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Day trip from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne possible?

I only have 5 nights in Switzerland and I'd want to look around Geneva, Lausanne, Bern and Jungfrau. The length of time I can get for Lucerne is only for 1 night. Do you think it's still good to go to Lucerne and spend one night there or stay in Lauterbrunnen for one more night and have a day trip to Lucerne area?

Which is better? I'd appreciate any comments. Thanks.

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Where are you going after the Luzern/Lauterbrunnen stop?

Posted by
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Why Geneva? From a tourist perspective Geneva is rather boring.

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I agree with Tim. I would most definitely skip Geneva. I don't find Lausanne all that exciting either. And it would not leave much time in Lucerne if you just did it as a day trip from Lauterbrunnen. I would spend my time between Luzern and the Berner Oberland, with maybe a day trip to Bern or one other place. Of course, it all depends on what you enjoy; beautiful scenery, hiking, or bigger cities.

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Thank you for your comments.

First of all, I want to ask you to understand that in any cities there is much more than just tourist attractions. In Geneva, I'd like to visit Reformation Museum, St. Peter's Cathedral, Bastion Park, and Palace of Nations (with Red Cross). I'd like to see the inheritance of John Calvin since I'm Presbyterian.

I don't know if I have enough time to go to Lauterbrunnen for the first night after visiting those places in Geneva and Olympic Park and Museum in Lausanne. What do you think? If it is possible, I'll stay in Lauterbrunnen from the first night instead of the second night.

If a day trip to Lucerne is possible, I'd like to stay in the same hotel in Lauterbrunnen until the fourth night and then move to Sion to St. Leonard and some beautiful places around there and then catch the train to Venice on the next morning.

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Yes, it's possible, with trains from Lauterbrunnen to Luzern taking 2.5 hours each way. By leaving it as a day trip instead of a reserved overnight stay, you can wait and see what the weather does on earlier days. It might mean that you don't make it at all, if options around Lauterbrunnen end up calling louder. Are you willing to be flexible?

Trying to fit all your Geneva and Lausanne sites into one day, along with a train to Lauterbrunnen, sounds like too much. For instance, if you left Geneve at 14:00 and spent 4 hours in Lausanne, you would get to Lauterbrunnen by 21:30. That's not much time in each city, so sleeping in either Geneve or Lausanne is probably best for day 1.

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Thank you, Laura, and good to see you again (this time here). You're present in every forum. ^^

I agree that it might be too much to visit all those places in Geneva and Lausanne after arriving in Geneva at around 12:15 pm. But I'm considering a car rental because I'd really like to drive on Susten Pass and Furka Pass. For the day of arrival in Geneva, if I can arrive in my hotel in Lauterbrunnen at around 9:30 pm, it'll be just okay.

For Jungfraujoch, would it take the whole day to visit there and come back? Or do I have some time left for visiting nearby places like Murren and Trummelbach Falls?