Mountain trip on Christmas eve/day a good idea?

Mountain trip on Christmas eve/day a good idea?

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chirag5
chirag5
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Nov 21, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Hello,

I am arriving in Lucerne on 24th morning from Zurich and will spend 2 night in Lucerne (24th & 25th) and on 26th I have late eve flight back to Paris from Zurich.

Since it is December and on top of that Christmas how shall I plan my sightseeing and day trips. I was wondering if its possible to do a day trip to Jungfraujoch on 25th since on Christmas everything will be closed in Lucerne. Will it be feasible to do a day trip since it will be dark pretty early at 430PM to leave in Lucerne in the morning ( take the first train out) and return in the eve?

Also, should we just drop Jungfraujoch and plan either Mt. Pilatus or Mr.Titlis instead on 24/25th . Can someone share their experience especially when travelling in late Dec. What about Mt.Rigi?

I am totally confused. Please help :)

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3820 posts
expert
Nov 21, 2017 - 8:58 PM in reply to chirag5

Hi Chirag5-

Welcome to My Swiss Alps.

<<"leave in Lucerne in the morning ( take the first train out) and return in the eve?">>

See attached for "first train out."

If you really mean the first train out, you can have a good part of the daylight hours on the Jungfraujoch.

However, rather than a difficult and long day of train travel, which might be worth it under the circumstances, I'd worry about weather. At that time of year, you have no certainty of a cloudless day. The expensive trip will not be worth it if you can't see anything but the inside of clouds, in my opinion.

Check the forecasts, and , in particular, talk to the tourist office by track 2 in Luzern main station on Sunday. It will be open from 9AM 'til 1 PM. They will have a good reading on the likely weather up there the next day. Or, phone Interlaken Ost tourist office on Saturday. Closed Sundays in the Winter. They open at 8AM on normal Mondays. You'll probably go through there too early to see them.

Slowpoke

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chirag5
chirag5
2 posts
new member
Nov 21, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Thanks Slowpoke. I think you are right. I will check with tourist office for the final decision. Not worth travelling 4 hours plus the expensive tickets and then not able to enjoy.

Lucas
Lucas
3460 posts
expert &
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Nov 22, 2017 - 8:46 AM in reply to chirag5

I think a mountain trip though is a good idea on holidays though as the towns will be quite deserted.
I'd go to whichever mountain has the best weather!

fredch
fredch
26 posts
active member
Nov 22, 2017 - 2:32 PM in reply to chirag5

If the weather is gorgeous, what you plan is certainly feasible. On the other hand, Christmas Day is traditionally a day when the Swiss go to the mountains for skiing, etc. I would expect crowds of Swiss, as tourists, on trains, lifts, etc. A fair number will be using gift coupons that they received as presents. Plan on having plenty of company every where. Still, with pristine weather, it is a trip that is hard to beat.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3820 posts
expert
Nov 22, 2017 - 4:25 PM in reply to chirag5

Hi Chirag-

This just showed up in my e-mails:

www.luzern.com/en/fest ivals-events/christmas

It was part of a link from the NY Times, so it may be redundant, but here is that link:

www.nytimes.com/ads/em ailads/gg/switzerland/ 20171122/switzerland11 223.html?nlid=46126812

Slowpoke

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