Zurich to Jungfrau and or Lucerne, then Prague

Zurich to Jungfrau and or Lucerne, then Prague

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jpatyl2003
jpatyl2003
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Dec 14, 2014 - 8:46 AM

My husband and I will travel for 13 days in later August and early Sept. 2015. Arrival at Zurich at 6 p.m. on day 1, leaving Berlin 8 p.m. on day 13. We wish to travel Prague and then Berlin too. We need advice on:

1/ Itinerary to have the best scenic route visit Jungfrau that may include Lucerne? Where will be the base to wait for good weather to Jungfrau? Backup plan at the base if the weather is no good?

2/ Will we get mountain sickness if we join the 1 day Jungfrau tour from Lucerne?

3/ Train route to Prague, any night train?What type of rail pass?

Thanks

Annika
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Dec 14, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Hi jpatyl2003,

Welcome to MySwissAlps!

1) Lots of options to do what you want. You can best check out these planning guidelines to make a plan that exactly fits your interests. For the Jungfraujoch trip you'd best be based in Interlaken or one of the villages south of that, like Grindelwald, Wengen or Lauterbrunnen. See the links for activities, bad weather alternatives, hotel suggestions, etc. Your first stop could be Lucerne, where there is a lot to see as well, and your second stop the Interlaken area, the be reached via the Golden Pass line.

2) Only a few people suffer from that. I don't know if you're one of them. Just take it easy, walk slowly, sit down regularly, and go down if you don't feel well. Don't take young children up to that altitude, see the Jungfraujoch page.

3) Simply fill out your trip in the timetable to check your options. The best pass depends on your plans. Once you have a plan, you can pick the one that fits your needs. Most people pick a Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Half Fare Card. If you want to be sure to pick the cheapest option, you can do some calculations as explained here.

Does this get you started?

jpatyl2003
jpatyl2003
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Dec 15, 2014 - 6:45 AM in reply to Annika
Annika said:

Hi jpatyl2003,

Welcome to MySwissAlps!

1) Lots of options to do what you want. You can best check out these planning guidelines to make a plan that exactly fits your interests. For the Jungfraujoch trip you'd best be based in Interlaken or one of the villages south of that, like Grindelwald, Wengen or Lauterbrunnen. See the links for activities, bad weather alternatives, hotel suggestions, etc. Your first stop could be Lucerne, where there is a lot to see as well, and your second stop the Interlaken area, the be reached via the Golden Pass line.

2) Only a few people suffer from that. I don't know if you're one of them. Just take it easy, walk slowly, sit down regularly, and go down if you don't feel well. Don't take young children up to that altitude, see the Jungfraujoch page.

3) Simply fill out your trip in the timetable to check your options. The best pass depends on your plans. Once you have a plan, you can pick the one that fits your needs. Most people pick a Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Half Fare Card. If you want to be sure to pick the cheapest option, you can do some calculations as explained here.

Does this get you started?

Hi Annika,

Appreciated. We have started our hotel booking at Zurich and Wilderswil as a base. The accommodation (a studio apartment) that we booked via booking.com has a very reasonable price but it has a non-refundable deposit of one night. We found interesting rule on how to pay the deposit afterward. Booking.com did not charge us. The owner of the place will send us instruction on the wire transfer the $ to them directly. We wish to know how we can check the credential of this place. We worry about that it will be too late to find another backup accommodation when we have arrived Wilderswil and found out the accommodation is not available or closed down.

Will the 3 day Flexipass work for the following itinerary? I assume that the Swiss Pass will not include City night line to Prague. I put my questions in "bold".

