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molelymolely
molelymolely
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Jul 2, 2017 - 6:59 AM

Day1 Home to Zurich (1200am)

Zurich to Bern to interlaken

Stay in interlaken for 6 days.

Shopping in interlaken

Day2 Murren & Schilthorn

Day3. The Lauterbrunnen Valley

Day4. Jungfraujoch

Day5. Aletsch Glacier

Day6 hiking from Mannlichen to

Kleine Scheidegg

Day7. Check in Zermatt

City tour

Day8. Zermatt & Gornergrat

( Matterhorn)

Day9. Check in Lucern

Kapell brucke

Lowen denkmal

Day10. Check in Zurich

Rhine Falls

Day 11. Zurich to Home

Any advise if the above is arrangement is friendly enough for folks 60 years of age?

Slowpoke
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Jul 2, 2017 - 8:03 AM in reply to molelymolely

Hi Molelymolely-

That is a good , balanced, and leisurely plan. The way that you have set up a heavy concentration on the Jungfrau region, with quick checks of a couple of other places is the kind of plan that I would do for myself.

However, all visits to the high Alps are seasonal. And, between seasons....November, for example, many services are closed for holidays or maintenance.

When do you plan to go?

You'll have lots of flexibility in the Jungfrau region, which is a good thing, since a visit to the Jungfraujoch should only be done on a clear day.

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion

Interlaken gives you easy access to the rest of Switzerland by rail, but it is not much of a tourist destination in its own right. For a real Alpine atmosphere and spectacular scenery, you might enjoy staying closer to the Jungfrau in one of the nearby villages such as Mürren, Wengen, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen... I like Wengen.

You may find this interesting:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

I'm curious about day 5. How will you get to the Aletsch Glacier?

Your day in Luzern will have time for more than the two items that you mention.

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

If you are interested in history, you would probably enjoy the Bourbaki Panorama, which is quite close to the Lion Monument (das Löwendenkmal).

www.bourbakipanorama.c h/en/

www.luzern.com/en/bour baki-panorama

Regarding the Rhine Falls- this link may be helpful:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/what-is-the-best-option-for-train-pass

Slowpoke

emmeff
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Jul 2, 2017 - 10:14 AM

I would question a day devoted to shopping in Interlaken. Even a walk around Interlaken would take a couple of hours at most.

Do you not plan to spend any time in Zürich? There is plenty to do there. And plenty of options for shopping, if you can afford to do so.

molelymolely
molelymolely
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Jul 2, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Thanks for the advise and replies.

We intend to be there in late September to early October.

molelymolely
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Jul 2, 2017 - 2:43 PM in reply to Slowpoke

The way to get to Aletsch Glacier we got it online from someone else I think:

1. Re: gething to the Aletsch glacier from interlaken

08 May 2007, 21:52

Take the train to Brig, 1 hour and 45 minutes with a change at Spiez. At Brig, take thetrain heading east---the regional train, not the Glacier Express. Take it to Fiesch (30 minutes) and ride the cable car up to Fiescheralp and to the top of the Eggishorn. From there, you will have a view along the Aletschgletscher and north to the Concordiaplatz and the Jungfrau. There is a restaurant up there.

If you want to to part of this by hiking (our favorite hike), get off the train at Betten, before Fiesch, and ride the cable car up to Bettmeralp. From there, hike up to the top of the ridge for wonderful views of the glacier. The hike up is about 45 minutes to an hour. You can then hike along the glacier a way and return, or take a trail up the side of the Bettmerhorn and ride a lift back down. Or hike the other direction to the top of the Moosfluh lift (I think that's the name), and ride a chairlift down to Riederalp.

Lots of possiblities. But for a simple trip with no hiking, the Eggishorn is the best. If you would like more specific directions on the hike from Bettmeralp, let me know, and I'll dig out my maps.

Of course the hike is subject to weather conditions.

Slowpoke
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Jul 2, 2017 - 2:54 PM in reply to molelymolely

Hi Molelmolely

If I read your itinerary correctly, you will arrive in Zürich main station at 12 noon.

The trains via Bern leave at xx02 and xx32.

