Dec 28, 2010 - 11:11 AM
You don't say how many days you will be in Switzerland
I would suggest your 3 days be spent as follows:
Luzern: Pilatus, Rigi (covered with the pass).
Golden Pass to Interlaken
Interlaken: Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn
Golden Pass to Montreux then train to Visp and Zermatt
Zermatt: Gornergrat and cable car to Klein Matterhorn
Glacier Express to Chur
Chur: Berninia Express to Tirano and return (covers the remaining part of the Glacier), Arosa
Chur back to Zurich
By taking the Glacier Express only to Chur you eliminate 2 hours. You can cover almost all of the remaining Glacier Express route the next day by taking the Berninia Express to Tirano and back. The only thing you would miss is the short run from Samedam to St. Moritz (15 minutes).
You teenager will enjoy hiking in Interlaken and Zermatt. It is possible to Ski all year on the Jungfraujoch and Klein Matterhorn in Zermatt.
You will need to get reservations in advance in the scenic trains. Be sure to get VIP reservations on the Golden Pass between Interlaken-Zweisimmen-Montreux. You will sit in the very front of the train ahead of the engineer. It is a great trip.