Dad with 3 kids in Switzerland for a week in June

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Jshawkeye
Jshawkeye
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Feb 11, 2019 - 8:49 AM

I'll be bringing my daughter (13) and two young brothers (16/12) into country June 22-28. I will be arriving in Zurich from Nice. The kids want to Bungy jump and do other adventurous type things around the Interlaken area and see the Jungfrau region. We were going to spend one night in Lucerne or Zurich before heading to the lauterbrunnen area for the remainder of the trip. Which would be a better city to stay in Lucerne or Zurich? Is five nights too much in the lauterbrunnen area? Would we be doing a disservice to ourselves by not spreading out and seeing more? Also what are some ways to cut costs on transport in country? Thank you!

Snowman
Snowman
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Feb 11, 2019 - 8:57 AM in reply to Jshawkeye

I advise against bungy jumping at their age. Might be officially forbidden anyway.

Jshawkeye
Jshawkeye
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Feb 11, 2019 - 9:05 AM in reply to Snowman

Only the 13 and 16 year old will be partaking. They've both done it before along with canyon swings, canyoning and rock climbing. Not worried about them being able to handle that.

Steph
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Feb 11, 2019 - 10:24 AM in reply to Jshawkeye

Hi Jshawkeye and welcome to myswissalps

A nice and active itinerary you have with your children.

To find out about all the activities available in the Interlaken and Jungfrau region these links will be helpful:

www.myswissalps.com/in terlaken/activities

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion/activitie s

You can search in more detail using the "attraction type" dropdown menu.

Both Lucerne and Zurich are worth a visit and have lots to offer and as they are quite close to one another you could consider visiting both.

To help comparing the cities:

Zurich - www.myswissalps.com/zu rich

Lucerne: www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

For travelling times during your itinerary use this timetable link: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

To see the options you have available for travelling in Switzerland this link will provide you lots of insight and information: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain

Hope this information is supportive for you. Feel free to get back to us any time.

Best,

Steph

kim11
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Feb 11, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Five nights in Lauterbrunnen area is definitely not too much! In fact, with five nights you will just be able to scratch the surface of what the area has to offer. Especially with pre/teens. IMO, it is the most scenic & gorgeous region of the country and, as you've likely already discovered, ground zero for adventure sports.

Unless there is something specific that draws you to either Zurich or Lucerne I'd skip both in favor of heading straight to Jungfrau Region. Both are nice cities but not a lot in either to attract children with a taste for adventure sports. Certainly not as compared to Lauterbrunnen area.

You will need a transport pass to cut travel costs. There is a great overview of available passes here www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses. My personal favorite is Half Fare Card. It's easy to understand and use. 50% off of all forms of public transportation (train, bus, boat, gondola, cable train, etc etc) You and the 16 year old will both need one. The younger children will travel with you for free with the Family Card. The Family Card is free but you must request it at the time you buy your HFCs.

In addition to the very informative links Steph has provided you may want to look at this as well: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

Snowman
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Feb 11, 2019 - 4:38 PM in reply to Jshawkeye

You can of course make your decision in spite of my advice.

www.swissinfo.ch/eng/b ungee-jumping-death-case-to-go-to-court/1793644

Arno
Arno
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Feb 13, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Hi Jshawkeye,

Did you find what you're looking for? This might fit the bill: https://www.viator.com /tours/Interlaken/Bung y-Jump-Stockhorn/d5011-6891P24. And this is for people seeking less thrilling activities on the same mountain: www.myswissalps.com/hi king/lake-hinterstocken.

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