I am planning a trip to Switzerland from September 7th to September 12th with my husband and 6 year old son. This is our first Europe trip. We are Indian family travelling from Dubai .We have made the hotel bookings and will also have 8 day Swiss pass.We will be staying 4 Nights in Lucerne and one night in Zurich.We are interested in scenic trips ,towns ,beautiful villages and snow fun. Not wanted to do any hiking as our son is not interested in long walkings.
Below is the itinerary we are planning to execute. Any advice, suggestions or recommendations would be of GREAT help and very much appreciated to make the trip better.
Day 1:Sep 7th Wed- Zurich-Lucerne
Arrival at Zurich Airport at 7 am.
Planning to visit Zurich Town or Rhine falls for half day.(which one will be better after an overnight journey?)
What all can we cover in half a day in Zurich Town?
Travel to Lucerne afternoon.
After check in explore Lucerne for the rest of the day -(town and other attractions)
Day 2:Sep 8th Thu-Jungfrau/Mt Titlis-Bern-depending on climate
If climate in both places are favorable for a visit which one should we opt for?
We prefer to visit Mt.Titlis first but read that Sep 9th and Sep 10th is Jungfrau marathon so better to stay away from these location on both days so wont be possible to visit Jungfrau other days in that case .is it correct?
If going to Titlis Is it possible to include Bern town after Mt Titlis trip?
We understood that Jungfrau is far from Lucerne and need 10 hours of journey up and down, still wanted to try as we dont want to miss this place and also as have not planned for any other long trips by train.
With swiss pass we will get only 25% discount right. So from which station do we need to purchase the ticket to Jungfrau train? Is the below route correct?
Day 3:Sep 9th Fri-
These are the places we like to visit.
Lake Brienz, Giessbach falls,Brienz Rothorn ,Brienz town,Ballenberg Museum,InterLaken
I have made two plans checking the boating and rothorn bahn timetable but dont know if it is doable. Please suggest and help me to plan this day as am confused .
Lucerne-Interlaken-boating-Brienz-Rothorn bahn-Brienz Town-Ballenberg museum
any chance to include giessbach falls? Is it worth visiting?
Lucerne-Brienz-Rothorn bahn-Brienz Town-Ballenberg Museum-Giessbach falls(by bus)-Interlaken(by boat board from giessbach falls)
All the lake trips reports that i read are from Interlaken to Brienz than from Brienz to Interlaken. Any particular reason for that?.
And which time on the day will be better for boat trips morning or afternoon?
Day 4: Sep 10thSat-Mt Titlis/Jungfrau(depending on climate)
Day 5:Sep 11th Sunday
Bern Town ,Zurich(If we dont get time to visit Bern on other days)
Bern,Gruyere village,Maison Cailler Chocolate factory,Zurich
Hope we can visit chocolate factory on Sunday. So plan for the day
Checkout from Lucerne.Travel to Bern(deposit luggage in station)
Bern-Gruyere Village -chocolate factory
Bern-Chocolate factory-Gruyere (which order is better?)
Finally to Zurich,checkin and visit Zurich Town.
Day 6:Sep 12th Monday
Check out and to airport to catch the morning flight