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I will be traveling to Switzerland in June with my sister as my travelling companion. I have done a good deal of research, but I stumble on new things all the time so, in hopes that I might stumble upon some things that I was unaware of, I thought I would post my itinerary and general plans and see if anyone has some tips for things I might have overlooked.

Note: I'm pretty sure that I'm going to get a 15 day Swiss Travel Pass. While a Half Fare card might work as well, or better, I like not having to worry about purchasing tickets (although I will have to purchase some in the Berner Oberland, even with the pass)

Day 1-7, Saturday: Arrive at ZRH and take the train to Wengen to begin a one-week stay in an apartment. Along the way, I was thinking that I might have time to eat lunch and take a quick look at Bern, although if time does not permit, we could do this later in the trip. While in Wengen, I hope to do the Mannlichen-Kleine Sheidegg hike, the North Face Trail on the other side of the valley, and perhaps the 2 hour panorama loop (not the Faulhorn trail all the way to First) from Schynige Platte. Of course, we will pick a good weather day to do the Jungfrau, and probably use less optimal weather days to go to Ballenburg for the open air museum, a Lake Brienz cruise, and possibly a trip to Merringen to see the Reichenbach Falls. I was also thinking about doing a luge ride--there's one near Grindewald, right?

Days 8-10: From Wengen, we will go to Interlaken and take the Golden Pass to Montreux, then local trains to Grandvaux, where we will spend 3 nights at the Auberge de la Gare. In all my research, I really had no grasp of the Lavaux vineyards until just the other day when I followed a link that someone posted on a thread on another forum regarding lodging for Montreux, found this small inn and restaurant, and loved what I saw. We will use this as a base for day trips to Lausanne and Montreux (including Chateau de Chillon), and hope to do the Chocolate Train (non-negotiable according to my sister). Right now, I'm thinking that we probably won't go to Geneva, given time constraints.

Days 11-12. From Grandvaux, we're going to travel to Lucerne (will spend 2 nights at Hotel des Alpes), but which way we go might depend on whether we get to see enough of Bern on Day 1, or whether we need to go back through there. If not, we might retrace our steps on the Golden Pass route so that we can cover the section between Interlaken and Lucerne. I would like to do this because I've read a couple of books that talk about traveling this route, but I'm wondering if it will be worth doubling back over the Montreux-Interlaken segment just to see the Interlaken-Lucerne segment. While in Lucerne, of course we will see the Lion monument, and I really want to go to the Transport museum. We might make a trip up Rigi or Pilatus, but after a week in the Berner Oberland, I'm not sure if that should be a priority.

Days 12-13: My sister is really in to genealogy, and has discovered that we have ancestors from the Toggenburg Valley (Watwill), so we are going from Lucerne to St. Gallen (will spend 2 nights at Hotel Dom). Sometime, we will want to stop in Watwill, and possibly travel the few miles from there north to Lichtensteig so that we can satisfy this genealogy quest, but I'm not sure when, as I feel like that should not take up an inordinate amount of our time. We could do it on the way from Lucerne to St. Gallen, but I had already considered detouring to Einsiedeln on that travel day. We could go to Appenzell, if it was worthwhile, although I'm not sure. They have an opera festival in St. Gallen and we could go to one of these performances (open air in the cloister of the cathedral). This is the one area where it looks to me like a car might be useful, but we haven't planned to rent one at all on the trip. However, I'm persuadable on that point.

Day 15-16: From St. Gallen, we will travel to Zurich and spend one night (Hotel Alexander) before our return flight. I'm thinking we will take an early train so that we will have most of the day available to see some things in Zurich, but, coming at the end of the trip, I'm not sure how much we will see.

Anyway, there it is. Although I'm pretty set on the lodging and general route, any tips or suggestions you might have would be welcome.

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