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Is it worth it to get a rail pass for a day and a half in Switzerland ?

My husband, I and a friend of ours are planning of spending a day in Switzerland to visit:
- Brienz
- Lauterbrunnen valley
- Murren
- Grimmelwald
- Oberhofen Castle
- Schilthorn mountain
is it more convenient, cost-friendly to take a car or a train if all three of us want to go all these areas in a day and a half?

Here is our itinerary:
- Day 1: Arrive in Zurich in the morning. Take a train to Colmar. Rent a car in Colmar to visit the Alsace region.
- Day 2: Leave Colmar around afternoon time to take a train to Interlaken. Stay the night .... somewhere
- Day 3: Go up the Schilthorn, visit Murren Grimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen valley
- Day 4: Visit remaining sites in Switzerland, and then take a train to Lake Como Italy....

Please let me know what you think. How feasible it is? and is a car or train pass more economical for 3 people for about 2 nights and 1 day in Switzerland?

Thank you so much!

Hannah

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1043 posts

Where are you arriving from when you arrive in Zurich? This is a very compact and heavy schedule for 4 days. Doable. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with you in the Alps. What did you mean visit remaining sights in Switzerland? I wouldn't buy a train pass. Just individual tickets. No cars allowed in several places like Murren and Gimmelwald. Good travels.

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This looks like you have no time to visit the places you want to.

- Day 1: Arrive in Zurich in the morning. Take a train to Colmar. Rent a car in Colmar to visit the Alsace region.
Do you mean Zürich airport? I guess you are flying in from outside Europe. When do you land? By the time you have got through immigration, the train takes 2½ hours, then you need to pick up the car. It will be afternoon. You cannot "visit Alsace" in less than ½ a day. That is not even enough time to visit Colmar town.

- Day 2: Leave Colmar around afternoon time to take a train to Interlaken. Stay the night .... somewhere
Again, ½ day in Colmar

- Day 3: Go up the Schilthorn, visit Murren Grimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen valley
A very busy day.

- Day 4: Visit remaining sites in Switzerland, and then take a train to Lake Como Italy....
Visit the whole of Switzerland in ½ day?
Where on lake Como? From the Berner Oberland to most places on lake Como you need to go via Milan. Interlaken to (for example) Varenna takes 5 hours. The fastest train is 13:29 depart Interlaken Ost, 18:23 arrive Varenna.
If you need to be at Interlaken station at 13:29, you cannot go too far away that morning.

You need a lot more nights, or less places.

P.S. there is no such place as "Grimmelwald", you either mean Gimmelwald or Grindelwald.

Posted by
20797 posts

I really think this whole concept is seriously misguided. You aren't giving yourself enough time anywhere, and you're going to spend a great deal of money in the process.

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@threadwear I am coming from the U.S. I will arrive at 8:30 a.m. in Zurich. When I said remaining sights, I mean visiting the Oberhofen castle, and lake Brienz, after going up the Schilthorn, Murren, Lauterbrunnen valley…. DO you think it is possible? Or should I give 2 days in Switzerland to visit Schilthorn, Murren, Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen valley?

Thank you!

Hannah

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@threadwear I am coming from the U.S. I will arrive at 8:30 a.m. in Zurich. When I said remaining sights, I mean visiting the Oberhofen castle, and lake Brienz, after going up the Schilthorn, Murren, Lauterbrunnen valley…. DO you think it is possible? Or should I give 2 days in Switzerland to visit Schilthorn, Murren, Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen valley?

Thank you!

Hannah

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27426 posts

What will you do if your one day is that day that week that gets low clouds and fog for at least half the day. It is a long way to go to miss all that you went to see. Two days gives you a 100% better chance of doing what you want.