Help with my 4-day Switzerland itinerary
Help! Which is the best ticket for my Switzerland itinerary?
Day 1 - Zurich-Lucerne (upon arrival, I will be doing a Lucerne city tour by hopping on to buses or trams)
Day 2 - Lucerne - Mt. Titlis - Lucerne (where else can I go after Mt. Titlis?)
Day 3 - Lucerne -Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe)
Day 4 - Grindelwald - Geneva Airport
4-Day Switzerland itinerary
Please check my help page
to figure out if a Swiss Pass or Half Fare Card is right for you. Although I suspect without even checking that a Half Fare Card would be the way to go.
Lucerne is easily discovered on foot. You can do that on your own or with a guided tour. The Tourism Office is located right in the train station. Get the free visitors card
there or at the hotel and you receive discounts on many attractions and the classic guided walking tour would cost you only CHF 2.
There's a neat app
available for a self-guided city tour.
I'd say Titlis is almost enough excitement for a day. The train ride to Engelberg - from where you take the mountain ride up to the Titlis - takes about 50 minutes each way. There are so many fun things to do, for example: a thrilling cliff walk
on the highest suspension bridge, snowtubing
in the Glacier park (even in summer, depending on the weather until August or September), a funTrotti bike
return trip from Gerschnialp station to Engelberg, or various hiking trails
will keep you busy for most of the day.
If time permits, touring Lake Lucerne
(Vierwaldstättersee) is a must. There are many options to choose from… just plain and simple hop on a regular boat or take one of the culinary round trip
The mountain ride
from Engelberg up to the Titlis is not included in any pass
. And neither is the trip from Grindelwald (and Wengen) up to Jungfraujoch. But both allow for discounted fares for holders of any rail pass, including half fare card.Tip:
if you choose Interlaken Ost instead of Grindelwald as a base, you could take the roundtrip Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch - back via Wengen and Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken (stunning views from Wengen). There are special ticket offers available - all can be purchased at the train station right before you leave. I can't stress enough to take the trip up to Jungfrau only if the weather is good, so don't buy any tickets in advance (there are enough 'bad weather options ' to choose from in the Bernese Oberland
) . If you travel in summer there are either the Good Morning/Good Afternoon Tickets or the "Connecting Jungfrau Ticket"
, for the latter, you either would use up a Swiss Pass travel day for the rest of the journey or buy a 50% discounted ticket with the half fare card.
View from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen and its Staubbachfälle (water falls)
Enjoy your whirlwind tour through Switzerland.FidaPS:
Please do share a few photos
of your Swiss experience. I'd be delighted to hear from you.