We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

Massachusetts
Level Contributor
103 posts
Save Topic
Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

Hi All,

Are the lakes Lucerne, Thun, Brienz, Geneva frozen still early/mid May?

A friend is currently on a trip around Lugano and the area seems to be in spring bloom!

canada
Level Contributor
7,844 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

No, but still cold for swimming.

Wales, United...
Destination Expert
for Bargain Travel, Cruises, Swansea, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Neath, Port Talbot
Level Contributor
61,309 posts
452 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

None of those lakes were frozen at the end of March last year.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
57,531 posts
200 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

Lugano, as most of Ticino, is not that comparable to the Norther Alps/Prealps region and lakes - it has more of a mediterranean climate! But agree, the large lakes like you mentioned won't have ice in May - and won't even have it for most of the winter at a massive level, they're simply too large for that.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Schindellegi...
Destination Expert
for Switzerland, Kiev
Level Contributor
3,515 posts
18 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), Lake Brienz and Urnersee (SE part of Lake Lucerne) are to deep to freeze - at least with the climate we have now. They were never frozen the time historical records are available.

Lake Zurich and Lake Constance were totally frozen last time in 1963 - Lake Zurich some 26 times since 1223. Lake Thoune also in 1963 and ...1393.

Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
92 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

By the way, there is quite a chance that none of those lakes were still frozen in May at any time since the last glacial period Würm!? ;-)

Edited: 1:14 pm, March 25, 2014
Massachusetts
Level Contributor
103 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

Glad to know that. Thank you for your replies everyone!

7. Re: Lakes - Are they frozen in May?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 1:16 am, March 28, 2015