Switzerland in March
My family and I (fit mom, husband, and 2 girls ages 7 and 9) are traveling to Switzerland March 15-24 and need help planning this spur of the moment vacation!
Last year during the same time, we spent a lovely 4 days in Chamonix and one (ok) day in Interlaken.
We arrive in Zurich the morning of the 15th and I have 2 nights (March 19-21) tentatively booked in Zermatt and plan to ski one day.
I was thinking we would enjoy the Bernina Express but have been advised by others to stay in the Bernese Oberland region.
I'm thinking we will travel by rail for the trip but need help planning a fun itinerary for all.
Should we travel March 15 from ZRH to Luzern and then how long to spend there/ideas and what to do after Zermatt.
Thank you in advance for your advice! I love your website!
Switzerland in March
March is a fantastic month for skiing
. The sun gets warmer, the prices a bit lower and there's plenty of snow in Alpine regions for skiing and sledding or whatever takes your fancy.
However, lower areas are a bit dreary. It's not winter anymore, but it's not quite spring either. Leafy trees are still bare and the weather is on the cool side. Lots of mountaintop excursions are still closed. Do pack warm cloths and good walking shoes.
Lucerne and its surroundings sure offers lots of things to do and see and so does the Bernese Oberland
(best views to the Bernese Alps - in my opinion - from the Schilthorn above Mürren). Have a look at this page
But why not head south to the Tessin/Ticino
? The climate is a bit warmer and the Magnolias should be in bloom. Swiss Miniature Park
near Lugano opens its doors mid-March.
And if you truly like to travel by train and your girls don't get easily bored, taking the Bernina Express
is not such a bad idea. Head from Zürich to Chur
and board the Bernina Express to Lugano (train to Tirano then Bernina Bus to Lugano - it's all included in any pass or ticket). Don't forget to make a reservation
though (reservation fee not included in any ticket).
You'd be too early for the "Camelie Festival" (March 20 -24th) but the Parco delle Camelie
in Locarno (a bit further north of Lugano - about one hour by train) is open.
board the Centovalli Express
and travel via Domodossola (Italy) and Brig to Zermatt. Again, passes and tickets are valid on the Italian stretch too.
After Zermatt I would travel via Visp - Brig - Spiez - Interlaken and Brünig-Hasliberg to Lucerne
and spend the remaining days there. This way you are also closer to Zürich Airport, reachable in about an hour from Lucerne.
Have a fun on your "spur of the moment" holiday in Switzerland :) FidaPS:
Don't forget to pick up the Family Card
so your girls can travel for free.PSPS:
Please do share a few photos
and words of your Swiss experience. I'd be delighted to hear from you.