Switzerland for 6 days late July - trip guidance

Switzerland for 6 days late July - trip guidance

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shets
shets
6 posts
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Jul 9, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Hi, Such a great site to get all the Information one would need to plan their Swiss trip. Thanks all for all your work here. I have been reading forums and activities in this site to plan my trip which has been a great help. We (family of 4, with 7 year old and 21 month old) plan to visit Switzerland for 6 days from 26 Jul and request your guidance on the below trip and expert suggestions.

Day 1 : Arrive at Zurich and take a train to Lucerne. Check-in at Hotel and walk around the area.

Day 2: Mt Pilatus, Lake Lucerne Cruise, Other local attractions

Day 3: Mt Titlis or Rigi or Jungfraujoch. Question - Any suggestions here as we are travelling with toddler and considering Jungfraujoch & Titlis altitude.

Day 4: Travel to Brienz and Check-in at Hotel. Travel to Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen and local sight-seeing . Any particular suggestions? I have read through the activities page at these locations.

Day 5: Mt. Schilthorn or Nature at Grindlewald/Lauterbrunnen in the morning . Any suggestions? Travel to Zurich and Check-in at Hotel.

Day 6: Rhine Falls in morning and City centre walk/shopping. Fly back from Zurich Airport.

Rail Pass : I plan to buy Tell-Pass which would cover Days 2,3 & 4 Rail/Bus and Cable Car to mountains (except if planning for Jungfraujoch) . For Days 4 and 5 , I plan to buy Swiss Half Rate Card. Does this sound alright considering my Itinerary?

Thanks!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
4725 posts
expert
Jul 10, 2018 - 12:25 AM in reply to shets

Hi Shets-

Welcome to MySwiss Alps.

To start- a couple of comments. Just my first reactions.

1.-

Some of us who have seen a waterfall before do not consider a trip to the Rheinfall worth the effort. Others love it. Personally, I'd skip it.

2.- Day 3- Why go to the Jungfrau from Luzern... a very long day? Why not go from Brienz?

This map plus the timetable may help you:

map.search.ch/?pos=671040,190208&z=4& poi=default

map.search.ch/?pos=648992,160384&z=8& poi=default

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Others know more about the rail passes than I do.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Jul 10, 2018 - 12:27 AM by Slowpoke
Lucas
Lucas
7145 posts
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moderator
Jul 10, 2018 - 11:04 AM in reply to shets

Hi Shets,

Your toddler is probably ok at altitude at least as ok as you - everyone reacts differently. Check with your doctor to be sure. I find Rigi to be a good choice though for families. https://www.myswissalp s.com/rigi

If you do go to Jungfraujoch, it will be easier from Brienz as Slowpoke notes.

For the Lauterbrunnen area, did any of the attractions or hikes appeal to you on our activities page (https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfrauregion/a ctivities)? Or you are looking for something else?

The hike from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg is great for families and you can stop at Trummelbach falls along the way: https://www.myswissalp s.com/hiking/lauterbru nnen-stechelberg

You might want to just look at the Swiss Travel Pass (https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass) rather than the two passes you are considering.

Have you checked pricing and compared the rail passes? https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

shets
shets
6 posts
new member
Jul 10, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Thank you Slowpoke and Lucas for your kind replies.

Even I have heard there is nothing exciting about Rheinfall but we travel back to Zurich and wanted to make most of the time. Thinking retrospectively, I would have rather stayed in Brienz for 2 days instead of 1 day and traveled directly to Zurich Airport. But Hotel bookings are all done and non-refundable. So I just added Rheinfall to make use of my time there.

Regarding Jungfraujoch, I agree with both of you that I would rather go there from Brienz but I was unsure of taking my toddler there with such a high altitude compared to other mountains, so that was only an option along with Rigi and Titlis. I think I would settle for Rigi as have heard of Titlis as very busy and difficult to navigate a pram/stroller around in cable cars,etc.. On a separate note, is it advisable to take a pram/stroller for mountain trips or just take a baby carrier?

The hike from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg looks exciting but is this Hike fine to take a Pram along with us well? I may as well add this to my Itinerary for things to do in Lauterbrunnen.

