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Sep 18, 2016 - 3:30 PM


My family and I (wife and 2 years old boy) will be spending 12 days in Swiss from 25/9 to 6/10. We have purchased a 2nd class 15 days swiss travel pass and done the necessary booking for accommodation. I have a few questions:

1) Based on our route, which part of it can I take the goldenpass panaromic train?

2) Are there any other places which I have missed out/not listed in any of the town i'm visiting?

3) Should the tickets/entrance fee to the places which I have planned to visit be booked in advance?

4) Any other things I should take note of?

Below will be a summary of our proposed itinerary.

Day 1:

Arrives in Basel - Travel to Zurich as base for next 2 days

Day 3:

Leave Zurich for Lucerne - Mount Pilatus - Travel to Interlaken as base for next 3 days

- Intend to do Jungfrau during these 3 days

Day 6:

Leave Lucerne for Zermatt as base for next 3 days

- Intend to do Matterhorn and Gornergrat

Day 9

Leave Zermatt for Geneva as base for the next 2 days

Day 12

Fly back to Singapore

7567 posts
Sep 19, 2016 - 12:05 AM in reply to snaem85

Hi snaem85 -

Here are some preliminary comments, as a quick response, since you are traveling so soon. Since we do not know your specific interests, and considering that you travel with an infant, I offer these opinions-

1. First and and last days. Forget about Zürich and Geneva, unless you have very specific reasons to visit them. Sorry to hear that you have already booked...the advice still holds.

Instead of Zürich, stay in Luzern. Lots more to see and do.

If you need to go to Zürich, for specific reasons, it is a short train ride,

Trains at xxx10 and xx35 take 46 to 50 minutes with no change of trains. Other trains are available.

For Geneva, skip it or stay in Montreux. Unless you have specific reasons to go to Geneva. It is OK as a tourist town, but Montreux and surroundings are much better. In my opinion ;-)

2.- As you wrote it you seem to be going back and forth to Luzern, Day 3 and day 6, as written, confuse me.

Please clarify where you will be sleeping and how you will get to Luzern for day 6. It seems that you will be in Interlaken???

I do not understand what you wrote.


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new member
Sep 19, 2016 - 2:18 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Thank you for your advice.

My apologies, I'll be leaving for Zermatt from Interlaken on Day 6. (Not from Lucerne to Zermatt)

As for the accommodation, I can't cancel them. ;(( Most likely for Geneva, I will travel to Montreux or go for a day tour.

As for our interest, we are at Swiss solely for the nice natural views. 😉

7567 posts
Sep 19, 2016 - 6:30 AM in reply to snaem85

<<"As for our interest, we are at Swiss solely for the nice natural views. ">>

Of the places that you have listed, you will find those nice (and scenic) natural views most easily in the Jungfrau region, Zermatt, and the Lake Lucerne area. Also, the north-eastern part of Lake Geneva near Montreux (Lac Leman.)

www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion

www.myswissalps.com/ze rmatt

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

Although Geneva is on the beautiful lake, which is nice for a boat ride, the city itself is not really a scenic location in the sense of those other three. Montreux offers the vineyards and mountain railways nearby, especially Rochers de Naye. The mountains come right down to the lake there. The vineyards near Lausanne are also nice, especially in the harvest season.

www.myswissalps.com/so uthwestswitzerland

www.myswissalps.com/mo ntreux

www.myswissalps.com/ro chersdenaye

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/lutry-epesses

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/lavaux-wine-train-mobilis-lavaux-riviera-pass

The train mentioned in that last link, from Vevey to Puidoux, is a short and scenic ride. Depending on your ability or interests in walking/hiking with a two year old, walking in the vineyards can be enjoyable. The terrain is definitely not level. ;-)

www.switzerlandbyrail. com/trains/scenic/lava ux_wine_train_vevey_ch exbrex.htm

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/wine-train-lavaux-please-advice

The best part of the Golden Pass Route is the line above Montreux, especially to Montbovon, on the way to Zweisimmen, thence to Interlaken. You might enjoy simply riding from Montreux to Montbovon and return, or deviate from the Golden Pass route and take the longer route onward to Gruyeres from Montbovon and return by (for example) Bulle, Romont, Puidoux, Lausanne, Geneva.

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Zoom in for the rail lines; I have turned on an overlay under Points of Interest/Traffic/ railways that shows the train stops.

The short stretch of track as you leave the tunnel at Puidoux and go through the vineyards toward Lausanne , including towns like Grandvaux, is a very striking and beautiful view, best seen on a clear day with the Alps in the background. There is a joke popular in the French speaking regions, that once someone from the north of Switzerland (the German -speaking regions) sees that view, they throw away their residence permits and move to the lake shore region.

You will be on part of the Golden Pass Route when you travel from Luzern to Interlaken via Meiringen. That section is called the Luzern-Interlaken Express. It is a pleasant ride, with some good views.

We have spent many days in the area around Lake Lucerne. In German -der Vierwaldstättersee. And, as you have figured out, since Luzern is in the German-speaking region, the signs will show the spelling with a "z."

This link shows some views around the southernmost part of the lake, as part of a description of a hike in that area:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/the-swiss-path-and-southern-lake-lucerne

Attached are a few pictures from near Luzern itself, or, around the lake. One show my 8 year old granddaughter absorbing the Lion of Luzern...it is a page from a photobook that I made about our trip there in 2009.

Zurich is described here:

www.myswissalps.com/zu rich

It is my favorite city in Switzerland, but not for scenery. Culture... museums, music, etc. It takes a while to begin to find your way into the rewards of Zürich. The old town, on both sides of the river, offers some nice walking. There is an excellent bus and tram network.

The southern part of the lake, near Rapperswil and Hurden, is peaceful and attractive. It is not a usual tourist destination. Three pictures attached.


7567 posts
Sep 20, 2016 - 12:22 AM in reply to snaem85

<<"As for our interest, we are at Swiss solely for the nice natural views. ">>

Hi snaeme85 -

Forgot to mention --

You will not be visiting Swiss; you will be visiting Switzerland. In English, "Swiss" is an adjective describing things. For example..Swiss cows, Swiss citizens or the Swiss countryside.

In French, you could visit "la Suisse," in German "die Schweiz," but in English you are visiting Switzerland or the Swiss Confederation.


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