May 19, 2017 - 5:57 AM
Hi folks: my first post on this forum looking for some help. My wife and I visited Montreux and Lauterbrunnen summer of 1997 and are now going back with 2 kids aged 17 and 13 because of our wonderful memories of Murren and Schilthorn. We fly into Zurich July 2 at 4pm and depart Zurich July 7 at 9am to our next country. In other words, we shall have many suitcases (ok, all 4 suitcases have wheels and can be dragged along for short to medium distances) unlike 20 years ago when we just carried large backpacks. We want to spend 3 nights in the mountains and last 2 nights in Zurich because our flight is so early in the morning. I had some specific questions which I hope the knowledgeable folks in this forum can help with:
1) Because of the luggage situation, we don't want to move too many times, and were thinking of staying July 2-4 in either Lauterbrunnen (I stayed at a hotel called Hotel Sternen in 1997, but I cannot find it any more), Wengen, or even Interlaken as my mountain base. Given that we shall each be pulling a suitcase, can we really stay in Wengen? I don't think I can use the Swiss Rail Luggage Service to deliver my suitcases in my hotel given the lateness of my flight arrival, can I? Can we take 4 suitcases up in the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen?
2) We skipped Jungfrau for Schilthorn last time, and want to visit Jungfrau this time on either July 3 or 4. Maybe also see Mt. Titlis or Trummerbach Falls. Or Boating in Lake Thun or parasailing ... Guess we shall plan the details from the ground. Given than I also want to ride the Glacier Express on July 5, would it make sense to get the Swiss Pass or the BO Travel Pass?
3) My plan for July 5 is more complicated. I want to leave the mountains early morning and catch to train to Brig, catch the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur, and then take another train from Chur to Zurich before checking into my hotel in Zurich. Is this doable lugging 4 suitcases? Do I need reservations from Brig to Chur? Can I hand off my luggage to Swiss Rail in the morning and pick it up from Zurich at night? I believe the eastbound Glacier Express has 3 trains that day at approx 9am, 10am, and 11am from Brig, so I would need to leave the mountains at 7am to catch the 9:18am train. So what's the better starting point for this journey: stay in Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, or even Wengen?
The Swiss Pass special (www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/swiss-travel-pass-free-day-promotion-north-america) ends in a few days, hence I wanted to nail down my logistics before the 23rd.
Thanks in advance to the experts for their advice. Once I nail down the travel, I can finalize my hotels (or whatever other choices folks recommend) before figuring out the intra-day details.