4 days starting late October - planning help

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Jun 15, 2018 - 11:31 PM

My wife and I will arrive in Zurich on 30 October and need to depart to Rome on 3 November giving us a mere 4 days to see something that really needs 4 weeks or more I know.

Here are questions.

1. We need to go to Berne (actually Diemtigen) to see ancestral farm. We were planning on going via train to Berne 31 October and overnight there. Should we rent a car in Berne to get to Diemtigen and see the homestead and then back to Berne? If so, recommendation? What about accommodations in and around Berne?

2.We want to travel via rail to Rome on 3 November. We were thinking to go to Lucerne (to be near train when we need to leave on 3 November) after Berne and spend 2 days there. We'd love to see Alps and are thinking Jungfraujoch but are open to other suggestions. The excursions to Jungfraujoch seem to take all day and are fairly pricey. If it is worth it we are all in.

3. When and how do we book trains from Zurich to Berne and then Berne to Lucerne and finally Lucerne to Rome. Keep in mind the Swiss cities other than Berne are open to great advise from you all.


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Jun 16, 2018 - 7:37 AM

The information you seek will be on here. Take time to look around the pages and explore the links.

Looks like it's fairly easy to get to Diemtigen by train.

Check out the Bernese Oberland Pass.

It should meet your requirements from Berne to Luzern (but you would probably need to take the Zentralbahn route between Interlaken Ost and Luzern).

You would need to purchase regular tickets from Zurich (Airport ?) to Berne and from Luzern to Rome.

Enjoy your travels.

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Jun 16, 2018 - 8:46 AM in reply to Bkunz1

Hi Bkunz1 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. I don't think a car is needed but it depends on where the farm is. You can use the Swiss railways timetable to plan out all trips: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable
  2. Any bigger town will be fine to catch a train to Rome. Bern has direct trains to Milan.Other towns like Luzern or Interlaken will have a change somewhere in Switzerland before heading into Italy. The timetable will give you all the options.

    Jungfraujoch (https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfraujoch) is a very popular mountain and worth it in good weather I think. Other mountains you can look at are noted here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/activities/natur alsites Depending on if you buy a rail pass some mountains may be better options as they can be free or partially discounted (depending on the rail pass). https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses
  3. You may want to look at a 3 or 4 day Swiss Travel Pass (https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass) to cover most of your trips around Switzerland. If you have that, then you can just buy a ticket from the Swiss/Italian border (Domodossola or Chiasso) to Rome. https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/ita ly
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