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May 17, 2015 - 5:18 PM


My wife and I will be travelling to Lucerne in June for a 3 day stay. We are in our late 20s. We will appreciate any suggestions.

We are reaching Lucerne on Saturday Morning at 10 am and will be in Lucerne for 3 full days and leave for Zurich on Tuesday at 10 am.

We are a planning to buy a 4 day swiss pass

Currently planning an itinerary and we would love to include the following. We really want to spend enough time hiking in the countryside

Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Lucerne Attractions
  • Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne
  • Mt. Rigi
  • Hikes around Mt. Rigi (Any suggestions)

Day 2 (Sunday)

  • Engelberg
  • Mt. Titlis
  • Hikes around engelberg (Trubsee, Fluhmatt, Brunnihutte etc.)

Day 3 (Monday)

  • Mt. Pilatus
  • Anything else?

Need help in firming up the plan please.

Thanks in Advance.

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expert &
May 18, 2015 - 4:44 PM

Hi Shashank, welcome to MySwissAlps! Your plans sound just fine. They're realistic and don't require too much traveling time. A tip for all days is to watch weather forecasts closely, preferably in the morning before you get out, and visit the mountains tops at the time of the day when weather is at it best. You're very flexible with your Swiss Travel Pass, so you can easily adapt your trips to such circumstances. You can add some further activities to day 3. The town itself has lots to offer, so you could visit the center or a museum. A short hike could be included too; ​here you'll find some interesting routes close to Lucerne. Some further links that may be interesting:

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new member
May 19, 2015 - 1:34 AM in reply to Annika

Thank you Annika.

This is very helpful. Couple of follow up questions.

Shouldn't we be making any cablecar booking now? Are the prices fixed? or do they go up as the trip approaches

Swiss Pass - What are the pros and cons of purchasing online vs purchasing at Zurich Airport

Finally, are there any suggestions related to apps (Android / ios) that we can use for our trip. Any suggestions related to apps that work offline (Offline maps for hikes, information that can be accessed offline) would be really helpful.

Switzerland is probably the most expensive country to visit. Any tips to save would be appreciated. Note that we have made bookings at a Luzern Hotel already...

Thanks again!

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expert &
May 19, 2015 - 6:06 AM

Hi Sashank,

Thanks for your reply. Transportation in Switzerland does not require pre-booking. In case of cable carsyou simply show up with your pass, buy discounted tickets, and board. In some cases you can buy cable car tickets in advance if you want (see the Pilatus page for example), but it's by no means required. Prices won't change.

Pros and cons of purchasing your pass online versus locally are listed on the last page Annika gave you. As you can see there it's cheaper to buy online. All other differences are explained there as well. More help is offered here.

Apps are listed here. I don't know about offline access.

Saving tips are here.


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