Oct 4, 2017 - 2:44 AM
in reply to mtbnb
>> If we wanted to spend a little time in Interlaken before taking the next train to Zweisimmen would there be a fun area to wander and things to do? Just curious if we want to spend a fun long day seeing the sights as we go along these three train routes what you might recommend? I didn't think there would be enough time to go up the Jungfrau.
Interlaken itself has the least to offer of any town in the Jungfrau Region in my opinion. It's a good transport hub and has a lot of shops, restaurants and hotels, but has little charm. Personally, I would give it a miss.
The Golden Pass trip one way will take over 5 hours, plus 2.5 to 3 hours if you take the fast way back (i.e. the default route suggested by the Swiss Timetable). Going into the beautiful Jungfrau Region, even to one of the villages, would probably take too much time. Sunset is at 4.45 pm, so you would want to make sure you see the whole of the Golden Pass route before then. You definitely wouldn't want to miss a daylight descent into Montreux from high on the mountain!
If you do want to get off somewhere, I would suggest somewhere like Gstaad. Gstaad is a glamorous resort characterised by chalet architecture and luxury boutiques - very popular with socialites and celebrities in the Christmas/New Year period! You could stroll along the pedestrianised street "Promenade". There is a village map here that will show you where the pedestrian area is:
Gstaad is at an altitude of just over 1,000 metres, so snow would not be guaranteed in December, but when I went through there on the Golden Pass train in December 2011, it was under deep snow, so you should be prepared with suitable shoes and clothing to enjoy spending time outdoors.
Getting off at Gstaad would mean you would need separate reservations Zweisimmen-Gstaad and Gstaad-Montreux.
Last modified on Oct 4, 2017 - 8:26 AM by Lucas