Apr 1, 2011 - 12:55 PM
Good to hear that you have secured your trip to the Swiss Alps this time, and that you already know you'll be back some day!
Regarding saving on your budget: there are some articles
about that, and hotel suggestions
as well. As for the rail tickets: there are actually two options, as you already described:
a) Get an unlimited rail pass and visit as many places as possible. A Swiss Pass
is the best one for that approach. You'll have less time for hiking.
b) Get a Swiss Half Fare Card
or a regional pass
, focus on one region and do more hiking.
I can't decide for you. It's a matter of personal preference. If you go for option a), it's just a matter of checking the timetable to see what you can fit into 4 days. Definitely include the Glacier Express in that case, and Zermatt as well, as that is quite far from the other places you mentioned.
If you go for option b), you should pick the journeys located close together. For example: base yourself around Interlaken and do journey 1, 2, 3 and some hiking.
Please note that many Swiss highlights require good weather. You can plan all you want, but going up the Jungfrau, Schilthorn, etc. is a waste of money if it's cloudy. That makes a Swiss Pass more suitable for a short stay and a long wish list: you can just go where the weather is good (or least bad). That works for everything except for journeys that require a seat reservation. But even then, you may be able to get seats last minute as you travel alone. Will you travel in high season?
Your English is actually very well! Just note that Jungfragouch is actually spelled as Jungfraujoch, but that's German ;-)
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno