Switzerland in October - Zurich & Interlaken

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Pvvortex
Pvvortex
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May 27, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Hello

I am planning to visit Switzerland during the 1st week of October with my parents. Tentatively spend 2 nights in Zurich and 3 in Interlaken. Do not want a super packed itinerary and want to explore both cities. Key point is that I need to take dad to some snow-capped mountain (he's 60+ but super active) and open to activities that are not too strenuous but fun. Looking for suggestions on things to do in Zurich and one day tours that could be booked from Interlaken. Preferably lesser crowded options.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM in reply to Pvvortex

Hi Pvvortex and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You won't come across crowds in early October so don't worry there too much. If you are looking for mountain experiences I wouldn't spend any time in Zurich - perhaps Lucerne? And instead of Interlaken I'd head to a nearby mountain village like Wengen or Grindelwald as they are much more scenic.

Have a read through those towns here to see what you can do:

https://www.myswissalp s.com/lucerne/activiti es
https://www.myswissalp s.com/zurich/activitie s

https://www.myswissalp s.com/wengen/activitie s
https://www.myswissalp s.com/grindelwald/acti vities

Pvvortex
Pvvortex
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May 27, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Thanks for the suggestions Lucas - Just a few more questions. So will an itinerary of 1 day in Zurich, 2 days in Lucerne and perhaps a day or 2 in Grindelwald / Wengen make sense ? Just checking if I fly into Zurich - is recommended to travel to Lucerne first then to Grindelwald / Wengen or vice versa - and what rail pass would your recommend purchasing ? Also would it be best to book the rail passes / tours only at the hotels / at the destination and not prior hand ? Is the weather very unpredictable at this time ?

Lucas
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May 27, 2018 - 4:12 PM in reply to Pvvortex

Yes, an itinerary like that could work well. I'd limit myself to just two hotel stops though over 5 days....you don't want to move around all the time on such a short visit.

Going to Lucerne or Wengen area first doesn't matter too much if you are returning to Zurich anyway. I'd maybe go to the farther town first (around Wengen) and then slowly make your way back to Zurich via Lucerne.

To know which pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math. :)

Most rail passes can be bought online prior to arrival and it is the easiest option (no waiting in line and having an electronic back up in case you lose a pass.

Pvvortex
Pvvortex
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May 30, 2018 - 5:23 AM

Thanks Lucas!

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