Trip to Switzerland, Is Lucerne wort it?

Jul 21st, 2012, 04:53 PM
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joannyc - According to the first post, they're landing in Zurich and flying out from Geneva.

Second post (July 16, 11:52 a.m) they are arriving in Geneva and then taking an overnight train to Amsterdam.

I admit I'm a bit confused at this point, owing to the changing information.
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 03:37 AM
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:33 PM
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Thank you for your great suggestions.

We are bagpacking for this trip and want to carry minimum stuff.
As we will be there from August 18 to August 27 ( Switzerland & Amsterdam), Can you please let me know what type of clothes should I pack? Will it be snowing in Jungfrau or Schillthorn? Should we carry warm clothes , gloves etc or will we needing only summer clothing?

Thank you.

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Jul 23rd, 2012, 03:52 AM
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Average high on Jungfraujoch in summer I believe is about 32 F - freezing - bundle up but if the sun is out it ain't that bad.
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Jul 23rd, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Should we carry warm clothes , gloves etc or will we needing only summer clothing?>

well up top it will normally be cold but you will only be there for a relatively short time and there is a lot of indoor stuff at both locations. Schilthorn I believe is not as cool as Jungfraujoch, which is higher in elevation I believe.

But even Amsterdam can be cool - in 60s and windy so try layering for the few times you may feel cool rather than carrying heavy clothes around for the whole trip.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 09:36 AM
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In Amsterdam you need waterproof clothing as it can always be windy and rainy - at anytime of year. Note the green moss on those lovely elms lining the canals.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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score some deep discounted tickets on the CNL to Amsterdam at www.bahn.de - the German Railways web portal but be sure of your date and time as they are unchangeable I believe and non-refundable as well. But just wait until Switzerland to buy and you'll pay perhaps $100 or so more! Early bird gets the worm there and those tickets are in limited numbers so book as soon as they come on the system.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Thank you for your great suggestions.

This will help us planning our trip to Amsterdam also. Can you suggest some good places in Amsterdam for nightlife and to visit in the daytime . We are there for the weekend and are leaving back on Monday morning, 28th.

Thank you

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Jul 25th, 2012, 12:42 AM
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check the Jungfraujoch's climat situation here: http://www.meteoschweiz.admin.ch/web...gfraujoch.html

BTW: Jungfrau is the mountain, the train station Jungfraujoch is on the saddle inbetween Jungfrau and Mönch. After all a vertical difference of 704m.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 12:49 AM
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btw: regarding climat change (since a majority of americans do not believe in it, though it is not a question of believe at all, but of facts!):

red color in the temperature overview means higher than the standard avarage measured during 1961-1990, blue means lower than the standard.

So: more red than blue means higher temperature in general.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 05:04 AM
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Can you suggest some good places in Amsterdam for nightlife and to visit in the daytime>

what kind of nightlife? Amsterdam has a lot of different things from coffeeshops selling cannabis over the counter to opera and world-famous jazz clubs, etc.

daytime - museums or people watching or markets?

I have been going to Amsterdam for decades now on business and have experienced a lot so let me know a bit more about what you are looking for.

Tot Ziens as the Dutch may say!
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Jul 25th, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Thank you again for all great suggestions!

PalenQ,

We are staying in a house boat there.

We would like to explore cafes, restaurants, markets in the daytime. Are there any cruises or scenic views which are not to be missed.We would like to visit one museum or monument.

We are looking for dance clubs , bars and some other happening areas to visit during nights. Are there any markets or areas with the live music?

I have heard that Amsterdam is a good place for party people and that's the reason we planned to be there on the weekend to get the best of it!

Thank you in advance!

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Jul 25th, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Are there any cruises or scenic views which are not to be missed>

I like to hop the free pedestrian and bike ferries that scoot across the harbor from the back of the main train station (Amsterdam Centraal) - from the other side you get a nifty view of the ancient skyline along the harbor of Amsterdam - much like ancient mariners sailing in here did

and it is fun for me to see the zillions of locals on their Dutch tanks - what I call these really heavy bicycles they ride onto and off the boat - I especially like the rush to get off the boats by masses of bikers when the gate finally opens - all jockeying to get out first.

If taking a canal boat cruise - a de rigeuer thing to do here get one that goes out into the harbor and back - some only go thru the canals and you miss the very active harbor.

I have some more ideas but you may want to make a separate thread to attract attention of others who know and love Amsterdam too.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 12:24 PM
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Thanks you PalenQ!

I have a thread under tag Netherlands.
"Suggestions for our trip to Amsterdam - 3 days "

I would really appreciate if you can post your ideas under that tag!

Thank you

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Jul 25th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ite-things.cfm

PreetK - thanks for your thanks - I have been working on an Amsterdam Trip Report thread - really an amalgem of my about 100 separate visits to what I, lovingly, like to call "Amsterdamned, damned, damned, damn!"
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Jul 26th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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Stop by the Amsterdam VVV (tourist office) in front of the main train station or other brances and pick up a free copy of the Uit ..... (can't remember rest of name) magazine that gives a rundown of current offerings all over town by genre, etc.
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