Oct 31, 2019 - 8:28 AM
We have returned from our maiden trip to Europe and we thought to share our experience in Switzerland with others in this forum.
We arrived in Mürren from Milan via Brig. We took the scenic rail route via Kandersteg and really enjoyed the panoramic view (left side had better views). We were totally amazed by the natural beauty in Jungfrau region, especially in Lauterbrunnen and Mürren. The following day we went to Mount Schilthorn early morning and to our great delight there was a snow-falling. Though we had to cancel the Thrill walk at Birg because of the mist we could spend more time in the beautiful Mürren village. Thereafter we took a cable car to Stechelberg and from there came to Lauterbrunnen by bus. The view was breathtaking and we were mesmerized by it.
Then we continued our trip by taking the train to Wengen and from there went to Männlichen by cable car. We got 50% discount as we had the Swiss Travel Pass. From there we did a hike to Kleine Scheidegg and that was another unforgettable experience. We had closer views of the snow-capped mountains. It took about 1 hr and 40 minutes. We took the train to Grindelwald and from there to Bern.
Bern was beautiful with autumn colours and the following day morning we spent about 3 hours exploring it. Thereafter we proceeded to Basel to take the train to Colmar in France for a short visit. We could find the French platform without difficulty and as we have bought e-tickets, we could simply board the train. After visiting Colmar we came to Schaffhausen via Zurich in late evening.
The next day we visited the Rhine Falls from Neuhausen am Rheinfall side and the view was magnificent! We had the impression that this side has the better view. After that we took the train to Flüelen which was a beautiful lakeside town. We did a boat ride from Flüelen to Brunnen and it was free with STP. As the weather was fine we had a nice view over that part of the lake Lucerne and we were glad that we did it!
Thereafter we proceeded to Lucerne by train and arrived there in the afternoon. Lucerne looked glamorous and we were really impressed by it. However we think that Bern is equally or even more beautiful than Lucerne because of the autumn colours.
Finally we left for Zurich to take the train to Innsbruck to continue our trip. The view was beautiful when the train was passing by Lake Walen (Walensee).
We had bought 4 days Swiss travel pass and it was absolutely worth it. Buying the Swiss Travel Pass saved us both time and money. We could do almost all the trips that we had planned. Sometimes we caught trains by one or two minutes but never missed. We were impressed by the efficiency and convenience of Swiss travel system. The trains were punctual and comfortable.On top of that Swiss people were very friendly, helpful and polite. Such great people! Of all the European countries we have travelled we think that Switzerland got the best sceneries and the friendliest people.
I'd also take this opportunity to thank the MySwissAlps experts and other contributors whose advice,tips and information very much contributed to the success of our Swiss adventure! I highly recommend this forum to anyone planning a trip to beautiful Switzerland!