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Snhea bajpai
Snhea bajpai
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Jul 22, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Hi,

I am planning a trip but have few questions. Looking for some expert opinion. Thanks in advance.

1. If we arrive at 10:30 A.M. in Interlaken is it possible to see Lauterbrunnen, Gimmewald, Murren and Trümmelbach Falls on that day(we are going to villages just for pictures and explore a little, no activities). Also does it make any difference which route we take to reach Murren(Stechelberg or Grutschalp )? Should we specify while buying ticket?

2. While returning from Jungfraujoch mountain excursion is it possible to get off the train at wengen, look around the village,click some pictures and board the next train to Interlaken on the same ticket?

3. Weather forecast is all rainy and cloudy during our week of visit. Should we take a chance to go at Jungfraujoch,go there and wait for the clouds to disappear for few mins( it is the only peak excursion we are doing) or think of alternatives? What can be the possible alternatives?

4. Plan to visit Bern in between while going to Geneva from Interlaken. Any other suggestions you feel is a better place to go?

Snowman
Snowman
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Jul 22, 2020 - 6:19 PM in reply to Snhea bajpai

Hi Snhea bajpai

Firsr and foremost, check this thread to make sure you are allowed to enter Switzerland, and whether you will be subject to quarantaine,

1. It is feasible. There are various routes. If you buy a single trip ticket you should specify the itinerary.

2. Yes, it is possible.

3. You don’t say when your trip is to take place. It is not really possible to predict the movement of clouds, bur yes, sometimes Jungfraujoch is above the cloud layer and the view can then be spectacular.

4. Bern is a good idea. You could also consider Fribourg (scenic old town) or Lausanne (lakeside and Olympic Museum).

Enjoy your trip !

Shroffchetan
Shroffchetan
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Jul 23, 2020 - 5:06 AM

If you are taking overnight flight, it may be tough to do sightseeing on arrival. Again it depends on your capacity to pull the day

Annika
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Jul 23, 2020 - 8:24 AM in reply to Snhea bajpai

Hi Snhea bajpai!

In addition to the helpful replies that have already been provided:

1/2. You can read about regular train tickets here: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/switzerland. As discussed in answer to your previous post (www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/checking-train-timetables), do check if you're better off using a rail pass (www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses). The routes to Mürren are described here: www.myswissalps.com/murren/travel. I think they're both great! I'm not sure what your itinerary for the day will look like, but you might travel like this: Lauterbrunnen-Grütschalp-train to Mürren-cable car down to Gimmelwald and Stechelberg-Trümmelbach falls. You'd enjoy both routes that way.

3. This page explains how to interpret weather forecasts: www.myswissalps.com/weather/forecast, and you can find information about a trip up to Jungfraujoch here: www.myswissalps.com/jungfraujoch. It's an expensive trip, so I'd say there should at least be a reasonable chance of nice weather when going up.

4. I agree with Snowman; Bern is lovely! You can read about it here: www.myswissalps.com/bern. I like his other suggestions of Lausanne and Fribourg as well.

Snhea bajpai
Snhea bajpai
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Jul 23, 2020 - 3:36 PM in reply to Snowman

I am arriving in Zurich on 25th, this Saturday from Finland so hopefully it should not be a problem.

I plan to move to Interlaken from Lucerne early morning on 27th. Since as per my app it appeared to be the only day with slight sun i am planning now to do Jungfraujoch on same day. I guess reaching Jungfraujock by 12-1 p.m should be fine. What say?

Bern seems to be a good idea and thanks for letting me know that I can hop off in wengen to explore the village during my return from jungfraujoch.

Also if I plan to do grindelwald first should I take the activities there first or go to hike to Bachalpsee lake, return and then do the activities. What do you suggest? How long will it take?

Arno
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Jul 23, 2020 - 4:02 PM in reply to Snhea bajpai

Hi Snhea bajpai,

If you have a Finnish passport then it should be fine.

As for your day to Jungfraujoch: it's a bit too early to tell. I suggest to check the weather forecast again on Saturday: www.myswissalps.com/weather/forecast. If you have a sunny time frame, then go for it!

If you mean the zipline: that takes you down the mountain, so you'd better go to the lake first. You can spend half a day up there, or more if you wish. Please find details here: www.myswissalps.com/grindelwaldfirst.

Last modified on Jul 23, 2020 - 4:03 PM by Arno
Snhea bajpai
Snhea bajpai
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Jul 23, 2020 - 4:21 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you for the response.

Does the ride up to "first" gives me discount of 50% through my half fare pass?

A one activity package is costing me around Euro 75 but I do not see any option where I can mention my pass for discount. Do I need to book in advance or can I just go there and buy?

Anna
Anna
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Jul 24, 2020 - 6:06 AM in reply to Snhea bajpai

Hi Snhea bajpai,

My family and I were at Grindelwald First last weekend and we bought our tickets (cable car rides + activities) from the counter as it was more convenient. There is also a ticket machine there with instruction options in English. The day we were there the First Flyer was closed and the First Glider was sold out. So if you plan to do these activities, do enquire at the counter if they're operational or has a waiting list, just in case.

My kids and I hiked to Bachalpsee first and then took the Trottibikes from Bort to Grindelwald on the return journey. We spent a few hours at the lake as the weather was warm, the kids played in the water and the view was amazing. You can find details about the hike here: www.myswissalps.com/hiking/bachsee

If you have a Swiss Half Fare card, you will get a 50% reduction of the cable car fares to Grindelwald First. You can find more details about how to use the Swiss Half Fare card here: www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/howtouse

Safe journey and regards,

Anna

Last modified on Jul 24, 2020 - 6:13 AM by Anna
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Shroffchetan
Shroffchetan
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Jul 24, 2020 - 7:19 AM

If by any chance due to weather if you could not do Jungfraujoch, you can check weather and go to Schilthorn

One of members suggest the following:

Do the Schilthorn round trip. Get the train to Lauterbrunnen, cable car to Mürren, walk through the beautiful village and get the cable cars up to the Schilthorn (for the wonderful views) then return via 4 cable cars down to Stechelberg and walk for about 90mins along the lovely Lauterbrunnen valley back to Lauterbrunnen or catch the bus. Murren to Gimmewald walk is also possible

I have not done this personally but I checked videos and it is interesting and plan in my next trip

Snhea bajpai
Snhea bajpai
5 posts
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Jul 24, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Hi,

Just one last question, If we take a whole day ticket to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken or Lucerne on Monday Morning i.e the same day we plan to go, are there any chances that the ticket will be sold out and we won't get any?

Anna
Anna
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Jul 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM in reply to Snhea bajpai

Hi again Snhea bajpai,

If you're not sure about how the weather will be like on that day, it's probably best to get the tickets just before you travel. I don't think it will sell out.

But if you're going anyway regardless of the weather and want to skip the queue at the ticket counter, you can get the tickets online here: www.myswissalps.com/jungfraujoch/tickets

Regards,

Anna

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