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Jul 29, 2015 - 2:47 PM

We have 3 couples decided to travel by rail for 10 days:

We will spend 2 days in St Moritz; 2 Day in Zermatt, 1 Day in Montreux, 2 Days in Interlaken and 2 Days in Lucerne; Last 1 day in Zurich.

As this is our first trip to switzerland, appreciate if anyone can give us advices as to which are the places and/or mountains to visit at these places.

Thanks in advanced


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Jul 29, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Welcome CHNG, thank you for joining us!

Great that you get to spend 10 days in Switzerland. You've certainly picked some true highlights. You may want to consider cutting down on the number of resorts, as that will result in a more relaxed travel scheme with less (un)packing and checking in and out. But that's just a matter of personal preference. Tips for activities partly depend on the season you're visiting in. Outside of high season, quite some cable cars and mountain trains will be closed down. The major and most popular ones run pretty much all year long, but it's important to check this. Without knowing your main interests, it's hard to give personal advice, but I think the links below will help you gather information and find out about highlights near your resorts. You'll find a 'What to do' section listing day trips on each of these pages:

Apart from this, our general planning tips may be of help. Make sure to look into rail passes. And if you haven't booked hotels yet, you can check the 'Hotels' sections on the pages I've linked to.

If you prefer to have a company arrange for your holidays, rather than preparing them yourselves, you may be interested in these rail packages.

Last modified on Jul 29, 2015 - 5:36 PM by Annika
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Aug 1, 2015 - 5:45 PM

On Thu, July 30, chngth wrote:

"Thank you, Annika

Your information definitely help us a great deal in planning.
We are arriving Zurich on 4th Sep and leave on 13th Sep 2015. Not sure itis the peak season or not?
We have already purchased Glacier Express from St Moritz on 6th Sep andalso Golden Pass from Montreux on 9th Sep.
Hope that all cable cars are opened during the period.


Hi chngth!

I found your reaction in an e-mail, but if you post it to your original forum topic directly, we can reply to it quicker. To keep things clear, I've inserted your e-mail here, so that we can continue our conversation in the forum.

As for your question: September is not the peak of tourist high season, but it's still a good month for Summer tourism. Most cable cars will still be opened, and since you've made reservations for the Glacier Express and the Golden Pass train, there's nothing to worry about.

By the way, did you only arrange for seat reservations or did you also buy tickets for these train rides? I'm asking this because you haven't mentioned any rail pass yet. It's strongly recommended to get one though, since you plan to travel a lot. And such rail passes, like the Swiss Travel Pass, include the Glacier Express and Golden Pass rides for free, or offer a discount on it. If you've only made seat reservations it's no problem, but if you've paid full fares for the train rides too and still consider purchasing a rail pass, you may want to see if you can cancel or adjust your bookings.


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