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Itinerary help- 5 days HELP

We fly into zurich 28th noon. My family and I are into stunning scenery and culture. My tentative itinerary is as follows..please help me fill in the days.
day 1. FRom the Zurich airport trasnfer to Gimelwald.( havent worked out how we are going to get there etc)
Day 2 day trip to lucerne?
Day 3 Day trip to Lauterbrunnen?
Day 4 ?
day 5 zurich city and rhine falls
Day 6 fly to vienna
Im pulling my hair out trying to plan my itinerary out so any tips will be useful. I was keen on maybe Mt Titlis, Jeufrau , Wengen) but obviously I know its not enough time. But if I did have to choose how would you plan out my 5 days so I can see most of what beautiful swiss has to offer.
Thnka you all so much in advance.

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I am not an expert on Switzerland but I don't see anyway you can get from Gimmelwald to Luzerne on a day trip. Gimmelwald is not easily accessible and it takes time. You might be able to do it from Lauterbrunnen. Why not stay there two nights and do Gimmelwald on a day trip. Then got to Luzerne and stay a night. Then back to Zurich.

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Thank you for your reply.
Based on your suggestion I have made the following itinerary.
Day 1 Arrive in zurich and take the train to Lucerne from the airport.
Day 2. Lucern( perhaps Mt titlis). Night at Lucerne
Day 3 Take train(?) to lauterbrunnen . Night at Lauterbrunnen
Day 4. Lautebrunnen. Evening train to Zurich
Day 5 Explore zurich. Night train to vienna.

How does this sound.
Thank you so much

Posted by
1906 posts

If you love stunning scenery go and stay for several nights in Gimmelwald or Murren. Lauterbrunnen is in the valley below Murren, so they are very close by. The weather is very changeable in the alps so if you have some bad weather you may miss the stunning views if you only spend one night. If it were me I'd spend at least 3 nights if not 5.. We have stayed about 8 nights in Gimmelwald and loved every second!

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1441 posts

I'd recommend the following:

Day 1: Arrive Zurich, then take the train to Lauterbrunnen for the first two nights.
Day 2: Explore Lauterbrunnen valley. Sleep in Lauterbrunnen.
Day 3: Train to Luzern. Explore Luzern. Sleep in Luzern.
Day 4: Visit Mt. Titlis, Mt. Rigi, or Mt. Pilatus peaks, weather permitting. Sleep in Luzern.
Day 5: Explore Zurich in the day; night train to Vienna.

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Thank you so much. Extremely helpful. This saves me so much agony and stress. Would you recommend the half fare pass or some other. there are so many Im utterly confused. also should I buy it online in advance or once I get there.
Thank you all once again.

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1441 posts

The only way to know which pass is most economical is to price the tickets on the routes you will be taking. However, if you have children in your group 15 years old or less, then the 4-day Swiss Pass (2nd class) is probably the best value because children may travel free on their parents' pass provided a parent is with them. I don't think the same is true for the Half-fare card; hopefully someone can verify.

The Swiss pass is also more convenient because it is your ticket, whereas the HFC only grants you a discount; you still have to buy tickets. One less headache to deal with. It also covers Swiss museums, whereas the HFC does not.

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451 posts

Day 1, after arrival go straight to Murren. Check on for the best route. Probably, via Berne.

Day 2-4 Murren
Day 5 Lucerne
Day 6 Train to Zurich an hour a 10 minutes, two trains an hour, then fly to Vienna

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14 posts

Thank you. Everyone has been so helpful.Based on all the suggestions my family and I will take the 4 day swiss pass ( is that the most affordable based on out itinerary) and this is our itinerary

Zurich airport to lauterbrunnen ( are there trains direct to lauterbrunnen)
NIGHT lauterbrunnen

29 wednesday
Lauterbrunned /wengen) ( i understand murren etc are in the region. can i visit those villages too in the time span. Or is there enough to see and do in lauterbrunnen)
Night lauterbrunnen

30 thursday
Train to Lucerne ( perhaps a 2 pm train )
Night lucerne

31 friday
Night Lucerne

earliest train to zurich
Night Zurich

thank you all once again for your invaluable help.

Posted by
1353 posts

I would spend the entire time in Lauterbrunnen. You will be awestruck upon arrival. You can't really appreciate all of the beauty unless you go up above the valley on one side or the other which will take time. I'm not sure it's worth the travel and expense if you just go for one night and don't get up above the valley! Even if you are not interested in hiking you could ride the gondolas and train up. I would recommend if you stick to your plan of one night you fit in either going up to the Jungfrau or the Schilthorn.