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10 Days in May: Switzerland Itinerary Help

10 Days in May: Switzerland Itinerary Help

Dec 22nd, 2017, 08:42 AM
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Dec 22nd, 2017, 08:56 AM
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I used Paragliding Jungfrau for a tandem jump in 2008/09 and it was fun - in retrospect. I was terrified at the time; still it was an amazing experience. We jumped from a base in Murren although they have jump sites all over the area, including near the Schilthorn peak.

Switzerland in mid-late May is awesome! Less crowded, fresh fragrant flowers, fine weather, and plenty of hiking trails are open. Many of the higher elevation trails are closed but I seldom do those.

Wengen and Murren are great and you won't go wrong. But 20-somethings should go stay at the Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald. It's populated with friendly, easy-going people. You'll instantly find people to do hikes with and at night you'll likely be treated to local Swiss playing trad music in the common area. Oh, and at 45 francs/nigh it's cheap! https://www.mountainhostel.com
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Dec 22nd, 2017, 10:15 AM
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Stayed in that Mountain Hostel long ago and was rustic and great but one night in this sleepy hamlet was enough - there is a proper Hotel right next door - good place to eat meals.
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Dec 22nd, 2017, 12:56 PM
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You can take cable cars Murren-Gimmelwald but it is a nice few-mile downhill walk too on paved paths near the cliff's edge. Good to see Gimmelwald anyway - cable cars from it plunge down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley at Stechelberg with post buses to Lauterbrunnen or an easy few-mile flat walk.
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Dec 23rd, 2017, 07:24 AM
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Very good advice, but the OP didn't come back since a full week.
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Dec 23rd, 2017, 08:25 AM
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Should the OP ever return, I can recommend getting hold of a book about walking Switzerland, preferably one by my old friend Kev Reynolds who has written several about walking in the Alps:

https://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/i...ue/switzerland
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Dec 23rd, 2017, 08:46 AM
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We've visited Switzerland several times in April and May and have had no problems finding open hiking trails. In fact, we're currently in Ilanz specifically for hiking (albeit the winter variety). We spent 10 days in Kandersteg and Ilanz this past May, early June and hiked our tails off - the start of our trip coincided with a heat wave, which made our hiking much more summer-like than we'd have liked.

Granted, we're not 20 something mountain climbers, but truly, there is no shortage of walking opportunities in Switzerland at any time of year.

The bigger issue is potential closures - you didn't say when in May - some hotels close for a rest period post Easter until early June, but I know of at least one year round hotel in Murren, and I'm sure you can find accommodation elsewhere if you do a bit of research.

As far as keeping costs down - look for an apartment - you can find some pretty good deals in the off season (we usually pay 60-80 CHF for an apartment in the low season). Food is expensive, but you can save money by self-catering breakfast and dinner, and packing picnic lunches. Bakeries are also a good option.
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Dec 24th, 2017, 07:01 PM
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Hi, I think I made a mistake on the train time from Wengen to Zurich, I think I said 1 hour in a post above, I think it was more like 3 hrs, had to change trains several times, but not too hard. Sue Trust Swiss Rail, not me on times.
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Dec 25th, 2017, 02:27 AM
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for the best up to date info in real time on swiss [and other trains come to that, and swiss buses and boats] download the SBB app - it has a wonderful touch screen function and tells you which platform you need, as well as having a map of where you are.
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Dec 25th, 2017, 05:59 AM
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www.bahn.de/en is an easy schedule site to use for quick reference.
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Dec 25th, 2017, 07:49 AM
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Wengen to Zurich, I think I said 1 hour in a post above, I think it was more like 3 hrs, had to change trains several times, but not too hard>

Zurich to Interlaken-Ost -may have to change in Bern
Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen
change for Wengen - all changes very easy.
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Dec 25th, 2017, 10:19 AM
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somanyquestions - still there? Or here?
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