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4 day trip - Suggestions needed

My wife and I will be starting our 2.5 week honeymoon to Europe in late August in Switzerland, neither of us have ever been to Europe. We land in Zurich and head to Venice after our 4 days/nights in Wengen, where we are planning on staying for at least 3 of our 4 nights.

1) Would it make sense time wise and is it worth spending a day/night in Lucerne on our way to Wengen or Venice?

2) We plan on going tandem paragliding and up to Schilthorn. Any other suggestions of what to do/see?

3) Best train/rail pass for 4 days?

4) What type of clothing will we need for late August weather?

5) Any and all other suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

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Congrats. If you are only 4 days in Switzerland go with the 4 day Swiss Travel Pass. You should add more days to Switzerland if you want to see Luzern properly and the Berner Oberland.

But you could stop at Luzern on your way to Wengen. The train station has lockers.

Weather wise it is summer like in the valley but could be chilly at higher up you go. Pack like you were going to San Francisco. But I saw people wearing shorts today in Chicago so everyone has a different thermometer

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Luzern is always worth visiting, IMHO. Most folks here suggest landing in Zurich and immediately taking the easy 1 hour train to Luzern. In Luzern, take the beautiful one hour boat ride to the Mt Rigi cogwheel train, and ascend to its 6000 ft peak, [all included in your Swiss Travel Pass.] Switzerland is so friendly, organized, and its transportation system is easy to navigate- a good transition to international travel. And the chocolate- even the Coop grocery store chocolate- is the best!
Oh, and we loved the Hotel Des Alpes in Luzern- ask for a lakefront room WITH a balcony.

Remember the snow on the peaks of the Alps really isn't melting much in the summer, so dress accordingly. When we were on the top of Mt. Titlis, [Engelberg], I wore a packable down jacket and a full-length raincoat, and needed gloves and a hat - this was late September. AND the paths weren't shoveled, so you do need some waterproof shoes for walking in the snow.

Alps weather is very variable, so leave extra days in the event of clouds and rain, which leaves low visibility.

Tandem paragliding sounds incredible- have a great honeymoon.