3 nights in Switzerland with young kids 17-20 Oct

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Sep 17, 2017 - 2:50 AM


We are driving up from Italy and planning to visit Switzerland for 3 nights 17-20 October.

We have 2 young kids, 20mnths and 4 year old.

Hoping for some sightseeing and catch some snow for kids to play with if any.

Not sure but Would be great if we can have a 1 base for the whole 3 nights otherwise we can move around.

Where would be best to go and stay to cater around a family and kids friendly vacation.

Hoping to see Montreux/Interlaken/Lucerne.

Also, maybe Zermatt/Grindelwald area for some snow if any, otherwise it's ok.

I know 3 nights a bit too short to cover all those places. Looking forward to your advice and suggestions.

After switzerland, we will head back south to Italy and spend 2 nights in Lake Como area for Hereford I suppose the route back will be via Lugano.

Another thing, do I need snow tires travelling around Italy/Switzerland in Mid-late October?


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Sep 17, 2017 - 4:41 PM in reply to Joe777

Hi Joe777 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

So you are driving around Switzerland when you are here? We always recommend traveling by train here - much easier. Read more about cars vs trains here. That being said, yes I would have winter tires on if you drive, especially as the mountain passes are already getting snow now.

I would base yourself in Interlaken for 3 nights. For mountains and snow, the Interlaken area would offer the best opportunities. Click here to read more about the Jungfrau region. Interlaken also has good train connections if you decide to make a trip farther afield from there, such as Lucerne, Montreux or Zermatt.

Use the Swiss railways timetable here to plan your trips and see how long a train ride it would be to various towns (to see if it would be worth the time and effort for you). Some people may be ok with a 3 hour trip to Zermatt for a day trip and some people would not want to do that.


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