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janeheidi
janeheidi
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Jan 24, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Hi all!

I will be travelling to Switzerland this weekend. My 3rd trip to Switzerland. Travelling Solo. Arriving in Zurich and departing at Geneva.

I really appreciate some advice or suggestion. Initially i planned to spend 2 nights in Lucerne and 2 in Vevey. However i got to know the CGN boat cruises are closed IN winter except sunday. I have previously stayed in Vevey and doing the boat cruise is my favourite thing to do. Hence i am a bit lost where or what to do. It will be easier to stay at 1 place for 4 nights (eg Lucerne). Visit mt titlus, do boat cruise.

i been travelling Prague and Austria past 12 days and Switzerland is the last part of my trip. Seen many castles, museums and long day trips. I am feeling quite exhausted and like to just stay at one base. Appreciate any kind suggestions. Fyi, i love gondolas, boat cruises amd short trips to towns. Hergiswils looks nice but the boats dont operate on weekdays also. Thank you for any suggestion.

Anna
Anna
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Jan 24, 2020 - 10:44 PM in reply to janeheidi

Hi janeheidi,

Lucerne is a good base to explore Lake Lucerne on boat. The ferry services run all year but much more frequently in summer. The cruise starts from the Lucerne pier not far from the train station and calls at selected towns/ villages along the lake before making its way back to Lucerne. Choose from a single or a round trip, you can even opt for a combination of cruise and mountain or sightseeing excursion. For example, you can take the ferry to Bürgenstock and then take the funicular to the Bürgenstock resort for a 360 degree panoramic view of the lake. From here you can also do a short hike to the Hammetscwand lift. Another example: take the ferry to Beckenried, then switch to the gondola to Klewenalp, a local mountain popular for skiing.

Have a look at this link for more cruise and excursion ideas: www.myswissalps.com/boatlakelucerne

In addition to boat trips, you can also do day trips to Rigi, Pilatus or Titlis by train.

It takes 3 hours to get to Geneva from Lucerne. If you have an early flight out to catch, I would highly recommend leaving the day before and spending the night in Geneva. If you leave early you could probably squeeze in a short tour of the city. Details here: www.myswissalps.com/hiking/geneva

Regards,

Anna

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Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jan 25, 2020 - 12:40 AM in reply to janeheidi

Hi janeheidi-

There is good lake boat service on Lake Lucerne year round. More in the summer, of course.

www.lakelucerne.ch/en/timetable-fares/timetable/

Pick the correct season.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jan 25, 2020 - 12:41 AM in reply to Anna

<<"From here you can also do a short hike to the Hammetscwand lift. ">>

Not till May. ;-(

The Felsenweg is usually not open until late Spring.

Slowpoke

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rockoyster
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Jan 25, 2020 - 2:03 AM in reply to janeheidi

Luzern is a great city to “chill”.

What time do you need to be at Geneva Airport or catch the TGV? Can you make it there in time from Luzern?

Last modified on Jan 25, 2020 - 2:04 AM by rockoyster
janeheidi
janeheidi
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Jan 28, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Dear all,

Thank you all for yr kind suggestions. My return flight to Geneva is at 7pm, i will leave lucerne 1pm. Will do a small trip in the mrng somewhere nearby.

Today, 28th Jan Mt titlus rotair was closed. And sadly could not do the ice flyer, n the rotation cable car and the suspension bridge. After lunch in Mt titlus i went down to tale a ferry to Weggis and went to Mt rigi. Was nice. Took cog wheelntrain up and took cable car down.

Tomorrow 29th Jan, i planned to do Mt pilatus and saw from SBB website the cable car is closed for tomorrow becose of the weather. Its a pity i bought Tell pass for 4 days and could not put to good use esp for Mt titlus and Mt Pilatus.

Not too sure what to do tomorrow though. Tks all

Ildiko
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Jan 29, 2020 - 7:01 AM in reply to janeheidi

Hi Janeheidi,

I am sorry that you have bad luck with the weather. I hope you can find some other good activity for today. There are already a few answers for you at your other thread at www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/what-other-sightseeing-to-do-with-tell-pass-winter.

I wish you all the bests,

Ildiko

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