7 day trip to Zermatt & Lucerne Switzerland in May

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Mar 18, 2018 - 11:15 PM


Here is my 7 days Switzerland trip plan as under:-

● 02/05/2018 - Land in Zurich Airport and take a train to Zermatt. Check-in at

the apartment and take rest

● 03/05/2018 - Travel by Gornergrat Train and Zermatt local sightseeing. Suggestion needed

for local sightseeing.

● 04/05/2018 - Travel by Glacier express, deboard at Filisur and catching train to Luzern to

check in the apartment . Reservation has already been done.Can two medium size suitcase

be kept at the end of train ( in second class) in the Glacier express?

● 05/05/2018 - Travel to Mount Titlis .

● 06/05/2018 - Travel to Mount Rigi and lake Lucerne; Can anything else be done in


● 07/05/2018 - Travel to Rhine Falls, Lake Constanze, Lindtt factor, Montreux (castle) .

Should we add anything else?

● 08/05/2018 - Travel by golden pass line. Can Bern and Fribourg (the places of Indian films

shooting) be covered in the same day?

● 09/05/2018 - Travel to Zurich, local sightseeing and catching an evening return flight to

Mumbai,India. Kindly suggest the places we can visit in 6-7 hours.

Since the cable cars will be closed in Jungfraujoch- top of Europe in May during my trip, will it make sense to visit it ? Kindly suggest any modifications in the itinerary; we want to see glass and chocolate factories. The 8 day Swiss travel pass seems be best @ 50CHF/per day with unlimited train rides and local buses since at least twice per day we will be using trains and buses. The pass will make free of cost ride to glacier express and Mt. Rigi and lead to 50% discount to Mt. Titlis and Gornergrat Train.


Manoj, Mumbai, India

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Mar 19, 2018 - 9:23 AM in reply to choradiaku

Hi Manoj, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

This looks like nice trip. Please find herewith my suggestions:

03/05: visit the page 'What to do in Zermatt' (www.myswissalps.com/ze rmatt/activities).

04/05: you should be fine with your suitcases.

06/05: you could add in a visit to the glass factory in Hergiswil. It closes at 6 pm during the week and it's close to Lucerne.

07/05: I would travel to Montreux with the Golden Pass line and spend the night in Montreux. You could visit the Jungfraujoch in the morning. The Jungfrau railway is open year round. The night before you could travel to Wengen or Grindelwald. These villages are close to Jungfraujoch.

08/05: From Montreux you can go to Gruyere and visit some of the Bollywood Filming Locations and the chocolate factory in Broc. From Broc you can travel to Bern. On the way you can get off the train in Fribourg. You can find a list of filming locations here (www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/bollywood-film-locations-in-switzerland).

09/05: Travel to Zurich and visit the Rhine Falls or just walk around in the city. More information can be found here: www.myswissalps.com/zu rich/activities.

The 8 day Swiss Travel Pass sounds like a good option. You get indeed free rides on scenic trains and discounts on top attractions. You can use the Swiss timetable to plan your trips.

he Jungfrau Railway is open year round.

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Mar 19, 2018 - 9:36 AM

Thanks a lot.

Since I have selected to stay at an apartment at Lucerne from 04/05 to 08/05, can I come back in night from Montruex to Lucerne on 07/05 and start early in the morning (if weather is good) on 08/05 for Jungfraujoch via Interlake with round trip from Wengen to Grindelwad ? Will it make sense to spend on this costly trip with only cogwheel trains and without cable cars ?

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Mar 19, 2018 - 10:59 AM in reply to choradiaku

You can take a regular train on your way back which takes about 3 hours.

The trip up to the Jungfraujoch is on a cog railway train (not a cable car). You can perfectly do that the next day. Read more about the route here: www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/gettingther e.

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Mar 19, 2018 - 11:04 AM

thanks for a prompt reply.

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Mar 20, 2018 - 12:36 AM

1) You can not do Rhine Falls, Lake Konstanz (Bodensee) and Montreux and the 'chocolate factory' in one day - they are at opposite ends of Switzerland

2) There is no point in taking the Glacier Express as far as Filisur then doubling back to Chur to get to Luzern (a 10+ hours journey in all). One of the spectacular sections of the Glacier Express route is the Albula spirals and they are south of Filisur so you would miss it. You would only benefit from seeing the Oberalp Pass section of the Glacier Express route, the rest is in valleys!

3) Bern and Fribourg are close to each other and you can easily do the area in 1 day.

Last modified on Mar 20, 2018 - 8:50 AM by Chantal
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Mar 20, 2018 - 3:22 AM in reply to 1960man

2. Maybe they are keen to see the Landwasser Viaduct - (briefly) coming and going? 🧐

Last modified on Mar 20, 2018 - 3:33 AM by rockoyster
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Apr 12, 2018 - 5:49 AM in reply to Chantal

Thanks Chantal & other members of this forum,

The cable car Grindelwald-Männlichen and the aerial cableway Wengen-Männlichen will be closed in early May due to maintenance, to be reopened on May 19th. Does the trip to Jungfraujoch without the cable car/ aerial cableway make sense?

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Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 AM in reply to choradiaku

Sure! The trip to Jungfraujoch is by train and does not require the Männlichen cable cars to reach the mountain top. :)

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