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Oct 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Hello! I’m hoping to take my two young children (4 and 6) to the Jungfrau region for a week next August.

I wondered if Zermatt would provide a contrast to this area and be worth doing as well? If so, is it a long journey between the two?

With only a week or so there I wonder if perhaps it’s best to stick to one place (but don’t want to miss anything too beautiful!).

thank you šŸ˜Š

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Oct 22, 2019 - 11:33 PM in reply to Catskids

It's always worth going to Zermatt!

I always recommend the Gornergrat railway journey and rate it as better than the Jungfrau railway which is in tunnel a lot of the way.

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Oct 22, 2019 - 11:50 PM in reply to Catskids

With only a week visit I’d suggest staying at a single base somewhere in the Bernese Oberland (Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindelwald or even somewhere like Thun).

From there you can easily do a day trip to Zermatt if the weather looks favourable and you have time. There is no shortage of things to do in the Bernese Oberland.

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* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app also show a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make conections.

Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

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Oct 23, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Hello Catskids,

I recommend staying in one travel base in the Bernese Oberland as well. It's less hassle, especially when you are traveling with children. Interlaken would be a good travel base because it is a strategic base town for the Bernese Oberland. You have Interlaken Ost as the main train station, and Interlaken West the small train station.

I have attached information on Interlaken for you:

Zermatt is definitely worth a visit, especially when it's only 2 hours, one way by train. I will attach some links about Zermatt so you can see for yourself that it's worth visiting!


I hope that helps you!

Best regards,



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