9 days in Switzerland- fun activity ideas with mom

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May 11, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Hello Everyone!

I will be coming to Switzerland this June 9-18th with my mother. This is a surprise trip for her. It has always been her dream to come to Switzerland, so this year I have decided to bring her. She will not know where we are going until we arrive at the airport for our departures. I want to ensure that this trip is full of fun things and sights for us to do. I already have all of my accommodations worked out, and a general idea about the itinerary. I would love any suggestions for items to add into it as well as places to eat in each city we are staying in. We will be traveling via rail and both have the Swiss Travel Pass. Any fun activity suggestions such as a chocolate making workshop/cheese making tour are appreciated as well! Below you will find the itinerary I have put together so far. Please let me know what you think! Thank you!

Trip Itinerary - 10 days/9 nights

Day 1: June 9

Arrive in Zurich | Transfer to Luzern | Luzern Walking Tour

Arrive in Zurich at 11:00am

Transfer via train at 11:47 or 12:47 to Luzern HB on Platform 3

Transfer time of 1h 2m

Walk from Luzern HB to hotel to check in

Walking time 15 minutes

DIY Walking tour of Luzern

Dinner at ??

Meals included: B

Stay: The Bed and Breakfast

(I would love suggestions for cannot miss things to see in Lucerne)

Day 2: June 10

Golden Round Trip | Mt. Pilatus | Luzern Walking Tour

Golden Round Trip to Mt. Pilatus

The Flower Trail

DIY Walking tour of Luzern (see any sights we were not able to see on our first day in Lucerne)

Dinner at ________

Meals included: B

Stay: The Bed and Breakfast

(I would love suggestions for cannot miss things to see/do on Mt. Pilatus)

Day 3: June 11

Transfer to Bern | Bern Walking Tour

Transfer to Bern via train at either 7:00 or 8:00am on Platform 8

Transfer time of 1h 6m

DIY Bern Walking Tour

Dinner at ________

Meals included: B

Stay: Hotel National AG

(I would love suggestions for cannot miss things to see in Bern)

Day 4: June 12

Transfer to Montreux | Vevey | Chateau de Chillon | Walking tour of Montreux | Possible Chocolate workshop in Vevey? (I would love assistance on the best order in which to explore the Montreux area..I have listed my ideas below and I know it will be ambitions for one day, but I want to see as much as possible with my mother.)

Check into hotel, drop off backpacks, take train to vevey, explore/maybe do a chocolate tour, take boat to chillon, then walk flower path back to montreux and take cable car up to the rochers de naye and la rambertia alpine garden OR should we just go to vevey first, then check into our hotel, take boat to chillon and then walk back etc….

Chateau de Chillon

Flower Walk

Walk the flower path from Montreux to Chateau de Chillon

Twin High Peaks

Rochers de Nnaye

Chateau de Chillon

Opens at 9am

Walk on the Chemin Fleuri (flower path) to arrive at the castle

45 minute walk

Return back on a CGN boat or steamer

15 minutes

Gardens of montreux palace

Walk along lake promenade

Visit Veyvey

Large market on Tuesday mornings

Laderach chocolate tour/tasting/workshop in veyvey

Scenic cogway up to rochers de naye

La Rambertia alpine garden

Gorges du Chauderon

Old town of montreux

Stay: Eurotel Riviera

June 13, 14, 15 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

June 13 – Grindelwald

Gletscherschluch (glacier gorge)


St. Beatus Hohlens (caves)

Hillside pavilion

Tellfreilichtspiele (play)

Interlaken: 1 day

Harder kulm


Many hiking paths begin here


Two lake bridge

Juts out above the valley

White water rafting

Lutschine river

Simme river

Saane river

Viktor’s free walking tour

June 14 - Lauterbrunnen Valley e-bike tour

Travel into Murren afterwards for a short trip to end the day

If not seen on e-bike tour

Staubbachfalle (waterfall)

Trummelbachfalle (waterfall)

June 15 - Top of Jungfraugh (buy tickets day of to ensure clear day adventures)

Take cable car from Wengen to Mannlichen

Walk from Mannichlen to Kleine Scheidegg via panaramaweg trail (1.5 hrs)

Train ride from Kleiene Scheidegg to Jungfrau

Jungfrau to Kleine Scheidegg to Grindlewald

Grindlewald to Zweilutscheinescheine, to Lauterbrunnen, to Wengen

Stay: Wengen Hotel Victoria lauberhorn

(I would love suggestions for must see sights in the Jungfrau region)

June 16-17 (Saturday, Sunday)


Suspension bridge

Zermatt lake trail

Gornergrat – monte rose bahn

Five lakes walk (5 seenweg)


Gorge hike

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Panoramic platform

Glacier palace


Highest cogway railway

Tickets allow you to get on and off during the journey

Matterhorn Glacier Trail

(2 hours)

Aletschji-grunsee suspension bridge


Coeur Des Alpes

(I would love suggestions for must see sights in Zermatt)

June 18: Return to Zurich

Grossmunster church

Walking tour of old town

Bahnhofstrasse (shopping)

Sprunglie chocolate

Alfred Escher statue

Potentially visit the waterfalls? May be worth seeing if we have the time?

Stay: Hotel Montana

June 19: Fly home

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May 11, 2018 - 11:13 PM

To cover cheese and chocolate from the Montreux area you should take the Train du Chocolat on the MOB railway. This is a special 1st class train (runs Mondays - Thursdays in June) taking you up the steep winding incline from Montreux above the lake and over to Broc (Cailler chocolate factory) and Gruyeres (cheese)

www.goldenpass.ch/en/g oldenpass/offer/view?id=15

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expert &
May 13, 2018 - 2:03 AM in reply to ahollowa

Hi ahollowa and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You do seem to have a good handle on your trip and what you will be doing. Some days are quite busy/ambitious... Have you been using the Swiss railways timetable to plan all your trips to see if they are doable? https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

Also, please let us know your interests so our members can better offer you suggestions on what to do in various towns. Everyone's "must-sees" are different. :)

We do have a list of recommended activities for most towns listed here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/wheretogo/towns
Just click on the town you are looking for and then click the "what to do" tab. :)

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