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2 week Itinerary help!

Hi All!
Me and my husband are going to Switzerland May 5-May 20th. We will be flying into Zurich and flying out of Geneva. We are struggling on the best route to get from point A to point B with a lot of fun in between. Must see sites include Lucerne, the Berner Oberland, and Zermatt. We are planning on using Interlaken as a jumping off point for some fun in the mountains. We are struggling with which transportation pass to buy if any, or whether a car rental is a better way to go. And we are still trying to find the most effective route to hit all our high points. Any tips or suggestions would be so wonderful!


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You can't bring the car into Zermatt, or most of the "fun" places in the Berner Oberland, like Wengen or Muerren. The car will be parked below in a paid lot while take trains or cable cars to your destination.

Almost always, the 30-day Half Fare card pays off for such a journey. The Swiss railways will take you every where you want to travel, Zurich airport to Geneva airport and all points in between.

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It's not entirely clear from the dates you gave, but it looks like you have 14 nights to spend. You could do something like this after landing in Zurich:

Luzern - 3 nights
Lugano or Pontresina - 2 nights
Zermatt - 2 nights
Berner Oberland area - 4 nights
Lausanne - 3 nights

No need to stay in Geneva on your last night since Lausanne has a rail link directly to the Geneva airport (only 45 mins away). I'd get the 15-day 2nd class Swiss Pass for this trip. The Half-Fare card is probably a little more economical, but the SP is so much more convenient. Car rental is not necessary unless you want to do some real exploring.

In the Berner Oberland, consider using Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, or Murren as a base in place of Interlaken. That's where the mountain fun is, not Interlaken.

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Arrive Zurich (1)
Luzern (3)
Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen (4)
Bern (1)
Zermatt (2)
Lausanne (3)
Depart Geneva