Apr 11, 2014 - 7:12 AM
We are a young couple planning our first Europe visit this May. We seek advice on how to plan our itinerary on our Swiss leg.
May 7: Travel time on train (estimate 7 hr) from Venice to Switzerland.
May 8 – 12: 5 full days to enjoy. We hope to do the usual tourist sightseeing to experience the beauty of the Swiss Alps and culture, and stay 1-2 nights in the Alps.
Looking at 2 whole days in Lucerne and 3 whole days to spend in the mountains (either Murren/Wengen or Lauternbrunnan).
May 13: Depart by rail to Paris.
Q1: Is it worthwhile to use 2 locations as our base? Lucerne and Interlaken or Murren/Wengen or Lauternbrunnan?
From what we read, it seems that May is not a suitable time to stay in the mountains due to the weather. I have also checked the forecast for the above Swiss places and it seems to have showers on those dates we are there. I need some advice on what would be suitable options to stay in terms of location.
Q2) We hope to stay 1-2 nights in the mountains. Do u still reckon we do it (in view of the unpredictable weather) or just stick to day trip hiking and taking the gondolas up the mountains from our base?
Q3) Which mountain(s) are worth the visit during this May period for our short stay?
- Mt Rigid (to view the other higher mountains and able to look down lake lucerne shaped like a cross from Rigi Kaltbad); or Titlis (to do the Rotair n see glacier); or Pilatus or Jungfrau?
Q4) Which scenic train ride do you recommend?
Q5) Should we hire a local guide to visit the palaces and mountain trails?
Q6) We need recommendations on the places of visit for our 5 days. Open to any suggestions that would help us experience the Swiss culture and scenery.
Appreciate all advice that could help us firm up our itinerary soon. Thanks in advance! :)