Switzerland from Zurich - 5 day itinerary help

Switzerland from Zurich - 5 day itinerary help

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Srini1981
Srini1981
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Jul 10, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Hi

I am planning a trip to Switzerland end of August. I have booked my flights to and from Zurich. I will be spending 5 days there with me, my wife and 2 young kids (6 & 2 years). Can you suggest a suitable itinerary, we want to cover all scenic routes and places and stay in authentic locations. I know this may have been posted before but I would still appreciate some assistance. Should I take travel pass? Should I stay Luzern or Interlaken?

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 11, 2017 - 8:36 AM in reply to Srini1981

Hi Srini1981 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

We don't create itineraries here, but can help you make adjustments once you have a rough idea of where you want to go and what you want to do - we can't tell you what you will like. :)

To help with your itinerary planning visit the following pages on our website:

Once you have an idea of what you want to see and where you want to visit we can help you with suggestions of how long to stay in certain towns/areas. For example, we can't tell you to stay in Luzern or Interlaken, unless we know what you want to do in those areas. Click the town links above to see what you can do nearby (click on the what to do tab) - that will help you decide which town to stay in (or both!)

Use the Swiss railways timetable here to help plan your trips around the country.

Rail passes are very popular in Switzerland - the right one for you depends on where in the country you will be visiting however.

Best regards,
Lucas

Srini1981
Srini1981
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Jul 11, 2017 - 8:44 AM

Hi Lucas,

Thanks for your response.

What we would like to do is visit Rhine Falls, Jungfrau mountain, Mt Titlis, Montreaux and also go on a scenic train ride (either Glaicer express or Choclate train). We are arriving in Zurich on a Wed late night and leaving back on a Tue early morning from Zurich.I was looking to stay Interlaken or Gimmelwald but then some of the forum topics suggested Lucern as a better base for the above.I am also not sure whether I should get the Half fare ticket or Swiss Rail Pass. Will 5 full days be enough for this, can I squeeze in anything more? Can you advise on these?

Lucas
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Jul 11, 2017 - 4:20 PM in reply to Srini1981

Well I would look at Luzern or Interlaken for your base. I like Luzern better, but it is a 4 hour train trip from there to Jungfraujoch (one-way). Be sure to use the Swiss railways timetable here to see how long the train trips are between the towns and the attraction you want to visit.

The two panoramic trains that are most accessible to you are the Golden Pass (Luzern or Interlaken to Montreux) and the Chocolate train from Montreux.

Yes, 5 days is enough to see everything you listed - be sure to click on the town links to see what else to available to you in the area. I would try to do the Golden Pass and maybe a lake cruise on Lake Luzern if you stay there.

Lucas

Fsulaw1
Fsulaw1
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Jul 12, 2017 - 5:12 PM in reply to Srini1981

I, too, am trying to plan a 5 day trip in August of 2018 to Switzerland, starting in Zurich and ending in Basel. I would be very interested in hearing what you decide to do and where you stay if you don't mind. I am reading your responses with great interest.

Arno
Arno
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Jul 15, 2017 - 1:27 PM in reply to Fsulaw1

Welcome to MySwissAlps Fsulaw1! Please feel free to post questions of your own, in a new thread, if you have any.

Srini1981
Srini1981
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Jul 16, 2017 - 7:40 PM

I have now changed my base from Interlaken to Luzern and will be staying in a studio apartment near Luzern for 4 nights. I still would like to cover Jungfrau if possible though, it's going to be a tedious 12 hour day with 7 year old and 2 year old. Is there a way to cover it still? Other places I will be visiting includes golden train, Mt titlis, Mt Pilatus, lake Luzern and other nearby attractions. Is there anything I am missing in Luzern and is my trip to Jungfrau possible?

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 17, 2017 - 5:57 AM in reply to Srini1981

Yes, you can visit Jungfraujoch, it will just be a long day as you mentioned - so it is up to you.
Use the timetable link of my first post to find the exact details of each trip.

For a good list of the main activities in the Luzern area click here. Other towns you could visit on a day trip include Montreux (you will visit here if you take the Golden Pass route), Baseland Bern. You could also visit Thun and Lake Thun as well.

Lucas

Srini1981
Srini1981
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Jul 25, 2017 - 10:51 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks.

I have now decided to buy the Summer Tell-Pass for 4 days to see all the attractions in and around Lucerne.

My question is: -

Because i am travelling from Zurich to Lucerne will Tell-Pass cover my journey. Or what is the best option to get a ticket to Lucerne.

Same for the return trip from Lucerne to Zurich - will the Tell-Pass cover my journey?

and last question, if I want to go to Rhine Falls from Zurich, will the Tell-Pass cover that?

If it doesn't cover any of the above, is my best option to take individual tickets for these destinations.

Thanks for your help.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM in reply to Srini1981

Take a look at the Tell Pass coverage map on this page www.myswissalps.com/te llpass/validity

It does not extend to Zurich and Rheinfall.

Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM in reply to Srini1981

Hi Srini1981,

As you can see from Rockoyster (open the PDF) the Tell-Pass only covers part of the trip between Luzern to Zurich and none of the trip to the Rheinfall. For these trips you would need point to point tickets yes.

Lucas

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