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Goutamchsaha
Goutamchsaha
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Jul 9, 2022 - 11:08 AM

Dear Sir/Madam

I have a travel plan during April 2023. A family of 4 adults would start from Karlsruhe to visit paris 1st for 2days, then would like to make a round trip covering montreux, Zermatt, Interlaken, Lucerne, Rhine falls and back to Karlsruhe. Next day to frankfurt to India. We wish to spend 2 nights in Paris, 8 nights in Switzerland. We will purchase swiss travel pass for consecutive 8days. So it's a round trip and my query how best i can make the route plan. We want to spend 2 nights at Montreux, 2 nights at Zermatt, 4 nights at Lucerne to cover Interlaken too.

Seek your advice for better planning. Should we enter Switzerland through Geneva or through Basel. We like to take golden pass line to.

Regards

Goutam

Anna
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Jul 9, 2022 - 1:12 PM in reply to Goutamchsaha

Hi Goutam,

Since you'll be coming from Karlsruhe, a sensible option would be to travel to Switzerland via Basel. Based on your plans, I suggest starting your trip in Lucerne, next taking the Golden Pass to Montreux, then continue with train to Zermatt. From Zermatt, you can take a train to Basel via Brig and then take a connecting train Frankfurt. Would this work for you? You can check train schedules on the SBB timetable.

The Swiss Travel Pass is valid throughout Switzerland but you must have valid connecting tickets to cover the portion of your trip in Germany. You can find information about how to purchase train tickets in Germany here: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/germany

Here are some useful links for your trip:

Regards,

Anna

Goutamchsaha
Goutamchsaha
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Jul 9, 2022 - 6:35 PM in reply to Anna

Thank you so much Anna for prompt reply. I will definitely take your advice.

Regards

Goutam

1960man
1960man
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Jul 9, 2022 - 10:40 PM in reply to Goutamchsaha

(off topic but may as well mention it as not) Karlsruhe - Paris takes just 2.5 hours by German/French high speed train so that's a separate trip

Karlsruhe is on the main line railway from northern Germany to Basel, nowhere near Geneva. Therefore for your Swiss trip you should go to Basel. However, you can also go Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Zurich. This route goes via Schaffhausen and Rhine Falls, so you could perhaps stay your first night in Switzerland in Schaffhausen or Neuhausen -am-Rheinfall

Last modified on Jul 9, 2022 - 10:42 PM by 1960man
Goutamchsaha
Goutamchsaha
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Jul 10, 2022 - 12:47 PM in reply to Anna

Dear Anna

Actually I shall be coming from paris, not from karlsruhe. Should you suggest the same route? Also please advise how to visit Rhine falls before returning to Karlsruhe.

Regards

Goutam

Arno
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Jul 10, 2022 - 2:38 PM in reply to Goutamchsaha

Hi Goutam,

Yes, you can easily follow the same route proposed by Anna if you enter from Paris. There are direct train connections between Paris (Gare de Lyon) and Basel. You can read about them here: https://www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/france.

You can best make a day trip to the Rhine Falls while you're based in Lucerne. This is how to reach them: https://www.myswissalps.com/rhinefalls/gettingthere.

If you end your stay in Zermatt and then travel to Karlsruhe, it's a challenge to fit in a visit to the Rhine Falls on the same day. You'd have to travel via Zurich and Schaffhausen (the route proposed by 1960man for your initial plan to enter via Karlsruhe in reverse). The total train ride would take 7 to 8 hours, which doesn't leave much time to visit the falls.

If you prefer to not to make a day trip to the falls from Lucerne but want to incorporate it on your way back to Karlsruhe, consider another overall order. Travel from Paris to Geneva (https://www.myswissalps.com/geneva) and spend a few nights in Montreux (https://www.myswissalps.com/montreux). Then go to Zermatt (https://www.myswissalps.com/zermatt). After that, travel to Lucerne (if you like scenic rides, take the RegioExpress Lötschberger and travel via Kandersteg, Spiez and Interlaken: https://www.myswissalps.com/lotschberger). If you end in Lucerne, you're closer to the Rhine Falls and it will be easier to pay them a visit on your way to Karlsruhe.

You can check all options with the timetable mentioned by Anna. This page explains how to use it: https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable. It's worth reading the info. If you know how to use the timetable, it's an amazing tool to plan every detail of your holidays.

Last modified on Jul 10, 2022 - 2:41 PM by Arno
Goutamchsaha
Goutamchsaha
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Jul 10, 2022 - 5:59 PM

Thank you once again for taking so much interest to respond my queries instantly.

God bless you

Regards

Goutam

Goutamchsaha
Goutamchsaha
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Jul 18, 2022 - 5:57 PM in reply to Goutamchsaha

Dear Anna

Very simple and honest query. We shall be entering Switzerland on 9th April 2023 for 8 nights. Is this time is good for visiting? Or will be missing something good or getting something better.

3 nights each at Lucerne and Montreux and 2 nights at zermatt.

Regards

Goutam

Anna
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Jul 18, 2022 - 8:00 PM in reply to Goutamchsaha

Hi Goutam,

I think April is a great time to experience Springtime in Switzerland especially if your itinerary is focused on exploring cities and towns such as Lucerne and Montreux. However, April might be a quiet season in the mountains and not ideal if you are interested in hiking and visiting mountain tops. Most mountain transportation will be undergoing maintenance between April and May in preparation for the summer season. But if you're arriving in the first week of April, you might just be able to squeeze a trip to Sunnegga Rothorn in Zermatt before the lifts closed for maintenance. Thankfully you won't have to worry about missing out on Gornergrat or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise as these are accessible all year round.

You can read about the best time to visit here: www.myswissalps.com/besttimetovisit

Regards,

Anna

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