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Trip Report Successfully competed our Europe Trip 2013- PART TWO

PART TWO--

Switzerland
August 13
Arrive at 8:30 hours at Zurich HB rail station from Amsterdam. Validate Swiss Saver travel pass. Leave luggage at automatic lockers on the mezzanine beneath the main concourse. Change required. CHF9 for a big suitcase.
The historic centre of Zürich is known as Altstadt, or "old town". It lies at the tip of the Lake and is split in two by the River Limmat. The right bank is referred to as Rathaus, after the City Hall building, while the left bank is Lindenhof .
Walk a short part along famous Bahnhofstrasse, which starts just opposite of the train station. After a few blocks turn left diagonally into Rennweg, where old town begins. Then take a left at the very small alley called Fortunagasse. It leads you up to Lindenhof, a tranquil square where often people can be watched playing giant chess. From here you have a nice view across the river Limmat towards the part of old town called Niederdorf. It's also the oldest section of the whole town with houses dating back to 12th century. Descend southwards along Pfalzgasse and Schlüsselgasse. You will pass St Peter church, with the largest clock face of Europe. Further southwards you will reach Fraumünster church. Visit it from the inside - it's very famous for its modern windows created by artist Marc Chagall. After this continue south along the river, passing impressing houses from 19th century, until you will reach the lake. On your way back to the train station you have two options:
A If you like (window)shopping, then take Bahnhofstrasse, which stretches all the way from the lake to the train station. It's the main shopping street with many expensive boutiques and jewellers, but there are also international fashion brands such as Mango or H&M.
B cross the bridge and walk through old town (first part called Oberdorf, then Niederdorf) back towards the station. A visit of Grossmünster, the largest church of town, is recommendable. There is also a crypte and you could climb one of the two towers, from where there is a fantastic view. The alleys in that part are lined with small shops, restaurants and bars.
Grab lunch at Bombay Karachi restaurant, a short walk away from Zurich HB stations and board train to Lucerne at 14:04, 14:09, 14:35 or 15:04 for a 45-minute ride.

August 14
Board the LSE-train to Engelberg for Mount Titlis (round trip 43CHF per adult with Swiss half fare card). There a small gondola takes you up to the Trübsee. You continue your trip by another gondola to Stand. Finally the revolving gondola takes you up to Mount Titlis. For a spectacular, close-up insight into a glacier, you visit the glacier cave and ride the Ice Flyer chairlift (12CHF per adult). 
In Engleberg, be sure to check out the extremely impressive interior of the Abbey church.
Post-lunch, visit the Lion monument (try climbing up the City Wall) and the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge).

August 15
After check-in at Interlaken, proceed to Trummelbach falls. Take train to Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken OST and then a Post bus (free with the Swiss Pass) to the Trümmelbach Falls bus stop. The Trümmelbach Glacier Waterfalls are open from 8:30am to 6:00pm in August. Entry if 11CHF per adult which includes an elevator ride that takes you halfway up. You then walk upstairs, that were cutout of the rock, to the top viewing platform. There are then a series of stopping and viewing points back down to ground level. Allow at least 1 hour for the visit. Bring a jacket or raincoat.
In the evening, try Rösti, a traditional Swiss dish of fried grated potatoes at one of the cafes in Lauterbrunnen.

August 16
A round-trip to Jungfraujoch. From Interlaken OST, take the train at 8.05 or 8.35 to Jungfraujoch via Lauterbrunnen - Kleine Scheidegg for a 2.17 hour trip. Total fare for one adult return ticket on half-fare card is CHF98.90. Return via same route or Jungfraujoch - Grindelwald - Interlaken Ost. Grab lunch at Bollywood restaurant or Cafetaria. Return train at 1300 or 1400.

August 17
Onward to Zermatt at 1200 with two changes at Spiez and Visp. Arrive in Zermatt at 14:15. Check in at the hotel.

August 18
A half-day-trip on the Gornergrat rack railway which is the highest open-air railway in Europe. Round trip (one hour) with Swiss half fare card costs €82. Train leaves at 09:12 to reach at 09:45. 

August 19
A half-day-trip to Klein Matterhorn (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise) which is Europe’s highest viewing platform - no cable car takes tourists to a higher vantage point. The view is breathtaking and you feel you are in a different, colder, but much clearer environment. Your journey up the 3883 metre-high Klein Matterhorn will take you on the highest aerial cableway in Europe. Once you reach the viewing platform up in this Matterhorn glacier paradise, you'll enjoy a 360º panorama over the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. The highest mountain station in the Alps is reached onboard the Matterhorn Express. This takes guests to the Furi station. From there, a large gondola takes you as far as the Trockenen Steg and the final stage of your journey is completed by aerial cableway to the Klein Matterhorn station, built into the mountainside. Ticket 49.50CHF with half-fare card.

August 20
Board train from Zermatt to Brig and Brig to Milan. Reach Milan at 17:10

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