Overnight between Zermatt & Wengen recommended?

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Mopasse
Mopasse
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Mar 12, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Traveling in mid May with two college kids (4 adults). We'll be staying two nights in Zermatt and two or three nights in Wengen in the Oberland. My question is the travel and sights between these two. We will leave Zermatt and drive to Chateau de Chillon. But then should we drive all the way to Lauterbrunnen to wake up to a full day in Wengen, or should we plan on spending a night in the beautiful city of Thun? The kids have seen few castles so Thun looks beautiful. Second question is whether to drive to Thun via Bern or Gstaad?

While in Oberland, we have two days to choose to go up to Jungfraujoch. We'd like to wait to see the weather conditions, or is it better to get reserve seats ahead of time?

Steph
Steph
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Mar 12, 2019 - 1:57 PM in reply to Mopasse

Hello Mopasse,

Nice you are coming to explore Switzerland!

First of all, do you mean drive by car when you say drive?

If you travel by train from Zermatt via Chateau de Chillon to the Lauterbrunnen/Wengen area (Bernese Oberland) you will have a quite a long day.

This timetable link will be very helpful for planning a train itinerary for Switzerland providing travelling times, connections, etc. Make sure you read how it's used to fully profit from it.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

As Chateau the Chillon is in the area of Montreux I would recommend adding a nigh there. You can visit Thun from Lauterbrunnen more easily.
- www.myswissalps.com/mo ntreux
- www.myswissalps.com/la kegeneva

Travelling from Montreux via Gstaad towards Thun would mean you use the Golden Pass route which is very recommendable but you don't travel via the capital Bern. There's always a choice:
- www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass
- www.myswissalps.com/be rn

As for your question about the Jungfraujoch, mid May should be ok to buy the tickets short-term. You can always do it locally or online, even after your arrival to Switzerland.
- www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/tickets

You can search all the destinations you mention in your post in the search bar of this page to find more information.

Happy planning.

Best,
Steph

Mopasse
Mopasse
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Mar 12, 2019 - 2:00 PM in reply to Steph

We will be renting a car and driving.

Steph
Steph
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Mar 12, 2019 - 2:18 PM in reply to Mopasse

Hi,

For the whole itinerary?

Then forget about above links about the trains and just use the location ones.

For driving and planning I recommend looking into these links:
- www.myswissalps.com/ca rversustrain
- www.myswissalps.com/ca r
- www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities/scenictrips/c ar

And for planning use:
- viamichelin.com

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Steph

Mopasse
Mopasse
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Mar 12, 2019 - 2:41 PM in reply to Steph

Thank you!

Arno
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Mar 12, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Hi Mopasse,

Thun is certainly a nice town. Spiez is wonderful too, but smaller, and the over 1000 year old castle there is smaller too. From Zermatt to Thun, the shortest route would be via Goppenstein and Kandersteg. These villages are connected by a car train: www.myswissalps.com/ca r/cartrains. That's another nice attraction if you don't use such trains normally. Considering your itinerary I'd personally not rent a car. Zermatt and Wengen are both car free, and for day trips in the area there's not much you can do with a car either. Also getting from Zermatt to Thun is quicker by train.

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