Jul 5, 2010 - 3:10 AM
If I understand right you and your wife already have a Swiss Saver Pass for the duration of your stay in Switzerland.
There will be no necessity to reserve seats for the trains you mentioned. As long as you don't want to travel with scenic trains, this will work without any problem.
You might find some answers though on the Railway FAQ
Validation of your pass varies depending on where you purchased your Pass.
It's just important that you validate it before boarding the first train you use with the Pass. If you are in doubt about how to validate it, you can always ask the railway personnel at Zürich airport. They will be glad to help you.
Your second question, concerning what to do in or around Lucerne:
- strolling along the old town centre and the famous Kappel bridge near the central railway station;
- a boat ride on the lake;
- Mt. Pilatus, accessible by either a steep cog railway track from Alpnachstadt or cable car from Kriens (close to Lucerne). In clear weather, even the Bernese Alps can be seen from this viewing point;
- Mt. Rigi, another beautiful viewing point above lake Lucerne, accessible by cog railway from Arth-Goldau or Vitznau;
- the 'Verkehrshaus', a large museum on Swiss traffic and traffic history, which is very interesting for children as well.
You may want to take a look at the Lucerne tourism website
as well for more tips.
For the Interlaken region/Jungfrau region, please view the tips given here
No, you don't have to make reservations for the Gornergratbahn in Zermatt. Once you are in Zermatt, you will find the way to the ticket office for the Gornergratbahn without any problem. It's indicated near the railway station, that really can't miss (across the street)! And if you are still considering it: just go there. It's a beautiful ride by a cog railway and – especially when the weather is fine – you will never be sorry.
Have fun, I hoped I helped a little!