Planning my 4 days trip in Switzerland in May

Planning my 4 days trip in Switzerland in May

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Yanti
Yanti
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Mar 4, 2016 - 11:21 PM

Hi All,

I am planning to travel to Switzerland in May. I'll be travelling from Milan, Italy and I will spend four days in Switzerland. My flight travelling back to Ireland is from Zurich at 11pm. My aim is to cover as much nature and beautiful sceneries within those four days by train. So our journey will end in Zurich.

Hope to get an advice or suggestion on this.

Thanking you!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
expert
Mar 5, 2016 - 1:07 AM in reply to Yanti

Hi Yanti-

Welcome to the forum.

At high altitudes, May is a very changeable month. End of Winter...not yet hiking season.

Different at lower altitudes.

What are your dates? Exactly when do you arrive from Milano?

The dates will influence recommendations.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Mar 5, 2016 - 1:09 AM by Slowpoke
Yanti
Yanti
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Mar 5, 2016 - 7:51 AM in reply to Slowpoke

I'll be in Milan on 10&11 May and Switzerland from 12-16th May

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
expert
Mar 5, 2016 - 9:28 AM in reply to Yanti

<<"I'll be in Milan on 10&11 May and Switzerland from 12-16th May">>

Hi Yanti -

It is certainly possible to see some of the high alpine scenery near the Jungfrau then, but it is low season, so many cableways will not be running, and trails at higher elevations above approximately 2000 meters will likely not be open due to snow. The cograil train , including Jungfraujoch, will be running. Some hotels will be closed. The lower valley trails in the Lauterbrunnen Valley will be open.

www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland

and link to Jungfrau included on that page

In planning your journey, you might check -

www.myswissalps.com/ge ttingstarted

You will find that a map combined wit the timetable can help you learn about distances and travel times, and will help to understand the routings that will be mentioned-

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

map.search.ch/

Coming from Milano, you can come through the Simplon Pass via Domodossola and Brig,thence to Montreux or to Interlaken via Spiez. A fair amount of interesting scenery, depending on which exact routing and destination you choose. I used to use it from Milano to Geneva regularly.

Coming north through Lugano and Bellinzona then over the Gotthard Pass to Luzern would be my preference. The scenery is striking, and it takes you easily to Luzern. You can do it all by rail, or, depending on timing, as well as the lake boat schedules, use the Wilhelm Tell Express route which you can follow on your own at different times from the official "Express" if you prefer. The boat is a lot slower, but quite scenic, and could always be used on a day trip from Luzern.

If you have not been to Switzerland before, Luzern is an excellent starting point, and a base for some other day trips.

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

By the way , I tend to use "Luzern" which is the German spelling, because Luzern is in the German speaking region. That is what you will see n the signs in and near Luzern.

The French Lucerne, English Lucern, Italian Lucerna are all the same place. ;-)

From will you return to Italy, or go from Switzerland to some other country. Do you know what city you will leave from?

That's a start.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
expert
Mar 5, 2016 - 4:17 PM in reply to Yanti

Hi Yanti-

an addition to my prvious post.

You can alkso come north from Milano to Switzerland via the Bernina Pass.

Should have mentioned it before.

www.myswissalps.com/be rninaexpress

The Bernina Express would take you from Tirano Italy into the Canton Graubünden at St. Moritz/ Pontresina and onwatd to Chur.

From Chur, you'd have some choices, but the most obvious and simplests route onward probably is to Zürich, thence Luzern. Luzern can be reached without going through Zürich, but it involves a lot of changes. Or, you could go back up into the Alps via the Glacier Express route.

www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress

Those scenic train routes are nice, and very scenic, but unless you really want to spend a lot of hours on trains, you'd be better off, in my opinion, getting to Luzern by a more direct route and using it as a base.

If you are interested in this routing, you have to get to Tirano from Milano. That makes the total trip rather long.

In the Summer, there is a bus from Lugano. It is running on May 12, and takes 3 1/2 hours from Lugano to Tirano. There is also a train route from Milano to Tirano ( about 2 and 1/2 hours.).

Slowpoke

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