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karim
karim
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Jul 3, 2017 - 8:08 PM

We will be visiting Switzerland per below schedule:-

Zermat - 3 Days :- Planning to go to Gornegrat, Matternhorn

Montreux:- 2 Days :- Planning to go to Glacier 3000, Rocher De Naye

Interlaken:- 3 Days - Planning to go to Jungfraujoch, First Mountain

Lucern:- 2 Days - Planning to go to Mount Titlis, Pilatus

Could you please suggest other places to see/visit or carry out activities in above towns.

Regards, Karim

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 4, 2017 - 1:33 AM in reply to karim

Hi Karim- Sounds like a nice trip

It is easier to give advice when we know your travel dates, at least approximately.

The reason is that weather changes dramatically with the seasons, and, tourist services do as well, in the high Alpine areas that you hope to visit.

When will you travel?

By the way, I'd personally tend to shift a bit of time away from Zermatt and into the Bernese r....I think.

Slowpoke

karim
karim
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Jul 4, 2017 - 5:44 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Here you go...

Zermat - 3 Days from 21 Jul :- Planning to go to Gornegrat, Matternhorn

Montreux:- 2 Days from 24 Jul :- Planning to go to Glacier 3000, Rocher De Naye

Interlaken:- 3 Days from 26 Jul- Planning to go to Jungfraujoch, First Mountain

Lucern:- 2 Days 29 Jul- Planning to go to Mount Titlis, Pilatus

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 4, 2017 - 9:18 PM in reply to karim

Hi Karim-

A great time to visit, especially in the high Alps. Of course, you'll find a few other tourists with the same idea. ;-)

Some of the larger cities at low altitiude can get pretty warm in late July and August, but the ones with mountains nearby will get usually cool breezes down the mountainsides in the evening.

I still think I'd shift a bit of time from Zermatt to the Jungfrau region or perhaps to Luzern, but that depends on personal preferences. You haven't given any preferences to help guide our suggestions....some people go for hiking, for example. Others like old cities.

These links will give you some ideas about the locations, including what to do:

www.myswissalps.com/ze rmatt

www.myswissalps.com/mo ntreux

www.myswissalps.com/in terlaken

www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

Regarding Interlaken- Unless you plan day trips to regions other than the Jungfrau region, you'll probably have a more enjoyable stay ...certainly more scenic...if you stay closer to the Jungfrau. Interlaken has great rail connections to the rest of Switzerland, but it takes time to get in to ( and out from) the valley the villages such as Lauterbrunnen, Wengen....and the Jungfraujoch.

map.search.ch/?pos=639136,165936&z=32

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

The timetavble will help you learn about travel times and schedules:

These links will help you with the larger Berner Oberland region, as well as the Jungfrau Region:

www.myswissalps.com/be rneseoberland

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

and this is one really nice easy hike to take - in the direction from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg:

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/maennlichen-kleinescheidegg

Slowpoke

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karim
karim
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Jul 5, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Many thanks Slowpoke,

This is really helpful...

Our 20/21 Jul night will be spent at Departure Airport (Dubai) and in the flight.. arriving Zurich at 6:25am, plus our further travel to Zermatt will let us reach Zermatt at about 12:30 pm. I am sure we will be very exhausted would need to rest... This leaves us only 2 days in Zermatt. Besides, since all my hotel bookings are already confirmed; it is a bit difficult to change at this juncture. We will try and make the best of available time in Bernese/Jungfrau.

With 2 kids, we would go for easy/softer hiking (if at all we decide to go for).. Our focus will be to travel with by Train, Bus, Boat and Cable Car.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 5, 2017 - 8:25 PM in reply to karim

Hi Karim-

Glad I could help.

You are wise to consider jet lag/travel exhaustion, epecially with children.

If you use the timetable, you'll find plenty of trains to Zermatt, with various routings. Since you will have to go through passport control, I'd count on getting a train more than one hour after you get off the plane. It usually a bit faster, but an hour should be safe. The train station is 3 minutes walk from the exit of the arrivals hall, where you pick up your luggae and exit through customs. It is on a lower level; the ground floor has an extensive food court. All other things being equal, you might try to find the route with the fewest changes of train.

