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Itinerary help

My husband and I are planning a trip in March and this is what we have...

Arrive in Geneva...spend 2 nights there...day trip to Gruyere(how far?)

Morning train to Zermatt...spend 4 nights for skiing

Train to Interlaken...spend 2 nites

Train to Zurich...spend 1 night and fly home

Any suggestions...does this sound like a good itinerary?

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1. Re: Itinerary help

Hi lara22377,

Yes this sounds like a find itinerary; I think you'll enjoy it quite a lot.

To help you with your train trips, especially the day-trip to Gruyeres, you can research the schedules and fares at the Swiss rail site,

www.rail.ch

Have fun!

s

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2. Re: Itinerary help

Sounds great. Only suggestion I would have is not to stay in Interlaken, but head a little further up the mountain to Grindelwald.

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Why would you suggest that instead?

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Hi again,

I can guess why GijonClarke suggested going higher up in the mountains --

Interlaken is on the flats between Lake Thun & Lake Brienz. It's a fairly large town chock-full of tourists and cars and tourist shops. You are still about a 40-minute ride away from the mountains.

The mountain villages, on the other hand, sit up in the mountains. Two of them are car free and so much more charming, and also eliminate the tour busses coming and going and offloading their hordes. All are picturesque and pristine-clean. Instead of looking UP to the mountains, you look OVER at them. Many hiking trails start from these villages.

Some to look at --

Wengen, car free, pop 1,050 and altitude 1274m.

Info at www.wengen.com & www.wengen.ch

Muerren, car free, pop 450, altitude 1650m.

Info at www.muerren.ch

Grindelwald, pop 3,733, altitude 1034

Info at www.grindelwald.com

Wengen is my favorite.

s

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What then is the "big attraction" to Interlaken...I am from the states and I hear from everyone to go there....we are interested in nightlife ....does it have a better nightlife than the others?

Since we will be coming from Zermatt, we will probably have had our fill of skiing.

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Hi again,

Not sure why Interlaken is so well hyped -- probably because the big tour busses go there (and also to Grindelwald).

Yes, there will be more nightlife in Interlaken. Wengen is small, and nightlife usually consists of dinner and then an after-dinner drink, maybe in the hotel bar. Muerren has even fewer nightlife options. Grindelwald will have a bit more (as the population of each town will tell you).

Good luck!

s

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