Good afternoon fellow Swiss Travellers,
I have been busy fine tuning our itinerary for June. I will be travelling with my husband and three adult sons (22, 24 and 26). We will purchase the Swiss Travel Pass x 3 and Swiss Travel Youth Pass x 2. I would welcome your comments relating to the itinerary and I also have a couple of queries. Train times are mostly a guide and depending on weather what we can achieve in a day and destination.
10/06 Milan (12:23) to Zermatt (15:51) via Brig (border Domodossola) (will buy tickets for Italian journey) Klein Matterhorn or Gonergrat?
11/06 Zermatt – Gonergrat and/or Klein Matterhorn?
12/06 Zermatt (11:33) to Spiez (14:44) via Goppenstein for Lotschberger
Afternoon on Lake Thun
13/06 Spiez (09:36) to Montreux (12:13) via Zweisimmen for Golden Pass (will reserve seats) - Chateau de Chillon / maybe Farmer’s market
14/06 Montreux - Day trip to Gruyeres and Broc
15/06 Montreux - Lavaux / Farmer's Market 2pm Vevey Th-Sat
16/06 Montreux (08:21) to Bern (09:56) (Leave bags at Station)
Bern (14:39) to Spiez (15:10) Lotschberger
Spiez (15:33) to Wengen (16:51)
17/06 Wengen - Jungfraujoch / Grindelwald
18/06 Wengen - cable car to Mannlichen - Walk to Kleine Scheidegg - First (Lake Balchalpsee / Flyer etc)
19/06 Wengen - Lake Birenz / Giessbach Falls / Birenz Rothorn Bahn / Interlaken ?
20/06 Wengen - train to Lauterbrunnen (Drop bags to Train Station) - cable car to Grutschalp - cogwheel train to Murren - ret cable cars to the Schilthorn - hike (downhill easy walk) to Grimmelwald - cable car down to Stechelberg - walk or bus to Trummelbach Falls → walk or bus to Lauterbrunnen (Collect Bags) - Lauterbrunnen (16:33/17:03) to Brig (18:11/18:40)
21/06 Brig (10:18) to Chur (14:15) GEX (will reserve seats) Chur (14:39) to Lucern (16:49) - Old Town / Chapel Bridge / Lion Monument / Glacier Garden / Explore Musegg Wall at night / nine towers
22/06 Lucern – Mt Pilatus / whatever we don’t see from day before
23/06 Lucern (11:18) to Milan (14:35) via Arth-Goldau (border Chiasso) (will buy tickets for Italian journey)
1. International train travel – 10/06 Milan (12:23) to Zermatt and 23/06 Lucern (11:18) to Milan - I recently contacted Happy Rail with some ticket enquiries and they passed my enquiry onto a third party who replied that the international train times that I had supplied (from sbb and checked against Trenitalia) were in fact an hour earlier, ie departing Milan at 11:13 and departing Lucern at 10:18. Have I missed something here? I am confused why they couldn’t quote tickets as per the train timetables I consulted. I will buy the tickets on the Trenitalia site as they are less than half the price than the sbb site.
2. I understand that I need to purchase tickets from/to Milan from the border towns of Domodossola and Chiasso but from previous posts it appears that I do not need to reserve seats on the Switzerland side. Could someone confirm that this is the case please, taking into consideration that both are weekend days.
3. Zermatt – Weather depending we would like to visit Klein Matterhorn and Gonergrat. Is it possible to go to one of these on the afternoon we arrive (10/6) and then visit the other on 11/6? If not, is it possible to visit both on the same day?
4. Lake Birenz – Seeking guidance on how this day would work, ie train in the morning or afternoon and the order of activities - Lake Birenz / Giessbach Falls / Birenz Rothorn Bahn / Interlaken. I’m hoping to get in a walk somewhere along the lake as well.
Thanks in advance for your help.