10 day trip to Switzerland

Old Jul 5th, 2021, 01:16 PM
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10 day trip to Switzerland

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We are planning a 10 day trip to Switzerland later this month. Looking for guidance on what to cover and what not to miss and in what order. Please send in your recommendations. Will be flying in and out of Zurich. Also travelling with teen kids. Would like to cover Lucern, Bern, Mount Platus, and Jungfrau regions

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Old Jul 5th, 2021, 01:28 PM
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Where are you flying into and out of? Have you booked anything? Have you booked accommodation? What are your interests? Are you planning to travel by train/bus?


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Flying in and out of Zurich, Traveling with 2 teens. We want to ideally go to Bern, Lucern, Mount Platus and Janfrau regions etc.
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That would be the Jungfrau region.

https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/

Best bases for the Berner Oberland/Jungfrau region are Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindelwald or Murren. I've stayed in all of them, and personally prefer Wengen and Murren, but Murren might be a bit sleepy for teens. More to do in Grindelwald, but then again, it depends on interests. Lots of hiking opportunities if that appeals.

This video will give you a taste of what's on offer:


Good resource to get you started:

https://www.myswissalps.com/

Maybe consider something like Zurich-Lucerne-Bern-BO/Jungfrau-Zurich

I strongly recommend you travel by train. Schedules and fares here, keeping in mind the site defaults to half fare:

https://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

About Swiss train passes (we've found the Half Fare Card is the best value for us, but it depends on what you plan to see and do - you'll have to crunch the numbers).

https://www.swiss-pass.ch/

I suspect the hardest bit will be paring things down - ten days will fly by and there's loads to do in Switzerland for those of us who love the outdoors.





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we loved our stay in Lauterbrunnen. The surrounding valley is spectacular. Drive to Stechelberg stopping at Trummelbach falls.
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>>We are planning a 10 day trip to Switzerland later this month.
Looking for guidance on what to cover and what not to miss and in what order.
Please send in your recommendations. Will be flying in and out of Zurich.
Also travelling with teen kids.
Would like to cover Lucern, Bern, Mount Platus, and Jungfrau regions<<

Itinerary Overview
Lucerne(2 nights)
Bernese Oberland (5 nights) Overnight in Wengen or Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen
Bern (1 night)
Zurich (2 nights)

Day 1. Arrive ZRH(Zurich airport) in am. Take train at ZRH to Lucerne (1-1/4 hrs). Explore Old Town Lucerne.
Overnight Lucerne

