Switzerland in July for 8 days - itinerary advice

Switzerland in July for 8 days - itinerary advice

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Prats
Prats
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Jan 27, 2018 - 1:42 AM

Hello,

We are planning for 8 day trip to Switzerland in July and based on my research, I have come up with the below itinerary:

Day 1 : Land in Zurich around 8:00 AM , go straight to Lucerne

Day 2 : Lucerne - Go around town , take the boat trip

Day 3 : Mt Pilatus - overnight Lucerne

Day 4: Check out from Lucerne and go to Wengen ( Golden Pass Route)

Day 5 : Explore Grindewald and Lauterburren . Overnight Wengen

Day 6: Wengen - Jungfraujoch -Wengen

Day 7: Expore Interlaken, Lake Thun boat tour and if possible do the Lake Brienz boat tour - Overnight Wengen

Day 8 : Checkout Wengen and take train to Paris . I would need some help on this , which is the appropriate station for us to take the train to Paris?

We are planning to take the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass . What are your thoughts on this itinerary ? Should we extend our stay for another day to cover Montreux? Please provide your suggestions/advice .

Thank you!

rockoyster
rockoyster
3709 posts
expert
Jan 27, 2018 - 3:25 AM in reply to Prats

Hi Prats and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Looks like a good itinerary to me. From Wengen your best connection to Paris would be Basel.

From Lauterbrunnen a very nice circuit to do is to Grütschalp (cable car), Mürren (cogwheel train), Gimmelwald (cable car), Stechelberg (cable car), Lauterbrunnen (bus). From Mürren you can easily visit Schilthorn (free with STP) if you have time. Also Allmenhubel Funicular is near Mürren. Between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen the bus stops at the Trummelbach Falls. Well worth a look. All these places are searcheable on the MySwissAlps website.

If on day 8 you went to Montreux you could follow the very scenic Golden Pass Line via Zweisimmen. From Montreux, the next day, there is a connection to Paris from nearby Lausanne.

Prats
Prats
6 posts
new member
Jan 27, 2018 - 4:30 AM

Thank you Rockoyster for your response and suggestions! So, I guess we can explore Grindelwald the next day after Jungfraujoch on Day 6 if we do the Grutschalp-Murren-Gimmelwald-Stechelberg-Trummelbach Falls on Day 5 ?

Day 8 to Montreux is a good option which we will definitely consider.

Also, can Interlaken, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz/Spiez be covered the same day? If not, we will have to work around with the itinerary to split these into two days.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3709 posts
expert
Jan 27, 2018 - 5:42 AM in reply to Prats

Don’t set your Jungfrau Region plans too firmly in concrete. You will want to save your Jungfraujoch trip for the best, or first good, weather day.

If you go to Jungfraujoch from Wengen you can come down to Kleine Scheidegg and then cut across to Grindelwald on the same day. See www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/gettingther e and www.myswissalps.com/gr indelwald.

There is not much to see at Interlaken. Mainly shops, hotels and restaurants.

Read about the lake cruises at www.myswissalps.com/bo atlakethun and www.myswissalps.com/bo atlakebrienz. You could do both in a day.

If you set aside a whole day to do the “ Mürren circuit” you can easily visit Schilthorn (www.myswissalps.com/sc hilthorn) and Allmendhubel.

Don’t ignore Schynigge Platte (www.myswissalps.com/sc hynigeplatte) as an option as well. Unfortunately it is only 50% discount with Swiss Travel Pass in 2018.

Last modified on Jan 27, 2018 - 5:50 AM by rockoyster
Lucas
Lucas
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Jan 27, 2018 - 8:18 AM in reply to Prats

Hi Prats,

Looks like a good setup. If you need more details on the Swiss Travel Pass or want to buy it online click here. You can have it emailed to you for printing at home (then there is no need to go to the rail office lines and you have an electronic back up in case you lose it.

Prats
Prats
6 posts
new member
Jan 27, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Thanks Rockoyster and Lucas! Considering the weather, we will keep the options open while exploring Wengen and surrounding areas and set aside Jungfraujoch for a good weather day .

We are contemplating if we should shorten our stay in Wengen for 3 Nights and check in to Interlaken for 3 Nights to cover Thun, Brienz and Montreux but not quite sure if this is ideal ?

Reg the Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days, looks like we will have to consider using the pass from Day 2 -Day 9 and buy separate train tickets the day we land in Zurich to reach Lucerne. It would have been good if they would have had a 10 day pass as an option .

Lucas
Lucas
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Jan 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM in reply to Prats

Splitting your stay between Interlaken and Wengen can work well if you want have shorter trips to Thun, Brienz and Montreux - but they are still doable from Wengen as well. Use the timetable to find trip durations/connections and see if that can work for you.

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