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1. Posted by cplondon (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

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Hi All,
Both me and my husband will be visiting Switzerland for the first time during easter holidays.We plan to stay for 4 nights in Switzerland with 2 nights in Interlaken and 2 nights in Lucerne.
My itinery is as follows:
1st day-travel from Basel airport to Interlaken,local trips
2nd day-trip to Junfrau mountain top and Staubach falls
3rd day -travel from Interlaken to Lucerne in afternoon
4th day-trip to Mt Pilatus or Mt Titlis.
5th day- travel to Zurich in morning,catch afternoon flight to London.
Am I missing out anything which is a must see.
I will decide upon the local short trips once i reach switzerland.i have made all hotel bookings.I am mostly interested in beautiful sceneries not historic monuments.
Please suggest if i must take a swiss saver pass for 4 days(434 CHF for 2 ADULTS) or swiss saver flexi pass for 3 days (416 CHF for 2 adults)?
I am very confused about the travelling expenses?
Any other suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanx in advance

2. Posted by drfatma (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi,

I did exactly the same trip to Switzerland in February(2 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights in Lucerne). We bought Swiss Saver Pass for 4 days but since we walked in Lucerne one day, we used the pass for 3 days. So, if you are planning to stay in the city for one day, you can buy Swiss FlexiPass. I can also recommend you to;
-take one-hour break and enjoy the scenary of the lake in Spiez(on the way from Basel to Interlaken)
-definitely take the golden panoramic express train to go to Luzerne from Interlaken(check the table in Interlaken station and choose this train. You will not pay any money with Swiss Pass, but you will see grat views)
-try to make a visit to Zermatt(Gornergrat). We made a trip from Interlaken and could only stay on the top for 40 minutes, but the train ride and the scenaries were definitely worth it.
-Don't miss Jungrafu but be careful about the weather. Don't bother to go up if the weather is very cloudy or foggy. And save at least two hours for top of Jungfrau.

There is not much to see inside Interlaken but a lot to see around. As for the expenses, apart from the Swiss Saver Passes, you will pay extra 158 franks for Jungfrau and 64 franks for GornerGrat, 32 franks for Mount Titlis and nothing for others(prices for two people)
I was interested in the scenaries like you are and i got much more than i expected in Switzerland.And although i did not visit, i heard a lot of nice things from locals in Switzerland about Wengen and Mürren villages. For local trips, you can try those also.

Hope you have a nice trip
Fatma

3. Posted by cplondon (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi Fatma,
thanx a lot for ur help.
Actually on our first day in Interlaken i am confused whether to take the lake tour to Brienz or go for a trip to Zermat or Montreux.We will be reaching Interlaken at around 13:00.Please advice.

When do the last boats for the lake tours leave Interlaken(and return).

What is GornerGrat that u mentioned in ur reply.
thanx in advance
Chandni

4. Posted by cplondon (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Also please tell me which is better Mt Pilatus or Mt titlis?the scenic veiws specifically.

5. Posted by drfatma (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi Chandni;

I guess it will be difficult for you to make atrip to Zermatt after arriving in Interlaken at 1 pm. Only the train ride to Zermatt takes about 3 hours. Gornergrat is the mountain top in Zermatt. When you arrive Zermatt and go to the station inside the twon, you can get on Gornergrat train and take a 45 minute ride to the top. But since the train rides take a long time, it is almost impossible to fit this trip to one afternoon.

As for Mount Pilatus or Mount Titlis; I took the Mount Titlis train and simply loved the scenery, the small town where i took the ride to Mt. Titlis was also very nice.
The most important thing about all mountain rides is the weather. If it is cloudy or foggy, you can not enjoy any views.
I can't recommend anything about lake tours in Interlaken since i did not take any.

I hope you will love Switzerland as much as i did:)

Fatma

6. Posted by Robinroams (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hey everyone, Can I jump in here too? My son(13) and I will be in Switzerland nights at the end of July. We are in Lugano for the first 2. So where for the next 2 ? We want to see the big mountains but don't want to spend all day traveling. Is Zermatt easy to get to via train? Or do we go up to Lucerne and boat and cable car up the mountains? OR do we head out on the Bernina express to Pontresina? Does anyone have an opinion on such a short trip?.
Also I realize that we are not traveling by train so far as to justify the use of the Swiss pass(194 adult with child traveling free)but would it make it worthwhile in all the boat and cable car rides rather than to pay for 2 people?

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