My August Switzerland itinerary - comments?

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Akanksha
Akanksha
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Jun 25, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Hi

I'm travelling to Switzerland between 18-26 August from Cologne. I'm planning to make Lauterbrunnen as the base for first 4 days and Lucerne as the base for last 4. Below is a draft itinerary of my activities:

18 Aug: Arrive from cologne and explore the Lauterbrunnen valley

19 Aug: Depending on weather, Schiltorn and Mürren

20 Aug: Schyniegge Platte

21 Aug: I was keen on visiting Aletsch Glacier. Will this be too much travel for 1 day including return?

22 Aug: Shift to Lucerne. Do Rhine falls-Stein am Rheim

23 Aug: Mount Titlis

24 Aug: Cover parts of gothard panaroma express and glacier express by the below route:

Lucerne - Göschenen (Gotthard Panorama Express), Göschenen - Andermatt (cogwheel train), Andermatt - Zermatt (Glacier Express).Take a fast train back.

In this case do I just have to experience the panaromic views through the train or is it also about getting out and exploring at stops? Also will this one day trip make it too hectic?

25 Aug: Day trip to Montreux. Visit Chateau de chillon, Chocolate factory, Chaplins world etc.

26 Aug: Explore lucerne and back to cologne.

Please validate and give suggestions for the itinerary and asked questions.

Thanks a lot!

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 26, 2018 - 5:34 AM in reply to Akanksha

Hi Akanksha,

A nice itinerary.

The Aletsch Glacier is a long day from Lauterbrunnen for sure - about 2.5 hours one-way (going to Betten and up from there). https://www.myswissalp s.com/bettmerhorn

If you travel on the panoramic trains reservations must be made and then hopping on and off isn't ideal so you would be there for the ride and the views.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/glacierexpress/p ackages
https://www.myswissalp s.com/gotthardpanorama express/packages

If you take the same trip on regional trains, you can hop on and off as you wish and plan the day with the timetable to see what works best for you: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

Aug.25 will also be a long day if you plan on taking the Golden Pass route between Interlaken and Montreux as well: https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass

Akanksha
Akanksha
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Jun 26, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Thanks Lucas.

Do you suggest that I skip Aletsch Glacier and do something else instead? I also heard about Glacier 3000 but I'm not sure what it is. i've already been to Jungfraujoch.

Also instead of doing too many trains from Lucerne, will it make more sense to do Mount Pilatus, Rigi etc.?

Please suggest. Thanks!

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 26, 2018 - 5:45 PM in reply to Akanksha

I can't decide for you to skip the glacier. It is just a long day and it is up to you if you want to do it.
You can read about a trip to the Glacier 3000 here it learn more about it: https://www.myswissalp s.com/forum/topic/day-trip-to-glacier-3000-near-gstaad

There are many alternative mountains around Lauterbrunnen as well for you to choose from: https://www.myswissalp s.com/lauterbrunnen/ac tivities

It would make for a shorter day to go to Pilatus from Lucerne rather than your panoramic train trips but they are very different activities so it really comes down to what you want to do more. :)

Have you looked into rail passes as well? https://www.myswissalp s.com/swissrailpasses Some offer free trips into the mountains which may help you decide. An example is the Swiss Travel Pass gives you a free trip to Schilthorn near Lauterbrunnen and Rigi near Lucerne.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass

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