Post # 1
Does this seem like a decent plan that could work? Are the trains really easy to take there? I’ll be coming from Venice and have to fly out of Geneva. I basically have no idea what to do there, but it just looks so gorgeous that I had to go through the country and read that the scenic train rides are nice. The only thing I’ve heard is that my friend says there’s not much to do in Geneva, so I may take that out, but not sure what to replace it with. Has anyone been there and have some suggestions?
- day 1- Train — Venice – Milan – Bellinzona – Lucern
- day 2- Lucern
- day 3- Lucern – Eiger/Jungfraujoch Tour?
- day 4- Train to Interlaken
- day 5- Interlaken
- day 6- Train to Montreux, go to Geneva
- day 7- Geneva
- day 8- Fly out of Geneva
Post # 3
We took a train from Lusanne to Interlaken & back in the same day – not sure what the distance is from Lucern to Interlaken, but what I am getting at, is that I don’t think you will need to seperate it into 2 days. BUT, if you do decide to do it on the same day, make sure you don’t get to Interlaken past like 3PM, because they stop the trains that go all the way to the top & sadly we were only able to get to the 2nd highest point.
Also, be sure that you take the “gold train” I think that is what it is called, but it is the train that prides itself on the glass views, so you can see all the mountains.
Your friend is right about Geneva, not really much to do there, we just strolled through town, went ice skating, and went to Lake Geneva.
However, one of the coolest things we did in Switzerland was go to the Igloo Vilage in St.Moritz (they have multiple locations, but this was on our way to Interlaken.) It is an entire “hotel” made of snow!! http://www.iglu-dorf.com/en/ you should def check this out if you can!
Here are pics of lake Geneva, the Igloo, and Interlaken.
Post # 4
@AnnieAAA: Oh wow, that snow hotel is awesome! Did you stay there or can you just go in to visit. (I’m imagining that it’s probably pretty pricy?)
Post # 5
@pinkshoes: I would recommend making a day-trip to the Matterhorn from Interlaken instead of the Eiger/Jungfraujoch Tour. What time of year are you going? I went in July/August and the weather was amazing – I think it was in the 70s during the daytime, and sunny, although there was still some snow melting in the mountains around Interlaken and the Matterhorn. If you like hiking, make sure you plan to spend the whole day in Interlaken going for a hike – there honestly isn’t too much else to do there; the town is small and most of the locals are the outdoorsy type too. Also, just to give you a heads up, water bottles are super expensive in Switzerland! bring water from Italy or plan to drink tap water 😉
Post # 6
Also, yes, the trains are super efficient. And the train rides are very scenic 🙂 I took the train from Italy to Switzerland, and the fast trains were all booked so I had to take local trains and it was an amazing experience… I hopped off to get snacks in some of the smaller Italian towns close to the border and they are wayy different than the rest of Italy.
Post # 7
@pinkshoes: We just visited – they allow people to visit throughout the day before the group comes to stay the night. There is no cost to get in, just a bar inside if you want a drink. 🙂 To get to it though, you do have to buy a lift pass ( I think it was like 30 swiss franks per person.)
Post # 8
I’m not sure when you are going or if you are traveling by yourself but I have one recommendation. Also, water bottles are actually not expensive like a PP said, it just depends if you are getting them from a grocery store or restaurant type place but that is irrelevant because the tap water in Switzerland is super drinkable, people rave about it! Anyway, if you are coming via Milan, there’s a good chance your train goes through a village on Lake Como. After a recent trip, I highly recommend adding Lake Como to your agenda. It’s a beautiful lake surronded by the Alps and looks a lot like an ocean in the mountains. You get all the positives of Italy (delicious food, EURO, etc.) with more of a Swiss mindset which makes it a true cultural experience like no other. There are various towns on the Lake, we stayed in Varenna and took the ferry across to Bellagio (the real place, the Vegas hotel is named for). I don’t know much about French speaking Switzerland but I really like Zurich. One warning, the price of eating out in Switzerland is crazy so unless you plan on spending serious cash, avoid fancy dinners.
Post # 9
Yay!! Switzerland will be amazing!
I went in August of last year and it was amazing. The weather was great. I agree with PPs about trains – travel there is SUPER EASY. Even finding bus stops and taking buses is super easy and super cheap. Not sure if you are purchasing rail tickets individually or as a group, but we got Swiss Passes, which are expensive all at once but end up saving you a lot of money than if you just got individual tickets – you pay for 4 days of travel anywhere in Switzerland (mostly), on any train (mostly), boat, and bus.
Lucern is a beautiful city, and there’s lots of cool architecture to see. Montreux was our favorite place, mostly because it was so pretty. We also visited a castle while there – Chateau de Chillon. You can tour the castle with an audio track for something like 6 francs each, and it takes about 2-3 hours (depending on how long you spend reading about things, taking pictures, etc). I would def recommend it. Also – there’s a Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux, which makes for a cool picture! 😀
My Fiance and I loved Geneva, but we were there to see the sites. THere’s this cool flower clock near a large park that was kinda neat to see. We walked the shopping area, which was neat, and toured St. Peter’s Cathedral. That was really cool for us because it was amazing what kind of history it had, how old everything was, and just taking everything in. Maybe we’re easily impressed, but it was fantastic. I would recommend seeing it, personally. If nothing else, at least for 4-5 hours.
Oh, and I agree with PPs about food costs – you’re lucky to find any meal under 20 CHF so I would recommend (if you can) eating a large breakfast and then having dinner. Loading up at breakfast helped us a lot and we saved a little $$ 🙂 We also discovered that the price of beer was about the same as a coke, which was a good reason for us to try different beers while we were there 🙂
Hopefully this helped a little! We didn’t go to Interlaken, but we wanted to! Just didn’t have the time 🙂
Post # 10
Oh, Lucerne is BEAUTIFUL! I am so jealous!
Post # 11
I grew up in Geneva. It is unbelievably beautiful and definitely worth a day trip (though I agree, not much more). Amazing, albeit expensive, shopping, and old town is cool.
Post # 12
A PP said something about Jungfraujoch. Its definintely worth making a trip to Lauterbrunnen, which is so ridiculously picturesque. I went there in summer, took a trip up to Junfraujoch and it was STUNNING.
Post # 13
@MsVoyageur: hmm, I’ll be there first week of October. I will look into the Matterhorn, thanks!
@AnnieAAA: Cool, I checked out prices for staying there, and its wayyyy more than I can justfiy staying for. I’d definitely be up for a day visit and a drink though!
@slicey19: Would that be an easy day to hop off and get back on later, or would that have to be an overnight?
@StephieBee: I havent decided on the train tickets yet, but if its cheaper and/or easier to just do the country pass, I’ll definitely just do that. I need to do more research on the train part of this.
@Sarahbear: That picture is amazing. Wow…
Thanks for all the tips! I have a feeling a week will not nearly be enough time to fit all these great suggestions in!
Post # 14
When we were in Lucern we went on the cogwheel railway to the top of Mt. Pilatus. We did a package that took us on a boat from Lucerne to the railway. the price is about $84 dollars per adult. IT WAS AMAZING! If you want to go to a really cool restaurant,that has a great view, it is called Schwendelberg(in Lucern)