Where to visit in November/December??
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2008 11:15 AM Last Post By: Neekar
Sep 24, 2008 8:17 AM
Where to visit in November/December??Hi
My husband and I are looking at visiting Switzerland around November/early December. Can someone please recommend a place to visit? We're mostly interested in nice scenary; snow, lakes, mountains, that kind of stuff. Will there be snow at that time of the year? Can you also recommend the best time to visit (we're pretty flexible so could go anytime in November, up until the first week in December)
We will be coming from France and speak English and a teeny bit of French.
Any help and further tips will be greatly appreciated :)
Edited by: Neekar
Sep 24, 2008 3:37 PM
First of all, perhaps not really a very good news: November is the off-saison "par excellence". :-P
But contrarily to lots of other countries, most hotels and restaurants are usually open and if there is enough snow already, the ski saison will be open.
At that time of the year snow can be expected at any time even in lower areas but best chance to see some is in the Alps of course. Do not expect to see meters of snow though as it is the very begining of winter.
I would advise you to go to towns in rather high elevation like Zermatt (this is a must anyway ;-) ). Other places would include the Jungfrau area in the Bernese Alps (Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren), St. Moritz, Arosa, Davos.
If the weather is bad, you can visit cities like Basel, Bern, Zürich, Lucerne, Lausanne, Geneva. At that time there are some festivals going on with concerts, plays, etc.
Starting end of November there are Christmas Markets also. I just know the ones of Basel and Bern though. Both are nice.
If you are flexible and if you still can find something open in France (mmh... good luke :-P. Or inquire in advance at the places you would like to go) try to come toward the end of November, it will be more winterly.
English is really no problem in Switzerland in the cities and the touristy area...
Edited by: JackCH
Sep 25, 2008 6:16 AM
Sep 25, 2008 7:45 AM
You are very welcome.
I forgot to give you a very usefull link if you are planning to use the public transportation: SBB Timetable
There you can see the schedules (and fare) to reach any place in Switzerland.
And if you want a train/bus/boat pass: Swiss Travel System
All the places to visit I listed have there own tourist office. Just google them to find the URL.
Otherwise you can go to: Swiss Tourism
Sep 30, 2008 1:54 AM
4I second JackCH's advice, but I would like to add a few things:
- Geneva's Christmas market is pathetic, the main reason for going there would be to visit the UN buildings, the Red Cross Museum etc. Not that much else to see, although it's a pleasant town.
- If you do decide to see the Graubünden province (where Arosa, Davos, Skt Moritz etc are), don't go to Geneva if you have to rely on public transport; you would have to go through Zürich, which is at the other end of the country. Same for Lausanne, don't do it!
- Zürich is a fantastic city to visit that I can heartily recommend! Lucerne and Bern are also quite nice, but Zürich has some insurpassable cultural highlights and is a good transport hub.
- Lucerne is a fantastic base to explore Grindelwald and the Jungrau region. You can get quite far up the Jungfrau by train (I did this in November); there will be lots of snow and you can see the Eiger... very cool.
My personal advice would be: go to Zürich and head south from there. Graubünden has the most stunning nature and a large national park; it's a good place to hear some Romansch spoken and some of the towns are just so stunningly beautiful... the absolute number one highlight for me was the Müstair monastery; high mountain roads through the national park, absolutely stunning scenery, to probably the only perfectly preserved Karolingan frescos in the region...
Oct 2, 2008 4:47 AM
5I agree with flyingdutchgirl, you easely can skip Geneva: apart of the big fountain and the UN buildings with gardens there is not so much to see there...
But I disagree with Lausanne: nice little old town, beautiful views over the lake of Geneva and the Alps, some night life, french speaking for a change.
With Zürich too: if you are not so interested on special night life I would prefer Basel for cultural stuff and fine old town, Bern (old town) and Lucern (old town, lake) for touristy areas.
Oct 2, 2008 5:27 AM
Apologies if I gave you the wrong impression, the only thing I tried to say in my post is don't use Lausanne as a base when you want to go to Graubünden (because you'll have to take a train over to Zurich to get there). Otherwise I love the city. More than just 'some' night life, I would say!
Oct 4, 2008 11:15 AM
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