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    • Zurich area getaway

      Zürich Dec 3, 2016 at 1:13 PM

      Hi Everyone

      My husband and I will this year spend Christmas in Zurich. After Christmas we would like to spend 2-3 days near Zurich enjoying the beautiful Swiss nature, before departing from Zurich airport on December 29.

      We are looking for something in the mountain where we can enjoy the picturesque landscape and the snow. We don't ski but we would like to be able to go for some walks and enjoy the nature.
      We are therefore looking for some advise of which areas we should look for and might even a hotel recommendation?
      We would prefer a nice small hotel in the nature, maybe even with a spa where we can relax.
      Our budget is somewhere around CHF 150-300 per night.

      /Janet

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    • Zurich on Christmas Eve

      Zürich Nov 28, 2016 at 8:04 AM

      Hi, just posted this in the Lucerne forum, but since we are spending Christmas Eve in Zurich I thought it should be posted in Zurich's forum. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

      I am a mom traveling with my three kids, ages 17, 19 and 20. The plan is to take a train from Munich on Wednesday, December 21, arriving in Lucerne at 6 pm. We have a tentative hotel reservation at Hotels Des Alps, but can still cancel with no penalty if anyone had a better suggestion.
      I am slightly overwhelmed at the various options of things to do, and really want this to be an unforgettable experience for the kids. I keep looking at various tours from Viator and other companies to Mt Titlus and Mt Pilatus, but it is still not clear to me which of those two would be more enjoyable for my teen/adult kids.
      We need to end up in Zurich and spend the night there on the night of December 24, Christmas Eve, so that I can take a 7am flight out of Zurich to Barcelona on Christmas morning.

      So here are my questions:
      1. Is Hotel Des Alpes in Lucerne a decent hotel in a good location to use as a base for a two days?
      Just thinking one day trip to either Mt. Titlus or Mt. Pilatus, and the other day spent exploring old town in Lucerne.
      Would love suggestions for a restaurant in Lucerne for a nice dinner.

      2. What trip from Lucerne would be a better experience, Mt Pilatus or Mt Titlus?
      Should we book a tour with a company or just figure out how to get there on our own? We would do this on either Thursday 12/22 or Friday 12/23 so I am assuming the restaurants and other attractions at the top would not be closed.

      3. On the morning of Christmas Eve we will take a train from Lucerne to Zurich. So with just one day in Zurich, can anyone suggest what area to stay in and what to do...as in is there a good guided tour of Zurich that would last a few hours, or are we better off just picking a nice hotel in a walkable area and exploring that on our own. Are most of the shops and restaurants closed on Christmas Eve? I would actually like to stay in a nice hotel since it is Christmas Eve, and would love restaurant suggestions for a very nice Christmas Eve dinner in Zurich. So I would love hotel and restaurant and things to do in one day, please.

      I know this a lot to ask but it is getting close and I need help and need to get these thing booked.
      Thank you very much!

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    • Lucerne and Zurich from December 21 to 25

      Lucerne Nov 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

      I am a mom traveling with my three kids, ages 17, 19 and 20. The plan is to take a train from Munich on Wednesday, December 21, arriving in Lucerne at 6 pm. We have a tentative hotel reservation at Hotels Des Alps, but can still cancel with no penalty if anyone had a better suggestion.
      I am slightly overwhelmed at the various options of things to do, and really want this to be an unforgettable experience for the kids. I keep looking at various tours from Viator and other companies to Mt Titlus and Mt Pilatus, but it is still not clear to me which of those two would be more enjoyable for my teen/adult kids.
      We need to end up in Zurich and spend the night there on the night of December 24, Christmas Eve, so that I can take a 7am flight out of Zurich to Barcelona on Christmas morning.

      So here are my questions:
      1. Is Hotel Des Alpes in Lucerne a decent hotel in a good location to use as a base for a two days?
      Just thinking one day trip to either Mt. Titlus or Mt. Pilatus, and the other day spent exploring old town in Lucerne.
      Would love suggestions for a restaurant in Lucerne for a nice dinner.

