I'm going travelling for 2 weeks in November as a solo traveller, and want to fit in parts of Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. With Austria i'll probably stay to the west, Germany south (no further than Munich) and Switzerland in general so won't be travelling too far a field.
The one thing i'm concerned about is the time of year i'm going. Do things generally shut down in these countries in the winter months? I don't want to get there and not be able to visit certain mountains etc because the trains have shut down. I've tried looking at Swiss and Austrian rail websites but the timetables are a bit vague.
I'd also like any suggestions for must see locations in these areas. I have already found small towns like Hallstatt in Austria that look stunning, and Lake Constance in Germany looks beautiful. Also any information about the best way to travel alone will be appreciated as it will be my first lone venture.
I am not sure what you want to do in this area in November.
It is too late for hiking and too early for skiing. November is indeed the time when pension owners close their place for a much needed holiday between the summer and the winter season.
All trains will be running, it is the buses that take you to the small places that you should be worried about.
If you want to hike in the Alps the latest time of the year to go is early September for the peaks and mid-October for the lower ranges unter 1500 meters.
Many thanks for your post. I'm not bothered about skiing, maybe a little hiking but nothing extreme because i'm an amateur, haha! I just want to see the mountains and lakes more than anything, particularly The Matterhorn (Zermatt is a must) and i'd love to go up Jungfrau but I fear the Jungfraubahn will be closed. Maybe November is not the best time to go but ideally I don't want to wait any longer, and it's unrealistic for me to go anytime before that. I guess Munich won't be a problem, i'll have to reconsider the smaller towns I guess. Thanks again
I just want to see the mountains and lakes more than anything, particularly The Matterhorn (Zermatt is a must) and i'd love to go up Jungfrau but I fear the Jungfraubahn will be closed.
Mountains and lakes will be difficult in November. Jungfraubahn is open year-round, but you can expect a lot of rain and fog.
I am really worried about you when you say you want to do a little bit of hiking, because full-blown snowstorms are quite common in the higher regions of the Alps from September on.
If I went to to see the Alps and wanted some hiking I would most definitely go in late June.
I may have to re-plan my trip then. Thanks for your help
One more thought: If you haven't done Ben Nevis yet (and don't feel up to it) you better leave the Alps alone.