Hi Peters Family-
<<"I was hoping to go to Schilthorn and just do a little hiking/sightseeing around that area. Murren looks so beautiful so I really just wanted to absorb the beauty of it all! We could possibly do a boat ride in Interlaken.
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How much time do you expect to have on the day after you arrive?
May 10 (that is, 10.5.2018) is the beginning of the Summer schedule for the lake boats. More trips than in other seasons.
One of the forum regulars, Alpenrose, has posted a list of when the various mountain transport services start in late May. I had it bookmarked, but the bookmark doesn't link now. Maybe someone else will rescue me with a link.
Just for example, the cableway from Wengen up to Männlichen will not run during that week, but will run on Saturday the 26th and steadily thereafter.
Many but not all hotels in the region close in mid-to late April and reopen in June.
Since you have only a day or so in the region, make sure that you use the timetable to check your dates for a particular service before you plan on it.
www.swissholidayco.com /Public/Assets/User/fi les/Map-of-Jungfrauregion1.jpg
Schilthorn is closed now, but will be open when you are there:
Late May is still winter at higher altitudes. My favorite easy trail, from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg (2230 to 2064 meters altitude) rarely opens before June 15th, and may be even later this year because there was a lot of snow.
I have attached a few photos from up there to help you think about coming back in a warmer season. ;-)
Also, a couple from Wengen to show the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
The floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley will be pretty much free of snow, at about 800 meters. There is a nice easy walk between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg, with a bus in parallel, that can be part of the trip from Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn. Or, you can ride down from Mürren to walk along it.
The trail from Grütschalp to Mürren at approximately 1500 to 1650 meters will almost certainly be open.
I prefer to walk it in that direction, even though it is modestly uphill, because you are looking toward the Jungfrau Massif. If the restaurant at Winteregg, partway along that route, with a train stop, is open, the terrace has great views.
It may be difficult to fit in a boat ride and also spend time in the alpine villages. If you really want to do the boat ride, spend some time with the schedule that I linked above, plus the timetable.
Luzern is at a much lower altitude....roughly 400 -450 meters, and Spring will ave begun there in early May. Barring rainy weather, the climate at that time of year should be quite pleasant. However -
To trade off the experience in the Jungfrau region vs the Golden Pass is trading off being in the high Alps, surrounded by famous mountains, where Winter still hangs on at the higher portions of the region, for a train ride with quite bit of nice alpine scenery, plus, the best part, the ride from Montreux up to roughly Montbovon which climbs on switchbacks through the vineyards overlooking the lake. Really beautiful.. Along the rest of the route, you'll be seeing some nice mountain scenery, but you won't be inside it in the outdoors, as you will be at Mürren.And, no matter which way you come from Geneva, the train routes merge at Spiez and go on to Interlaken Ost,thence to Lauterbrunnen and up to Mürren.
That assumes that it is not cloudy and foggy at Mürren. Keep an eye on the weather.
If the Jungfrau region is socked in, it is not as much fun to be there. The whole valley was fog and clouds when I was there on June 15-16 , 2015. It happens.
Although, Schilthorn and the Jungfrau both can rise above a cloud deck. The weather can come in layers.
Hope the weather matches your schedule.