      2. What trip from Lucerne would be a better experience, Mt Pilatus or Mt Titlus?
      Should we book a tour with a company or just figure out how to get there on our own? We would do this on either Thursday 12/22 or Friday 12/23 so I am assuming the restaurants and other attractions at the top would not be closed.

      3. On the morning of Christmas Eve we will take a train from Lucerne to Zurich. So with just one day in Zurich, can anyone suggest what area to stay in and what to do...as in is there a good guided tour of Zurich that would last a few hours, or are we better off just picking a nice hotel in a walkable area and exploring that on our own. Are most of the shops and restaurants closed on Christmas Eve? I would actually like to stay in a nice hotel since it is Christmas Eve, and would love restaurant suggestions for a very nice Christmas Eve dinner in Zurich. So I would love hotel and restaurant and things to do in one day, please.

      I know this a lot to ask but it is getting close and I need help and need to get these thing booked.
      Thank you very much!

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    • Christmas Eve Mass, Dinner, Hotel in Zurich

      Zürich Dec 4, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you for those who had advice about Christmas Eve in Zurich.
      So just a few more questions...

      1. I can't seem to find info online about a mass on Christmas Eve. We are Catholic and only speak English, but would be fine attending any denomination church service on Christmas Eve that is not in English. Perhaps some singing, or a midnight mass, I just need help finding any info.

      2. We arrive at 11 am in Zurich, by train from Lucerne. Will be flying out of Zurich at 7 am on Christmas morning.
      I want Christmas Eve to feel like the most special day of our trip, and therefore this is not a budget day. So I have looked at many hotels, and have narrowed it down to
      Hotel St. Gotthard,
      Hotel Arlene Bein Hauptbahnhof,
      Hotel Bristol,
      Zurich Marriott and
      Dolder Grand.

      Any input or suggestions about which to choose for one night would be appreciated.

      3. I am wondering if all of the shops and restaurants on the shopping streets and old town will be closed since Christmas Eve is a day for families to be together at home?

      4. What restaurant would have a very nice dinner on Christmas Eve?

      With just one short day in Zurich, and trying to fit in a nice dinner and mass, and a little walking around town shopping, I am having a very hard time narrowing down where to stay and to have dinner on Christmas Eve.

      Thank you for suggestions in advance!

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    • things to do

      Lucerne Dec 4, 2016 at 9:51 AM

      Can anyone give me a travel trip like what things to do in Luzern?

      - Recommend restaurants

      - Nice budget hotel

      - Etc.

       

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      Train to Zermatt

      Geneva Nov 26, 2016 at 9:11 AM

      I am taking the train from the Geneva to Zermatt. The Switzerland train website indicates that luggage needs to be dropped off at the Geneva, Switzerland train station the night before. Am I reading that correctly?

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    • Contact a souvenir shop

      Zermatt Nov 11, 2016 at 9:56 AM

      How can I get in touch with Hanny's Boutique? I am trying to buy a silver matterhorn charm.

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    • Base suggestions for a trip to Switzerland

      Switzerland Dec 6, 2016 at 10:15 PM

      I will be in Switzerland in May for about 8, 9 days. I was thinking of staying in 2 places and doing day trips from there. It seems that Lucerne and Bern are good choices. Comments and suggestions are welcome. The main purpose of the trip is the usual - Alps, lakes, lush valleys, etc.
      Can someone also tell me about the Swiss card. I will be using trains for all my trips in the country.
      Thank you

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    • staying in wengen

      by cjoppich Online Now Sep 26, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      I read somewhere that when staying in wengen, and after paying tourist tax, you get some type of discount card, ? for local travel. Is this true or did I make this up, Kind Regards Cathy

      1 Answer Sep 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM
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      Wengen or Lauterbrunnen for base?

      by europe20146 Online Now Feb 25, 2015 at 5:02 AM

      Hi. I am planning our Eurotrip with my mom and one of our stops is Switzerland. I am torn whether to stay in Wengen or Lauterbrunnen. Based on my research, Wengen is higher than Lauterbrunnen. But aside from that, which do you think is a better base for 6 days?

