Itinerary for 8 days Lucerne, Grindelwald, Zermatt

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May 21, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Hello everyone

I was wondering if you can advice me on this itinerary please. We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 2 children age 9,6 and 2) and will be driving from the UK.

Day 1 - Tuesday 12/7 - Drive to Lucerne from Colmar. Sightseeing Old Town and if we have time we plan to do Golden Round trip. Overnight in Lucerne (Radisson Blu)

Day 2 - Wednesday 13/7 - Check out from Radisson Blu and drive to Ballenberg Open Museum. Spend half a day there. Afterwards drive to Grindelwald. We will stay in Grindelwald for 3 nights (Hotel Bodmi)

Day 3 - Thursday 14/7 -Jungfraujoch (weather permitting) -half day. Then sightseeing Grindelwald

Day 4 - Friday 15/7 - Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wengen

Day 5 - Saturday 16/7 - Check out from Hotel Bodmi early then drive to Lake Blausee. Spend couple of hours there then drive to Zermatt. Check in Chalet Hotel Schonegg in Zermatt. We will stay here for 3 nights. Sightseeing Zermatt after check in hotel.

Day 6 - Sunday 17/7 - Matterhorn & Klein Matterhorn (weather permitting)

Day 7 - Monday 18/7 - Walk around maybe do easy trails with the kids.

Day 8 - Tuesday 19/7 - Check out from Chalet Hotel Zermatt then drive to Chillon castle. Spend couple of hours there (not planning to go inside the castle but mainly taking photos). Then from there drive to Reims for overnight stay before crossing the Eurotunnel the following day back to UK.

What do you think of this itinerary please? Should we move our 1 night stay in Lucerne to Grindelwald instead?

Thank you

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May 21, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Hi shulien81,

Most of your plans will work fine. A few tips:

  • Personally I think a one night stay is quite hectic, so you can indeed add a night to Grindelwald, but this is a personal preference. Either option is fine if you think it will work time wise.
  • There is not much to sight see within Grindelwald, but there are plenty of options outside the village. A walk to the Bachsee for example.
  • You may know this, but just to be sure: you can't drive to Zermatt. You can park in Täsch and take the train: zermatt/travel.
  • If you have a couple of hours to spend at Chillon Castle it would be a shame not to go inside. You can take pictures of the ancient walls and rooftops there, and more. Just taking pictures of the outside won't take more than 30 minutes.
  • Be sure to buy Swiss Half Fare Cards and print them at home.

I hope this was useful. Enjoy your week in Switzerland!

Last modified on May 21, 2016 - 3:15 PM by Arno

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