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Aug 15, 2011 - 10:46 PM
We are headed to Switzerland in late Sept. Specifically we are going from
- - - Geneva - to - Zermott - to - Lauterbrunnen - to - Engelburg - to - Zurich

Does anyone have thoughts on what to do at some of these places? Any 'must sees'? - - Also - if anyone has the trains figured out, let me know a good place to start. Everyone says they are easy but having never been there I have more questions than answers.

((I should tell you that I am a bit of an international traveling novice. So, any advice - even really obvious things are appreciated.))

Thanks for sharing your expertise on these questions! !!

- Dublin
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Aug 16, 2011 - 6:45 PM
Dublin, Lauterbrunnen, check out valleyhostel.ch. great facility .and excellent hosts. Also check out swiss backpackers.com for list of hostels . Good hikes and excursions from Lauterbrunnen,[depending on your transportation it is a good base for excursions, some free and some discounted] and great hiking of varying difficulty. Have a great trip, Rahman PS would recommend a swiss pass for most efficient travel or possibly regional rail pass if Switz. only destination
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Aug 18, 2011 - 5:07 AM

Hello dublin, and welcome! Rahman is right: it's worth considering a rail pass to reduce the costs of your train traveling. Since you'll be traveling over quite long distances, you may want to look into the Swiss (Saver) Pass or Swiss (Saver) Flexi Pass.

Train traveling in Switzerland is indeed easy and comfortable. For the trips you have in mind, you don't have to make seat reservations, so you can simply board any train you like. If you'd have a Swiss (Saver) Pass, you wouldn't even have to purchase tickets for your trips. The Swiss timetable is of great help in planning your itinerary. Just fill out your departure and arrival station, your preferred date and time of traveling, and the timetable will come up with all possible connections. Fares can be found through the timetable too.

As for day trips: you may like boat trips over lake Geneva and/or lake Lucerne. Zermatt is surrounded by several viewing points (consider the Gornergrat and Sunnegga for instance) and you'll find great hiking possibilities there. Lauterbrunnen and its surroundings have lots to offer: this day trip list of the Bernese Oberland may get you started. Engelberg is especially known for viewing points Titlis.

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