      Also is 6 days too much? If we stay in Wengen, id there like a day pass for the train going up and down?

      Any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!

      9 Answers Feb 28, 2015 at 8:55 PM
    • Wengen, Lauterbrennen or Interlaken?

      by Fatimah_87 Online Now Jul 11, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Hi

      Thinking of going for a holiday home 3 nights stay in the village area. Would be going up to Jungfrau. Want to do Skydiving and Canyon Jumping. Would want to go over to other villages like Grindelwald also for sightseeing. After 3 nights stay will be heading to Lucern. Which is a better option - Wengen, Lauterbrennen or Interlaken?

      8 Answers Jul 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM
    • Packing essentials for Wengen -6 nights -Aug 3 thru Aug 9- 2014

      by shariqjamil Online Now Jun 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      we are a family of four -2 Adults and 2 children ( 7 and 11 yrs), can someone suggest us essential and tips for packing. we are staying in Wengen for 6 nights, prior to that in Lucern -3 night and Zurich 3 nights. After Wengen to Zermatt for 3 nights and then Paris 3 nights.

      Our stay in Wengen is in a Chalet which is 2 KM away from Train station. Thanks for your help

      1 Answer Jun 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM
    • Wengen in the Summer

      by ecashmore Online Now Apr 1, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      Hi. Just a quick question. Do you think Wengen would be a good place to visit in August with a 5 and 1 year old? So sick of beach holidays and fancy trying something new this year. Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Apr 1, 2014 at 5:50 AM
    • Places to see in and around Wengen

      by SmitaP Online Now Jul 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Hello everybody,

      We are at wengen.Reached today evening.We are staying close to the railway station.We will stay here tomrrow and day after tomorrow.I need urgent help from you guys for a two day travel plan here.As of now we are thinking to spend one day for Jungfrau.(We are not interested in hiking.We are interested to see some scenic points)What to do for the second day ?? Help please.Also suggest in detail how to go to Jungfrau and what to see and what not to miss??

      Thanks,
      Smita

      4 Answers Oct 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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      Discounts on mountain railways

      by Induc Online Now Apr 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      I wish to know what is the cost of travel for
      1. Jungfraugh from Interlaken OST in normal hours and in early morning hours.
      2. What is discount applicable if you have Swiss Flexi Pass.
      3. What is discount if you take 50% fare card.

      Similarly for M Titlis from Engelberg.
      What is normal cost and discount for swiss pass or half fare cards
      Induc

      2 Answers Apr 21, 2013 at 3:53 AM
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      Early bird or late afternoon?

      by yumalation Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      There is cheaper tickets available to Jungfrau early in the morning and and late afternoon. Thinking of visibility up there, which one is better?

      9 Answers Oct 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM
    • Wengen or Murren or Lauterbrunnen

      by Kevin72 Online Now May 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      I will have 2 days in this area this summer. I plan on doing 1 hike per day. Do you recommend that I try to stay one night in Wengen and another in Murren? Or do you think I'll be able to see everything without too much difficulty by staying in the same place for both nights?

      Also, if you have any favorite hikes on either side of the valley.

      Also, do you think staying in Lauterbrunnen would be preferable? Thanks

      5 Answers May 4, 2011 at 9:26 AM
    • Car Free!!!!? in wegen

      by starcluster100 Online Now Apr 13, 2011 at 1:09 AM

      OK! am total new to this, and i cant imagen how we are gonna transport there with our rented car??

      does that mean we are not allowed to use our Car there? Or is it that we cant, coz there is no roads?!

      if we will have to abandon the car and take another transportation there, how will it goes?
      (putting in mind the Luggage + we are not a small family - a group of 7- )

      your answer will help me in many ways in to better understanding. So i would be really grateful to Know ^^

      Thanks for your time.