If you catch the 1232, you'll arrive at Interlaken Ost at 1428. You certainly will not have a whole day there.

I agree with Emmef that there is not a lot to do in Interlaken, but you certainly could take a few hours to look around.

You might want o check out Harder Kulm:

www.interlaken.ch/en/e xcursion-harder-kulm.html

The funicular up to Harder Kulm will stop running toward the end of October, which is why I asked about timing. ( A lot of mountain transport stops then, typically around the 24th of October +/-)

We don't normally recommend Zürich for scenic tourism, but it is a an attractive city, very cosmopolitan, and with good shopping. Easy to get around with the bus and tram network, and not expensive if you get a day card from the Zürich Verkehrsverein. A lot of tourists with money pass through Zürich, so you can find plenty of ways to spend a lot of money. It is my favorite city in Switzerland, but for culture, not scenery.

www.myswissalps.com/zu rich

Slowpoke

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molelymolely
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Jul 2, 2017 - 3:08 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Oh sorry we should arrive in Zurich around 0630.

So even though Interlaken is central to other areas it is better to stay nearer like Grindelwald and the likes?

Is there any reason other then what you have mentioned that staying in Interlaken is not advised? Coz some of my relatives are quite insistent on staying in Interlaken for reasons I don't quite understand

Last modified on Jul 2, 2017 - 3:15 PM by molelymolely
molelymolely
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Jul 2, 2017 - 3:11 PM

How about the train tickets? What should I get?

Slowpoke
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Jul 2, 2017 - 3:19 PM in reply to molelymolely

Hi Molelymolely -

<<"Take the train to Brig, 1 hour and 45 minutes with a change at Spiez. At Brig, take thetrain heading east---the regional train, not the Glacier Express. Take it to Fiesch (30 minutes) and ride the cable car up to Fiescheralp and to the top of the Eggishorn. From there, you will have a view along the Aletschgletscher and north to the Concordiaplatz and the Jungfrau. There is a restaurant up there.">>

That is the way that I would go to view the glacier. It will be a full day, especially if you include a walk.

I'm not sure, but you might also be able to see it from Jungfraujoch. Check it out on a map.

map.search.ch/?pos=650765,141874&z=25 6

map.search.ch/?pos=647272,150480&z=32

The northern tip of the glacier should be visible from the Jungfrau

However, and this is why I asked, that route to Eggishorn takes you to a good place to look at the glacier. You will not be on the glacier or close to it.

My preference would be to take the walk to Bettmeralp from Fiescheralp after you are finished at Eggishorn.

map.search.ch/?pos=650844,139072&z=64

In detail:

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Slowpoke

If you don't eat near Eggishorn, at Fiescheralp or Kuihboden, for example, there are lots of places to eat in Bettmeralp.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
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Jul 2, 2017 - 3:28 PM in reply to molelymolely

<<"Is there any reason other then what you have mentioned that staying in Interlaken is not advised? Coz some of my relatives are quite insistent on staying in Interlaken for reasons I don't quite understand">>

It is all relative. Most people go their for the alpine experience. You get that further in the valley and up on the mountains, not Interlaken. However, if you want to visit parts of the Bernese Oberland that are not close to the Jungfrau, Interlaken offers the best rail connections.

www.myswissalps.com/in terlaken

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion

Perhaps you could ask your relatives why they preferred Interlaken over one of the alpine villages?

This link explains why I prefer to stay nearer the Jungfrau, specifically in Wengen:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

Slowpoke

Last modified on Jul 2, 2017 - 3:49 PM by Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 2, 2017 - 3:53 PM in reply to molelymolely

I'm not an expert on traintickets or rail passes.

These links may help:

www.myswissalps.com/tr avel/inswitzerland

www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses.

The moderators (Arno, Annika) are the experts on rail passes.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
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Jul 2, 2017 - 3:58 PM in reply to molelymolely

<<"Oh sorry we should arrive in Zurich around 0630.">>

OK. Sorry I misunderstood your first post.

If you are not jet lagged from a long airplane flight, you would certainly have time to look around Zürich before you go to Interlaken. If you are jet-lagged, you'll still have time, but you may not remember much of what you see and do. ;-)

Slowpoke

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