Day 1: Flight arrived Zurich in the evening, night stay Zurich

Day 2: Zurich day tour, night stay Zurich

Day3: 1st day Flexipass- Zurich to Rhine Fall . "The Rhine Falls are within easy reach from Zurich (an hour by train), and not to be missed. This day trip takes about half a day. You can extend it by exploring the town of Schaffhausen or do a two hours boat cruise to Stein am Rhein and take the train back to Zurich from there. This detour would add another 4 hours to your trip" Return to Zurich to pick up luggage, train to Wilderswil via Golden Pass Line (should we visit Lucerne first and go to Rhine Fall before we head to Basel on Day 7?); night stay Wilderswil

Day 4: Early morning train and use Flexipass discount to go Jungfraujoch (can we use both discount?), night stay Wilderswil

Day 5: (from this website)" explore the valley on foot. This hike can be as long or as short as you want. You can start in Wilderswil (5 minutes from Interlaken by train), and walk via Zweilütschinen and Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg and beyond. The trails are not difficult. Trains back to Interlaken depart from Zweilütschinen and Lauterbrunnen. From Stechelberg there's a bus back to Lauterbrunnen. The highlight of the route is the Staubbach Fall, just past the village of Lauterbrunnen." , night stay Wilderswil

Day 6: 2nd day Flexipass- Please advise where to go, night stay Lucerne

(Day 4,5,6 can be interchanged depending on the weather to go Jungfrau)

Day 7: 3rd day Flexipass- sightseeing Lucerne, "travel by train to Arth-Goldau, and switch to the cogwheel train up the Rigi. From there, another train goes down to Vitznau. Optionally you can walk part of this route to explore the car free countryside even better. The section from Rigi Staffel to Rigi Kaltbad is a short and easy hike. Vitznau is a beautifully located village long Lake Lucerne. A relaxed boat tripis the perfect way to reach Lucerne again to pick up luggage. Then to Basel before 9 p.m, night train to Prague . (Will this work?)

Looking forward to your reply.


Arno
Arno
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Dec 15, 2014 - 7:24 AM

Hi jpatyl2003,

If you booked through booking.com they should have checked their accommodations so I would not expect issues. I've booked through them as well and had no problems so far. But you could contact the local tourist offices if you have doubts. Or let me know which properties you booked. Perhaps I've heard of them.

You can use the Swiss Travel Pass Flex for your plan. Note that in order to get discounted tickets on days in between the free travel days, you would combine it with a Swiss Half Fare Card. All the details are here.

I think visiting the Rhine Falls first, is fine. You'll have more time to visit them as opposed to combining it with the Rigi trip. Time wise, I guess it would be more efficient to stay in Lucerne first, rather than passing through it on your way to Wilderswil and then travel the same way back a few days later. You could travel straight from Wilderswil to Basel on your last day in that base. On the other hand you get to see the Golden Pass line twice now and that's not bad either (and perhaps your intention). For more things to do, please see these pages:

There is no discount on the City Night Line train if you board in Basel (well, a few francs perhaps), as it will cross the border to Germany soon after its departure.

Kind regards,

Arno

Last modified on May 21, 2016 - 4:21 PM by Arno
jpatyl2003
jpatyl2003
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Dec 25, 2014 - 8:21 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

Merry Christmas!

I have searched the Travel Pass Flex website. Did not find any link to explain, "in order to get discounted tickets on days in between the free travel days, you would combine it with a Swiss Half Fare Card". May you clarify further?

We are thinking to travel to Zermatt from Wildersil on Day 6, using the 2nd day Flexipass and return to Lucerne at night. Will we have enough time to have sightseeing for the Matterhorn?

The properties that we booked via booking.com is " Studio Glaus"
Address:Mühlenenstrasse 18, Wilderswil, 3812, Switzerland, Phone:+41338225988.

It will be nice if you may help to check the credential of this property.

Thank you

Arno
Arno
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Dec 26, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Merry Christmas to you too! Regarding my earlier comment: I meant to explain that apart from the free travel days included in the pass, there are no further discounts on other days. So if you want to make trips on days in between free travel days, you need to buy full priced tickets for trains, cable cars, etc. It may be worth it to get the Swiss Half Fare Card add-on, so that tickets on such days are 50% cheaper. If you go to the "How to use" section of the Swiss Travel Pass Flex page, you will see this is explained under "Swiss Half Fare Card Combi".

Yes, you can visit Zermatt and admire the views as a day trip from Wilderswil. But it's recommended to do so on a clear day only, and depart early.

Studio Glaus is also listed on the Interlaken Tourism website, so I would not worry about it.

Last modified on Dec 26, 2014 - 3:21 PM by Arno

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