Advice on 7 nights mid-April Swiss itinerary

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Mar 17, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Hi all!

My mum and I will be travelling to Geneva in April (11/4) for a 7 nights trip, fly out from Basel. We are going for the scenery and food, also museums and sight-seeing in historical towns.

I'm planning to use the SwissPass 8 days and based in Montreux, Interlaken and Lucerne.

This is the plan, any comments or advice will be appreciated :)

Thanks in advance for your help.

Day 1 (11/4)

Arrive at Geneva (13:40) – Montreux

  • Château de Chillon
  • Lake tour (boat using Swiss Pass)
  • Rochers-de-Naye railway (w/ Château de Chillon?)

Day 2 (12/4)

Montreux – Zermatt – Gornergrat– Matterhorn


Gruyères (Cheese factory) – Broc Fabrique (Maison Cailler - Chocolate Factory)

My priority will be going to Zermatt, but surely this will depends on the weather.

Day 3 (13/4)

Montreux – Bern – Interlaken

  • Sightseeing at Bern and arrive at Interlaken around ~4-5pm

Day 4 (14/4)

Interlaken – Grindlewald – Klein Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch

Is it possible/worthwhile to explore Harder Kulm as well? Or it will be too rush fit this in?

Day 5 (15/4)

Interlaken – Blausee (before 2pm) – Schilthorn

Day 6 (16/4)

Interlaken – Lucerne (GoldenPass)

  • Sightseeing in Lucerne
  • Sammlung Rosengart

Day 7 (17/4)

Lucerne – Zurich (Day trip)

  • Kunsthaus museum
  • Fraumuster Church
  • Heidi Weber Museum

Day 8 (18/4)

Lucerne – Basel (fly out at 21:55)

  • Sightseeing in Basel

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Mar 18, 2018 - 9:01 AM in reply to jho1328

Hi jho1328 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

A pretty nice plan! I'd just add a couple comments for you.

Day 2: It is hard to predict whether the weather will affect your views of the Matterhorn all day. I might take the change and go to Zermatt regardless - just don't go up Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn if the weather is very poor. Just a thought if you really want to try and see the Matterhorn.

Day 4: April 14 is opening day for Harder Kulm. You could indeed do that and Jungfraujoch on one day but it'll be a long one - personal preference. I'd check the weather on Jungfraujoch that morning and if it looks good go right away and see how your day goes. If the weather is poor try Harder Kulm in the morning and check the weather again in the afternoon.

Be sure to use the Swiss railways timetable to plan out all the trips and see what will work for your group. What is too long for me might be fine for you or vice versa. :)

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