Apr 8, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Hi Sunil! As for point b): it would be best to check-in in your hotel in Lucerne first, leave your luggage there, and then get up to Mt. Pilatus. I wouldn't recommend carrying your suitcases along to Mt. Pilatus, as you'll be travelling by cog train and/or cable car.
I'm not sure how much luggage you want to carry along to your hotels. If a few backpacks are enough for you, you could leave the rest of your luggage in lockers at the Zurich railway station and pick it up at the end of your stay in Switzerland. Swiss trains generally offer enough space to take your baggage along though, so that shouldn't be a problem, especially in May as this isn't high season for tourists. You could also choose to use the SBB baggage service
. Simply hand in your suitcases at one station, and pick them up at another station the same evening or a few days later. This may be an alternative to storing your bags in lockers.
It would actually be a detour to start and end in Zurich and leave for Venice from there. In terms of both time and money it's better to leave from Interlaken, as the trip Interlaken-Venice is shorter and therefore cheaper than the trip Zurich-Venice. The Swiss timetable
will help you plan your trips. If you want to make your stay as relaxed as possible, I would stick with the order Zurich-Lucerne-Interlaken/Jungfrau-Venice (not getting back to Zurich again), as Arno mentioned, and follow his advice of storing your luggage in lockers for the first day. You can spend your first day in Zurich without luggage, pick it up in the evening, and travel onto Lucerne.