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Old May 5th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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Switzerland in the Summer

Realizing it may be extremely hot in Switzerland in July, I would love suggestions on where to stay so we don't roast! We have 6 nights in Switzerland. Initially, I was leaning toward 2 nights in Kandersteg, 2 nights in Lugano and 2 nights near Montreux.

I am having a hard time because there are so many great places to choose from!
I am wondering if we would be better suited to see more of Italy- Verona for example after Lugano and leave our Switzerland visit to 4 nights.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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Well I'm a big fan of Vevey and Montreux and have most often visited in the summer (July and August). You could possibly hit a heatwave, but more likely it will be clear, sunny, warm, but not roasting.
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Even though there are palm trees in Montreux and the location fosters that special "microclimate" and the place shas been dubbed the "Swiss Riviera" i somehow cannot imagine you'll roast there.

According to information (thru Google) the average temperature in July is about 68 although I'm sure there are days when it is higher and lower.
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Do either of you have lodging suggestions? There will be three of us. Would like to stay under $200 per night.
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It will be hot in Lugano, but you can swim in the lake.

I wouldn't go into Italy - not enough time. Lugano is just like Italy (Lakes area) anyway.

Where are you flyng into and out of?
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If you are worried about heat, you are better off in Switzerland (especially in the mountins) than in Italy.

The Montreux Jazz Festival is July 6-21. Might this interest the musician in your family? But it may be hard to get hotel reservations there at this point.
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Thanks enzian. We will be in Austria by then, so unfortunately that will not fit our schedule. But it sounds great. Maybe another trip.
I will spend much of tomorrow delving into the itinerary a bit more.
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In Montreux try Hotel Helvetie or Pensione Wilheim. Nearby in Vevey Negotiants or Hostellerie de Geneve.

Dukey, Believe it or not you CAN hit a heatwave in Switzerland in July. I know because I have... twice. It was broiling (over 90F). I had to go out and buy a pair of shorts!

So just in case, here's an insider tip, there is a glorious pool at the Montreux casino/hotel where you can purchase a day pass even if you aren't staying there.
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We were in Lugano for a couple of nights during August 2005, and we certainly didn't roast. Actually, I couldn't have planned better weather. Sunny, warm during the day, balmy at night. We stayed at Hotel Lugano Dante and it was perfect for us, just down from the train station by the funiculare, an easy walk to everything, the most incredible breakfast imaginable.
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Yes, Suze. and thanks for the clarification...that's the very reason I added the words "there are days when it is higher or lower" since I figured somebody would have experienced a heat wave at some point.
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Be sure your hotel has air conditioning. During a June visit I made to Switzerland a few years ago, it was extremely hot, even at night.
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