Lush green valleys in Switzerland in March?

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dinetrsp
dinetrsp
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Mar 2, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Hello,

We have planned to visit Switzerland in March (24th to 30th). When we booked we had thought that we would be able to see beautiful green valleys as well as snowy mountains. However, after reading many posts and threads about Switzerland, it seems like we would only get to see snow. Is there any slight possibility of seeing green valleys in any area of Switzerland?

Some recommendations would be highly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance,

Dii

Lucas
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Mar 2, 2018 - 9:56 AM in reply to dinetrsp

Hi Dii and welcome to MySwissAlps!

What time in March are you coming? The later the better certainly. :) You can still get green valleys in March for sure - are you heading to the Italian region at all? Ticino? You'll have much better luck there with warmer weather and hence less snow at lower elevations.

Either way there could be a lot of or no snow in March in some areas - it may still be cold but there may not be snow on the ground....so green valleys but maybe not lush ;)

Last modified on Mar 2, 2018 - 9:56 AM by Lucas
dinetrsp
dinetrsp
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Mar 2, 2018 - 1:05 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Many thanks for the quick reply. We will be in Switzerland from March 24th to 30th. We would like to see snow mountains, green valleys with cows mostly. Any areas you would recommend?

Also, which train line would you suggest for us to see beautiful scenaries?

looking forward to your reply.

Dii

Lucas
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Mar 2, 2018 - 1:33 PM in reply to dinetrsp

Yeah I think it is too early for green pastures and grazing cows unfortunately.

I don't know what your itinerary is but Ticino is your best bet. Also the Poschiavo valley could be an idea. It is along the Bernina Express line which is a scenic panoramic train between Chur and Tirano (in Italy).

dinetrsp
dinetrsp
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Mar 2, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Many thanks Lucas :) We are planning to land in Zurich first and then go to Chur to get the Bernina Express on our 2nd day. Just wondering what is the best way to get to Ticino after taking Bernina Express?

Also, is Ticino a town or an area? If it’s an area, what would be the best place to stay?

Lucas
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Mar 2, 2018 - 4:33 PM in reply to dinetrsp

Yes, Ticino is a region (Canton) of Switzerland). The main towns are Lugano, Bellinzona and Locarno.

https://www.ticino.ch/

rockoyster
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Mar 3, 2018 - 8:51 AM in reply to dinetrsp

In March the Bernina Express Bus runs from Tirano to Lugano on Thursday to Sunday.

Ticino may be greener but I would say Lugano is somewhere you want to go in the warmer months.

dinetrsp
dinetrsp
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Mar 3, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Thanks Lucas & rockoyster for your helpful tips.

Rockoyster, what would you suggest as a place to see green valleys in the end of March?

rockoyster
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Mar 3, 2018 - 8:51 PM in reply to dinetrsp

Well I agree the places Lucas suggests are your best bet. If your primary goal is to see green valleys then head South.

The Centovalli between Locarno and Domodossola certainly has many valleys and pastures but how green they will be at the end of March I can’t say.

That route combined with the Bernina Express would give you a wide circle of Switzerland and give you the best chance to see what you are after plus the snow-covered Alps which attract most people.

Where are you arriving/departing Switzerland?

Slowpoke
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Mar 3, 2018 - 9:05 PM in reply to rockoyster

Here is part of the answer:

<<"Many thanks Lucas :) We are planning to land in Zurich first and then go to Chur to get the Bernina Express on our 2nd day.

Slowpoke

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