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Switzerland for four days in February

by Riddhi

I wish to travel to Switzerland on February 18th for four days. Do you feel it's a good season to travel? What about the climate and excursions available? I have never experienced snow. I would love to see the Titlis area. Could you please help me planning my itinerary?

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Switzerland for four days in February

Hi Riddhi,

Since you never saw snow before I assume you are not a skier either :) But no worries, sledding and snow tubing are fun activities and so are ice skating, winter hiking and snowshoeing.

or snow tubing

Mount Titlis is ideal for all these winter activities. Do check out their website.

Swiss Pass and Half Fare Card holders receive a discount up to Mount Titlis (cost approximately CHF 43). You can buy the ticket right there, no need to purchase it in advance.

Other fun packed days could be spent in the Jungfrau Region

After spending the morning exploring the city of Lucerne, take the scenic train via Brünig to Interlaken.

The next day, you could journey up to Lauterbrunnen, take the aerial gondola up the cliff to Grütschalp (right after you leave Lauterbrunnen, you'll see the largest of the Staubbach water falls to your left) and the little connecting train to Mürren (great view to Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, where the sun rises).

Once in Mürren, you could go up to the rotating restaurant of Piz Gloria/Schilthorn (where 007 was filmed; 50% discount off the regular fare for Swiss Pass and Half Fare Card holders) or stay in Mürren and enjoy ice skating, sledding or snowshoeing.

Later that afternoon take the thrilling aerial cable car down to Stechelberg via Gimmelwald (not really worse a stop) back to Lauterbrunnen. There are plenty of waterfalls to see to your left on the way back by post bus between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen. The Trümmelbachfälle that are located on the same route, are closed during winter.

Another thrilling option in the Jungfrau Region

would be Interlaken - Grindelwald - Kleine Scheidegg - Wengen - Lauterbrunnen and back to Interlaken.

From Kleine Scheidegg, you could go up all the way to the Jungfraujoch, though I only recommend to that in good weather, otherwise you would see nothing and be only disappointed.

You have the option to do the trip from Grindelwald to Wengen without going up to the Jungfrau though.

Both are nice places to spend some time exploring the villages, snowshoeing (guided) or hiking the groomed winter trails, sledding and ice skating - while constantly be surrounded by superb winter scenery.

For example, Bussalp is great for tobogganing. You could take the bus right behind the train station in Grindelwald up to Bussalp and then sled back to Grindelwald.

The train trip between Grindelwald and Wengen and up to the Jungfraujoch is not included in the Swiss Pass;
  • With Jungfraujoch included, the ticket would cost you at the time of this writing CHF 131 if you have a Swiss Pass

  • Without Jungfraujoch (only connecting from Grindelwald to Wengen via Kleine Scheidegg) costs CHF 54 minus 25% if you are a Swiss Pass holder or minus 50% if you have a Swiss Half Fare Card.
You can buy both connecting tickets in Interlaken or Grindelwald.

Should you catch bad weather while in the Bernese Oberland, you always could go shopping in Bern, wander under the arcades - protected from snow and rain - and enjoy a hot chocolate along the way.

Happy New Year Riddhi, and enjoy your winter journey in Switzerland!

PS: Please do share a few photos of your winter experience. I'd be delighted to hear from you.

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