Tight schedule Jungfrau in early April

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sumsum
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Feb 12, 2016 - 6:55 AM

Refer to my post earlier: Tight schedule jungfrau in early April (which has been closed, so I need to create a new post)

Thanks Arno & Annika,

I found this forum is really helpful! After checking many of the topics here, I changed a bit of my schedule of day 1 & 2 and they are interchangeable, all depend on the weather. However, I wonder if I have enough time to do day 2 schedule (Jungfrau) if I start my journey from Grindelwald around 12:30 pm? For First - Bachsee, I understand we will have to go by train from Grindelwald to gondola, and then walk up to First and then to Bachsee. I wonder if we can take a bus/train down to Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg directly from Bachsee area, and then get back to Grindelwald from Männlichen? Not sure if it is possible?

Thanks

  • 01-Apr Day 1 - Lausanne - Grindelwald
  • 01-Apr Day 1 - Grindelwald - First
  • 01-Apr Day 1 - First - Bachsee - First / Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg
  • 01-Apr Day 1 - First / Männlichen - KleineScheidegg - Grindelwald
  • 02-Apr Day 2 - Grindelwald - Jungfrau
  • 02-Apr Day 2 - Jungfrau - Wengen
  • 02-Apr Day 2 - Wengen – Lauterbrunnen
  • 02-Apr Day 2- Lauterbrunnen - Grindelwald
Annika
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Feb 12, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Hi sumsum!

I'm afraid not all of your plans will work. The main problem is that the First cable car won't be operational (there's a break in the schedule between March 28 and May 7). You would be able to reach Grindelwald and visit Männlichen (still accessible up to April 3) and/or Kleine Scheidegg on day 1. The hike Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg will probably not be accessible. In mid-winter it's usually maintained as a winter hiking trail, but in the off season they may shut down the route due to melting snow and mud. If you're interested in hiking, you'd better try to include one of the suggestions Arno made in your previous topic. It would be a bit much to do so on day 1 though. Day 2 seems to offer more chances to make a hike.

Your plans for day 2 are doable, although I'd personally prefer to leave earlier on the day, especially if weather forecasts are more favorable for the morning.

Last modified on Feb 12, 2016 - 1:45 PM by Annika
sumsum
sumsum
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Feb 18, 2016 - 5:19 AM in reply to Annika

Thanks Annika,

Since we can’t go First and Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg, I will take Arno’s suggestion instead. But I am not sure if below plans are doable or it is the best way to get to the places. And seem we will have to reach Lauterbrunnen on 2 days.

  • 01-Apr Day 1 - Lausanne - Grindelwald
  • 01-Apr Day 1 - Grindelwald - Lauterbrunnen- Stechelberg
  • 01-Apr Day 1 - Stechelberg - Schilthorn
  • 01-Apr Day 1 - Schilthorn - Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen - Grindelwald
  • 02-Apr Day 2 - Grindelwald - Jungfrau
  • 02-Apr Day 2 - Jungfrau - Wengen
  • 02-Apr Day 2 - Wengen – Lauterbrunnen
  • 02-Apr Day 2- Lauterbrunnen – Grindelwald

Thank you!

Arno
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Feb 18, 2016 - 10:01 AM in reply to sumsum

Hi sumsum,

Day 2 is fine. Day 1 could be doable but I'd recommend a very early departure from Lausanne as it takes nearly 3 hours to reach Grindelwald. Cable cars and mountain train run until late afternoon or early evening. Details are in the timetable.

Have fun!

sumsum
sumsum
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Feb 22, 2016 - 2:24 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno,

Do you have any recommendations for us for day 1 if we don't go Stechelberg -& Schilthorn? Since we will need to travel Lauterbrunnen twice in 2 days, and we both are not a good hiker :o)

We would do some town visit or somewhere near Grindelwald, any ideas?

Thanks a lot!

