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Travel TIPS and Guidance Need for Switzerland Trip

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1. Posted by SimplyLeo (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

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Dear friends,
I will like to have your guidance and TIPS to sketch my plan of my first trip to switzerland. I will be visiting Zurich in june from UK and will be staying in swiss for 3 nights and my return flight is back from zurich airport, ideally i will be having 2 complete days to explore switzerland.
I would like u people to guide me in respect what to visit and what not to as I think I will not be able to explore full swiss in just 2 full days but I want these 2 days to be the best rememberence for whole of my life so would like to explore the best cities and natural beauty of swiss along with my wife. Please help and guide me.:(

I would also like to know how can I make best use of public transport like train or trams in switzerland to visit places ? Do one also have zones or divisions of switzerland ? like it's there in amsterdam ? so that when one buy a all zone one day pass he can make use of that pass in all the public transport available like trains trams bus etc? Please guide me in this respect.
Suggest some website where i can look for such information.

Also tell me how costly swiss is if one chooses to travel via taxi or cab? any standard rates ?:)

Secondly I also learnt that while doing a checkout at swiss airport for every luggage u r charged 20 pounds as surcharge and also some kind of surcharge is applicable for luggages when u travel via public buses. Is it true?

It will be nice of you all to answers and help me to clear my doubts.

Thanks in advance
SimplyLeo

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Hi there,
If 2 days is all you have, I would suggest staying in one of the smaller villages outside of Interlaken. Zurich is a cool city, but when I visited there, I didn't feel like it epitomized the classic images of Switzerland I've had in mind for years. What I would strongly recommend is to get on a train at Bahnhoffstrasse station in Zurich and head over to Interlaken. It is only a 2 hour train journey from there. Spend your time there. Most of the life in Interlaken is along one street but it can get too touristy. I stayed at a village called Matten. Matten is a 10-minute walk from the main town of Interlaken. While you are there, you may want to do the following:

a) Take a boat ride on Lake Interlaken to Brienz.

b) Hike up to Lauterbrunnen

c) Take the train to Mt. Jungfrau (this is by far the highlight of my trip to Switzerland. It is a bit expensive but totally worth your while).

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you need some more information.

Take care,

Pranav

3. Posted by philippe01 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi,

Here some Links:

www.sbb.ch all about train, bus, ship connections. On the top you can change the language to english. Buy tickets look up connections...

Things I suggest to visit:

Jungfraujoch, It's the highest Railwaystation in Europe and one of the highest points in Switzerland. You will find a beautiful surrounding landscape, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes...

Luzern, a very nice and beautiful city sourrounded by mountains but very touristic(German)

Lausanne, a beatiful city on the site of the biggest swiss lake. Some parts look still like in the middle age...(French)

Locarno most beautiful City in the south of the alps.(Italian)

Zurich, it's THE SWISS party City...(German)

And if you like to see something special go to the "vercasca Tal" Vercasca Valley. There is lake and a beautiful river.. You have to take the train to tenero.(Italian)*

The best thing is when you arrive in switzerland you go to a "SBB-Schalter" that's the place where you can buy tickets for train and buses all over switzerland and they make you special offers... You find it on every train station...

What you have to look for:

Switzerland is extremly expensive. everything.

I will write more this evening, I'm working;-)

  • In switzerland we have a German- Italian- French and Retoromänisch- Speaking part. But don't be afraid. Most People speak 3-4 languages...

greats

4. Posted by philippe01 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Interlaken is on the way to the jungfrau joch...

5. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hey simplyleo!!
i would recommend going to interlaken as well. However, i found interlaken to be very touristy (i suppose it depends on WHEN you go), but if you are looking for something a little quieter, then head up to Wengen, there's a decent hostel there. I would suggest doing a hike in Lauterbrunnen as well. However, when i did the hike, i got lost from the main trail, and didn't get back to the hostel until like 4 hours later!!!
So hopefully you'll have more luck then we did, but i hope you have a great trip, wherever you decide to go...!
Lauren
(Lucern is a beautiful city, as well as Bern...!)

6. Posted by SimplyLeo (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Dear Friends,
I am really thankful for your tips :)and still i need all your help and support. I have decided to stay in interlaken(thanks pranav for suggesting me) as I think this will be best place to stay. Secondly I have also booked tickets but now I will be reaching geneva (instead of zurich as i got better deal for air tickets). I will be reaching Geneva on first week of june and on the same day i will travel to interlaken(I suppose i have to travel via train). I am looking for a good accomodation(3 night stay) in interlaken. Can anybody suggest me what I should book? a apartment or a private room or hotel. Actually we are two people (me and my wife) so would not like to share our room (for obvious reason) but really want to know which will be cost effective option. Also I want to know address of apartment in interlaken or nearby interlaken(like unterseen) which i can choose for staying. Please suggest me some good option and your experience. Do share contact details of apartment if you do have any.
Jungfraujoch is on top of my list (thanks philippe01)I will definitely visit it. I wish to take a train ride to jungfrau.
Guys, do suggest me some nice places or good ideas which i can enjoy keeping in mind that now i will be staying in interlaken and can cover in 2 days.
One of my friend suggest me that It will be good for someone traveling to swiss to buy a 4day travel pass by which one can travel thorough out the switzerland in both buses and train. he told me that it will cost me some £100(pounds) for one 4day travel pass. Please suggest me is this a good option? Do anybody know about this? i have no idea about it, just heard from friend. So if i happen to buy this pass then for 2 people it will cost me £200 Is this okie in swiss...??? I think it's quite a big amount for just travel tickets.

Still I am confused how one can reach from geneva to interlaken and how I can make best use of public transport in switzerland. Please do guide me in this matter too.
Also do suggest me something on stay/accomodation.
Thanks

7. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Hi SimplyLeo,
You can take a train from Interlaken to Geneva. Look at this website for train schedules.

www.bahn.de

Click on the "international" section to get the results in English. Hope this helps.

Pranav

8. Posted by SimplyLeo (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Thanks Pranav,
I went to the website did found the train timings from Geneva to Interlaken. But could not book tickets online as they specified it could not be done on the route which i have choosen. (i think might be as I need to change 1 train to reach interlaken)
To be true I could not figure out from where I need to change the train to reach interlaken as the search didn't gave me the result for train numbers
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
what all i was able to figure out was the duration of journey from geneva to interlaken (which in most of cases is 3-3.5 hours) and the departure time and the train type(IR,IC etc) and also how many train needs to be changed to reach destination.

I will do bit of more research hopefully should be able to figure out the solution.

Cheers:)
SimplyLeo

9. Posted by SimplyLeo (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Got the train names and details on
www.sbb.ch

Thanks philippe01

Now please guide me bit on accomodation. As still i need to make arrangement for stay. Can be apartment, Flat, private room or good economical hotel.

Cheers
SimplyLeo