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Mar 18, 2013 - 9:19 AM
Hi, My Family and I 2 adults and 2 kids (6 and 9) will be traveling in the 1st week of January and have 10 days to spend in Switzerland. We're flying into Geneva and departing from Zurich
I am wondering if there are any cities/sites you would recommend visiting as day trips from Interlaken and Lucerne. From Interlaken we are planning on exploring Wengen, Grindlewald, and the jungfrau region in general. I was especially hoping to get some suggestions on what to do there/surrounding areas. We love scenery and are not into Skiing, however the kids would love to play and experience the snow. (maybe with a sled etc). Is there a kids winter theme park? Please assist in planning day trip iternaries. Should we buy a swiss pass?

Our internary is as follows:

2 nights in Montreux
6 nights in interlaken
3 nights in Lucerne

Much appreciated
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Mar 20, 2013 - 1:49 PM
Hi evans! Exploring the Jungfrau region is an excellent choice in January. It's a magnificent region and offers lots of options for snow fun, winter hikes and sledging. See, for example, the Jungfrau railways website for an overview. The numerous viewing points such as Kleine Scheidegg, Männlichen, First, Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch are great for kids too. From Lucerne, day trips to vantage points and snow fun can be made too. Consider Pilatus and Rigi for example. And don't forget Lucerne itself: it's an attractive town. If weather is bad, try the Traffic Museum: kids will love it.

A Swiss rail pass will definitely be cheaper than regular tickets. Whether a Swiss Saver Pass is the most economical solution, depends on your final travel plans. Trips by regular train (including Rigi), buses and boats are for free with a Swiss Saver Pass; mountain transportation is discounted. So a 15 day Swiss Saver Pass would cover many trips, but not all; you'd need additional tickets for mountain trains and cable cars. You may consider a 3 or 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass instead, using free travel days for the longest and most expensive transfers, and discounted days for the local mountain transportation trips.

If you don't mind taking time for the transfer Montreux-Interlaken, use the Golden Pass line via Montreux and Zweisimmen. It's a beautiful route. If you want to ride it in a panoramic train, make sure you reserve seats in advance.
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