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5 nights in Switzerland

We are spending 5 weeks in Europe. 5 of those nights will be in Switzerland, Mid September. We were planning on 1 night in Zurich, 1 night in Lucerne, then 3 up around Grindelwald - Gimmelwald. My questions are... Should we skip Zurich and stay 2 nights in Lucerne? and... How should we split up our 3 nights in the mountains around Gimmelwald? Any recommendations on hotels/best places to stay and things to see and do? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!


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Yes, skip Zurich and add a night to Luzern. I would stay in one place in Berner Oberland and not split time. I love the Lauterbrunner valley/town and Murren. I used Airbnb

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Yes, skip Zurich. 2 nights in Luzern is nice, and the more-the-better in the Jungfrau Region.

Grindelwald is, IMO, less charming than Mürren or Lauterbrunnen. Lauterbrunnen, though in the valley, is convenient to exploring both sides, from the Jungfrau to the Schilthorn.

Do you have Rick Steves' Switzerland guidebook? Invaluable for this area.

For stays of 2-3 nights I would opt for a hotel or B&B and Mr. Steves lists many in his book. Or try

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2914 posts

Hi Ronda,

Skip Zurich. 2 nights Luzern. 3 nights in either of these: Wengen, Muerren or Lauterbrunnen. Things to see and do? LOL just wait till you see where you are!!! It’s simply and utterly stunning.

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For hotels in the Jungfrau area (Mürren, Lauterbrunnen Wengen and Grindelwald), see this site:
Same site has lots of useful info on the area.
And definitely don't stay in Zürich, 2 nights in Luzern, then the scenic train route via the Brünig pass to Interlaken and the Jungfrau area.

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" if you were going back and had to choose, would you stay in Wengen or Murren?"

Wengen has a larger grocery store, more restaurants, and easier access to the Jungfraujoch, the Maenlichenn to Kleine Scheidegg hike.

Muerren is smaller and has better views from the town itself, and easier access to the Allmendhubel and Schilthorn.

Both are great, so if you find equally suitable accommodations in both, flip a coin.