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Switzerland 6 day plan

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Hi there,
I need your help.

I have booked a trip to switzerland for 6days and 5 nights. I have not planned anything excpt flight and hotel booking has been done. The trip starts day after tomorrow i.e. 15th Aug morning. I reach Zurich at 10AM and then head to Lucerne for my hotel. I will staying in the same hotel for the entire 6 days. I will be leaving from Zurich on 20th Aug at 10PM.

I would like you to kindly help me with the following-
1. What should be my travel itinerary so that I can cover most of the great locations(note that 17th and 18th are weekend)
2. What pass should i take so that my cost is minimized


Please help me.

Thanks
Aftab

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    Not sure that a pass would be worth it - most of the targets you'll want to reach from your Lucerne base will be funiculars, private companies, cograils etc., and they don't fully honor the Swiss railpasses.

    What you might do is go to the Lucerne Tourist Office on arrival and ask about a local/regional pass - there might be one that I'm not aware of. They also will have lots of brochures and good advice.

    They are open M-F 8:30AM-7PM, Sat. 9AM-7PM, Sun. 9AM-5PM, address Bahnhofstrasse 3 ("Bahnhof" is "train station", "strasse" is "street") so go there right as you exit the station, also at Zentralstrasse 5.

    Names to look up for your stay - just a few among the hundreds: Pilatus, Rigi, Engelberg, Lion Monument, the new concert and convention hall by the lakefront, Verkehrshaus (transportation museum), Brienzer Rothorn (after a nice train ride over the Brünig pass), public boats on the Lake Lucerne (called Vierwaldstättersee in the local language): www.lakelucerne.ch, Vitznau military fortification from WWII (www.luzern.com/en/excursions-wind-rain/festung-vitznau1), a cheesemaking demonstration at Engelberg: www.schaukaeserei-engelberg.ch, Abbey at Einsiedeln: www.kloster-einsiedeln.ch, Interlaken with the Niesen and Niederhorn in easy reach - and much much more, all a short ride away.
    For trains and such: www.sbb.ch
    For the postal buses (coaches that criss-cross Switzerland, mostly where trains don't go): www.postauto.ch

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    Thanks..but I will be visiting other places too and not just places close to lucerne. I guess you understood I will be visiting places close to lucerne.
    I plan to go to Jungfrau, Geneva, Rhine falls, Spiez etc.
    can you pls advice me with regard to overall switzerland plan for 6 days.
    I am interested in natural beauty rather than museum etc.

    Thanks in advance.
    Aftab

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    For natural beauty, don't go to Geneva, it's a business-like city full of offices and international institutions and just regular city stuff. Happens to be on the lake, about the only pretty aspect of it except for one or two little corners in the Vieille-Ville (old town) portion.

    For natural beauty, if you want to go that far from Lucerne like you say, take the 06:00AM train to Montreux and take the little mountain train up to Glion, Caux, and the Rochers-de-Naye. It's a wildflower mountain paradise, and the views across the lake onto Mont Blanc and the Swiss/French Alps etc. are stunning. www.goldenpass.ch/default.asp?OrgID=7

    Then for more natural beauty, take a boat ride (comfortable public boats with snack bar etc,), to nearby Chillon where you can take in a bit of history by visiting the Chillon Castle.

    Then take the trolley back to Montreux. The Golden Pass train back to Lucerne - timetables are downloadable at www.goldenpass.ch/CMS/default.asp?ID=251

    The 15:44 will get you back to Lucerne by 21:56, but verify your dates etc.

    Again, for awesome natural beauty, if you're willing to go that far from your base in Lucerne, take the 06:00AM train to arrive by 10:09AM at the Gornergrat, the awesome lookout point onto the Matterhorn, above the town of Zermatt. I really recommend staying the night, but if you need to go back to Lucerne, you can leave as late as 18:57 and still be in Lucerne by midnight.

    There is nothing in Spiez, except some nice views (it is slightly elevated above the lake Thun) from the train station while you switch trains, it is a railway hub for those who change trains there to go to Interlaken. But right next to Spiez are two mountaintops that you can visit by gondola or cograil or such, look up these two: Niesen, and Stockhorn. Natural beauty abounds, with 360 degree views!

    The Rhinefalls are ok but more broad and powerful (when there is good waterflow like in early summer), not tall and graceful as many falls in Switzerland, like for example the Trümmelbachfälle and Staubbachfall - look them up on this website: www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/destinations/waterland-switzerland/waterfalls.html

    Again, if you don't want to take advantage of the proximity of Lucerne to the targets listed earlier (why not? They are among the best Switzerland has to offer, isn't that why you base yourself in Lucerne?), you can make the trip to Appenzell, a very pretty historic town, and go up on the Säntis.

    There are many many more, all over Switzerland, but why go there when you have chosen to be based in Lucerne? Areas like the entire Engadin region - on your next trip base yourself up there, near St. Moritz and Sils-Maria, and explore that region. On another trip base yourself near Locarno and explore the Ticino, the Italian-speaking Canton of Switzerland - enough natural beauty for more than a week just down there.

    And so it goes - don't spend too much time sitting on trains going a long way away from Lucerne when you only have a few days and when so many rewarding natural-beauty targets are right there near Lucerne.

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