Aug 24, 2021 - 3:59 AM
in reply to JeremySimons
I had a similar situation when I was going to Wengen. I arrived in Interlaken Ost from Montreux. (It was a bit later in the day,) but I decided it would be a great time to take a ride on one of the lake ferries since I had until 10 pm to check in. So I put my big bag (main suitcase) into a locker, backtracked one stop to Interlaken, and hopped on a boat on Lake Thun. I went to Spiez, had a nice and relaxing ride on the lake with a great sunset, took the train back to Interlaken Ost, picked up my big bag, and went to Lauterbrunnen, where I continued onto Wengen to check in to my hotel. I realize you have 7 people, with children, but that is an option. Not sure if you have Swiss Travel Passes, but if so, this is a great example of hopping on/hopping off with the STP. Not sure the size of your suitcases, and if they'll fit into a locker, but again, (if so) it's a possible option. Between the train ride to Interlaken Ost (where you'll ultimately have to switch trains to Lauterbrunnen) and if you are able to enjoy a ride on one of the lakes, it may be a great way to get some naps in, to help curb some of the jet-lag, and see some great scenery. I browsed through the link Arno posted, and it looks like there may be an option of sending your luggage to your destination and picking it up there. Again, I realize it may be more difficult with 7 people. I have traveled in the past where "cheap" flights cost a lot extra for bags. What we did was condense as much as we could into one big bag (we were only a party of three), and used backpacks for the rest. This meant only one check-in suitcase/bag. Assuming you are a family of 5 with two extras (perhaps grandparents/friends), maybe you can do something along those lines, to send it (the luggage) ahead, since you are landing in Zurich, which appears to be one of the stipulations of sending luggage ahead.
I hope this may help, or give you some idea's. I hope you have a great trip.