Oct 26, 2017 - 9:02 AM
in reply to Slowpoke
Hi Slowpoke, thnx for Your response.
<<You plan to accomplish a lot in 3 or 4 days. Zermatt is not central for wide ranging travel.>>
Actually 3-4 days are calculated as "transportation days". It will be more like 7-8 days in total. I assume that one day in Zermatt is enough to visit the Matterhorn paradise and Gornergart. Depending on the available time, we will go to the last Bergbahn station before the top on foot, or from center of the town/village to the top with the Bergbahn. The available time will be our boss :) The second day is an "alternative day" to see Zermatt and take some pictures in the early morning, but the second day is not a "must be done".
The main idea is to stay in one region (Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen and Bodensee) one or two days, and the rest of the days are the "travel days", to travel over the passes from one region to another (by car on gravel or paved roads, but in case of Switzerland it seems like it will be the train, still not sure). At this moment I stil have problems to decide to stay 1-2 day in/near Zermatt, and stay 1-2 days in/near Lauterbrunnen, or make our "base camp" somewhere in between this two towns (Brig?) for 3-4 days. And this is the main reason why I (we) prefer wild caping/bivouacking. There is no problems with dates and check in's or canceling the reservation in a hotel or camp. I did most my travels (eastern Europe, Balkan, Italy, France etc) with the jeep in this way. 2-3 days wild camping, 1 day in a hotel (well, the main reason is the shower :) ).
Fun fact about wild camping, in Italy is wild camping in most cases not allowed (depends on the municipalitie), in France it is some kind of legally gray area, but it is tolerated, better to say, nobody care about this until you not camp on someones property or in national park and far enough from populated places. And in Switzerland it is mainly allowed over the three line, but in reality, it is very hard to do, specially if you are with a car.
"Better english than german in french region", that are nice little advices that are not written in any tourist guide. :)