I am planning a trip to Switzerland in April 2018, came across this forum and I must say there is a wealth of information here which is very helpful. Kudos to everyone who came forward to share their experiences and tips.
Some background on myself and the people on the trip.
Country of origin: Singapore
Total pax: 3 (myself and parents)
Purpose: 80% sightseeing, 20% light hiking and walking around towns to look at architecture / monuments etc.
I'm just in the beginning stages of planning the trip, so here's a rough skeleton of what it might be like, feel free to throw in any suggestions.
Things to get when I land in Zurich Airport
(i) Swiss Travel Pass
(ii) Salt store prepaid SIM card for CHF 10 with CHF 20 credits.
(iii) other miscellaneous tourist stuff - train maps, guides etc.
(a) Day 1: Land in Zurich Airport at approximately 9am, take a train to Zermatt, if all goes smoothly in terms of way finding and hotel check in, should have everything settled by around 1:30pm-2pm in Zermatt.
- For this timing, will it be ideal to go to Gornetgrat via the Matterhorn railway? If so, I was hoping to do some hiking along Riffelberg and Rotenboden, but the suggestions seem to point Rotenboden > Riffelberg, correct me if I am wrong, isn't that a reverse hike? But the forum's guide: www.myswissalps.com/hi king/rotenboden-riffelalp - seems like it's an upward hike towards Gornmergrat. Is anyone able to clarify this?
- If the timing is not ideal, we intend to go to the Gornergrat the next day since we will be spending 1 night in Zermatt. Alternatively, we figured exploring Zermatt by foot, see what's there to eat and stuff, however is there maybe a short scenery trip perhaps we could squeeze in within half a day's time?
(b) Day 2 - 3 or 4: After visiting the Gornergrat, we intend to continue our journey towards Interlaken, should be arriving by nightfall. Haven't really researched on this area yet, feel free to pop any suggestions in! Although Jungfraujoch has crossed my mind, I haven't really gotten to looking at the routes yet.
(c) Day 3 or 4 - 5: Continue our journey to Lucerne, I read somewhere in this forum that it'd be a great idea to take a bus ride from 1 point, alight and take a boat across the river for a really nice view, then take a train and loop back into the city, all within Lucerne. And also visit Chapel Bridge.
(d) Day 5 - 6 or 7: Probably head back to Zurich or maybe Winterthur to do some light hiking, saw somewhere in this forum that someone mentioned Winterthur was great for hiking. Either that or we might extend our stay in Lucerne slightly longer.
(e) Day 10: Head back to Zurich Airport to Singapore.
I know my itinerary seems really choppy, but feel free to throw any ideas you have into the mix.
And also, is there a place I could get detailed maps of the places I want to visit. I mean I know google maps will do the job just fine for the most part, but my rationale is that since I don't speak the language, it'd be easier if I could get hold of a map which is visually easier to read.
Thanks in advance for any ideas thrown in.