Staying in Lucerne and Basel - what to do 5 days

Staying in Lucerne and Basel - what to do 5 days

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MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 3, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Hello! This is our first time in Switzerland and we are staying 3 days in Lucerne and 2 days in Basel. We arrive at Zurich but depart the same day to Lucerne. Please tell us what you recommend we see and if we should get a swiss rail pass. We are excited about our trip!

pvonk
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Jul 3, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Please tell us what types of things you like doing. Are you interested in hiking, or going to museums? Or perhaps serious mountain climbing, or paragliding, or sledding? Or just looking at the scenery from a train?

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Lucas
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Jul 3, 2018 - 6:46 PM in reply to MimiG

Hi MimiG,

To help get you started, have a look at our suggested activities for those towns first:

https://www.myswissalp s.com/lucerne/activiti es
https://www.myswissalp s.com/basel/activities

Also be sure to read through our list of activities for all of Switzerland, so you can see where you might like to travel to from those towns: https://www.myswissalp s.com/activities

As pvonk says, please tell us your interests so we could suggest something you might like. :)

Once you know where you are going each day, you can then decide on the best rail pass for your trip.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

Wallaby Bob
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Jul 3, 2018 - 8:31 PM in reply to MimiG

Don’t miss the Swiss Transport Museum at Lucerne. An amazing collection from the Penny Farthing to Space Travel, just brilliant. https://www.myswissalp s.com/museumoftranspor t

Wallaby

MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 7, 2018 - 1:09 PM in reply to pvonk

I am intetested in nature but not able to hike long distances , we can definetly walk half an hour or so. Would like to see the country but not long trips such as going all the way to Jungfrau. As far as museums go it would have to be a very good one mostly intrestred on outdoor views.

MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 7, 2018 - 1:12 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you , Lucas, I was hoping to get suggestions from you because I have read your posts. I am interested in short trips to see the scenery and get to know the country. We can walk but are not hikers or mountainclimbers. We love nature and enjoy brisk walks. We are looking forward to cooler temperature after being in Florida summer!

MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 7, 2018 - 1:41 PM in reply to Wallaby Bob

Thank you I will definitely try to see it. I am glad you recommend it. I am still confused about "tourist type trains" It seems some of those 5 hour train rides are too long to try to get back on the same day. I would prefer to take shorter rides get off train walk around the town because we have to return to our hotel in Lucerne. What do you suggest? Thank you!

MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 7, 2018 - 1:51 PM in reply to MimiG

Lucas, perhaps you or someone in forum can recommend which train rides are best because it seems to me that even if views are lovely I do not want to be in a train 5 and a half hours each way. I am staying in Lucerne and would return to my hotel each day in Lucerne so please help me decide what is best. I chose three days in Lucerne thinking it was a good central & lovely city. Was that wise move? I am not interested in doing things that are very touristy or crowded. I would rather have a true experience of the country. Thank you much!

Arno
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Jul 7, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Hi Mimi,

A day trip to Mount Rigi definitely qualifies as a lovely shorter train trip from Lucerne. Easy to combine with a boat ride. When will you be in Lucerne?

By the way, if a scenic train trip takes 5 hours it doesn't always mean that the way back takes the same amount of time. If you would take the Gotthard Panorama Express to Bellinzona for example, there are express trains back to Lucerne.

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Lucas
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Jul 7, 2018 - 5:08 PM in reply to MimiG

Rigi and the Lake Luzern boat ride as Arno mentions are great ideas.

Look at the Voralpen Express to St. Gallen. I talk about about doing part of the trip from Zurich here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/forum/topic/st-gallen-voralpen-express-from-zurich - but it is direct from Lucerne so much easier.

Also the Zugerberg is nice, easy and close; as is a trip to Solothurn (haven't been but heard great things).

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 7, 2018 - 5:27 PM in reply to MimiG

Hi Mimi -

When are you traveling?

Why did you pick Basel?

If short level walks appeal, you could walk along he lake shore at Luzern from the Transport Museum back to the center of the Old Town. And, you can get to the transport museum by one of the many lake boats, leaving from the docks near the main station.

I've been thinking about my favorite walks near Luzern, and essentially all f them...even the shortest ...have significant altitude changes. The Swiss don't seem to notice that when they are walking, but I do. ;-)

If you live in Florida, a ride on the lake boats on Lake Luzern will remind you that there are some vertical elements to a landscape. You could also walk the shore trail ( level) between Weggis and Vitznau, as part of a Rigi trip.

Slowpoke

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MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 7, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Great advice! I will look into your great recommendations . I see now the return may not take as long as the scenic ride up. There are so many options it is good to get help to discern what is best. My husband and I will arrive at the begining of Sept. We are going to Basel because we are taking a river cruise. Should we stay in Basel only the night before? Should we just arrive to Basel the day of the cruise?As students we lived in Spain and love Europe. Thank you!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 8, 2018 - 12:54 AM in reply to MimiG

Hi Mimi-

Lucas gave you a link describing Basel. I really like the heavy dose of art museums there. Not to mention the Tinguely water-sculpture.

www.basel.com/en/Media /Attractions/Sightseei ng/Tinguely-Fountain

Not my idea of a first choice for a nfirst visit to Switzerland, however, but the only way to decide is to study the information provided.

When are you traveling. approximately?

Slowpoke

MimiG
MimiG
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Jul 12, 2018 - 3:56 AM

I would love to see as much as possible and after hearing Basel would not be a first choice I am thinking of staying in Basel only one night and going to Interlaken from Lucerne and staying there one night. Is that a good idea ? Any recomended hotels in Interlaken and or in Basel? May I take train on same day that we are to depart on river cruise if I travel from Interlaken to Basel by train? How long is the trip? Thank you for your help, Carmen

Lucas
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Jul 12, 2018 - 10:45 AM in reply to MimiG

Hi Carmen,

Interlaken to Basel is about 2 hours by train. you can find schedules and duration of train trips etc. with the Swiss railways timetable here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

You can find our hotel suggestions for many Swiss towns here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/wheretogo/towns
click on the town you are interested in and then click on the hotel tab.

Find Interlaken here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/interlaken/hotel s & Basel here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/basel/hotels

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 12, 2018 - 12:14 PM in reply to MimiG

Hi Carmen-

I asked when you are traveling because the season of the year is quite important in the Jungfrau region.

<<" May I take train on same day that we are to depart on river cruise if I travel from Interlaken to Basel by train?">>

What time of day do you arrive in Basel?

Do you have a lot of luggage?

Slowpoke

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