Feb 28, 2016 - 11:42 AM
Hi Elly, thanks for joining us.
Don't worry, August is a good month for a Switzerland visit. It's tourist high season so some attractions may a bit crowded, but you'll certainly get to enjoy yourselves!
Here are some tips for your plans in Switzerland. First of all, you'll be traveling quite a lot so I'd definitely recommend an 8 day Swiss Travel Pass. It will cover all regular journeys by train, bus and boat, provide free public transportation in towns and provide discounts on mountain trips. Prices are listed here. Right now, you'd best get it online from www.swissrailways.com/ en and pick "Online ticket" when asked for delivery options. That way you'll get to print your passes at home without any further shipping or handling fees. There's time to wait though and see if any interesting promotions come along. We'll mention them at our forum if there are any, and also include them to the "Promotions" tab on our Swiss Travel Pass page and our general "Promotions" section.
Here are some further tips:
- when traveling form Lugano to Lucerne, you may consider the Wilhelm Tell Express. It's a very scenic ride. If it takes too long for your travel party, you can do the same route using regular trains and skip the boat part. All connections can be found in the timetable;
- hotel suggestions for Lucerne are here;
- August 19: Bern and the Rhine Falls are quite far apart, so it would be easier to do either of them and not both. If you like a city visit, it would make more sense to combine the Rhine Falls with Zurich rather than Bern;
- hotel suggestions for Interlaken, including tips for smaller towns in the region, are here;
- August 23: whether or not to spend the night at Montreux depends on your preferences. Montreux gives access to some great sites of interest, like the Chillon Castle or viewing point Rochers-de-Naye. If you're interested you could spend a night there, do some local sightseeing on the morning of August 24, and then head for Geneva. It does mean that you'll have yet another hotel/base town transfer, including the time spent on packing and unpacking;
- please visit our Geneva page for sightseeing tips and hotels.
You've mentioned interest in Swiss traditional culture. Good that you've added the Ballenberg museum to your list; it's very interesting. To be honest, your current itinerary doesn't leave much room for long cultural side trips, but there are a few options that won't be that time consuming. For example, you may enjoy a fondue dinner in a restaurant, or try to include a visit to Gimmelwald and its dairy farm on August 22. A short guided city tour could be an option as well. A guide will provide interesting info and you'll get to ask anything you'd like to know. Here are some examples.
Last modified on Feb 28, 2016 - 11:46 AM by Annika