Arno
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Feb 23, 2016 - 9:07 AM

Hi sumsum,

An alternative would be to skip Schilthorn, but still visit Mürren that day for its wonderful views. You can walk from Grütschalp to Mürren (very easy) or take the train. To save time, you can do all of that first: travel from Lausanne to Lauterbrunnen, put your luggage in a locker, go to Mürren, back to Lauterbrunnen and finally to Grindelwald. If you want to skip all of this you can do a simple walk around Grindelwald. The tourist office will be able to provide suggestions.

sumsum
sumsum
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Feb 23, 2016 - 9:36 AM in reply to Arno

Dear Arno,

Thank you for your suggestion, it sounds wonderful and saving lots of time!

Great help! Thanks again

sumsum
sumsum
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Mar 2, 2016 - 5:45 AM in reply to sumsum

Since my friend’s family is unable to take us around in the first two days now. We have to amend our plan. We will be traveling in 6 days totally, which passes we should use for our case?

  • 30-Mar Day 1 – Geneva airport - Geneva City – Old Town St.Pierre Cathedral – Plainpalais Flea Market - The Lake – Lausanne
  • 31-Mar Day 2 – Lausanne – Vevey - Montrex - Lausanne
  • 01-Apr Day 3 - Lausanne - Grindelwald - Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg – Schilthorn (or Mürren) -Lauterbrunnen - Grindelwald
  • 02-Apr Day 4 - Grindelwald - Jungfrau - Wengen–Lauterbrunnen– Grindelwald
  • 03-Apr Day 5 - Grindelwald -St. Gallen - Appenzell- St.Gallen
  • 04-Apr Day 6 - St. Gallen – Zurich - Zurich citysightseeing - Zurich - Airport

Any suggesting places to visit around Lausanne for Day 2 ?

Thanks!

Arno
Arno
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Mar 2, 2016 - 9:20 AM in reply to sumsum

Hi sumsum,

I would say that a Swiss Half Fare Card should result in the lowest spending. But, be sure to compare it to the more convenient Swiss Travel Pass. How to do so is explained here.

sumsum
sumsum
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Mar 18, 2016 - 3:05 AM in reply to Arno

Hello again,

I have changed my day 3 schedule as below. I have few questions:

Would you advise if it worth to take 2 boat trips a day? Since we will carrying baggage with us, can we access to the boat? Also, Would it be too late to get to Grindelwald after 18:00? After sunset?

01-Apr Day 3 - Lausanne to Thun (by train) – Lake Thun to Interlaken- Interlaken boat to Lake Brienz- Brienz to Grindelwald (by train)

I have checked the timetable from www.bls.ch However I am a bit confused about the departure time, please correct me if I am wrong

From Thun to Interlaken West 11:24am-13:49pm

From Interlaken OST to Brienz 16:07-17:20pm

Thanks

Arno
Arno
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Mar 18, 2016 - 6:51 AM

Hi sumsum,

You can take along luggage on the boat, store it in Interlaken while on Lake Brienz, or ship it ahead: myswissalps.com/train/ practical/luggage.

The boat from Thun departs 11:40 AM, and 16:07 PM from Interlaken Ost is correct. Please see www.bls.ch/e/schifffah rt/fahrplan.php or the nation wide timetable (and select just boats as the mode of transport).

sumsum
sumsum
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Mar 18, 2016 - 7:04 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks for your reply Arno,

I have checked nation wide timetable but it only shows 14:07 from Interlaken to Brienz with BAT on 1 Apr (which is differ with bls pdf). is it the last boat for the day?

Thank you!

Arno
Arno
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Mar 18, 2016 - 7:52 AM in reply to sumsum

Sorry about that, I missed the footnote saying the later boat only operates from May 14. Well, that shows how tricky timetables can be. You can catch the earlier boat if you take the first train to Ost, 4 minutes after arrival in West. It can be done if you hurry a bit.

sumsum
sumsum
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Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

Thanks for that. Can you kindly check again for me because I cannot search any boat for Lake Thun on 1 Apr with nation wide timetable. Does it mean there is no boat for that date ?

Thank you

Arno
Arno
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Mar 18, 2016 - 3:45 PM in reply to sumsum

Hi sumsum,

The boat operates, no worries. Please see the attachment. Enjoy the lakes!

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sumsum
sumsum
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Mar 22, 2016 - 2:03 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks for your help Arno

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