Most Swiss mountain resorts close for a few weeks from mid October to mid December, meaning the cable cars aren’t running, restaurants are closed and trail are often impassable due to rain and snow. However, there are still many mountain places where you can enjoy the Swiss outdoors in November, which is important when we get an expected spell of sunny, relatively warm weather like this weekend.
Of course, you can always hike in the low elevations and I have lots of recommendations in my Swiss Shoulder Season Hikes post. But if you want some big views, here are the mountains that are typically still open in November.
Swiss Mountains Open Year Round
Most big and famous mountains are generally open year round, meaning the cable car is running and the facilities/restaurant at top are open. The trails are not always open, due to unpredictable conditions and maintenance. But you can still go up and enjoy the view. However, some have scheduled maintenance in November, which I’ve noted below. Check the websites before you head out just to make sure.
Mount Rigi – Open year round. The panorama trail is open year round, groomed for winter walks when there’s snow.
Pilatus – The cable cars from Kriens to Pilatus Kulm are closed from October 23 to November 10 for maintenance. But you can still take the cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm.
Jungfrau region – In November, the mountain trains from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg then to Jungfraujoch are open. The cable cars at Männlichen, Grindelwald First, and Schynige Platte are closed until ski season starts.
Schilthorn – The cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn is closed 13th Nov – 8 Dec 2017 for maintenance.
Mount Säntis – Open year round. Closed for maintenance 22. Januar bis 2. Februar 2018.
Hoher Kasten – Open year round. No schedule maintenance.
Zermatt Gornergrat – Unless you are skiing, the Gornergrat mountain railway is the only open attraction for visitors in November, with spectacular views of the Matterhorn on a clear day. If snow has been light, it’s sometimes still possible to hike a bit here.
Swiss mountains with late seasons
While most resorts close mid-October, some mountains with high popularity or lower elevation stay open a few weeks longer. Here are some that are open until early or mid November.
Stanserhorn – Cable car open until 12 Nov 2017. At the top, there is an observation deck, rotating restaurant and a short panorama path.
Brienzer Rothorn – Mountain railway open until 5 Nov 2017 with a reduced schedule.
Niesen – Cable car open until 12 Nov 2017.
Low elevation hikes
See my Shoulder Season Hikes post for full details. But here are a few hiking suggestions at lower elevations that are usually open in November unless we have a lot of early snow.