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Jul 9, 2022 - 5:12 AM

Hi there from Australia,

We are a family of 4, parents 50ish and 2 boys 16 and 18. We will be arriving in Switzerland from Munich with a Eurail pass. Thinking of getting a 4 day Swiss Pass. Hoping to do something like this -

12 January 2023 - Travel from Munich to Lucerne, explore the Old Town. Stay Lucerne

13 January 2023 - Puchase Swiss Pass. Travel to Rigi and Stoos for free under the Swiss Pass. What is the best route to do this? Stay Lucerne

14 January 2023 - Travel to interlarken and drop luggage at accommodation. Travel onto Lauterbrunnen, catch the Grutschalp cable car then the train to Murren. Catch to gondola to Gimmelwald and Stechelberg, bus to Lauterbrunnen. Train to Wengen, gondola to Mannlichen then cable car to Gridelwald. Is there anything else we should add to this part of the day? Train back to Interlarken, if time a boat trip. Stay Interlarken.

15 January 2023 - Travel from Interlarken to Visp, Andermatt then to Chur on the local trains but on the Glacier Express route. Is this suitable at this time of year and is it complicated? Stay Chur.

16 January 2023 - Travel from Chur via St Moritz to Tirano on local trains on the Bernina Express route. Then we need to get to Bellano/Varenna on Lake Como.

Look forward to your advice!

Laurel and family

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Jul 9, 2022 - 9:13 AM in reply to Loz74

Hi Laurel,

Your 4-day itinerary in Switzerland is reasonably doable.

On Day 2 (Jan 13), I recommend first going to Rigi then Stoos. The route would be Lucerne - Arth Goldau (by train) - Rigi Kulm (cogwheel train) - Arth Goldau - Schwyz (train) - Stoosbahn (bus), then take the funicular to Stoos village. Please use the SBB timetable to find suitable connections.

On Day 4 (15 Jan), to travel on the Glacier Express route from Interlaken, you will need to travel to Spiez then switch to the train to Brig, then again in Andermatt and Disentis before reaching Chur. The journey will take about 6 hours. Please check train schedules on the SBB timetable. You can find details of the Glacier Express route here: www.myswissalps.com/glacierexpress/gettingthere

Travelling on the local trains Chur to Tirano via the Bernina Express route should be easier, as explained here: www.myswissalps.com/berninaexpress/gettingthere

Let us know if you need more info.



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Jul 10, 2022 - 9:38 AM in reply to Loz74

Hi Laurel,

Looks like a nice itinerary! The combination of normal tickets on January 12 and a 4-day Swiss Travel Pass for the remaining days seems to make sense. It's recommended to buy your pass online in advance. Please find details and tips below:

There are several ways to reach Rigi. They're explained here: https://www.myswissalps.com/rigi/gettingthere. Anna's suggestion for a combined trip to Stoos via Arth-Goldau is a good one. If you'd like some more variety, you can get up to Rigi via Weggis or Vitznau instead, and then down to Arth-Goldau.

As for a boat trip from Interlaken: there are no boats in winter on Lake Brienz, and the schedule for boats on Lake Thun is limited. You'll find a link to the Lake Thun timetable here: https://www.myswissalps.com/boatlakethun/gettingthere.

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