Switzerland in January- rail pass & best mountains

Switzerland in January- rail pass & best mountains

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sukchu
sukchu
6 posts
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Oct 20, 2017 - 4:12 AM

Hi.

I'll be travelling to Switzerland during end of January and was just thinking if I can get some information about things. I'll be staying for 7 nights. My initial plan is to stay 2 nights in Grindelwald, I’ll arrive at Grinderwald around noon on the 1st day then I have 2 nights in Zermatt and 3 nights in Lucerne. On my last day my flight out from Zurich is at 7pm. So my questions are:

1. If I have to choose 4 mountains to visit from Mt Titlis, Mt Rigi, Mt Pilatus, Mt Jungfraujoch and Mt. Schilthorn. Which one should I leave out among these 5 or is it possible to cover all 5 of them together. Will it be too much of the same things? I’m looking to do some activities outdoor but not skiing and would like to enjoy lunching with some nice views. Any other things I can do as a day trip.? I'm also looking to visit some chocolate and cheese factory around the area I'll be staying.

2. With the activities from the mountains choices above should I stay 2 nights in Grinderwald and 3 in Lucerne or it should be the other way round ? I'll be staying 2 nights in Zermatt.

3. With traveling to all these places mentioned above. Will it be better for me to have a Swiss travel pass or a Swiss half price pass? Which among the 2 will be more worth it?

Any suggestions or changes to anything in my trip is very much welcome.

Thank you

Sukhcharan. K

rockoyster
rockoyster
3693 posts
expert
Oct 20, 2017 - 4:27 AM in reply to sukchu

Hi sukchu and Welcome to the MySwissAlps Forum,

Just a quick off the top of the head thought. Consider 3 nights Luzern first followed by 2 in Grindelwald or Wengen followed by 2 in Zermatt then make your way back to Zurich via Chur on the Glacier Express. Then you will include one of the great scenic train trips to provide some variety from all those mountain tops.

sukchu
sukchu
6 posts
new member
Oct 20, 2017 - 4:37 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you very much @rockoyster. Will go look into it

Anything to suggest about the mountains to visit?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3693 posts
expert
Oct 20, 2017 - 4:49 AM in reply to sukchu

My pick would be Titlis, one of Pilatus or Rigi, and one of Jungfraujoch or Schiltorn. Weather will probably dictate how many you actually get to see. If you do travel the Glacier Express then Swiss Travel Pass is probably worth getting. You can't be sure until you refine your itinerary and compare the cost of trips you plan to take with the cost of a pass. Note Pilatus is only 50% discount in 2018 compared to Rigi 100% discount with STP. I found Rigi less impressive than Pilatus.

sukchu
sukchu
6 posts
new member
Oct 20, 2017 - 4:57 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks so much for your quick response. Will consider the options

Lucas
Lucas
7145 posts
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Oct 20, 2017 - 7:48 AM in reply to sukchu

Hi sukchu,

Most likely the Swiss Travel Pass is your best option. To be sure about it, we have a web page on how to choose the best rail pass. You will need to plan out your itinerary and all your planned trips and do the math (there is a spreadsheet to help you).

You can see on the Swiss Travel Pass validity page what mountains are fully or partially covered by the Swiss Travel Pass. It also gets you 50% off the mountain trips in Zermatt - Gornergrat and Klein Matterhorn.

You could make time to visit all those mountain trips from Grindelwald or another town in the Jungfrau region and Luzern - but it is a lot of time spent traveling. You would be better off taking one or two out I think. I linked the mountain's in Rockoyster's last posts so you can read more about each one.

Last modified on Oct 20, 2017 - 7:49 AM by Lucas
rockoyster
rockoyster
3693 posts
expert
Oct 20, 2017 - 10:23 AM in reply to Lucas

Now if only I had that linking capability wouldn’t your life be so much easier Lucas? Have a word with Arno.

sukchu
sukchu
6 posts
new member
Oct 20, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Thank you very much. Will make my itinerary soon and get back

Lucas
Lucas
7145 posts
expert &
moderator
Oct 20, 2017 - 4:27 PM in reply to rockoyster

Don't worry sir - I'm happily employed! :)

Last modified on Oct 20, 2017 - 5:03 PM by Lucas

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