Where to go in Switzerland December 23-26?

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ddwu
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Oct 16, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Hi,

We will fly to Zurich on 23-Dec night, fly back to US on 26-Dec noon. I like to know where should we do on Christmas day/eve 24-Dec &25-Dec to see the unique Switzerland winter scenery. This is our first time to go to Switzerland. we are not unstressed ski. Thank you so much for your information.

Lucas
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Oct 17, 2018 - 6:20 AM in reply to ddwu

Hi ddwu and welcome to MySwissAlps!

I'd be tempted to go to Zermatt (www.myswissalps.com/ze rmatt) for a great winter landscape. However, do note that many shops and businesses are closed from about 12noon in Dec.24 to until the morning of Dec.27.

The Swiss all go skiing or do other winter sports. You can go up the mountains though without skiing so you can enjoy the mountain peaks/views. www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities/naturalsites/ mountains

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Arno
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Oct 17, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Hi Sdwu,

Another nice option would be St. Moritz or somewhere in that area: www.myswissalps.com/st moritz.

ddwu
ddwu
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Oct 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Thank you for the information. We decided to go to Zermart. I like to know which town should we stay in order to do the following without change hotel:

1. 23-dec night take train to the hotel

2. 24-dec go to Zermart, then go back to hotel

3. 25-dec, return hotel go to Lucerne , then go to Zürich hotel

4. 26-dec noon fly back to USA

cannyou let me know which town should I stay and also do I need to buy travel pass?

thank you so much.

Lucas
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Oct 20, 2018 - 8:03 AM in reply to ddwu

There is no perfect town for your travel plans for Zermatt and Lucerne visits.

I'd probably choose Lucerne. Not far to go on Dec.23 when you arrive and easy to get to the Zurich airport on Dec.26 (no reason to stay in Zurich on Dec.25 unless you want to stay there).

You'll just have 1 longer day to Zermatt (not Zermart) which is a little over 3 hours one-way. www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

If you want a town sort of in the middle between Lucerne and Zermatt look at Interlaken.

I'd choose the 4 day Swiss Travel Pass for simplicity, but it depends on your travel plans each day (are you visiting mountains etc?) The Swiss Half Fare Card could work out too.

ddwu
ddwu
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Oct 23, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Thank you for the information.

i am thinking to take the Glacier Express train and Golden Pass ion 24-dec & 25-dec. is that possible? If yes, how to plan, where should we stay? If not which one is the best choice?

Lucas
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Oct 24, 2018 - 7:22 AM in reply to ddwu

If you are up for some long train trips you could take the Golden Pass route from Luzern to Montreux and then a regional train to Zermatt.

Leaving Zermatt, you can take the Glacier Express train to Chur and then on to Zurich.

  1. www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress/gettingth ere
  2. www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass/gettingthere

Use the Swiss railways timetable to plan out the days though: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

ddwu
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Oct 24, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Thank you so much,

Do I need to stay in Zermatt for a night? Then take the train next morning on 25-dec. Does Glacier express run on 25-dec?

Lucas
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Oct 25, 2018 - 7:40 AM in reply to ddwu

The timetable will give you the departure times for the Glacier Express. Typically it departs in the morning so an overnight the night before is a good idea.

On the timetable the Glacier Express is noted as PE (Panoramic Express) and looks like 1 departure at 08:52

ddwu
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Oct 26, 2018 - 10:50 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you so much.

Is a way to select which window side when book the seat?

Lucas
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Oct 27, 2018 - 6:55 AM in reply to ddwu

Is it not giving you the option of picking a seat on the reservation link? Click the Glacier Express link on my previous post and then the packages tab to make reservations.

ddwu
ddwu
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Nov 8, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Think you!

I am plan to leave Lucerne in the morning, stop Jungfrau, then tour Zemartt, since we will leave Zemartt on the next morning for Glacial express train. Do you think that I have enough time? how to plan that day?

Lucas
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Nov 8, 2018 - 6:10 PM in reply to ddwu

Lucerne to Jungfraujoch and explore Zermatt in one day? No that can't work out unfortunately.

Check the timetable link I gave you to see travel times between Lucerne - Jungfraujoch - Zermatt. You can get to Zermatt at the end of the day but won't have any time to explore.

ddwu
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Nov 9, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Thank you!

so, should I go to Jungfraujoch or Zermatt? Which one has the best to offer in the winter?

Lucas
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Nov 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM in reply to ddwu

Oh there is certainly a lot on offer at both locations in the winter. It is a personal preference questions I think. I like Zermatt if I had to choose between the two in winter. Seeing the Matterhorn was more exciting to me than the Jungfraujoch and the village is quite lovely especially in the winter.

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