As my title suggest, I would greatly appreciate advice on my planned itinerary below. If its too rushed (ie too many things packed into 1 day) , or if i'm missing some must do's in the area i'm visiting. Please would you be able to also let me know what kind of weather to expect? I read one of the post from Slowpoke who mentioned that September is an ideal time to visit.
I actually have flexibility of 2 weeks available ( 9th to 24th Sept). But plan to have a 8 day trip beginning either on the 9th or 10th Sept to match with the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass (STP). However, would be open to extending beyond the 8 days, as i personally think all the things outlined in my itinerary below feels a bit too rushed.
Basic information about myself, based in London, male, will be 26 this year , so i think i still qualify for the Youth price for the STP ? Have visited Switzerland (Lucerne, Mt Titlis, Interlaken & Jungfrau) once in winter (December), 14 years ago on a family trip. This time, it will be a solo trip (at least for now).
Accommodation will be at youth hostels which are reasonably priced and have a good standard. Some also offer the option of self - catering kitchen. Would also welcome any accommodation or good food recommendations.
Day 1 (9th or 10th Sept) : London - Basel - Lucerne
Depending on the time I arrive in Lucerne, might just explore the city and Chapel bridge.
Day 2: Basel - Lucerne
I know Mt Rigi is free being included in the STP. But i hear Mt Pilatus is better ? Any advice ? I also plan to visit Stanserhorn purely because of its unique open air cable car. (CabriO). Is Stanserhorn worth it ?
Day 3: Lucerne - Interlaken
On the way to Interlaken, i plan to go to Trift Bridge. I have to do further reading on this. I know i need to take the yellow Postal bus to the base of the 8 person gondola with a further 1.5 hour hike up to the suspension bridge. I am also tempted by the Brienz Rothorn bahn, as it offers spectacular views of Lake Brienz at the top. Then take the a cruise on the Brienz Lake to Interlaken. Overnight at Interlaken.
Day 4 & 5 : Interlaken to either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen
Plan to visit Harder Klum before heading off to either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen where i will stay for 2 nights. Maybe 1 night each ? I have been up to Jungfrau on my last visit so i would rather prefer to explore areas i've not been.
Option 1 : Grindelwald - plan is to go up to First, and hike to Bachalpsee
Option 2: Lauterbrunnen - Staubbach Falls, Murren - Gimmelwald via ferrata & Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg easy hike (www.myswissalps.com/hi king/maennlichen-kleinescheidegg/route)
Day 6 & 7 : Kandersteg
Plan is to do the Kandersteg-Allmenalp via ferrata & Hike around Lake Oeschinen. See blog link for the hike that i plan to do -> https://fullsuitcase.com/oeschinen-lake-hiking-kids/ & another blog http://whereisper.com/blog/escaping-to-the-mountains-kandersteg-switzerland . In the 2nd blog, halfway through the blog post, there's a picture with the caption being "the route" which is halfway up the vertical mountain cliffs surrounding the lake. Upon closer inspection, there are steel cables installed along that route, which are normally on via ferrata routes. Any idea ?
Day 8 : Kandersteg to either Geneva Airport or Basel Airport back to London (or any must visit areas in Switzerland to tempt me to extend my stay)
I have experience on via ferrata having spent an entire week in the Dolomites doing a hut to hut trek with via ferrata last summer and absolutely loved it.
Weather will play a very important role given everything is outdoors and I haven't factored in a free day for bad weather.
Thank you in advance !