How to plan 3 weeks in Switzerland in late October

How to plan 3 weeks in Switzerland in late October

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famwanderers
famwanderers
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Sep 14, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Hi, We are traveling with our 4 year old to Switzerland at the end of October for 3 weeks. We will be flying in and out from Zurich and keeping an open ended itinerary. Frankly, the only thing we know till now is we want to visit Zurich, Geneva, bern and the visits to Mt titlis and jungfrau. We are still confused as to how to allocate the 3 weeks in a proper manner. What should be our base town for day trips--lucerne, interlaken or wengen?

Also, what else we should definitely not miss while traveling. Is the glacier express train worth it?

Any suggestions and changes are welcome.

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 14, 2018 - 3:45 PM in reply to famwanderers

Hi famwanderers and welcome to MySwissAlps!

3 weeks will give you plenty of time to visit what you've listed and a lot more.
For ideas on what to do around the country look here: www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities

You'll want to first decide on what you want to see and do during your trip, before you can pick the best base towns for your stay.

Have a look at the regions and towns of Switzerland to stay/visit here: www.myswissalps.com/wh eretogo and use the timetable to help you plan trips from towns to where you want to visit to help you decide what works for you. www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

IE best to stay in a town in the Jungfrau region: www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion for easier access to Jungfraujoch and better to stay in Lucerne to visit Mt. Titlis. That isn't to say it is the only option, but if you have 2 or 3 attractions around Lucerne you want to visit, it then makes sense to base yourself in Lucerne. Otherwise you'll find yourself traveling for 2, 3 4 hours to get where you want to go each day, instead of 1 or 2 hours or less.

For ideas on rail passes look here: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses

but again, you need to decide what you will do each day (and where you are based) before you know which pass is best. Read through our page here on how to choose the best rail pass: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

I hope that gets you started, let is know if you have more questions.

famwanderers
famwanderers
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Sep 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Hi lucas,

Thanks for your response.

I read somewhere that I will be coming in the between season and many mountain tops would be shut. Is that correct? Is October end-November a good time to visit?

Mark
Mark
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Sep 15, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Hi Famwanderers

I agree with Lucas that Switzerland is big enough that you can spend a lot of time on trains if you are based in only one place. On the other hand repacking and moving to another town isn’t much fun either. My opinion, for a three week trip I would pick 4 towns or cities as bases to do day trips. That way you would stay in each place about 5 days.

You definately need to check which regional cable cars and trains may be closed for maintenance or season. However with a 4 year old you wouldn’t be doing much high alpine hiking any way. I would think late October and early November could be a great family adventure. You will almost assuredly get some snow in the mountains and maybe the cities as well. It should be beautiful but somethings will likely be closed. Mark

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 15, 2018 - 2:36 PM in reply to famwanderers

Yes, late October is the start of the off season in Switzerland, until early December (in between hiking and skiing seasons) so you will find some mountains closed temporarily or trains like the Glacier Express not running.

You can check the route tab on our activity pages to find any closure dates to help you plan your itinerary: www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities/naturalsites

Also see: www.myswissalps.com/be sttimetovisit

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