My night Swiss itinerary - any thoughts?

Mar 21st, 2007, 08:26 AM
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My night Swiss itinerary - any thoughts?

Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions. We have finalized our itinerary for our trip to Switzerland in late May/early June. Next comes planning activities and figuring out what train pass to get. Never a dull moment!

5/27 - Arrive Zurich 7 am, immediately take train to Locarno
5/27 - 3 nights in Locarno at Hotel Garni du Lac
5/30 - 2 nights in Lucerne at Hotel des Alpes
6/1 - 3 nights in Wengen at Caprice Hotel
6/4 - 1 night in Interlaken at Hotel Metropole
6/5 - 1 night in Zurich at Sofitel Zurich
6/6 - Fly back sadly to New York

We decided that we would spend a night in Interlaken so that we could explore the town freely without worrying about making the last train to Wengen. And then we can leave early from Interlaken to be able to have a full day to explore Zurich.

And we know that we are going to take the Willhelm Tell from Locarno to Lucerne, changing at Fluellen for the boat the length of the lake.

If anyone has other strong recommendations, I am always happy to hear them. Thanks!
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Mar 21st, 2007, 08:41 AM
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seems very very great to me.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 08:52 AM
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Looks like a great trip.

I would probably get a 3-day SaverPass for that trip ($156 each in 2d class). This would cover Zurich to Locarno, Locarno to Luzern, including the boat), and Luzern to Wengen. I don't think the cost of a ticket from Wengen to Interlaken, or thee to Zurich, is worth covering with a day on the pass. In any case you'll get 1/2 price on those tickets with your pass.

However, I don't know about validity of the pass on the designated William Tell trains. I believe you could use your pass and reserve a seat in 2d class, but maybe you would want first class for this?

The 99 CHF half-fare card might work too, but you'd have to compare the individual prices of each leg of the journey.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 09:03 AM
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On ships first class ticket holders or pass holders can ride on the top open-air deck but 2nd class cannot. Thus the official William Tell may be only for first class and it does include a meal so you'd have to pay a relatively steep supplement even with a first class pass - around $40 i believe. But you can ride the same ship on your own free with the pass in 2nd class or the other many ships on this route.
That's my understanding however.
Brings up an interesting question - if you have a 2nd class flexipass you do get 50% off on non-100% days but does this mean you get 50% off a first-class ticket with a second-class pass - i believe so but not sure.
But on that day you' want to use one of your 100% covered days because you're traveling so long distance.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 09:57 AM
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Looks like a nice trip. I would suggest skipping the night in Interlaken and stay another night in Wengen instead. Interlaken is nice enough, but the best thing about it is that it provides easy access to the Jungfrau region, in which you are already staying. In my opinion it would be a shame to spend a whole day in Interlaken since there are so many other places near by that your time may be more enjoyably spent (Grindlewald, Murren, Lauterbrunnen, Grimmelwald, any hikes you have not yet taken, etc.). Plus, I find one night stays to be more hassle than they are worth and avoid them whenever possible. If you do stay in Interlaken, I'd allow for no more than a couple of hours. With the rest of the day you could take a lake cruise on Lake Brienz to Ballenberg open air museum and train back or a lake cruise on Lake Thun to Spiez or Thun.

As for getting an early start for Zurich, it is a only a 40 min. difference from Wengen vs. Interlaken. And while Zurich is fairly large city, most of the things that would be of interest to tourists are relatively close together and easily walkable. A walk around the altstadt, stops in Fraumunster, Grossmunster to see the Chagall stained glass, St. Peterskirche and a stroll down Bahnhofstrasse is a nice day in Zurich and can be done in a few hours plus a stop for lunch.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Thanks for all of your thoughts. I went back and forth on whether to move hotels for only one night. We figure that since we are going to leave from Interlaken anyway, we might as well just bring our things with us and stay down there. That doesn't mean we need to only stay in Interlaken for the day. We just won't return to Wengen. But if we choose to spend some time at the casino, for example, we won't have to rush back to catch the last train at 22:20 to Wengen. I think it just adds a little more diversity to our trip. But if others think I am crazy and it is unnecessary, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
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Mar 21st, 2007, 11:22 AM
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I understand your thinking. My personal feeling is that it is that you will have to pack up in Wegen, Check out, then check-in and unpack or at least settle in again in Interlaken, only to do it again the next day. All you are really saving is a 40 min train ride each way. Not really worth it IMO.

Also, the last train from Interlaken to Wengen is at 23:20 from May - Sept. Of course if you anticipate staying out at the Casino later than 11:20PM you would have no choice but to stay in Interlaken. That would be the only reason I'd consider spending the night there.
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Personally, I'd skip Interlaken and add a day to either Luzern or Wengen. One night stays are a hasslie--lots of lost time packing/unpacking and travelling.

Have you considered the Hotel Rondinella Garni in Locarno. Just as close to the train station and lake, equally good view of Lago Maggiore and about 50chf cheaper per night than the DuLac--though I've stayed there and loved it too.
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Interlaken is not so bad. For instance, if you want to take a boat trip, boats leave from the train stations, Interlaken West for Lake Thun, Interlaken Ost for Lake Brienz and the Ballenberg Open Air Museum. And if you want to go up on the Schynige Platte, the cute little train leaves from Interlaken.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 08:36 PM
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1. Now I'm rethinking, since I've heard this froma few folks. Maybe we should just stay the night in Wengen instead of moving down to Interlaken. I will have to think on this.

2. Thanks for the input on the hotel in Locarno. One of the reasons we liked the Du Lac was because it has air conditioning. And the price isn't terrible, averaging about CHF 200/night.
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