Thanks for providing such excellent advice on this forum, and I think the MySwissAlps site in general is fantastic. I am planning an extended stay in Switzerland in June and July this year, and want to ask for suggestions about my itinerary. I am mostly interested in the mountain scenery, enjoying the train rides and mountain gondolas, and doing things at a slow pace with time to relax. Am I covering the most worthwhile things in the Swiss Alps? Are there other things I can add to the trip, given that I have plenty of free time and a flexible itinerary? Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
Day 1 - Arrive Zurich airport early morning, train to Interlaken via Bern, perhaps walking tour of Bern city centre.
Days 2 - 6: Six nights/five full days in Interlaken. Activities include 1) the walk from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, maybe return walk to Wengen, 2) Grindelwald (First) to Schwarzwaldalp to Meiringen to Reichenback Falls to Brienz (maybe Rothornbarn) rtn, 3) Beatenburg - Neiderhorn cablecar, 4) Walk from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, gondola to Gimmelwald then Schilthorn, rtn to Murren, walk to Grutschalp and rtn to Lauterbrunnen, 5) round trip from Brienz to Rothorn to Sorenberg to Giswil to Lungern and rtn to Brienze, 6) wet weather option - visit to Ballenburg open-air museum near Brienze (note: I have been to Interlaken before and done the trip to Jungfraujoch)
Day 7: Golden Line from Interlaken to Montreux, then either continue by train to Zermatt or take boat from Montreux to Lausanne then continue by train to Zermatt
Days 8 - 11: Five nights/four full days at Zermatt. Activities include 1) Klein Matterhorn/Schwarzee, 2) Gornergrat railway, 3) Saas Fee valley, 4) Riederalp/Bettmeralp to see Aletsch Glacier 5) Wet weather option - Matterhorn Museum etc in Zermatt
Day 12: Glacier Express Zermatt to St Moritz
Days 13-16: Five nights/four full days around St Moritz. Activities include 2 days gondolas and walking around St Moritz valley, day trip to Davos and surrounds and day trip to Chur and Arosa.
Day 17: Bernina Express St Moritz to Tirano then bus to Lugano
Day 18: 2 nights/1 full day in Lugano - not sure about activities, please advise?
Day 19: William Tell Express Lugano to Lucerne
Days 20-21: Three nights/two days in Lucerne. Activities include day trip to Mt Pilatus (Golden round trip - Boat, train, gondola) and day trip to Mount Rigi by train, return different train to Vitsnau and return to Lucerne by boat. Also time around Lucerne city centre.
Day 22: Lucerne to Zurich, side trip to Rhine Falls? Stay at Zurich airport
Day 23: Zurich city centre
Day 24: Depart out of Zurich airport
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.