How to see the Alps - 4 day trip in Zurich & Bern

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Aug 24, 2017 - 5:06 AM

Hi We are a family of 5 adults travelling to Switzerland for 4 days in September. What i would like to know does the Day Trip to Lucerne and Engelberg from Zurich cover seeing the Alps. We are staying in Zurich for 2 days and then travelling by train to Bern for 2 days before getting a train to Venice via Milan. What other must sees are there in Zurich or Bern, we may hire a car in Bern to get out and see a bit more.Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Aug 24, 2017 - 1:09 PM in reply to lynnie2211

Hi Lynnie2211 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

There are some great mountains near Lucerne, but not what are traditionally considered the "Swiss Alps".
For that, you would want to travel to the Jungfrau region (the main town is Interlaken) which would be close to 3 hours by train from Zurich (or 2 from Lucerne). Use the Swiss railways timetable to plan any trips. There would be no need to rent a car to explore the areas - trains are much more convenient in Switzerland.

Click on the following links for ideas on what to do in Zurich, Lucerne and Bern.

Let us know if you have further questions!


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Aug 24, 2017 - 10:19 PM in reply to lynnie2211

Hi Linn1e2211-

In addition to the timetable noted in Lucas' comments, this map may be useful:,201088&z=1& poi=default

Zürich is a very nice and quite cosmopolitan city, but is far from the Alps and is not noted for its scenic beauty. Unless you have definite ideas about what you want to do in Zürich, you might instead consider a day or two in Luzern, with the remainder- 2 or 3 days- in the Jungfrau region.

In that region, the best scenery is in the villages several miles from Interlaken, some of which are car free.

You might look at Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Mürren as possibilities. All are accessible by frequent trains from Interlaken Ost.



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