Regarding the Rail pass, I did download the sample template from this website to work out how much it costs and think the Tell Pass works better as it includes everything for our activities during our 3 day stay at Lucerne. Also on the Day 1 as i am going straight from Airport to Lucerne, a point to point ticket might work better. On Day 6 as well, I intend to for to Rheinfall and just local shopping in Zurich City so no much of use of a STP, I think. Please let me know if this doesn't sound correct.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
4725 posts
expert
Jul 10, 2018 - 3:57 PM in reply to shets

Hi SDhets -

I just checked and realized that I don't know when you are traveling.

It does make a difference in the Alps.

So, if you last day is not on a Summer Saturday or Sunday ( many many many too many tourists) I'd suggest Stein am Rhein ( minus the trip to the castle unless you can figure out how to get up there with your child ) .

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/stein-am-rhein-easy-day-trip-from-zurich

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/travelling-zurich-to-schaffhausen

The 7 year old would find interesting things at Technoprama in Winterthur, but it is not particularly Swiss....just a nice science museum:

www.technorama.ch/en/h ome

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Swiss_Science_Center_T echnorama

<<"think I would settle for Rigi as have heard of Titlis as very busy and difficult to navigate a pram/stroller around in cable cars,etc.. On a separate note, is it advisable to take a pram/stroller for mountain trips or just take a baby carrier?

The hike from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg looks exciting but is this Hike fine to take a Pram along with us well? I may as well add this to my Itinerary for things to do in Lauterbrunnen.">>>

The Rigi is the "tamest" and most suitable for strollers or prams, because of the variety of trails or walking areas.. If you take a stroller, make sure it is foldable to fit easily in the small train cars.

The path along the valley floor from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg is easy and nearly level. although iot does slope up gradually toward Stechelberg.. I've not walked it, but I think it would e suitable for a tram or stroller.. The trail follows a back road and path which parallels the main road. ( In yellow on the map with the hiking trails turned on.

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Your comments on rail passes seem reasonable, but I let the moderators comment. They keep up with the details of passes.

Slowpoke

shets
shets
6 posts
new member
Jul 10, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Thanks again Slowpoke! The direct links really helped.

Our last day is a Tuesday so think it would be better. Stein am Rhein does indeed look beautiful and I may plan there instead of falls. I did look around and found a guided tour of 5 hours from Viator for Stein am Rhein + Rheinfall, but that might not work for me as it only starts in afternoon and may get late for my flight back in the evening. I do acknowledge that one can do that on own but I believe a guided tour is always less of a hassle when travelling with small children.

Sorry for keep coming back, we are still contemplating between Rigi and Titlis. But is Schilthorn worth a visit if I am already covering Jungfraujoch in one of the days?

Lucas
Lucas
7145 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 11, 2018 - 6:08 AM in reply to shets

Hi shets,

I think with the baby and stroller I'd go to Rigi over Schilthorn, considering you'll have down Jungfraujoch. Easier/more options, to walk around on Rigi with a stroller.

https://www.myswissalp s.com/rigi
https://www.myswissalp s.com/schilthorn

shets
shets
6 posts
new member
Jul 11, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Thank you Lucas for suggestions! Do you have any any advise on Rail Pass query?

Lucas
Lucas
7145 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 11, 2018 - 4:37 PM in reply to shets

Ah yes, I missed that!

Yes the Tell Pass could indeed be the best option for you. The math won't lie. :)

Tickets to Zurich airport and Rheinfalls are fairly inexpensive so probably wouldn't tip the Swiss Travel Pass in your favour....

shets
shets
6 posts
new member
Jul 12, 2018 - 9:26 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you Lucas!

shets
shets
6 posts
new member
Jul 15, 2018 - 1:49 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas, You mentioned about Trummelbach Falls and on bit of searching I found a link below where they say it might not be suitable for toddlers? Also it is not wheelchair accessible which means it may not as well be suitable for strollers? I believe with a toddler we can just go around the area and not actually make a visit inside?

www.swissvistas.com/tr ummelbach-falls.html

Lucas
Lucas
7145 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 15, 2018 - 4:14 PM in reply to shets

Yes, children under 4 and strollers are not permitted there unfortunately. Some families split up and one adult stays out with the infant while others go in. https://www.truemmelba chfaelle.ch/e/informat ion_anreise.html

Not ideal of course but you'll be walking by either way.

Last modified on Jul 15, 2018 - 4:15 PM by Lucas

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