Oct 27, 2010 - 3:49 PM
Hi akshits, and welcome to the forum. Your itinerary definitely allows you to visit some of Switzerland's highlights. A few notes on your suggestions: I can't really say whether Bern of Zurich is better for a visit. Zurich is a bit larger. It has a nice old town centre, lots of musea and a beautiful large lake. Bern is closer to the Alps, but if a city visit is your main concern, this doesn't really matter. Bern is home to some famous (parliament) buildings. You could best check the tourist websites of Bern
and decide what appeals to you most.
During your stay, the cable car to Mt. Titlis is closed down due to maintenance, so you can best visit Mt. Pilatus. You could also opt for a visit to Mt. Rigi, above the shores of Lake Lucerne. This ride is for free with your Swiss Saver Pass
and the view from Mt. Rigi is breathtaking. A boat ride
over the lake could be part of your day in Lucerne as well. Further tips for a Lucerne visit can be found in this topic
If weather is fine during your trip to the Jungfrau, you may try to profit from this by exploring the region at the foot of the mountains (rather than Interlaken itself). Consider a stroll in Grindelwald or Wengen for example. There are two ways to reach Kleine Scheidegg (from which the trains to the Jungfraujoch leave): one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen and one via Grindelwald. You could get up one way and get down the other way, so that you get to enjoy both trips. By the way, you can plan your trips using the online timetable
I'm afraid that it's too much to visit Zermatt all the way from Lucerne, and then get back to Geneva to catch your flight. The trip from Geneva to Zermatt over the Golden Pass route would take 7 to 8 hours. This is a bit longer than usual, as the train section between Giswil and Meiringen (on your way from Lucerne to Interlaken) is closed down for maintenance. Buses will take over here and this will be arranged for perfectly, but it does result in a longer journey. Even without this interruption the trip would be very long though, and it wouldn't leave any room for exploring Zermatt before you'd have to get back to Geneva. Instead, I'd suggest that you take an early train over the Golden Pass route, maybe spend some time in Montreux (if you do have lots of time left, a visit to the Chillon castle may be nice) and then head on to Geneva.
I hope this helps you out a bit. Good luck on your further planning!
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