Mar 22, 2018 - 11:30 PM
in reply to DerekT
>> 1) Best train option from Zurich to Lucerne (we are not in a hurry, and would like to enjoy the ride and relax) on late Sunday morning.
If you travel from Zürich to Luzern/Lucerne via Arth-Goldau, you will travel high along a hillside on the eastern side of the Zugersee, and have scenic views down to to the lake, lakeside villages, and the mountains (including the Rigi) on the other side of the lake. Sit on the right.
>> A good choice for a 2nd town for last 3 days? Friends have recommended Interlaken
Interlaken itself has the least to offer of any town in the Jungfrau Region in my opinion. It's a good transport hub and has a lot of shops, restaurants and hotels, but has little charm. Personally, I would give it a miss.
The charming traditional chalet-style villages of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindelwald and Mürren all have wonderful scenery, so I would recommend staying in one of those villages.
Wengen and Mürren are car-free, which makes them extra special in my opinion. Hotels usually have small electric vehicles, which they use to pick up guests and their luggage from the station on the day of arrival, and to drop them off on the day of departure - but check before booking.
>> and my research on this site also leads to Zermatt.
Zermatt is also a wonderful car-free village. You can go up to the Gornergrat to view the Matterhorn, or take the cableway up to Klein Matterhorn for a view from a different perspective. Zermatt also has a charming and interesting area with historical wooden buildings.
Last modified on Mar 23, 2018 - 7:31 AM by Lucas