Hi Travel experts.
I am travelling to Switzerland from UK with my family (wife and 18 month old kid ) in late august . As per the availability of flights and checking my work schedule I have book the flights from Manchester to Basel on 26th august reaching at 4 :00 Pm to Basel and return on September 2nd from Basel in afternoon.I am planning to stay 3 nights in Grindelwald/wengen and 4 nights in lucenre. As I have a small kid so I preferred apart hotel /self catering apartment
.I have done the booking and prepare the below schedule as per best availability and my understanding.
Day 1 (26th August) Arrive Basel at 4 PM and take the train to lucern, . Here I will stay in Hitrental apartment at allmend Zihlmattweg 44 | CH-6005 Luzern
Question– Any recommendation for any other apartment /location that will be central and economical to cover Titlis Pilatis/Rigi and lucerne region
Day 2 (27th august) Excursion to Mt Titlis in first half , chapel bridge , lucern town in evening
Day 3 (28th August ). Visit to transport museum and Excursion to Mt Rigi .
Question - Can both of these be done in one day and if yes what route I should follow can swap day 2 and 3 based upon the best weather for Titlis , Is there any other peak better than Rigi which is all covered in swiss pass.
Day 4. 29th August Its sort of free day in Lucerne Need suggestion what can be done on this day. If I had alreadydone Titlis and Rigi then should I go to do mount Pilatis ,as view may not be dramatically different . Is there any other good location to cover on this day , Any children park or activity area like paragliding etc is something I would like to go .Not sure if I can do the roundtrip to zermatt/ matterhorn on this day as it will be a long trip with kid.
Day 5. 30th August.Check out from the hotel at Lucerne and take train to Interlaken. Will stop at brienz and put the luggage in locker at station. Take the bus to ballenberg museum and spend 3-4 hours in open air museum.Return to train station and take the boat ride on lake brienz to Interlaken. From Interlaken go to hotel at grindelwald or Wengen.
Question- is the above day 5 plan sounds doable , Also suggestion which place to choose between grindelwald and wengen as I have the bookings for both the locations and cancancel one. Both are studio in challets but the one in Wengen is very economical then grindelwald , Difference is almost 300 CHF . Will I be loosing some good views or problem in commutation if I choose wengen to save money Also I want to take golden pass line from interlaken to lucenre,Are all the trains between these two staions are golden pass or this train has some specific route/timing. Can I take one ticket from lucenre to Interlaken and hop-on hop off at brienz
Day 6 31st August Excursion to Schillthorn or Jungfraujoch based on the weather .Need suggestion which one to pick especially when I had already cover Mt Titlis also it is possible to visit Murren/ Lauterburnen on the same day
Day 7 1st September Visit Mt first and need suggestion what else can be done on this day like another small excursion or day trip to Bern to see Beer park/rose garden . Is there any specific activity for the Kid to be cover on this day in this area..
.Day 8 . check out from Wengen and reach to Basel airport by 2 PM, where my flight back to manchester is at 4 PM , Can I do any couple of hours activity on this day.
In the entire trip I am not covering any major cities like Bern/ Zurich or Geneva as Iwant to explore nature more than the cities .
Any suggestion to alter the itinerary for good. also I have not study much about st . Morritz/ Zermatt region and not sure if it can be accommodated in these day .
I have done some maths on travel pass based on train fare from SBB site and mountain railways. It seems the half fare card is approx. 100 CHF cheap than the 8 day swiss travel pass although , I have not added small route bus fare and boat fares which I don’t assume to be much .Need suggestion from experience that is it worth to go for half fare card on the assumption of saving 80-90 CHF or go with 8 day travel pass in case there are sudden changes in itienary depending upon weather and If my train journey increases or it is worth to take regional pass for jungfrau and lucerne region.
.I understand from some forum posts that some trains have kids playing area as well. Are these any special trains. How to search and travel on these trains. Will my pass work on these trains.
lastly pls suggest if my choice of apartment is correct .Kirchbuehl @home in grindelwald / Hotel residence bernerhof in wengen and Hitrental allmend apartment in Lucerne .I do have posted lot of queries but really appreciate response from the experts to plan the trip correctly