Interlaken or Montreux for 2 nights before Wengen

Interlaken or Montreux for 2 nights before Wengen

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Simage
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May 11, 2018 - 5:04 AM

I am on a 15 trip in Switzerland in June. I will arrive in Zurich stay 2 nites and travel to Luzern to stay another 2 nites. Then I planned to head for Interlaken for another 2 nites. However, I heard Montreux is a more interesting place compared to Interlaken. Should I head for Montreaux for 2 nites from Luzern which after Montreaux I planned to go Wengen? Or should I just stay put at Interlaken which is near Wengen? Any advice will be much appreciated. I am travelling with my wife.

rockoyster
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May 11, 2018 - 5:33 AM in reply to Simage

Wengen is a more attractive place to visit than Interlaken. You could easily spend 4 days in Wengen and do a day trip to Montreux. Depends what your itinerary looks like after the Jungfrau Region.

Simage
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May 11, 2018 - 5:49 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks Rockoyster. I planned for 3 nites at Wengen. So I could skip Interlaken and spend 5 nites in Wengen and make a day trip to Montreux?

rockoyster
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May 11, 2018 - 5:55 AM in reply to Simage

Yes, Interlaken is a good transport hub but not the most scenic place. But what are you doing after Wengen? Did I read correctly you have 15 days?

There is much to do in the Jungfrau Region and a day trip to Montreux is certainly possible. Look at the Golden Pass Line (www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass) for one way there and let the SBB timetable show you the fastest return route.

Last modified on May 11, 2018 - 5:58 AM by rockoyster
Simage
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May 11, 2018 - 6:02 AM

After Wengen, I am heading for Zermatt for 2 nites, to Samedan at St Morit 2 nites and back to Zurich. However Wengen hotels are filled up. Should I skip Interlaken and head to Montreux to stay 2 nites there before I head to Wengen? Or is Murren a better option to skip Interlaken?

rockoyster
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May 11, 2018 - 6:14 AM in reply to Simage

There is nothing wrong with Interlaken. It will be quicker to reach Montreux from there.

Or by all means go to Montreux then back to Wengen if that appeals.

Logistically it might have been better to go Luzern, Wengen, Montreux, Zermatt but no big deal. Montreux and Interlaken are different experiences. At least at Interlaken you are still within reach of the wonderful Jungfrau area.

On your way from Wengen to Zermatt be sure to go via Kandersteg. You will travel on the Regio-Express Lötschberger train over the traditional, more than 100 year old mountain route, giving you a wonderful view along the impressive peaks and down into the Rhone Valley. The 1-hour faster route via Visp takes you through the fairly lengthy Lötschberg Base Tunnel with rather limited views.

Last modified on May 11, 2018 - 6:15 AM by rockoyster
Simage
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May 11, 2018 - 6:24 AM in reply to rockoyster

Is the Regio-Express Lötschberger train covered under Swiss Travel Pass? So when I leave Wengen, I should take this train in the direction of Kandersteg to Zermatt?

rockoyster
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May 11, 2018 - 6:30 AM in reply to Simage

You will pick up the Lötscberger at Spiez. Just search SBB timetable for Wengen to Zermat via Kandersteg. That will show the connections.

Yes it is covered by the Swiss Travel Pass. It is just a regular train despite the grand name.

Simage
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May 11, 2018 - 6:35 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks for the information given, Is very helpful. Appreciate your kind efforts.

rockoyster
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May 11, 2018 - 6:42 AM in reply to Simage

When you catch the train at Spiez make sure you get on the right half of the train. The timetable will tell you which half of the platform to be on and it is well sign-posted. I’m not sure if this happens for every train but at least for some when the train arrives at Spiez from Bern. The front half continues to Brig via Kandersteg. The other half of the train goes to Zweisimmen.

Happy travels.

Simage
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May 11, 2018 - 7:42 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you once again Rockoyster for the useful information. Noted.

Tamival
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May 12, 2018 - 11:26 AM

Hi. Just returned from our wonderful trip. I plan to write a more detailed trip log, but wanted you to know we really loved Montreux. Stayed directly across from the train station at Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic with beautiful views overlooking the Lake.

Also, ditto to the discussion about making sure you are in the proper half of the platform for certain trains. If it says 5A, make sure you are at A and not B. We nearly made this mistake.

Simage
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May 12, 2018 - 2:04 PM in reply to Tamival

Thanks for the information Tamival. Looking forward to head there.

Simage
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May 23, 2018 - 2:51 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Rockoyster, taking the train Regio-Express Lötschberger train, do I need to do reservation or just be at the train station to catch the next coming train?

rockoyster
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May 23, 2018 - 2:54 AM in reply to Simage

You don't need a reservation. It is just a regular train despite the grand title.

Simage
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May 23, 2018 - 3:16 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you Rockoyster for the info.

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