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Sep 2, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Hi guys,

We are planning our Europe trip and are very excited to visit Switzerland for the very first time. We planned to come from the 18th to 23rd of November, then we found out everyone is saying November is the worst time to visit!

1. We were just after the big touristy things like Jungfrau and Matterhorn, plus looking around some small towns like luzern and zermatt. Are the cables to the mountains still open in late november?

2. If it is still worth going during this time, we were thinking 2 nights in Luzern, 2 in Interlaken and 2 in Zermatt. Does that sound reasonable?

3. We will be coming from Munich and planning to go to Venice after. All we can find is ~7 hour train going in and out. Is there a better way to commute from Munich and to Venice?

Thank you so much in advance. Any help will be very much appreciated!



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Sep 3, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Hi Tom,

November is indeed not the best season, but you can sure have a good time. In any season, you'll be dependent on the weather. With nice sunny days November can be very beautiful as well.

1. It is an in-between season, so you'll find more hotels and restaurants closed, and you need to check whether cable cars/cogwheel trains to the mountains are operational. Check for your exact date, you'll find links on our attraction pages, and you can also use the timetable. All town to town trains and buses will be running as normal.

2. If you don't mind things to be a bit quiet it's certainly worth going. And the weather can't be controlled anyway. Two nights per place is doable, but short. With only 1 full day per region it depends on the weather if it's worth it to do a mountain trip.

3. München to Luzern takes about 5 hours. Zermatt to Venezia indeed takes 6.5 to 8.5 hours. Details are in the timetable I referred to. The trains are the best way. It's comfortable, eco-friendly, and you'll see a lot during the trip.

Be sure to look into rail passes to save money on traveling. A Swiss Half Fare Card or 8-day Swiss Travel Pass will most probably be best for your plans.


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