August in Switzerland - best villages & rail pass

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Jun 11, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Hi Guys,

Firstly thank you for taking time to read this post.

I am planning trip to Swiss this August. I will be there from Aug 2 - Aug 13

My plan roughly is as following

Zurich - Aug 2

Bern - Aug 3

Interlaken - Aug 4

Grindelwald - Aug 5-6-7

First - Aug 7

Lauterbrunnen - Aug 8

Murren > Schilthorn Aug 8

Jungfraujoch(top of europe) - Aug 9

Zermatt - Aug 10 -11

Lucerene - Aug 12

Zurich - Aug 13

I dont know if this is possible and if there is a way to better way to plan it. I am quite clueless.

Can people recommended places to stay and from where it would be better to commute from?

I would prefer to focus on villages rather than city.

And which train ticket/rail pass/tourist pass would be the best to get?

Thank you so much,

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active member
Jun 12, 2018 - 5:24 AM in reply to hansama

Sounds good.

The resources you need are on this site or on links thereto.

Most of your travel would be covered on a Bernese Oberland pass.

If you choose that option consider changing the Zermatt trip to before Bern.

Your itinerary would be quite suitable to have one or two "bases".

My thoughts would be to go through this site, have a good think about your detailed plans and come back with some more specific questions.

But you seem to be on the right track and unlike many others on here who try to cram too much into the short time available you're aiming for a more leisurely experience.

The old adage: prior planning prevents poor performance (PPPPP) certainly applies to travelling to and within Switzerland. Planning is half the fun anyway.

Enjoy your travels - and the assistance, as required, from the good people on here!

Last modified on Jun 12, 2018 - 12:43 PM by Lucas
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Jun 12, 2018 - 7:39 AM in reply to hansama

HI Hansama -

<<"I would prefer to focus on villages rather than city.">>

This site has a lot of information about the Bernese Oberland, including more specifically, the Jungfrau Region.

The villages have their own links, which you can get from those pages, or by searching under 'Where to Go" or searching by name.

It is good to work with a map. There are many suitable maps, but Iike this one:,164256&z=16

Check out the menus , especially under "Points of Interest/Traffic."

Zoom in to zoom level 32 or larger, and the transport lines become very visible.

Here are the links you should check on this site: eretogo rneseoberland ngfrauregion

All of those are acessible from the first link - "Where to Go."

On the link for the Jungfrau Region, on the lower right, the villages are listed by name.

Here is a useful bit of light reading about the region: rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

I agree with Gunsel. You have made a good plan to spend several days in the region. That will give you your best chance of good weather to see/visit the high mountains.

If you have not yet discoevered the timetable, this link is valuable, and the tips on the first page deserve careful study: metable

It will let you see that a trip to Bern, for example, is easy, and a good choice for a rainy day. rn


Last modified on Jun 12, 2018 - 12:44 PM by Lucas
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top member
Jun 12, 2018 - 12:48 PM in reply to hansama

Hi Hansama,

I'd look at either the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland: https://www.myswissalp eseoberland or the Swiss Travel Pass: https://www.myswissalp

However, to know which rail pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pas s. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math. :)

Two bases to explore where you are looking at is Bern or Lucerne and Lauterbrunnen. Bern has good access to Lucerne and Zermatt (move them to the start of the trip) and Lauterbrunnen has good connections on the Jungfrau region: https://www.myswissalp<b r />

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new member
Jun 12, 2018 - 9:47 PM in reply to Gunzel

Thank you for the info.

Yes I will in fact look up the site to get more details.

8 posts
new member
Jun 12, 2018 - 9:48 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Thank you so much!!!

This is going to be really really helpful.

If i have anymore question will let you know once i do my reserach.

Cheers again

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new member
Jun 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you for the base information.

It was really helpful as I am bit clueless with where I should get accomodations

Will look into more and ask if I have any questions.

Thanks a lot ! :)

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