7 Day Trip to Switzerland

by Manisha
(Columbus, OH, USA)

Hi Fida

I and my husband are planning to visit Switzerland from Aug 22 to Aug 29, arrival and depart from Zurich. I already bought a Swiss pass for 8 days.

Aug 22: Arrive to Zurich at 10:30am, travel to Lucerne (visit chapel bridge, glacier garden, lion monument). Stay in Lucerne for 1 night

Aug 23: Visit Mt Pilatus and leave to Wengen in evening. Stay in Wengen from Aug 24- 27

Aug 24: Lake Cruise to Brienz (how long is this tour and can I include Aar Gorge and Reichenbach fall here OR will this be too much).

Aug 25: Visit Jaungfrau

Aug 26: Visit Lauterbrunnen and surrounding falls and villages. Do Swiss pass include trip to Murren, Lauterbrunnen and Grindewald.

Aug 27: Go to Zermatt early morning and visit Gornergrat; return to Wengen

Aug 28: Head back to Zurich for one night. What can we see in Zurich? Should we include Rhine falls?

Aug 29: Depart early morning

There are few more things that I would like to include in my itinerary but I think it will be too much. I wanted to visit Montreux (Chateau de Chillon and chocolate factory).

How do I reserve for golden pass train and how quickly has it to be done?

I really would like to buy a cow bell as souvenir. Where can I shop for that?

Best and reasonable shopping places?

Answer to

7 Day Trip to Switzerland

Hello Manisha,

Your itinerary looks good to me. It's always a battle, isn't it? One wants to see as much as possible in what time one has, but there is always something that one has to leave for "next time". Hope you can re-visit. We have so many beautiful and scenic corners, you'll never run out of things to see and do:-)

August 23: Make a reservation on the Golden Pass Line as quickly as possible. August is a busy travel month.

August 24: The boat trip on Lake Brienz between Interlaken Ost and Brienz takes a bit more than an hour, so you have plenty of time to visit both, Aar Gorge and Reichenbach falls (funicular not included in the Swiss Pass).

You will even have time to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Meiringen (open 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm).

Speaking of Meiringen, don't forget to sample the dessert that has been invented here, so they claim: Meringue - especially delicious with ice-cream and chestnut vermicelli.

And if you still have time left over, you might want to take a stroll through Brienz (there are some great quality souvenir shops).

August 26: The funicular/train ride to Mürren from Lauterbrunnen and from Mürren down to Stechelberg is included in the Swiss Pass, but not the ride from Mürren to Schilthorn/Piz Gloria.

The Swiss Pass is valid from Interlaken to Wengen or Grindelwald, but not between Wengen - Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald. You receive a 25% discount on this leg of the trip. If you want to travel free from Wengen to Grindelwald, then you'd have to go via Lauterbrunnen and Zweilütschinen. See validity map.

Like to hike? The Panorama Trail - not too strenuous - from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg leads through stunning scenery. The gondola from Wengen up to Männlichen is not included in the Swiss pass.

August 27: Zermatt to Gornergrat: not included either; you pay half-fare.

August 28: If you are early risers and want to pack as much as possible into that day, then you can do both, but you wouldn't have much time for shopping in Zürich. Most stores close at 7:30pm (except shop Ville in the train station).

By the way, Schaffhausen on your way to "Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall" is small but very quaint. You could stop there for an hour or two; walk through the old part of the city up to the Munot, Schaffhausen's Landmark and then get a ride on the "Rhyfall Express" to the Rhine falls. Best ask for directions at the tourist office in the train station Schaffhausen. There you also receive a nice map with a city tour so you don't miss any landmarks.

If you want to spend the day in Zürich instead, there's plenty to see. And if the weather is good, include a trip up to the Uetliberg - Zürich's house mountain - for a panoramic view.

Most expensive shopping: Bahnhofstrasse and area, but the funkiest shopping is found in the district 4 (Kreis 4). Also nice shops are along Niederdorfstrasse (starting at "Central", just across the train station and the river Limmat).

Pick up a map and the latest news at the tourist office, right in the train station.

If you are looking for souvenir type bells, you will "stumble over them" everywhere. But if you are interested in more authentic cow bells, then you might find them in the so-called "Heimatwerk" shops:

- Interlaken: Höheweg 115
- Zürich: Bahnhofplatz 15, Uraniastrasse 1 and at the airport

Real cow bells, worn by cows, are often found in antique or thrift stores and at local markets.

If you want to see how cow bells are made, or even make your very own, you could do that in Bärau (a village between Lucerne and Bern), though you would need a day more for that.

Have a wonderful time in Switzerland,

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by: Manisha

Hi Fida,

Thank you so much for your wonderful response back, we really appreciate all your feedback. Can't wait to see Switzerland.

You are welcome Manisha. Enjoy your Swiss Holiday!

All the best,

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