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Switzerland for people who like to be warm?

Switzerland for people who like to be warm?

Apr 22nd, 2013, 04:33 AM
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" Lausanne area is apparently the warmest area of Switzerland (Palm Trees"
I'm sorry, Isabel, but here you may be wrong. The warmest (and driest) places of Switzerland are
Sion, Sierre, Leuk, Locarno/Lake Maggiore, Lugano,
follolowed by Montreux (close to Lausanne), however.
In the far north of Switzerland, Basle is the warmest and driest town (but not as dry and warm as the places mentioned above).
Lucerne, Interlaken etc. are among the colder and wetter one's.
St. Gallen and Appenzell are cold and rainy almost all the year round.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 11:06 AM
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Thank you again for all of the detailed information. I'm learning more about Switzerland, and after showing DH some of those links, he's definitely on board for the trip! We're pretty sure that we want to spend one week in France, and the rest of the time in Switzerland.

Isabel, I'm hoping we can fit some time in Provence along with Paris. DH really wants to visit Paris with the boys. However, when we were in Paris in 2011, it was quite chilly in July, so I'm going to try some of the suggestions above for ways to work in Provence as well.

Neckervd, I really appreciate all of your generous help, and especially your honest opinion of Jungfrauroch. We like to immerse ourselves in the local culture, and even though my French is not completely fluent (and my Italian is less so), so much of the fun of traveling is trying to communicate in the local language. We don't mind being around other travelers, but try to avoid huge busloads of tour groups.

Honestly, we're not that interested in a physically demanding trip. We're more of the stroll, sightsee, stop and have coffee type (along with shopping at local boutiques, of course!) What draws us to Switzerland is the beauty of the scenery, the architecture and the culture. I'll look at all of the information you've given and probably post back with more questions.

Thanks again to everyone for all of your great tips.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 05:23 PM
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cybertraveler - I have a different opinion about the Jungfraujoch, perhaps because being anywhere that we can be in the snow is such a treat for us. We thought the train trip up was fun and the time spent up there was delightful. The boys would probably enjoy navigating the ice caves, and I believe there is some sort of place for children to play. We saw people walking out across the ice to another area but we didn't feel sure-footed enough to do that. You do need to weigh the expense compared to other adventures you might have.

As far as getting to the mountain tops, I never felt that I was taking my life in my hands. In fact, the steep cogwheel trains, the funiculars, the gondolas, etc. were all fun and thrilling.

We visited Paris in the summer many years ago and it was quite warm, so perhaps you will find it warmer if you visit it again.
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Apr 24th, 2013, 01:15 AM
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Chris: you can find snow and ice almost everywhere in the Alps of Switzerland. The Furka ice cave is close to the road, for example. The Diavolezza Glacier is a short cableway ride from Bernina Diavolezza railway station (railway line Milan - St. Moritz), the Tsanfleuron Glacier can be reached from either the Pillon Pass road (by cableway) or from the Rawil Pass road (on foot), etc. etc.

BTW: the glacier hike from Jungfraujoch goes to Moenchsjoch, but you must go back the same way. There are tons of more apealing easy glacier hikes, like the crossing of Aletsch Glacier from Belalp to Riederalp, the walk from Zermatt to the Monte Rosa hut, from Gde Dixence to Arolla, from Sanetsch Pass to Sex Rouge, from Plaine Morte to Wildstrubel hut.....
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Apr 25th, 2013, 06:42 PM
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neckervd - Actually, I was surprised that we saw little snow on the mountains. We were only on a brief trip with a specified itinerary, so the chance to be in the snow even briefly was a treat as we live in a very hot climate.
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Apr 26th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Chris: oll depends on the itinerary (that you don't mention), of course!
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