Oct 26, 2011 - 8:11 AM
Hi R, and welcome to the forum! You're right: weather is unpredictable, especially in the Swiss mountains, so there are no guarantees whatsoever. The best month for your trip ultimately depends on your wishes. May is beautiful in terms of nature; there aren't many tourists yet and you'll find more snow on the mountain tops than in June and July. But hiking trails at higher altitudes may still be closed (this can be the case in June too, depending on the weather). Several mountain trains and cable cars won't be running yet either. So if you want to have access to all mountain transportation and as many hiking trails as possbible, July might be better. May can bring great spring weather, although temperatures in June and July will be higher. The climate maps at MeteoSchweiz
may help you out here.
There are lots of bad weather alternatives, such as museums throughout the country. Entrance in many of them is for free if you have a Swiss Pass
, which might be convenient for the Swiss part of your trip anyway. Swiss rail traveling is an attraction in itself, even if weather isn't that good. There are gorges (such as the Aareschlucht
), caves (Beatus caves
), waterfalls (Rhine falls, Reichenbach falls
, Trümmelbach falls
) and quite some castles too.
I hope this gets you started!
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