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Wallah
Wallah
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Jun 30, 2020 - 4:29 AM

Hi there!

Who has some advice on the most scenic route from Wilderswil to Zermatt? It's a daytrip so on our way back we can take the fastest way.

And, does anyone know if dogs are allowed on any of the boats on lake Thun, what company would you recommend?

Many thanks!

Steph
Steph
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Jun 30, 2020 - 3:10 PM in reply to Wallah

Hello Wallah and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Nice to hear you're planning a trip to Switzerland.

To find out about the best connections between Wilderswil and Zermatt I recommend using the timetable below, a fantastic tool for any trips in Switzerland.
- www.myswissalps.com/timetable

The route will take you to Zermatt via Interlaken, Spiez and Visp, also lovely places to look at.
- www.myswissalps.com/interlaken
- www.myswissalps.com/zermatt

Travelling with a dog on Swiss public transport is not a problem, depending on the size of the animal, some costs will apply (half fare ticket) or you need to carry your dog in a bag. Please find details below:
- www.myswissalps.com/train/practical/dogs

Get back to us for any further support.

Best,
Steph

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
7514 posts
expert
Jun 30, 2020 - 3:49 PM in reply to Wallah

Hi Wallah -

You might consider using the historic older high route through Kandersteg and Brig on one leg at least.

Add's about an hour, and the scenery is substantially better than the scenery in the tunnel between Spiez and Visp.

That upper route is served hourly by the "Lötschberg Express" or "Lötschberger."

It has been mentioned in several threads on this forum, so you will find something if you se that term for a search.

Slowpoke

Wallah
Wallah
4 posts
new member
Jun 30, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Hi, many thanks, will definitively look in to those routes/places!

1960man
1960man
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Jun 30, 2020 - 9:08 PM in reply to Wallah

On the majority of the Swiss lakes, there is only one 'company' at least for the main 'full size' passenger boats. (The Swiss transport system still basically operates on a non-competition on a single route basis). On Thunersee and Brienzersee the boats are run by BLS (Bern - Lötschberg - Simplon) the historic company that operates the railway Bern - Thun - Spiez - Lötschberg - Brig - Simplon Tunnel - (Milano).

The usual tourist way to do a day trip from the Interlaken area to Zermatt nowadays would be outbound Interlaken - Spiez (change) - ('old BLS mountain route') - Kandersteg - Lötschberg - Brig (change) - Visp - Zermatt. Return Zermatt - Visp (change) - Lötschberg Base Tunnel - Spiez - Interlaken. On the old mountain route your train will be a BLS train, the fast train on the way back from Visp will be SBB.

Wallah
Wallah
4 posts
new member
Jul 1, 2020 - 6:43 AM in reply to 1960man

Wow, thank's for the detailed reply, we'll look up the timetables for this route. We can't wait, 17 more days :)

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jul 1, 2020 - 12:25 PM in reply to Wallah

Hi Wallah,

also have a look at www.myswissalps.com/boatlakethun, it can give more info about the boat cruises on Lake Thun.

Have a safe trip,

Ildiko

Last modified on Jul 2, 2020 - 12:46 PM by Ildiko
Wallah
Wallah
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Jul 1, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Thanks, IIdiko, it's good to know what to expect! The hop on-hop off day pass looks pretty good to us 👍

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