Swiss Mountains in late April
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 16, 2012 10:00 AM Last Post By: Martin2008
Jan 13, 2012 2:01 PM
Swiss Mountains in late AprilHi all,
I have been to Switzerland for about 7-8 days in the past, and would like to go again.
I have never been to Engelberg but I have been to Interlaken (and briefly up to Grindelwald) which is probably comparable with Engelberg - but can anyone tell me the main differences between the two places?
I am aware they are both in the German speaking part, and are mountanious, but I am not looking to go skiing or anything like that, just to capture some nice images on my camera and wander around!
Which of the two places is most budget-friendly?
I will be flying to Geneva.
Jan 14, 2012 2:47 AM
1In late April, both placs will have too much snow for hiking, but not enough snow for skiing. Both will be more or less deserted.
Grindelwald is close to some of the highest mountains and longest glaciers of Switzerland. A large area can be reached by cog railways, even in late April.
Engelberg has less possibilities: only 1 snow mountain (much less impressioning than those of Grindelwald): Titlis.
Best place for hiking (not in the snow) in late April: Crans-Montana and surroundings. It's the most sunny and less rainy area of Switzerland. Hundreds of km of well signmarked hiking trails from the vineyards up to the snow limit. Panorama: Mont Blanc, Dent Blanche, Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Monte Leone, Bietschhorn, etc.
Late April is low season: it should be possible to find bargains everywhere in the Alps.
Jan 14, 2012 10:08 AM
2Neckverd: Thank you very much for your reply, you answered my most important questions - yes I also got the impression that Grindelwald has many more mountains than Engelberg ....
Do you happen to know the average temperature for Interlaken last year in late April?
And isn't Engelberg the place that Bollywood films are filmed?
I will google Crans-Montana
Jan 15, 2012 2:36 AM
3Yes, all Indians who visit Switzerland want to go to Titlis and to have lunch in the 100 per cent Indian restaurant close to the Gerschnialp-Truebsee-Titlis Bahn.
Interlaken is not higher than Bern and other towns in the Swiss Midlands.
Climate datas: http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/INTERLAKEN/04-2011/67340.htm
Have a look at the video
The Loetscherbg South Ramp hike as well as the Bisse hikes 5, 6, 7, 8, 14 (from Icogne), 17, 18 and probably 20 will be possible in late April.
Jan 15, 2012 4:33 AM
4Okay thanks for all the links
I decided to go for the Interlaken area (with Grindelwald etc, and also nearby Lake Thun) rather than Engelberg since I can understand from you that there is really just one mountain there/ Jungfrau region is more mountainous.
The link to temperatures of Interlaken looks good, it seems like Interlaken or somewhere not so high up would be ideal at this time of year as it's not cold ...and then trips can be taken up to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen
Jan 15, 2012 4:37 AM
5Oh yea I looked up Crans-Montana, also that town called Grachen with the two dots over the a, that town looked really nice but it seems it's not a good base because it's a little too far from everything! It's in the "Deep South" lol
So my trip will be from Geneva and a 3 hour train ride to Interlaken , in between I might stop briefly in Vevey or Lausanne , and once in Interlaken I can use it as a base to visit nearby Spiez or Thun ...and then up to the higher elevations during day trips.
Jan 15, 2012 7:48 AM
6I agree with you, Graechen will still be half in the snow and would by no means be a base for any excursion.
BTW: I never recommended this place.
It's a fact that unspoilt scenic mountain villages are usually not transport hubs.
Crans-Montana as a village is not scenic at all, but has panoramic mountain views, a good infrastructure, a extended trail network along the sunny slopes below (no snow!) and is only 15 min from Sierre railway station (by cablecar).
Lausanne has a medieval city center. Vevey is not worth a stop. But the surroundings (Lavaux vineyards, Les Pleiades) are nice.
The best place in the area is Gruyeres and nearby Broc: Cheese diary, small walled medieval city, castle, chocolate factory. Left luggage at Bulle railway station only. Scenic access by train from Montreux via Montbovon. Montreux is close to Chillon castle.
3 itineraries from Gruyeres resp Broc to Interlaken:
Broc - bus - Jaunpass - Boltigen - train - Spiez - Interlaken
Gruyeres - train - Montbovon - Gstaad - Zweisimmen - Boltigen - Spiez - Interlaken
Gruyeres/Broc - train - Bulle - Berne - Spiez - Interlaken
The medieval city center of Berne is well worth a visit.
There is not much to see at Spiez (not even a village center), except a (not too impressioning) castle. The best castle of the area is close to the boat's pier of Oberhofen.
Some train journey times:
GVA - Interlaken Ost: 2 hrs 55 min
GVA - Sierre: 2 hrs 10 min
GVA - Visp: 2 hrs 30 min
Bern - Interlaken Ost: 55 min
Bern - Visp: 55 min
Bern - Sierre: 1 hr 15 min
Jan 15, 2012 12:36 PM
7This is awesome neckervd!
I will note it down and look up some of the places - It is funny because I bought a Gruyere cheese today , and had looked it up, but it will be some of the other places that I will be most interested in along the train network , I am going to look up all those places and it's nice that you can break your journey in Switzerland and stop for an hour or two if you like and catch another train ...
I have heard of Gstaad -that's where all the rich people go, but I might try to make a stop for a few hours there on my way to another destination
Jan 16, 2012 2:24 AM
8Gstaad is a railway station in a lovely landscape full of Bernese Oberland chalets, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. The place is very popular with
a) jet set people from all over the world who own chalets there
b) day trippers from Bern and Fribourg who love this easy accessible place for skiing and hiking.
Most spectacular trip from Gstaad: by bus to Col du Pillon and then by cableway to Glacier des Diablerets (some safe hiking over the Tsanfleuron Glacier up to Sex Rouge)
Jan 16, 2012 10:00 AM
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