May 16, 2018 - 5:43 AM
in reply to FallTravel
>> I am wondering if you would mind posting your personal list of must do’s ( i realize that list will be geared to your interests but I do value your opinion).
That would be a list as long as your arm, and would confuse you more ;-) Moreover, October is not a good time of year to do many of them.
I have written trip reports about many places I visited between late August and mid-October 2016, when I spent 7 weeks in Switzerland. They probably represent my favourite places, although I have a much longer list of places I still want to go to :-D
From what you have written so far, this seems to be your rough plan:
- 1 October fly into Germany
- 14-29 October Switzerland
- 3 Nov - depart Paris on cruise
So you would have roughly 16 days in Switzerland from mid- to late-October. A 15-day Swiss Travel Pass would be convenient and give you the flexibility to change your mind on the go, or jump on an extra train, bus or boat according to whim, the weather, or other factors.
While a Swiss Travel Pass would be a convenient option, if you wanted to make sure that it was also your cheapest option, you would need to plan all your train, bus, boat and cable car trips in detail and cost them out.
If you are coming to Switzerland from Austria, you might like to consider something like this:
- Starting off in the Engadin (stay in St Moritz/Pontresina/Sils Maria)
- Bernina Express train and bus to Lugano via Tirano (stay in Lugano)
- Lugano to Luzern/Lucerne via Gotthard Panorama route on regional trains (stay in Luzern)
- Luzern to the Jungfrau Region on Golden Pass route (stay in Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Mürren)
- Jungfrau Region to Montreux on Golden Pass route (stay in Montreux)
- Montreux to Paris. If you have to leave Switzerland via Basel, I wouldn't spend more than one night there.
For a first visit, that would be a good taste of the beauty and diversity of Switzerland, with a focus on mountains, lakes and traditional villages, and would include time in all 4 language areas: Romansch (St Moritz/Engadin), Italian (Lugano/Ticino), German (Luzern, Jungfrau Region) and French (Montreux area). All those areas also have good hiking opportunities.
Last modified on May 16, 2018 - 5:46 AM by Alpenrose666