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Hiking in Switzerland/Austria
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Anyone know of any good places to day hike in Switzerland in mid-May or Austria in late May?

Is there any good skiing around this time either? (same countries)

Thanks, Amanda

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Im hitting switzerland in June with a friend. We’re doing the Tour Mount Blanc. Its quite renouned and looks promissing. Hope that helps.

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The most gorgeous hiking place I went in Switzerland was St. Moritz, but the town itself is pretty upscale and pricey. Other places I really like are Garmish, Insbruck, Lugano and Kitzbuehl.

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What time in June are you going on the Mount Bloc tour? Are you doing it through a company (which one?)

I’m looking to go hiking for a week in early June – but not sure about snow. I’m trying ot decide between Scotland and Switzerland – based on weather. Suggestions?

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Only problem about scotland is that it’s difficult to predict the weather…might rain a lot. However, it is a beautiful country.

I went hiking in Switzerland during May/June and the snow didn’t interfere…the tips always have snow, but most trails don’t take you that high. Unless you are a very experienced climber.

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I went hiking for two weeks in Switzerland last year… in August. Not sure what the weathers like in May, but the hikes I did were all one-day hikes on well worn trails… try these:

From Lauterbrunnen try hiking (times are for me, round trip – up & down): Obersteinberg (7 hours); Schiltorn from Murren (from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 5 hours), Harder Kulm (Interlaken – 4 hours, long route). Schnigge Platte->First hike (6 hours – get the train UP to Schnigge Platte, hike to First, Cable Car down).

Luzern: Pilatus (6 hours – 3 up, 3 down), Rigi Kulm (get the ferry to the mountain train station and hike instead – 6 hours).

Those are the ones that spring to mind… if you want specific info, just ask. I was a little apprehensive about hiking in Switzerland on my own, but the paths I used were well worn and there were regular other users… use common sense… and carry a whistle and mobile phone incase the worst should happen. It might be a hot sunny day, but pack for a snowstorm and you won’t go far wrong Smile

Generally, you can get the hiking maps in the Interlaken Tourist Information, and also the hostels around Lauterbrunnen (I think it was the Mountain Hostel I stayed at, nr the train station – v central. Recommended).

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My 13 yr. old daughter and I are planning a trip to Switzerland in mid Sept. We’d like to go hiking for 2 or 3 days. Should we go on our own or go on a tour hike. Our home base is Geneva any suggestions. While I don’t want to go camping we’d like to stay the nite or 2 while we’re hiking. Thank you for your time.

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These are some great suggestions – thanks. I’ll be in Switzerland at the end of May/early June and hope to stay 3-5 days. I love to hike/backpack but haven’t found too much on hiking in the Alps. I thought I read somewhere that, instead of using a single town as a base camp, you could ‘thru’ hike from town to town, staying at each one that night. Has anyone done this, or have any pointers? If not, are there any inexpensive towns that can act as a base-camp for hiking the Alps?

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