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2nd trip Summer 2021: tips for Lucerne/Wengen/more

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Jul 26, 2020 - 1:37 AM

We had an amazing trip in 2018 (trip report posted), thank you all!

We spent our arrival day in Zurich, then later afternoon transfered to Lucerne for 3 nts (Titlis, Mt Rigi), Wengen for 7 nts (day trips to Lake thun and brienze, a day in Bern, time in murren and lauterbrunnen), and Zurich 1 nt before early morning flight home. Our highlights were Mannlichen Walk and Titlis Day.

We have planned an Alaska Trip for summer 2021. This includes 11 days on land, and 7 days cruising. But, with the cruise industry uncertain, we are thinking of possibly doing a return trip to Switzerland instead (would be 1st trip to Europe for our will be 9 yr old).

I am wondering what a good 2nd trip itinerary would look like... Maybe 3-4 nts in Lucerne (Bern Day Trip or 2, Rhine Falls Area, Rigi, Titlis, any other recs...Basel?). Then a week in Wengen....loved that place...the easy hikes/day trips to thun/brienze....any other good places to see from there? Maybe see a new place like Italian border area? Should we plan time in Appenzelle region?

Curious on recs for a 2nd trip!

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Jul 26, 2020 - 7:28 PM in reply to autumnz

Hi Autumnz,
Glad to know you enjoyed your first trip to Switzerland and you want to repeat the experience!
Lucerne for 3 or 4 nights sounds great, there are many possible day trips from there:

I'd particularly recommend a day trip to Rigi and Pilatus, which can be done while staying in Lucerne: https://www.myswissalps.com/rigi, https://www.myswissalps.com/pilatus

A day trip to Bern would certainly be nice, especially if you'd include a train ride through the Emmen valley (rather than the quicker default route), a week in Wengen would also be very interesting, here you can find a list of recommended activities in the region: https://www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion

If you are fond of visiting an area with a more 'southern' atmosphere, you could consider
- a day trip from Lucerne to Lugano using the Gotthard Panorama Express or
- a day trip from Wengen to Zermatt with the RegioExpress Lötschberger:

You might check the different train timetables on the following link: https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable

Hope these few tips will help you to plan your second trip to Switzerland! If you need more information, don't hesitate to ask here on the forum! :-)

Warm greetings


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Jul 26, 2020 - 8:28 PM

This was just the best day! A day we remember and talk about often. I wish I could spend every summer here!

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Jul 27, 2020 - 7:10 AM in reply to autumnz

Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures autumnz! I understand why you particularly enjoyed this day :-). I hope your return visit to Switzerland will be just as wonderful. Sara provided some good tips; I hope they get you started. Let us know if we can provide further assistance!


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