Jun 25, 2019 - 3:23 AM
Here's my trip report to Switzerland & Italy:
June 6 - 9
Arrive in Zurich airport at 8 am and took the train directly to Lucerne for a 3 nights stay. Visited the Old Town, Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. Went to top of Mount Pilatus by cogwheel train (hell of a steep ride!) and Mount Rigi by taking the boat to Vitznau and again another cog railway ride to the Rigi Kulm station. Did a simple hike on the flower trail. Came back down by a different way thru cable car that brings you down to Weggis and another boat ride back to Lucerne.
June 9 - 14
From Lucerne, we went to Interlaken West for a 5 nights stay. However you need to make a transfer from Interlaken OST to West as it is not a direct train. Went up to Mount Schilthorn but weather was not kind as it was raining and we had to make a couple of transfer by cable car to the top. Skipped Jungfraujoch because of rain again and decided to visit Aare Gorge in Meiringen instead! There are 2 entrances (West and East) For the best experience, start at the East entrance as it only gets more beautiful as you walk. Next, we went to the capital city, Bern. We arrived by train and it was very easy to find our way from the main station to the "old city" which is literally across the street. Very scenic and quite walkable and try the electric buses that go up and down the main street. We had to miss our visit to Trift Bridge as it was closed due to snow!
June 14 - 19
Train from Interlaken West to Milan was horrendous when we had to switch train at Spiez. It was so crowded and some had to stand during parts of the journey. Luckily we had reserved seats! We only spend 2 nights in Milan and later to Venice for another 3 nights. As our flight departs from Zurich, we took a Swissair flight back from Venice.
June 19 - 20
Our last day in Switzerland was back to Zurich and we only had a short day to visit the city. As our STP pass was only for 8 days, we had to purchase day tickets for the tram ride from airport to city which was really expensive! Please ensure you have the STP covering all the days you are there before visiting Switzerland or you will burnt a hole in your pocket!
During the whole trip, we use the SimCorner Europe & UK SIM card which includes 12 Gb of data, 50 hours of calls and 3000 text messages.