Jul 27, 2011 - 3:04 AM
I would like some advice on the best rail pass to choose. I'm planning on travelling to Europe in December 2011 for approximately 5 months. I will be in Switzerland from 28 December and I think I will stay for about one month. At the moment, I've planned the following but all except Lucern are flexible and can be changed.
28 Dec - 2 Jan: Lucerne
2 Jan - 4 Jan: Grindelwald
4 Jan - 6 Jan: Murren
6 Jan - 8 Jan: Brig
8 Jan - 11 Jan: Vevey
I haven't planned anything after this as I want to decide when I'm there what to do and where to go. Can you please suggest some must see sights and towns. Whilst in Switzerland I plan on using the rail system. What pass would be best? Also, as I will be in Austria, France, Italy (northern), Germany and maybe a few other countries, I'm thinking I need the EuroRail Global pass. Would it be better to get a Swiss pass of some sort and the Eurorail Global as the Global is only for 3 months and I will be in Europe until the end of April?
I would like to explore the Bernese Oberland which is why I've got some time in Grindelwald and Murren. Is it best to base myself in one place and travel to the other towns on day trips rather than moving too much? I was in Interlaken last year so would prefer to stay somewhere else this time. Also, I'm thinking of extending my stay to this area for around 6 days and moving Brig to later. I think I read there was a Bernese Oberland pass? Is this correct and if so, what does it offer? With the train to Jungfrau I believe there is a discount for early morning trains? Can you please provide some details.
Finally, I've never done any skiing before and would love to ski in Switzerland. What are some great places to do this for a real beginner? Also, can you suggest activities in Switzerland for the winter months as I believe some of the cogwheel trains and falls are not open during this time.
Thanks in advance.