I'll be in Switzerland with a family of 7 for 9 days, early to mid June. Only one child under 16 who qualifies for cheaper or free regional pass or swisspass.
We are renting a van because some of our travel will simply be more efficient with that many people if we all get in a van, and because we have rented an apartment in Grindelwald which is on the outskirts of town, near Hotel Wetterhorn, and a bit of a walk from the nearest railway station. But we want to focus on the Berner Oberland during our trip and I'm aware that most of what we want to do won't be auto-accessible and we will be taking a lot of train and gondola rides up to First, Kleine Scheidegg, Murren, Wengen, etc. Wondering if we should get a regional pass for the Berner Oberland, a half-price, or a swisspass. Not sure if there are any advantages to the Regional Berner Oberland pass, vs. the Swisspass, as far as where it is or is not usable in that area, although it looks like it is a bit (but not all that much) cheaper. I know if it rains a lot we'll wish we had the swiss pass to get into museums instead of mountaintops.
Our tentative itinerary looks something like this:
Day 1: Rigi on the way to driving to Berner Oberland// (or if rainy see Luzern bridges, churches, transport museum ) and then drive to Berner Oberland.
Day 2: Drive to Lauterbrunnen and take WAB to Wengen, Cable Car to Maennlichen, hike to Kleine Scheidegg, and perhaps go up to the Jungfraujoch depending on weather, or hike back down to Wengen (or if rainy weather travel to Bern oldtown / Murten) .
Day 3: Hike Grutschalp to Gimmelwald. Perhaps Schilthorn. (Or if rainy weather Trummelbach falls and/or Ballenberg and/or Beatus Caves)
Day 4 Drive to St. Gallen/Appenzellerland to attend a church where I know some people and to see some old friends in that area.
Day 5 Hike Schynigge Platte to First. Perhaps end day with First Flieger. (Or if rainy go to Bern/Murten and/or Luzern).
Day 6 Travel to Zermatt/Matterhorn. Or if rainy travel to Chillon castle.
Day 7 Oeschinsee hike and rodelbahn/ Harder Kulm (Or if rainy weather Trummelbach falls and/or Ballenberg and/or Beatus Caves)
Day 8 Roterhorn or Niesen (or if rainy Ballenbach etc.)
Day 9: Check weather and see what we did/did not get to do so far, and do something fun. Go to Zurich airport in the evening.
Keeping in mind we will have a van: Swiss pass? Regional Berner Oberland Pass? HalfPrice? No pass and just buy tickets as we go? Thoughts?