Day 2. Day trip to Mount Pilatus (Boat from the rail station in Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Cogwheel train to the peak of Mount Pilatus.
Cable car down to Fräkmüntegg. Gondola down to Kriens. Bus back to the rail station of Lucerne.)
Overnight Lucerne
Day 3. Train to Wengen. Afternoon activity take a scenic mountain walk.MANNLICHEN
Ride the cableway from Wengen to Mannlichen and walk 1-1/2 hrs down to Kleine Scheidegg. Return to Wengen (25 min) via mountain train.
Overnight in Wengen.
Day 4. SCHILTHORN.Mountain train Wengen to Lauterbrunnen (13 min.).
Cable Car/Train Lauterbrunnen to Gutschalp to Murren (30 min).
15 min walk through the village of Murren gets you to the 3rd section of the Stechelberg cable car to Schilthorn.
5 min to Birg then another 13 min to Schilthorn. After an hour at the top you can descend the 4 sections of the cableway,
Schilthorn-Brig-Murren-Gimmelwald-Stechelberg. Then on to the nearby TRUMMELBACH FALLS. https://www.truemmelbachfaelle.ch/xl/index.html
There is still time for a short train ride Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken Ost (21 min).
While in Interlaken ride the HARDERKLUM FUNICULAR (10 min)to the summit.
From the panoramic restaurant there is a clear view of the two Interlaken lakes. Thuner see and Brienzer See and the Jungfrau massif.
Overnight in Wengen
Day 5. JUNGFRAU. Take the mountain train Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg (25 min).
Then take the mountain train Jungfraubahn for the incredible ride(44 min) up inside the mountains to the Jungfraujoch. T
There is a complete underground complex at the Jungfraujoch with restaurants, ice palace, ski scool, and mountain dogs.
You may want to go outside
for the wonderful views.This is a half day activity since you are staying in nearby Wengen.
So an afternoon activity is called for.
I suggest a relaxing steamer ride on the Thunersee with stops at charming, colorful villages.
So trains from Wengen-Lauterbrunnen-Interlaken Ost-Interlaken West.
The steamer dock is a short walk from the train station.
THUNERSEE STEAMER.Two hour ride,11-12 stops with many beautiful villages.
Some with medieval castes such as Thun, Spiez, Hilterfingen, and Oberhofen. The last stop is Thun.
You can walk this medieval town.
Catch a train to return to Wengen via Interlaken.
Overnight in Wengen
Day 6. FIRST. From Wengen(5min) take the cableway(5min) from Wengen to Mannlichen.
Then the cableway mannlichen to Grindelwald(20 min).
Walk 15 min through the town of Grindelwald to the First.The gondola cableway ride to the summit takes 20 min.
At the summit you can take the Cliff Walk. The easy walk to Bachalpsee( 2-3 hrs round trip).
For return you have options. The cableway you came up on,
partial cableway/walking with one to four of First Glider, First Flyer,First Mountain Cart, and First Trottibike Scooter.
Time for another activity.SCHYNIGE PLATTE. Take a mountain train from Grindelwald to Wilderswil(29 min).
At the delightful little village of Wilderswil take the train consisting of a small electric engine which pushes the two-car train
up the winding track to the summit(52 min).It is a scenic ride, first through the forest and then on to the north side of the mountain.
You can see Interlaken and the Thunersee to the west and the Brienzersee to the east.
At the summit the snow covered north face of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau with Mannlichen in the foreground.
Near the station is an Alpine botanical garden.Also a circular panoramic walk with superb view of the mountains.
For your return take the cog wheel train down to Wilderswil(52 min). Then the train to Lauterbrunnen(15 min) and then to Wengen(11 min).
Overnight in Wengen.
Day 7. BRIENZER ROTHORN. Take train from Wengen-Lauterbrunnen(13 min)-Interlaken Ost(21 min). Train to Brienz(30 min).Steamer to Brienz(1-1/4 hrs).
Take the Brienzer Rothorn Bahn to Rothorn Kulm(1 hr)(15 min walk to the peak)A hotel, restaurant, and terrace are at the summit.
Return to Brienz station(1 hr).Steamer to Giessbach(10 min) and the funicular up to the Grand Hotel(4 min).
From the hotel terrace you can see the bridge and the Giessbach Falls cascading in a series of waterfalls over the rocks into the lake below.
After a late lunch at the hotel take funicular down(4 min)and take Steamer to Interlaken Ost(45 min).
Or take Steamer to Brienz(10 min) and train to Interlaken Ost(30 min).
SWISS OPEN AIR MUSEUM-BALLENBERG, which is an 8 min ride to/from the Brienz station, can be substituted for the Brienzer Rothorn for this day.
Overnight in Wengen.
Day 8 Train Wengen to Bern(1hr40min) Sightseeing Old Bern, medieval streets, clock tower, fountains, churches, arcades, shopping promenades,
Bear Park. Museums, Botanical Gardens, Zoo, theaters.
Overnight in Bern
Day 9 Train Bern to Zurich( 1-1/4 hrs).Sightsee/Walk Zurich.
Overnight in Zurich
Day 10 Day Trip Rheinfall and Stein am Rhein
Overnight in Zurich
Day 11 Fly Home
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OMG....You guys are awesome!!!! Thank you so much for taking out the time to send me this detailed trip planning. We are definitely sorted. Appreciate all your help with this trip planning!!
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OMG....You guys are awesome!!!! Thank you so much for taking out the time to send me this detailed trip planning. We are definitely sorted. Appreciate all your help with this trip planning!!
sheebs, would appreciate if you could tell us how your trip went off. My extended family is planning a trip for end May/early June next year, 12-13 nights starting Geneva and ending Zurich. Will start a separate thread in the next couple of days, but would be great to get a feel about your visit too. Thanks 😊
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