Lucerne to Montreux with stop Interlaken/Jungfrau

Lucerne to Montreux with stop Interlaken/Jungfrau

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wanderer
wanderer
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Aug 26, 2015 - 2:28 PM

we are travelling from lucerne to montreux on 8th september ( part of a 8 days trip in switzerland)

1. is it okay to start from lucerne at 9 am, travel by train to interlaken ( drop the baggage at the station) and take a trip to jungfrau and get back to interlaken by 3 pm and proceed to montreux by train ????

2. do we need any special gear at jungfrau /grindwald etc ..to hang around in snow at this time of year or wind jacket will do .... ( we are in our 60's btw) ???

3. i have heard of a place called gimmerwald ..... any idea if its near by ..??

thnks ...

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Aug 26, 2015 - 11:52 PM in reply to wanderer

<<" 1postnew memberAug 26, 2015 - 2:28 PMwe are travelling from lucerne to montreux on 8th september ( part of a 8 days trip in switzerland)1.is it okay to start from lucerne at 9 am, travel by train to interlaken( drop the baggage at the station) and take a trip to jungfrau and getback to interlaken by 3 pm and proceed to montreux by train ????">>

Without double checking the time table, it seems like it could be done. I'm guessing a 12 hour day. Hope I'm wrong.

Why would you compress so much stuff in so little time? This may help.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

Jungfrau is a weather dependent objective. If you want to see the scenery, you need to pick a day with clear weather...or, plan on three days to wait around for good weather.

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch

That is my reaction to your proposal. Others may differ.

<<"2.do we need any special gear at jungfrau /grindwald etc ..to hang aroundin snow at this time of year or wind jacket will do .... ( we are inour 60's btw) ???">>

You need layers for warmth and rain protection for cold rain.

Jungfrau and Grindelwald have a couple of thousand or more meters altitude difference. That, in turn, means substantial temperature differences. Each location will require different warmth in your garments, out doors.

<<"3. i have heard of a place called gimmerwald ..... any idea if its near by ..??">>

It is. Above Stechelberg, below Mürren. This map will help.

map.geo.admin.ch/?X=155260.00&Y=632320.0 0&zoom=5&lang=de&topic =swisstopo&bgLayer=ch. swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe

slowpoke

Arno
Arno
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Aug 27, 2015 - 4:09 AM

My advice would be to depart 2 hours earlier and skip Gimmelwald. Just focus on your visit to Jungfraujoch; it will still be a very long day.

mikesc60
mikesc60
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Aug 27, 2015 - 11:50 AM in reply to wanderer

Have you looked at the journey times? I suggest you would need to leave Interlaken a couple of hours later as well as arriving earlier. Even taking on board Arno's suggestion I reckon you might be returning from Jungfraujoch almost as soon as you get there. I think your journey times excluding the last leg to Montreux would total around 7 hours. I would plan a later departure from Interlaken and an alternative to Jungfraujoch in the event that you feel the weather at Jungfraujoch would make it not worthwhile, unless you are keen to go anyway. There is a variety of excellent options for spending a few hours from Interlaken.

Personally I wouldn't worry too much about lots of extra clothing at Jungfraujoch as most of what you see/do there is, in fact, indoors, unless you are specifically aiming to go out onto the snow for any length of time.

I have used luggage lockers at Interlaken (Ost I think). You need the right change.

Have a great trip!

wanderer
wanderer
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Aug 28, 2015 - 1:56 AM in reply to Slowpoke

many thanks buddy for your suggestions , looks like jungfrau is not such a great idea given the overall time available and u seem to indicate that we could face a rather uncertain weather .. any suggestions to spend spend few hours " while we break our journey" on the way to montreux from lucerne. reqst keep in mind that we are spending 2 nights in montreux , 2 in zermatt and 2 in st mortiz ..

so if u have a suggestion for a 3 hr stop over i will appreciate it ,

other wise we can go st to montreux and i am sure thats a very pleasant place to spend our day and soak in the tranquility of lake geneva ..

wanderer
wanderer
9 posts
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Aug 28, 2015 - 2:00 AM in reply to Slowpoke

tks for your response , u feel its going to be 12 hr day

i was thinking it can be done bet 8 or 9 ,, but if it means a 9 am to 9 pm day

i think we will skip it

any other suggestions for a stop over at interlaken around noon ?? for 2 or 3 hrs ..??

it helps to get in touch with reality .... tks

Annika
Annika
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Aug 28, 2015 - 8:25 PM

Hi wanderer,

There are plenty of alternatives. They're listed at www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland/activiti es. If weather is good, you could visit the Schilthorn (still quite a long journey, but not as long as to the Jungfraujoch) or other viewing points like Brienzer Rothorn (to be reached from Brienz which is on the route from Lucerne to Interlaken), Schynige Platte, Männlichen or First, or just a round trip Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Grindelwald. A boat trip between Brienz and Interlaken would be very nice too.

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