8 days Swiss Alps from Grindelwald in August 2016

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Jul 3, 2016 - 1:30 PM

hi myswissalps,

I would like to ask of your kind assistance with our itinerary in visiting switzerland this august. Hoping for visa approval as well. thank you

  • 13 saturday France to Switzerland Gare de Lyon(train) -Interlaken Ost (train)- Grindelwald
  • 14 Sunday Grindelwald -kliene Scheidegg to jungfraujoch
  • 15 monday Grindelwald to Zweilutschinen(train) - lauterbrunnen, bahnhof(bus) - Stechelberg(cable car) - Shilthorn
  • 16 tuesday Grindelwald - interlaken (train) - Spiez(train) -Visp(train) - st. Niklaus (walk) -Zermatt
  • 17 wednesday Grindelwald - interlaken (train) - Giswil (train) - Alpnachstad PB (train) - pilatus kulm
  • 18 thursday rest
  • 19 friday Grindelwald - interlaken(train) - bern
  • 20 saturday interlaken (paragliding)
  • 21 sunday zurich departure
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Jul 3, 2016 - 4:48 PM in reply to achoy

Hello Achoy

Your plans look good to me - be sure to use the online timetable to get the timings for your trips. Leaving the 18th as a rest day means that if the weather is not suitable on one of the earlier days you have a spare day you can switch a trip to. If you have managed to complete all your trips by then. you could consider a lazy day cruising on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz on the 18th. Or if you still have energy to spare, then there are other excursions you could take e.g. Schynige Platte, Maennlichen or First.

Do look at the advantages of buying a Swiss Travel Pass for the first 8 days - it will save you lots of money as it covers regular trains, buses and boats (and Schynige Platte) and gives discounts on mountain trains, cable cars and funiculars. You would just need a full fare ticket on the last day.

I can't help with visas, sorry.

Have a great time.


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Jul 3, 2016 - 6:57 PM in reply to maggiehorswell

Thank you maggie for the tips its a great help for us.

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Jul 3, 2016 - 11:35 PM in reply to achoy

Hi Achoy-

On the 16th, the old upper route via Kandersteg-Brig-Visp is much more scenic. The direct route to Visp goes through a new tunnel, fast trip, but the scenery is rather boring inside the tunnel.

If you go via Kandersteg, at least one way, it adds about an hour, but has wonderful scenery on both sides of the short older tunnel.

There is special train called "The Lötschbeger" and it runs once per hour. (Bern to Brig via Spiez and Kandersteg and return.)

Hope you can find time for it.


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Jul 18, 2016 - 2:47 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Thank you for you tips, slowpoke and maggiehorswell.. by the way my visa has been approved!

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Jul 29, 2016 - 9:21 AM


Is there any euro pass that is equivalent to swiss pass that can be used for switzerland and paris, and which sim card is advisable to buy. We will stay 4 days in paris then 9 days in switzerland. Thanks

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Jul 29, 2016 - 12:42 PM in reply to achoy

Hi achoy,

Eurail Passes are pretty different from Swiss Travel Passes. I would say there is no need for a Eurail Pass. After all, you will not be traveling all over France. You will just stay in Paris (there are city passes), and do one single trip to Switzerland. A ticket from Paris to Switzerland and a Swiss Travel Pass make sense. You can compare the passes and tickets here:

Please see here for SIM cards and wifi hotspots: myswissalps.com/simcar d.

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