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Denandshazza
Denandshazza
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Jan 29, 2020 - 11:13 AM

As we have had a couple of lovely holidays in Switzerland my sister in law has asked me to suggest where to go for a long weekend in April. The main thing they are interested in is the mountains. I have suggested in order to get the most out of just a few days Lucerne or Interlaken may be best. Thay will be relying on trains and buses which is no problem with the brilliant public transport system. I am suggesting Lucerne as it has a lot to offer in the vicinity for a short visit. Several mountains Pilatis, Rigi, Titlisbut the lake cruises. Would you agree? I have also suggested the Jungfrau area but not sure if they would get as much out of that in a few days and at that time of year. I am also wondering if the mountain trains are open in April although I imagine cable cars are. I am not sure as we went in June. Also is there a transport ticket it is worth getting for a few days again not sure on this as we were there for 2 weeks so bought the travel pass

Ildiko
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Jan 29, 2020 - 8:45 PM in reply to Denandshazza

Hi Denandshazza,

nice to hear that your sister in law would like to visit Switzerland too. You are right, Jungfrau region (www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion/activities) or Lake Lucerne area (www.myswissalps.com/lakelucerne/activities) would be great for first time visitors.

When I have been the first time in the Jungfrau region, we spent there only 2 nights, it was enough to get a taste of it. I think if she is also interested in culture then Lucerne (www.myswissalps.com/lucerne) is a better option for her.

If you visit the pages of the mountain tops, you'll find the operating dates there under the label "Route". For example: www.myswissalps.com/pilatus/gettingthere and www.myswissalps.com/jungfraujoch/gettingthere or www.myswissalps.com/titlis/gettingthere.

It depends on their itinerary whether a rail pass worths it. They can get a 3 days Swiss Travel Pass (www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass) too. You'll find a helpful chatbot and a useful guide with a calculation spreadsheet, which helps you to choose your rail pass in 5 steps at www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass. The downloadable spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes, be sure to study it carefully.

Ildiko

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Denandshazza
Denandshazza
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Jan 29, 2020 - 9:06 PM in reply to Ildiko

Thanks for reply, I will tell them to check out the 3 day pass and also from what I remember there was a local Beenese Oberland pass. Also I have suggested they register on here and read through the forums and relevant pages as there is so much invaluable information on here

Ildiko
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Jan 29, 2020 - 9:18 PM in reply to Denandshazza

Yes, there is also the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland and it is available for 3 days too: www.myswissalps.com/regionalpassberneseoberland/validity.

The spreadsheet is really good, maybe you used it too, tell her to check it. And if she has more questions, do not hesitate to contact us. :)

Ildiko

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Denandshazza
Denandshazza
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Jan 29, 2020 - 9:42 PM in reply to Ildiko

Yes I am going to leave it to them now as they know what they have in mind to do. I have told them to register on here and take advantage of your help.

Hopefully I will be returning again myself in the near future

Thanks and best regards

Sharon

1960man
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Jan 30, 2020 - 12:00 AM in reply to Denandshazza

You don't say how they would be reaching Switzerland; that makes some difference to what is convenient. For example I am booked for a long weekend in June for my 60th, and we are flying into Zürich and staying by the Vierwaldstättersee (aka Lake Luzern). I chose that area as it is so close to Zürich.

Denandshazza
Denandshazza
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Jan 30, 2020 - 1:01 AM in reply to 1960man

Like you they are flying in to Zurich from UK. So Lucerne does seem a good option. They are fancying Interlaken which would not be my choice but may suit them as a base for a short break.

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