7 days itinerary Zurich, Bern, Interlaken, Zermatt

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Taruna
Taruna
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Nov 6, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Hello everyone. I'm planning a vacation for my husband and I to Switzerland from 20th Dec - 26th Dec'19. Below is my rough itinerary.

Day 1: Land in Zurich, head to Lucerne - sighseeing (Dying lion monument, Chapel bridge and water tower and lake Lucerne and cruise)

Day 2: Lucerne - Mt Titlis and Mt Pilatus

Day 3 Lucerne - Bern Day Trip

Day 4 : Interlaken- Sightseeing

Day 5: Interlaken-Jungrfraujoch

Day 6: Zermatt: visit Matterhorn etc - overnight Zermatt

Day 7: Arrive Zurich - Sigheseeing - Evening flight to home

Base: 3 days Lucerne, 2 days Interlaken, 1 Day Zermatt

Ques:

Does this look doable or too much ? Also, since its Christmas time all the public transport/trains will be operating.

What would be the best route to experience Glacier Express.

P.S We are planning to take Swiss Travel Pass. Is it worth to buy it?

Any advice and input would be appreciated. Thanks!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 6, 2019 - 7:58 PM in reply to Taruna

Hi Taruna and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Your plan looks doable. Public transport will be fine.

”What would be the best route to experience Glacier Express.”

You can go from Zermatt to Chur on the Glacier Express then connect with a train to Zurich Airport. You must reserve seats on the GEX or you can follow the same route on regular trains with a few changes.

By far the best way to check timetables, find fares* and buy tickets on-line if required is using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi). In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app also show a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections.

Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Nov 7, 2019 - 6:15 AM in reply to Taruna

Hi Taruna,

Everything will operate, all trains and cable cars at Christmas. Usually travelers choose the Swiss Travel Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass) as this is the best and most convenient solution for trains in Switzerland. But you should use the spreadsheet, Rockoyster gave you, to find out which rail pass to buy.

On day 4, are you planning only Interlaken or something else too from the Jungfrau region (www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion/activitie s)? Just to see Interlaken is not a whole day program, I think. Anyway, your itinerary is totally doable.

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Taruna
Taruna
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Nov 7, 2019 - 11:11 AM in reply to Ildiko

Hi,

Thanks all for the info. Appreciate your help on this. I would definitely check the guide for choosing the best travel pass. :)

For Day 4 Interlaken, I was planning to visit Harder Kulm, Schynige Platte, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz along with Jungrfraujoch (top of Europe - Day 5).

Can this (day4 & 5) sightseeing and Jungrfraujoch be done in one day? If so, shall I add a day more for zurich or visit some other Swiss town like Montreux etc.

Also, what is the best route to reach Jungrfraujoch. Is it via Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald?

Please advise what would be the best.

Thanks!!

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Nov 7, 2019 - 2:18 PM in reply to Taruna

Hi Taruna,

I do not think you can do all of that in one day, as days are really short in December. If you are going to the Jungfraujoch, the travel part is as much wonderful just to be at the top, so do not miss it because of the dark: www.timeanddate.com/su n/@2659992

I suggest to do a round trip, like go up via Lauterbrunnen and come back via Grindelwald. Both are wonderful. Further info about getting to the Jungfraujoch at www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/gettingther e.

rockoyster
rockoyster
7611 posts
expert
Nov 7, 2019 - 8:15 PM in reply to Taruna

Harder Kulm and Schynigge Platte are not operating and Lake cruises are very limited in winter.

Last modified on Nov 7, 2019 - 8:15 PM by rockoyster

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