You'll probably want a rail pass, and if you are able to print one at home ( usually possible) it will save you time at the airport:

www.myswissalps.com/sw issrailpasses

I'm not an expert on the passes, but if you have questions, Arno or Annika will jump in. There is some kind of reduced fare or free pass for children of certain ages.

I've attached a picture of my 8 year old granddaughter enjoying the walk from Männlichen that I mentioned above. (Also some at Männlichen). Even though it is spectacular, it is quite easy; so easy that it is nick-named "The Grannies' Walk." And, even if you do not take the walk, it is a nice trip to go up and have a meal or a coffee, for example, from Wengen, then go down again.

You'll also see plenty of nice scenery on your chosen routes.

The Golden Pass Route from Montreux to Interlaken (and on to Luzern) is quite nice:

www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass

To see the schedules in the timetable for the trains along the route, make sure to enter "Zweisimmen" in the "via" box. Otherwise,the timetable will default to the faster and less scenic routes, such as via Lausane and Bern.

Between Interlaken and Luzern, the Luzern-Interlaken Express follows the Golden Pass Route. It goes via Meiringen. However, I think that that is also the fastest route, so it will probably be the default in the timetable.

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karim
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Jul 6, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Hi Slowpoke,

Lovely photos... it's fun time for your granddaughter...

I will climb up Jungraujoch from Grindelwald and climb down to Wengen; will travel to Grindelwald via Männlichen (Is it a good idea?)

One day would Travel to Lauterbrunnen, Murren and may climb up Schilthorn (Is half day sufficient for this?)

Even I am thinking climbing up the First and taking a Zipline from the there; and later taking a boat ride in Lakes at Interlaken (How long due think will these take?)

All above, I need to accommodate within 3 days; is it fine or shall I curtail down some?

What do you say, shall I purchase excursions (Jungfraujoch, First, Schilthon) tickets in advance from here to save sometime?

Cheers

Karim

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 6, 2017 - 10:21 PM in reply to karim

Hi Karim-

I'm a bit uncertain about your proposed routing for your first day. I do not understand how your are putting Männlichen into that day. Please look at the map that I linked to in my second post.

Also, on each day you will have the trip in from Interlaken. You will go first to either Grindelwald or to Lauterbrunnen, then begin your upward journey(s) from one of those two options.

The timetable as linked above will help you understand how long the journeys will take.

Check with your hotel, the tourist info office or the train station in Interlaken before you buy tickets to go up to Jungfraujoch. You do not want to go up on a day when that peak is cloud covered. Schilthorn and Männlichen are at lower altitudes and could have good visibility, even on days when Jungfraujoch has zero visibility. Also, there is a tendency for clouds to gather at Jungfraujoch in the afternoon. Not a rule; just a tendency.

Slowpoke

karim
karim
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Jul 7, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Hi Slowpoke,

  1. I do not understand how your are putting Männlichen into that day : - Actually, I thought of taking a Bus or cable car for journey from Wengen to Grindelwal that passes through Mannlichen (probably a town at foot of mountain Mannlichen)... I am not thinking of climbing up Mannlichen. What do you suggest a Bus ride or Cable car? This I may not be able to do it on the first day as I will be reaching Interlaken at 12:30pm; then will drop bags at the hotel Sunny days B & B and continue our sightseeing trip.
  2. I studied the map that you forwarded and understood that I will need to travel either to Grindelwald / Lauterbrunen for climbing up to First, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn or Schynige platte.

I have about 3 days in Interlaken with first day arrival at 12:30 pm... if you could work out appropriate sightseeing itinerary.

Cheers

Karim

Arno
Arno
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Jul 8, 2017 - 6:49 AM in reply to karim

Hi Karim,

There's no bus, but there is a cable car from Wengen to Männlichen and Männlichen to Grindelwald Grund. And there's a train from Grindelwald Grund to Grindelwald.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jul 8, 2017 - 9:39 AM in reply to karim

Hi Karim-

<<"I studied the map that you forwarded and understood that I will need to travel either to Grindelwald / Lauterbrunen for climbing up to First, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn or Schynige platte.">>

Please take a closer look. You are right on the first three, but to go up to Schynige Platte, you start at Wilderswil, which is quite close to Interlaken Ost.

Slowpoke

karim
karim
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Jul 8, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Hi Slowpoke,

Noted your feedback...

Once again thanks a lot; discussion with you guided me considerably.

Cheers, Karim

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