Ideas for week in Switzerland - late September

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rachitjain
rachitjain
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Jun 12, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Hello All,

I am planning to visit Switzerland and Paris in September end with my wife. Flying in and out of Paris due to cheaper tickets. Exploring rest with train.

My itinerary allows 6 nights in Switzerland. I surely want to do Rhine Falls, Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Trummelbach falls, Mt. Titlis. I've heard a lot about Zermatt and Wengen.

1) Is this a good time to visit Switzerland? How are the views? I hope clouds/fog/rain won't ruin my trip.

2) What shall be my bases?

3) Are 6 nights enough? What more can I include in my itinerary? I do not want to miss something really good which is doable.

3) Shall I replace base in Interlaken with Wengen?

4) Is a day trip to Lucerne with Mt. Titlis possible?

5) Is paragliding possible in this itinerary?

Please reply. Your help will be highly appreciated.

Lucas
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Jun 12, 2018 - 7:32 PM in reply to rachitjain

Hi rachitjain and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. Late September can be a great time to visit yes. Especially for mountain hikes. Read more about it here:
  2. I think Wengen and Zermatt makes sense for your interests. 4 days in Wengen and 2 in Zermatt.
  3. See here for the most popular attractions in Switzerland. https://www.myswissalp s.com/activities. You could spend weeks and weeks in Switzerland if you wanted to.
  4. Yes, Wengen over Interlaken
  5. Yes. you can use the Swiss railways timetable to plan out these trips from any town to any other town or mountain: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable
  6. You can make time for it of course.Here is an option near Wengen (in Lauterbrunnen Valley).
Last modified on Jun 13, 2018 - 7:37 AM by Arno
rachitjain
rachitjain
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Jun 13, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Hi Lucas. Thanks for you reply. Based on your comments and other trip reports on your website, I have made this rough itinerary of 7 nights. Please provide your valuable feedback.

Day 1: Land in Paris and reach Zurich by train. Stay in Zurich.

Day 2: Explore Rhine Falls, boat trip, city tour. Stay in Zurich.

Day 3: Day trip to Lucerne. Explore the town. Mt. Titlis. Stay in Zurich.

Day 4: To Lauterbrunnen. Drop luggage at the station. Enjoy Trummalbach falls. Train to Wengen and sleep.

Day 5. Jungfrau. Stay in Wengen.

Day 6. Train to Zermatt. Explore town. Stay in Zermatt.

Day 7. Explore Gornergrat/Matterhorn and town. Stay in Zermatt.

Day 8. Off to Paris.

Is this itinerary fine?

Is it fine to start from Zurich, then Wengen and finally Zermatt? Or shall I shuffle?

Can we do something on day 6 or just stay in Zermatt and relax?

How much time will the trip to Gornergrat/Matterhorn consume? Is it possible to move to Geneva the same day? Reason because commuting to Paris next day will be easier.

Lucas
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Jun 13, 2018 - 2:29 PM in reply to rachitjain

Yes, that plan looks fine to me. The travel order also makes sense.

For ideas on Zermatt for day 6 look here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/zermatt/activiti es
Perhaps on the way to Zermatt go via Kandersteg. It is a very scenic train trip. You could also stop in Kandersteg and explore Lake Oeschinen (Oeschinensee).

The timetable will give you the travel time to Gornergrat from Zermatt. Most people spend 1.5 to 2 hours at the top.

rachitjain
rachitjain
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Jun 14, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Hi Lucas,

I really appreciate your comments. It has really this whole simpler.

Please help me to plan further.

1) I will purchase tickets for train journeys, Rhine Falls with boat trip, Mt. Titlis, Jungfrau, and Gornergrat.

Doing the research I found Swiss Half fare card suits my needs. Please comment.

2) Any scenic train journeys that I can include?

3) Is it too much of mountains and similar activities. Does it make sense to replace any excursion or activity?

4) Which route is suggested for Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald?

5) Any chocolate factory tours I can include? and Where?

Thanks already. :)

Lucas
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Jun 14, 2018 - 1:51 PM in reply to rachitjain

  1. The Swiss Half Fare Card can save people money yes.

    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 pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math.
    https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass<br /> <br /> <br />
  2. If you mean a panoramic train (https://www.myswissalp s.com/activities/sceni ctrips/train) then you could do part or all of the Golden Pass route: https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass/getti ngthere
  3. No, not too many mountains - only Titlis, Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat. That makes sense.
  4. You can go up via Wengen and down via Grindelwald. The route options are explained on our Jungfraujoch page: https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfraujoch/get tingthere<br /> <br />
  5. The Lindt chocolate factory probably makes the most sense with your itinerary: www.zuerich.com/en/vis it/tours-excursions/lindt-chocolate-experience

rachitjain
rachitjain
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Jun 15, 2018 - 5:02 AM

I think I will book my flights first before any further planning.

Thanks a lot Lucas. You've been a great help in designing the itinerary. There will be more questions surely in coming time. I might bug you then. :)

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