12-day train travel across Switzerland in January

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Oct 12, 2019 - 9:26 AM


I fear I have "over-researched" (!!) 12 day holiday and would greatly appreciate thoughts on my proposed itinerary by those who know Switzerland please. Thank you in advance!

Husband and I have visited twice before by train (fallen in love with country) doing Glacier route by local train etc and I love train transport. This time, we plan to arrive in Lucerne late January via train from UK and spend 3 nights there (1st Day explore Lucerne, 2nd day Mount Rigi).

Continue to Locarno (overnight stop) via Gotthard Panarama Express boat/train. Next day, early start on Centovalli Line to Montreux (4hr train) with 1 hr lunch stop before boarding 4hr train(s) to Kandersteg via 1st part of Golden Pass (completing scenic journey before daylight fades!). 3 nights Kandersteg; then on to Wengen 3 nights and back to Paris (UK following day).

Hope not over ambitious with amount of trains!! We don't ski but like the idea of mountain scenes, scenic villages, walking, sledding. As Wengen is expensive, I'm tempted to alter itinerary to an extra night in Kandersteg (4 nights total) and just 2 nights Wengen. Any thoughts? Would we have enough to do in Kandersteg or be better to split 3/3 nights, rather than 4/2 nights?

Don't like sound of "busy" Interlaken and looked at Lauterbrunnen as cheaper option to Wengen but concerned the valley could be foggy and while I understand weather could prevent good views anywhere during winter season, given total cost of holiday, it seems car-less Wengen would be preferable/more fun and money better spent for likelihood of good visibility.

For that last stage of trip (ie Wengen) location needs to be reasonably close to last train leg of Golden Pass: Interlaken-Lucerne-Zurich and 13.34hr TGV Lyria to Paris. We will get 10 Day Swiss Pass for the trip.

Any major flaws in my plan? ... Just in case I have lost logic in all my excitement and enthusiasm. :)

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Oct 12, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Hi hillfarm101,

Well done with your research. I think you've come up with a fantastic itinerary. Good choice too for getting the Swiss Travel Pass :)

So to recap:
3 days in Lucerne
1 night in Locarno
1 day travelling from Montreux to Kandersteg
3 nights in Kandersteg
3 nights Wengen
Last day - train to Zurich and Paris

I think it's perfect!! Just make sure you don't miss your Golden Pass connection on the last day :) Be sure to check the validity of your Swiss Travel Pass and double check the timetable before your journey.
www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass
www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

I just have to include a few links that might be useful for your trip:

Enjoy your trip.



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Oct 12, 2019 - 10:14 AM in reply to Anna

Hi Anna

Thank you so much for super quick response and brilliant to know you think the plan is OK. Prior to booking hotels direct, having a slight confidence wobble ...!

You would stick with Kandersteg 3 nights:Wengen 3 nights, as opposed to Kandersteg 4:Wengen 2?

Many thanks - much appreciated. Kind regards,


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Oct 12, 2019 - 3:13 PM in reply to hillfarm101

Hi again,

Yes, 3 nights in Kandersteg would be enough for me. But that's my personal choice. It's up to you really :)



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