So we bought our Swiss Travel Passes and we've got a general guideline of what we want to do each day. We bought backpacks so we don't have to drop our luggage or store it, it's going with us. But I'm finding myself so stressed about planning. We're the travelers that are up at 5 am and on the go all day. We're into nature, scenery, waterfalls, wildlife... and food.
One never knows how long it's going to take at each venue (this is a problem everywhere we go and it always works out and we tick everything off our list, but we usually have a car!). As I'm building our itinerary, I find myself listing multiple train options. I get so nervous that without all the times spelled out for us, I'll be standing around the train station trying to figure out which train to be on, while time is ticking by.
As an example, the day we leave Lugano looks like this, and the foodie in me hasn't yet made time for a food stop on this day (I'm working on it):
pl3 – 7:34 IC21 (668) to 8:56 Arth-Goldau 9:09 pl8 (IR26 2313) 9:30 Fluelen
Take Lake Lucerne Boat Trip Fluelen 9:46 – 11:48 Vitznau (or 11:00 – 12:48 Vitznau)
Take (R1127) 12:15 to Rigi Kulm 12:47
Take (R150) 2:01 to 2:48 Arth-Goldau 2:58 (IC21 680) pl5 3:41 Luzern 3:47 plA Luzern Bahnhof
Go into town to see Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, Possibly train up to Chateau Gutsch
6:10 Luzern IR 6:23 Stans – 6:30 Stanserhornbahn FUN 6:54 walk to Stanserhorn for sunset (7:31 pm)
8:15 Stanserhorn FUN 8:39 Stans 9:10 (S4) 9:25 Kriens Mattenhof
I downloaded SBB Mobile, but I won't have data overseas, so will it work without data, is there wifi in train stations? My travel partner has overseas data so as long as his network is good, we usually use his phone, along with maps.me (offline maps) on my phone.
Every day looks like this and until we get there, we won't know how difficult it'll be traveling with our bags, whether we'll enjoy mountains more than waterfalls, how simple the trains will be to figure out with our itinerary... it is so hard to choose what we want to do.