After 29 years of marriage, this is my husband's and my first trip to Europe (in fact, our first big trip anywhere), and we are so excited about the Swiss portion...especially because of the rave reviews so many of our friends have given of the Jungfrau region. We can hardly wait!!
I have tried to find the following travel answers online, but am still quite uncertain and intimidated, and would really appreciate your help.
We will be traveling by train from Venice to Grindelwald on Sunday, August 12, 2018. We will then be staying in Grindelwald for two days and Lucerne for an evening and morning, before traveling to Zurich to fly to Budapest on August 15th. We believe a Swiss Pass will be worth the money for what we want to do.
-I am not sure the best way to secure train tickets from Venice to Grindelwald using a Swiss Pass. Should I only purchase an Italian rail ticket to a town in Switzerland just over the border from Italy... and then use our Swiss Passes from there?
-If so, what Swiss town would you recommend that we book our ticket to from Venice... to begin the Swiss portion of our journey to Grindelwald?
-Or, should I book the trip the whole way through from Venice to Grindelwald, but then is there a way to utilize our Swiss Pass when making online reservations?
-Also, I'm the kind who likes to prepare in advance and know exactly where I'm going and that I will definitely be able to get there.... so advance reservations with specific seat assignments (with good window views : ) and train transfer information, etc, are in my comfort zone. However, most of what I'm reading about rail travel in Switzerland indicates that reservations are not necessary, and that it's fine to just present the pass at each rail station and get on the desired train... and that we won't have a problem getting a seat (with a window view). So... my question/concern is: Is this really the case? (I just need a little reassurance... or experienced advice on this one : ).
-Or... is it also acceptable and/or advised to make reservations even if we have a Swiss Pass?
-Lastly, (and I realize this answer will depend on the advice you give us to the above questions), does it matter if we purchase the Swiss Pass in advance or when we get to our first Swiss train station?
Thank you SO MUCH for any answers and help you can give me... regarding my questions... or any other advice you want to throw in!!
Heidi (and Mike)