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Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

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Winter Wear in December - Switzerland


We'll be heading to the following places (Italy,Swiss & Paris) in December 2013 (10 Dec to 20 Dec '13). Please advise the type of winter wear and things that we should bring. Thanks.

1) Verona, Venice region

2) Venice, Tuscany region (St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica)

3) Siena, Rome

4) Pieta, Colosseum, Pisa

5) Swiss rivera, Chillon Castle, Montreux

6) Swiss alps, Interlaken

7) Jungfrau, Lucerne

8) Lorraine region (Old chapel bridge, Titisee)

9) Paris

Thanks again :)

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1. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

Assuming you really want and can travel that much in such a short time:

Mediterranean weather is relatively simple - dry and hot in summer, cold and wet in winter. For the trip in Italy expect rain and temperatures just above freezing to at best lower 10°C – extreme values can be slightly below freezing but hardly more than 15°C

For Switzerland, temperatures more or less around freezing, ofter colder by sunny weather (NE winds). For Jungfraujoch - assuming you mean Jungfraujoch for Jungfrau – temperatures outside will be below freezing, December average is around -12°C.

For Titisee in Germany expect also temperature around freezing – average maxima around 5°C

Paris weather for December is usually above freezing, but don’t expect temperatures above 10°C

There are lots of websites with climate information, for instance

www.weatherbase.com/weather/country.php3… or http://www.worldweatheronline.com/

So get rain and wind protection for near freezing temperatures for most of your trip to -10°C for the higher altitude Alps area.

Singapore, Singapore
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2. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

Hi jm2cents, thanks for your info :)

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3. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

I'm tempted to say shorts and t-shirts, given that you will be running so fast to cover all that in 10 days, you'll be sweating most of the time. Seriously, there is no way you will 'see' all of that in that amount of time. It will all just be a blur. I never understand why people don't realize all they are going to do is check places off a list and see/do next to nothing IN any of the places.

For clothing in Europe in December, thinks layers. Start with a pair of 'long johns' for any really cold spots such as the higher Alp regions. Then long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Then a down vest. Then a wind and waterproof jacket with hood. Add gloves and a hat. For footwear, a decent pair of waterproof hiking boots will be all that is needed anywhere.

When it is a bit warmer, leave off the long johns for the day and or remove layers from the outside.

Singapore, Singapore
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4. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

Hi Ron, actually is a 13 days trip with 10 night stay only (after taken out day/night spend in the plane). It would be our first time visit there with a tour agency.

Thanks for the info :)

Middle England
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5. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

That's still 10 days. Realistically doing all that with a tour you will spend most of the time inside, either traveling or in a hotel.

You need to be able to go outside when you have the chance, so you do need warm clothes and Ron S has summed that up well. They aren't going to be worn for long, so one set of thermal vest and trousers / tights each should be sufficient. Probably also just one warm shirt and fleece or down jacket jacket, good socks then of course the important top layers of warm trousers, jacket, hat, gloves, neck warmer.

Singapore, Singapore
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6. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

Hi skitandoori

Thanks for the advice! Can anyone suggest which brand of winter jacket is best to keep warmth? Is Helly Hansen ski jacket good enough? Thanks.

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7. Re: Winter Wear in December - Switzerland

Brands are imho not a main decision factor.

Just make sure you have sufficent wind and rain protection and follow Ron'S recommendations. Take a warm hat, gloves and waterproof shoes. Consider Gore-Tex or similar products if you plan longer walks.

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