Help on trip to Switzerland young couple

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Chidogz
Chidogz
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Jul 4, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Good Evening,

So I will be meeting my girlfriend in geneva switzerland who is doing a intership in the united nations. We need help on deciding what to do and what passes to buy. We will be spending 10 to 15 days over there. So far all we know that we want to do the glacier express and we want to go to 007 restaraunt. We have hotels for 3 days in geneva and 3 days in zurich. If anyone can help us on what other cities we should go to would be glady appreciated and just help with an itienary. Just realized this is very overwhelming. Just a couple trying to relax and have a good time over there. We were also considering going to spain for a couple days if we could afford it. If anyone can help us with our trip please let me know.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3820 posts
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Jul 5, 2017 - 8:04 AM in reply to Chidogz

Hi Chidogz -

Welcome to My Swiss Alps!

Usually , we help people out with an itinerary that they have developed.

The links on these pages may help you:

www.myswissalps.com/ge ttingstarted

Here is some information about Zürich and Geneva:

www.myswissalps.com/zu rich

www.myswissalps.com/ge neva

If you look at this page, you can get some information about other cities or regions:

www.myswissalps.com/wh eretogo

On a first trip, it can indeed be overwhelming. However, Switzerland has so much to see and appreciate that you'll have a scenic trip almost wherever you go.

You might check Montreux on the "cities" page of the Where to Go page linked above.

Zürich ( also on the "cities" page) is a wonderful city for culture,but it is not in the Alps and is not as scenic as alpine regions.

Places to consider instead of Zürich would be Luzern and the Jungfrau region within the Bernese Oberland region ( also on the "Where to Go" page.

Luzern is close to Zürich ( frequent trains to Zürich and onward to Zürich airport).

As you consider locations, this map will help. Zoom in and you can see the rail lines:

map.search.ch/?pos=569152,144544&z=32

The timetable will let you see schedules and timing for all modes of transportation:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Please read the introductory page.

The trains from Montreux to Interlaken on the Golden Pass Route via Zweisimmen is very scenic.

www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass

Slowpoke

Chidogz
Chidogz
3 posts
new member
Jul 6, 2017 - 8:38 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Slowpoke your are the man. Or women not sure lol. So I spoke to my girlfriend and this is what we have so far. Switzerland Itinerary.

1) Arrive in Geneva August 3rd, and stay in Geneva until August 6th

2) August 6th in the afternoon leave to Zurich and stay in Zurich until August 9th (Looking to do excursions, city tours, visit historic places, others…)

3) August 9th leave to St. Moritz, spend the night in St. Moritz.

4) August 10th take the Glacier Express in St. Moritz (Morning) and arrive in Zermatt (Afternoon).

5) From August 10th to August 12th stay in Zermatt (Looking to do excursions, city tours or the visit the Matterhorn)

6) August 12th in the afternoon go back to Geneva for 1 night.

Things to do: Glacier express, Matterhorn in Zermatt, City tours or excursions, Visit Promenade in Montreux, Visit Lucerne. Would also like to see the 007 resteraunt. We are not hikers so would like to take transportation wherever would go. So slowpoke if u can help me detail it a little more it would be gladly apprecaited. Geneva would like to stay those days because we will be visting friends and family in geneva.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3820 posts
expert
Jul 6, 2017 - 9:55 PM in reply to Chidogz

Hi Chidogz -

Glad I could help.

One thing jumps out immediately - replace Zürich with Luzern. You can do all the stuff that you mention right in/near Luzern. And, if you are serious about history, the Swiss Federation was founded around the shores of Lake Lucerne ( der Vierwaldstättersee). There is a quite a bit of history available. In contrast to Zürich, you are right in the middle of the mountains.

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

We always recommend Luzern for first time visitors to Switzerland, and if you really have specifics that you know you want to see in Zürich, there are two direct trains per hour, taking 46 or 50 minutes.

By the way, in the German -speaking regions of Switzerland, you'll see the spelling "Luzern" but it is pronounced almost exactly the same way. In German, the "z" is usually pronounced as "ts".

Slowpoke

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Chidogz
Chidogz
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new member
Jul 6, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Thank you again. So would u have any other recomendations for us on what to do to fit those things we want to do in the trip. Not sure when to go to the 007 restaraunt and what else u think we should do. Again thank you for your time and for your kindness.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
3820 posts
expert
Jul 6, 2017 - 11:41 PM in reply to Chidogz

<<"Would also like to see the 007 resteraunt. We are not hikers so would like to take transportation wherever would go. So slowpoke if u can help me detail it a little more it would be gladly apprecaited.">>

Hi Chidogz -

Please take a look at the map I linked earlier.

The route you have laid out, whether it goes through Luzern or through Zürich does not have a place for the trip to Schilthorn ( the James Bond restaurant). It does not fit. You'll probably have to skip that with your route plan.

www.myswissalps.com/sc hilthorn

However, if you use the map and play with it, you can zoom out to see the locations of your proposed locations for staying or visiting.

Zoom in and you can see the train lines.

If you do that, you might make it work by going Geneva- Montreux to Interlaken (via Golden Pass Route - slower, more scenic, or else via Bern - faster) - Interlaken ( 1/2 or 2/3 day Schilthorn) - Spiez - Visp (or Brig) - Zermatt - St. Moritz - Luzern - Geneva.

I don't know how it would fit together, but it gets you the Schilthorn, touches on the things you have mentioned and you have not given specifics needs for Zürich, so I skipped it. The timetable will tell you how long it takes to make the journeys, and which trains fit your timing needs.

Get on the timetable, as linked above, and use it in combination with the map.

See what you come up with. The more places you want to see, the less time you have in each, and your time in Geneva with relatives is , of course important. Could you and your relatives take a day trip to Montreux, either by train or boat? Those boat services exist; Your relatives will know about them, and the time table will give you schedules. It will not default to the boat because that is the slowest route.

So:

www.cgn.ch/en-gb/horaires/timetable. aspx

You can also force the timetable to show boats by digging into the "advanced" option and selecting boats as a mode of transportation.

Or, your relatives can pick up a printed schedule.

Those are my thoughts at the moment.

By the way, the forum rules request that you not use "text-talk" or shorthand abbreviations.

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/rules

People who use this forum often do not have English as their first language, and "u" does not make much sense in German...I don't know about Arabic, Japanese, Urdu.....;-). For all I know, it means something unintended, so it can be confusing.

I'd prefer to be called "you" not "u."

Thanks,

Slowpoke

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