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1. Posted by sridhar (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Dear Friends,

I am planning to visit Switzerland on 29th of this month. My trip is for 3days and 4nights there. Please suggest me the best places to visit there so as make complete use of my stay there and also give me some information whether all the mountain peaks will be open or not.
I would also like to get information about the accomodation, important places to visit. I will be reaching Geneva on 29th Sepetember.

Thanks in advance
Sridhar.

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

Even Switzerland is small,you have only 3 days.
Why you dont spend this few hours around Genf?
Nobody can give you garantie for the weather.

What mountain peaks do you want to see?the are not next to each other,Matterhorn,Eiger ..are not next to Geneve!

Marlis

3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

Hi Sridhar,
Let Interlaken be the focus of your trip as it serves as a base for neighboring places that epitomize the alpine images of Switzerland that people typically associate the country with. While you are in the Interlaken area, you definitely have to make a day-trip to Mt. Jungfrau. Alot around 2 full days for this. Make a trip to Lucerne for your third day. This should make for a good trip. Hope this helps.

Pranav

4. Posted by sridhar (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi,

Marlis, Thanks very much for ur suggestion. We are planning to go to all the mountain peaks in Swiss which includes Jungfrauwich, and other small mountain peaks near Lucernt.

Pranav, That sounds good. But we are actually planning to visit Zurich also. will that be possible to make our trip centered at Interlaken(jungfrauwich) check the places in Interlaken for one day, second day for other mountain peaks and third day half to Zurich and while coming back to Geneva very less time in Bern

Guys,please suggest something on this..

Thanks in advance
Sridhar.

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

I dont think you can manage to visit all this places in 3 days.
(it is called Jungfraujoch)
Not far from Interlaken iis Grindelwald,also a very nice town.
enjoy,
Marlis

6. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting marlis

I dont think you can manage to visit all this places in 3 days.

But after Pranavc's good suggestions one gets the impression that "no, it won't work" is not what sridhar wants to hear. So, give it a try then. Some people have their own definitions of "seeing" a country.

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

yes you are right pfeiffer,but he starts at Genf.
He likes to see Zuerich,Interlaken....
maybe he is speedy Gonzales?
hopefully the Wether is good that he can enjoy the Alpen.
Marlis:)

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

It is possible to do it in 3 days, but very tight in my opinion. Geneva to Zurich should take about 3-4 hours (1.5 hours from Berne for each if you get an Express Train). Getting to Interlaken from Berne should probably take another 1.5 hours as you might have to change trains and I don't think there's any Express trains going there. Althought there might be, but I haven't been there too often.
If you want to include Lucerne in the loop it will get tricky as I don't think it's on the Berne-Zurich line.
So theoretically it's possible, although I guess that getting up to Jungfraujoch will take up a whole day. But then again, I've never been up there, it was too expensive for me.

So, if you're determined to spend a lot of time travelling and only have glimpses at the place you're going to this may be the way to do it.

Hope this helps.

9. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

I don't think there's a train from Bern to Zurich which stops at Lucern either but it's actually not that hard to fit in Lucern as there are hourly trains from Lucern to Zurich (45 minutes or so) and from Bern to Lucern (an hour or so), I went to Lucern as a daytrip between Bern and Zurich and it was pretty easy going. There's also a direct train to Interlaken from Bern, I'm not sure how long it takes exactly but it was under an hour as far as I can remember and has some lovely scenery (but virtually every train ride in Switzerland seems to have that). Overall it must be too much to fit all these places into three days, if it were me I'd just spend some time in the wonderful scenery around Interlaken and have a nice relaxing time instead of trying to fit too much into one trip. Hope you have a nice time anyway Sridhar. ;)

10. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

Pranav, That sounds good. But we are actually planning to visit Zurich also. will that be possible to make our trip centered at Interlaken(jungfrauwich) check the places in Interlaken for one day, second day for other mountain peaks and third day half to Zurich and while coming back to Geneva very less time in Bern

Two quick things. Geneva and Zurich are at different ends of the country. Fortunately, Switzerland isn't a large country so getting from one to the other is not a huge deal. If you are flying into Zurich, do half a day there, move onto Lucerne for a day. Do the Mt. Pilatus trip in the morning and then taken an afternoon train to Interlaken. Spend the evening there. The next afternoon, after your trip to Jungfraujoch, take a train to Geneva. I know you've planned to fit Zurich into your trip, but personally, in the interest of time, I would skip it even thought I think it is a really neat city.

Hope this helps.

Pranav