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Schilthorn & Jungfrau in June

Went to Jangfrau in late september 20 years ago which was magic.
Will be going to Europe in June with 16 yr old sons for 32 nights. 2 weeks Italy Rome, CT, Florence & Venice. Then wanted to go to BO (4nights) before 7 nights in Paris.
Thinking Switzerland sights and train road will be very different experience after italy.
Looking at phots on web last night, and seems to be NO snow on Schilthorn in Summer.
Is this true and what about Jungfrau?
If so is it a good time to go or should I consider another destination?
Help, as I have to start booking soon.

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There typically isn't snow at Schiltorn in the summer. Hiking from down from from the top is popular during the summer. The Jungfrau is more of a glacier experience, and the glacier will of course be there in the summer, and you can even go inside the glacier and look at the beautiful ice sculptures. If your interested in doing a lot of hiking, summer is the best time of year to do this. If you wanted to do some skiing, you're out of luck. Something else to consider, June 2008 Switzerland will be co-hosting the European Soccer championships. It's the third largest tournament in the world behind the World Cup and the Olympics so expect large crowds and higher than average hotel prices.

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Marina, we were there in early June of this year. The was no snow in Murren or Wengen at the 5,300' and higher. However, there was a lot of snow on top of the Shilthorn and the Jungfrau. Also note that Europe's largest glacier is just outside the Jungfraujoch so there's snow up there. Also, are you after snow, the view or both. I have pictures if you want to see some.

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It's 1st Jan 08 in Aust so Happy New Year to all!
Going to BO mainly for the views and trip to Jungfrau, and we're not big on hiking. Would love to see photos Larry.
Our travel dates will be late June around 28-3 July. Soccer will be over but figure that extra tourists probably still about.
Still undecided about this leg of trip, as travel to get there on way from Venice to Paris long haul. Train journey especially Golden Pass would be lovely in itself.
If we cut out Switzerland, any ideas of must do places on way from CT to Paris?

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Happy New Year to you, Marina! From Venice to Paris, you go thru Milan, and then north. So a stop in the Berner Oberland is not far off your path. In late June, there may or may not be snow on the Schilthorn, but there is always snow at the Jungfraujoch. You can walk out to the Monchsjoch Hütte, an hour each way, all the time on snow.

A 16-year-old would really enjoy this area (I know ours did). You can ride cog-wheel trains cablecars, gondolas, chairlifts, and boats on the nearby lakes (Brienzersee and Thunersee. All part of the Swiss travel system.

We were in both Mürren and Wengen this past summer at about that time---June 28 to 30) and it was lovely---wildflowers, great weather, and still before the main crowds. If you have a strict budget, look at Chalet Fontana (B & B or the apartment) in Mürren. Or I can suggest some nice places in Wengen. We love both villages.

To continue to Paris, it is only 4.5 to 5 hours from Bern.

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Marina, a visit to the Berner Oberland would be a GREAT stop between Italy and Paris! There shouldn't be much snow in June, but keep in mind that if you're not hiking this shouldn't be a concern. You'll be on the cable cars to the Shilthorn, so weather won't be a factor. Have a nice lunch in the revolving restaurant and enjoy the view!

Perhaps your Sons would consider Paragliding from Murren? It's about a 20 minute "ride", and I'm sure would be a memorable aspect of your visit (but perhaps a bit nerve wracking for Mom?).

Happy travels!!

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Don't skip BO. It is the best! The boys should really love it. My husband hikes it. I walk it! You can do some great short walks. The bargin on the railroad (BOB) in the area is a 6 day pass. The train from Milan to Lucere was a nightmare. It was 2 and 1/2 hours late in the horrible heat. The Swiss trains are wonderful.

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I agree, the Swiss trains are fantastic. Clean and always on time. Get a Swiss Pass.

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The BO is fantastic . . . don't miss it. The kids will love it. The gondola rides to Murren are incredible. It can snow in June. I was the there in early June last year and we received an unexpected 20 inches of snow in Murren. It was a rare event!

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My teenage son and I went from Venice to Murren then to Paris in June '06. We loved every minute of our 4 days in Murren and it was well worth the trek to get there. We're not big hikers either, but the highlight of our month long trip to Europe was "walking/hiking" for hours above Murren through the pastures of cows and wildflowers. The views took our breath away. It was absolutely magical.

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It is a BEAUTIFUL destination. My husband did the "North Face" walk in Murren. He wants to take our nephews on that walk someday. I know we will be going back to that area again someday. Lucky you and your sons.