9 nights Lucerne-Grindelwald-Zurich mid May

9 nights Lucerne-Grindelwald-Zurich mid May

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jityin
jityin
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Jan 31, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Hello all. First time here - hope to get some helps and tips :) We will be travelling to Switzerland in mid May. Staying 3 nights each at Lucerne, Grindelwald and Zurich.

Our draft itineraties would be:

  • Lucerne - Lucerne boat ride, Stanserhorn, Engelberg, Emmental
  • Grindelwald - Golden pass route from Lucerne to Interlaken, Interlaken, Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen.
  • Zurich - Zurich city tour, Rheinfall, Stein am Rhien, Leichtenstein

Need your advise on the itineraries and anything else we should be add on? do you have any recommendation of small village / small town near Zurich that is worth a visit?

Thanks!!

Annika
Annika
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Jan 31, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Hi jityin, thanks for joining us!

Your itinerary looks fine to me. Here are some thoughts:

  • I recommend you look into the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass. It will cover all train transfers and boat rides and provide discounts on mountain rides. Either your first or last day won't be covered though, since your stay lasts 9 days, but if you plan local trips (e.g. in and near Zurich) that won't be a problem. A ZurichCARD may come in handy here;
  • Lucerne has lots to offer. Stansershorn is certainly nice, but note that Pilatus and Rigi will be for free if you ineed decide to use a Swiss Travel Pass;
  • Interlaken itself isn't really worth a visit, although it's great for some tourist shopping and dining. Further ideas for the Grindelwald and Interlaken areas can be found at myswissalps.com/bernes eoberland/activities. Note that not all cable cars and mountain trains won't be running by mid-May yet. Schilthorn, Jungfraujoch and boat rides on the lakes won't pose any problems though;
  • please see our tips for Zurich and its surroundings at myswissalps.com/zurich. Rapperswil, Winterthur and Zug are charming towns that are worth a visit.

Does this get you started?

jityin
jityin
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Feb 2, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Hi Annika thanks for your suggestions. Mt. Rigi sounds great with the travel pass :)

Wondering how's the weather at the mountains during mid may? Are we still expecting thick snow?

For our trip Schaffhausen - Rheinfall with Rheinfall express and Rocky ride, is this all inclusive in the travel pass?

Thanks!

Jityin

Arno
Arno
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Feb 3, 2017 - 8:17 AM in reply to jityin

Hi Jityin!

In mid May there will be snow in higher terrain only. Above 2000-2500 m or so. It depends on the weather in spring. Here's more information:

Please download the map from the Swiss Travel Pass page under "Where it's valid". That's where you can find details about what is included.

Last modified on Feb 3, 2017 - 8:17 AM by Arno
jityin
jityin
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Feb 10, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Hello, wondering if you can advise me how should we travel to Langnau im Emmental from Lucerne, by public transport?

Is it a good time to visit Langnau im Emmental in a Sunday?

Thank you!

Jityin

Lucas
Lucas
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Feb 10, 2017 - 6:42 PM in reply to jityin

Hi Jityin,

You can certainly take a train there from Luzern (local German spelling) in about an hour.
Check out the timetable here for departure time and prices.

It depends on what you are looking to do in the town. Nearly all stores and shops (and some restaurants) are closed in every Swiss town on Sundays excpet for a few at the local train stations.

Lucas

Last modified on Feb 10, 2017 - 6:43 PM by Lucas

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