family of five first time in switzerland
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Jul 2, 2012 9:11 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Jul 2, 2012 7:27 AM
family of five first time in switzerlandWe will be traveling for 10 days in Switzerland in July/August with three teenagers ages 14, 16, and 18. This is our first time in Switzerland We have the swiss pass and mostly enjoy outdoor activities. Our general itenerary is:
Fly into Zurich and travel to Lucern for 2 nights
2 nights in Lauterbrunnen
1 night in Thun
2 nights in Zermatt
Glacier Express Zermatt to St. Moritz
2 nights in St. Moritz
return to Zurich for last night before flying home
My main questions
1) Do we take time to go to Mt. Pilitis, Rigi, or Titilis while in Lucerne or will have similar or better opportunities to visit peaks at our other destinations? I didn't know if we would rather leave more time for exploring the unique aspects of Lucerne around the lake and touring the old town
2) Should we take the boat ride around the entire lake in Lucerne to go down to Tellsapelle or is it sufficient to take boat to one of the villages along the coast nearer Lucerne?
3) Should we travel to Thun by train or combine it with a boar travel stopping along the way ? (one of my daughters is especially interested in seeing castles in this area)
4) Since we are in several locations in the alps, which are the best peak excursions and places for easy to moderate hikes?
I would appreciate any general advice on things to do in these areas
Jul 2, 2012 9:11 AM
1Lauterbrunnen-Jungfrau area, Zermatt and St. Moritz are all excellent for glacier excursions and easy to moderate (and strenous, if you like) hikes. As the weather may not be fine every day, go to the peaks on sunny days (wherever they are).
Stanserhorn, Pilatus and Rigi are viewpoints with views over Lake Lucerne and to the Alps. Titlis has a glacier, but is by far not as attractive as the glaciers around Jungfrau (Lauterbrunnen), Gornergrat and Kleinmatterhorn (Zermatt) or Diavolezza and Corvatsch (St. Moritz).
Boat rides: you can hop on and hop off wherever you like. Most boats run every hour. Don't plan too much in advance, but decide once you are there: weather, nice castle to visit (like Oberhofen Lake Thun or Chillon Lake Geneva), nice waterfall (like Giessbach Lake Brienz), nice steam train (like Brienzer Rothorn Lake Brienz), 19th century cablecar and open deck gondola (like Stanserhorn, Lake Lucerne), etc. etc.
valid up to Zermatt, then half fare on ALL mountain railways and cableways;
valid up to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen - Wengen and then ONLY 25 per cent reduction up to Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch.
valid up to St. Moritz, Bernina Pass (2300m) and Lugano (Swiss bus via Lake Como), but NO reductions at other mountain railways. (the standard fare for them is much lower than for the Jungfrau railway, however).
The highest mountains of Switzerland are around Zermatt (but the cableway goes only up to 3800m/12500ft).
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