Switzerland itinerary 20 days in September

Switzerland itinerary 20 days in September

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Jun 10, 2015 - 5:47 PM

i have planned to see Switzerland the first 20 days of September. Fly into Geneva-train to Zermatt for2 nights- Glacier Express to St.Moritz for 3 nights-train to Zurich for 2 nights-then Lucern for 4 nights-interlaken 4 nights-Montreaux for 3 nights then back to geneva for 2

Do you have any suggestions or changes we should make.

will be buying the 15 day pass or should we get the flex one

Annika
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Jun 10, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Hi j2118b,

Good to hear you have 20 days to explore Switzerland! Can you tell us a bit about your interests and what you expect to do in and around the towns you selected? That helps to see whether your itinerary fits your needs or not.

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Jun 12, 2015 - 1:09 AM in reply to Annika

We love to enjoy the local culture and any art or history--also enjoy scenery and some limited hikes . want to explore the local cuisine. would like to experience any festivals that are going on at this time-we enjoy the outdoors more than galleries

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Jun 12, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Hi j2118b,

In that case your plans fit your interests, so well done! Zurich and Geneva are perfect for various museum visits. Zurich has a wonderful historical old told town center. There's plenty of good scenery and hiking options in or around the other towns. Interlaken isn't very pretty, but the surrounding region is. You can consider Grindelwald or another smaller village instead. It depends on whether you prefer lots of shops, restaurants and train connections versus better scenery in a more remote village. Lucerne has a bit of everything, so that's a good choice too. Please see the links for details and hotel suggestions.

One thing to note is that two nights in a place like Zermatt is very short. With just one day, it depends on the weather of that single day whether any trips into the mountains are worth it. With some luck it's a beautiful sunny day, with bad luck you won't see the Matterhorn at all.

A 15-day Swiss Travel Pass won't cover 20 days, so a Swiss Travel Pass Flex makes sense. How many free travel days you need depends on your day trip plans. I think 8 free travel days should do it for you. Please see myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpassflex for how this pass works, what's included, and where to buy it.

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Jun 13, 2015 - 6:02 PM

we will be staying 3 nights in grindelwald-is there transportation to either wengen

or Murren or Jungfraujoch from here

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Jun 14, 2015 - 8:27 AM in reply to Removed user

Hello j2118b,

There are lots of transportation possibilities in that area. You can check the timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) for times of departure and arrival. To get to Wengen you can take a train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg and continue to Wengen. From Kleine Scheidegg there's a cogwail train to Jungfraujoch.Another possibility is taking a train from Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen, from there you can take a train to Lauterbrunnen, from where a train to Kleine Scheidegg departs. That's a little bit more of a roundtrip, but beautiful.To get to Mürren you can take a train to Lauterbrunnen (change trains in Zweilütschinen), from there you can take the cable car to Grütschalp and either hike to Mürren (which I recommend when weather allows), or take a train to Mürren from there. Or you can take a bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg (through the Lauterbrunnen Valley) and take the cable car to Schilthorn and get out in Mürren.As I said: there are many possibilities. You might consider taking a train from Grindelwald to Grindelwald Grund (just a few minutes), take the gondola to Männlichen, and from there take the cable car to Wengen.

Whatever you choose, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it. It's a beautiful area!

Have a nice trip,

Olga

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