Aug 2, 2016 - 10:48 AM
in reply to eablack
Hi Emily, thanks for joining us!
There are lots of fun snow activities to choose from if you're staying in Lucerne. I'm not sure if you have any skiing experience. If not, you'd best focus on other activities, as it takes quite a while to learn the basics of skiing. Rigi is an excellent area for (snowshoe) hiking indeed. Sledding is an option too. Pilatus offers the more adventurous activities in the Snow & Fun park at Fräkmüntegg: snow biking, airboarding, etcetera. Similar activities will be available at Titlis. So you surely won't get bored during a 3 day visit to the Lucerne area. Of course you could include a day trip to the Jungfrau region. Similar winter activities can be done there, so the main reason would be to enjoy the different (and, to be honest, stunning) scenery.
As for rail passes: which is best ultimately depends on your plans. Since you also need an outbound trip to the Swiss border, a 3 or 4 day Swiss Travel Pass might be the most convenient solution. Note that Rigi is entirely for free as well. All details, including purchase options and validity information, can be found at www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass. The Swiss Half Fare Card will work too, but requires you to buy discounted tickets for all trips: www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard. And then there's yet another option: the Winter Tell Pass: www.myswissalps.com/te llpass. Last winter a free 2 day Tell Pass was offered to guests booking a hotel in or near Lucerne: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/stay-in-lucerne-in-winter-and-get-a-free-tell-pass. I don't know if this offer will be repeated next winter, but if so, we'll let you know in our forum. Mind that you need an additional full-fare ticket to the Swiss border when heading for Florence in that case.
Please see here for information on tickets for the Italian leg of your journey to Florence: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy
If you want to the math to make sure which pass is most economical, please follow the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass.