We need advice from people here.
We are heading to Switzerland in mid-November for our wedding honeymoon. We need people here to advice us if our planning is alright because I know mid-November is off-season for Switzerland except big cities.
We are planning to start off in the Rhinefalls and proceed on to Appenzell, Ebenalp and probably up the Santis. Then we will head to Vaduz before going straight across the country to Lausanne. We will based in Lausanne visiting the Lake Geneva vinyard towns like Chexbres, Vevey, Morges before heading to Montreux for the Chillon Castle. Then, we will leave Montreux on Golden Pass Line to Interlaken where we will ascend up to Gimmelwald. We will explore Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen valley and some hiking and also a day up in Jungfraujoch. Leaving Gimmelwald and goes to Interlaken. We will then proceed to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. After the Zermatt, we will go across the country to the Bernina Valley area visiting Pontresina, Samedan and St. Moritz. Then, we will move on to Lucerne and lastly Zurich, our last destination in Switzerland.
This planning looks good if it is summer, but we really wonder can people point out to us what do we need to change to fit into mid-November travelling.
We really need the much-needed help as this is our first visit to Switzerland.
I would say most of it depends on the weather...In November it might be still agreeable to be outside...but it might also be very horrible with lots of rain and fog...In some mountain areas it will be already snowing, as the ski-season sometimes starts as early as November.
Hope this was any help
We don't mind cutting back on the places but more importantly we want to know is this itinerary advisable?
Really in need some more advice.
Bernard & wife, Priscilla
I've never been in the mountains in Switzerland myself, but I know that one shouldn't do mountains like the Säntis by oneself without a good guide as it is dangerous even in summer with good weather. Same goes for the other mountains. Every summer people die up in the Swiss Alps, because they ignored the warnings. Therefore I believe that going hiking there in November is bordering on suicide unless you are a very experienced mountaineer. I would not go so far to say that it is impossible, but please please get a good local guide! A real person and not a guide book!
I might have missunderstood you...do you want to hike up those mountains? Better take the cable cars, I think all of your mentioned mountains are accessible by cable car.
About the itinerary: You sure will see most of Switzerland (if there is no fog:-)). I think your tour looks very good. If the weather turns out to be very horrible, I would recommend you to go down to the Ticino for a couple days, normally it is a bit milder there.
Thanks for the advice...
As for hiking, I don't mean hike up the mountain. I just want to do hiking between towns in the Berner Oberland such as from Murren to Gimmelwald.
Is hiking between towns difficult and dangerous in November? Please kindly advise.
Bernard & Priscilla
We may be extending our stay in Switzerland to accomodate some sights in Bodensee.
I was wondering why there isn't mention of Bodensee in Rick Steves' guidebook.
We thought of visiting Lindau, Konstanz, Romanshorn, Mainau, Meersburg and Friedrichshafen... Any comment about these places? cos we have no idea which are the better ones?
Bernard & Priscilla
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