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Apr 5, 2016 - 10:04 AM


I am going for a 5 night trip to Switzerland with my family. I will be reaching Geneva on Day 1 at around 16:00 hrs in evening. I will stay this 1 night in Geneva and then next day will move to Lucerne and will stay there for 4 nights. My return flight is from Zurich at 20:00 hrs in the evening of Day 6.

I want to cover maximum possible in these days. Mainly want to cover - Jangfrau, Mt Titlis, Rhine, Glacier Express(if possible) etc..

Kindly help me in having best possible itinerary for this trip.


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Apr 6, 2016 - 3:32 AM in reply to adimango

Hi Adimango-

Welcome to My Swiss Alps.

Luzern is a good base in general, excellent for the first time traveler. There are some things that Children might find interesting, too. In the following link, scroll down to see a listing for Lucerne ( which the locals spell as Luzern, since that is the German spelling and Kanton Luzern is in the German speaking region of Switzerland)

www.myswissalps.com/wh eretogo/towns

But not everything on your list is close by Luzern.

To help your planning, it is extremely important to know what time of year you will travel. During some months in Spring and Fall, the areas around the high alpine resorts tend to have few customers and visitors, so many (but not all) services and hotels can be closed for these "low seasons."

These links might be helpful, as you begin your planning:

www.myswissalps.com/ge ttingstarted

www.myswissalps.com/be sttimetovisit

www.myswissalps.com/ab outswitzerland/nature

and a map and a timetable can help you understand the distances, locations, and travel times:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable


By the way, the correct spelling is Jungfrau.

The Rhine is a long river, as you will be able to see on the map, and has many different aspects, not to mention smaller branches which feed into it, such as the Vorderrhein. It forms the northern border of Switzerland for quite a distance.

My Switzerland, the Federation's tourism site has a lot to say about the Rhine:

www.myswitzerland.com/ en-us/search/index.cfm?phrase=Rhine+River

I note that you wish to "cover" the maximum possible. I'm not sure what "cover" means. Would it include riding through on a train, walking in a town, hiking through the countryside? Taking photographs? Do you have any specific interests or restrictions on your travel? How old are your children? Very young children might have health issues with the highest mountains....the air is very "thin" ...low oxygen concentration.


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Apr 6, 2016 - 5:25 AM

Hi Slopoke..... Thanks for the inputs.

I am planning to reach Geneva on 26th May. My daughter is 8 yrs old and we are most interested in scenery. We don't want to do hiking. I want to take the Swiss Travel Pass (but not sure whether to take for 4 days or 8 days.)

Accordingly was thinking to cover as under - 26th May evening - Will do local Geneva sightseeing and Boat Cruise.

27th May - Will leave from Geneva and go to Luzern. in this trip, wanted to take a small trip in Glacier express, if possible. Need your experienced input on this.

28th May - From Luzern to Jungrau trip. What else can be done in this day?

29th - From Luzern to Mt Titlis trip with Cable Car. If time permits, let me know if can do some more sight seeing on this day.

30th - From Luzern, may be local places in Luzern and Bern. Kindly suggest.

31st - Will leave from Luzern in morning and go to Zurich. Is it possible to deposit luggage in Zurich station? and then do the Zurich local city tour + visit to Rhine Falls + Schaffhausen and go to Zurich airport at around 06:00PM.

Kindly guide me in this as I am a first timer.


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Apr 8, 2016 - 4:43 AM in reply to adimango

Hi adimango,

A day trip to Jungfraujoch takes a very long time from Luzern. You can't do anything else that day. Mount Titlis takes half a day to a full day. Please find more things to do here: myswissalps.com/ lucerne/activities. The Glacier Express is too far from Luzern. It takes a long day to do even part of it from there.

Yes, you can store you luggage in lockers or the staffed left luggage office in Zurich.

A 4-day Swiss Travel Pass for May 27 to 30 will work. On the 31th, you can buy a single ticket to Zurich (about CHF 25) and a day pass that includes the trip to the Rhine Falls (about CHF 33). Please see www.myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/price for where to buy the Swiss Travel Pass.


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