      Anfal.

      8 Answers Apr 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM
    • Currency

      by Chrissydon Online Now Mar 1, 2011 at 4:52 AM

      Hi, we will be travelling to Wengen from South Africa between 26 March and 2 April 2011. Can anybody confirm which currency we should buy? If Euro or CHF? And what is the average price for drinks and food in Wengen and Zurich? Thanks

      7 Answers Mar 23, 2011 at 9:08 AM
    • single

      by helga2010 Online Now Dec 30, 2010 at 3:55 AM

      Hello, could you tell me what would happen for New Year's night in Wengen? I mean after dinner what the fun club to go for a single 28 years girl?Thx

      1 Answer Dec 30, 2010 at 5:05 AM
    • Trip to Jungfrau and Eiger in December

      by GregOG Online Now Dec 7, 2009 at 10:35 PM

      My wife and I will be Wengen between 19/12/2009 and 26/12/2009 (departing in themorninging of the 26/12). We would like to make a trip up to the Jungfrau and Eiger, are we able to pre book or can we book when we arrive? And does anybody have any other ideas for some sight seeing, bearing in mind that we would still like to attempt to ski?

      3 Answers Dec 10, 2009 at 5:11 AM
    • Car parking in Lauterbrunnen / day trips

      by beeorchid Online Now Jun 14, 2009 at 3:24 AM

      I can pre-book car parking in Lauterbrunnen for 7 days. If I do so, can I take my car in and out of the car park, or do I have to pay on each entry/exit?

      NB I've researched relative prices of Jungfraubahnen and Berneroberland train passes, and it will be better for us to get the Jungfraubahnen pass and take the car for one longer trip.

      2 Answers Jun 16, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    • Places to eat in Wengen, Switzerland

      by anniemax Online Now Jun 13, 2006 at 10:16 AM

      My husband and I are going to Wengen at the end of June (06) and staying the first night in Interlaken, then five nights in Wengen. Can anyone recommend restaurants in either location that are reasonably priced and great food? We are at the Caprice Hotel in Wengen and can have our dinners there on a half board situation but wonder if we want to be "locked in" for four consecutive nights. If you've dined there, let me know--five course dinners? Do you have to "dress" for dinner? Good food?

    • Help with itenary

      by priyavsinghs Online Now May 22, 2005 at 12:47 AM

      Hi,

      Thanks to VT and the wonderful people here, I have been able to arrive at my broad itenary. However, I still need help on what to see in the short time I have in Switzerland. This is the plan I have in mind and the questions -

      1. I will be based in Wengen. Arrive in Wengen around 4:00 in the eve on 21st Jun. Any suggestions on what should I do this evening? I would love to see some country side, water and quiet place.

      2. On 22nd, I am taking a trip to Jungfraujoch. From what I have read on VT, I can finish Jungfraujoch in half day. What is the best way of spending the other half of the day?

      3. On 23rd, I have planned to visit Mt Titlis by taking the panorama train from Interlaken to Lucerne. I suppose, I will take this whole day for Mt. Titlis. Is that correct? I have to return to Geneva this evening because I have to catch the flight the following morning.

      Since I have only two and a half days, I want to make the best of it. Pls help with suggestions.

      A big thanks to the VT community.

      8 Answers May 24, 2005 at 11:23 AM
    • Wengen Honeymoon hotel

      by jonhmac Online Now Apr 13, 2004 at 6:12 AM

      The village is beautiful, having camped and hiked throughout the area in June 1999, but has anybody the name of a special hotel, as we intend to return as "Honeymooners" sept. 2005.

      4 Answers Apr 16, 2004 at 2:15 AM