Help me plan self itinerary- 7 days stay at Lucern

Help me plan self itinerary- 7 days stay at Lucern

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subgopal13
subgopal13
4 posts
new member
May 30, 2015 - 9:50 AM

  • My wife and I have booked to stay at one place Lucerne for 7 days during August first week. We love to enjoy several train rides starting in the morning and Returning to Lucerne every evening
  • we love to travel by Glacier express, Bernina express and similar train journeys
  • can someone suggest us good itinerary

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2645 posts
expert
May 30, 2015 - 9:37 PM in reply to subgopal13

Luzern is a great base for travel, and has lots of attractions close by, as well.

The moderators will surely have better suggestions than I can make, but, whatever is suggested, it will be useful to look at a train timetable and a map.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

map.geo.admin.ch/?X=19 0000.00&Y=660000.00&zo om=1&lang=en&topic=swi sstopo&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe

and a map I like to use -

map.classic.search.ch/

On that one, if you click on traffic on the left ( of teh classic version) then mouse over a symbol for a rail or bus stop ( at large magnification) the schedules for that stop appear.

Around Luzern -

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

(Forgive my spelling- Luzern is in the German language region, and, in German, it is Luzern. Sounds the same, looks different). ;-)

subgopal13
subgopal13
4 posts
new member
May 31, 2015 - 2:28 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Highly appreciated.

I will ask more questions , if any, after going thru the links you have provided.

thank you

subgopal13
subgopal13
4 posts
new member
May 31, 2015 - 3:54 AM in reply to subgopal13

In our previous visit to Switzerland we have stayed at Interlaken and already done excursions to jungfraujoch and Shilton . This time during first week of August 2015 we have booked apartment to camp all 7 days at Lucerne . We will have a 8 day swiss rail pass too. We would like to meander and explore country side , take famous train journeys etc. but return to the base Lucerne every evening . Our age is 60+ . I have explored various links but would appreciate expert advice to make our vacation relaxed and enjoyable.

Gopals

Last modified on May 31, 2015 - 3:56 AM by subgopal13
Arno
Arno
7707 posts
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moderator
May 31, 2015 - 8:10 AM

Hi Gopals,

If you click the last link Slowpoke gave you, you'll find a lot of day trip suggestions (click 'What to do'). The Glacier Express and Bernina Express are too far away to do as a day trip from Lucerne (please see the timetable for details), but there are plenty of alternatives, like the Golden Pass route, Wilhelm Tell Express r oute, Mount Rigi, etc.

Last modified on May 31, 2015 - 8:11 AM by Arno
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2645 posts
expert
May 31, 2015 - 11:10 AM in reply to subgopal13

A great train ride and a pleasant destination.

Luzern to Locarno.

2 hrs 38 minutes by train through the Gotthard Pass.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Gotthard_railway

jerrygarrett.wordpress .com/2013/03/15/switzerlands-eight-greatest-train-rides/

A bit longer than many day trips, but the train ride is spectacular.

subgopal13
subgopal13
4 posts
new member
May 31, 2015 - 12:06 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Thank you guys. Very useful.

I think I will do Golden pass ( one way and return by normal train ) , Wilhem tell and Rigi. All these will allow me to return to the base Luzern on the same evening.

I may have to miss Glacier Express , Bernina unless I decide to stay overnight at Zermatt and return to Luzern next day. It means booking additionally one more night of hotel at Zermatt.

Please advise on my plans.

thank you once again.

Last modified on May 31, 2015 - 12:06 PM by subgopal13
Arno
Arno
7707 posts
expert &
moderator
May 31, 2015 - 2:24 PM

If you can add an extra night you could do it like this: take an early train from Lucerne to Brig. Take the Glacier Express to St. Moritz. Stay there for the night (hotels are here). The next morning, take an early train to Tirano, then back to Lucerne or wherever you'd like to go. It's still a lot of hours on trains, but doable. All you miss out on now is the leg from Zermatt to Brig, but the rest of the Glacier Express and Bernina Express route is included.

Further details are here:

If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, all of this is included, except for the seat reservations.

Last modified on May 31, 2015 - 2:26 PM by Arno

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