One day in Switzerland from Lörrach

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Walkfan
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Feb 10, 2018 - 1:39 PM

If we only had one day in Switzerland, what would be the best scenic trip from Basel and what would it cost? Would be grateful for any suggestions.

pvonk
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Feb 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

When you say “one day” do you mean beginning first thing in the morning until evening? Or are you arriving by train/plane in the morning sometime, which involves time spent going through customs, get to local transportation (train or car rental), etc.? And when must you be done? Are you leaving the country. From where? And what time of year?

Walkfan
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Feb 10, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Hi thanks for replying. We will be staying in Lörrach just over the border and would be going back there in the evening.

rockoyster
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Feb 10, 2018 - 8:31 PM in reply to Walkfan

“Best” is a very subjective term but I would say a day trip to Jungfraujoch (www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/gettingther e) if price is anything to go by!

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Lucas
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Feb 11, 2018 - 8:08 AM in reply to Walkfan

Will you travel by train or car? You are traveling in May I think? If by train use the Swiss railways timetable to plan the trip.

If train I'd be tempted to go to Lucerne for mountain scenery - like Pilatus. Jungfraujoch is doable but a long day. If you are looking for a scenic train ride and not intent on a mountain visit try going to Interlaken via Lucerne (part of the Golden Pass route) and maybe visit Lake Thun and or Mt. Niesen.

Peterli
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Feb 13, 2018 - 3:20 AM in reply to Walkfan

Hi.

One day ? Is this hypothetical or the real situation ? If it is indeed the real situation, I would agree with Lucas; a trip to Lucerne and back. You will have lovely scenery on the way, Lucerne is a real city but more quaint that Zurich or Geneva or Basel. It is at the outlet of a beautiful and oddly shaped lake (Vierwaldstättersee), surrounded by all kinds of interesting mountains, and has a very scenic old town. Having said this, I hope that you won't linger long in Lörrach. If indeed you only have a single solitary day for Switzerland I hope that at least this one day will give you the desire to come back soon, and for a longer visit. See attached physiographic image of this area of central Switzerland.

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rockoyster
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Feb 13, 2018 - 3:26 AM in reply to Walkfan

What happened to the other 2 days you were originally considering at www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/how-to-make-the-most-of-3-days-in-switzerland?

Walkfan
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Feb 13, 2018 - 10:21 AM in reply to rockoyster

Two things really. The fact that it seems many mountain trains and cable cars may not be open in the first week of May. And the unpredictability of the cost for 3 days including meals, drinks etc. I have found a day travel pass for CH 52 which seems to do the same thing as the 3day Swiss travel pass. So on balance I think we would be better coming next year at a later time. Is it likely to be still quite cold at the beginning of May?

Chantal
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Feb 13, 2018 - 2:03 PM in reply to Walkfan

Hi Walkfan,

At lower altitudes spring will be in full swing. However, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C. Expect temperatures close to 0 °C on top of mountains. See www.myswissalps.com/we ather.

Be sure to check this:
www.myswissalps.com/ab outswitzerland/nature

Removed user
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Feb 13, 2018 - 11:54 PM in reply to Walkfan

>> I have found a day travel pass for CH 52 which seems to do the same thing as the 3day Swiss travel pass.

The Saver Day Pass does not cover the same things as the Swiss Travel Pass. With a few exceptions, the Saver Day Pass does not cover mountain transport at all.

There is plenty of mountain transport open in the Luzern area in the first week of May, but the Saver Day Pass would only cover a trip to the Rigi or on the funicular to Stoos.

Pilatus cogwheel train and cableway - Cableway from Kriens will be operating; the cogwheel train from Alpnachstad may or may not be operating, depending on the weather. You can check operational status on your day of travel:

www.pilatus.ch/en/nc/l ive/

  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Saver Day Pass: not valid

Rigi trains and cable car - All modes of transport operating

  • Swiss Travel Pass: free
  • Saver Day Pass: free

Stoos funicular (the steepest in the world) - Operating

  • Swiss Travel Pass: free
  • Saver Day Pass: free

Stanserhorn funicular and cable car - Operating

  • Swiss Travel Pass: free
  • Saver Day Pass: not valid

Titlis gondolas - Operating

  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Saver Day Pass: not valid

Alpenrose

Last modified on Feb 14, 2018 - 11:11 AM by Arno
rockoyster
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Feb 14, 2018 - 5:32 AM in reply to Walkfan

Hi Walkfan,

I wouldn't have thought the weather in Switzerland would be much different from in Lörrach until you start heading into the Alps or up other mountains.

Walkfan
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Feb 14, 2018 - 2:38 PM in reply to Removed user

Thank you for that. That’s really helpful.

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