Hello fellow Swiss adventurers, I posted a rough draft of my itinerary a couple of months ago and have changed a few things since. This here is my finalized comprehensive itinerary (bear with me).
I mostly would like to know if these plans are realistic or are too much of an undertaking. I am physically active and when I am experiencing new things fatigue tends to not bother me at all. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated as the date is quickly approaching!
This is my first time traveling to Switzerland and Europe in general.
The trip will be from may 17th to the 26th and I am traveling solo. I have a hobby for photography, hence why I will want to be in certain places at certain times as stated in itinerary. I plan on getting the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass as it seems the most ideal for my needs. I have also done a lot of digging into the transit system and lining up travel times to get the best idea of where ill be and for how long I can be there to make the most of everything.
I've looked into weather and conditions for that time of year and from my understanding it can be a hit or a miss depending on where you are regionally. Any insight of weather experience during this month is welcomed. I understand weather is crucial for trips to Switzerland as much of it is scenic views.
Any ideas to substitute a daytrip in the event of bad weather would be welcomed.
Ill arrive in Zurich the morning of the 18th and leave via rail for Luzern, Luzern will be my first base.
Upon arriving at Luzern I will check in to my hotel and venture around old town and certain sights of Luzern (i understand I most likely be jetlagged, so doing lots the first day may not be ideal). Hopefully getting a good night sleep.
On the 2nd day (19th) I plan on getting up very early to hike up Grosser Mythen to see the sunrise. (I hear if there is a place to be at sunrise, this is it). I have a big question on this however, Is hiking in darkness up a mountain solo common? how dangerous can it be? should I really consider this plan for my own good?
I plan on taking a Mt. Rigi day trip which from my understanding will take the majority of the day. This would complete my 2nd day.
3rd day (20th) I plan on checking out and doing the Mt. Pilatus trip (this will be the first day the golden round trip is open for the season). It will be the later afternoon by the time this trip ends so I plan on getting right on the rail for Lauterbrunnen. Lauterbrunnen will be my 2nd base for the trip.
Upon arriving in Lauterbrunnen Ill check in and just stay local. end of 3rd day
on the 4th day (21st) I plan on exploring the surrounding areas. First to Murren and to the Schilthorn; big Bond fan (I plan on getting to some of these destinations via hiking such as Murren via Grutschalp). From my understanding hiking may not be an option in higher altitude areas do to there still being snow at those heights, any insight on this would be appreciated.
After the Shilthorn I will return to Lauterbrunnen and may look into paragliding there (gotta have at least one extreme experience!). As the later afternoon approaches I planned on Heading to Interlaken and hiking Harder Kulm to be there for Sunset, taking the funicular back and ending my day. I looked into sunrise and set times and noticed the sunsets rather late at this time of year (9+pm!).
day 5 (22nd) Early morning trip to Jungfraujoch, from Jungfraujoch Ill goto Grindelwald. While searching forums I came across a place called Bussalp. People who have gone said there isnt much there but the views are priceless, it can be reached via bus or hiked. Once again I am not sure about the hiking conditions at this time of the year and if this little excursion is doable. From Grindelwald I will goto Wengen and finish there before heading back to Lauterbrunnen. Originally I was looking to goto Grindelwald then First to Lake Bussalp. However the cable car to get there is not operational at this time. Is this still accessible through another mode of transportation?
day 6 (23rd ) I will head to Lake Thun via Interlaken for a lake trip to Thun. I will explore around Thun followed by train ride to Bern. Ill explore old town Bern and some sights there then head back towards Lauterbrunnen. According to the times ive coome up with throughout this day, ill still have some daylight left by the time I leave Bern. Any suggestions on the way back to Lauterbrunnen? Spiez? Neisen?
Day 7 (24th) Plan on taking the first train to Zermatt (this being the longest travel from my base). From Zermatt Ill go to Gornergrat and see the sights there, followed by Rotenboden. I plan on hiking from here to Riffelsee for that famous shot of the Matterhorn. Ill head back to Rotenboden and take the train back to Zermatt.
From here Ill go back out to the Klein Matterhorn "glacial paradise". I catch the final connection back to Zermatt and finally head back to Lauterbrunnen. End of this day.
Day 8 (25th) Checkout and take the train all the way back to Zurich. Check in to hotel and explore old Zurich. This day is up in the air. Any suggestions for the remainder of my last day?
Day 9 (26th) checkout head to airport for the long journey back! Hope I have an amazing experience in this beautiful place.
Any and all feedback will certainly help me for this trip, Thank you!