Hi Friends of Switzerland. We have recently returned from 8 nights and 9 days in glorious Switzerland (from 16-24 May 2017). The weather was brilliant and most of our trip went to plan, thanks to contributors of MySwissAlps.
We had planned to rent the Swiss Travellers WiFi but a few information places we visited in Zurich and Luzern hadn't heard of it! We settled for a SALT SIM card at a cost of 14.95 CHF (on special that day!), giving us 20 CHF credit of phone and internet. This lasted us 6 days. We could renew for 30 CHF or buy a new one for 20 CHF.
We missed the best part of Lake Luzern because a man in tourist information centre showed us a map of the lake as far as Alpnachstad, from where we caught the cog train to Mt Pilatus. Looking at his map it seemed we were going to do the whole lake cruise! We had planned this trip carefully before leaving home and were going to do it in two stages. We got easily rattled, especially after a long flight!
The visit to Mt Pilatus was well worth it. The weather was very warm too.
The day we planned to visit Jungfraujoch, it was covered in cloud and we went up to the Schilthorn, the trip being spectacular all the way from Lauterbrunnen, where we were based. We later had time to visit Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg.
We were given the web address of Swisspanorama.com, which gives you up to date photos of the local mountains and the cloud cover in Jungfrau area.
Jungfraujoch was under complete cloud cover the whole day! We experienced one showery day, traveling to Zermatt. We did miss the more scenic route from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt via Kandersteg due to some confusion on our part and we got off the train a station too early. However, the shorter more direct train trip was scenic.
The next morning we got to see the Matterhorn from our accommodation and for most of the rest of the day from the town and Gornergrat. A real highlight for us!
We enjoyed the Glacier Express but enjoyed the shorter trip on the Bernina Express from Pontresina to Tirano even more. Both trains were very crowded so we decided to return from Tirano to Pontresina on the regional train. As other people have mentioned, you could open windows and move from side to side to take photos.
We completed our tour of Switzerland by train from Pontresina, Klosters to Rapperswil, where we caught the Lake Zurich ferry to Zurich. Very enjoyable. The weather magic!
Most of the trips were fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Rail system is superb- clean, comfortable and punctual and we travelled 2nd class. Having access to the SBB app while on the train is very helpful. The train conductors are also helpful. Accessing SBB timetable via google allows you to put in a "via" stop while the mobile app doesn't give you that option. We would love to return to Switzerland and will only stay in one or two places next time!