First visit to Switzerland next June please advise

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vjshah
vjshah
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May 24, 2017 - 3:58 PM

hello all,

please advise me tthe best options .

so far this is my plan.

14th june late night land in GVA

15th june next day morning rent car from GVA to BROC , visit chocolate factory

from broc drive to interlaken and stay in interlaken for 3 nights.

16th june - jungfrow

17th - titlis

18th - train to zermatt

19th - matterhorn

20- glacier express go to zurich - booked

21- rhine falls

22- fly out- booked

now i this is for 2 kids and 2 adults. i need advise on my itinerary, what should i add , how should i go ahead with day to day.

should i take train from GVA to montreux and then board chocolate train? or rent a car is better option and drive to broc. we r renting as we would have luggage with us.

your advise would be appreciated.

i have 8 days swiss pass

Beatrix
Beatrix
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May 24, 2017 - 8:56 PM

Just want to share with you: my husband and I were just in both Thun and Interlaken and really, found Thun much more beautiful than Interlaken (which is extremely touristy, just my opinion based on my personal preferences). But I believe the mountains are more readily accessible from Interlaken, so that might work better for you.

Annika
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May 25, 2017 - 1:31 PM in reply to vjshah

Hello vjshah, welcome to MySwissAlps!

Most of your schedule looks fine. It's pretty busy though, but if you don't mind long travel days that's fine. Personally I wouldn't rent a car for just one day, but just do your trip on June 15 by train. Your Swiss Travel Pass covers the trains to Broc anyway, so you can save a lot of money by not getting a car. It's a pretty long journey from Geneva to Broc though. You'd best use the timetable to check traveling times. The Chocolate Train leaves from Montreux about 9 am, so you'd have to leave Geneva early to catch it. Regular regional trains will work too. Alternatively you can do some local sightseeing in Montreux (Rochers-de-Naye, Chateau de Chillon) and then head for Interlaken using the Golden Pass route. That will result in a less busy day over all.

If I were you I'd skip Titlis, as this too is a long journey from Interlaken. There's plenty to see and do much closer to Interlaken; please follow the link I inserted.

On June 20, I'd leave the Glacier Express in Chur and then head for Zurich, rather than stay seated all the way south to St. Moritz. It will be a very long day if you take the entire Glacier Express ride.

vjshah
vjshah
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May 25, 2017 - 2:47 PM in reply to Annika

Thank you so much for your tips and comments.

yes i am taking the ride until chur and then directly to zurich.

I need more help planning my day 1 on 15th june from geneva. i am confused. should i rent car or taking chocolate train. i love chocolates and i want to visit the castle and chocolate/cheese factory. please advise what option should i take.

chocolate train will cost around 60 each we are 4 of us - included free entry to factory and village. but then we have luggage.

car if we rent will cost around 200 , luggage would be taken care of and we will have to pay extra to enter the castle and chocolate factory.

not sure what is the best option? is driving easy there? we are from Chicago.

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May 26, 2017 - 9:39 AM in reply to vjshah

>> car if we rent will cost around 200 , luggage would be taken care of and we will have to pay extra to enter the castle and chocolate factory.

not sure what is the best option?

It might be worth investigating the SBB Express Luggage service as an option:

www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/services/lugg age-and-flight-luggage/luggage/expres s-luggage.html

You have to make sure you get to the station your luggage is being held at before the baggage area closes, which is usually around 6.00 or 6.30 pm. Instead of forwarding it to Interlaken Ost (as you will probably get there after 6:30 pm, when the baggage area closes), you could forward it to a station where you will have to change trains en route to Interlaken.

When you have decided on a route from Broc to Interlaken Ost, and know what time you will be reaching your transfer stations and final destination, you can use this site to pick a suitable station for forwarding your luggage to:

www.sbb.ch/en/iframes/ connections-express-luggage.html

And on this page, you can find out what time the baggage area for your preferred luggage collection station closes:

www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/railway-stations.html

Alpenrose

Lucas
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May 26, 2017 - 10:01 AM in reply to vjshah

If you decide to rent a car it won't be too difficult (have a GPS of course). There are some mountain driving on the route so be aware if you aren't used to it.

In the end either option is valid and it depends on whether you want the convenience of the car or the ease of taking the train (and being able to enjoy the views!) Most people travel by train in Switzerland and it is usually the easier option. Here is some information on the pros and cons of traveling by car and train.

Lucas

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