Switzerland in July 2011

Switzerland in July 2011

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mailsatk
mailsatk
2 posts
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May 28, 2011 - 8:15 AM
Hi All,

This is an awesome forum and the kind of helpful responses I have seen, it is very very encouraging!! I have a few questions and I hope to get equally helpful responses to those :-)

1) My wife and I are planning to go to Switzerland on 25th July and be there for at least 4-5 nights. We are planning to buy the Swiss Saver pass, but we are not sure if we can buy that one for 5 days. If not, would we need to buy it for 4 days and make some other travel arrangements for the other 1 day?

2) We still haven't decided which place to keep as the base for our stay in Switzerland. I am sure Interlaken is quite a popular one, and I hear there are other nice places as well. The thing I am not sure about is if I keep my base as Geneva, which is quite the Southern tip, will I be able to see some important places that are towards the North of Switzerland. Or would traveling take most of my time? In fact hotel booking already is getting pretty expensive in Interlaken or even in Luzern. Any suggestions are welcome!

There are still a ton of questions, but I guess I will slowly throw them at this forum.

Thanks much in advance!
Satish
maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
318 posts
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May 28, 2011 - 11:18 AM
Hello Satish, welcome to the forum. We are planning to stay in Thun - it is just over half an hour by train from there to Interlaken, the starting point for excursions in the Bernese Oberland. We choose Thun because it also gives the option to go on day trips to Lucerne (1hr 24m), Zermatt (1hr 50mins) Geneva (2hrs10 mins) Gstaad (1hr 20mins, Basel (1hr 5mins), Zurich (1hr 20mins), Montreux (2hrs) to name but a few!
On our first few trips to Switzerland we concentrated on exploring Bernese Oberland but now we like to mix that with visiting other areas too. Solothurn, Fribourg, Bern and Kandersteg are also within easy reach of Thun which might be a little cheaper than Interlaken - worth a look anyway. Google Thunersee Tourismus for more details.
While we always spend a little time in Interlaken on our way to other places, we haven't stayed there as it is a bit too crowded and "touristy" for our tastes! It is very convenient for the mountain excursions so it is a question of priorities. By the way, travelling can be part of the fun in Switzerland so count it as part of your day out not an inconvenience!
As for passes - you are right there isn't a 5-day Swiss Saver Pass so if you buy the 4 day one you will need to decide whether you are likely to get any use out of it other than the journey to your base on the first day or before you leave your base on the last day which depends on the time of day your inward and outward flights are.
I hope you enjoy your planning and your holiday. Maggie
Arno
Arno
7719 posts
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moderator
May 28, 2011 - 11:45 AM
Thanks for your excellent tips Maggie, and thanks for your compliments Satish. There isn't a lot I can add to Maggies post. Some tools that help you do the planning are the timetable for traveling times and map.search.ch to see where everything is located. To see the available Swiss Pass variants, please check the upper right corner of the Swiss Pass page, and select your country of residence and travelers to see up to date prices. Some relatively cheap hotels in popular towns can be found here.

I hope this gets you started.
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mailsatk
mailsatk
2 posts
new member
May 29, 2011 - 2:31 PM
This information is extremely helpful Maggie and Arno. This definitely gives me some idea about the distances and travel times involved.

Another question - What is the exact difference between the Swiss Saver Flexi Pass and the Swiss Saver Pass? The only difference I could find was that the Flexi pass covers travel in 37 cities and the plain Saver pass covers travel in 41 cities. Not sure which 4 cities the Flexi pass doesn't cover. Also, I noted that the Flexi pass can be used for 3, 4, 5 or 6 selectable days. Probably this suits my requirement better, but I am not too sure of what other things it doesn't cover.

thanks
Satish
Arno
Arno
7719 posts
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May 29, 2011 - 2:42 PM
Those are indeed the main differences Satish. Please note that the validity of the Swiss Flexi Pass starts/ends on the first/last day of free traveling. Discounts apply in between traveling days. Further information can be found on our pages about those passes.
andrew
andrew
27 posts
active member
Jun 2, 2011 - 1:04 PM
When looking for somewhere to stay and for your sort of holiday please don't overlook Spiez between Interlaken and Thun on the Thunersee. It's a main rail junction from where you can go in four different directions and of course there are the boats on the lake. We now always stay at the Seegarten Marina by the harbour and only 100 metres from where the boats dock. Indeed, we usually arrive and depart by boat. It's a sharpish walk up to the station (15 minutes) but buses link the station with the harbour to meet the boats and the little local Zugli (land train) can also help. We have no connection with the hotel other than as guests who return year after year.
Andrew
Arno
Arno
7719 posts
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Jun 3, 2011 - 3:42 AM

Thanks for the tip Andrew. Seegarten Marina is indeed located at a very nice spot. I heard the food is good also. You probably know hotel Aqua Welle at the end of the street and next to the ship dock as well.

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