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4 day swiss itinerary with Interlaken as base | Suggestions

Hi All,

I am planning a 3 night/4 day trip to switzerland in 2017 April end with my wife.
This is my second trip as we last visited in May-2015. We covered Titlis, Zermatt-Matterhorn and Jungfrouch then so looking for some new experiences this time.

I will be based in Interlaken for the 3 nights.I will get a Swiss Rail pass for 4 days for easy access.
Here are some of my thoughts about my itinerary:

Day-1 :
1. Arrive at Zurich Airport by 0700. Catch the 8:30?? train to Interlaken.
I will be travelling with luggage so minimum number of changes will be better. Any suggestions??
2. Will reach Interlaken Hotel(near Interlaken West) by 11 AM.
Any suggestions for the rest of the day.

Day-2 :
1. Planning to cover Geneva and Montreux.
Any suggestions.

Day-3 :
1. Planning to cover Murren and Gimmelward.
Any suggestions.

Day-4 :
1. Return to Zurich in the morning and visit Rhine falls. Suggestions??
2. Leave for Venice by the 1705 train.

Also, could someone advise me regarding the Swiss Rail pass i.e. does it make sense for my itinerary.
Any and all suggestions are welcome.


Posted by
1421 posts

Near Brienz, on the eastern end of the two lakes straddling Interlaken, you can take a bus to the Swiss Open Air museum.

Also from Brienz you can take the Brienzer-Rothorn cogwheel train, which takes you to the top of the Rothorn mountain for some great views. I don't know its availability in April.

Bern is less than an hour away by train. It has an interesting medieval core, a Paul Klee museum of modern art, and an outstanding museum dedicated to the country's most famous patent clerk.

Lauterbrunnen valley has the Trummelbach Falls which are powerful waterfalls which have bored inside the mountains. The bus running north-south in the valley stops there.

Posted by
262 posts

You list Geneva and Montreux as day two, coming from Interlaken. It is almost three hours to Geneva one way from Interlaken. Montreux is an hour+ from Geneva. That would be a day of travel, very little time to see the sights. You will want to purchase the half price card at a minimum.

Posted by
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the advise.

Regarding Geneve and montreux, i referred to the swiss rail time table.

It seems i can take 0700 train to Geneve(Reach by 0948 ).
Then i can maybe take 1400 to Montreux(Reach by 1510) and then spend the evening there.

Then take a 1900 train back to Interlaken.

Will this work??

Posted by
7205 posts

What do you want to see in Geneva??? It is not the typical "Swiss" destination. Unless there's something particular you really must see there, then definitely omit Geneva.

Posted by
1421 posts

Geneva has CERN, the giant particle accelerator. I'm a science nerd so I am diverting to Geneva this summer in hopes of snagging a tour. You can only reserve a tour a few weeks in advance, though.

Posted by
12040 posts

See the below post "Mürren in April" before you decide to base yourself in Interlaken. April is the single worst month for visiting the Alps, and weather will almost certainly not cooperate unless you have a very flexible schedule.

Posted by
65 posts

Regarding hotel near Interlaken West train station. We have stayed in the City-Oberland hotel ten times over the past 15 years. The owners are fantastic people, especially Erich. Staff is great, restaurant food excellent, also only a two block walk from train station. Inexpensive fast food is available across the street. Excellent location for Shops and watching hang gliders who land in the park nearby. I have stayed here with groups as well as private family tours and have never been disappointed. Finally, very easy to access trains for high mountain trips like Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Tremblebach Falls, or boat trips on either Lake Brienz or Lake Tun.

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262 posts

If you want to see both Montreux and Geneva, I would reverse and visit Montreux first. Switzerland is not known for night life, but if you are in Geneva, you may find more open. After the workday ends here in Montreux, it gets quiet. If you are coming to view Chateau Chillon, you'll also want the daylight hours.