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Switzerland in May

We'll be in Switzerland in mid-may (17th-21st). I'd like to make it up to Gimmelwald area for a couple of days, but I'm a little concerned about weather. Will the town be open and alive? Will we be able to do any hiking around there?

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We were in Gimmelwald in May 2009 and the weather was great. One day the morning was a little drizzly but no big deal in fact we didn't wear our jackets during the afternoons. The only issue (and it really wasn't for us at all) was a number of restaurants in Murren were closed until June. Have fun, we LOVED the place and Ester's Guesthouse was great.

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Great! I was getting a little worried. Did you do any hikes in that area? I assume the higher ones might be covered with snow yet? Did you go anywhere else in Switzerland that you would recommend in May? Maybe for wildflowers?

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I've been there early in the month of May. The weather could not have been more miserable, and the hospitality industry in the mountain towns were almost completely closed. The weather is always a crap-shoot, , but at least at the time you plan to visit, the businesses will reopen. Expect the some of the more remote hiking trails to be muddy until later in June or July.

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Our weather in May was fantastic. We used the Swiss rail pass and had no problems with lodging/restaurants. The trails at higher elevations will still have snow though.

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Does anyone have ideas for hiking trails that will be good around Gimmelwald/Lauterbrunnen in mid-late May?

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The weather anywhere is always a roll of the dice. We were in Lauterbrunnen on May 23 & 24 of 2009, and day tripped up to Murren. Both towns were open and the weather was great. If the weather is bad you can always drive around the area. We went to Interlaken on a drizzly day and took the steamer around the Brienzer See. In 2006 we stayed in Murren at the Hotel Alpina in a tiny room with a balcony on the edge of the valley. The view from there was fantastic. If the weather is good don't forget the Schilthorn.