We are heading out traveling soon and we are busy selecting our locations. We've been wanting to go to Switzerland for the past couple of years but work has postponed our plans twice. Dave's family roots are Swiss and he's always imagined going....but in the spring or summer. I have always wanted to see Switzerland in all its winter glory. I think those mountain tops would glisten in the snow....although it will prevent us from hiking and we don't want to ski or snowboard. Right now we aren't working so we need to take advantage of traveling -- so we may end up in Switzerland in March.
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?
less asian tourist crowds in famous spots like Zermatt, Grindelwald etc. (which can be awful in summer)
in the valley/town lower costs for accomodation
in march often clear skies and sunny days
when you love snow - the landscape is wonderful at that time of the year
go for cross country skiing or snowshoe hiking or simply rent a pair of ski and go down some awesome slopes
After a day in the snow it is fantastic to enjoy the sauna and end the day with a cheese fondue and a glass of wine!
in ski ressorts still high hotel costs and you must book well ahead if you want to get a nice deal (esp. Grindelwald, Zermatt)
no hiking in the mountains, some nice summer spots might be closed
pack warm clothes and gore jackets
My favorite location in Switzerland is the Bernese Oberland south of Interlaken with the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger standing majestically above all. We stay in Steckelberg at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley or in Wengen on the way up to Kleine Scheidigg. In the summer we love to hike the entire area, especially from Mannlichten to Kleine Scheidigg to Wengen, but in March snow will still cover all the trails...even as late as June! As Nina and Markus suggest, you might try some skiing, which we also did from Kleine Scheidigg to Wengen or Engelberg, both about 8 km runs. Après ski is wonderful! Beware, Switzerland is very expensive. That would be great if you could meet up with Nina and Markus.
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Wes just got back from a long weekend in Switzerland over Martin Luther King Weekend (Jan 14-18). He was with our son. They did some skiing. Flew in to Zurich, train to Zermat (Matterhorn country). They had a great time. Lovely village, nice night life, interesting people - even a Scotsman in his kilt who said he had been hiking (burr he said he wore his kilt in the traditional way - commando). Wes and I were in Lucern in November last year - I hope I blogged about it - lovely town - lovely lake - in sight of snow capped mountains - nice museums (Picasso) - fun outdoor fondue restaurant (the staff brought us heated warmers and bundled us in furry wraps. I think you will love Switzerland no matter what the season. We also did some walking on a Sunday in Basil - shops were closed - interesting historic district.
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Actually if you go in early April you can have a bit of both. The higher elevations should still have some and and Spring will be starting in the lower. I do enjoy both!
Thanks for all the tips! We can't wait.