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Shivpuri58
Shivpuri58
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Jun 24, 2022 - 5:26 AM

Hello everyone

We are planning a 5 day trip to switzerland in July. We have 2 small kids - aged 18 months and 4 years.

We arrive in Interlaken on the 11th.

12th - I was hoping to Schilthorn

13th - walk around Lauterbrunnen and Lake Thun

14th- take a day trip to Lucerne

15th - head back to Zurich

Would you say this seems doable and fine? Would you recommend doing something else? Also any scenic train rides that are easily accessible from Interlaken? I have seen Lucerne before so if there are any other recommendations please do suggest.

Thank you !

Anna
Anna
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Jun 24, 2022 - 7:24 AM in reply to Shivpuri58

Hi Shivpuri58,

Welcome to MySwissAlps.

Yes, your itinerary is doable with small children.

If you're interested in scenic train rides, I recommend just taking the local train and do a round trip: Interlaken - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen - Kleine Scheidegg - Grindelwald - Interlaken. From Interlaken, take a train to Lauterbrunnen then switch to the mountain train to Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. From Kleine Scheidegg, take a train down to Grindelwald, then continue back to Interlaken. If you have time, make a stop in Wengen or Grindelwald and take the cable car to Männlichen.

You can plan this journey easily with the SBB timetable.

Regards,

Anna

Arno
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Jun 25, 2022 - 7:07 AM in reply to Shivpuri58

Hi Shivpuri58,

Anna's suggestion for a scenic trip is great. The Interlaken area is packed with scenic trips by (cogwheel) train, gondolas and cable cars. You'll find all options here: https://www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion/activities. This 1-day Jungfrau region trip might inspire you too: www.myswissalps.com/onedayjungfrauregion.

When you're traveling between Interlaken and Lucerne you'll travel in the 'Luzern-Interlaken Express'. That's a very scenic route that crosses the Brünig Pass. It's considered to be the northern leg of the GoldenPass route: https://www.myswissalps.com/goldenpass/gettingthere.

Since you've been to Lucerne before, you could consider dropping your day trip to Lucerne on the 14th and doing one of the many other excursions in the Interlaken area instead. You can still catch the Luzern-Interlaken Express when traveling back to Zurich. If you have time on your day back to Zurich, you could even stop in Lucerne for a short exploration there.

Your children will travel for free: www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/discounts. For the adults it makes sense to look into rail passes: https://www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass.

Shivpuri58
Shivpuri58
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Jun 26, 2022 - 7:12 AM

Thank you so much!

We will be driving back from Interlaken to Zurich since we have a lot of luggage and stroller and cannot manage on a train - along with a 1 year old and a 4 year old. :(

But have noted everything.

Arno
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Jun 26, 2022 - 9:20 AM in reply to Shivpuri58

I see! In that case it could still be worthwhile to spend an additional day in the Interlaken region, and pay Lucerne a shorter visit on your way to Zurich. It will save traveling time back and forth on the 14th.

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