Dec 1, 2014 - 4:09 PM
I will be traveling in Switzerland for the holiday season from December 18- December 29th. I have some of my itinerary planned, but needed some help with a few parts of it. I will be flying in to Geneva from Madrid on 12/18 and plan on staying there for two nights. I was then planning on heading to the Bernese Oberland area (not sure which area would be best to stay in) on 12/20-12/23 and then I have booked a hostel in Zermatt to spend Christmas 12/23-12/26. I then plan on heading to either Bern or Lucerne from 12/26 to 12/29. On 12/29 I will be departing to Paris.
I have bought a select Eurorail pass with 5 travel days between up to 4 countries. I plan on using one of my travel days for a ride from my last city in Switzerland to Paris, and another travel day from Paris back to Madrid, leaving me 3 remaining travel days to use to travel within Switzerland. I believe that I can hop on and off as many trains as I want during my designated travel days, so I want to make day trips to one area in the morning and then hop on another train later that evening to get to another village or city where I would be sleeping in.
After Geneva I was thinking of making a day trip to see the Chillon Castle, and possible check out Montreux and/or Villeneuve. I then want to take a train later that night to Bernese Oberland area. What would be the best area to stay in for this area? I heard Interlaken is a good base, but not as scenic as other places. I was also considering Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. I am not sure which area would be best for me. I want to be somewhere where I can enjoy the nature and do outdoor activities and see the most of what the Alps have to offer. I am not concerned with shopping or fancy restaurants, as I am on a budget. Also which city, Bern or Lucerne, would be better for a day trip and which one would be better to sleep in and spend more time in? I would like to head over to one of them early in the morning from Zermatt and tour the city during the day, then go to the other one to sleep in and spend my remaining days in (12/26-12/29).
I will also be departing from Paris after this, so I want to stay in the city that would be more convenient for this. I am open to any advice on the itinerary, if you think there is something I should add or leave out. I know that Zermatt is a little out of the way, but I really wanted to be there for Christmas. Let me know your opinions on the itinerary and if it is do-able. Thanks!