trip you could visit Gornergrat. This is best done by train, e.g. from Montreux.

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